Title: Wolf from the Past
Series: Salvation Pack #4
Author: N. J. Walters
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Playing dead is easy. Living is hard.
Sylvie LaForge Dubois knew coming back from the dead wouldn’t be easy, but facing her brother and his friends is harder than she imagined. The way Gator Rollins watches her every move makes her decidedly uneasy and excited.
After surviving a forced mating to the abusive Andre Dubois, having a rugged, dangerous werewolf like Gator sniffing around her is scary and thrilling at the same time. She never imagined she’d want another man, but her bone-deep attraction to Gator is too strong to fight.
Gator never got a chance to tell Sylvie he loved her before she was mated with another and, well, died. Now that she’s back, there’s nothing he won’t do to protect her.
Once word gets out, Sylvie’s former pack will be coming for her. No one leaves the Louisiana pack, especially not a female werewolf. But Gator’s determined that this time he won’t let anyone or anything get between him and Sylvie, even if she can’t decide if his touch makes her want to jump his bones…or run for the hills.
Read on for my thoughts on Wolf from the Past. No true spoilers, promise.
Wolf from the Past is an intense, compelling and I would even say captivating story of the love between mates – even when they are denied each other by outside forces. Even when one has to “die” in order to escape the constant, unimaginable abuse, only to come alive once again when it’s safe to no longer be in hiding for her life.
Sylvie knew that returning to her brother’s new pack would not be easy. Especially since he had thought her dead. The only way she could survive the abuse of her forced mating was to find the way to die convincingly and to stay hidden until the danger had passed – her former mate’s death. She also knew that running here was bringing danger onto this pack. But she couldn’t live hidden any longer. She deserved the freedom of any member of the pack, she knew that she’d have to earn it as well.
Gator had loved Sylvie, his mate. And had seen her mated off to another. The abuse that she had gone through was obvious, even now long after she had hidden herself through her faked death. She may want him as her natural mate, but that didn’t stop her from still being afraid. Even though he could understand the lingering fear, Gator hoped that in time Sylvie would realize that he only wanted to protect her and care for her as his mate. He would fight for her, even fight her in order to gain the love of his life. Nothing would stop him this time. Nothing.
Even though Wolf from the Past is part of an ongoing series, Salvation Pack, you do not have to have read the previous stories to enjoy this one. Of course it helps, but you will get enough of the history within the story to fill in the spots that are important for this story. It will, however, probably tempt you to go back and read the series from the start.
Sylvie is truly a wounded soul. Proud, strong and wounded. She will need Gator’s patience, affection, and presence in her life in order to heal once again. Gator isn’t known for his patience. But he will do what he feels necessary to protect Sylvie. She is his mate and nothing will keep him from her ever again.
I enjoyed this story very much. The main characters were intense, believable and drew me into their situation easily. The secondary characters always make a huge difference for me in an ongoing story and I found everyone in Wolf from the Past to strengthen the story along the way. At times it is not an easy story to read because of the abuse. Yet, it is an empowering story that even in the paranormal world, we do what we must to survive and go on to live a better life. If you enjoy shifters, if you love a solid story with action, romance and an engaging couple then you would enjoy Wolf from the Past.
*I received an e-ARC of Wolf from the Past from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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