Reviewed by Ami
Title: Wolf Unleashed
Author: Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT #5
Heroine/Hero: Lacey Barton/Alex Trevino
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: SWAT Officer Alex Trevino is currently involved with the Dallas Police narcotics division to uncover a drug ring operation that sells a new type of drugs called ‘fireball’ that has killed people on the street. Meanwhile, Lacey Burton is a veterinarian – she is actually Alex’s dog’s vet – who is on a mission to discover who’s responsible for dogfights that send a lot of injured animals to her office.
Alex is attracted to the beautiful vet, although Lacey thinks that she is not ready for a relationship at the moment. But then Lacey’s investigation sends her down a dangerous path, and Alex cannot help his protective side after he finally recognizes her as The One.
Wolf Unleashed is book #5 from Paige Tyler’s S.W.A.T. series. I suggest that readers not immediately jump into this one without reading the previous books. There are some references mentioned that might confuse new readers.
I don’t know what happened between the months after the release of book #4 and this one, but I found myself struggling to keep my interest with Alex and Lacey’s story. First of all, neither Alex nor Lacey are as interesting or intriguing as the previous couples of this series. Especially Lacey, I think, as a heroine. She pales in comparison to MacKenzie the reporter, Khaki and Jayna, the female werewolves, or Everly, who has a complicated past related to werewolves.
Second, I thought a lot of elements in this book felt repetitive. The One mythology started to wear me down – I’m tired of these men talking about The One after five books. Lacey’s reaction towards finding Alex’s werewolf identity was probably meant to add drama, but I was already bogged down with two seemingly separated cases of the drug rings and dogfighting problem … I ended up feeling detached to the whole book.
Look, it’s not all bad … I am sure that Paige Tyler’s fans, or fans of this series will still enjoy the parade of hunky werewolves, Alpha males and lots of actions. Unfortunately, I am now looking for more considering that this is already book #5. Things should have moved forward more significantly, in my humble opinion.
I want more exploration of the werewolves’ myth – we do have female werewolves with Khaki and Jayna as proof – or the dynamic of the Alpha/Beta/Omega. I want more than just these wolves becoming more attuned to try finding The One. The action is nice but no longer fulfilling for me. Plus, in this one, the romance is rather subpar.
With that consideration, I am taking a break from this series for now – at least until I see if Tyler can offer anything different in future books.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*