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Laura's Wolf

(Werewolf Marines #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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, h
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2014 by Melusine Press
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Mar 08, 2014 added it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, romance
Lia Silver is a friend's pen name, so no rating, as per my friend-rating-policy.

Some day I'll have to write a -- thing - somewhere, about what I do and don't like in straight romance romance, so when I say vague things like "more romancey than my preference" it'll mean something. This day isn't that one though, and I'll just have to leave the romance part at more romance than I usually like. That said, though, the book has a lot more going for it than the romance, and I definitely enjoyed it des
Sherwood Smith
That was quite a wild ride, especially the first three quarters. The final quarter is weighted more strongly toward character resolution, with an emphasis on PTSD, its effects, and how to deal with it, as well as steamy romance.

I really like the direction the werewolf trope is taken, and look forward to more with this set of characters. It's a perfect setup for sequels that promise to take the story further, instead of repeating the same plot.
Francesca Forrest
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(This review duplicates what's on LJ)

Laura’s Wolf makes me think I should take up reading more romances—but maybe I should just take up reading more Lia Silver. I hear she’s at work on a sequel to Laura’s Wolf, which is excellent news, because these characters are **wonderful**, and I could read about them all day.

I never thought of myself as a potential romance fan, much less a paranormal romance fan, but I loved this story about a werewolf marine. If I say “werewolf marine,” you’re probably ei
Laura's Wolf was an unexpected paranormal romance reading gem with deep insight into PTSD.

Silver delivers a strong message on the effects of PTSD, while providing a highly steamy werewolf tale. Our lead couple, Roy and Laura both have had tragedies in their pasts but together they re-emerge into life, love, family and most of all friendship.

The story had a very endearing quality. All the positive characters in this story had an inner kindness to help one another, be there for each other and give
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
This story is about PTSD, apparently written by an expert in this field, so we got great depth, but for me it detracted from the story and the romance got completely lost. The story is all ALL about PTSD, and their relationship was a small part of how they managed their PTSD. The H and h, their histories became boring as the only agenda was their issues. I didn't believe in their love, she was little more than his crutch. Great start that was morphed into disappointing by 50%. ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It has a ripping pace and excellent action and characters I liked even if they felt a little... overburdened... occasionally. Roy and Laura both have some pretty severe emotional scars and those scars are earned in their compelling backstories. Come to think of it, every other character had scars of their own, as well, though that makes it seem like the book was manipulative when it really wasn't. This background damage overwhelmed the story sometimes, even thoug ...more
I liked this a lot. I really appreciated that even though it was a fast romance, the characters worked hard on their relationship. It . . . was probably still too fast, but it made me believe that they could make it work long term.

And I really liked how the PSTD stuff was worked in. I don't think I've ever seen a mental illness portrayed in quite this way, with the physical effects of tiredness and not eating and the toll that takes on you and it really resonated with me.

And the werewolf mytholo
Two Nerds With Words
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Tina for Bex 'n' Books
3.5 - 4 stars
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

This story has potential to have great storyline, but some of this book contained just a little too much detail. It starts off with lots of action and keeps going all through the book.

I love that Roy is a marine that gets turned into a werewolf. Laura is a ex con artist who turned away from her conning ways to being involved with somethin
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book just doesn't know what it wants to be, plain and simple.

This book is genre-bending in the worst way possible, taking elements from three different genres. That didn't have to be a problem in and of itself, but each genre detracts from the others, rather than adding to them.

Urban fantasy
I know that paranormal romance is an established sub-genre, but the urban fantasy elements are so far removed from the romance elements that it makes sense to evaluate them separately. As an urban fantas
A contemporary romance about a war veteran werewolf on the run who ends up taking shelter in a cabin owned by a ex con artist who has her own demons and secrets. This was a whole bunch of things I've been looking for for ages, especially in romance novels. Informed and sastisfying treatment of disability! (PTSD and magical-but-believable physical Werewolf Issues, both treated like actual disabilities not just convenent angst) BOTH partners a mixture of screwed up and nurturing! Fluffy romantic ( ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a free read, and to be honest, wasn't really expecting much more than a quick, fluffy, paranormal read. I was so surprised to find a very well-written, well-edited, compelling read that went far beyond the typical tropes in this genre. I do wish that there was a different cover for this title, because I think it gave me the wrong impression, and really doesn't convey the strength of the book.

I won't give a synopsis, because the blurb pretty much does it. What it doesn't mention is
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
I read the book in ... June, I think, but my review mojo isn't back yet, so I didn't write a review. I'll just quote myself from a recommend bit I did for the book ^^.

"Laura's Wolf is a well written paranormal romance and suspense with a hero and heroine who both deal believably with PTSD for various reasons (the author is a therapist in her real life) and I thought the integration of werewolves and other powers (actually reminded me a bit of the X-Men in some ways) into the US, specifically Cal
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I'm torn between giving this book 4 and 5 stars, so I'm giving it 4.5 and rounding up. The only reason I'd be tempted to go lower is because there were a few spots where the book dragged --- I think it could easily have been 50 or 100 pages shorter and been a better book.

That said, the characters were good and I enjoyed the uniqueness of the world-building. Plus, I've noticed a rash of books lately about soldiers with PTSD, and this book really nails the topic, unlike the other books which seem
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended by Sherwood Smith and Estara. I wasn't blown away by Laura's Wolf but it's an interesting read. I liked both Laura, the ex-con artist, and Roy, the veteran Marine. I thought they were a good match. There's a lot of action in the book but a huge chunk of it also focuses on PTSD and how it affected Laura and Roy and their relationship. I would have liked for the book to have included more worldbuilding when it comes to the werewolf lore, like more history about werewolves in this world ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr
I would say expectations have marred this book reading, but I am not sure it's completely true. Sure, I thought this was going to be a PNR, while it's a cont military romance, and the paranormal is un-existing. (Fantasy is something more than saying werewolves exist.)
But my problem with this story is that is fully centred on post traumatic stress disorder, and doesn't move from here. All characters suffer from it, all, and all their problems are related to it. Saying I was bored is mild. I can'
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I liked all the different elements of the story, but think it could have used some trimming overall -- the pacing seemed super slow at times.

I think my favorite part was watching how the hero slowly learned to deal with the PTSD and toxic masculinity that was killing him by pieces. If you're looking for a growly alphahole hero, this will probably disappoint, but I actually really enjoyed watching him heal; he seemed like an actual person, not a cardboard prop.

Also, there were some (ver
Jess Mahler
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable werewolf romance with a fairly original take on werewolves that still stays true to reader expectations. Well written, with one of the best fictional depictions of PTSD I've seen, a heroine and hero who match each other in both badassery and vulnerability.

The femdom interludes are enjoyable for this kinky reader, but light enough that most vanilla readers won't find them a turn off (no toys, S&M or latex, just a man who likes being told what to do to please his partner and woman who li
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not perhaps the sort of thing I normally read, but really enjoyed it, possibly because a) very well-written with great characters and b) it was subverting what I understand to be various genre cliches - e.g. troo love and great sex don't actually magically resolve the main characters' problems but still go on, even if they are coping with them better and healing is happening. Similarly, defeating the bad guy isn't the end of the story. ...more
Mar 11, 2014 marked it as books-own-umm


I've found a new shifter-romance author worth re-reading

This book features two damaged characters dealing realistically with traumatic events in their pasts even as they're forced to engage in more in the present. The central relationship involves getting to know each other deeply, though it comes in several phases of honesty, since they are a former con artist all too used to lying about who she is, despite feeling shame/embarrassment about that only recently ended lifestyle, and a tough Marine
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Reviewed at Shifter Haven

While Laura’s Wolf is an intriguing shifter romance, it also opened my eyes a bit more to the daily suffering and dealing that people with PTSD have to face every single day. And, truth is, you do not have to be a soldier to experience PTSD. The characters in this story all deal, in one way or another, with the results of trauma which simply brings home the fact that not everyone will experience the same symptoms of PTSD, but everyone who faces this does go through a ve
Joetta Spurling
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Looks like I found a new author to follow

Laura's Wolf: Werewolf Marines book 1
By Lia Silver
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When we met Roy, he is in a hospital recuperating from his injuries from when his helicopter had been shot down in Afghanistan.
Laura is not what she seems on the outside she has all kinds of things going on with her, she is like an onion and I enjoyed getting to know her character. The way she was there for Roy from the minute you met him touched my heart.
Please take the time to
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
What's more alpha then a werewolf who's a Marine??!! Roy is an alpha severely bent if not broken by horrors of combat. Laura is a con artist by and since birth scarred by a violent incident and basically alone in the world. When Roy saves her, she learns his furry secret. Determined to return the favor she tries to help but unbeknownst to her, her past isn't done with her. Roy has to battle his demons to save her and along the way creates his own pack with Laura as his mate. Roy's teammate DJ wh ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read.

Knowledge of military issues made this interesting. It is hard to find good stories of real situations. PTSD is a major problem for our military. I love paranormal stories and this one is very well written. I love the characters, they have depth and personality. The beginning was a little confusing as I thought the medical facility was doing tests on Roy because of him being a werewolf vs. having PTSD. I am off to the next book.
Sandy K Camp
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was ok

I grabbed this book after finding the author writing under another pen name. Loved her other series. This book was a complete disappointment and I had to force myself to finish it. The story dragged and I found myself skimming over sections of the book....I get it they all have PTSD, but it just dragged on and over and over. Will not even attempt book 2 in the series.
Sep 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars ( I round up ) I enjoyed the story it lost half a star bc at times it felt like the author was writing more information than I wanted to know. It went just a tad to far into I'll fix you and you fix me psychological text book, also she left her purse with her car but it's back at the cabin and she's getting medicine out of it for Roy. It's little things that can make a reader go what? wait ? I still liked the story even if 20% could have been left on the cutting floor. ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars
Loved the book, a well-written story with strong characters and the reality of PTSD, of how problems don't start or are solved because we turned into something else but the need to reinvent our lives and find satisfaction. A great way to start a series
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Started well but just seemed to veer off the course I was looking for. Apart from reminding me of another series which I love, this just didn’t deliver.
Though the dealing with PTSD was well done, it ended up overshadowing the werewolf marine story I was looking for.
Catherine Marie Meyer
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sadly, Sick Wolf

Laura and Roy are perfect in that they have so much that is truly broken about them. They also have the ability to help heal each other as long as they listened to each other. I've over simplified but you get my point. Great story.
Mary Jo
Sep 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good plot

This was a good book the writing was good. I will read the next one but honestly I can do without the sex. People just can’t Leave out the personal details.. I’d prefer they did.
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The author works as a therapist, specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Lia Silver” is a pen name. She also writes for teenagers under the name of Rachel Manija Brown.

When she isn’t working, reading, or writing, she enjoys cooking, hiking, horseback riding, martial arts, and cuddling her cats.

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