Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler #Review

Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler #ReviewHer Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler

Series: #4 X-Ops
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 1, 2016
Pages: 322
Format: eARC
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Ever since book one, this series has been one in which I anticipate each new release.  I love the blend of paranormal, romantic suspense, and action.  The heroes and heroines are courageous, smart, passionate, and engaging while the plot is a blend of twisty suspense and hard action.  This latest was probably one of the moderate action ones, but it still had its fair share and I slipped easily and deeply into the story.

This series is one that works best in order.  The stories build on each other and the characters are around from earlier books.   This story in particular builds on others as Angelo has been around since book one and Minka had some side scenes in the last book to set up for this one.  In fact, I’m going to recommend that the reader not skip the prequel novella, Her Secret Agent, which I believe is free.  The very last scene will make no sense whatsoever without it.

So this book starts with much abused and confused new hybrid, Minka, escaping from the installation where she was tortured and experimented on by the scientists that Ivy and her friends are desperately trying to find.  Minka tries to go home, but ends up in a bad situation that Special Forces soldier, Angelo, arrives just in time to save her molesters from Minka’s beast.

Angelo knows exactly what Minka is and sees that unlike other hybrid shifters, she has somehow retained a sense of self and is struggling to control her beast side.  Minka latches on to him because something about having Angelo close keeps her calm and in control.  Angelo is assigned to bring Minka to the headquarters for the government ops program that works with shifters.  He is leery of leaving Minka with anyone other than his trusted friends Ivy and Landon particularly after seeing the way a few of the higher ups are eager to poke, prod, and pump Minka for the information on the place from which she escaped.

Ivy is devastated to see in Minka proof that her DNA is definitely being used to torture and change humans into hybrids.  But the mission continues to gain evidence that someone from the oversight committee paid the scientists and ordered the making of all the hybrids even while manipulating their organization’s activities.

Minka must find a way to control her beast, but along the way she falls for the heroic Angelo.  He lives for his work and she knows that he will eventually leave her and go back to the desert and his team.  And while she has feelings for him, Angelo grows to care for Minka and is conflicted about returning to duty.

This book has its own main plot thread with Minka and Angelo.  However, at the same time, there are a few other strong story threads happening including a host of narrators.  There is a lot going on.  I kept it all straight, but it definitely left me chasing down several paths at once.  I felt like several stories are vying to be up next and there were a couple reveals tossed in to affect the overall story.  Hopefully some of these threads will tie off soon or at the very least combine.

I know that sounds like I was dissatisfied with the story, but really I’m not.  I enjoyed following along as Minka worked with the others and learned about her new nature and how to work with it and accept it.  I loved the relationship between Angelo and Minka.  And there are three other threads that intrigue me.

The story was less tense and almost meandered along, but there were spikes and hints that kept me waiting for the big moment which came near the end.  The explosive, lethal big money scene was definitely a page-turner.

The romance starts out as Minka latching on to Angelo as her savior and Angelo feeling the need to protect.  They are very drawn to each other and attracted- a fated mates feel to it, but it was not instalove.  The romance is both passionate and sweet.  Minka is so innocent of men, but Angelo is gentle and patient with her.  They have the fear of their upcoming separation because Angelo must return to his unit that keeps them from opening up entirely, but it was easy to see that they belonged together and wanted to be together.

So all in all, while this was less high impact than previous ones, it kept me engaged and left me eager for the next installment.  This book/series is for those who enjoy a blend of paranormal and romantic suspense.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Paige Tyler

Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines they fall in love with. She lives with her very own military hero (a.k.a. her husband) and their adorable dog on the beautiful Florida coast. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • And I need to try this author

    • Yep! Worth the try. I like both this series and her SWAT shifter series, too.

  • I’m behind on this series. I just read book 2 recently. My review will be posted on Rabid Reads shortly. I’m loving the series. Thanks for the heads up on reading the novella. I wasn’t sure if I was going to read it or not. I guess I will. 🙂

    • Yep, I think it will help shed light on things that happen in the last few books. It’s pretty good in its own right showing the director as not just a desk guy.

  • I am super excited to read this one as well. I think what I love most about this author is how engaging her writing is. Great review.

    • Yes, she just draws in the reader. I agree, Renee!

  • I’ll have to see if I can grab the prequel as it sounds like a fun series with all the action, suspense, romance and paranormal elements. The combination of paranormal and romantic suspense appeals to me, I’ve read one series with that genre combination and enjoyed that one so far.
    It does sound like there are a lot of different things going on in this book. I am glad to hear all the threads were good and interesting. And I am glad that it wasn’t insta love even though there was insta attraction. Great review!

    • I’ve definitely enjoyed the blend of PNR and suspense and the characters are ones I like. Hope you can get the prequel.
      Yes, this had lots of threads and I was a little worried about keeping up, but at least I enjoyed them all.

  • Always good when you end one and are excited for the next. I’ve not started this series yet but I do love her other one. Thanks for the heads up about reading in order 😀

    • Yep, I try to make sure people know about reading order when it comes to series since I’m one to snag a book that sounds interesting and not pay attention to that sort of thing. LOL. If you can, make sure you read the prequel after book two, but before this one to have things make the best sense. 🙂