Lia Silver – Laura’s Wolf

laurasAuthor: Lia Silver
Reviewer: Aggie
Publisher: Melusine Press
Genre: M/F Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Roy Farrell is convinced that he has no future.

Roy never wanted to be anything but a Marine. But on his last tour of duty, he was bitten by a werewolf. Next thing he knew, he was locked up in a secret underground laboratory. Despite the agony caused by his newly enhanced senses, he managed to escape his captors. Unable to return to the Marines, his entire life shattered, he hid out in the woods of Yosemite.

Laura Kaplan is desperate to escape her past.

Curvy bank teller Laura was acclaimed as a hero for her courage during a bank robbery gone violently wrong. Overcome with guilt over the people she couldn’t save, she fled the city to seek solace in a lonely cabin in Yosemite. But she can’t run forever from the dark secrets of her past.

Can two broken people heal each other?

After Roy is badly wounded saving Laura from a mysterious enemy, they take refuge together in her snowed-in cabin. Forced to depend on each other for their very survival, they must come together to save their lives, face their fears, and find their hearts.

I did not know what to expect from “Laura’s Wolf.” And I can’t say that I am fond of military themed romances or military themed books, in general. But I must declare that Ms. Silver knocked my socks off with this tale of a vulnerable Marine with PTSD, who also happens to be a werewolf, and a curvy bank teller who is escaping her past in hopes of changing her life. It is a keeper.
Roy Farrell’s helicopter goes down in Afghanistan and he finds himself a prisoner in a ‘military hospital’ after being gravely injured, one in which he finds himself being poked and prodded by suspicious physicians who give him very little say in his treatment and release. Subsequently, he escapes when he changes into a wolf and flees.
Laura Kaplan is a woman with a murky past fleeing into the wilderness of Yosemite to take refuge and solace in her father’s cabin. Somewhere quiet so she can be alone and hopefully erase the memories of the bank robbery gone bad that she feels tremendous guilt over. Only, she is not alone. Her father leaves her a note saying that he is letting a nice homeless veteran stay in the barn because the man had helped him and has no where to go. The man is Roy Farrell. And trusting her absentee father’s judgment about strangers, Laura takes him a plate a food. The two meet and they hit it off. It is clear that Roy is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and other injuries and Laura is willing to help him. The action and plot picks up when a stranger arrives at the cabin and attacks Laura and Roy.
This reviewer won’t divulge too much else. She doesn’t want to give significant plot points or spoilers away. She will say this though, that the reader will not be able to put this book down. It is an entertaining and emotional read, specifically because the two main characters are dealing with traumatic pasts and both lean on each other for comfort and support. In Roy’s case he is a recently made werewolf and he has that to contend with on top of his various other problems, physical and emotional.
What is great about ” Laura’s Wolf ” are the characters. Roy and Laura are wonderful people, fully developed and sympathetically portrayed. I must say, I was leery about Roy at first because in this reviewer’s scrambled noggin she thought being a military man equaled being an obnoxious, abusive, alpha, a-hole, especially in fiction, when dudes are use to being in charge. Not Roy’s case though. Oh yeah, he is alpha. No doubt about that. But he isn’t an a-hole. In fact, he is the most vulnerable, sweetest person in ” Laura’s Wolf”. I loved him…. A lot! Ms. Silver created a realistic man who is sensitive and caring and KIND, but also one who takes control when he has to. I also like the fact that he has submissive tendencies in the bedroom. (WOO-HOO!! ) And loved Laura’s assertiveness and was willing to let her do what she wanted to him. (Double WOO HOO!!! )
And Laura, she isn’t a weak woman. She’s up for the challenge of helping Roy deal with his PTSD and finding out what happened to his best friend DJ and other marine buddies, while also dealing with a threat from a dangerous and powerful enemy, one that has other innocent peoples lives hanging by a thread.
I liked how Roy and Laura intermingled and supported each other. They each had strength and weaknesses that complemented each other’s flaws and quirks. They are truly an equal pair and I am glad Ms. Silver created such an unconventional couple. If Roy was this super duper, arrogant, sexist jerk, I would not have finished ” Laura’s Wolf” . So I am grateful that he wasn’t a stereotype, because I really do abhor egotistical heroes.
Ms. Silver’s secondary characters are just as memorable. Keisha, Russell, Miguel, and Nicolette, all deserve their own books, or bigger roles in any future books that may star Roy and Laura.
If I have any criticisms to give ” Laura’s Wolf ” it would be that the changing from man to wolf form was a little too tidy. I think it should have been a bit more messier and more draining on a person than it was portrayed, and in addition the military talk and violence.
But over all, this is a great read and I applaud the author for taking on such a serious issue as PTSD and realistically showing how people cope with trauma and survive, since each character in ” Laura’s Wolf ” is in some way affected by stress related to trauma.
Very highly recommended.

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