Review: Her Wild Hero (X-Ops #3) by Paige Tyler

May 8, 2015 Review 0

Review: Her Wild Hero (X-Ops #3) by Paige TylerHer Wild Hero by Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops #3
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on May 5, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
3 Stars

Name: Kendra Carlsen
Rank: Trainer, Dept. of Covert Ops
Objective: Get out of the office and into the field

Name: Declan MacBride
Rank: Munitions Expert, Dept. of Covert Ops
Status: Bear Shifter
Objective: Protect Kendra at all costs

The steamy Costa Rican jungle brings out the bear in Declan MacBride when he and new operative Kendra Carlsen are ambushed. In the midst of relying on each other to survive, and fighting his explosive attraction to Kendra, this shifter is about to lose control...

For a lover or romantic suspense novels, and a lover of were-everything, HER WILD HERO should have hit all my buttons, and it nearly did.

The love story takes a while to develop, which is nice; it's great to see characters who have to work through their issues and misgivings before falling into bed together, and Kendra and Declan have a bunch of those to work out. She's craving adventure and coming out of a failed seven-year long crush, and he's given up on her ever noticing him, and also has issues with who he is as a bear shifter. Throw in life-threatening gun battles and a wet and sticky jungle, and it was nice that they took it slower than most.

I also appreciated some of the detail that went into the shifter mythology, even if some parts were super unclear or unexplained. As a bear shifter, Declan has some cool abilities that were fun to discover about and crucial to the story.

I also liked that there are no “fated mates” which sometimes feature very heavily in shifter stories; having characters who have to learn to like and love each other makes them more human, and I prefer that to characters who stare into each others eyes for a second and then bang in the next scene, without a good explanation other than fate.

HER WILD HERO starts with a super quick introduction to the main characters and flies into the action, which is usually great for romantic suspense novels. Unfortunately, the speed didn't help when a lot of characters were introduced, and it was tricky remembering who most of them were; was that one a shifter, or one of the humans who works for the DCO or one of the military buddies that tags along halfway through the book?

I also had an issue with the overarching plot of the book. Although the romantic plot is resolved quite satisfactorily, there isn't much difference plot-wise from start to finish. It definitely suffers from being a middle-of-the-series book: I'm happy that these guys got together, but there are still as many questions about what the DCO is doing and who to trust as there were at the beginning of the book (and they are often the same exact questions I was asking myself at the start).

Overall, this was a fun, quick read, and if you like buff, alpha were-bears, I would give it a shot... but maybe start with the first book of the series.

Series Titles:
  1. Her Perfect Mate
  2. Her Lone Wolf - 4/5
  3. Her Wild Hero
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