Billionaire wolf Derek Spencer may have a rocky history with she-wolves, but there’s no one better to take as his date to the latest gala than the wolf he’s had his eye on ever since she applied to be his bodyguard—the remarkable Kate Hanover. Kate checks all the boxes for his perfect mate: she’s smart, sexy, and business savvy, not to mention one of the best bodyguards around.
But ever since Derek gave his bodyguard position to another wolf, Kate has been avoiding him. It’s only when she reluctantly agrees to be his date to the gala that she realizes why: the attraction between the two alpha wolves is undeniable, but Kate doesn’t want to end up as one of the billionaire’s many flings. The more time Kate and Derek spend together, the more they are in danger…of falling deeply in love.
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Wolf Takes the Lead
Series: Billionaire Wolf #4
Author: Terry Spear
Genre: Paranormal/Shifter Romance
Published: February 7, 2023
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5
Wolf Takes the Lead is the fourth title in the Billionaire Wolf series (which is, in turn, connected to the larger Heart of the Wolf world). Kate and Derek’s story could easily stand on its own, yet there are old book friends to revisit for those of us who have read the earlier books. The choice is yours, and my opinion that you’ll get more enjoyment from reading this series in order is just that… my opinion.
I had such fun with Derek and Kate’s romance, the chemistry between them is obvious, but their hesitation to act on that is part of what makes this an intriguing story. Derek only dates human women, never a shifter. He has his reasons, but fate is about to teach him a few lessons. Kate had applied for the position of bodyguard for Derek at one time; however, he made a different choice, and that still stings as Kate is very good at what she does. Fast forward to a casual relationship ending suddenly over an ultimatum, an upcoming gala, and the need for a date will bring these two back together once again on far different ground.
This story is filled with banter, sizzling attraction, and danger when Kate is suddenly targeted by an unseen enemy. A few unexpected twists, and the realization that they’ve found their mate will have Kate and Derek fighting side by side. We’ll run into some familiar faces from earlier in the series as friends come to the aid of this newly minted pair of wolves who have to finally admit that they need someone… each other to face the future together. If you love a well-written Shifter Romance with fast-paced action, steamy encounters, and just an overall good time… then you should be picking up this one right now.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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