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.
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