Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Shifters, Suspense
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
Wolf shifter Alex Trevino has fallen hard for veterinarian Lacey Barton. Getting her to agree to a date is a lot of work—and winning her heart proves even harder.
Lacey can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex, but she has no intention of letting herself fall for him. In her less than stellar experience, men don’t stick around.
When Lacey’s sister is kidnapped, it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and prove to Lacey that he isn’t going anywhere.
A WOLF UNLEASHED keeps the action high and the romance steamy for the duration of the book. With dog-fighting rings, a hot new drug that’s killing people at an alarming rate and a spat of college girls going missing, there’s a lot for the Dallas SWAT team to be involved with, even if their supervisors would rather they just break doors down on command. Too bad these shifters can smell trouble coming a mile away.
I love that these books start with what got the team member go fuzzy. The last book dealt with Cooper’s brush with an IED in Afghanistan, and this one starts with the time Alex answered a call about some fireworks and had the worst night of his life. Not only did he nearly die, but he didn’t save the people he was supposed to save. These introductions really bring home the hero’s character and past struggles, but also act as attention grabbing intros that just work.
Lacey, the heroine, is a vet, and as Alex and the SWAT team work on breaking up a drug and dog-fighting ring, their paths cross. I appreciated all the little nods to Alex’s canine nature, as well as his effect on the dogs around him. I also adored how Alex tried to get closer to her, pretending his dog needs extra food, or toys, or treats, anything to get him into the vet’s clinic so he can say hi. When he does finally get her to agree to go out with him, he does adorable things to make their time special. Alex is a lot more quiet than many Alpha heroes we see in paranormal romance books, but he can definitely kick ass when needed.
There are a lot of different level of comfort the SWAT team has with their wolves. Some of the guys have always been able to shift into wolves, and others can only achieve a partial shift, with fangs and elongated nails. Alex has never been able to shift the whole way until Lacey gets taken and he needs his nose to track her. The desperation Alex feels when he’s trying to push his body to do something he’s never done before and doesn’t even know if he can do was chilling.
There is a definite feeling of sh*t about to hit the fan in Dallas soon: there are beta werewolf families moving into the city because they heard there was a pack of strong Alphas and they might protect them from the werewolf hunters. The team has started to put together a map of suspicious violent deaths in the last year, and all the signs point to the hunters not only ramping up the murders, but heading their way. The team had previously been convinced that the hunters were a problem mostly in Europe, and they aren’t sure what they’ll do if they go to war. They are police officers after all.
That brings us to the other issue the SWAT team is facing: cameras, their superiors, and the number of people who are starting to realise there is something seriously weird going on with the Dallas SWAT. When I read the first few books of the series, I thought that the greatest suspension of disbelief wasn’t the werewolves, it was the fact that they hadn’t been discovered yet. With video cameras and police investigations, it’s only a matter of time before they’re spotted. That aspect comes into play in a big way in this book, and it’s about time. They also hinted at the fact that multiple people in the police department/justice system are covering up for them without necessarily knowing what they are. Some people know there is something weird, but the good that the SWAT team are doing outweighs the strangeness. It’s getting a bit ridiculous to believe that people who are paid to notice things (medical examiners, detectives, reporters) are all secretly in on it.
There are lots of questions that need to be answered in this series, but I wasn’t left with a cliffhanger feeling. Alex and Lacey’s story is resolved, and I’ve just been left hungry for more. This series continues to grab me.Series Titles: