SEAL Wolf Hunting (Heart of the Wolf #16)
by Terry Spear
Paul Cunningham has eluded many traps in his long career as a Navy SEAL, but there’s no way out of this one. On a rare visit home, he gets “volunteered” for a local charity bachelor auction, and the community is counting on him. Then he discovers that the sexy she-wolf with the winning ticket is Lori Greypaw—the one woman he could never resist. And she has plans for Paul that go way beyond a simple date. For the first time in his bachelor life, this alpha wolf SEAL is going to have to prove his worth…
Meet the Bachelors of Cottage Grove
Full Name: Allan Rappaport
Occupation: SEAL and now Special Undercover Operative
Height: 6 ft
Hair Color: dark brown hair
Eye Color: green
Originally from: Northern Montana
What do you look for in a woman?
I love diving, and would hope that the woman I hook up with loves the water as much as I do. She needs a sense of humor, loves to be independent, yet doesn’t mind a helping hand.
Allan was next up, and the bidding was going strong as he got into the fun of the auction, flexing his muscles and smiling brightly.
“Way to go, SEAL!” Lori and Rose shouted.
“Take off your shirt!” Emma shouted.
Catherine whooped and whistled. Paul had to smile at Emma and Catherine.
Lori’s face reddened a bit, probably because her own grandma had shouted out the recommendation.
Allan began unbuttoning his shirt slowly and the crowd went wild.
Paul laughed. He hadn’t thought that a honey-do bachelor auction would be anything like this. Then again, Emma was a wolf and they could change the dynamics of a situation in a heartbeat. The ranch hands made a big deal of jerking their shirts out of their waistbands and then starting to unbutton them.
A woman shouted, “Just the shirts, gentlemen.”
And that had everyone laughing.
Stripper music began to play, and Paul removed his shirt to the beat like the others did.
Clapping hands, wolf whistles, and shouts indicated the women were just as excited to bid for the SEALs as they were for the cowboys.
Paul tossed his shirt to Lori for safekeeping. When she grabbed the shirt and held it close, he smiled at her.
Allan went for two hundred and fifty dollars to a lady wearing a pink cowboy hat…
SEAL Wolf Hunting is one of those books that I went into assuming I was going to love but sadly it was just an okay read. Were there parts that I loved? Absolutely! But there wasn't anything truly remarkable about it either, unfortunately.
I haven't read the first fifteen books in this series but I figured this far into it it shouldn't be an issue and luckily, I was right. I'm sure we met the hero, Paul, and a few of the side characters in the previous books but I didn't feel lost at all going into this one.
Paul and his SEAL Wolf buddy, Allan, are going home for vacation after a grueling mission in the Amazon jungle. When they get home they learn that their family has signed them up for a bachelor auction and being the good guys that they are, they show up for the auction and do their thing.
Lori, a she-wolf in Paul's pack and a friend of his growing up, has wanted to mate with him forever but didn't want to pressure him when she knew he wasn't ready to settle down. When Lori's grandmother wins Paul at the auction so that he can help Lori at their family cabin, Lori knows that it's a ploy to get them to mate but she refuses to mate with him until he's ready to lead their pack.
There is so much going on in this one but luckily the building relationship didn't take too much of a backseat to all the action. I really enjoyed watching Paul work through his feelings for Lori and learn what's more important in life than the next big adventure. I did, however, have an issue with the "romance". One minute they're talking about mating to build the pack then they're claiming love and forever... I just wish that the I love you's were said first, I guess, rather than making the mating seem like it was being done for convenience rather than love.
Along with my issue with the romance, I felt that there was just way too much going on in this one. You have hunters, and bank robbers, and thunderstorms, and issues with other wolves, and a missing wolf in the Amazon, and Rose's secret and the drama that goes along with it... Anyway, it was just way too much for one book, in my opinion.
If you've enjoyed other books in Terry Spear's Heart of the Wolf series then I'm sure you'll enjoy this one too, and if you haven't read other books in the series don't let that deter you. Overall, it was an easy, enjoyable read but at the end of the day, I was looking for a little more.
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of SEAL Wolf Hunting through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.