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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Review: Wolf Trouble (SWAT, #2) by Paige Tyler

Wolf Trouble (SWAT, #2)
by Paige Tyler
August 4th, 2015
ISBN: 9781492608509
He’s in trouble with a capital T

There’s never been a female on the Dallas SWAT team and Senior Corporal Xander Riggs prefers it that way. The elite pack of alpha male wolfshifters is no place for a woman. But Khaki Blake is no ordinary woman.

When Khaki walks through the door attractive as hell and smelling like heaven, Xander doesn’t know what the heck to do. Worse, she’s put under his command and Xander’s protective instincts go on high alert. When things start heating up both on and off the clock, it’s almost impossible to keep their heads in the game and their hands off each other…

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Paige Tyler’s sexy, action-packed SWAT series is back this August with the release of Wolf Trouble! To celebrate this latest release, Corporal Xander Riggs has agreed to sit down for a Q&A with us:

What’s your favorite cellphone app on your phone and why? 
“ESPN or CBS Sports. I'm a huge baseball fan.”


Wolf Trouble gives a lucky lady a turn in the spotlight and it was better than I expected!

Senior Corporal Xandar Riggs of the Dallas SWAT likes things a certain way. He likes structure, order and demands complete focus at all times. It’s how he operates and he expects the same out of his team of highly trained alpha wolf shifters. When Xander’s leader adds another member to his team Xander doesn’t treat the news as anything out of the blue. Until he finds out the new team member isn’t a “he” but a “she” and she not only smells wonderful but gives a whole new meaning to the word “distraction.”

Khaki Blake has survived odds that would have put the best police officer down. Unfortunately, due to a powerful ex who doesn’t like being an ex, Khaki has had to leave the police department she called home for so long. The good news is that she’s been offered a position as a member of the Dallas SWAT, something no other female has ever been offered. It’s more than she can ever dream of, especially since Khaki is no ordinary woman. Meeting her team leader should have been a piece of cake, except that he’s drop dead gorgeous and she has to fight every urge to put her hands on him. Doesn’t matter though, it seems Corporal Riggs doesn’t think too highly of her anyway.

Paige Tyler, you are going on my “Favorites” list after this one! That Xander is one hunky, yummy piece of wolf shifter and now I want a Dallas SWAT team member of my own. Unfortunately since Xander is now taken, that just means I’ll have to check out the other single males of the team. No biggie, they’re all delicious.

As much as I want to go on and on about the stud muffin that is Xander Riggs, I want to talk about the epic girl power in Wolf Trouble who goes by the name Khaki. Yes, she’s as unique as her name and not only that, she’s got an attitude to match! Khaki was an exceptional character. She was just as good, even better than the guys and wasn’t shy about showing them up. I loved how she was up for the challenge of being trained as a SWAT team member. Author Paige Tyler didn’t make Khaki a lesser version of her male counterparts. She was always ready to work and definitely outshined the guys and they never took it as an insult. In fact, they were in awe of her and then extremely proud of how well she fit in. They treated her as an equal and that was one of the greatest part of Wolf Trouble. Khaki got to focus on her new place on a great team and her growing attraction to her squad leader rather than always trying to prove she could “hang with the guys.”

The biggest change so far, came from Xander himself. He was a bit of a hard ass in Hungry Like the Wolf, especially to Mackenzie, his leader’s mate, so it was nice to see that come back and bite him on the butt. He wasn’t as tough or mean as he came across in the first book though. As aloof and distant as he was towards Khaki, he still managed to be an excellent team leader. However, it was only after Khaki confronted him about his attitude towards her that he started to treat her like he did the rest of his team. Even with his cranky pants on Xander was still sexy, I could totally see why Khaki had a hard time focusing around him. The girl has excellent taste.

Just as tough and interesting as Khaki is, so is the storyline. Tyler kicked it up a notch from book one and added much more action and danger to the day to day life of the SWAT team. I loved feeling like I was going on a ride along with this extra special team. I saw what they saw, felt what they felt and got a better picture of how well the teams work together. Each member was an alpha in their own right but they could all fall in line under one leader which was Gage, the hero of Hungry Like the Wolf.

There was just the right balance between the team’s day to day routines and the more intimate, relationship building ones between Xander and Khaki. Both sides were vital to Wolf Trouble’s success and the author blended them together beautifully in my opinion. The story flowed easily from beginning to end and I had no trouble picking up right where the first book left off, so technically Wolf Trouble could be read as a standalone but I would recommend starting at the beginning even if it’s only to see the difference between Xander the secondary character, and Xander the lead character.

Another bonus about this series was the bonding moments that Khaki had with her fellow team mates. Like I said before, these guys didn’t care that she was female. All they knew was that she was damn good and was an excellent addition to their team. The moments of bonding between her and the team were some of my favorites with the number one scene being her first day at the training facility meeting her new team and the lengths they go to in order to make her feel welcome.

I could go on and on but really what would be the point? If you love a paranormal romance that’s light on the paranormal then I really suggest you check out this series by Paige Tyler. I’m already eager for the next book in the SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team series.

Sheep Rating: 5 happy go lucky sheep.


An Excerpt:

Xander had to pick his jaw up off the floor of the training room when Gage introduced the newest member of the SWAT team. He didn’t know what to expect, but it sure as hell wasn’t Officer Khaki Blake. Tall with an athletic build and just enough curves to fill out the SWAT T-shirt, she had the biggest brown eyes and softest looking lips he’d ever seen. She had her dark hair back in a bun, so he couldn’t tell how long it was, but he’d bet money it fell past her shoulders. She smelled way too good to be believed, too—like a slice of frosted spice cake in a uniform.

Shit. He was practically panting. If he didn’t get a grip soon, he was going to start drooling.

He gave the other guys a covert glance to see how they were dealing with her scent and was stunned to see that none of them reacted at all. Why not? His nose wasn’t that much better than theirs. He knew for a fact that several of the other guys—Cooper Landry and Jayden Brooks specifically—could smell a hell of a lot better than he could.

Maybe everyone was so mesmerized by finally getting to see a female version of their kind that the rest of their senses had stopped working.

Gage had left it up to Xander to fill the guys in on what had gone down at the meeting with Deputy Chief Mason while he’d headed home to get ready for his trip to Washington State. While the guys had been pissed that the top brass was playing politics with the team, they’d been intrigued at the idea of adding a female werewolf to the Pack.

They’d bombarded him with dozens of questions, none of which he could answer. Was she as fast and strong as they were? Did her abilities manifest themselves in completely different ways? Would she be as aggressive as they were and able to handle herself in a fight? Were there more like her out there, or was she the only one?

Not all the questions were so general. Brooks wondered what she would look like, Max Lowry wanted to know if she would smell like them, and Eric Becker… Well, Becker just wanted to know if she liked to wear yoga pants. God, that kid had an obsession with those things.

Xander had told them what he knew—that no one except Gage knew a damn thing about female werewolves. And Xander wasn’t so sure how much their commander knew, either.

While Xander was lost in thought, Gage turned the floor over to Khaki, who was currently explaining how much she appreciated the opportunity to be in SWAT.

“I know I won’t be handed anything, but I look forward to proving to every one of you that I belong in the Pack and on the team.” She spoke in a light, lilting voice that surprisingly filled the large classroom. Xander could definitely pick up the Midwest accent, so she probably wasn’t originally from the Pacific Northwest. “I’m not asking for anything from you but a chance to do prove myself.”

About the Author:
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Paige graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty, independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more. 

She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.

When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)


  1. there's a lot to choose, I don't think I can, I choose every kind of alpha out there

  2. There are an awful lot of favorites. Jamie Fraser is certainly at or near the top of the list.

  3. I couldn't possibly choose just one but the brothers of the BDB are pretty much leading my list =D

  4. There is too many to choose from, so I will pick them all.

  5. Adam from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

  6. I agree too many choice from it also varies but what I'm reading at the moment.

  7. Larissa Ione's Wraith Seminus :).

  8. Hmm way too many to choose from but I will say I love the ones with humor the most :)

  9. I can't choose!! Maybe Remington Tate from Real by Katy evans or Rhage from the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. I like 'em flawed.

  10. Thanks so much for the FANTASTIC review of WOLF TROUBLE! So glad you loved it! :)


    1. Paige I'm totally addicted to this series and can't wait for the next one!

  11. That is a tough question. There are so many great ones. Clayton from Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong would be at the top of the list. I'm also a fan of Revenant by Larissa Ione. I'm just starting Paige Tyler. I read the first X-Ops book while on vacation.

  12. Acheron from the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon


  14. Awesome review Adria, thank you. I did read the first book, based on: if you like that, you will like this. But I did not like certain aspects of the story at all, but this one sounds much better. Adding it to my wishlist!

    1. Aurian,

      If your issue was with the heroine Mac, I can tell you that Khaki is nothing like her! I LOVED Khaki whereas I simply liked Mac most of the time. Khaki's a pretty special addition to the series and she really does rock.

  15. whichever I'm reading at the time I'm asked lol

  16. There are so many good ones.. JR Ward does an amazing job. I love Roarke from JD Robb.. there are way too many to name! :)

  17. my fav well there is many. I think my favorite would be oh heck I cant choose I love them all <3

  18. A lot of great Alpha's in books but Curran has to be my favorite.