Title: Wolf Rebel (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #10)
Author: Paige Tyler
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Genre: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 320 Pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars rounded UP
She let him get away
SWAT werewolf Rachel Bennett is hounded by nightmares after a vicious attack left her with PTSD. Not knowing who or what she can trust anymore, she’s relieved to be assigned to a high-profile protective detail. Diving into work might be the distraction she needs, until she notices the mysterious hunk who seems to follow her wherever she goes—and recognizes him.
Now he needs her help…
After he’s badly injured, former Navy SEAL Knox Lawson seeks out Rachel when he realizes he’s turning into a werewolf. He’d once been part of the group hunting her kind, but he knew he had to quit when he found Rachel in his crosshairs. Now he desperately needs her help.
Rachel isn’t sure she trusts Knox, but having him around keeps the nightmares—and the monster creating them—away. Knox might not know much about being a werewolf, but there’s no doubt he’ll do everything in his power to win her trust and keep her safe.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Tyler’s “SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team” series take on enemies-to-lovers trope in the literal sense when a member of the pack connected to a former-hunter-turned-wolf in the tenth installment, WOLF REBEL. Featuring (SWAT member) Rachel Bennett and former Navy SEAL turned private security specialist Knox Lawson, this series finally presented lone – and pretty much confused – alpha. Not only that, following on the footstep of the previous book, WOLF REBEL also brought up another supernatural aspect, on top of the familiar situation they faced, that as a whole took the story to a new level. (I did wonder why the author didn’t do this sooner, it would’ve opened more potential narrative and premises to the series).
What I loved about Knox (controversial) character was him recognizing the bad decision he’d made (soon after his discharge) and the conscious effort he took to fix that. While there’s pro and con over whether we could accept bad-boy-gone-good so to speak, it’s easy for me to root for Knox (given the circumstances he faced). I wasn’t a fan of Rachel on earlier books and frankly it took sometime to favour her on here, too. But dayum, this character made it up in the end. Big time. Romance-wise, this is not the most sizzling involvement the series had. Understandable, due to a number of issues Knox and Rachel had – although personally this (the overall delivery) counted as a win.
As reader who got two sides of MC POVs, this is one of the most frustrating – yet satisfying – entry of the series. It felt that way to me anyway as our protagonists negligently failed to recognized glaring clues right under their nose, until the situation escalated (almost) beyond their control. One thing that surprised yet exhilarated me here was the plot didn’t force matter such as the pack welcoming the former hunter as a team (or pack) member. I applauded the way Tyler handled the issue (it certainly reflected actual and probable condition in relevant situation IRL) by not hurrying in sorting everything out.
In case I wasn’t clear about it, I enjoyed Knox and Rachel’s escapade. With some notes, sure. But I this installment opened up numerous (new) pathway for the SWAT universe to take and I for one couldn’t wait to find out what excitement awaits on the next books.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.