A Wolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT #5
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: December 6, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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SHE BRINGS OUT THE WOLF IN HIM
Lacey Barton can't deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn't mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She's hell-bent on discovering who's behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she's in way over her head—right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.
With Lacey in danger, Alex's wolf side is unleashed. But when she witnesses Alex shift, she's even more terrified... Now it's up to Alex to crack the case—and earn back Lacey's trust and, ultimately, her heart.
There were a lot of cutesy elements to this story that brought out the lovable characteristics of both protagonists, and I’m a dog person, so the fact that Alex & Lacey are too definitely earned them brownie points with this reader. Warm and fuzzies aside, I had hoped for more from the 5th installment in Paige Tyler’s SWAT series. These books have officially reached the rinse/repeat stage offering very little in the way of new material.
I’ve had issues with this author’s heroines in the past, and Barton was another prime example. She’s well-educated, volunteers at animal shelters during her days off, and is raising her younger sister—all very admirable—but, she makes some stupid decisions in this novel. The main one being needlessly endangering herself. Ok, she’s passionate about animals, and an injustice is being done however, she should still think about the consequences of her actions.
Alex fit in well with the rest of the members of SWAT. He’s an ex-marine, has advanced paramedic training, and has assumed primary responsibility for the team’s rescue dog. As you can see, Trevino has a lot in common with Lacey, so their relationship felt natural, and the fact that he planned a date that included petting a huge grey wolf from Canada was again, a bonus! But, his persistence was at times as endearing as it was stalker-ish.
Tyler’s mentioned in the past that her plan was to slowly develop the werewolf lore however, after 5 volumes we still don’t know a heck of a lot about that side of this world, and it’s beginning to get tiresome. A new family of betas has moved into the area to escape hunters. That was the extent of this novel’s contribution to the mythology. The plot was good, although some of the tension was caused by Barton being unnecessarily foolish.
A WOLF UNLEASHED didn’t present a strong case as to why I should continue this series.
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Despite its shortcomings, this one sounds like a good addition to the series to me. I can’t wait to get it on audio as that is how I have read this series. I guess it has not bothered me that there is not a lot of world building cause that is not a huge thing for me and I really haven’t thought about it much, but I can see how it could bother you. 🙂 Great review!
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