Hungry Like The WolfTitle:  Hungry Like The Wolf
Series:  SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #1
Author:  Paige Tyler
Published:  January 6, 2015
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Purchased, Owned Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

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.

Hot Sexy Shifter & a few sexy, steamy encounters = 18+ readers

Like your shifters to be officially protective?  Then read on for my thoughts about Hungry Like The Wolf.

Mackenzie believed she has the scent of the story of a lifetime – and she did, she just didn’t realize it yet.  For now she thinks she’s chasing down dirty officers or at least performance enhancement drug taking officers of the Dallas SWAT.

Gage was aware of the beautiful reporter, well journalist in her words, stalking the SWAT compound and this particular call.  Hauling her into the command vehicle at least kept her under his control.  But she certainly was a distraction, one he wouldn’t acknowledge to her though.  She was looking for a story, that was obvious.  So when Mackenzie tried to get an interview and invitation to visit the compound, Gage knew she was up to more than a simple fluff story.  But he felt that he’d have better control over everything if she was invited and under his personal surveillance while with the team rather than have her sneaking around discovering things… she and they’d be much better off if those details never became public knowledge.

The Dallas Police’s SWAT team is made up of muscular, alpha men – who all happen to be wolf shifters or werewolves as some would call them.  Legend and truth often don’t go hand in hand, but these men had turned at some point in their lives and have been painstakingly brought together to create this elite SWAT unit at Dallas under Gage’s control as commander.  The last thing SWAT and Gage’s pack needs is a “truth must be told” reporter telling the world about them.  And if Mackenzie got her way – they would be front page news in no time.

The problems escalate when Gabe realizes that Mackenzie could be The One, his mate.  And she is right in the middle of a vendetta between one mobster and the Pack when his son was killed during a rescue of a hostage situation where innocent lives were taken, along with the life of one of the hostage takers, the son.  As Gage and Mackenzie move toward romantic ties, she becomes the perfect pawn in a need for revenge.

Hungry Like The Wolf is an intense and satisfying beginning to the SWAT series.  The story is fast paced and full of action with a few steamy, hot sexual encounters between Gage and Mackenzie.  It’s a very realistic storyline and one that kept me turning pages without a break.  One that I enjoyed very much and will be following the series with all sixteen members of SWAT hopefully finding their The One along the way.

The only issue that I had with this story is one that cut right into a pet peeve of mine.  The media’s instance that it is “my right to know the truth” — well, not when that truth endangers innocent lives and destroys people left and right.  Mackenzie is out to get a big story… and she gets far more than she ever expected.  When she lets the journalist take over instead of the woman and considers telling this big story to the whole wide world – that changed my opinion of Mackenzie for this story and any others that she might appear in as a secondary character.  Granted, it fits perfectly into the story and the dynamics of the story at that point.  It adds intensity, conflict and an important decision between mates that could destroy them.  I get why it’s part of the story, I do.  But I have to admit, it did change the excitement of a happy ever after – for me.  That’s a huge thing to forgive and forget – and I had a personally hard time accepting it.  But it is also very realistic to our world today.

I believe this is a perfect example of how personally readers often take their fiction.  Yes, this was a deal breaker for me, but it probably isn’t for many others.  But one action of a character changed how I reacted to a story – now if that doesn’t prove the power of the written word, I don’t know what would.  Again, it’s my own personal opinion… and it doesn’t change the fact that this is an amazingly relatable, enjoyable story.  I loved the story, I simply didn’t like that one character’s hesitation over the big story vs her true love and the lives that would be damaged by her action..

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