On the run from his old-blood werewolf family, Tim Dirus finds himself in Wolf’s Paw, one of the last surviving refuges from the days when werewolves were hunted by humans and one of the last places Tim wants to be. Kept away from other wolves by his uncle, Tim knows almost nothing about his own kind except that alpha werewolves only want to control and dominate a scrawny wolf like him.
Tim isn’t in Wolf’s Paw an hour before he draws the attention of Sheriff Nathaniel Neri, the alpha-est alpha in a town full of alphas. Powerful, intimidating, and the most beautiful wolf Tim has ever seen, Nathaniel makes Tim feel safe for reasons Tim doesn’t understand. For five years he’s lived on the run, in fear of his family and other wolves. Everything about Wolf’s Paw is contrary to what he thought he knew, and he is terrified. Fearing his mate will run, Sheriff Nathaniel must calm his little wolf and show him he’s more than a match for this big, bad alpha.
I have to give this book a DNF. I chose the audiobook because I’d enjoyed this series so far and I really like Robert Nieman as a narrator. I owned the book, but was always a bit daunted by it’s length given what I saw was a pretty cut and dried premise.
Unfortunately, I could NOT get into this audiobook.
I guess I have a pretty big bias and that is the “call of the MATE”. To me – that’s what makes shifter stories great. That huge, compelling, drive to find and Mate who is the other half of your soul.
That’s not in here.
From reading other reviews and skimming the end of the books I realize that it’s not til the last 10% of the book that Tim and Nathanial acknowledge that they’re mates. I gave up was near the 50% point when Nathanial essentially pushes Tim into bed with Albert. NO, no, no, nonononono.
That isn’t something a mate should be able to do. So I stopped.
I have to say the word usage and phrasing is beautiful. But it went on and on and on and on.
What needed to boil down to “you’re scared of alphas” but “I’m a nice alpha and we’re mates so I could never hurt you” took place over 18 hours.
It was too much for me. Or at least the audio format was too daunting.
Since I wasn’t compelled enough to read the book in it’s entirety – based on my listening thus far – I called it quits.
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