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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 24, 2020
Bizarre circumstances surround robberies around the city and now a seemingly crazed hostage-taker leads SWAT alpha werewolf, Diego Martinez, into an unforgettable encounter. Another action-packed, romantic installment in a favorite series.
Wolf Untamed is the eleventh installment in the SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) paranormal romantic suspense series. It will work standalone in a pinch, but the group dynamics and background to the book’s world are built in previous books.
Diego, like his SWAT teammates, is baffled by seemingly ordinary Dallas citizens snapping and becoming armed robbers. Is there a new drug getting to them? His latest call takes him into a hostage situation as the team’s hostage negotiator. He gets inside with the gunman and discovers that things are even more complicated because one of the hostages is a newly turned beta werewolf who is struggling to hide his glowing eyes, fangs, and claws let alone a volatile emotional surge.
Afterward, he found himself reluctant to part from the boy and his mother and chooses to involve himself in helping the new werewolf as well as get to know his gorgeous, smart mother better. She may be The One, but her possessive, controlling ex means Diego has to be extra careful and slow.
Bree Harlow doesn’t know if her son is into drugs or gangs, but his refusal to talk to her has her worried after everything else her ex put them through even after he went to prison for killing a guy in anger. He continues to stalk them and won’t take her refusal to be a family again as a final answer. But, then she learns the truth of her son’s issues all in the same day they are rescued by a big, heroic police officer who she most definitely wants to go on a date with and maybe more, but then he totally melted her heart when he takes her son under his wing and has no issues with the package deal. Between investigating her big insurance fraud robbery cases and welcoming Diego into their lives, her life has just gotten pretty exciting.
Wolf Untamed was a good balance of suspense and romance with not just the paranormal element from the werewolves involved, but something hinky going on with their latest string of connected cases. I really loved this one for the sensual, but adorable romance between Diego and Bree, the time spent on helping Brandon work through more than beginner werewolf troubles, and the intriguing suspense and action. The case had some good twists and an interesting paranormal element came to light.
I love how these books are written in a way that is easy and quick in reading, but layered with good character, romance, and suspenseful plot development. Sometimes you want all the colorful, sensual, tension-wrought pages without a book tiring you out and that is the beauty of this author’s writing. There is plenty of conflict with mostly external, but sometimes a struggle in a character or in the romance, but there is a maturity in how her characters handle any and all of it. Her heroines are brave and gutsy alongside the heroes, but not stupid or dangerously impulsive. It is obvious that she writes with knowledge about the ins and outs of law enforcement when it comes to the characters and situations. Just an all-around steady, strong story, but also sizzling with chemistry and taunt with exciting moments.
I am not sure who gets their story next, but I’m curious what Trey will have to owe the medical examiner as their favor called in and what comes of Mike and the police chief.
All in all, this was a real page-turner that left me with a silly, happy smile after an entertaining read. Those who enjoy romantic suspense mixed with a strong dose of paranormal should give this book/series a go.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Book
The guys in the Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) are hotter than ever.
SWAT werewolf Diego Martinez was on a mission to save lives when he walked into the hostage situation—he didn’t expect to find a newly turned teenage werewolf and the kid’s fiercely protective mother. For Bree Harlow and her son, Brandon, Diego is a godsend, and not just because he saved the day.
Bree has spent the years since her divorce trying to do her best by Brandon. But lately the boy who used to tell her everything has been keeping secrets. In the face of all the bizarre things happening at home, there’s something about Diego that Bree can’t resist—especially when he’s able to explain Brandon’s new abilities.
But the hostage incident was just the start in a wave of violence that no one can explain, and when Bree and Brandon are caught in the middle, Diego will do everything in his power to protect the family he wants as his own.
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