Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Romantic, Suspense
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes and explicit attempted rape scene.
Reviewed by: Kim
There's a new gang of criminals in town who are organized and ruthless in the extreme. When Eric Becker, along with the rest of the Dallas SWAT team, ends up in the middle of a shootout, he immediately senses werewolves-a lot of them. Turns out, the new bad guys are a pack of wolf shifters.In a spray of gunfire, Becker comes face-to-face with the most gorgeous woman he's ever seen. Becker does the logical thing. He hides her and leaves the scene with the rest of his team.Jayna Winston has no idea why that SWAT guy helped her, but she's glad he did. Ever since she and her pack mates got mixed up with those Eastern European mobsters, everything had pretty much fallen apart. So what's a street-savvy thief like Jayna going to do with a hot alpha-male wolf who's a police officer?
I adored the first two books in the SWAT series, but IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES might be my favourite yet. Jayna is an amazing character, and the action and danger barely ever let up. I devoured this book in one sitting.
Jayna, who ran away from home at seventeen after horrific events, steals the show. She is not the leader of her pack of Betas, but she is the heart and soul of her group. Their Alpha leads them into some pretty shady situations, eventually exposing them to Albanian mobsters who use them to do their dirty work. As their Alpha begins to act less and less in the interest of the pack, she steps up and protects her family, growing as a leader but also growing in power as an Alpha herself. Her character was a joy to read and watch evolve.
Even though this series does use the trope of fated mates, it's never used as an excuse for the Jayna and Eric to be together, just as an reason as to why they fit so well. Jayna has a lot of trouble deciding where her loyalties lie - with Eric, whom she loves, or with her packmates whom she loves perhaps even more. Just because he is the One doesn't mean that she throws logic and responsibility out the window.
The distinctions are made between alphas, betas and omegas in this book, which is interesting. All of the SWAT werewolves are relatively new turns who have never experienced true pack life - it's unusual for 16 alphas to live and work together as they do at the SWAT compound. The differences in control, strength and outlook round out the werewolf mythology and add a great dimension to a series with an already cool version of this often used theme.
Content warning: there is a somewhat explicit attempted rape right at the beginning of the book, and although the rest of the book has it's share of violence, the first few pages may be difficult to read for some people. Still, it shows Jayna's strength and is really well written.
It's not clear yet wether there is another book coming in the series, but I am hoping there is and will be following what Paige Tyler does next regardless.
- Hungry Like The Wolf
- Wolf Trouble
- In The Company of Wolves