Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review - Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spear

Between a Wolf and a Hard Place
by Terry Spear
Series: Silver Town Wolf, #7
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: April 4, 2017

In Silver Town, the secrets run deep…

Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has an ulterior motive when he donates a prized family heirloom to the Silver Town hotel. Ellie MacTire owns the place with her sisters, and he’s out to get her attention.

Ellie is even more special than Brett knows. She’s a wolf-shifter with a unique ability to commune with the dead. Ellie has been ostracized, so she protects herself and those she loves by revealing nothing—not even when strange and dangerous things begin to happen in Silver Town. And especially not to the devastatingly handsome and generous wolf who’s determined to win her over…

A colorful cast of characters bring Silver Town to life and I like the world that Terry Spear has created. Although Brett and Ellie were great characters and ultimately were a great couple, I did have a hard time with the way their story played out.

There are quite a few things going on in this story that circle around Brett and Ellie. There are ghosts, there are some shared sexy dreams, there are a trio of cousins who are ghost busters, and there are two families of wolves who are very protective of one another and a town who rallies around their own.

I think my main issue with this book was the way Ellie went about “testing” if she and Brett were supposed to be together. She was very cavalier about dating other wolves and not trusting that those shared sexy dreams meant that they were meant for each other. I get that mating means mated for life, but knowing that the sexy dream thing runs in Brett’s family (his cousins found their mates that way) it just rubbed me the wrong way that she would do that to him. And the fact that Brett is an alpha werewolf and he didn’t get a bit more adamant about her not dating other wolves…well it just didn’t make sense to me.

The other thing that kind of got in the way was the appearance of Ellie’s cousins, the ghost hunters. They seemed to be more of a diversion me than adding to Ellie and Brett’s story. Between the ghost in the hotel and Brett’s grandmother, there was enough ghost stuff going on that I felt the cousins took just a bit away from Ellie and Brett.

What I did like was the world that Terry Spear has created and the community of the Silver Town. There were a lot of great characters that were worked into the story and I just loved that small town feel they gave this book. And I loved the scenes of Ellie’s dates where the pack just so happen to be having lunch at the same time and same place as her dates! And other than putting up with Ellie’s dating nonsense, I did love Brett – he was everything you’d want in a werewolf mate!

Although I didn’t love this book, there’s enough about the world that I do think I’ll be checking out others in this series. The writing and dialogue were great and even though there wasn’t a lot of heat, there was enough tension and romance to make up for it.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy from the publisher via NetGalley of this book.

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