Sunday, February 23, 2014

ARC Review: Silence of the Wolf

Silence of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf #13)

by Terry Spear


Gray werewolf Tom Silver is determined to find the wolves who have been attacking local livestock. While tracking the pack through the Rockies, a blizzard forces him into a remote cabin where he hears a plane crash nearby.
When he discovers the sole survivor is a beautiful female werewolf/coyote shifter mix, bound as a prisoner, he knows it's his duty to hide her. Now, they are both at risk as a search ensues for the missing prisoner.
Will Tom be able to protect this beautiful stranger while tracking down the wolves responsible for terrorizing the local livestock?
Themes: Paranormal, Shifters, Werewolves
Rating: 3.75 stars
Heat Rating: 
Returning to the world of these crazy and alpha werewolves, we get an interesting glimpse into pack dynamics and relations with other packs as well.  The series has gotten so complicated recently, with so many different packs having been introduced, that I have missed seeing some of my favorite characters from the beginning of the series, but this book brings a lot of them back together, interweaving the relationships between everyone and in a lot of ways (thought not officially) combining the local packs into an even larger family.  I will say that I was a bit annoyed by the misleading nature of the blurb.  It made it sound like Tom has no connection to Elizabeth until he rescues her from the plane and that’s not the way it really was at all.  Other than that the story itself was great, the writing was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see a lot of the couples that we met a long time ago in previous books.
The story actually begins with Elizabeth’s arrival in Silver Town, where she is visiting the ski resort to write an article and to meet with a friend from her former pack that has evidence of the truth about her parents’ deaths. When her ride arrives at the B & B to take her to the ski slopes she is floored to find herself instantly attracted to Tom Silver, brother of the local wolf pack Alpha, but nowhere near as surprised as Tom himself is.  Though it is his responsibility to keep Elizabeth safe while she’s in their territory, there is no denying that he is attracted to her and that just makes everything even more complicated.  When Elizabeth finds herself wrapped up in trouble, the pack instantly rallies around her and Tom finds himself unable to deny his visceral attraction and need to keep her safe. However she is determined to keep the pack and her new friends out of danger, so she returns to her home, which turn out to only put her into even more danger. Now comes the plane crash, where Tom rescues his girl.  Once they are safe again, Tom puts into motion a plan to find out the truth surrounding Elizabeth’s attacks and keep her safe once and for all.  And giving in to that need shows Tom that Elizabeth is his perfect woman and the only woman he could ever mate for life.
I liked Elizabeth from the very beginning, with her strength and refusal to allow herself to be bullied, like she has been in her past.  Being isolated from others of her kind since her parents’ deaths, has left her with a bad taste in her mouth concerning shifters in general and wolves in particular. Her initial attraction to Tom leaves her wary, but he is just too handsome and sweet to resist for long.  Seeing how wonderful he is makes her rethink her prejudices, but she is afraid he’ll change his mind about her, as so many others have in the past, once he understands the stigma that comes with her being a half-breed. Tom also feels the instant pull to Elizabeth, but he isn’t ready by any means to settle down and find a mate.  As they get to know each other better and learn more about the circumstances surrounding them, it becomes apparent that there is more there then just a base sensual attraction, the love they are both learning to believe in could be real if they just allow the emotion to grow.
Being a long-standing fan of this series, and others by the author as well, I enjoyed every second of Tom’s story, even though there was certainly some serious drama and heartache.  I loved seeing Tom and Elizabeth interacting with each other and the others in the pack as well.  The pack is like one huge family, with wit and teasing, love and loyalty, and the best of all is that they never let each other down in the hard times. Elizabeth comes to count on the rest of the pack as much as she does Tom, for the first time in forever allowing others to support and aid her in life. There are fireworks between Elizabeth and Tom even in the most unlikely of situations and when they finally give in to the passion between them there is no denying the fire that they start. The truth surrounding Elizabeth’s past was sad but not surprising because even though they are shifters, they are human and can be lead by greed and jealousy and be just as treacherous as the rest of the human population.  We get to see several previous couples come into this story, in different ways and see the whole web that links some characters I’d either forgotten were linked or never realized the connection.  I am looking forward to seeing what comes next in the series, but I know that no matter what comes next I know I will enjoy it immensely.  The Heart of the Wolf lives on and will always be one of my favorites.

*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided. 

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