Silver by Rhiannon Held
TOR (June 2012)
Trade: $14.99; ebook: $9.99
Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.
The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.
Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.
Silver is a quick and interesting story about werewolves. It feels like an urban fantasy with slight romantic threads that eventually turns into a romance. I liked the idea of werewolves being persecuted by an unknown enemy and the hunt to find the killer. I gobbled everything, even the hallucinations of a damaged heroine, until the romance became a pivotal part of the story.
I didn’t buy the true love the author sold. The heroine was so damaged that she was only sane occasionally and I don’t see how she can have a meaningful relationship with an alpha werewolf. She is damaged on many levels that it almost feels like the hero is taking advantage of her by entering into a relationship with her. Silver, the heroine, doesn’t see it that way and makes it clear that she is making her own decisions, but that doesn’t make it okay for me. It actually detracted from the story. Had the elevation in relationship not occurred I would have rated this book 4 out of 5. With the relationship, I’m docking it a half point.