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In 2016, New York became a Sanctuary City for supernaturals...but things quickly spun out of control. Now, Third Shift is an elite team of operatives tasked with exposing the gritty underbelly of New York's criminal-supernatural underworld, taking down the worst of the worst and protecting human- and shifter-kind alike. Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. But lawyer and psyc In 2016, New York became a Sanctuary City for supernaturals...but things quickly spun out of control. Now, Third Shift is an elite team of operatives tasked with exposing the gritty underbelly of New York's criminal-supernatural underworld, taking down the worst of the worst and protecting human- and shifter-kind alike. Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. But lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia is determined to help him craft a solid defense...even if she can't defend her own obsession. Because Joe took out those Russian mobsters for good reason--they were responsible for the death of his beloved foster brother. Those six bad guys were part of the ruthless clan of bear shifters who control Brooklyn's Russian mafia, so his vigilante justice has earned him countless enemies in New York's supernatural-controlled underworld, and no friends in a government that now bends to Russia at every turn. Joe knows that creatures like him only deserve the worst. Darkness. Solitude. Punishment. But meeting Neha makes him feel human for the first time in forever. He's never wanted anything in his life like he wants Neha, and he'll break almost any rule to spend a minute alone with her. But when the Russian mob attacks the jail for payback, Joe and Neha are forced to escape. Before long they're on the run--from monsters who want him dead and from their own traitorous hearts.


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In 2016, New York became a Sanctuary City for supernaturals...but things quickly spun out of control. Now, Third Shift is an elite team of operatives tasked with exposing the gritty underbelly of New York's criminal-supernatural underworld, taking down the worst of the worst and protecting human- and shifter-kind alike. Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. But lawyer and psyc In 2016, New York became a Sanctuary City for supernaturals...but things quickly spun out of control. Now, Third Shift is an elite team of operatives tasked with exposing the gritty underbelly of New York's criminal-supernatural underworld, taking down the worst of the worst and protecting human- and shifter-kind alike. Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. But lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia is determined to help him craft a solid defense...even if she can't defend her own obsession. Because Joe took out those Russian mobsters for good reason--they were responsible for the death of his beloved foster brother. Those six bad guys were part of the ruthless clan of bear shifters who control Brooklyn's Russian mafia, so his vigilante justice has earned him countless enemies in New York's supernatural-controlled underworld, and no friends in a government that now bends to Russia at every turn. Joe knows that creatures like him only deserve the worst. Darkness. Solitude. Punishment. But meeting Neha makes him feel human for the first time in forever. He's never wanted anything in his life like he wants Neha, and he'll break almost any rule to spend a minute alone with her. But when the Russian mob attacks the jail for payback, Joe and Neha are forced to escape. Before long they're on the run--from monsters who want him dead and from their own traitorous hearts.

30 review for Big Bad Wolf

  1. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    3.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Joe Peluso was the monster in the closet, the creature you were warned about in fairy tales… and still, somehow, not the scariest white man Neha had encountered while doing her job. Big Bad Wolf kicks off the Third Shift series set in an urban fantasy world full of paranormal and supernatural beings while incorporating a sense of current political t 3.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Joe Peluso was the monster in the closet, the creature you were warned about in fairy tales… and still, somehow, not the scariest white man Neha had encountered while doing her job. Big Bad Wolf kicks off the Third Shift series set in an urban fantasy world full of paranormal and supernatural beings while incorporating a sense of current political times. This is much more of an ensemble piece, and I would say read this as a clear first-in-series world set-up, than a straight focus on one couple. The impetus that starts the story rolling is Neha Ahluwalia, a junior associate with a doctorate in behavioral psych, is brought in on a case her firm took involving Joe Peluso. She's there to analyze him and get him to talk, so that they can come up with a defense for why Joe killed six Russian Bratva members. Through Joe, the reader learns about the Apex Initiative, a secret military project where in Phase 3 Joe was brought in and injected with some kind of serum that gave him the ability to be a wolf shifter. Neha and Joe have instant heat between them and when an attempt to kill Joe happens, Neha goes on the run with him. They were a ragtag crew who moonlighted fixing other people’s problems. Except the ragtag crew included some werewolves and vampires and sorcerers. The first half has the reader mostly in the characters' heads, as through them we get a picture of the world they live in. We're told about The Darkest Day where a NSA internal memo was “accidentally” leaked and U.S. citizens learn about the existence of supernatural and paranormal beings. This leads to an increased military state where the creation of the Supernatural Regulation Bureau, Emergency Service Unit Watch, and use of drones overhead to monitor citizens to help them feel “safe”. This is countered a bit by the Sanctuary Alliance, a group of Sanctuary cities that claim to be safer for supernaturals; New York City is one of them and where this story is set. Third Shift Security is also a counter and a group of supernaturals, paranormals, and humans who go on missions and work to protect their brethren. Neha and Joe end up with them as they try to stay safe from officials trying to get Joe back under custody and what becomes a big part of the second half of the story, the Russian Bratva, who are also a clan of bear shifters, that wants to kill Joe in retaliation for the six he murdered. So he had to watch himself. Wanting her was fine. But liking her? Caring about her? Actually being obsessed with her like he’d pretended to be the last time she was here…? Fuck, no. He had to draw a line. There was way too much to lose if he didn’t. The second half picks up the pace with less internal monologues and more action. A second romance is highlighted between Danny Yeo, a NYPD detective working for Third Shift and Yulia Vasiliev, sister to the head of the bratva branch hunting Joe. While I thought the romance between Neha and Joe was more erotic in pacing and tone, instant and lusting, Yulia and Danny's relationship definitely captured my interest. We miss their initial meeting and come in months later where Yulia is trying to push Danny away for his own safety but still trying to give information to him about her brother and his activities. I thought these two had more of an emotional connection that I could believe in and therefore, more substance for me to engage with. Due to the worldbuilding taking over, Neha and Joe simply don't get much time together and when they are together, it was mostly about the sex. Neha was the better flushed out character with ties we get to see with her family, friends, and even job, helping to color in her personality. Joe's military career is discussed and how he suffers guilt from it, along with how close he was with a younger neighborhood boy named Kenny, who was murdered by the Russians and why Joe goes after them. Joe just never materialized into a fully solid character for me, I know he's not conventionally attractive and loves to give head (this was brought up over and over), which awesome, but I still needed him to feel fleshed out more. This was not Neha’s world. She’d stepped through the Looking Glass when she crossed the threshold of Kamchatka. But she couldn’t go back. She’d signed on for this. She’d demanded participation . She was all in now. Because she’d made that call. Used the number Joe had given her… not to save herself, but to find her way back to him. Ultimately, Neha and Joe's relationship failed for me; there wasn't enough emotional substance between them for me to buy Neha risking so much in the short amount of time she knew Joe. On the other hand, you will want to pick this up for the worldbuilding, I saw another reviewer compare this to Suzanne Brockmann, in terms of storylines, amount of characters and povs, I wholly agree. I think a comparison to Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series would also help readers grasp and anticipate the sheer amount of storylines and characters they're about to step into. While Neha and Joe's relationship, and maybe even Yulia and Danny's, looks to be wrapped up, there was a third romance between Neha's friend Nate, and two employees of Third Shift, Grace and Finn, that was left in the air. I would also mention that the author doesn't sprinkle in or is subtle with her views and political thoughts, if you're not ready for that kind of smoke to solidly be in your story, then this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you like some dry wit, a plethora of characters, weaving storylines, and worldbuilding that looks to be able to support a long running series, then you will want to pick up this first installment. This was their adventure. Because the Third Shift was a shift that never really ended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews

    Book one in the new Third Shift series by Snyder is, as always with a new series, packed to the rafters with world-building and character establishment. Having said that, I really enjoy it when an author throws us right into the thick of it from the very first page. It's a firm thoughtful introduction of Joe and Neha. We're immediately intuned to who and what we think they are and definitely understand the predicament. Big Bad Wolf has so many things going for it. It's a procedural meets-mafia-me Book one in the new Third Shift series by Snyder is, as always with a new series, packed to the rafters with world-building and character establishment. Having said that, I really enjoy it when an author throws us right into the thick of it from the very first page. It's a firm thoughtful introduction of Joe and Neha. We're immediately intuned to who and what we think they are and definitely understand the predicament. Big Bad Wolf has so many things going for it. It's a procedural meets-mafia-meets-supernatural combination. Its well flushed out and commands the reader's attention. I can't wait for more. ~Tanja * ARC Provided by the publisher Follow me on Twitter✿Facebook✿Pinterest✿Instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liber_Lady

    This was a disappointment. As a South Asian person, it hurts me, even more, to rate it so low. Let me begin with the good parts. - Good chemistry and steam scenes between the main characters - Great South Asian and Punjabi culture representation - Having lived in Manhattan as a South Asian, I loved the accurate portrayal of Jackson Heights and Jersey City Indian culture - Love that cover - Love that every character was so diverse. That's about it. I had several issues with this book that not only made m This was a disappointment. As a South Asian person, it hurts me, even more, to rate it so low. Let me begin with the good parts. - Good chemistry and steam scenes between the main characters - Great South Asian and Punjabi culture representation - Having lived in Manhattan as a South Asian, I loved the accurate portrayal of Jackson Heights and Jersey City Indian culture - Love that cover - Love that every character was so diverse. That's about it. I had several issues with this book that not only made me sad, but also made me exasperated and depressed. 1. The author notes in her Author's note that this book is her way of dealing with the 2016 presidency and everything that followed. This is a paranormal/dystopian world where not only every problem existing in the US is acknowledged but add in shifters and vampires that have been exposed. 2. This is not a shifter book where the shifter part is valued, loved or even appreciated. These are sort of medically injected shifters/lab created shifters. Our main hero is one of them. I had major issues with the hero. He was in the army where he had killed a lot of people, as a human and as an animal. I feel like he just hated having an animal inside him. There was no bond between him and his animal. The self hatred was so strong, that the hero had an EPIC case of "You deserve better" for the herione and CONSTANTLY pushed her away. Right till over 90% of the book. 3. Multiple POVs: I understand that this is the first in a long series. There was also a parallel story of another couple going on in this book. Our main couple barely had any relationship development going on (other than sex) so I don't understand why we needed another couple's story. So, not only did we have the two POVs of our main characters, we had another 2 POVs of this other couple. We also had anther 2 POVs of a potential future gay couple. So, total of 6 POVs was not needed at all. 4. This paranormal world was depressive af. I don't remember having a moment of happiness in the entire book. Yes, the hero and heroine had this intense instaLOVE connection (which was just unbelieveable despite this being PNR), there were no characters at any point that felt any happiness. This book highlighted the problems that each and every person faced in the US who wasn't a straight white man. And I was just so over it. 5. It could have been a great novel. There were instances (in the beginnning) where I liked the concept. But then it just became a pool of problems and characters that came out of nowhere and that I was forced to read their POV.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kazen

    I enjoyed Snyder's Tikka Chance on Me so when I saw she's coming out with a paranormal romance I jumped at the chance to read it. I usually shy away from books with mafia elements or ex-military heroes, but I enjoyed her look at motorcycle gangs so why not give it a try? I'm so glad I did. Off the top, this book won't be for everyone - the hero is a bit of an arse, there are two danger bangs, and while the consent is there it isn't the most explicit. None of it ended up bothering me, though. On to I enjoyed Snyder's Tikka Chance on Me so when I saw she's coming out with a paranormal romance I jumped at the chance to read it. I usually shy away from books with mafia elements or ex-military heroes, but I enjoyed her look at motorcycle gangs so why not give it a try? I'm so glad I did. Off the top, this book won't be for everyone - the hero is a bit of an arse, there are two danger bangs, and while the consent is there it isn't the most explicit. None of it ended up bothering me, though. On to the good! - This is the first fiction I've read that truly interacts with what America has become politically since 2016, pushing it further into a dystopia. Think new Patriot Acts, detention camps on both borders, and drones tracking people in Sanctuary Cities. It's an alternate 2021 that went off the rails even more than we actually did. - There are a bunch of supernatural folx, but Snyder doesn't try to explain them all at once. Many series start with one kind of shifter then branch out, so I like that we're starting with a mix here. - While we have a wolf character packs aren't a thing. Instead of those forced relations we're heading towards a found family, which is utterly my jam. - There are many PoVs and they work well together - the hero, heroine, Neha's coworkers, and the staff at Third Shift. - Pretty much every character is from a marginalized group, including people of color, LGBTQIA+ folx, a Jewish guy, Sikh folx of varying devotion, and of course shifters. - The diversity of Indian culture is emphasized and celebrated - different languages, religions, styles of dress, and more. We even have a naga, so bonus points for non-Western supernatural beings. - I love the secondary characters and cannot wait for them to get their own HEAs, especially a certain Irish vampire who's too charming for his own good. - One character is a cop but he has reservations about his day job, and things… change by the end. I like the way it's handled. The not-so-good: - Instalove, thanks to the fated mates trope. If you're a paranormal romance fan it's par for the course. - If you're into explicit consent the danger bangs may leave you feeling squick-y. I'm not a huge fan of sex just after getting away from the bad guy, but I got through okay. Big Bad Wolf takes place in a world that I do not want to live in but am happy to visit in fiction, especially with such a great cast of characters - I can't wait for the next book in the series. Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing a review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emmalita

    At the beginning of this year, I reviewed Suleikha Snyder’s short story anthology, Prem Numbers, and said Snyder wrote “radical hope and face sitting.” I’m a fan of her work. She is not a low angst author. Her lovers are passionate. Her stories have all the angst and agony of love in a world that will punish people for looking the wrong way and loving the wrong way. She carves out pockets of safe space for her characters to love in and it feels like a respite from the world. In Big Bad Wolf, she At the beginning of this year, I reviewed Suleikha Snyder’s short story anthology, Prem Numbers, and said Snyder wrote “radical hope and face sitting.” I’m a fan of her work. She is not a low angst author. Her lovers are passionate. Her stories have all the angst and agony of love in a world that will punish people for looking the wrong way and loving the wrong way. She carves out pockets of safe space for her characters to love in and it feels like a respite from the world. In Big Bad Wolf, she takes all that and then dials it up to 11. Imagine if the administration elected into power in November of 2016 had been more competent in their authoritarianism. In Big Bad Wolf, The United States has moved into an authoritarian, surveillance state dystopia, with a few veneers of democracy still remaining. On top of that, the public has only recently learned about supernaturals. The armed forces, of course, have been experimenting with turning soldiers into shifters for a while. I’ve written, deleted, and rewritten this review so many times because I keep falling into the trap of retelling the plot as if I’m a toddler telling anyone who will listen about their favorite episode of Paw Patrol. The plot is a wild ride and Suleikha Snyder does a much better job of telling her story than I do. The basics: Joe was turned into a wolf shifter while he was a soldier. He thinks being a killer is all he has to offer and has turned vigilante. Neha is a psychologist turned lawyer, part of the team hired to defend Joe. They strike sparks immediately with verbal sparring, eye fucking and some serious pining. When an attack on Joe’s life sends them on the run, it’s all exploding lust and feelings. Outside of Joe and Neha, there is a whole underground world of shifters and magical beings waiting to come to light. Snyder brings her love of soap operas to her world building in Big Bad Wolf. This is the first book in a series, so she is building a world and introducing characters and hinting at their future stories. The folks at Third Shift Security start to populate the novel and become intriguing characters on their own right without stealing focus from Neha and Joe*. There are a couple of significant fight scenes, which is not something I’ve read from Snyder before, and she writes it so well. The fight scenes solidified my 5 star rating, because she clearly communicates the violence and chaos while keeping in character growth and emotional epiphanies. When I finished I almost cried at how long I have to wait for the next book. I am anxious for more of this world and just from this book I can see so many stories I want to read. I feel like the direction this is going is the team working to put a world that has gone wrong to rights and creating a safer place for them to live and love. Joe isn’t going to be everyone’s favorite kind of hero. He’s moody and keeps trying to do the right thing for Neha without listening to Neha’s opinions. Big Bad Wolf is very much a redemption story for him. I am bouncing in my seat waiting for Pretty Little Lion. *Except for Finn. The vampire steals every scene he is in. I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marlou (life_of_a_bookdragon)

    This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I tried to read it. I tried to like. But booooy, this was bad. At first I really liked the writing, it was someone telling a story about an intelligent woman who can and will kick your ass (verbally only perhaps, but still) and then it went downhill quickly... There were too many details. I usually complain that romance novels don't have enough details but out of the 35% that I've read at least half could've and should've This book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I tried to read it. I tried to like. But booooy, this was bad. At first I really liked the writing, it was someone telling a story about an intelligent woman who can and will kick your ass (verbally only perhaps, but still) and then it went downhill quickly... There were too many details. I usually complain that romance novels don't have enough details but out of the 35% that I've read at least half could've and should've been cut. There were also several other point of views that weren't making any sense at all to me. This book is going in the proverbial trashcan to never be seen again. DNF for sure.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Big Bad Wolf is the first book in Suleikha Snyder’s extremely steamy new science fiction/fantasy series Third Shift. I’m always going to remember reading The Stand when I was home alone and suffering from what turned out to be pneumonia, and I will always remember reading this book that takes place in a dystopian world where democracy has ended and a right-wing fascist regime has taken over the United States, when I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Big Bad Wolf is the first book in Suleikha Snyder’s extremely steamy new science fiction/fantasy series Third Shift. I’m always going to remember reading The Stand when I was home alone and suffering from what turned out to be pneumonia, and I will always remember reading this book that takes place in a dystopian world where democracy has ended and a right-wing fascist regime has taken over the United States, when right-wing fascists attacked the Capitol building, and doom scrolling on social media seemed to echo the world in this book. When his foster brother was killed, Joe Peluso, an army veteran and wolf shifter sought revenge by taking out some of the Russian mobsters responsible. Neha Ahluwalia has degrees in both law and psychology, and her part on his legal team is to find out what makes Joe tick. A failed courtroom hit by members of the Russian underworld who are bear shifters has them on the run, and their only chance to survive may be with the help of Third Shift, a mysterious organization made up of shifters and other supernatural creatures. This is definitely a book that will keep you avidly reading long past your bedtime. Steam Level: Very Hot. Publishing Date: January 26, 2021. #BigBadWolf #SuleikhaSnyder #SourceBooksCasablanca #SteamyScienceFictionAndFantasy #WolfShifter #ScienceFictionAndFantasySeries #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really, really wanted to like this one (it’s a PNR! by an author who is a total delight on Twitter!) - but it’s just trying to be too many books at the same time. There’s like a six book series about the Third Shift (which our protagonists don’t even know EXISTS until past the halfway point, so it’s always a digression from the main story) crammed into this one. For no reason, because there apparently IS going to be a series, and we could have gotten all of that LATER. As a result, we get subp I really, really wanted to like this one (it’s a PNR! by an author who is a total delight on Twitter!) - but it’s just trying to be too many books at the same time. There’s like a six book series about the Third Shift (which our protagonists don’t even know EXISTS until past the halfway point, so it’s always a digression from the main story) crammed into this one. For no reason, because there apparently IS going to be a series, and we could have gotten all of that LATER. As a result, we get subplots about pretty much everyone under the sun - a very cute bear shifter/detective duo, a lawyer-vampire-doctor love triangle, a legal practice we never see in action, that lawyer’s frankly more interesting friendship with another lawyer, the backstory of every person who works at Third Shift, our protagonist’s cousin’s never-plot-relevant shapeshifter abilities, you name it. Sometimes it’s interesting sidetracks, often it’s plots that could have been great installments later in a series, and always it’s a distraction from the main story. And so that main story never really gets developed. I have no idea what Joe and Neha see in each other, outside of sex. (I kind of think they should have just banged out their frustration that one time in that alley, and then gotten on with their lives?) There’s so much else going on that their relationship never has room to breathe on the page - it’s just the sex scenes. And they’re good sex scenes! That’s just not enough to build a romance on! I just guess I needed there to be more story to the central romance than that. And maybe like twenty seven less subplots.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne Z.

    Thank you Sourcebooks for the book. And I'm sorry. Sadly, although I was really looking forward to this one, loved the blurb and cover, I can't say I liked the book at all. Within 40 pages there already 4 povs. That is ok on high fantasy books, on romance?! Nope. It distracts from what a romance reader is there for- the romance. The secondary romance could have just stayed away. Its very repetitive. By page 60 parts of the same conversation have been repeated on different povs 3 times already. T Thank you Sourcebooks for the book. And I'm sorry. Sadly, although I was really looking forward to this one, loved the blurb and cover, I can't say I liked the book at all. Within 40 pages there already 4 povs. That is ok on high fantasy books, on romance?! Nope. It distracts from what a romance reader is there for- the romance. The secondary romance could have just stayed away. Its very repetitive. By page 60 parts of the same conversation have been repeated on different povs 3 times already. The romance was odd. PNR is all about insta love, and I happen to love it. But this was not it. This was some weird insta lust fuckery. It was off putting. Their first kiss had ZerO chemistry and so did every sex scene after that. And there were plenty. In weird incomprehensible times and locations. It also has a lot of political and social jargon. Some don't mind that in their romance books, but I do. I dislike it severely. I read to escape the real world, not to face it head on. At least half of the book is full of it. I (and before someone says s*** they shouldn't, I'm not white) will pick a non fiction or a contemporary fiction if I want all the political and social stuff in it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Malin

    Disclaimer! I got an ARC from NetGalley. That has in no way influenced my review. In a dystopian alternate reality, where the 2016 election led to the USA becoming a tightly regulated surveillance state, pretty much at the same time as the existence of a number of supernatural beings were revealed, several big cities, including New York, are now a Sanctuary City for supernaturals. Joe Peluso, an ex-soldier turned werewolf through military experimentation, is in prison for murdering six bear shift Disclaimer! I got an ARC from NetGalley. That has in no way influenced my review. In a dystopian alternate reality, where the 2016 election led to the USA becoming a tightly regulated surveillance state, pretty much at the same time as the existence of a number of supernatural beings were revealed, several big cities, including New York, are now a Sanctuary City for supernaturals. Joe Peluso, an ex-soldier turned werewolf through military experimentation, is in prison for murdering six bear shifters with ties to the Russian mafia. His legal team is determined to give him a proper defense, but Joe believes himself beyond redemption. He has no regrets about the murders that landed him in prison, which were in retaliation for the death of his foster brother. However, he is haunted by his years as a soldier and all the lives he ended during his long military career. He has no intention of sharing any information or revealing anything to his lawyers that might help him get a lighter sentence and fully expects to be killed in prison by Russian mobsters soon enough. Neha Ahluwalia, one of the lawyers on his team, as well as a trained psychologist, believes that everyone deserves a chance. She can't really explain her near-instant attraction to Peluso, which just seems to grow with each of their meetings. Falling for one of their clients, let alone a werewolf with a long history of violence is utter madness, but Neha can't stay away. On the day of Joe's trial, she agrees to a brief meeting alone with him, and they end up going on the run together after the Russian mob attempts to kill Joe and creates chaos at the courthouse. While he might not see himself as worthy of love or affection, Neha has caught glimpses of the wounded and vulnerable man behind the gruff facade, and she's determined to fight for their happy ending. I had hoped to have this review finished by the book's release date last week, but my depression had other ideas, and quite a lot of the things I wanted to achieve have had to be postponed. My friend and fellow Cannonball reviewer Emmalita reviewed this back in December (and has already used one of my favourite lines from the book as her review title and made me very excited to get to this. I've only ever read Suleikha Snyder's contemporary romance novella Tikka Chance on Me, so seeing her take on urban fantasy/paranormal romance was interesting and quite different. There's a lot to like in this book, including the two main characters. I adored pretty much everything about Neha, including how completely unapologetic she was about was about embracing her desires once she admitted to herself that she fancied the pants off Joe. I could have done with a lot less self pitying, recriminations and angst from Joe (I have never had much patience with the oh woe is me, I'm so dark and unlovable because of my past dudes), but I guess feeling constantly guilty and not worthy of a wonderful lady like Neha is better than being an unapologetic sociopath who's full of himself. It's quite clear that as well as the central romance between Neha and Joe, this book is setting up the wider world in which the Third Watch, the secret agency staffed by both humans and paranormals who end up helping our protagonsists on the run. There's a whole host of supporting characters, including an incredibly charming and very scene-stealing vampire, as well as a no nonsense surgeon, both of whom I hope feature in future books. There's a really nice focus on friendship and community thoughout the book and while I have a few niggles about the book as a romance (everything happens VERY fast between Neha and Joe - I would have liked a bit more time for them to get to know each other before declaring eternal love), I loved this as the start of a new paranormal fantasy series full of competence porn, great world building and interesting characters. As far as I can tell from Ms. Snyder's Twitter, this series will be at least a trilogy. I can't wait to get my hands on more. Judging a book by its cover: I absolutely see what the cover designer was trying to do here, but I'm not sure it entirely works.While I totally get that showing that just underneath the surface of our hero lurks a big, dangerous wolf, the actual effect of having two big yellow wolf eyes basically looking out at you from the torso of the muscular and very fit cover model is more distracting than enticing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Edgy, provocative, and risqué! Big Bad Wolf is a seductive, dramatic, paranormal romance that takes you on a journey into the life of Neha Ahluwalia, an intelligent, determined psychologist/lawyer who finds herself inadvertently attracted to and swept off her feet by the rough and dirty-mouthed criminal, Joe Peluso who unfortunately has more to fear than a court of law. The narration is salacious and smooth. The characters are consumed, impulsive, and intense. And the fast-paced, alluring plot is Edgy, provocative, and risqué! Big Bad Wolf is a seductive, dramatic, paranormal romance that takes you on a journey into the life of Neha Ahluwalia, an intelligent, determined psychologist/lawyer who finds herself inadvertently attracted to and swept off her feet by the rough and dirty-mouthed criminal, Joe Peluso who unfortunately has more to fear than a court of law. The narration is salacious and smooth. The characters are consumed, impulsive, and intense. And the fast-paced, alluring plot is filled with temptation, desire, danger, deception, mystique, sizzling chemistry, palpable attraction, violence, murder, and of course the supernatural. Overall, Big Bad Wolf is an intriguing, suspenseful, sultry tale by Snyder that has the right amount of mystery, sex, imaginative world-building, unique characters, and bad boy vibes to keep you engaged from start to finish. As most of you know, I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance and I have never read a novel by Suleikha Snyder before, but I have to tell you I really enjoyed this one and I can’t wait to read what this extraordinary team of shapeshifters, vampires, and humans get up to next in Pretty Little Lion publishing this fall. Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (the naptime writer)

    Thanks to Sourcebooks Casa & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own. I have so many thoughts about Suleikha Snyder’s Big Bad Wolf. So many. The first is just how excited I am to find such an emotionally nuanced, sexy shifter read that isn’t afraid to throw some punches at our current political & social climate. A novel that puts a new spin on common themes of the shifter romance—mates, violence, etc—& that features a diverse, charismatic cast of characters who are so Thanks to Sourcebooks Casa & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own. I have so many thoughts about Suleikha Snyder’s Big Bad Wolf. So many. The first is just how excited I am to find such an emotionally nuanced, sexy shifter read that isn’t afraid to throw some punches at our current political & social climate. A novel that puts a new spin on common themes of the shifter romance—mates, violence, etc—& that features a diverse, charismatic cast of characters who are sometimes noble & foolish & reckless & devoted & anything but one-note. Neha Ahluwalia is a junior associate at a criminal attorney firm who’s been asked to sit in on meetings for shifter & accused (& confessed) murderer Joe Peluso as they prepare for his second trial. He’s a murderer. He’s crude. He’s abrasive. But Neha starts having uncontrollable feelings for him & vice versa. There’s a lot standing in their way, including that they’re sitting on opposite sides of the law—plus the fact that his enemies want him dead. Like others & the blurb on the cover have said ;) this is a dark read that’s full of big emotions—guilt & lust & uncertainty & trust. The worldbuilding is really cool & the difference in voice for each character feels special. There’s so much about Big Bad Wolf that feels special. But the relationship arc between Neha & Joe feels a little rushed. As steamy as the book is, I wanted more conversational intimacy between the leads & more of a basis outside of physical need for Neha to initially cross her ethical boundary. In addition, the fallout for Neha’s decision is treated pretty simplistically in the novel’s conclusion, to me. On balance Big Bad Wolf is a really exciting foray into paranormal romance & I can’t wait to pick back up with the next in the series. 4 ⭐️. Big Bad Wolf is available on 01/26/21.

  13. 5 out of 5

    smackabook

    WHY I DID NOT FINISH: -Too much telling and not enough showing. There was lots - and I mean LOTS - of internal reflection on Joe, Neha and the various supporting characters' back stories, which was interesting at first. It's understandable how much self-reflection Joe would do in prison, where he has little company besides his own. However, it quickly became tedious as it dragged on for pages and pages. From a reader's perspective, this wasn't an entertaining read... -Little chance for UST to buil WHY I DID NOT FINISH: -Too much telling and not enough showing. There was lots - and I mean LOTS - of internal reflection on Joe, Neha and the various supporting characters' back stories, which was interesting at first. It's understandable how much self-reflection Joe would do in prison, where he has little company besides his own. However, it quickly became tedious as it dragged on for pages and pages. From a reader's perspective, this wasn't an entertaining read... -Little chance for UST to build up. From what I read, I would definitely categorise Joe and Neha's relationship as lust-at-first-sight. I don't completely hate this trope, but it's kind of boring when the lust aspect is instant. The premise and world-building in Big Bad Wolf showed a lot of promise, but I wasn't a fan of the execution. I honestly believe the story would work better as a sexy, supernatural TV series/movie franchise on a streaming platform. Jon Bernthal for Joe Peluso lol

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    DNF at 71 pages/ 19% I struggled with what I did read of this book and did not want to struggle anymore. This is not "romance" to me. Joe started talking about Neha and her "tits" on page 9. I'm not necessarily against sex in a book, but I need development of feelings, emotions, and the relationship. And I did not get that. PNR is known for having insta-love storylines. However, there was no love. There was lust. So much so that I had to hear the depraved things that Joe wanted to do at least once DNF at 71 pages/ 19% I struggled with what I did read of this book and did not want to struggle anymore. This is not "romance" to me. Joe started talking about Neha and her "tits" on page 9. I'm not necessarily against sex in a book, but I need development of feelings, emotions, and the relationship. And I did not get that. PNR is known for having insta-love storylines. However, there was no love. There was lust. So much so that I had to hear the depraved things that Joe wanted to do at least once a chapter. I don't understand what Neha sees in him, and I guess I'm not going to find out. I did like the initial world-building. It feels very close to today but with supernaturals included. I did like Neha's culture being brought into focus as well. I even thought that the writing was okay... Although there were cringey lines too: "He thought cats were freaking adorable, too. But his biggest problem right now, stuck in the dark with nothing but hours to kill, was how obsessed he was with one particular pussy." I'm sorry. No. I'm sure there are people who will love this and eat it up, but not me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I kept seeing a lot of chatter about this book and how good it was. I checked out the blurb, looked like something that was going to be right up my alley and then it popped up at my library's website, a total no brainer to request it. I was very excited to download it this morning and start reading. I feel like I should have liked it, I liked the world it was set in, liked Neha, was so so on Joe, yet I was bored while reading. I put the book down twice and each time it was harder to pick up. Fin I kept seeing a lot of chatter about this book and how good it was. I checked out the blurb, looked like something that was going to be right up my alley and then it popped up at my library's website, a total no brainer to request it. I was very excited to download it this morning and start reading. I feel like I should have liked it, I liked the world it was set in, liked Neha, was so so on Joe, yet I was bored while reading. I put the book down twice and each time it was harder to pick up. Finally I decided to give up at 20%, this one just wasn't for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Big Bad Wolf is an excellent start to a series! There was mystery, lots of action, supes, and more. I think if I had to say something more specific about the genre, I'd call it a political paranormal thriller. Because there is a lot going on, both with Joe and Neha, and with the country. The characters are well fleshed out, and the character development is really well done. I feel like I truly know Neha and Joe, and I got to know quite a lot about Nate, Grace, Finn, Dany and Yulia as well. I can' Big Bad Wolf is an excellent start to a series! There was mystery, lots of action, supes, and more. I think if I had to say something more specific about the genre, I'd call it a political paranormal thriller. Because there is a lot going on, both with Joe and Neha, and with the country. The characters are well fleshed out, and the character development is really well done. I feel like I truly know Neha and Joe, and I got to know quite a lot about Nate, Grace, Finn, Dany and Yulia as well. I can't wait to get my hands on Pretty Little Lion in the fall!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Big Bad Wolf is the snarly, snarky, steamy shifter cross-cultural romance I didn't know existed and now will accept nothing less. Not only are gifted with a kickass desi heroine and her brutishly obsessed wolf shifter hero, there's an obscene amount of danger banging, gorgeous secondary star-crossed lovers romance with a Korean-American cop and Russian bear shifter (as you do), intriguing side characters that shamelessly steal the spotlight (looking at Irish pansexual vampire). Not to mention th Big Bad Wolf is the snarly, snarky, steamy shifter cross-cultural romance I didn't know existed and now will accept nothing less. Not only are gifted with a kickass desi heroine and her brutishly obsessed wolf shifter hero, there's an obscene amount of danger banging, gorgeous secondary star-crossed lovers romance with a Korean-American cop and Russian bear shifter (as you do), intriguing side characters that shamelessly steal the spotlight (looking at Irish pansexual vampire). Not to mention this all is cheekily set in an obviously Trumpian nightmare version of Queens. Neha and Joe's story is nonstop drama in a completely against all odds, hot as hell, run or die, life or death, sex and/or love, kill or be killed, middle finger to 2020, and my only wish was that the story could be even better on-screen than on the pages. Somebody, please DM Netflix. See the full review on my blog Lucky Reads Romance

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kait Wolfe

    As soon as Suleikha tweeted about this book, I pre-ordered it. I adored Tikka Chance on Me and Prem Numbers, so I was ready to pre-order based on that alone, but then she tweeted that it was inspired by Frank Castle and I think my neighbors could hear my squees as I clicked "pre-order". I've always liked the Punisher for a few reasons: first, his story arc does a great job of exploring the corruption in the US military and the way that they treat and then dispose of soldiers, second, he is the a As soon as Suleikha tweeted about this book, I pre-ordered it. I adored Tikka Chance on Me and Prem Numbers, so I was ready to pre-order based on that alone, but then she tweeted that it was inspired by Frank Castle and I think my neighbors could hear my squees as I clicked "pre-order". I've always liked the Punisher for a few reasons: first, his story arc does a great job of exploring the corruption in the US military and the way that they treat and then dispose of soldiers, second, he is the antithesis of what you would expect this guy to be. He's not just killing because he likes it, nor is he trying to uphold the law and protect people. He just kills people that, in his estimation, need killing. By the way, any Blue Lives Matter person using the Punisher skull as a symbol for their movement has entirely missed the point of the Punisher. The Punisher's creator has spoken out against the Blue Lives Matter movement and actively supports Black Lives Matter. There's also a 2019 comic where the Punisher tells cops that if they don't stop hero worshipping him, he'll come for them next. Don't use the Punisher to symbolize or excuse your racism, you fuckwits. Snyder leans hard into the original intention and concept of the Punisher: this is a man who was eaten up and spit out by the industrial military complex and is now fundamentally broken. In Big Bad Wolf, Joe Peluso (who is totally not Frank Castle) is a wolf shifter whose abilities were enhanced and used for other peoples' profit. He doesn't know what to do with himself and is haunted by past loss (because he is Frank Castle), so he goes out and avenges his loss by killing a bunch of organized crime dudes in classic Punisher fashion. He's now standing trial for his crimes and in walks Neha Ahluwalia, a lawyer and criminal profiler. Neha is a great character all on her own: she's already dealing with systemic racism and injustice in her personal and professional life and is struggling to reconcile her current career with her peaceful Sikh upbringing. Her attraction to Joe Peluso throws a huge wrench into her life, but she decides to give in rather than resist, which I adore. I love it when heroines know exactly what they want and relentlessly pursue it rather than try to suppress their desires (looking at you, historical romance). I'd definitely call this a suspense romance rather than a courtroom one. The blurb makes it sound like it's a courtroom romance, but that only lasts long enough to set the stage for the rest of the plot, which is fast-paced and engaging. if you're not sold yet, have I mentioned that Suleikha writes the hottest sex scenes like, ever? I've read lots of romance and erotic fiction, but she's easily in my top three authors when it comes to sex scenes. They're honest and authentic while still being so hot that my cheeks turn red when I'm reading. She weaves sexual and emotional intimacy together flawlessly, and so every sex scene isn't just delicious goodness, they're also explorations of the characters and show us how the MCs develop and change as the story goes on. Go read this book. You won't be disappointed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    thehotmesslibrary

    Big Bad Wolf is book one in the new Third Shift series by Suleikha Snyder. The story focuses on main characters Joe Peluso and Neha Ahluwalia. Neha is a junior associate who also has a background in behavioural psychology. She is given the task of analysing the recently incarcerated Joe who is on trial for a sniper attack on the local Bratva and the reasons why he did it. Mixed in with the story is the introduction to paranormals who have burst onto the scene during the Darkest Days which has no Big Bad Wolf is book one in the new Third Shift series by Suleikha Snyder. The story focuses on main characters Joe Peluso and Neha Ahluwalia. Neha is a junior associate who also has a background in behavioural psychology. She is given the task of analysing the recently incarcerated Joe who is on trial for a sniper attack on the local Bratva and the reasons why he did it. Mixed in with the story is the introduction to paranormals who have burst onto the scene during the Darkest Days which has now pitted humans and paranormals against one another. There is a lot going on in this book (hence it being the first book in the series). Firstly, we have the will they/won’t they relationship between Neha and Joe. Then we also have the paranormals themselves and world building. Even though this book is set in 2016, it is a completely different world from the one we know and has huge urban fantasy vibes going on. We also have the story on how Joe became what he is and the background information on that. Overall, this is a good start for a new series, with some insta love characters who go to and fro with their feelings, but they are still pretty likeable and help shuffle the story along. The world building is good if a little long, but the story does get there in the end. A different take on the werewolf genre, but still a good read. ARC received for a fair, honest and sometimes long review. All opinions are my own. 😊 More of my reviews can be found on my blog: http://thehotmesslibrary.blogspot.com

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    So many thoughts on this one. It's intense and engaging and thought-provoking and just all-around exciting. A perfect genre hybrid that brings together romance and thriller with some killer supernatural elements thrown in to make it extra exhilarating. Having the heroine be a kicka** lady from a traditionally marginalized part of society and having her fight tooth and nails for the hero in a world where being a were is basically a death sentence is a brilliant move that brings to light a lot of So many thoughts on this one. It's intense and engaging and thought-provoking and just all-around exciting. A perfect genre hybrid that brings together romance and thriller with some killer supernatural elements thrown in to make it extra exhilarating. Having the heroine be a kicka** lady from a traditionally marginalized part of society and having her fight tooth and nails for the hero in a world where being a were is basically a death sentence is a brilliant move that brings to light a lot of contemporary societal problems. Unfortunately, that was my one point of contention with this book. Snyder went deep into the worst possible outcome of where the political climate was as she was writing this book. It turned my escapist reading into a bit of an anxiety-inducing, oh-my-God-this-can-actually-happen tailspin. That said, the story of Joe Peluso and Neha Ahluwalia is full of steamy, smexy chemistry that adds an extra layer of brilliance to the heart-pounding elements of the story. And theirs isn't the only relationship that has you wanting to know what comes next. There really are so many layers to what this story contains. It's a well-plotted, well-developed story that kept me turning pages and worrying about the outcome. Not many books manage that lately. Definitely something I'm recommending even with the anxiety-producing elements. Many happy thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    This is an intriguing PNR that I read in one sitting. It's action-packed, engaging, with a wonderful cast of supporting characters. Despite enjoying a lot of elements in this story, there are also some things that didn't work that well for me. This a paranormal romance set firmly in the politics of present-day America. I found the political messages, which I understand and fully support, to be very heavy handed in the text, very in your face, overshadowing the paranormal and romantic aspects in t This is an intriguing PNR that I read in one sitting. It's action-packed, engaging, with a wonderful cast of supporting characters. Despite enjoying a lot of elements in this story, there are also some things that didn't work that well for me. This a paranormal romance set firmly in the politics of present-day America. I found the political messages, which I understand and fully support, to be very heavy handed in the text, very in your face, overshadowing the paranormal and romantic aspects in the story. Quotes from the news is not is not what I am looking for in PNR. It's the first book in what shapes to be multi-book series and I felt the world building was very sketchy and was overshadowed by the thriller aspect. I am sad to say at times it read more like a mafia book than a PNR. I did like the diversity of the cast, the fast pace and the whole secret operations/team of super soldiers aspect worked very well for me. There was tension and intrigue and humour, a side romance that I very much liked. I have mixed feelings about the main romance though. It was steamy and the sexual attraction was off the charts. At the same time, I was not a fan of the danger banging and felt there is not enough substance in Neha and Joe's relationship. It was a fated mates sort of situation though both Neha and Joe very much insisted in entering the relationship on their own free will. Both Joe and Neha acted on their attraction their own, not just being led by some supernatural forces. Yet, I didn't understand fully her attraction to him and they kept having the same argument over and over again of him not being good enough/worthy of her. It was repetitive and didn't really show any growth of their relationship beyond the sexual attraction. I was not bothered by Joe being grumpy, surly, mostly unrepentant about his past. Giant surly heroes with the softest heart are my catnip. What I was bothered by was his lack of trust in her, no growth in their relationship. On the positive side, I absolutely loved the side characters, all of them, Neha's friends/bosses and relative, the whole third Shift crew, they were all great, full-fledged and I can't wait to read more about them. Overall, this book was not what I expected and it had both things that worked great for me and things that I found annoying, making it very hard for me to review it. It's very much a YMMV situation, so I would suggest you give it a try if you like high-stakes, fast-paces, PNR with strong political aspect and diverse cast.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Frediani

    Actually, 1.5 stars but I can't do that, so have to round up. There's actually a decent story in there, but one doesn't reach it until close to the halfway point and then nearing the end, the story stutters again. The writing is decent and the writing style didn't bother me. There are quite a few points of view - Neha and Joe, Nate and Dustin, Yulia and Danny - and that didn't bother me. Joe's constant "I'm a piece of trash" self-loathing does get annoying in its repetitiveness. I can honestly say Actually, 1.5 stars but I can't do that, so have to round up. There's actually a decent story in there, but one doesn't reach it until close to the halfway point and then nearing the end, the story stutters again. The writing is decent and the writing style didn't bother me. There are quite a few points of view - Neha and Joe, Nate and Dustin, Yulia and Danny - and that didn't bother me. Joe's constant "I'm a piece of trash" self-loathing does get annoying in its repetitiveness. I can honestly say, though, that in all the books I've read over the decades (yes, decades), I have *never* before read one that left me feeling angry at the 1/3 point. Angry enough that I almost put it down and marked it a DNF. I did put it down - overnight - and picked it up again the next day because I wanted to leave an honest review. I can't give a review of something that I haven't read and there are *very* few books that I consign to the DNF pile. This had potential, but it's buried in all the 'woke' political stuff, especially in the beginning third of the book. I see/read/hear enough political 'stuff' in everyday life and read to get away from it, not to have it shoved in my face. That's why this can oh-so-close to ending up DNF. As it is, this author is now on my *very* short DNB (Do Not Buy) list. I gave it a chance. No thanks.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Big Bad Wolf is a paranormal romance with a side of mafia and dystopia. Set in an alternate present where the things that go bump in the night are real and the government went full authoritarian since 2016, it's not low angst or low drama. The author builds a dark world with omnipresent danger and strong characters. The hero, Joe, is in jail when we meet him, and the heroine, Neha, is the profiler meant to crack him. But there's a little fated mates zing in there and things go sideways. I enjoye Big Bad Wolf is a paranormal romance with a side of mafia and dystopia. Set in an alternate present where the things that go bump in the night are real and the government went full authoritarian since 2016, it's not low angst or low drama. The author builds a dark world with omnipresent danger and strong characters. The hero, Joe, is in jail when we meet him, and the heroine, Neha, is the profiler meant to crack him. But there's a little fated mates zing in there and things go sideways. I enjoyed that, even though you've got the fated mates insta-lust going on, Joe and Neha still had serious conversations. I found the first half of the book a little slower as I figured out the world, but the second half is action packed. There's a secondary romance that I would have loved to see have a book of its own. While I think this book is really well done, it's not personally my thing. I love a PNR romance, but mafia and ex-military isn't for me. But if you like all three, you're going to adore this. I received an ARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    An action-packed start to a new paranormal series from Snyder! Like many have already said, the worldbuilding in this is one of the best parts; the care that has gone into fleshing out the setting and the Third Shift organization is something I really enjoyed, and the motley cast of characters who make up this little secret agency promises a lot of fun in future sequels. (I think there’s a triad ship coming up in the second book, which is delightful.) Anyone who ever thought Jon Bernthal’s Frank An action-packed start to a new paranormal series from Snyder! Like many have already said, the worldbuilding in this is one of the best parts; the care that has gone into fleshing out the setting and the Third Shift organization is something I really enjoyed, and the motley cast of characters who make up this little secret agency promises a lot of fun in future sequels. (I think there’s a triad ship coming up in the second book, which is delightful.) Anyone who ever thought Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle deserved a romance novel should pick this one up, because Joe Peluso was clearly written as a love letter with that character in mind. (Bonus points that he happens to be a wolf shifter.) It took me a bit to be fully sold on the main couple’s romantic potential, but I’m always weak for a ship where both halves would readily sacrifice themselves for each other and once that happened I was more invested in their love story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    There is nothing wrong with this book. I'm not a fan of romantic suspense, but I keep trying to be, haha. I saw the cover of this book and was immediately drawn to it. I don't like romantic suspense but I do like paranormal romance, and the idea of a shifter vigilante sounded intriguing to me, so I thought I'd give this book a try. Sadly this book just isn't for me - too much lawyers and mafia and just general romantic suspense elements. If you're into romantic suspense and/or paranormal romance There is nothing wrong with this book. I'm not a fan of romantic suspense, but I keep trying to be, haha. I saw the cover of this book and was immediately drawn to it. I don't like romantic suspense but I do like paranormal romance, and the idea of a shifter vigilante sounded intriguing to me, so I thought I'd give this book a try. Sadly this book just isn't for me - too much lawyers and mafia and just general romantic suspense elements. If you're into romantic suspense and/or paranormal romance, definitely give this book a go.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Grossman

    This book was fabulous. So as always with Suleikha Snyder, there was tons of hot sex, fun snark and unforgettable characters, not just our fabulous leads, Neha and Joe, but an entire supporting cast, Dany and Yulia, Finn, and Nate. All were fun and distinct and unique and interesting. The plot was fabulous with just the right mix of action, mystery, romance, and again, hot sex. I adored the gritty, intricate world building, and how it reflected ours but still naturally built in the the paranorma This book was fabulous. So as always with Suleikha Snyder, there was tons of hot sex, fun snark and unforgettable characters, not just our fabulous leads, Neha and Joe, but an entire supporting cast, Dany and Yulia, Finn, and Nate. All were fun and distinct and unique and interesting. The plot was fabulous with just the right mix of action, mystery, romance, and again, hot sex. I adored the gritty, intricate world building, and how it reflected ours but still naturally built in the the paranormal elements. I can't wait to go back into it for the second book in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    Not a bad book, just not for me. I love the world building but just couldn't care about Joe and Neha. Actually, I liked Neha but had a hard time warming up to Joe. I may give it another try later and I do want to try book two. Not a bad book, just not for me. I love the world building but just couldn't care about Joe and Neha. Actually, I liked Neha but had a hard time warming up to Joe. I may give it another try later and I do want to try book two.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was such an interesting take on the paranormal romance genre? I wasn’t entirely in love with the inclusion of very intense political issues, not because I think such issues shouldn’t be discussed in paranormal but mostly because I think the 2020 of it all made reading such things difficult.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amalia Dillin

    The world building in this book is phenomenal. From the start, this book felt FRESH and REAL in a way that drew me in. I'm definitely on the hook for book two. The world building in this book is phenomenal. From the start, this book felt FRESH and REAL in a way that drew me in. I'm definitely on the hook for book two.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Milsi ✨ I cast FIREBALL! ✨

    Sadly it starts falling apart towards the end.

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