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Laura's Wolf

(Werewolf Marines #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  97 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
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 d
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 proba/>Laura’s
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 freely of themselves for the
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%.
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.

Bex 'n' Books
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 bein
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
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
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of paranaromal, suspense, romance and superhero comics, actually ^^
Recommended to Estara by: Sherwood Smith
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, spec
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
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
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chachic by: Sherwood Smith
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.

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.


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
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.
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.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read

Roy and Laura sure had it tough This story really makes us aware of how it is to live with PTSD
L Bongiorno
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the insights to PTSD and how they delt with them.
Dawn Masters
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Too Good!

Ms. Silver wrote a realistic book about life, cleverly disguised as shifter romance. I loved it! Absolutely enthralling from beginning to end!
Kathryn A. Cardona
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

A book that was fairly longer than I thought was necessary. I learned more about PTSD than I thought was necessary. But then maybe that was a good thing
Sandy S
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: March 5, 2014

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, he hid out in the woods of Yosemite. ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Amber Rose
I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

Laura Kaplan, a semi-reformed con artist with major self-esteem issues, has been raised to roll with the punches and adapt to survive. The crushing guilt she experiences after witnessing a brutal crime sends her running to her father’s secluded cabin for a little R&R. The last thing she expected to find was a gorgeous veteran nursing his own wounds in the barn on her father’s property.

“He 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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