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Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on April 3, 2018
After the big blockbuster finish on the last book, I was curious to see what was in store for the new series arc of the X-Ops world. Long time characters, Tanner and Zarina get their romance and a new set of situations rise to keep up the intensity of the earlier books.
X-Ops Exposed is book eight in the exciting paranormal romantic suspense series about covert ops teams of shifters and their human partners out to stop power mad government leaders and mad scientist types trying to twist peoples’ lives. The series has a strong story arc so doesn’t work as well out of order.
Tanner has left DC behind in an attempt to protect his friends and Zarina from his uncontrollable hybrid nature. Zarina won’t be left behind and tracks him down in the wilderness of Washington State. Soon, their squabbles about sending her away are interrupted by a bad situation of isolated people going missing. Meanwhile, Tate gets sent to Maine after his team gets broken up and he is investigating a supposed animal attack death. Things are definitely more than they seem. He and the cop assigned to him have run ins with mysterious shifter assassins and Ashley, a hybrid who got loose from a lab and has her own agenda.
I found both storylines equally engaging and loved all the action and suspense that came with this story. I had the mystery going on in Washington State figured out from the beginning. I was hoping that I was wrong, but no… how sad.
The romance was alright. I liked this pair together, but I think I enjoyed even better how Tanner learned to face his past issues and slowly gain control and accept his wilder nature. Tanner has survivor’s guilt, PTSD, and a very strong sense of duty and care for those around him. What a fantastic hero and… he knows how to deliver an apology. Ha! This really is important- at least for me. Truthfully, though, I’m glad he apologized, but he wasn’t exactly wrong to want to send Zarina packing under the circumstances. She goes wandering out into the wilderness barely prepared, gets lost, gets face to face with a bear, gets into a situation where weapons are needed for protection and she doesn’t know how to shoot or defend herself. She didn’t do stupid things, at least.
Things ended, not exactly on a cliffhanger, but a definite ominous note. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I can heartily recommend this action-packed, sizzling hot paranormal romantic suspense series.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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