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.
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I cannot recommend.
I can honestly say I did not enjoy one single part or moment of this story, either listening or reading.
There is a gross miscommunication between the two main characters. Tim is actually Nathaniel's mate, which is known by Nathaniel and the whole town, but no one actually tells Tim. This goes on for 90% of the story, because everyone thinks Tim will eventually figure it out. Maddening doesn't even begin to describe it.
The audio book for the story is eighteen hours and fifty-five minutes long. I tapped out with 12 hours to go. The narration was stilted, filled with pauses, and Robert Nieman reads with such a lulling tone and with so little enthusiasm I had to fight to stay awake. There were no discernible character voices used, which is a complaint I've made before about Nieman. Adding all of these points together caused me to DNF the audio at 35%. I just couldn't listen to a minute more.
But I still hoped for something, anything, to validate the time I'd already put into this. I switched to the ebook from audio in order to try and finish the story, even though I hadn't enjoyed a moment of it until that point, because hope springs eternal. I thought maybe something would break and the story would get better for me.
I cannot recommend it.
A sweet story