Willing Hands by Silvia Violet

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Willing Hands by Silvia Violet
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (220 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Will has a temper as wild as the bear he holds inside. Normally he’s an easy-going, caring guy, but if someone crosses him, he uses his claws and shifter strength to set them straight. His temper ruined his chance at the career he wanted, but now he’s working at Wild R Farm, enjoying the camaraderie and longing for more with one special man.

No one at the farm knows much about Ryan. He’s done time in prison and he carries scars that tell of something horrible in his past. When he gifts Will with one of his rare smiles, Will decides to do whatever it takes to get him to smile more often. Will is used to being a protector, and even when he learns Ryan’s dark secrets, he refuses to turn away. What he doesn’t realize is that he needs Ryan’s quiet strength as much as Ryan needs someone to show they care. Ryan’s past threatens to send him running, but Will and the rest of the crew of Wild R prove that no matter the danger, they take care of their own.

I adore bear shifter stories, and Ms. Violet gave me a great one.  Will was both volatile like a bear but had a cuddly teddy bear side too, especially when it came to his mate.

Will’s temper has ruined a lot of things for him, but he is determined to not let his temper ruin the relationship that is forming with Ryan. I really liked Will because even though he’s a dangerous and temperamental bear shifter, he’s a sweet man who is kind to both animals and Ryan.

Ryan definitely needs Will’s kindness, because Ryan has had a hard life. He’s overcome some serious abuse, and watching him blossom and finally heal from that abuse under the care and love of Will adds a strong element of trust and realism to the story. Ryan was a great character who loves those around him and carries a lot of guilt because of his past, I enjoyed that he knows he wants Will and is willing to fight for him, and to go for what he wants.

I was a bit confused with parts of the story because a lot of past characters pop up, this is the fifth book in the series, and I haven’t read the others. While I was able to enjoy the story, I did feel like I missed a lot because I didn’t know all the characters and their back stories, but they were introduced like I should know them.

I did enjoy the scenes on the ranch with the horses, I enjoyed that there were lots of different types of shifters and I really enjoyed the scenes between Will and Ryan. I would definitely recommend this for fans of bear shifters, but I do think at least the book before may be essential to enjoying this story fully.

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