Review: Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler

Review: Her Dark Half by Paige TylerHer Dark Half by Paige Tyler

Series: X-Ops #7
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 5, 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Trevor Maxwell
Coyote shifter with an attitude
Covert operator
Trusts no one, especially his devastatingly beautiful new partner

Alina Bosch
Former CIA, newest operative on the covert team
Hired to spy on her partner
Motto: "Never be deceived again."

Coyote shifter Trevor Maxwell is teamed up with CIA agent Alina Bosch to catch a killer. But when the mission becomes much more dangerous than they expected, they're going to have to ignore the attraction between them and learn how to trust one another to come out on the other side...

The Delight

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.

Review

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.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #180 PNR
New Release #122
COYER #167

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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.
  • Oh wow, so this is a paranormal novel plus a military/government one, interesting… It has been a long time since I read a PNR. I’m going to be reading Megan Erickson’s Blood Guard soon though. 😀 I’m glad his book knocked your socks off!

    Have a fabulous week, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Hope Megan’s book is a good one for you. I’ve enjoyed her PNR-suspense before. She’s another one that can knock my socks off. 🙂

  • oh now I know that I will love this one. I adore this author so much, she always takes me for a wild ride.

    • Oh yes, this one was one great wild ride, Renee. You’re in for a treat.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Love the cover and it looks like a great series so on my wish list it goes! 🙂

    • Oh yep, yep, Debbie. This is a great series. Well worth adding to the pile. 🙂

  • That sounds like an interesting book.

    • Oh, it really was, Mary. I’ve loved the whole series, but this one… it was the best.

  • I read this, and loved it. It was my first time reading this author.

  • I have like book one. I want to try this author and keep waiting for book one in a new series, but I am sure I will want to read all of these too. So many elements I love 🙂

    • It’s always a hard decision whether to try a series that is already well underway or hope a new one will be released. I know she’s doing three series right now so I’m not sure if she’ll try a new one anytime soon.

      Definitely lots of the good stuff in these. 🙂

  • I really think that I would like this series. It sounds like it has so many wonderful elements. I think I might have the first book if only I have a bit more reading time.

    • LOL, I have a lot of ‘first’ books. COYER challenge is helping me, but there are still a ton of series books I need to try. Hope you get the chance at that reading time, Carole. 🙂

  • Well, it’s good to see that it didn’t disappoint since it’s what the others led up to.

    • Yes, exactly! I was holding my breath to see how the big finish on this particular series arc would work and it was fab.

  • RO

    As you know, I love my spy thrillers and black ops suspense stories, but the shapeshifting piece of the book causes me some pause, Super Sophia. (lol) Lately, I’ve not been doing the paranormal thing, but the chemistry between these two sounds pretty phenomenal, and I can tell this is a definite keeper on your shelf. Great review! Hugs…RO

    • Actually, these lean more toward the romantic suspense than paranormal so you might be alright to enjoy them. But oh yes there is some great chemistry. 😉

  • Thanks for the introduction to this book and your review.

    • You’re welcome, Nasreen. I’m always happy to match up people with books. 🙂

  • Karen

    That’s great that it’s still holding up after book #7 and tying things together.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Yes, finding a series that is still solid this far along is fantastic. I got a little bummed over the last book, but this one came roaring back. Can’t wait to see what comes next with the new season and story arc. 🙂

  • It looks quite good! I heard a lot about this author but I don’t think I have a book by her. I should try this series

    • I love how the shifters all have the traits of their shifter animal and the action and suspense plot to them.

  • this series looks amazing. I thought I had the first book in the series. I do not remember if I started reading it but the authors name is familiar. The spy thing has my attention

    • Its a pretty great series. I hope you do have book one. Outside this current release, that was my favorite in the series. Yep, yummy spies. 🙂

  • Oo a coyote shifter. I still haven’t tried this series of hers but do have plans for it. I’ll start from the beginning though for sure 🙂