Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on December 1, 2015
And here we arrive at book three and I eagerly snatched it up so I could dive in to the world of a secret werewolf pack of alphas working as Dallas’ SWAT team. Raw action scenes, sensual romantic build up as each wolf finds The One, and of course the suspense and drama that makes up a good story. This time, Becker and the other wolves of SWAT get a surprise when a new pack hits town and they’re not playing for the good guys’ team which causes a bit of consternation for Becker because a lovely she-wolf from that pack has him all knotted up inside.
This is book three of the series as I said and I suppose in a pinch, it can be read out of order. But I would recommend it in order as the explanations about the SWAT team, the werewolf world and hints at past stories build to this one.
Becker and the guys are sent out on yet the latest of a series of daring heists, but this time he gets two surprises. First, the criminals are werewolves, and secondly, his The One might be one of them. He goes with his gut and keeps her from being arrested by his team and then goes looking for her. And boy is she and her pack in a lot of trouble with ties to stronger rogue wolves and to the Albanian mob. Becker with the help of Cooper starts working to get her out of her situation while also convincing his she-wolf that soulmates and lasting love are real. Going undercover as a rogue wolf is crazy and dangerous, but he does it for Jayna.
Jayna has lived a tough life and it was only by being found and added to a pack of other misfits that she finds a family and a sense of belonging. But all that is threatened as their alpha moves them to Dallas and they are loaned out for stealing jobs to help pay his debt back to some Albanian mobsters. Jayna would walk away from the mess in a heartbeat, but she can’t leave the other members of her pack behind. Then right when she thinks she is either going to be shot or arrested, a big alpha werewolf SWAT team officer hides her from his own team. Later, Becker finds her and promises to help her and the others. Jayna hasn’t been given many reasons to trust outside her pack, but she does trust Becker even if he has the crazy idea that they are soulmates.
This was one of those unputdownable books. I was already disposed to like it, but it was even better than I expected. Jayna has a tough life and she is emotionally fragile though strong as steel to endure what she has. She has to be handled with kid gloves and it doesn’t seem like a big alpha wolf on the side of law and order can do it. However, Becker is just the unique guy for the job. He is careful and takes things slow with Jayna, but he is fierce and protective, too. She comes to feel safe and how it is to be the object of care for the first time. It is always Jayna who holds her pack together and for the first time, someone comes along for her to lean on.
The excitement of the trouble within the pack and the cold-blooded mob guys right there was intense. Becker was undercover and I loved that nail-biting stuff of whether he would get caught and what would happen when he did. As a result, this did mean that the story was told away from the other SWAT members for the most part. Cooper (love this guy) played a huge part. I cracked up that along with covering for Becker at work, Becker had the poor guy feeling his tropical fish and would Coop please talk to them so they don’t get lonely?
[quote]”Damn,” Cooper said, “She’s beautiful.”
Becker knew that already, but after watching her walk back to his bedroom, he could understand why Cooper might point out the obvious. And if any other guy had said the same thing, he might have been jealous. But Cooper was like a brother.
“Oh yeah,” Becker agreed. “If there was ever a woman made to wear yoga pants, it’s her.”
Cooper shook his head. “What is it with you and those damn yoga pants? I mean, she definitely looks good in them, but sometimes I think you have a psychological condition when it comes to your obsession with the things.”
“Maybe. But did you know that twenty percent of women can orgasm while doing yoga?”
“How the hell would I know that? And more importantly, how the hell do you?”
“I read it in Cosmo a while ago.”
Cooper opened his mouth to say something, but then closed it. Finally, he just shook his head.
- 168-169 Becker and Cooper from In the Company of Wolves[/quote]
The fight scenes were phenom while the slow to build romance and the passion there was good stuff, too. The romantic relationship was a modified fated mate affair, but it took its time getting there as it should under the circumstances. But I liked that the conflict made sense for the situation and the author let the natural conflict do its job without infusing more drama just because.
Have to put this out there that I loved the added werewolf lore that explained way more than the last two books put together. The books each seem to reveal a bit more at a time that I find fascinating about the author’s refreshing werewolf world.
Can’t wait for the next SWAT wolf to get his story and for more of the group as a whole. Those who enjoy the blend of the paranormal with romantic suspense should definitely give these a go. I’ve gotten more vested as the series progresses.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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