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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on June 25, 2019
Death has breathed down his neck more than once and nearly got him leaving him permanently injured, but Zane will not be left on the sidelines when a deep betrayal nearly destroys his SWAT alpha pack family. Wolf Instinct was anticipated story in this sizzling hot series, but, then again, they all are.
Wolf Instinct is installment nine in the SWAT series, a blend of paranormal romance and romantic suspense where werewolf meets police work. The early books might be easier out of order, but some of these later books build on previous books even though a different SWAT member is in the spotlight.
Zane is former British SAS, but a mission gone sideways left him off the team with a medical retirement, distance from his family, a broken engagement and what he sees as a monster inside him. Gage Dixon his SWAT commander brings him into the alpha pack fold and he has gotten back a bit of what he lost. But, then a policing case in which the werewolf hunters nearly killed him with a wolfbane bullet leaves him with a weak left arm and an attitude that he must prove himself. He goes on the mission to LA to help track one who betrayed and the pack was nearly killed on their home ground. And, that’s when the expected danger comes with a whole lot of weird and encountering a human woman who may be his The One. Guess which prospect is the one that scares him?
Alyssa Carson has seen a lot of weird since she joined the secret FBI unit that investigates cases that have strange, inexplicable aspects to them. Her best friend calls her in on a missing persons case. Young girls, from the vulnerable population of street kids, orphans, and runaways are being targeted. One body was found- drained of all its blood. Alyssa is following a tip on a certain nightclub and spots some girls meeting the criteria who are very much being stocked by a rich, creepy guy with a wall of bodyguards when another operative steps in and deals with the threat in a way that no human could. She hunts monsters, but can she ally with one to save the missing girls? His dishy Brit accent and amazing looks along with his willingness to respect her ability and work with her go a long way toward persuading her.
As usual, I love what the author does with her romance pair. She gives them engaging personal back stories and current situations. Most of the conflict is personal rather than between the pair though there is some because he’s a werewolf and she must learn this and accept it, but the conflict and angst make sense with the characters and situations. I can’t say how refreshing that is to not see stuff blown out of proportion just to stir up things. The author relies on the action conflict paired with what they need to overcome separately which becomes a teamwork thing when they want to help each other. In Wolf Instinct, Alyssa must learn to trust a partner in work and in relationship because she has always stayed fiercely independent and works best alone since she went through a traumatic event in her past. Meanwhile Zane pushes people away because he doesn’t think he deserves their love because he has survivor’s guilt and sees himself as unworthy.
This pair sizzle with attraction from the beginning and I loved how they were able to stay on the case and explore what is building between them.
This series has gone alone for a while slowly building the werewolf culture and their world that includes their police careers and the secret world of protecting other, more vulnerable, werewolves from the growing threat of the hunters. Someone is backing these hunters with the funds, equipment, and manpower to wipe out the weres. Wolf Instinct takes the current series arc trend and gives it some decided twists in its path. I suspect there had to be this possibility when I gave it some thought, but it was a surprising twist that I found quite the series game changer and broadened the possibility for future books.
In summary, this is a can’t miss book in the series and will knock the socks off series fans. Zane and Alyssa are a fab romance pair and the action was as sensational as usual. If you want a solid gold pairing of romantic suspense with paranormal romance involving some sizzling hot alpha werewolf SWAT police team action, grab up this series.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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