|Pub. Date:||June 7, 2016|
Paige Tyler's books are always quick reads for me. It has nothing to do with the page count, but everything to do with her pacing and the amount of action she infuses. It keeps the story moving along at a fast clip. I love these types of books and authors that having the story pace down pat. But now, on to the plot!
In this fourth installment of the SWAT series, the team is assisting the FBI with the investigation of several bombings around town. While the culprit was predictable, it did not detract from the story. In fact, I think knowing who the culprit was helped us form a stronger emotional connection to our hero, because you knew he was going to be very conflicted over this situation.
Speaking of our hero... he has been the listening ear, crying shoulder, and adviser for the SWAT wolves in previous books of the series. It's Cooper! Finally Cooper is finding his own love match after counseling his teammates on love throughout the series. I loved Landry Cooper. He not only has all those yummy alpha werewolf characteristics of strength, protectiveness and downright badassery... but he is also able to discuss this thoughts and feelings on a much higher level than his SWAT brethren. He's an alpha communicator!
Cooper meets his "The One" fated mate in the midst of a bank robbery, and their relationship steamrolls from there. He spends lots of time over the next few days with Everly Danu, an artist and graphic designer. Everly seemed like a cool chick. She's the youngest child of five in a family that immigrated from France, and she's the only female. Having lost her mother at a young age, Everly has been coping with an four overprotective brothers and father ever since. She had some spunk though and would stand up to the boys when needed... and I was digging her sass and willingness to accept Cooper's dangerous job.
While the relationship does get cemented fairly quickly, it didn't feel like instalove to me. I liked the time that Cooper and Everly spent together, and it was great that they didn't jump right into the sack. However, Everly's family gets in the way and acts like prejudicial judgmental douchebags. I know they have their reason for thinking that Cooper is a monster... but it seemed flimsy to me and I hated them. But Everly was the one I was most disappointed in. She goes off half-cocked calling Cooper a monster and ignoring all the time they spent together and the fact that... HELLO - he saved her life! It was enough for me to write her off as a likable character. I still loved Cooper though, but I hated that she and her family treated him so poorly. He even had tears in his eyes people! Alpha tears! No bueno.
I am quite interested in this new character that has been introduced though, Psychologist Hadley Delacroix. This lady seems sharp as a tack, and I have a feeling she either knows about the team's furry nature, or suspects. Or maybe she even gets furry herself. Regardless, I think she will be The One for one of our other alphas and I can't wait to find out who!
I received an advanced copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars / 3 flames.
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