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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on October 30, 2018
Exploding right out of the gates from word one, Wolf Rising reminded me why I love this author’s SWAT series and her writing. As the series progresses so does the strengths of its individual and combined elements. The werewolf police SWAT team continues to amaze as gang warfare, hunter intrigue, and a close-up look at what it means to be an Omega wolf.
Wolf Rising is book eight and I felt its strong ties to the earlier books in the series as ongoing series plot threads and a growing large cast of regular characters make it not a good place to jump into the series.
Jayden Brooks has been with the SWAT team for a long time. Personal tragedy in his early life and a near fatal injury in the early years of his police career are all part of the backstory bringing him to being a member of Gage’s team and pack. While fighting the war on drugs and gang crime, he gets called in for a school shooting in progress and that is when his whole life changes with one look into teacher Selena Rosa’s eyes.
Teaching at a school in the part of town where the gangs have a stranglehold on the kids and success stories for her students are few, but Selena will have it no other way. She’s dedicated to her job and her kids. Her classroom is meant to be a have for them to find some peace and a chance to learn- to get out and make good for their futures. But one flat-eyed newbie gangbanger has to bring a gun and take his bitterness out on her for standing between him and his recruitment efforts. She survives only because a big handsome police officer puts himself between the bullets and her. Her world upends in more ways than one. Jayden is all she could want in a man, but its those crazy things happening to her emotions and her body, the inexplicable strength and acute senses along with desire to sink her teeth into Jayden that terrify her the most.
As I said, this one jumped right into the action with a raid on a drug warehouse and then a school shooting. Jayden is involved in the investigation to find out who the new gangleader consolidating and unifying the gangs and their drug business is even while helping to discover more about the mole in the Dallas PD and the leader of the werewolf hunters.
Jayden was so easy to love from the start and get behind all that happens with him as he discovers his The One, helps two cop friends deal with personal crisis, and stepping in to do what he has to helping Selena with her change.
Ah yes, Selena’s change. It was cool to get it from the beginning as she becomes a werewolf and how it is complicated with feelings for Jayden, her concern for her students, and her hatred of the gangs. She’s a tough cookie and tended to lead with her emotions rather than common sense, but I couldn’t fault her for having a heart for work that most people would rather step back and look elsewhere over.
I thought the author did a great job of painting this new facet of city life and crime these days. She got real and it was gritty, but there was hope and light in the form of people like Selena and a few others willing to give back in these communities.
The mystery element of who was behind things and what was going on wasn’t tough to figure out early on. I still found it suspenseful because I was waiting to see what happened when the second shoe dropped. I’m also very curious about where things will go in the next book after that tantalizing hint toward the end regarding the hunters.
Side trail… that cat who comes to the name Kat was a hoot. She kept stealing the scenes and giving Tuffie a run for cute SWAT mascot pet.
All in all, this was another fabulous and solid entry in the series that read fast because I couldn’t put it down most of the time. Those who love cop romantic suspense paired with a refreshing take on werewolves should give these a try.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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