REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Little Wolf
SERIES: Beings in Love Book 4
AUTHOR: R. Cooper
NARRATOR: Robert Nieman
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 18 hours and 54 minutes
RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2016
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.
Tim Dirus has no idea how his life got to be this. On the run from his family who sheltered him from the world and kept him ignorant of everything it means to be a wolf, he ends up in a town that’s dedicated to helping werewolves make better lives for themselves with help from an odd but lovable assortment of characters.
One of those people is a whole lot more compelling than Tim is prepared to deal with.
Nathaniel Neri is the sheriff that is pretty much perfect in Tim’s eyes and it makes it almost impossible for Tim to have a decent conversation with the man. He’s drawn to Nathaniel almost against his will and his instinctive reaction is to alternately growl at the man to keep him away, and wanting to fall in to his arms and never be alone again.
There is so much going on in this story and I loved every bit of it.
Tim and Nathaniel are characters that I fell so damn hard for and while normally I would have balked at listening to a book of this length (listening is so much slower than my usual reading speed) the story and the narrator made this an adventure I was glad I took my time with.
The side characters are just as wonderful as our intrepid heroes too! Carl, the grumpy human veteran with a heart of gold. Albert, the young werewolf who somehow becomes Tim’s best friend and closest confidant. Zoe, the deputy who lives with Nathaniel and has become his “little sister”.
The more time Tim spends in Wolfspaw, the more attached he becomes even though he keeps trying to tell himself that he’s going to be moving on sooner or later.
When Tim realizes that the uncle he’s on the run from is closing in on him, he knows he should leave fast, but instead he finds himself standing in front of the sheriff, cursing the instincts that led him there.
The author’s built an amazing world in Wolfspaw and I could gladly read a dozen stories about the people who are living there.
I tried really hard to find something I could critique about this story because I know that nothing is perfect but honestly, nothing of note jumped out at me so I guess I will have to leave it at that.
A narrator obviously can make or break an audiobook. A bad narrator who seems uninterested or bored will ruin the best of stories but Robert Neiman was the perfect narrator for this supernatural tale. He kept it on pace, never letting it lag or get boring, a feat in of itself with something this long. His voice suited the characters and was the final element that made this story so enjoyable. It sounded like he was enjoying reading as much as I loved hearing it and that made me smile a lot.
I have read the first two books in this series, although they really are standalone tales that are connected by interesting threads and I can highly recommend those books as well.
This story was like visiting with familiar friends somehow and I hope you will take the chance on getting swept away as I did.