Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler #Review

Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler #ReviewHer Wild Hero by Paige Tyler

Series: #3 X-Ops
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars

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Kendra decides that she needs to get out of the office and into the field experiencing what all the other operatives do so she doesn’t feel like the kid left behind and the guy out of the loop, but even she never anticipated the wild, dangerous adventure that she gets when her boss says yes to her request.

This third installment of the X-Ops series builds on the stories that came before it and keeps all the previously introduced characters front an foremost sharing in this latest brand of adrenaline rush featuring Kendra the Office Girl Friday and big, quiet bear shifter, Declan.

This is a series that must be read in order and, after reading this one, I would also recommend getting the free novella, Her Secret Agent, read before this one so a few things work better and one scene in the end makes a lot more sense.

Anyways, this one jumps in with Kendra being sent down to Costa Rica with Declan’s team for a routine training in the jungle while Ivy and Landon continue to search down the scientists who stole Ivy’s DNA to make hybrids. The training is no sooner underway than all hell breaks loose. The training group is attacked by a group of hybrids and Declan and Kendra are separated from the others and must make their way through miles of hostile jungle teeming with deadly hybrids to get back to the safety of their base.

Kendra realizes just how much she messed up in her personal life when she sees the big bear shifter in action and gets to know him better now that they are teamed up for their very lives. For seven years, Declan tried to get her attention while she blew him off to drool over Clayne who picked someone else. Then Declan gave up on her right about the time she noticed what was right under her nose all along. His heroic qualities, sweet nature, and tender feelings make him the perfect package, but he has walls up that she’s going to have to work hard to bring down if she wants a chance. All the while, they work through attacks and just try to survive.

Declan was convinced that he was over Kendra until he is forced to accept her on their team and then must go on the run through the jungle with her. Kendra gets under his skin and burrows into his past so that she knows more about him than anyone including himself. She knows about his ex-fianceé who ran from him like he was a monster and she knows that he suppresses his shifter nature as a result. Only, if they are to survive against the lethal hybrids, he must embrace it all and let his inner bear out and if he wants a renewed chance with Kendra then he must open himself up once again and trust that she won’t act like his ex.

The story is mostly Kendra and Declan’s story told alternative points of view, but there are also scenes away from them narrated by a member of the rescue group including their friends and other familiar faces. Like the previous stories, there are a few story arcs in the works: the romance, the long arc about the corruption of their organization, the hunt for the scientists and work to stop their creation of the hybrids, and character development pieces. It’s a lot, but not confusing.

The pace is that of a thriller and I love that about these. They are exciting and breathtaking with enough twists to wow me at times. The romance fits well into this scope of things. There are barriers of course, but these are mature adults and they act like it for the most part- so refreshing- and make it through the conflict with no stupid going on.

The romance sizzles. The pairing makes sense. I like how each book has a different type of couple and that affects the way the romance is written. This romance is a result of an unrequited love getting a second look-see, but its more than that. Declan has hang-ups because of his past relationship and Kendra let a crush on another guy make her blind to the perfect man in front of her so this is like a reset.

They know each other as workers in the same organization, but they really get to know each other as they work together to stay alive. I enjoyed that Declan was surprised by Kendra’s skills, but he was accepting as soon as he realized she could take care of herself. As the more experienced and better trained, he is in charge, but he defers too. Kendra realizes the situation and doesn’t make things more difficult. They were a good team and their gradual attraction and lust lead them to the much anticipated hot, scorching moment, but also to the beginning of a relationship.

In the end, I was sad to see the last page come and started sniffing around to discover the next release date. These are for those who enjoy action-packed spicy paranormal romantic suspense.

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

Link for Her Secret Agent Freebie: http://www.amazon.com/Her-Secret-Agent-Novella-X-Ops-ebook/dp/B00OHTEY7K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431486883&sr=8-1&keywords=her+secret+agent

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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.
  • Great review!! i just adored this book too…and I haven’t read the first two books yet. But I tend to catch on pretty quickly, but I already have the first two books on my NOOK and I hope to read the first book hopefully over the next week or so. It will be good to see more background on Kendra and Declan. And it was quite fun seeing how the team interacted with each other.

    • Thanks Renee! Yes, you must devour the first two. And don’t forget the novella that comes before this one. All really good stuff. I just love this series.

  • That looks good ^^ In the same style, I’ll soon be reading Elle Kennedy’s Midnight pursuits 🙂

    • I still need to read the book I have from that series. It looks so good.

  • Great review, love how detailed you get with everything. I was actually gonna request this but good thing I didnt! I didn’t realize it built upon previous stories, it would have been a bummer to try and go back.

    • You probably would have been okay though it would have definitely been obvious that a lot happened before this book.

      • True,true. I am pretty good at following the bouncing ball most of the time;)

  • Big bear shifter. I love shifter books and bear’s are becoming one of my favorites.

    • Oh me too! I love how she makes her shifters take on the traits of their particular animal. Like Declan here really packs in the food, he goes into hibernation when he needs to heal, and he has a bear’s more even keel way of thinking and doing. But seriously, he has that whole ‘don’t poke the bear’ thing down when the bad guys really rile him.

  • Oh I do need to start on this series of hers. I’ve only read her other one so far. Love that it gave you some wow moments 😀

    • I had a good feeling about this series from the first book and now after three and a novella, I can admit to fan girl status. 😉

  • RO

    Don’t you just love that feeling of wanting to get to the end to see what happens, but hating for it to end because the story was so good? Great review! Hugs…

    • That is exactly how I feel about these, Ro. 🙂

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love a good fast paced suspense story! It’s great that even though there are a lot of story ARCS going on, the books aren’t confusing. The whole corrupt organization, and scientific hybrids reminds me of Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers Series, which I loved so much 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Wonderful Review Sophia 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • Actually, this is very much like that even though these are shifters instead of enhanced humans. And the the shifters are still part of the organization that might have people in it that are evil. I love Sins Brothers too. 😉 Dibs on Matt!

  • I haven’t tried this author, but you know I love romantic suspense and the characters sound interesting.

    • I guess she has been writing for a while, but this was the series I chose to start with and so far I love what she does blending paranormal and romantic suspense. I started her newest SWAT paranormal romantic suspense series too about police team werewolves. 😉

  • The only couple I’m loving so far is the first one. I’m not thrilled with the cross coupling. I love the series arc though, wth is up with that part about John??

    • I think the controversy and intrigue around John is the best part. Did you read his novella? After that, I was just even more pulled in.

  • Looks like a great series. I haven’t read any by her, maybe one of these days. I like the whole shifter aspect of the story too.

    • Yeah, I’ve only read this series and then her newer wolf shifter SWAT book. The prequel to this one is a freebie at Amazon if you want to try that. It’s novella-length so long enough to give you a good idea w/o being too long if you don’t have a lot of time.