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review 2018-01-11 15:22
Audio Review: Hungry Like the Wolf (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #1) by Paige Tyler (Narrator: Abby Craden)
Hungry Like the Wolf (SWAT) - Paige Tyler
Hungry Like the Wolf

SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #1
Paige Tyler (Narrator: Abby Craden)
Paranormal Romance - Romantic Suspense
Tantor Audio
June 2nd 2015
8 hrs 26 mins
Audible Romance Package


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...




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Hungry Like the Wolf is book one in the SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team series by Paige Tyler. We are introduced to several dreamy hunky alpha wolves; who make up the Dallas SWAT team.


Action, suspense, and romance.


Hungry Like the Wolf starts off slow, picks up, slows down, and picks up again. I wasn’t overly impressed or drawn into the world and story. The world building wasn’t bad, but we just don’t get much on the world building until later, much later, in the story when we have a mini-info dump. I did like the concept of Ms. Tyler’s werewolves. I found it intriguing how they became werewolves. It’s not the norm that we typically see with a bite, a curse, or born as a werewolf. I appalled the different take on werewolves.


As for the characters: We are introduced to a lot of sexy SWAT guys. Their is no shortage of dreamy men to think about especially when they are half naked. I enjoyed all the SWAT guys introduced. Then their’s Mackenzie the reporter. I’m not a fan of reports. I just have a hard time with them and Mac was no different. She was an ok character. I didn’t hate her, but I didn’t like her either. I was indifferent. I will say their was one part in the story that really made me not care for Mac. At this point she’s gotten to know the SWAT team and they are friends in a way, so when she puts her career above everything else and don’t give a dame about who it will hurt or how it will effect lives I wanted to throttle her and I felt so sorry for Gage. Last, our sexy wolf SWAT leader Gage. I loved him. He has a great head on his shoulders and a protective streak that is enduring. I like how he’s put his team/pack/family together and cares for them.


We are treated to a little action/suspense with a crime lord after Gage and the SWAT team. This adds a little danger to the story along with Mac and Gage’s romance. Their were the classic cliches and tropes during the storyline, so no big surprises in the story.


Narration: This is my first experience with Abby Craden’s and I enjoyed her narration of Hungry Like the Wolf. She did a good job. I liked her voices and I could disguise; between all the male characters. That distinction made them stand out, be individuals, and become more real.


Hunger Like the Wolf takes the safe road, the characters are interesting enough, and the sex is steamy. It didn’t overly impress me, but it was still a pleasure and a satisfying listen.


Rated: 3 Stars


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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-10-20 14:19
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Her True Match - Paige Tyler

Dreyas  fingers could turn into long curved claws. She also got fangs and glowing green eyes and yowls slip out of her lips. Her hands, claws, arms, and shoulders worked in perfect harmony.Dreya had been stealing stuff since she was eighteen- right after figuring out being a freak would be considered a gift to some people. .  Dreya was climbing up an outside wall of a building. It had been two months since she had climbed more than a flight of stairs much less broken into a building and stolen anything. That had to be a record - Rory her mentor and best friend had died. She had almost died also. Rory was the man who taught her to accept her claws and fangs, how to make jewelry and how to steal it Rory had reluctantly taught her what she needed to know to be a good thief. . Rory had been murdered trying to protect Dreya, all because she had been stupid to steal from the rich ex senator Thomas Thorn. Dreya had stolen a big diamond and that strange black box from Thorn and that had changed her whole world. After torturing and killing Rory, Thomas had his goons track Dreya to her safe house where she had been hiding until she hoped things cooled off. Then a big bull of a man showed up at the last minute to save her life, then a woman showed up that Dreya instinctively trusted she’ d given the woman the diamond and the strange black box then Dreya took the woman's advice and got out of town. Dreya went to Canada where she had fake identification papers and cash. The woman had told Dreya she would find a way to divert Thorns attention away from Dreya. Dreya had thought about walking away from the business but she couldn’t completely. The crazy freaky animal inside of her seemed to need the thrill of the job to stay sane. Dreya had tried running and working out to keep the feelings at bay but that hadn’t worked.    So now Dreya was back and  on a new theft there was a cable that ran one hundred and twenty feet above the ground near the two complexes one where she was at and where she wanted to go. She would be able to bypass nearly all the building security systems as well as the guards who roamed the lower floors. Bradan was a cop as was Mick and worked robbery and watched Dreya making her way to the next job. Braden was determined to catch Dreya and have evidence as he had been trying to catch her for a long time. Braden had been working robbery for eight years. The things Dreya did shouldn’t have been Braden thought finally he caught Dreya and had it on camera   Dreya with the stolen goods. . But then came in the DOC-Department Of Covert Operations and snatched Dreya up  and Braden followed them as he felt something wasn’t right. The agents of DOC offer Dreya an opportunity to work for then instead of going to jail. Braden finds out the DCO wants Dreya for her special abilities. F she stays for five days and doesn’t want the job she can walk away. The job they are training Dreya for is to get into places others can’t During training Dreya realizes she trusts Braden so they partner Dreya with him. The DOC has been investigating the making of hybrids at a mental institution from their nemesis. Three of the DOC agents are already at the institution. Since Braden and Dreya work well together and got called to the mental institution in Maine where the hybrids were being experimented on. There was even a hybrid who had got free and was loose. Braden and Dreya had become friends and Dreya wanted to tell him about her abilities. Dreya and Braden have hot chemistry.  Also Ivy and Landon are trying to bring down the hybrid research centers. They also brought in a coyote shifter  -Trevor. Trevor gets himself committed to the mental hospital where the lab is working on the hybrids.

I liked this book a lot. I liked the plot and the pace I loved the action and there is a lot of it as well as suspense. I like how Braden and Dreya interact with each other both as partners and romantically.  Sometimes it was hard to tell who was good and who was bad.  I hated that this ended in a cliffhanger as far as I am concerned and we all know how I feel about cliffhangers. I also loved the shifter aspect and how it was so different than other paranormal stories. This book is part of a series and I recommend you read them all in order so it will make everything come together. The ending was shocking. But I did loved the characters and the twists and turns and I recommend.

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review 2017-10-19 02:55
Brief Thoughts: Her Fierce Warrior
Her Fierce Warrior (X-Ops) - Paige Tyler

Her Fierce Warrior
by Paige Tyler
Book 4 of X-Ops



Minka isn't sure she should trust the sexy Special Forces soldier who found her.  Subjected to horrors, on the run from scientists set on locking her in a cage, Minka is terrified of the monster she's becoming... and somehow, Angelo is the only one who can calm the beast inside her and make her feel safe.

But can she trust the way he makes her feel when she's not even sure she can trust herself?

Aside from the main couple, and certain events, I can't say that this installment book of the X-Ops series is any more different than the previous installments.  Well, except for the second book which involved a serial killer instead of government conspiracies and shifter/hybrid experimentation, and lots of covert ops attacks and lots of explosions.

Because, to be totally honest, Her Fierce Warrior was not much different than the previous book, Her Wild Hero, (or even the first book, Her Perfect Mate), as we continue to follow the vein of the aforementioned government conspiracies, shifter/hybrid experimentation, and covert ops missions, and lots of explosions.

But I DID enjoy Her Fierce Warrior a little bit better if only because Minka and Angelo make a sweet couple, and their dialogue isn't quite as mushy and cheesy as the dialogue between Declan and Kendra had been.  And I also enjoyed Minka's revelations as she learned more about what happened to her, as well as how best to control the beast within her.  I liked the little sessions (what few brief ones we saw) between her, Layla, Ivy, and Tanner.  I liked that Ivy and Layla were able to embrace her as a sister--since she had been experimented on using Ivy's DNA, and I liked that Tanner, another human-turned-hybrid, was able to teach her how to take control of her beast rages and anger.

The "slow" romantic development between Angelo and Minka felt a bit awkward and deliberate, considering the fact that you know they're going to end up having sex at some point.  The fact that Angelo kept putting it off to be honorable or something like that felt a bit fake, but his efforts are appreciated, I suppose.

There's not a whole lot else to say about this book.

And to be honest, while I really DID enjoy reading Her Fierce Warrior, and found it easy to hook into, I would like to have a different kind of story line next book.  We don't have to completely abolish the whole government conspiracy and shifter/hybrid experimentation angle... but something with a different formula might be more to my liking.

But we'll see what the next book brings.



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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/10/brief-thoughts-her-fierce-warrior.html
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review 2017-08-28 03:15
Very Brief Thoughts: Her Special Alpha
Hot SEALs: Her Special Alpha (Kindle Worlds) - Paige Tyler

Her Special Alpha
by Paige Tyler
X-Ops #3.5, novella



Former Army Special Forces soldier Travis Dalton finds himself thrust into the mysterious world of the Department of Covert Operations, one where sometimes bad guys do more than shoot you—sometimes they tear you to shreds.

Feline shifter and covert agent Eden Bristow can’t help noticing how good Travis is at guarding her back—and turning her on.  She hasn’t had much luck with guys, not once they get a look at her fangs and claws.

Travis doesn’t seem to have a problem with her being a shifter, and Eden is ready to make up for lost time.  But one little thing is getting in the way of their romance—a gang of bad guys, and the vicious wolf shifter leading them.

This novella was entertaining, exciting, and enjoyable--everything I've come to expect from Paige Tyler.  It gets a little wordy and schmaltzy at times, and I have a hard time believing some of the "meant to be together" dialogue, as it comes off kind of juvenile.  But the action in these books is always done well enough to keep your attention.

The characters are good, and I liked how well Travis and Eden partner together.  You don't get to see much of anyone else, which is a little disappointing, because I would have liked to watch more interaction between Eden and her family, and maybe with some dropped hints that they know she's a feline shifter and still love her... or something.

The romance is steamy, but I liked their investigating partnership a little bit more.  However, I DO appreciate that these two don't beat around the bush about their attraction or their emotions and jump right to it.

The only other complaint is that this e-book was riddled with typos and grammatical errors, like missing pronouns, almost every other paragraph.

Otherwise, not a bad read for a boring evening.



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/08/very-brief-thoughts-her-special-alpha.html
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review 2017-06-30 02:16
Quick Thoughts: Her Wild Hero | and companion stories
Her Wild Hero (X-Ops) - Paige Tyler

Her Wild Hero

by Paige Tyler
Book 3 of X-Ops



Name: Kendra Carlsen
Rank: Trainer, Dept. of Covert Ops
Objective: Get out of the office and into the field

Name: Declan MacBride
Rank: Munitions Expert, Dept. of Covert Ops
Status: Bear Shifter
Objective: Protect Kendra at all costs

The steamy Costa Rican jungle brings out the bear in Declan MacBride when he and new operative Kendra Carlsen are ambushed.  In the midst of relying on each other to survive, and fighting his explosive attraction to Kendra, this shifter is about to lose control...

Her Wild Hero is just as enjoyable and exciting as the previous two books in Tyler's X-Ops series.  I was sorely disappointed in my library for skipping Book #3 of this series after I finished reading the first two books--they just kept adding on other Paige Tyler books, and NOT this one, going straight to Book #4.

But enough of that rambling about my library--because I can never stay upset at them for long.  Aside from being an enjoyable, exciting survival suspense, the book continues the background conspiracy concerning experimental testing of shifters and creation of human-shifter hybrids by injecting animal DNA in a human vessel.  And apparently, the plot continues to thicken with each book.

I like that the book doesn't spend the entire story detailing the romance, since, obviously, our main characters have more important things to worry about--such as staying alive in hostile territory.

But little bits of jealousies and lust sneaks into a few scenes here and there... and then suddenly there's a huge disconnect when our main couple finally hop right into the romance and sexy times part of the story as if they aren't being chased by packs of bloodthirsty, violent hybrids, bent on either killing or capturing them.  Then we return to the regularly scheduled program, and our couple is back to running from the threat, fighting and killing their way out of the Costa Rican jungles.

I mean, I don't begrudge an author her right to insert sexy times into her books, but the time and place was just a little inappropriate (in a cave, of all places... however, Declan is part bear, so maybe it was fitting?).  Her previous two books at least brought the sexy times when no one was running from danger and it was just another day before the rest of the action got started again.

But aside from that little snafu, where the world kind of stops turning so our main couple could jump each other--meanwhile their rescue party is having a hell of a time trying to locate them and getting injuries and exhaustion while they're at it, which I found kind of amusing for some reason--the rest of the book was quite entertaining.




Roll #22:
This book is tagged 'fantasy' on GR; a book about shifters.

Page Count:  334
Cash Award:  $6.00

Updated Bank Balance:  $125






Meanwhile, I also went ahead and read the two companion short stories the author had written for Declan and Kendra.


Declan and the Disney Elves is a short story that is set in a timeline pre-Her Wild Hero.

It was pretty cute, though I'm not sure what it has to do with Disney elves.  Because there are Disney elves, and then there are Santa's elves.  But whatevs.  This was a cute read and some of the humor was giggle-worthy.

Rating:  4.0 Stars

Click on the above banner to read the story.



An X-Ops Honeymoon is set post-Her Wild Hero, following Declan and Kendra (as the title states) during their honeymoon in New England.

It's a nice follow-up to the main story, with a kidnapping and more politics to deal with.  A great treat for fans, that's for sure, but doesn't seem to add onto what we know of the ongoing background conflict of X-Ops.  Still, worth a go when you're at a standstill on what to read.

There were just a lot of typos in the context, and a lot of schmaltz and repetition in the dialogue.  About what you'd expect of a free read, so I'm not complaining much.

Rating:  3.5 Stars

This short story is only available via Paige Tyler's newsletter subscription, and I was lucky enough to sign up at about the time she started mailing the first chapter.


Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/quick-thoughts-her-wild-hero-and.html
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