Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 5, 2017
A series that has been building to a showdown and finally it came. Both sides step out of the shadows where suspicion, betrayal, lust, and opportunity for something passionate and exciting had me gripped by Her Dark Half.
As book seven of the X-Ops series, this one has plot threads that have been building through the whole series so it is not a good place to begin the series or a good choice for a standalone.
Coyote shifter, Trevor Maxwell, was a prominent minor player in the last book and now this is his story beside new coming, former CIA operative, Alina Bosch. I loved how this one read like a spy thriller with paranormal elements. Alina is out for revenge and betrayal is the nastiest word in her thinking so it was especially irresistible that she thinks Trevor is a murderer who betrayed his boss.
See, something big went down at the end of the last book that left a series fan like me nearly gutted. This book picked up the pieces and kept things strong. I would daresay this is possibly the most impactive one for me save the first book, Her Perfect Mate. It just felt a fantastic balance of all the elements that make a book special. It was action-packed, but it was well developed in overall plot, world, and characters as well. It brought things to a culmination here that delivered after all the expectation.
As to the romance pair, they were great partners on and off the job. I loved how it started so mistrusting and hostile, but then slowly they moved forward- together. A sizzling attraction buzzed beneath the surface and didn’t culminate in anything until much later which was well-timed for all that was going on.
The stakes were pretty high in this one and there were a few shocks and twists. It felt like a worthy series finale- though, good news, there is more to come with a new series arc. I am so curious to get the deets on a certain new player’s agenda and what it will mean for the DCO shifters and their people.
All in all, this one rocked my X-Ops loving mind. Those who love military/black ops style romantic suspense blended with the paranormal really should not pass up this series.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Roundabout #180 PNR
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