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Edge of Desire

(Primal Instinct #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,179 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Some desires can be deadly…

When Riley Buchanan sets out to uncover an ancient weapon in the Pacific Northwest, he never expects to come face-to-face with Hope Summers, the woman he once drove away in fear for her safety. Terrified of the darkness that lurks within him, Riley knows he must keep his distance—but Hope has other plans…

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Published April 21st 2020 (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hi! Are you in a good mood and wish you weren't? Or better yet, is someone you hate in a good mood and you wish you could ruin their day? Then look no further than The Primal Instinct series by Rhyannon Byrd as a surefire method of sending someone into a deep depression and looking for the nearest supplier of Prozac.

Riley Buchanan was left in a difficult position when his older brother left home, leaving him with his obsessed mother and younger sister. His mother's fanatical belief in their fam
Tiffany Teel
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it!!!!

I would recommend this book and the rest of this series. It just keeps getting better and better as they go.. this is side by side with theblack dagger brotherhood. This read is amazing. I gave it 5 stars bcuz it was an absolute page Turner while keeping u on the edge of ur seat thru every page. I love the action and romance and the fact that there's a mixture of females some small some curvier and some inbetween. All of this makes a wonderful read. Thanks rhyannon Byrd
Barbara ★
Riley's waffeling back and forth regarding Hope is very aggravating. I kept wanting to shout at him "make up your mind already." I found myself skipping past all these self-discussion/recriminations. This crap annoyed me so much I actually had to force myself to keep reading. I only did so because this is a series book and I want to read about other characters. If this was the last book in the series, I'm sure I would have tossed it in the garbage. I like my alpha males and Riles is definitely N ...more
Great book. My favorite so far in this series. Previous reviewers stated that these books were boring...I disagree with that. Each and every one kept my interest. Research before you will make your reading experience more enjoyable if you know what you are getting into.

With Byrd you are getting a different spin on paranormal. The main focus in these books is erotic romance, but not an overabundance of sex. Byrd also adds humor, friendship, betrayal, violence, suspense and action...mak
3.5 Stars

There was a lot of repetition in this book. At times the conversations between Holly and Riley were almost word for word the same conversations that had already taken place; it got a little old for me. Riley's Martyrdom and stubborness also dragged this rating and storyline down. I just wanted to smack him at times and tell him to get over himself already!
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I did enjoy this series, the only problem I had with it is how hard each and every couple fought the inevitable, up until the end. I will be reading the next one when it comes out.
D. Alexx Miller
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it!
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Enjoyable read and liked both hope and Riley. Story continues progressing with good and evil still battling away with each other.m
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: primal-instinct, 2012
I'd give this one a 3.7/5.

It was entertaining, but it was sooo repetitive when it came to many of the interactions between Riley and Hope. I get that Riley "couldn't" but sometimes it was starting to sound like fluff... Filler.. Not to mention that I had a hard time with some of the logic that was not being used... Once they learned the whole reason behind their past... Couldn't the others provide more convincing arguments to show him he was wrong?

Anyways. There was definitely glue missing in
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Another action-packed read complete with a 'second-chance romance'. This is Riley's story, the third Buchanan, who has come to a small town in Washington to locate another weapon to fight the Casus. What he finds is the woman he walked away from fifteen years ago when he became aware that his future would be a threat to them both. His Merrick is rising and both of them want her...

Of course Riley resists madly, the bad guys [including Westmore and his soldiers, the Casus 'meant' for Riley AND Gre
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, shifters, 2010, vampires
This is my favorite of the 3 so far. Right from the start I liked Riley even though he could have very easily come off as a bastard. I loved Hope's instant reaction to seeing Riley for the first time in years. The visual of the scene was enough to have be giggling at the absurdness of it, while it rang true and I loved Hope from that moment on.

Their history and present made for an interesting contrast. Riley made choices he didn't want for the greater good, already earning his nickname of "St.
A.S. Johnson
Least favorite of books in this series. Riley is not as attractive of a character personality wise either. I just had trouble staying focused on this novel and didn't really want to continue reading it at several points because it slowed and slumped too much. Lots of repetative: shoving hands in his pockets type stuff that became annoying after seeing it pop up in every chapter over and over, being overused as well as the tossing the cig on the ground and rubbing it out with his boot. Seriously, ...more
Book 3 of the Primal Instinct Series.

This is the Story of Riley and Hope.

Riley hides the fact that they way him and brother and sister grew up bothers him better than even Ian did. St. Riley as Ian likes to call him is hiding a broken heart and a fear of the beast within.

Years ago, Riley and Hope were in love. Until Riley's mom basically strong arms him into doing this vision ritual that would allow him to see what the future had in store for him. What he sees scares him. Scares him so much that
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alright I am officially done reading this series. It's the craziest thing, I love the idea behind the story. It's a freaking great story, original even. And I was really looking forward to this one because I love me a strong female and male character. BUT I didn't like the story itself because it gets way to caught up in the emotions. I end up skimming through a good quarter to half the book because I can't stand to listen to him dealing with his feelings, coupled with her dealing with her feeli ...more
Apr 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhyannon-byrd
This is the 3rd book in this series. I really like the storyline & the world the author has created. The author is highly descriptive. I usually like descriptive authors and I never thought I would be saying this but, this author way, way too descriptive, to the point of run-on. I have a hard time following the conversations of the characters, because the author breaks away from the interaction to wax on about the characters feelings or thoughts. It is to the point where you read a scene, then y ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
I thought the third book in this series was good although it did drag on some. Riley is Ian and Saige Buchanan's brother. He is a sheriff and he was left behind to take care of Saige and Mom when Ian took off when he was young, which led to some very hard feelings between Ian and Riley. Riley had it rough being the man around the house after Ian ran off, and it lead to problems with relationships.
Holly was his high school sweetheart. They lose contact and years later, when his mission to find th
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg I totally love Riley , he's dark and broody and I just loved his whole story,him & Hope were totally made for each other, I thought it was crazy how Riley was fighting his feelings for Hope but in the middle of the book you finally see why he was so determine to keep her out of this war between the Merricks & the Casus .

I really liked Hope , from the moment she threw a pie at Riley's head I knew that their story was gonna be really good, I felt so bad for her after we find out what happened
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did like this book but it did lack much of what the first and second book had in it as far as the relationship between the two main characters were concerned. I just didn't find them as exciting or interesting and that took some of the zest out of the story for me. I found it seemed to drag on in the middle for me and needed to be moved on more quickly. I didn't like the whole high school sweetheart thing. I also found her complete devotion to him less believeable with the way he ended it betw ...more
While I really enjoyed the first book. This 3rd one as okay for me. It isn't something I would need to read again. The steam factor felt mellow compared to the first 2 books. If I would have like a little more connection between Hope and Riley. We are told that they once were together like 13 years ago and that he loved her deeply but let her go. Now a decade later they reunite and he still feels that connection. I would have loved maybe some flashbacks or something to when they were teenagers s ...more
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an intriguing paranormal read-one in a triology-but this
I think stood by itself. The concept is much like JR Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood or Sherrilyon Kenyon's Dark Hunters.
New words-"the Merrick" rising in Sheriff Riley and the search
for the "Dark Marker" had me a bit confused at times but I got
the gist.
There were some very sexy scenes and the vulnerability of the
characters were exposed and you felt for them and yes there was
the drinking of blood and the inevitable monsters.
All in
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I look forward to reading the next book in the series because it's not going to be about a Merrick this time. I do still want to follow the Buchanan's though. I also want to know about the Cassus who has turned good in "Edge of Desire." What is up with that? I'm confused. =(
Hopefully, the next book can keep my interest like this one did...although I don't want another sad one. I read this one when I was pregnant and believe me that was a horrible idea.  I w
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Riley and Hope's story. Hope was Riley's childhood sweetheart but when he had a vision of his future he broke it off with her and broke her heart. Now they are back together again and all his memories of her come flooding back with a vengence. He still feels as strongly for her now as he did when they were young, only now he is not fully human and the vision he had as a young boy is coming true.

Loved this story. Again with the tortured hard headed male who keeps thinking he is doing the
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
well again the female takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Riley was pathetic and what he did to Hope,,, I'm not sure how any women would have stopped throwing the pies! Riley just had too much of the woe is me and no matter how much I read "he did it for Hope" I just couldn't buy it. It was awful the way he treated her as a teenager and worse as an adult. I felt Hopes pain of losing him as a teenager, losing someone else very very close to her and then wanting constantly to be treated with NO ...more
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Riley is a sheriff and has always been a honest, decent man. But he knows that he has the blood of the Merrick in him. This caused him to break up with his first and only love Hope years ago. But now Hope is back in his life and the Caccus who is out to hurt his family realize that they can hurt him through Hope. He fights his feelings for Hope trying to save her but then realizes that he has to figure out how to protect her and keep her for his own.
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Let me preface this by saying I love this series. However, I wanted to set this book on fire. I HATE wishy washy heroines. who keep going back to men who obviously have problems. This was such a book. Hero's with martyr complexes give me the scratch, and this one had it in spades. That I'm leaving for your own good line *argh*. He must think she's an idiot who can't think for herself. ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I don't know which part hit me the hardest......I won't spoil, but there was something tremendously powerful about this book! With my first relationship being like it was, this story hit close to home on the feelings and emotions I went through at that time of my life. This story will hold a special place in my heart for that, and many other reasons! Beautifully done! ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr2014
I wanted to like this book, because I usually love Rhyannon Byrd's books, however I could not get over the fact that Hope had no pride when it came to Reilly. No matter how bad he treated her, or how awful the things were that he said to her to try and push her away, she just kept on begging him to have sex with her. Not even the good ending could make up for that. ...more
More like 3 3/4 stars.

I liked Riley's how he never forgot his first love and how he tried to keep himself away from her.

I really like the intro of the Kraven....can't wait to see how that story line goes.
Leanne Thomas
l have read three books in this series, I have found the books to be very predictable. the text used was again identical to the previous two that I have read, therefore I found reading this book boring and reparative.
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Rhyannon Byrd is the national bestselling author of more than forty contemporary and paranormal romance titles, including the Bloodrunners series, and her books have been translated into ten languages. After years of enjoying the California sunshine, Rhyannon now lives in the beautiful (but often chilly) county of Warwickshire in England with her family and their ever-growing collection of concert ...more

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Primal Instinct (9 books)
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  • Edge of Danger (Primal Instinct, #2)
  • Touch of Seduction (Primal Instinct, #4)
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