Series: Heart of the Wolf #18
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Debbie Renaud is a police diver working on criminal cases with SEAL Allan Rappaport. She admires him greatly for his missions in the Navy, plus he’s just plain HOT. Allan seems to share her attraction, but what she doesn’t know is that her partner is wolf shifter.
Allan is really hung up on his smart, beautiful dive partner, but he can’t get involved with a human outside dive duty. Yet when she gets between a werewolf hunter and his intended victim, one of the members of Allan’s pack, they run into real trouble, and their lives are altered forever.
Allan Rappaport is a Navy SEAL, an expert diver and a wolf shifter, not that that’s a problem because his diving partner is also a wolf but when his partner is out of commission due to a serious injury and Allan gets assigned a human as a diving partner, things get really interesting. As much as he’s attracted to his new partner, he can’t get involved with her because of the secret he’s keeping.
Debbie Renaud is a skilled diver and beautiful woman who’s clearly attracted to her new partner and willing to take things to the next level, but in spite of his interest he is reluctant to follow through. But when she gets hurt during an investigation and becomes privy to Allan’s secret, her life chances irrevocably.
The blurb of this book has everything that I love in my books – law enforcement, suspense and paranormal elements – and I was so excited to read it. It was a little bit different from what I’m used to but I really wanted to see how Debbie and Allan would navigate the complications their getting involved would cause so even though the pace was slower than I anticipated and it took a while, I kept at it. I have mixed feelings about this book and it’s taken me almost as long to write this review as it took to read it.
This is the first book ever with a 2.5 star rating from me and here is why. First, fifty percent into the book, I was still waiting for things to pick up between Debbie and Allan on the romantic front as well as in the hunt for the bad guy. Second and this is a biggie: there was no chemistry between them! They had a good working relationship and even a passable friendship but there was no passion between them and the jump into a sexual relationship was poorly executed. Third, for a pack beta Allan was way too passive and the interfering pack members got on my last nerve. Finally, I felt more like I was being told the story instead of experiencing it for myself.
If you are a die-hard fan of shifter books, you may want to check out SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP, but if you are in search of a fast-paced, passionate and exciting read then I suggest that you pass on this. This author is new to me and at some point I’ll check out more of her books and hope for the best.