Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: January 6, 2015
They're on target
They're as alpha as men can get.
The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret . . . they're a pack of wolf shifters.
The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive—and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something . . . and she's determined to find out what.
Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth—and perilously close to his heart
Oh that delicious feeling when you discover an awesome new series and can’t wait to talk about it! *rubs hands together*
The Dallas SWAT team is damn near perfect, which is why investigative reporter Mackenzie Stone senses that there’s something they’re hiding. They just can’t be that good can they? Letting her natural inquisitiveness guide her, she manages to get the SWAT commander to let her into their private compound in order to do a story.
Gage Dixon knows that Mackenzie is a threat to him and his team. The nosy woman won’t stop until she finds out the truth and he knows that if she discovers that the SWAT team is made up of wolf shifters then it’s over for all of them. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to keep a professional distance from her.
That Gage sure knows how to make a woman swoon over him! Hungry Like the Wolf is the first werewolf book I’ve read where all the pack members have alpha tendencies. Usually there’s one clear alpha male, which in this book it’s Gage but he isn’t the only alpha male. Several mentions are made that all the members are alphas in their own right which I absolutely loved. It gives them a whole new dynamic as a pack and while Gage ultimately rules that pack, he never once went overboard with his role as leader. He didn’t abuse his power with the pack, nor did he ever try to take over Mac’s entire life. That just made him so sexy to me as a character. He’s a man who can physically dominate a weaker person but chooses not to. That told me that he not only loved Mac but he respected her as a person. Hell, he respects his entire pack in the same way, never turning to violence to show he’s “top dog.” He acted more like a big brother who sometimes had to toss around his younger brothers to get them to stop being childish with one another.
Mac was a pretty great character herself. She was fearless in her career, which was admirable but she wasn't the type to step all over people just to get to the top. She's funny, caring, stubborn and tough. She's not afraid of being attracted to Gage at all either. I enjoyed her quick thinking and calm outward demeanor in dangerous situations. That she wasn't a hysterical female earned her some major points. Her optimism and idealism were both her greatest traits and her biggest flaws though.
Having an idealist for a heroine is a great thing, until it starts to trump common sense and logic and that’s what happened with Mac about ¾ of the way through Hungry Like the Wolf. I was nervous for a bit that what I had admired and liked about Mac would disappear in a matter of pages, she started drifting towards “Unreasonable” and “Naively Stupid” territory for awhile and I really didn’t want to add her to my list of TSTL heroines. Thankfully Mac was given a wake up call in the form of a stern talking to from her close friend Zak, whom I really liked and hope to see him in future books even if he remains a secondary character.
Technically a paranormal romance, Hungry Like the Wolf was surprisingly light on the paranormal. Aside from Gage and his men being werewolves and occasionally showing their “wolfy” sides, the main focus was on them as an elite SWAT team and that really worked for me. I’m definitely seeing an upside to a hero that’s on an elite team, it’s really sexy.
Speaking of Gage’s team, there really isn’t anywhere to go but up. Each member of the SWAT team is undeniably sexy and mysterious. I can’t wait to see who is next and where the series will go. What made my reading experience so much better is that Hungry Like the Wolf is the first book in a new series by author Paige Tyler and I was smart enough to give it a try. I always want to kick myself in the butt whenever I pass on a book and then several books into a series I find out it was awesome and missed out on reading them in order.
Final Verdict: Wolfishly sexy and terribly addictive, Hungry Like the Wolf delighted me and ensured that I would be eagerly anticipating the next book in the SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team series. Bring on the next wolf!