Review: Her True Match by Paige Tyler

Review: Her True Match by Paige TylerHer True Match by Paige Tyler

Series: #6 X-Ops
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 7, 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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The latest installment in the exciting X-Ops series picks up on the tail of the story before it with a pair I was intrigued by when they were introduced in book five.  The cat burglar- emphasis on cat- and the cop.  Yeah, that was a fun idea for a romance, but the suspense as the group seeks to track down the evidence against powerful ex-senator Thorne and his cronies added the excitement.

This series works best read in order as the X-Ops world is explained earlier and an ongoing suspense thread weaves through each book.

Her True Match opens on a few ongoing story threads like Landon and Ivy out in the field while John is directing from the office trying to get the dirt on Thomas Thorne, but Danika and Clayne are there when Dreya Clark, the cat shifter thief from Her Rogue Alpha is back and she gets caught by Detective Braden Hayes.  He instinctively knows her every move and he has to stop her, but his instinct flares into action again when Dreya is removed from his custody and he follows.

Dreya and Braden are introduced to the clandestine organization of mission teams and the secret of the shifter existence.  Dreya must figure out if she can leave behind the high-octane world of crime to work on the side of the good guys while Braden wonders if she can even while needing to be her partner through it all.

Meanwhile, another hybrid lab is discovered and Landon, Ivy, and Trevor must infiltrate and rescue the trapped shifters then destroy the lab and capture the scientist.  Thorne’s looming shadow at their back keeps them on their toes.

Alright, this one had a lot of good elements and I’m still reeling from that finish, but I have to admit that this one was not a big hit with me compared to the earlier books.  I think a few things factor into this.  For one, there is so much going on and more than one direction to be tugged so that I couldn’t settle into any of the story lines well.  I felt that the multiple threads kept things from being developed as they should particularly Dreya and Braden’s story.  This is a shame because they really were interesting characters particularly Braden with his cop heritage and history.  And, then, the way the labs, the cruel scientists, the crazed hybrids made another predictable appearance- track it down, destroy it, rinse and repeat.

I know I made it sound like I didn’t like the story when I did, but I just wanted to share why I wasn’t as into it.  Now that said, I want to keep going, meet new X-Ops teams while getting more of all the ones I love.  And yowsers, yes, I want to see what the fallout will be after the way this one ended on a bang.

This series is a good match for folks who enjoy their paranormal romance set in a black ops thriller world with some spicy passion for its romance pairs.

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

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #61 RS
Literary Pickers #57 rice
New Release #30
COYER #69

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.
  • I don’t remember if I had tried one but the series does ring a bell in my mind. In any case it’s great it’s still good after many books like that

    • Hard to remember sometimes, Melliane. LOL. Yes, I do still enjoy the series and look forward to each release.

  • i can see why you would need to read this in order, it sounds like there is some spill over from the other books thats ongoing

    • Yes, exactly, Lily. Each book begins it’s thread in the previous one and they are all tied together by a series storyline. Keeps it exciting and me, anticipating the next book. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Ooh she’s a new to me author Sophia Rose and this series is right up my paranormal/ UF alley 😉
    Thanks

    • Really?? Glad to point you to a fun one, Debbie. The first book remains my favorite. I love the blend of romantic suspense with the paranormal.

  • I think I enjoyed this story a little more than you. I think that’s because, for me, the romance is more of a secondary part of the story. I read these more for the suspense aspects. I do agree that the finding the hybrid labs seems like a repeat after so many times. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yeah, that is definitely a good call about how the focus of the reader can affect enjoyment. I think if I adjusted to seeing these less as PNR and more as a large cast of characters in a romantic suspense it would make all the difference.

      Thanks, Melanie! 🙂

  • I have been really loving romantic suspense novels lately. I remember seeing this one somewhere before but when it mentioned her being a cat-burglar I don’t think I realized they meant CAT. lol! Great review, Sophia Rose!

    • Haha, yes, She is a cat shifter who is a cat burglar. I just love how Paige Tyler gives her shifters the traits in their human form that their animals have. Makes for fun stories.

  • Looks like an interesting series. I have read about cat shifters which sounds like it could be fun with antics involved.
    side question: is there a list on this blog of your all-time top 5 books that rated both 5 stars and 5 flames?

    • Yes, she has all the cat shifters have feline traits like inquisitiveness, high wire and climbing gifts, and grace, and strong scenting ability. There are other animal shifter types too and its fun when the wolf shifters and cat shifters snipe at each other.

      Hmm, no top five lists for five stars or five flames. I could probably figure out what my own personal ones would be from GoodReads sorts. If you want it, I’m happy to create a special Yakkety Yak discussion post to answer it. It would be fun. Just let me know, Velvet! Shari might want to get in on it, too. 🙂

  • I really do need to try this series since I like her other so much. Ooo on the ‘cat’ burglar. I can understand why it wasn’t a favorite, though. It’s hard for me if there’s too much going on sometimes.

    • Yes, its a fun series and has the same tone as her SWAT series in that the shifter aspect is there, but the focus is the romance and action plot. I think you’d enjoy them. But, I was largely distracted through this one so couldn’t settle in like the others.

  • Oh I remember this series form reading your reviews for it. A Cat Burglar and a cop sounds like a fun combination for a romantic suspense. I always like it when in series like this you get a glimpse of future characters in earlier books or see previous man characters in later ones. Too bad it wasn’t as good as the previous ones. I like books with multiple plot liens, but there’s definitely something as too much. It does sound like this one ended with a bang. Great review!

    • Haha, yes, ‘cat’ burglar and cop was a great idea for a romantic suspense. I enjoy the lead ins for future characters so I get to meet them gradually. The multiple plotting is usually something that doesn’t bother me, but for some reason it did this time and I couldn’t focus. Oh well, I’m still going to keep going b/c I love the series. 🙂