Review: Wolf Instinct by Paige Tyler

Posted June 25, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Wolf Instinct by Paige Tyler
Wolf Instinct

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Series: SWAT #9
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on June 25, 2019
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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.

Challenges Met

New Release #88
COYER Summer #4  Number Order in series is part of 2019

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

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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.

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Carole rae
2 years ago

I’ve tried one or two by this author. I should try again. The last one was super meh for me.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

Sometimes a reader and author’s writing just aren’t a good match. I’ve had that happen, too. But yes, maybe a different story of hers will work better for you. 🙂

2 years ago

I heard about the author but I haven’t try her books her

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

She’s been writing for a while and has a few series out. I’ve only been following this series and her X-Ops ones because I enjoy the suspense with the paranormal romances that she does with these.

Melissa (Books and Things)

This looks like something I’d enjoy. I do think I’ll check out this author.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

She does a good mash up of genres that I enjoy. Hope you get the chance, Melissa. Oh, and you’ll love their SWAT team animal mascots. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I definitely need to read this one. I like her books but haven’t read many of them.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yes. This one is a series game changer, Mary. 🙂

2 years ago

I’ve only read one of this author’s for review a long time ago. It had this huge coincidence that I couldn’t get past and I never tried her again. Having said that, these sound really good.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

That’s funny about the coincidence. I actually stumbled with the first book, but have enjoyed them since then. 😉

Lover Of Romance
2 years ago

Great review you have here darling. Honestly, you can NEVER go wrong with picking up a Paige Tyler book. These stories she has written as edgy and sensual and I love them.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I haven’t read a dud by her, either. I really anticipate these. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Sizzling hot alpha’s are my fav, whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, Urban Fantasy, etc! I’m glad this story knocked your socks off, and that you got a great twist! Wonderful Review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

These guys are great and they aren’t jerks about it. Fun series, if you get the chance, Lindy. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

Oh of course its #9 in a super series Sophia Rose, fantastic review I can tell why you love it.
ps I”m still dealing w/flood issues so I’ll be around when I can xo

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I can’t believe its already book nine. It’s been such a fun series and I’ve loved most of them.

Yikes! Okay, no worries if you can’t stop by, Debbie. Keep treading water there. Hugs!

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I love when a series continues to build the world as it progresses. It’s also welcome when drama isn’t introduced for drama’s sake! Sounds like this book features a solid relationship 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, it’s been fun to keep up with each book and see the series morph into something more along the way.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I need to give this series another try. I started and then never finished the first book. I just wasn’t feeling it at the time, but this is usually the kind of a series I love. I’ll have to see if they have the first book in audio since you mentioned the stories kind of build on each other. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

The first book was my least favorite. I’ve mostly moderately enjoyed these with a few standouts that were fab. 🙂 There are little bits to the world-building that get added in each book, but I think you could skip one or two here and there and be able to stay in the game and audio might be even better than print. 🙂