Wolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler

Wolf Unleashed by Paige TylerWolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler

Series: #5 SWAT
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The latest installment of SWAT brings us Alex Trevino’s story.  If ever a werewolf had to woo his mate and work to keep her safe, it is solid and hardworking Alex.  Full of excitement, passion, and a bit of suspense, this book was gobbled up quick and left me eager for more.

Wolf Unleashed is the fifth book in the SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) series.  It works best read in order so the reader meets all the other characters and gets the series world building as it is explained along the way.

The story opens with Alex and a few others of the team working a stakeout to catch the drug dealers and get a new dangerous drug off the streets.  In between stakeouts, Alex takes the team’s adopted dog to the vet for her follow up appointment.  There Alex meets new vet, Lacy Barton.  He is attracted and asks her out only to get shot down cold.  His werewolf senses tell him she is equally attracted so he is confused as to why she acts uninterested.  He tries several more times with the same result until with the help of her friend, he finally wears her down.

Lacy is just getting started and has a boatload of school bills and the responsibility of a younger sister.  She doesn’t have time in her life even for a nice, handsome guy like Alex.  Or so she tells herself, but she knows deep down it is her issues with men.  Her mom picked bad each and every time and it was a revolving door until the end.  Lacy is determined to never be like her mom even if it means never having a man or family of her own.  But then she finally says yes and Alex shows her that she is not her mom and he most certainly is nothing like her dad.  All is well until the day she sees him sprout fangs and claws.

Between hunts for a dogfighting ring, missing girls, drug dealers, and Alex’s other nature, this pair have plenty to keep them in high passion and danger.

Alright, like others in the series this one was a good blend of action and romance.  Lacy has a difficult past and has a lot to work out while Alex must convince her that he’s not a monster.  The action and suspense were good.  Lacy is pursuing dog-fight handlers and concerned about her younger sisters’ missing friends while Alex is working a drug case.  There is more going on than meets the eye and I loved how the twists in the story built the tension.

The romance was brought along at a good rate, too.  I always enjoy how the author writes her conflict.  There is the werewolf secret element and usually past issues, but it is a relief to see her characters handle matters like adults.  The conflict is real and part of the romance, but so is the relationship building in spite of a fated mates quality to the werewolf lore.

Loved this one and read it all in one sitting.  After the mention of the werewolf hunters and a few suspicious types in the DPD, I can’t wait to see where things head next.  Those who love a blend of paranormal and suspense with their romance really need to try this series.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

About Paige Tyler

Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines they fall in love with. She lives with her very own military hero (a.k.a. her husband) and their adorable dog on the beautiful Florida coast. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I am all for characters handling secrets like adults. Sometimes it’s too easy to go the other way just for the sake of cheesy drama. Boo.

    • Exactly, Verushka! I love seeing conflict in a story, but hate when instead I get ‘cheesy drama’. 🙂

  • Romantic suspense? Yay! I’m definitely up for that. I think I’m going to check out this series. Thanks for this awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Me, too, Vanessa. The series has been fun. Usually her first book in the series, Hungry Like A Wolf, is on sale or free so hope you get the chance.

  • oh yay I am so glad that you enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to pick it up

    • It’s not a lot different than the last few, but sometimes its comfy to get a similar story in a series I love. I think you’ll like this pair, Renee. 🙂

  • It sounds like a good series. I like books about shifters and the suspense element sin these sounds good too. That must be quite the shock when she sees him changing into a werewolf. I don’t mind the fated mates thing that’s sometimes part of the werewolf lore, but it is important you still feel their connection, which seems to be the case here. Great review!

    • Yes, I’ve enjoyed how she shares a little more of her werewolf lore with each book and lets her human characters feel the struggle of accepting the paranormal and the relationship.

  • I just loved Alex. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, too, Sophia. It sure will be interesting seeing the werewolf hunter aspect!

    • I think the hunter aspect will get interesting, too. I enjoyed Alex, too. He’s so easy to like that I wanted to pop the girl for resisting so long. 🙂

  • I just found out that this will be available on audio. I’m so excited and I will grabbing it as soon as possible. I really enjoy this series. Glad to see you’re enjoying it too.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Hey, hey, even better. Look forward to your review on it. Though, there will be some sad animal moments, I think you’ll love Alex.

  • Hi Shari and Sophia Rose! Visiting with #getsocial17 event. But been reading your reviews for years now!

    I haven’t read this series, it “belongs” to my review partners, Gikany and Una. In fact, their review posts today, I think! 🙂

    • Hi Jen!

      Thanks for dropping in for the event. I see your avatar around so I already know you as a friendly, social gal. 🙂
      LOL, love the ‘belongs’ thing. Shari and I share a love for some series, but we also have our separate favorite series, too.

  • Seems like an exciting read! Enjoyed the review 🙂

    • These are very exciting, Mahevash. Werewolf cops, what else, right? LOL