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.
©2015 R. Coper (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
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.
I really enjoyed listening to this story...although at times I wanted to just smack some sense into Tim, aka Little wolf. Nathaniel was a dream and the cast of characters were awesome. The narration was great and the story was fantastical. Definitely recommend. Looking forward to reading more from R. Cooper
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.
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
I thought this story was super cute and the world very interesting. I love how I learned about shifters along with Tim since he was so innocent in the ways of wolves. The mating was full of affection and I LOVED the way Nathaniel and Tim showed their connection through touch and marking each other in public. Their journey to mating was the highlight of the book. I also loved the mystery and the way Tim grew as a person throughout the story.
However, there were so many times I wanted to slap Tim and yell at him to open his eyes! He was so oblivious to what was going on around him. Sometimes it was cute, but other times it was just too much and I needed things to move faster. I got aggravated that NO ONE seemed to want to talk EXPLICITLY about ANYTHING. It was all cloak and dagger and assumptions and hints and GGGRRRRRRRR, for real people! This whole book could have been half the length if ANYONE would have just said “YOU ARE THE SHERIFF”S MATE!!!” OMG! I am not sure if it was the story itself or the narration, but this book dragged in places for me and that is my biggest complaint.
I love R. Cooper’s style. Sometimes I just want cute and sweet and these books hit the mark for me. I enjoy this series and this was a good addition.
I thought the narrator had a great voice and was easy to listen to. However, for the length of the story, his style became monotonous and I found my mind wandering.
I enjoyed this book but felt that it was a little long-winded and repetitive. The story felt as though it could have used another few edits to shorten it some. The slow build romance gets lost at times as Tim says and thinks the same things every few pages. That being said, I like all the characters and would love to listen to Albert's story next.
I'd love to see some of R. Cooper's older books on audio so it would be easier to say which of the author's books is best overall. This is my favorite on audiobook, though the others are wonderful too.
Follow up on a binge of Cooper's books on audio by picking up all the ones that aren't. Really one of my favorite authors in the genre.
I think I read/listen too much for my own good. Love mystery books. Don't like MCs who are 'kids'. Love comedy. Not a fan of erotica
how did he now know?
little wolf and Carl
Almost anybody. He was reading. Just reading. I don't know who could just listen without the benefit of written book. There was no 'voice acting'. They all sound the same. All the time. When happy, sad, yelling, having sex..etc
No its too long for that. Plus the narrator...
Please send the narrator to voice acting school :)
The book isn't perfect. But main character is funny. I enjoyed more than 2nd book.
Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.
A very long book and a confusing story line at times. I like wolf stories a lot.
This book is going to the top of my re-read pile I loved every minute of it.
R. Cooper wrote a story that draws you in and Robert Nieman brought the characters to life, giving me the strong urge to smack Tim (more than once).
Thank you Dreamspinner for bring this to my attention.
"Great story, oddly paced narration"
I loved this story - it's pretty long at nearly 19 hours, but I was engaged the whole way in Nathanial and Tim's relationship. However, the pace of the narration was odd - there were loads of instances when the narrator seemed to finish a sentence and then realise there was more left to read in that sentence and just carried on speaking as if he hadn't stopped. It's a real shame as his interpretation of Tim was great (although I sometimes found it hard to work out who was speaking between Nathanial and Tim) but the speed/pace was just a bit to jerky for me.
I really liked the length of this book having to commute on a daily basis was a good listen. Slow and beautiful friendship that was kindled into a strong sexual relationship.
But sifter books always gets a Thumbs up from me ^^
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