Title: Little Wolf
Author: R. Cooper
Series: Being(s) in Love
Page Count: 380
Read from: June 03 to June 04, 2016
Description: 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 alphaest 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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: So this book was fantastic. I have to first say that this is the first book I have read of the series and while they don’t seem to be so connected that they have to read in order, there are characters that are mentioned in this book that were introduced in the beginning of the series and it really made me wonder about the character Ray. Anyhoo, I read this first because it was recommended to me on one site or another and the description and the fact that this was a full length novel caught my attention big time.
There may be spoilers ahead:
So the protagonist is Tim who is an anything but average werewolf on the run from his family no less. And once you hear how he was treated by his Uncle Silas and Silas’ right-hand man, Luca, you not only sympathize with Tim for running for the last five years, you applaud him the strength it took to run and stay hidden for as long as he had.
Tim ran away at age 15 and left behind wealth, power, position, and a veritable prison of his uncle’s making. He had come to live with his uncle, the patriarch of the Dirus family (one of the oldest and well-known were families in the world) after his mother died a few years prior. For the next few years he was kept locked away in a manor house, without contact of any kind save his uncle’s afternoon sessions of chess and talk of how to run a corporation. He was hidden away because, for a were, especially of the breeding of the Dirus family, Tim was exceptionally small. Silas hated this either because it was a blemish on their family’s bloodline, or he felt overprotective, or some twisted combination of the two. Either way he kept Tim away from regular school, and the outside world in general. He never had friends, he never got to go play, he never even got to shift and run on the full moon. Tim grew up always believing that he was never enough for his uncle’s liking and that’s why he was locked away with a paid pack of guards rather than a pack that was like family. He grew up without knowing how to interact within a pack, or in just everyday social situations. He had no idea what it truly meant to be a were. He’d been fed lies and old wives tales of beastly alphas that would dominate him into submission; who would mount and claim him if they had the chance whether it was consensual or not.
These lies were reinforced by Luca, uncle Silas’ lieutenant. Luca used Tim’s youth and naiveté and his (very brief) crush on Luca to terrorize him. Because Luca would trap him against walls and hurt him, threaten to have his way with him, Tim believed this was how all weres acted. Afraid of the lies that Luca told him of being promised Tim once he came of age, and tired of being locked away from the world like a dirty secret, Tim ran.
After five years of drifting he ends up in Wolf’s Paw, a small mountain town that acts as a refuge for weres and humans alike. Anyone in need or in trouble is offered sanctuary and protection. This is the first time Tim has been around weres, having always stayed in cities filled with humans, where he could blend in. Tim struggled to settle in this town. He felt like everyone–especially the big alpha werewolf sheriff, Nathaniel–was out to get him, just waiting for him to step out of line. But this wasn’t the case at all.
In actuality, Tim is the mate of Nathaniel, who desires him terribly, but would never, ever force anything on Tim. Nathaniel offers Tim his protection, and when he realizes his uncle has closed in on him, Tim goes to Nathaniel, out of instinct more than desire. His first thought was to run again, but something unknown pulls him to the sheriff’s station where he gave a vague explanation of being on the run from someone specific and needing help. Nathaniel convinced him to stay, promised to protect him and then took him to his home, which also acted as a sanctuary for needy or emergency cases.
It was a long couple of weeks of Nathaniel using every ounce of his control to keep from telling Tim the truth of the situation. He wanted Tim to come to the conclusion on his own. He also realized that Tim literally knew nothing about being a were and offered his advice/help regarding all things were whenever Tim wanted it.
The boy was so clueless about everything, instinct, scent, emotions, traditions, everything. And in some stories you might have gotten angry with Tim for being so clueless, but when you read what he was taught at the hands of Silas and Luca, you understand and empathize. You feel so bad for him because he had no clue, and Nathaniel (the whole town) was trying to scream it to him without actually saying the words out loud.
In Wolf’s Paw, Tim builds a family, gains friends, falls in love and he doesn’t even know it was happening to him. He almost hates himself; he feels as though he’s worthy of all the trouble the town is taking on for him, let alone being worthy of the town protector and alpha, Nathaniel. It takes a lot of frustration and angst and even a violent encounter with Luca before Tim finally catches on to what everyone has been trying to convey to him. And even then he hasn’t figured it all out!
Tim is sweet and naive and clueless, but full of sass and fire. Nathaniel is powerful, strong and has more control than is supernaturally possible. He’s also sweet and gentle and so loving. The cast of characters in this book are fantastic. Carl the cantankerous, older human veteran, Albert the sweet, shy were who has a semi-crush on Tim, Robin’s Egg, the fairy employs Tim and treats him like a sweet old aunt would, Zoe, the sassy sheriff’s right-hand woman.
This book was very well written. I can tell a lot of time and love went into it. It was angsty without making me want to gag or put the book down. It was fluffy and sweet as well as hot and sexy. The sexy times were hot, but didn’t sound like a teenaged-fangirl wrote them; they were dirty without being uncomfortably so. The romance was spot on. And the climax of the story was perfect.
It seems like I’ve given a lot away, but I actually don’t think I have. Anyone could read this review and then read the book and not be completely spoiled. It was fantastic, I recommend it to anyone who likes angsy, fluff, romance and sex all wrapped up in a very good plot. Now I’m going to go read the rest of the series in order.