Series: SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #3
Published by Sourcebooks Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Fantasy, Law Enforcement, Mob, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
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He opened his mouth to order her to drop the MP5 she had aimed at him, but nothing would come out. It was like she’d robbed him of the ability to speak. Shooting her wasn’t an option, though. And the idea of arresting her didn’t make him feel any better.
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?
Werewolf cops, it should be the recipe for some awesomeness. This book is a stand alone in a book series about SWAT cops who just happen to be all made up of werewolves. I went into this book expecting a lot of action, and probably some sort of suspenseful plot that was going to keep me guessing. There was definitely a lot of action in this book, and some of it I enjoyed, and there was a pretty major mob plot, which definitely made things interesting, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book.
So when the book starts we kind of are slammed into this intense raid by our SWAT wolves, one in particular, Eric, and who should he find on this outing, why Jayna, our heroine. Jayna is on the wrong side of the law, but something about her keeps Eric from taking her in, so instead he hides her. Jayna clearly captivates him so he tracks her down to try and figure out what kind of situation she is mixed up in.
Eric made this book for me, I liked him the most in this book. He’s a stand up guy, and kind of a baby wolf too. I was really surprised how little these werewolves know about being werewolves. I mean it’s not just one or two of them that don’t have all the information, it’s pretty much all of the wolves who are missing out on all the intricacies on what being a wolf means and what the different types are. Eric goes undercover into Jayna’s pack to try and figure out how to take down the mob that her pack has managed to get aligned to. He wants the best for her, and he goes out of his way to protect her pack members whenever he can, even when it puts him at risk.
As for Jayna, I was conflicted about her. I mean she’s a good person, and she is so protective of the members of her pack, except for their alpha (who is really a bad dude). She goes above and beyond to make sure the people she cares about are as well looked after as she can possibly do. There was more than one occasion when I really wanted Jayna to be more decisive, to make bolder decisions, to really stand up against the bad guys. Jayna was also so wishy-washy when it came to Eric I really wanted to just shake her.
Ultimately the reason why I didn’t love this book though was the writing style and pacing. I felt like in some sections of the book it lagged on and in others it went to fast. I think the characters in the mob made things interesting and kept the story from falling flat, but it wasn’t fantastic. I just wanted more from this book. I also didn’t think the chemistry between Jayna and Eric was all that great, especially since they were a fated match. All in all this book was okay, if you really love the author or werewolf cop books, then this might be a book you would like.