Series: SWAT #3
Published by Sourcebooks on December 1, 2015
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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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?
I really love Paige Tyler’s werewolves. It’s a fresh take on werewolves without feeling like it’s something crazy and out there. This SWAT series is full of that yummy alpha wolfiness I love.
This books starts with something a little darker than normal. Jayna is trying to ignore her mom and stepdad fighting, but when it gets to the point where she can’t ignore it any more, she tries to run. And he catches her before she can climb out the window. And she knows the look in his eyes.
Fast forward several years later, and her pack, the one that pulled her off the streets and gave her a home and family, is in trouble. Their alpha has said that he’s in too deep with some mobsters, and he needs the pack to do a couple of jobs to work off his debt. Jayna and the others are pissed, because they’ve stolen to eat before, but never anything like this. And every time they think they’re out, their alpha tells them he needs them again. It becomes clear to her that he’s in this willingly, and they aren’t going to leave any time soon.
Eric Becker is part of the Dallas SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) team, and when he and his team are at a warehouse during a sting, he sees a lovely and delicious little female wolf holding a very large weapon aimed at him. But instead of ordering her to drop the weapon, he helps hide her from both the bad guys, and the good guys.
Instead of telling his team leader, his alpha, someone who’s broken rules for the woman he loves, he hides it from all but his one best friend, and decides to track her down and help her. When he realizes that she can’t leave her pack behind, he decides right then to help out from within.
The bad guys have been outsourcing werewolves who have no loyalties to anyone, called Omegas, and since Jayna’s pack is full of Betas, a group who needs the pack bond more than anything, and who in turn strengthen that pack bond, these Omegas are pretty bad dudes.
Beck goes in as an Omega.
It’s not often I find a hero TSTL (Too Stupid To Live), but for a while there, I’m sorry to say he was. I mean he went deep undercover without telling his alpha. An alpha who would have understood. An alpha who then could have made it a sanctioned op and given him backup and help.
I mean, his alpha didn’t find out until close to the end, and I felt it was very out of place. Like, he wouldn’t have said no. So why hide it? I still don’t get that choice by the author.
But, on the whole, it’s a good book, and a solid series. I feel like Paige Tyler has a fantastic thing going with her SWAT series.
***ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca