ARC Review: To Love a Wolf by Paige Tyler

27015397Title: To Love a Wolf (SWAT #4)

Author: Paige Tyler

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Expected Release Date: June 7, 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 352

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

synopsis

“SWAT is hot hot HOT!”-Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author

HE’S FOUND THE ONE…

SWAT officer Cooper Landry 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.

BUT CAN HE KEEP HER?


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Cooper (and Becker) was one of my favorite SWAT member since I started reading this series. Thus, I had high hope for the fourth installment of SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) stories where Landry Cooper stepped up as the lead character. Turned out Cooper was not as observant as I thought. I mean, in the previous books he seemed to be the one who pick up the signs first among his pack, but apparently when it came to himself… *smh* he was not as sharp! On top of that, he seemed to pick a short straw on “The One” drawing so far. The woman (he got) was gorgeous, sexy and all those perhaps, but she seemed rather dense and superficial, in my humble opinion.

Everly Danu was a one-track-mind kind of girl when it came to Cooper. At least the author came up with a few hurdles that Cooper and Everly didn’t jump into bed straight away. But frankly, when she hurt Cooper and told him to stay away, I was cheering and told Cooper to look for other woman. Well. Of course it didn’t work like that. *snorts*

Cooper’s The One also came with baggage of the family variety. I thought this – the family – would play an interesting twist, with their family heirloom and Everly’s compartmentalized loss of memory. Unfortunately, until end of the pages it wasn’t clear what’s with the Danus – were they shifter hunter? – or how they had that family heirloom that could reveal werewolf true nature. Something to explore in the next books? Probably. Hopefully. The family’s appearance should not stop after this book, their knowledge might come in handy.

And another thing I found lacking on Everly: the not enough of grovelling. On this matter, I berated Cooper’s quick forgiveness yet applauded him of his big heart at the same time (then again, I loved Cooper, no surprise there). Prior to their estrangement, I thought Everly only saw Cooper as sexual object; like she got excited whenever they were close or thought of him. Even after the catastrophic blow up and they were finally together again, I still didn’t think of her in favorable way.

Besides Cooper and Everly we met again with Cooper’s squad members – surprisingly not as much of Becker, the supposedly Cooper’s best-friend in the team – and their mates/pack; an old friend of Cooper from his Army EOD time; Dr. Delacroix, a psychologist with an interesting mannerism (I would love there to be a book to pair her with one of the SWAT member in the future); and IA Detective Coletti, the SWAT team’s nemesis (he’s aggravating and a pain in the ass, but I couldn’t shake the feeling there’d be more of this man too).

All the above mentioned gave this installment interesting plot. That saying, it grieved me that Cooper and his werewolf’s instinct was not at his top form here. Quite a few crucial misses happened that were totally out of characters of the Cooper I knew. Like, instead of completing him, his The One made him and reckless and sloppy. True, that made him appearing more human, and some heartbreaking in life could not be avoided, but still…

Drawbacks aside, I certainly would still follow this series and wait with bated breath who would come to the spotlight next. 🙂

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher viaNetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.


 

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