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Review and Spotlight: Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler

Greetings! Today on the blog I’m ecstatic to be featuring the first installment in Paige Tyler’s new SWAT Paranormal Romance series, HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF. Are you ready to meet one of the men of the Dallas PD SWAT team? It’s my pleasure to present…

Remy Boudreaux Name: Remy Boudreaux
Hair Color: Light Brown/Dark Blond
Eye Color: Hazel
Age: 30
Originally From: New Orleans, LA
Occupation Before Joining SWAT: U.S. Marshal
SWAT Rank: Officer
Special Skill/Talent: Less Lethal and Shotgun Breech, Assistant Armorer
What He Drives: Red Mustang
Years He’s Been a Werewolf: 4
Years in SWAT: 3
One thing he never leaves home without: Carries a gris gris bag his mother gave him for good luck.
Additional Notes: His accent can practically charm a girl right out of her panties. He’s also extremely good at tracking people.

Author Bio

Paige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. She and her very own military hero (aka her husband) live on the Florida coast with their adorable dog.

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My Review

Review and Spotlight: Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler
Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: January 6, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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They're tight
They're on target
They're as alpha as men can get

The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret...they're a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive-and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something...and she's determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth-and perilously close to his heart...

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Nothing starts a new year off right quite like a debut werewolf series, and Paige Tyler brings it with SWAT. There are sixteen alpha males to choose from, so you’re sure to find at least one to drool over, and first in line is their smexy leader, Gage Dixon. HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF was light on shifter lore, but heavy on scorching romps which makes it the perfect read for Paranormal Romance groupies looking for a bit of danger, and a whole lot of steam. The story was predictable, and insta-love goes hand-in-hand with this genre, so if you’re expecting something other than entertaining fluff you should probably keep walking, however if quality PNR is your kryptonite then this is where it’s at.

This is essentially Romantic Suspense with a supernatural slant, and I loved how Tyler combined the two! The very notion that a team of smokin’ hot werewolf officers are protecting the citizens of Dallas was enough to make me one-click this title. There’s just something about a man in uniform that lights my fire, and if you throw in fur I’m done for. The plot wasn’t that difficult to figure out, but still interesting enough to keep me turning the pages at a quick pace. SWAT kills a mob boss’ son during a hostage situation, the king pin is now out for blood, and all the while Mackenzie Stone is trying to prove that the city’s golden boys aren’t as clean as they appear to be. I’ll leave it to you to fill-in the rest.

I was let down by the were aspects of this story line; other than knowing from page one that the characters are no ordinary cops, the author doesn’t dig any further into that aspect until much later, and even then very sparingly. I liked that the mates lingo was replaced by The One, that their first change is brought on by a high-stress, life-threatening situation instead of the usual puberty / bite / full moon, and that the author focused on scent. However, other than those three elements, plus a brief mention of DNA and babies, that’s pretty much all of the werewolf mythology that this novel had to offer. Do they HAVE to change? Are there females? I could have done with one less sex scene, and more deets.

The attraction between Mac & Gage was immediate, but their love was not; granted the latter did happen in under a week which is to be expected whenever a HEA occurs in one installment. They had great chemistry, and their sex marathons will make you wish that you had a member of the Special Wolf Team Alpha at your beck and call. I had to roll my eyes when Stone exposed Dixon’s secret, and did exactly what you’d expect a journalist to do—pick the story over the man—only to later regret her decision, and crawl back begging forgiveness. Of course Gage accepts her apology, she joins the Pack, and everything is hunky-dory after that. I was just hoping for a little twist. Still, their tale was a cute one.

A seductive book filled with peril and romance; HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF was yummilicious!

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  1. Hmmm, this sounds like the fluff & romp I’d like to read in between more dramatic books and YA ones! Adding it to the wish list for sure!

    Thanks for the review Carmel!
    Pili recently posted…Mark This Book Monday: Symbiont by Mira Grant!!!

    • This is definitely a fun option if you’re looking to break-up your YA reads. And, the fact that there are werewolf doesn’t hurt either. 😀

  2. I’m a huge fan of pretty much any shifter. Though wolves and cats tend to be my favorite, bears are moving up the chain pretty quickly. 🙂 This series looks great. Yet another series to add to my TBR list.
    Melanie recently posted…Review: Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft

    • Wolves and cats are the COMPLETE opposite, Melanie. I’m disappointed in you! No, not really, but Tyler also has another PNR werewolf series called X-Ops that I probably won’t have time for, so feel free to call dibs on those. Or review them in audio on Hot Listens.

  3. Sounds like a decent read and I have always been a shifter fan! Got to love them wolves! 🙂
    Stormi recently posted…Book Review: A Call to Duty by David Weber & Timothy Zahn

    • A fellow blogger brought this series to my attention last fall. I love it when peeps message me about new werewolf books, makes my job so much easier.

  4. This is the second review for this that I have seen that was really good! I love the idea of supernatural beings on a swat team.
    kindlemom1 recently posted…Review: Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock

    • Today? I just finished making my rounds, and haven’t come across another review. Google here I come!

  5. I haven’t been reading a lot of PNR lately, mainly UF, but this sounds like it could be a good series depending on how much of the Para the author fleshes out.
    As far as shifters, probably wolves followed by dragons.
    Kristina D recently posted…Series Review ~ The Selection

    • There’s a decent amount of action in this novel, so if you don’t want to stay too far from UF, but could use more romance. Hungry Like the Wolf is perfect!

  6. TAYLOR KITSCH!!!! *dies* He is oh-so lovely and I will have absolutely NO problem picturing him while reading 😉 This sounds like something that would work really well for me Carmel, so off to Amazon I go. Hopefully we’ll get more of the werewolf mythology in future books!

    • I didn’t get the materials for this spotlight until AFTER I finished reading, so unfortunately my version of Remy Boudreaux is completely different, but no less hot I might add. Hehe!

  7. That picture of Taylor made my Monday morning a little bit better…holy hotness Batman! I think my fave shifter would have to be werewolves…I’ve also read a few dragon shifter stories so they would come in a close second. I just started Her Lone Wolf, but I had no idea Paige had a new shifter series!!! This one is going on my TBR list right now, love the title and cover 🙂
    Lori recently posted…One Month of Elle Kennedy {Promo + Giveaway}

    • The first Monday in January is usually especially difficult, so anything I can do to help my blogger peeps out! Apparently Tyler is a writing machine; there’s no shortage of shifter titles to chose from.

  8. I’ve already got Hungry Like a Wolf pre-ordered and it sounds like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to meet Gage, Remy, and the rest of the guys (16?!? O.O)
    Traci recently posted…Coffee Shop Talks, #86

    • And, your kindle thanks you. LOL! Yes, you read that right, SIXTEEN. 😀

  9. I love how this one was a perfect start to your 2015 Carmel and the fact that these werewolves are on a SWAT team is pretty awesome and original. I’m intrigued 😉
    Lily recently posted…One Past Midnight: Review

    • I actually read it in 2014, so I cheated a little, but Amazon won’t let me post my review until tomorrow, so it kinda makes sense.

  10. Like the sound of attraction even if insta lovey

    • Werewolves are the exception to the insta-love rule.

  11. You and I have the same sentiment re: werewolves. I would so want to know more of them like their myth and what her wolves look like. I don’t know if Gage half shifted or if that is the extent of his transformation. Still I love the concept, eager to read more! I wonder if this series will crossover with her other shfter series…
    Braine Talk Supe recently posted…Girl Crush Mondays: Vanessa Ives aka Eva Green

    • That’s a good question, we must find a blogger who’s read both and ask. Get on it, Braine, and report back. 😉

  12. I’ve has this on my TBR. Thank’s for the review. I’ll be picking this up at the library.
    As for my favorite shifter: Dragons.
    Angela recently posted…Sunday Post/BB&B #43 – Happy New Year, Changes on the blog, and more…

    • Dragons are an excellent pick; they’d be my number #1 too if weres didn’t exist.

  13. Remy Boudreaux is a very good looking man… or should I say wolf.
    Even though this book sounds good I’ll have to pass on it, I’m still on my PNR funk.
    BookaholicCat recently posted…Audiobook Review: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

    • PNR funk notwithstanding, and least you’re able to still appreciate some good man-candy when you see ’em!

  14. This sounds like a paranormal romantic suspense I would enjoy. I love all types of shifters but wolves are still my favorites.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Golden Son by Pierce Brown

  15. I like the premise behind this book, although the lack of world building/ werewolf lore might be something that would bother me in this book. Sounds like fun read, althoug a little predictable.
    Lola recently posted…Review: Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong

    • Book 1’s are always tricky; too much world-building and readers are lost, not enough and they complain. Poor authors!

      • You have a point there. First books are tricky and I know a lot of readers don’t love world building as much as I do.
        That’s also the reason why I often give a second book in a series a try if I enjoyed the first book, but had some issues as well.

      • Same here. Unless a book was beyond saving, I’ll always give a series a 2nd go.

  16. Paige Tyler knows how to draw you in. Can’t wait until tomorrow to meet this SWAT Team.

    • Yes, tomorrow is going to be a happy day indeed!

  17. This sounds like a great read. I am not thrilled about the fast moving romance, but I think I could overlook that Besides that cover is smoking!
    Heidi recently posted…Review:The Accidental Alchemist by Gina Pandian

    • I went into this novel expecting the mate angle, so that helped. I’m so with you on that cover though!

  18. I like all shifters but I had to chose it would dragon!

  19. Yes!! I’m all for this, and once again your review has sucked me into that vortex of one-click danger, lol! I’m excited with this pnr and suspense blend, which I don’t get the chance to read too often.
    Thanks for the chanceto win, and I’m partial right now to Dragons 🙂
    kim { Book Swoon } recently posted…Adult Book Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

    • PNR and suspense is not the most common combination, so it’s for sure important to jump to these titles whenever you encounter one.

  20. I have forgotten what gris gris is so I shall check that *giggles, it means pig pig in my language
    blodeuedd recently posted…Burn for me – Ilona Andrews

  21. SIXTEEN alpha males? Whaaat? Wow. Okay, maybe I’ll try this one out. I mean, not into werewolves really, but sixteen makes me think that maybe I’ll find one of my liking haha. Oho, I just saw fluf and insta-love. Oh no, I’ll have to pass after all :/ But thank you for the informative review, Carmel. You nailed it!
    Lola recently posted…Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

    • Whoa there, major mood swings! Oh well, more for me! 😛

  22. This does like a good PNR/Romantic Suspense mash up. Sounds like fun and despite the lack of deets (which would also bother me) I can’t wait to read it. Oh and don’t make me pick a shifter. I tend to enjoy them all.
    Melissa (Books and Things) recently posted…Lowball Edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

    • I’m hoping book 2 will help fill-in some of the blanks, but other than that this was a great start to the series. An equal opportunity shifter lover, eh? Way to keep your options open!

  23. I got this one for review and eagerly read it for all the same reasons plus I love her other shifter rom suspense series. I was a bit disappointed that the para element didn’t get more teased out, but she has acknowledged when discussing the series that it was purposeful and more will come out as the series progresses. My hang-up was the heroine’s journalist-side frustrating me. But all in all I liked it. Glad you enjoyed it too!
    Sophia Rose recently posted…Review: My Cowboy Homecoming by ZA Maxfield

    • I must have missed that interview with Tyler, but good to know! I hear ya, journalists can be entirely too one-track minded sometimes. I guess that’s what makes them good at their jobs.

  24. Fav shifter definitely the wolf

  25. Yummilicious, you say? That sounds right up my alley 😉 I love the sound of this one, though I don’t usually read the genre. But suspense? Yes, please! Great review 🙂
    Hafsah recently posted…Listen up, 2015

    • It’s a new year, so the time to step out of your comfort zone is NOW. 🙂

  26. I planned to read more UF/PNR this year, so I’m glad you’ve introduced me to this hotness. 🙂
    Joy // Joyousreads recently posted…On the Night Table [7]: Stars, Assassins, and a Vengeful Ghost.

    • Cool! Can’t wait to see what paranormal titles cross your nightstand.

  27. A romantic suspense! I’ve never been one for men in uniforms, I’m a bit shallow that way, I prefer my men in Armani suits…lol, but since I’m finally enjoying romantic suspense I’m adding this to my list. I like this mix of genres. Sounds good enough for the first book in the series. I don’t think I’ve heard from this author before.
    Thanks Carmel!
    Lupdilup recently posted…Best Audiobook Narrations of 2014 (My Choices)

    • Oh lordy, you crack me up! Suits… uniforms… I’ll take ’em anyway I can get ’em just so long as they are furry. Not sure if there’s an audiobook in the works or not, but you’re probably more in the know than I anyway.

  28. I have seen small furry shifters and I like those who can shift into whatever they want. But a rat shifter would be so awesome. lol
    Mary Kirkland recently posted…Happy Raturday!

    • Aren’t there rat shifters in the Anita Blake series?

      • Ha! yes there are. I wasn’t sure you had read that story but I loved seeing the rat shifters in it.
        Mary Kirkland recently posted…Happy Raturday!

      • I gave-up on Hamilton’s series after Flirt (book #18), so I got pretty far in.

  29. Sounds interesting, but I’m like you, I’d want to hear more about the werewolf aspect! I love when authors give it their own spin, but I want the details!

    • According to a previous comment, Tyler plans to torture readers slowly with her werewolf lore. MEAN!

  30. I do so love the wolf shifters…yum!

  31. I’m
    Not a huge fan of werewolves in general, but PNR and werewolves together could make for an interesting read. And hot steamy romances are always a huge perk of PNR, so thanks for sharing, Carmel, and for the giveaway!
    Madiha recently posted…Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

    • Paranormal Romance and werewolves are a great combination; I hope you’ll give Tyler’s a go. Good luck!

  32. I always love a good Romantic Suspense! And if we add surnatural aspects, what more can I ask for? It sounds like a nice series and I think I should try on the occasion. thanks for the review!

    • One of these days I’ll get you to crave, and read a werewolf book. It’s only a matter of time. 😀

  33. Sorry that the were aspects let you down but at least it was still good overall.

    As for me my fav type of shifter right now would have to be the Kitsune from M.L. Brennan’s Generation V novels. Though I have to say werewolves usually dominate as favs but I think that’s only because of their prevalence in urban fantasy.
    Tabitha (Not Yet Read) recently posted…Review: The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

    • Werewolves aren’t quite as common as vampires in paranormal, and give me a hot alpha male over a cold blood sucker any day!

  34. Hungry Like the Wolf sounds like something I’d like to read, Carmel. I think that despite it being a little predictable, it sounds fun. And even though Tyler didn’t create a new were mythology (yet) I do like the things you mentioned she did make her own. Plus, romantic suspense AND paranormal!! Yay! 🙂
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…**#ShelfLove ~ My To-Be-Read Shelves**

    • This series is only starting out, and the potential is definitely there. I’ll be first in line for book 2.

  35. Sorry the author didn’t really dig into the wolf aspect too much. And wow, 16 different guys? that’s a lot. thanks for sharing though!
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Movie Review: Into the Woods

    • Not sure if the author plans on writing a book for each of the sixteen SWAT members, but the possibility has me all kinds of excited.

  36. I haven’t read a shifter book in ages! this sounds great and I love the profile you did on Remy. Hopefully the werewolf history will be explored further in future instalments.

    A great review Carmel! Sharon – Obsession with Books
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    • In ages you say, well now that’s a waste. I’ll make a note to get on your case more in 2015. 😛

  37. It seems like a werewolf would make a perfect swat person. lol. I like that this is more romantic suspense with some paranormal aspects. It sounds like a decent read, though maybe not something I would normally pick up. I’m open minded enough to try it!
    Candace recently posted…Cover Reveal: Garden by Jane Yates~ a Middle Grade Steampunk

    • Exactly! They already have the guard dog aspect down, so why not give them guns and a badge. Seems logical to me.

  38. I prefer more action and less instant romance maybe that’s why paranormals don’t usually work for me. I’m glad you found a good new werewolf book though. 🙂 I agree I’d always prefer world building to extra stuff.
    Molly Mortensen recently posted…Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

    • This is PNR, so the romantic aspects are a given, but that never stops me from wanting more. Balance is key!

  39. I love all kinds of shifters and look for the unusual ones for something different. Hope your holidays were great and your new year is looking rosy. ^_^
    sherry fundin recently posted…Outsider (Flawed #2) by Becca J Campbell is LIVE! ~ #NA #paranormal #thriller @beccajcampbell

    • Werewolves will always have a special place in my heart, but original shifters can be fun too, like Keri Arthur’s phoenixes.

  40. Yeah, you kind of expect the paranormal aspects to continue all the way throughout the book, so I would expect to know more about the were side along the way. Other than that, sounds like and awesome read! Glad you loved it Carmel!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
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    • That aspect was disappointing, however the author can only build on it from here, so that’s something to look forward to. As are the remaining 15 SINGLE alphas. Hehe!