Series: SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #5
Published by Sourcebook Casablanca on December 6th 2016
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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.
What seems like surface attraction really isn’t, it seems. Alex Trevino can’t get his eyes off Lacey Barton for reasons he can’t explain and wouldn’t stop until she agrees to a date with him. There are several peripheral issues that seem unrelated however, until Lacey finds herself involved in a sprawling, complicated case of drugs, kidnapping and abused dogs that calls SWAT into action.
‘Wolf Unleashed’ isn’t a bad read—far from it, in fact— but I struggled with keeping my interest in it because it dealt with very similar issues that had been rehashed over the past few books: the rather clichéd myth about finding ‘The One’ proven to be the werewolf’s soulmate and the eventual acceptance of it, the predictable fallout when female lead character discovers that the guy in question is a werewolf and the rather staid case of dogfighting with the ongoing drug war which seemed separate from Lacey’s and Alex’s developing story.
The story isn’t quite a standalone as well as it does pull many references to the plots of Paige Tyler’s previous books which I imagine could pose some problems for those who jump straight into this story without having read the first few installments. Tyler juggles a huge cast of characters—the SWAT team and their significant others do make repeated appearances—so ‘Wolf Unleashed’ can get confusing at times, especially with a winding plot with threads that only come together loosely towards the end of the book.
I wished though, that other aspects and characteristics of werewolf-ism could have been explored further, like the issue of dominance of the werewolf with dogs, why the ability to scent is stronger than others and whether Lacey’s profession could have contributed to dealing with werewolf anatomy (and not in a dirty way!). Would the werewolf secret be blown open though? I do hope Tyler will take it in this direction, rather than keep this an open secret that seems to be the case in all the books so far. That said, there is a plethora of action and behaviour that thankfully doesn’t quite veer into TSTL territory, which are good enough reasons to take this up.