To Love a Wolf by Paige Tyler

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Magic/Paranormal/ Military/Paramilitary/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense/ Speculative Fiction/ Urban Fantasy 14th June 2016
To Love a Wolf by Paige TylerTo Love a Wolf (SWAT #4) by Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 7th 2016
Pages: 352
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three-stars

HE'S FOUND THE ONE...SWAT officer Landry Cooper is certain Everly Danu is The One. The problem is, she has no idea what Cooper really is. And as much as he wants to trust her, he's not sure he can share his deepest secret...
When Everly's family discovers Cooper's a werewolf, her brothers will do anything to keep them apart-they'll kill him if they have to. Everly is falling hard for the ridiculously handsome SWAT officer, and she's not about to let her brothers tell her who she can love... Until Cooper's secret is exposed and she discovers the man she thought she knew is a monster in disguise.

Landry Cooper meets his mythical ‘one’ during a bank robbery, saves her life and unintentionally reveals part of himself that isn’t quite meant to be public information which is thankfully covered up by his SWAT teammates. But he gets a date out of it and it all goes rather swell, until a seeming coincidence in the search for a bomb-maker and a brewing storm with Everly’s family cause that dream to collapse.

I liked this book so much better than the last one, which had gone awry for me and was actually looking forward to Cooper’s story. But there is so much about this – apart from the werewolf legends that I wished Paige Tyler had gone into – that had become a compendium of clichés which did made me cringe quite a bit. Without sufficient context and history, there were times when I thought I was in the middle of a blockbuster movie that became a Mexican shootout comedy especially when Everly’s brothers came into the picture.

And there was also instant lust/love and the rather ridiculous notion that love can develop from sex rather than the opposite and the importance of physical appearance (or even smell here), just to begin with. Perhaps the werewolf legend does frame the notion of soul-mates a little more believably, thereby giving an excuse for lust/love to operate with such immediacy, yet there were times when I thought Everly and her friend seemed a little shallow as they ruminated constantly about Cooper and the SWAT team’s attractiveness ad nauseum.

My rants however, aren’t entirely indicative of what I feel about the story, which is a mix of emotions that range from eye-rolling frustration to wry understanding. If Cooper’s quiet, enigmatic personality in the previous books were intriguing, Tyler pulls the veil covering the man himself here and shows him up to be a flawed person who can and will make stupid decisions because he is torn between loyalties. His TSTL moments matched Everly’s which I found amusing, but it didn’t entirely diminish my soft spot for him. The heavy emphasis on bomb making gave the book a military sheen which made it more enjoyable, as did the deeper emotions Tyler briefly explored when it came to PTSD and vengeance. Above all though, I rue, the loss of the doses of lighthearted humour that Tyler has liberally sprinkled in the first two books of the series because that made me enjoy them so much.

three-stars

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