Big Bad Wolf (Third Shift Book 1) by Suleikha Snyder
They call him a monster. More wolf than man—more dangerous than any predator.
They have no idea.
Joe Peluso has blood on his hands. He took out the mobsters responsible for killing his foster brother, and that one act of vigilante justice has earned him countless enemies in New York’s supernatural-controlled underworld. He knows that shifters like him deserve the worst. Darkness. Pain. Solitude. But meeting Neha makes him feel human for the first time in forever.
Lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia knows Joe is guilty, but she’s determined to help him craft a solid defense…even if she can’t defend her own obsession. Just one look from the wolf shifter makes her skin burn hot and her pulse race. When a payback hit goes wrong, Neha’s forced to make a choice: help Joe escape or leave him to his fate. Before long they’re on the run—from the monsters who want him dead, from their own traitorous hearts, and from an attraction that threatens to destroy them.
Publication date 26/1/2021
“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.”
Reading the blurb, it’s not my usual read of PNR. But I’m glad I took the chance.
Neha is a lawyer and a psychologist…..
Joe is a convicted killer…..
Their lives will be changed forever after a chance meeting…..
A really good story. The plot well thought out. Cleverly written with a few surprises along the way.
Neha knows there is no rehabilitation for her client Joe, just looking at him gives her the chills, but not in a scary way!! There is something about him that just makes her want to help him.
Joe knows he’s not a good guy, he may have killed men that take advantage of weaker people, those who are prey to the likes of the mob. And maybe he should feel regret, but what’s done is done, and now he’s going to take whatever the judicial system throws at him.
The sparks between Joe and Neha are in evidence from almost the start.
But how can this end any other way but badly?
Neha and her team (well she’s not in charge, she’s there to get inside Joe’s head) are here for a retrial, no one wanted to take the case on, no one wanted to go against the Russian mob, but here they are, trying to get Joe to talk!! Good luck with that! He said he did it, and that should be the end to it….
Joe has shifter DNA, but no one knows what he can shift into (he’s not shifted at all whilst in prison) can his defence team use that? Well they would if they can get Joe to talk!!
We also get to see the inside of the Russian mob that want Joe dead. And it’s interesting, a few characters aren’t all darkness and killing, and it has you hoping they get out of this mess…
Back to the story….. Joe and Neha are on the run?! How? Why? Well for those answers your going to have to read it.
They will have the police chase them, the mob wants Joe dead, and so will never let him live.
But why escape if your guilty?
The sparks between Joe and Neha are there all the way through the book, is it because she knows he’s innocent? Or is it the animal magnetism that pours from this alpha? I don’t know, but I keeps you wanting to read more about this couple.
So….. whilst on the run, Neha learns a lot about herself and Joe.
He’s totally into Neha, alpha mode to the max, so it’s not like he’s using her to get out of prison.
Neha also realises that she’s more than just a legal head, she has skills that are brought out and honed!
Can Joe and Neha evade the cops and the Russians? And why did Joe want to run anyway? He’s guilty, he said so….. but as o said, this book is not clear cut, there is so much going on.
But it’s not all as it seems at first, so is it a romance? Yes, PNR? Yes, murder/mystery yes and yes, it’s all those and more. Much much more. It had drama and intrigue, it pulls you in, until you’ve read the whole thing. Political? Just a bit, and as I’m not really a politically motivated person that part didn’t interest me, but it’s such a good book that I’m willing to overlook that part.
And to find out that there is another book out, well that’s just made my day.