Book Reviews

Finding Release (Wild R Farm 1) by Silvia Onyx

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Cowboys/Cowgirls / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 06-January-2023

Book Blurb

When a werewolf cowboy fall for his horse shifter…..

I’m half werewolf, and some days the tension between my human side and my wolf instincts threaten to tear me apart.

The challenge of running a horse farm as a predator helps rein in the wildness until I’m confronted by horse shifter, Jonah Marks.

Jonah's family insists shapeshifting is wrong, but Jonah longs to let his stallion run free. When his brother threatens his life, he comes to me for help. Heat instantly flares between us, and I know Jonah is meant to be mine.

It’s going to take all my strength to keep him safe and give us both a chance at the life we've always wanted.



First edition published under author pseudonym, Silvia Violet, December 2012.


Book Review

It's difficult enough dealing with the day-to-day issues of life without extenuating circumstances complicating matters even further. Cole is a good man; he's a half-breed werewolf shifter. He's always fought his wolf, but never fully came to terms with the implications. When he falls in love with Jonah who is a horse shifter, the need to get things under control is obvious because horses and wolves don't mix.

Cole is a complicated man. He's a good person. Cole is brave, passionate, and fiercely loyal, but he hasn't accepted an important part of himself which can't and won't be denied forever. He has to face his fears about his wolf side in order to conquer and embrace them. He needs balance in his life. Until Jonah came along, the motivation to do so didn't exist, but now that Jonah is in the picture, Cole's ability to incorporate his internal struggle becomes vital.

I really liked Jonah. He's braver than he realizes and stronger as well. He's always seen himself as weak, but he isn't. He knows he's different, but he loves his horse nature. In fact, it saved his life. He loves Cole too, and isn't afraid of his wolf. Jonah understands that in order for Cole to truly be able to love him, Cole must first learn to accept and love himself. Until Jonah's horse and Cole's wolf can learn to combine their strengths, there will always be something missing.

First of all, I have to say that I'm not normally a shifter fan, but I do enjoy Silvia's writing so I gave it a chance. It's a good story—good plot, good characters, and certainly a lot of sexual energy and action between Cole and Jonah. I was a little lost with them being shifters and didn't really understand how it worked, but was happy that they were able to sort through it. There was a lot of angst in the story. I appreciate how Silvia addressed the social issues of blind prejudice, not just against shifters, but gays as well. While some parts of the story were slower than I would have liked, overall it flowed well for me. I did have a problem connecting with the characters though, particularly Cole.  Maybe it was because Cole is distant in many respects and that came across very well. It's difficult to like someone who doesn't like himself. Jonah was easier for me to understand and his feelings were more open and, even though he didn't have great self-esteem, it was clear that he could fix that with the right person and right circumstances. Together, they are dynamite. I'd recommend this story to anyone loving horses, wolves, passion, loyalty, devotion, good winning over evil, and love conquering all. Thanks, Silvia, for the entertaining story.

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 169 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-January-2023
Price $3.99 ebook
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