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.