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Title: Wild GameMy Review:
Author: Alisa Woods
Series: Wilding Pack Wolves #1
Published by: Sworn Secrets Publishing
Release Date: December 3, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Kindle Book
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Her pack is being hunted. He’s a bodyguard with a secret. The Wolf Hunter is targeting them both.GAME ON.Owen Harding hasn’t shifted since he was in Agent Smith’s experimental cages—the only thing this ex-Army Texas boy is afraid of is what kind of beast he’s become. But with a hate group issuing more threats against the Wilding pack than you can shake a stick at, Owen’s doing what he can as a personal bodyguard. If only the Wilding girl he’s tasked with keeping alive wasn’t so damn sexy… and completely off limits.
Nova Wilding’s father was assassinated, leaving her a gaming company to run, a new game to release, and a pack full of wolves who want her for a mate… including a beta who’s determined to have Nova and her company. Choosing someone outside the pack will tear it apart, but Nova can’t stop watching the hot shifter who’s keeping watch over her.
When Nova barely escapes an attempt on her life, she finds herself in Owen’s arms… but her sexy new bodyguard is absolutely the wrong man at the wrong time. While Nova fights to keep her father’s business afloat, and Owen fights to keep her alive, the Wolf Hunter is playing a dangerous new game that might destroy them both.
I really enjoyed this shifter romance. The paranormal part of the book was downplayed and subtle. It focused more on the romance and the business/mystery aspect. All good things to put into a paranormal novel. I have noticed these kinds of books focus on the magic of the characters more often as part of the plot rather than a non-magic plot. It was nice to see them both incorporated so well in this book.
Owen was your standard alpha wolf. Except he wasn’t the alpha of his pack. I loved the background we have on him, it really helped to give a idea of why he was so concerned with shifting and control over his wolf. And his reasoning as to why he thought he couldn’t take a mate. He had massive protective instincts that sometimes overrode his rational side. He was also caring towards his charge and I don’t just mean in bed. 😉 Her safety superseded his lust. I liked that. And he wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable to Nova about how he felt about her, even if he thought it was temporary. He deferred to her in almost every aspect of their romance and her protection. And it came off as pretty sexy.
Nova tried to be all strong and stubborn but it really hid the fact that she was very much afraid for her life. She had some communication issues that worked against her a bit but she finally got her head out of her ass by the end. I think she was a bit emotionally immature for my tastes but her business savvy helped her to seem more sophisticated.
This book had some great action and I loved the military background of the bodyguards. We never do find out who is responsible for her fathers assassination but it was nice to have some closure with regards to her business and her pack’s stability, at least for the time being. It is the first in the series after all. 🙂