She was a cop. He, a vigilante with a secret. It could never work. Police detective Kara Monaghan and wolf Curragh Dominion are after the same evil Russian mob boss, but by very different means. When they randomly meet in a bar and chemistry flies, they have no idea until it's too late that they're on different sides of the law. Punches are thrown, laws broken. So why can't she stop thinking about him, and why is he so different from any man she's ever touched? To make matters worse, since they both want to take down Kruglov, they keep running into each other, and always at the wrong time. But is there ever a right time, when searching for a phantom amid a sea of crime?
A Stand-Alone Werewolf/Shifter Romance series. Each wolf has his own story told in one exciting, complete book. Each city/state has its own pack. The packs don't overlap--cities can be read in any order.
First up: it's set around a very small pack of vigilante werewolves in Chicago and perhaps most importantly the heroine is a police detective. Now I know that trope is frequently used, female cop attracts sexy shifter/vamp etc. but this has a more realistic almost gritty edge. Not since the character Eve Dallas have I been so sucked into a story set around a female detective. Now I won't lie, it's not perfect but from the start I found myself impressed with the author’s ideas.
Kara has relocated due to personal reasons and she is getting a hard time from her new colleagues but luckily her boss understands the prejudice aimed at her. A case that is seemingly not going away has plagued the Chicago PD for far too long. A chance tip-off sends Kara into more than just the seedy underbelly of mob activities, it puts her right in the path of the guy she recently hooked up with! So not professional, but Curragh just keeps showing up and guess what? Kara may not be immune to his charms but he is most definitely not on the right side of the law!
So Curagh is a paranormal romance but I really liked the crime drama edge Ms Hopkins came up with. It felt fresh but the mystery surrounding the mob boss added greatly and I truly didn't see the twist coming! Add in hot scenes that will appeal to many readers and it's certainly written by an author who I will look out for.
I was left with questions about the wolves and their laws but hopefully further stories in this series will address those. If honest, I thought the end a tad rushed but I did receive an arc with slight formatting problems so perhaps that explains it and I'm sure that will be addressed upon publication.
So bottom line, if I ignore the last two chapters it's a book with interesting characters, there is clearly much more to come and it will be interesting to find out just what else these werewolves are capable of.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.