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Big Bad Wolf

(Third Shift #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 26th 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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
Norah Gibbons
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
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
Anne Z.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
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.

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
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica (the naptime writer)
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
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

-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
Feb 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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
Jan 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
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 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 ...more
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
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
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
Sandy Frediani
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-received
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 ...more
Elley Murray
Jan 24, 2021 marked it as dnf
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 ...more
Felicia Grossman
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
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. ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Amalia Dillin
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Milsi ✨ I cast FIREBALL! ✨
Sadly it starts falling apart towards the end.
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Editor, writer, American desi and lifelong geek Suleikha Snyder is an author of contemporary and erotic romance. A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusivity in publishing, Suleikha is frequently ranting when she should really be adding to her body of work.

Suleikha lives in Chicago, finding inspiration in genre fiction, daytime and primetime soaps, and anything that involves chocolate or ba

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