Oliver is a conservationist working for the government; he wants to reintroduce the wolves in an area where they were hunted until extinction and his good intentions are not welcomed by the locals. Actually there is only one rancher, Jacob, who more or less is not pro or cons Oliver’s aim, but Jacob is used to not mingle with the townsfolk, he prefers to live on his own ranch with his dogs and sheeps.
Oliver and Jacob accidentally meet in town and Jacob is fascinated by the young man with his aura of innocence; Oliver is not really young and naïve, but he was in a long-committed relationship with another man who sadly died 5 years before, and since then he has never dated again. So basically Oliver only had a previous experience and he considers himself an average guy who probably will never attract a handsome man like Jacob.
Jacob has no really interest in social butterflies, living in a rather isolated ranch and not liking too much crowded place, Oliver is probably his perfect companion: a man who likes and respects the wild life, who will be willing to share the isolation Jacob prefers.
The fact that Jacob is a shapeshifter wolf is part of the story but sincerely is not really the main theme; the story moves more around their relationship, the goal to find a partner who can share your life and interests than having the issue to admit you are a mythical creature. Actually when the moment will arrive, it will be so “normal” that it will not cause much trouble in the balance they had already reached with their relationship.
Another main point is, as I said at the beginning, that the story starts with an act of violence, Oliver being beaten by the local rangers, but once Jacob shelters him, the story turns in a fully romance, and the townsfolk more or less disappears from the picture. Wolf’s Survival, in the end, is a nice romance between a lonely man, Jacob, who will heal his past pain with the help of a young man, Oliver; the subsequent relationship will be good and comfortable, with just that touch of passion to warm the whole.
As other readers of this story, I had the feeling that there is, or was, a story for Javier and Dillon, maybe the author will think to write also that one.
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Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (October 15, 2010)