Love spells danger for an alpha SEAL wolf and the woman who steals his heart in this steamy shifter romance from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear
His love is dangerous
As a Navy SEAL and police diver, alpha wolf shifter Allan Rappaport knows how to handle tough situations, but the arrival of a human diving partner-especially one as attractive as Debbie Renaud-is a whole new challenge. Getting involved is dangerous, but Debbie's offers are hard to resist. As the heat between them rises and a murder plot thickens, Allan is on the brink of exposing his biggest secret.
But she's diving in headfirst
For Debbie, working with another top-notch diver like Allan is too good to be true, and their mutual attraction is hotter than she could have dreamed. Debbie suspects he's hiding something, though, and she's set on figuring it out-one off-duty rendezvous at a time. But when Debbie gets between a werewolf hunter and his intended victim, suddenly she is plunged straight into the heart of Allan's world-a world she never knew existed.
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Seal Wolf In Too Deep
By TERRY SPEAR
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Feeling useless, Paul Cunningham propped his broken leg on a few more pillows as he and Lori, his wolf mate and she-wolf leader of the pack, watched from the deck of their lakeside cabin. Their best friend, Allan Rappaport, was heading down the dock to practice diving with his new police dive partner Debbie Renaud. Allan had been partnered with Paul, who was now sidelined with his leg casted all the way up to his hip after a freak accident on a dive rescue mission.
"I still think Allan should ask the sheriff to make new assignments," Lori said. "You and Allan were raised as brothers, you're SEAL team members, although you've left the Navy, and you're used to working with other men, not women. And you're both wolves, not that anyone on the force knows that, but it makes it easier to work together. This business" — Lori motioned to Allan and Debbie as they talked to each other on the dock — "is bound to cause problems."
"Allan respects her work too much. Switching partners would look like he's having trouble with her on a professional level. He won't do anything that might jeopardize her career."
Looking cross, Lori folded her arms over her expanding belly. Paul reached over and she slipped her hand into his. "They'll be all right. Allan's smart enough to know the boundaries between lupus garous and humans," Paul said.
"I couldn't believe it when the sheriff assigned Allan to work with her after the accident. Are you sure Allan didn't ask to be teamed up with her?" Lori sounded like a guarded wolf.
Paul knew Lori was simply being a concerned pack leader and friend. "No. Allan and Debbie just both needed partners and were available to work together at the same time."
The ache in Paul's muscles and tendons kept reminding him how serious the compound fracture had been. The vehicle had rolled, pinning him on the bottom of a swiftly flowing river. He was fortunate to even be alive, due to Allan's heroic effort. Unfortunately, everyone there — rescue workers, ambulance crew, police — had witnessed the gruesome sight when Allan carried him out of the water.
With so many witnesses, Paul would have to pretend the knitting of the bones and the healing of the surrounding muscle and tissues took the same length of time as a human's injury, when their wolf kind actually recovered in half that time. Even so, because of the severity of his injuries, recovering was going to take three months as a lupus garou. It had been two weeks already and he still couldn't walk. Hell, Allan had to help him onto the chaise lounge. Paul hated being so incapacitated, though he had to be grateful he had survived. If it hadn't been for Allan, he would have drowned.
The problem was that Debbie's longtime dive partner had retired, the next one had moved to another state, and Allan had been without a dive partner because of the damnable accident. And the sheriff's department had needed Allan for some risky dive jobs.
"You needn't be concerned about them," he said. "Allan understands what he is and what she is, and he knows not to get involved with her." Paul hoped Lori was right. But where men and women were concerned, the waters became muddied.
Lori sat on the chair next to Paul's lounger and squeezed his hand. "Watch the way she looks up at him. They've been together for only two weeks and she is so enamored with him. All smiles and sweetness. She adores him. He's a SEAL, and women just fall all over themselves when they learn that."
Paul raised his brows at Lori.
She shook her head at him. "I know the two of you too well. Your SEAL status doesn't affect me in the least."
He chuckled. "Debbie is a smiley, sweet woman, Lori. You worry too much."
Lori frowned and settled back in her chair. "You're making light of this, but it's dangerous. He hasn't dated any of the eligible women in our pack, and we have several. Sure, he's nice and polite, but he's not interested in any of them. Look at the way he helps Debbie with her dive checks. They look like they're lovers."
Paul smiled. He knew Lori wanted Allan to care about a woman, but the woman had to be one of their kind, or the relationship would cause all kinds of complications they couldn't afford. "Come here."
"Your leg —"
"Come on the other side." She moved to his chaise lounge, and he snuggled with her. "He'll be okay. We're talking about Allan. In all our years of wolf longevity, how many times has he fallen for a human woman and not been able to let go of the notion?"
Lori relaxed then. "Never."
"Right. Never. So they're just working together, doing practice dives as a team so when they have risky dives to make, they'll be working in sync with each other. And look, they didn't have to dive here in front of us, knowing we're observing every move they make. He could have taken her anywhere to practice with her."
"True. But they won't always be here under our watchful supervision."
Paul chuckled. "Lori, you are a worrywart."
* * *
The day was nice and hot, perfect for practice dives, if that's all that was going on between Allan and Debbie. But Lori knew she wasn't just paranoid. She knew Debbie was interested in Allan and he returned the interest right back. What was not to like about Allan anyway? He was sexy and fit and loved to do what Debbie loved to do — dive. They had an easy way with each other, like they already knew each other intimately, not like people who had just started to work together. No formality between them. No getting to know each other.
Though Lori supposed he'd met Debbie on other occasions before she was partnered with him, like during monthly emergency rescue training.
There was just something about the two of them that seemed overly comfortable between new partners. Though Allan was careful not to be too friendly around Debbie when he was with Paul and Lori, she saw the way he cast Debbie looks. Intrigued looks. Not just on-the-job-training looks.
Paul was trying to calm her fears, but he was worried about Allan too. How could he not be?
Debbie was a lovely brunette and vivacious, something that totally appealed to Allan. She was definitely an alpha, ready for adventure. She loved the police work, loved saving people and animals, just like Allan. Worst of all, she was single.
Even if he hadn't been totally attracted to her at first, it would have been hard not to be when Debbie clearly admired him. She asked about his missions — that he could talk about — and wanted to know about his personal and family life. Any man would be flattered with the way she seemed to genuinely care about him, and Lori sensed that Debbie wasn't just intrigued with him because he was a hot SEAL.
As far as Lori was concerned, Debbie should be ultraprofessional and just get the job done.
"You need to talk to him," Lori told Paul.
"He's a grown man and knows what he's doing."
"He's human, well, and wolf, and both are going to get him into trouble."
"I'll talk to him, but he's going to wonder what all the fuss is about."
Lori was certain Allan would know just why they were concerned.
* * *
Allan was just as concerned about working with a human woman as Paul and Lori were, but he knew he could handle this. Going on dives with Debbie sure was a hell of a lot different than going with Paul.
He'd become so used to working with Paul over the years that they did everything in perfect sync — the hand signals, the body movements, the awareness of their partner. Some signals were universal, but he and Paul, along with the other members of their SEAL wolf team, had developed some over the years that were distinctive to them.
Allan knew Paul and Lori were warily observing them. He had to admit watching Debbie swim was a hell of a lot more attention-grabbing than watching Paul. And when she smiled at him, she made him feel as though he was dating her and not just working a job. He had to remind himself to act professional and get the training done. On an assignment, they had to concentrate on the mission so they could get the results they needed — evidence from a crime scene, people or animals to safety — while ensuring they came out unscathed.
If he'd been assigned to a human male dive partner, no problem. But working with a single female, one who fascinated him like she did, was different. He could see it would take a lot of diligence on his part to keep his mind on business and not on Debbie. If he could just become interested in one of the new single females in the pack, that would solve all his problems.
But when he swam next to Debbie in the clear blue lake, she fired his testosterone sky-high. That didn't happen when he was around the single women in his pack. He hoped he could deal with this without getting them both into dangerous waters.CHAPTER 2
Four months later
The tires of Allan's hatchback slid on a patch of ice on the bridge just as he spied tires sticking up out of a deluge of water in a culvert. A rush of adrenaline poured through his veins, readying him for the frigid conditions and a rescue mission. In the cold of winter in northern Montana, he and his dive partner were the first to arrive on the scene of the accident and had to act quickly.
Debbie was requesting emergency backup and an ambulance as she held on to the dashboard, looking just as alarmed when the tires lost traction on the ice. He worried that they'd end up down the embankment, crashing into the upside-down SUV.
Frantically, a woman jerked at the back door of the SUV without success.
As soon as Allan saw who it was, his heart took a dive. It was Franny White, wife of the new chef at their wolf-run Italian restaurant, Fame del Lupo. She didn't go anywhere without her daughter. But the baby wasn't in her arms and Franny was trying so hard to get into the backseat, he knew little Stacy had to be buckled into her car seat and submerged underwater.
"Cancel the call for the ambulance!" he said to Debbie, knowing that this was a risk he had to take. "Call this number!" He gave her the number for the medical clinic that catered to his kind, though Debbie would be clueless. "I know the woman — her baby is in the car. Just ...call it." He didn't have time to make up a cover story.
Debbie hesitated, and he knew she had to be thinking his request was a dangerous mistake. That precious time could be wasted. But lots more was at stake if the human-run hospital's ambulance picked up Franny and Stacy and they shifted. Debbie quickly called for the other ambulance and canceled the one for the main hospital in Bigfork.
As soon as he could safely brake the car and stop, Allan and Debbie were out of the vehicle, dashing down the steep incline on the crunchy snow and ice. Debbie had grabbed the emergency medical kit on the way out.
Seeing Allan and Debbie, Franny screamed, "My baby's in there! She's in a car seat in back." She was soaking wet, her tearful words were slurred, and she was stumbling around as if she were drunk. She was wearing just a sweater and jeans as she stood in the nearly waist-deep water. Allan was certain she was hypothermic. Confusion and the natural instinct to warm herself could cause her to shift. Between that and needing to rescue the baby, they were in a hell of a fix.
"She's only three months old!" Franny added, as if she didn't recognize Allan — another sign she had hypothermia.
"Get the mom out of the water," he said to Debbie as her boots crunched in the snow and ice behind him.
She slipped, her boot kicking the back of his. He swung around and grabbed her arm to keep her from falling.
"Thanks," she said, looking a little embarrassed.
"It's slippery." He was having a difficult time staying on his own two feet, but with bigger boots and more weight than Debbie had, he was managing better.
When he reached the moving water, he waded right in. The icy cold sent a jolt of adrenaline straight through him, and he wished he were wearing a wet suit.
The driver's-side door was open where Franny had managed to get out. Allan pushed through the strong currents to the SUV, while Debbie went after Franny. When he reached the car, he tried to get the back door open but couldn't. He scrambled into the driver's seat and squeezed through the front seats to access the baby's carrier. Upside down and buckled firmly into her carrier, the baby was unconscious. The cold water covered her, and Allan feared the worst.
He shined his light inside the vehicle to give more illumination in the dark, though he could see well enough with his wolf night vision in most conditions. But this was so precarious, and with a life hanging in the balance, he didn't want to make any mistakes.
Praying he could revive the unconscious baby in time, he yanked out his knife. The icy water made his hands so stiff and numb, he feared he would drop it as he cut the straps to the car seat, careful not to injure Stacy. He yanked at the straps until they gave way. Pulling the baby free, he cradled her against his chest and backed out of the vehicle. He held the lifeless infant close as he waded through the icy water toward the snow-covered shore.
Debbie was still struggling to guide the mom out of the water. Franny was stumbling, shivering — though they all were — and instead of moving briskly out of the water like Debbie and he were doing, Franny kept stopping and turning. Debbie kept reassuring her that she was taking her to her baby, holding the woman close to share body heat and trying to rush her out of the water as fast as she could.
If he could have, Allan would have given Debbie the unresponsive baby and carried Franny from the water. But he had to resuscitate the baby pronto. Every second counted.
"I'll get the blankets," Debbie said as she left Franny on the shore and ran up the incline to the vehicle while Allan administered CPR on baby Stacy.
The infant suddenly coughed up water and let out a weak cry. Allan swore his stopped heart came back to life. She wasn't out of danger yet. She was lethargic, and her skin was bright red and cold.
Franny was trying to pull off her wet clothes in the frigid weather. Allan was afraid she was planning to turn into her wolf.
"Franny, hold on. We'll get you and Stacy to the clinic as soon as we can. The ambulance will be here any minute. Dr. Holt will take care of you both." He pressed the baby against his wet chest with one arm, while holding Franny close to him with the other and trying to keep her from stripping out of her wet clothes. She needed to, but not as a prelude to shifting. He moved them up toward the hatchback to get them out of the stiff, cold wind, but Franny was struggling to get free.
Slipping a bit, Debbie hurried as fast as she could back down the hill to reach them with blankets and some dry clothes.
"Let's get them up to the vehicle. You can remove the baby's clothes inside the car, and I'll take care of Franny," Allan said.
"Okay," Debbie replied, and Allan gave her the baby, then lifted Franny's trembling body into his arms and trudged up the hill.
"Need ... to ... turn," Franny bit out.
Yes, their double coat would help warm her, as would the shift itself, but then her baby would turn too. He could just see Debbie dropping the baby-turned-wolf-pup and screaming in fright.
"When you're in the ambulance, Franny. Just wait." He spoke firmly, like the pack sub-leader he was, encouraging her but at the same time commanding her to do his bidding.
At the car, Debbie climbed into the backseat, pulled off the baby's soaking-wet pink fleece jumpsuit, and wrapped her in a dry blanket, while Allan struggled to remove Franny's wet clothes. She was shaking badly from the cold, which was better than if she wasn't shivering at all, but her skin was ice white, her breathing abnormally slow.
Sirens in the distance told them the cavalry was coming. Thank God. He just hoped it was their ambulance and not the regular one.
"What happened?" Allan asked Franny. He had to keep her talking and alert, keep her from shifting unexpectedly.
"Red car — no accident."
Allan paused as he was trying to get a wool ski hat on her head, but she kept removing the blanket. She was either thoroughly confused or she really wanted to shift. Maybe a little of both.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All of Terry's books are great, fun and easy to read. As always can't wait for her next book
So can't wait till the next book comes out! Terry Spear really knows how to make her books hard to put down. I just love the adventure and suspense and romance all mixed together.
This was my first book by the author so was curious to see how I would relate to her writing sytle. I am a huge fan of paranmormal romance, and really enjoy shifter books and series. This story grabed my attention from the very beginning and I found myself not wanting to put it down until it was finished. There were a few parts of the story that seemed a little rushed to me but not enough that I wouldn't read more books from this author or even this same story again. I loved how this story had forbidden love between a shifter and a human and mystery/suspense surronding not only the case these two found themselves wrapped in the middle of but also in the shifter community. I received an eARC of the book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinon. All ratings and opinion stated are my own.
This was a cute read. Debbie, a human, teams up with Allan, the wolf Seal diver. Unlike some of the other Terry Spear books, for me, this one was a bit slow. A lot of, is he a wolf or isn't he? How to protect the pack and find the wolf killer without his teammate finding out about the pack. Then her transition into becoming his mate. I liked Debbie's feistiness, but Allan was just too nice. I wanted to see Allan with a bit more "bite". It is a sweet read for all ages, so I think that gives it one up on a lot of books for a wide range of readers. I want to thank NetGalley and Sourcebooks for gifting me with an ARC and asking me to leave my opinion of SEAL Wolf In Too Deep.
Reviewed by Angel's Guilty Pleasures ~ 3.5 SEAL Wolf Stars ~ SEAL Wolf In Too Deep is book eighteen in the Heart of the Wolf series by Terry Spear. It can be read as a stand-a-lone. I have enjoyed this series since I discovered it. I’ve read all the books that have been released to date. All except for two or three have been 4 to 5 star reads for me. The SEAL books in this series have not overly impressed me. My favorites still are the Highlander Wolves, though I have enjoyed others too. This novel was a delightfully sweet read. I liked that we had a human and wolf shifter getting involved. This type of relationship is not the norm nor is it one that the wolves want to encourage. The storyline was all right, the flow was nice and I enjoyed the characters. I liked Allan and Debbie individually, but I didn’t feel the romance between them. Their relationship felt more like a friendship. It lacked that passion and chemistry to make me believe they where going to fall in love and be a mated pair. We are treated to some cute moments with the pack and Debbie, a little murder mystery solving and a wolf hunter on the prowl. SEAL Wolf In Too Deep was an agreeable read, but lacked the love connection between our leads. Even with the lack of romance and the ok plot I am still looking forward to the next installment in this series! *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC copy provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
2.5 Stars Allan Rappaport is a Navy SEAL, an expert diver and a wolf shifter, not that that's a problem because his diving partner is also a wolf but when his partner is out of commission due to a serious injury and Allan gets assigned a human as a diving partner, things get really interesting. As much as he's attracted to his new partner, he can't get involved with her because of the secret he's keeping. Debbie Renaud is a skilled diver and beautiful woman who's clearly attracted to her new partner and willing to take things to the next level, but in spite of his interest he is reluctant to follow through. But when she gets hurt during an investigation and becomes privy to Allan's secret, her life chances irrevocably. The blurb of this book has everything that I love in my books - law enforcement, suspense and paranormal elements - and I was so excited to read it. It was a little bit different from what I'm used to but I really wanted to see how Debbie and Allan would navigate the complications their getting involved would cause so even though the pace was slower than I anticipated and it took a while, I kept at it. I have mixed feelings about this book and it's taken me almost as long to write this review as it took to read it. This is the first book ever with a 2.5 star rating from me and here is why. First, fifty percent into the book, I was still waiting for things to pick up between Debbie and Allan on the romantic front as well as in the hunt for the bad guy. Second and this is a biggie: there was no chemistry between them! They had a good working relationship and even a passable friendship but there was no passion between them and the jump into a sexual relationship was poorly executed. Third, for a pack beta Allan was way too passive and the interfering pack members got on my last nerve. Finally, I felt more like I was being told the story instead of experiencing it for myself. If you are a die-hard fan of shifter books, you may want to check out SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP, but if you are in search of a fast-paced, passionate and exciting read then I suggest that you pass on this. This author is new to me and at some point I'll check out more of her books and hope for the best. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A passionate, action-packed paranormal read! "She turned off all the lights in the duplex and peered out the windows, moving from one room to the next to see if she could catch sight of the a black sedan. Security lights and streetlights in her complex cast a strange orange glow on the misty snow. It looked like the perfect night for a murder. A SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP by Terry Spear touts a rich storyline and spine-tingling suspense that will have its readers turning the pages until the very end. With a romantic relationship that supposedly can't work, it still flaunts some ooh la la steamy scenes that had me gasping and most assuredly holding my breath. This is the story of wolf shifter Allan Rappaport and human Debbie Renaud. I really liked both the hero and the heroine. Allan, our hero, is a former Navy Seal and now serves as a police diver in northern Montana where the wolf pack calls home. Allan has figured in previous installments in this series. He's an alpha wolf-shifter, can be counted on to remain calm and clear-thinking under pressure, and is just an all-around really nice guy. I'm really glad that he finally merited his own story. Debbie, our heroine, has been assigned as Allan's new dive partner since Paul Cunningham, Allan's long-time dive partner, good friend and pack leader, has been laid up with a broken leg. Debbie is obviously attracted to Allan and that has his pack-mates worried. As Paul's mate, Lori, puts it "He's a SEAL, and women just fall over themselves when they learn that." Since Allan is a lupus garou, his mate needs to be one of their kind or the relationship would be a genuine hornet's nest for the pack. Even so, Debbie and Allan have some strong chemistry and Allan struggles to resist it confounding Debbie. Is their relationship doomed to be ill-fated? The pack has been thrown into a tail spin by the discovery of a naked woman killed in a trap in the pack's territory. The murdered woman was a lupus garou. The pack is put on alert as they struggle to identify her and find her killer before anyone else is targeted or the pack's existence is revealed. I really enjoyed catching up with previous favorite characters, including Paul and Lori, Paul's sister, Rose, and Dr. Christine Holt, the pack's doctor. Even though there are interconnected characters and a common setting, all of the books in Terry's Heart of the Wolf series work well as standalones with the romantic relationships and the development of the danger plots fully contained within each novel. I would be remiss if I didn't mention one supporting character in this book that I hope to see more of in future books. I didn't like the human, Rowdy, at first as he tried to put the move on Debbie and openly espoused his theory that a wolf pack was active and thriving in the area, but he grew on me. Dare I hope that Rowdy will get his own story told down the road? Terry is one of my favorite authors. I know that when I pick up one of her books, that I'm in for a passionate, action-packed read. SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP combines a solid plot and good pacing that builds up into lots of danger and excitement. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys sexy paranormal romantic suspense. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 Wine Glasses!
Debbie, a human and Allen, a wolf shifter are partners on the police force. Allen would like to date Debbie, but he can’t share his secret and neither wants to jeopardize their job. They are investigating a killer who is targeting shifters, which results in Debbie being shot and Allen’s big reveal. How does she react when she learns that Allen is a wolf shifter? Can he convince Debbie that she is his mate? Seal wolf in to Deep is a pretty good book, but it is a lot more suspense than it is romance. It was hard to connect the leading couple and this book isn’t as strong as her first 10 books in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Review, Quiz & Giveaway: SEAL Wolf In Too Deep (SEAL Wolf, #4) by Terry Spear http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-403 Publication Date: February 2, 2016 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 4 Stars REVIEW: A good blend of wolf shifters, Navy SEALS and protecting those you serve. I like this series and am glad this was another well written installment with danger at every turn. This story was about Allan falling for a human. I was glad that he didn’t just ignore the chemistry that was brewing between him and Debbie or try to make her mad so she would give up. It was a very nice change and led to some pretty sexy encounters. Ms. Spear writes her characters realistically so there is always something to relate to so you feel more a part of things. I look forward to the next installment and hope someday Rowdy will get his turn. *Review copy provided by Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~ http://books.sourcebooks.com/seal-wolf-in-too-deep/ ~*~*~*~
What a vivid and exciting novel! Spear enters the secret world of wolf shifters in a manner that allowed me to really picture it. The action and suspense was thrilling. The chemistry sizzled off the page. The plot was intricately woven to create a whole that really drew me in. At the same time, the characters were so vividly real. I love how I can really picture it all happening next door without ever having known about it. This makes it all the more real. The characters in this novel were fantastic. I had so much fun getting back with Spear’s wolf pack. Allan’s alpha persona drew me in but his caring, nurturing nature had me falling head over heels for him. Debbie’s attitude and ability to stand on her own makes her the perfect match for Allan, even if they don’t always see eye to eye. And personally, I can’t wait to find out what happens next with our resident homicide detective. He’s got my attention sparked. Once again Spear had created a wolfish novel that really held my attention. It was fun, exciting, and a great read on its own or as part of the series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Allan is an expert diver on a team of all shifters. He is used to dealing with shifter so when his temporary dive partner is a human, he must be extra vigilant not to blow his secret. Allan is attracted to his new partner but nothing can come of it because the secrecy of shifters must be kept at all cost. A shifter/human mating is absolutely against shifter law. Debbie is Allan’s partner but even though there is chemistry Allan keeps his distance. On an unusual call, Debbie is injured but before she passes out she sees the animal they are hoping to save turn into a human right before her eyes. Debbie wakes from her injuries in a strange hospital hearing a conversation that scares her into running. This ultimately starts a new chapter with Allan’s and Debbie’s relationship Allan becomes Debbie’s mentor and more. There is a killer on the loose and both Debbie and Allan get caught in the killer sights. A little humor with a difficult life altering situation, SEAL Wolf InToo Deep provides a good shifter paranormal romantic suspense. 3.5 stars I received this ARC copy of SEAL Wolf In Too Deep from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for a honest review.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 Another good story in Ms. Spears Heart of the Wolf series. While this was not my favorite in the series that I have read so far I did really enjoy it. I really liked Allan and Debbie’s story. It was fun to watch them circle each other. While I liked Allan and Debbie I think my favorite part of this whole story was Rowdy. I love the homicide detective and hope that he will get a story soon. I am thinking he would be perfect for Tara. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
3 .25stars ABOUT THE BOOK: February 2, 2016 Debbie Renaud is a police diver working on criminal cases with SEAL Allan Rappaport. She admires him greatly for his missions in the Navy, plus he's just plain HOT. Allan seems to share her attraction, but what she doesn't know is that her partner is wolf shifter. Allan is really hung up on his smart, beautiful dive partner, but he can't get involved with a human outside dive duty. Yet when she gets between a werewolf hunter and his intended victim, one of the members of Allan's pack, they run into real trouble, and their lives are altered forever. •••••••• REVIEW: 3.25stars -- SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP is the eighteenth installment in Terry Spear’s contemporary, adult HEART OF THE WOLF paranormal, romance series. This is wolf shifter/former Navy SEAL Allan Rappaport, and police officer Debbie Renaud’s story. SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from dual third person perspectives SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP follows two paths: the building and forbidden relationship between law enforcement divers/partners Debbie Renaud and Allan Rappaport; and the hunt for a killer who has set his sights on shifter wolves. Allan is a wolf shifter whose new diving partner is a human female; a sexy woman that the leaders of the Pack (Paul and Lori) refuse to accept as Allan’s mate. What ensues is the search for a killer who has targeted ‘werewolves’, and the building romance between Allan and Debbie that will culminate in the unexpected when Debbie is caught between a killer and his gun. The relationship between Debbie and Allan begins as co-workers in the police department. Both Debbie and Allan are police divers who investigate a series of murders and attempted murders that lead back to a possible rogue wolf or a vendetta against shifters of every kind. The romance is very slow to build as Allan understands that Debbie cannot be his mate but Debbie continues to pursue Allan for something more. Saying that, the sexual attraction and heat between Debbie and Allan is lacking; there is no chemistry or romance; no passion, no spark of electricity. I felt no emotional connection to our leading couple-the ‘mating’ felt like a handshake between business partners or strangers-cold and stilted. The $ex scenes are intimate without the over the top erotic imagery. There is a second man vying for Debbie’s love. SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP has a very large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Paul and Lori (Seal Wolf Hunting #16) and their expanding Pack, and several mentions of the original Greymere Pack. A fellow police officer-Rowdy-appears to know quite a bit of the shifter wolves-here’s hoping Rowdy’s story is next. The world building continues to focus on the shifter wolves and their attempts to keep secret their existence from the human population. SEAL WOLF IN TOO DEEP is an interesting story line but one that lacked in many areas including the love connection between Allan and Debbie. The murder mystery focused on too many possibilities, and with the introduction of so many players, the story line got lost in the details.
SEAL Wolf In Too Deep (Heart of the Wolf #18) by Terry Spear SEAL Wolf In Too Deep by Terry Spear is an exciting PNR that will keep guessing. I love wolf shifters and I am a certified scuba diver so this book immediately caught my attention. Wolf Shifter/SEAL Allan Rappaport is reassigned to work with police diver Debbie Renaud while his partner Paul Cunningham (from Heart of the Wolf #16) is out with a broken leg. The duo is investigating a crime scene that is tied to wolf shifters. The problem is, Debbie is a human, so Paul needs to investigate the crime while keeping secrets from his partner. I liked Allan in book 16, SEAL Wolf Hunting, and was excited to hear his story. He is loyal to his pack and protective of those he cares about. Debbie is clever and brave. Both respect each other as co-workers. The two have great chemistry and a lot in common. Allan makes a noble effort to attempt to not become romantically involved with Debbie. The plot was interesting with multiple twist. There was a lot of action and mystery surrounding the werewolves and werewolf hunters that kept the story interesting. I enjoyed the conclusion. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bad for sure. Or maybe both?
Well.. I hate good endings because of fairytales. I say bad ending!