Review: Wolf Rising by Paige Tyler

Posted November 6, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 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 Rising by Paige Tyler
Wolf Rising

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Series: SWAT #8
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on October 30, 2018
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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.


Romance Roundabout #340 PNR
New Release #170




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
3 years ago

I think I read book 1…I can’t remember

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

It is hard to keep track sometimes. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I really liked this one as well. I will be reading more from this author for sure.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It’s really growing into a strong and exciting series. I liked the first book and then it just got better with each new edition. Book one is free right now if you don’t already have it. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I don’t even know why I haven’t started this series yet. Everyone seems to love it and I know I will as well. Glad this one worked so well for you.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

LOL! It’s the usual too little time. 🙂 You’ll have these to look forward to, Carole.

herding cats
3 years ago

A cat!! Ahhh yay! I completely forgot about this one coming out and didn’t snag the review copy. Oops! I’ll have to work it in now. That is interesting on getting a from the beginning. Glad it was so good!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Oh yes, I have suspicions about that cat and laughed at her two scenes.

Yeah, it was neat showing what a person goes through when they change into a werewolf and what they have to adjust. 🙂 You’ll love it.

3 years ago

i really need to start this series, but it is proving difficult with my ever growing TBR

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Haha! I say that all the time about so many books and series. You’ll get to them eventually, Nadene. 🙂

Oh, and many times book one is free if you don’t already have it.