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The Wolf is Mine by Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT Book #13
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 10, 2023
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Werewolf Connor Malone and his SWAT team are in San Antonio looking for their teammate. But Connor can't stop worrying about his cat who went missing the morning he left Dallas. His furry friend has been by his side since he found her a year ago, and the fact that she's disappeared is weighing on him. Things get much worse when he and his team realize they're up against a powerful creature they might not be able to defeat...
Back in Dallas, Connor's feline friend turns out to be the powerful woman who introduces herself as Kat Davenport...a witch who needs the SWAT team's help to defeat the wicked warlock who cursed her. And when she and Connor are thrown together again, there will be no denying the connection they already share, and the white-hot chemistry that sizzles between them.
Longtime series fans would probably consider this one as a big ‘most anticipated’ book because the not so surprise reveal about the S.W.A.T. team feline mascot finally getting the limelight with her favorite werewolf, Connor Malone. Paige Tyler has set up this book from much earlier in the series when it comes to this pair and I was ready for it.
The Wolf Is Mine is thirteenth in the series that is part of an ever broadening world of standalone paranormal romances in the Special Wolf Alpha Team series and the spinoff STAT series. I say standalone, but really the worldbuilding and character connections flow from beginning and through the series.
There is an investigation the Dallas police SWAT team werewolves are working on when kids start to go missing, but only they know they are investigating a paranormal crime with some sort of sinister purpose. Kat Davenport is on the case with Connor and the others, and she recognizes witch magic involved. Her past with Marko, the warlock, who destroyed her coven and nearly had her may not be as in the past as Kat thought.
All along, Paige Tyler wrote the cat into scenes and meant readers to catch on there was more to the cat and even instances when the cat was uncanny with mysterious help so it was fun to see her up on two legs and sharing her story with the werewolves that she considered friends and found family though they were just meeting the real Kat.
Meanwhile, Connor is a cranky werewolf about the fact that his cat is an attractive human. He needs time to adjust. I do think Kat’s assumption that Connor would throw up his hands in happiness and express his love the second he saw her human form was definite daydream territory. I actually think I’d have reacted like Connor because, though it wasn’t her fault she couldn’t communicate, it was on her that she lived in his intimate space and stayed close to him at work, workout room, etc. It was voyeuristic and that takes some adjustment that even the fated mate The One attraction didn’t quite mitigate. But, they share a case and a building attraction in human form so it wasn’t long that things were on track and Connor was worried how they would break the curse spell so Kat wouldn’t lose her human form again.
The ending was a huge adrenaline rush and, once again, has shown the series has advanced beyond the werewolves to, in this case, the witches and a few other darker nasties out there. Spicy hot romance, suspenseful and tough action with a paranormal world and characters make this a must-read paranormal romance series.
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