Series: X-Ops #6
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 7th, 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Suspense
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
After a long game of cat-and-mouse
Feline shifter Dreya Clark picks the wrong penthouse to rob and ends up arrested by sexy detective Braden Hayes. But Braden isn’t the only one who’s been watching the cat burglar. Agents from the Department of Covert Operations swoop in to offer her a deal. If she wants to stay out of jail, she’ll have to work with them—and pair up with the hot cop. Great.
Danger throws this unlikely pair together
Braden isn’t thrilled about the DCO meddling in his investigation. He’s been chasing Dreya for years. Thrown together on a dangerous covert mission, fur flies and temperatures flare. But when danger closes in on them, their game of cat and mouse turns deadly-serious, and they’ll have to rely on each other to make it out alive.
I don’t know why Paige Tyler’s two series are so different, but where I adore the SWAT (Secret Werewolf Alpha Team) series, the X-Ops series just isn’t my cup of tea. It’s not as fun as the first, and the characters aren’t as likeable or deep.
There are so many layers of confusion created by the split loyalties within the team that I can no longer keep track of who is good and who is bad. The leaders of the X-Ops, a kind of FBI who use shifters’ powers to get their missions done, are all more or less evil, both employing shifters but treating them as subhuman. They are also all individually funding research into creating more shifters by experimenting on them and creating violent hybrid creatures. The concept that the teams wouldn’t just kill their bosses outright instead of trying to subvert and mitigate them from the inside is preposterous; if they’re being screwed anyway, why not just slit his throat with your claws and stop him from hurting dozens more of your kind?
I did appreciate that the two characters had a previous relationship before working together for this book. Often times the characters are thrown together and we’re meant to believe it was fated love all along. Dreya and Braden have been circling each other for a long time, albeit on opposite sides of the law. Once forced to work together, they actually mesh quite well.
HER TRUE MATCH also featured the most cliched prologue ever. When the older cop tells the rookie to trust his instincts, you know he’s going to be murdered ASAP. It was a waste of 15 pages.
In the end, there was a lot of setup for a book that barely advanced the plot of the series until the final few pages. There is little to no pay out for a whole side plot. I know some villains need to survive for the next book, but come on.Series Titles:
- Paige Tyler's SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) series is superior to X-Ops and way more fun, if you're looking for police/military drama featuring alpha werewolves.
- For more high action, high passion paranormal fun, check out our review of Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews.