Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Department of Covert Operations Training Officer Kendra Carlsen has been begging her boss to let her go into the field for years. When he finally agrees to send her along on a training exercise in Costa Rica, she’s thrilled.
Bear-shifter Declan MacBride, on the other hand, is anything but pleased. He’s been crushing on Kendra since he started working at the DOC seven years ago. Spending two weeks in the same jungle with her is putting a serious strain on him.
When the team gets ambushed, Kendra and Declan are forced to depend on each other. But the bear-shifter soon discovers that fighting bloodthirsty enemies isn’t nearly as hard as fighting his attraction to the beautiful woman he’ll do anything to protect.
HER WILD HERO is the third installment of Paige Tyler's high-velocity shifter series, X-Ops, and it's far from slowing down. The cover group is still trying to pin down the mad scientists who are in the business of abducting innocent humans only to turn them into rabid shifter hybrids. Declan MacBride and Kendra Carlsen thought that their mission in Costa Rica will go smoothly. Unfortunately for them, they got ambushed by hybrids however they're not exactly the bad guys they were hunting down. Things just got sticky for everyone and it doesn't look like we'll be getting our answers anytime soon.
Declan and Kendra's small group perished except for the two of them. Luckily, Declan is a very discerning bear shifter, and is more than capable of protecting Kendra, who is no shrinking violet because this chick can kick serious butt! She makes M4 sexy ;). It's also worth noting that Declan has the hots for Kendra for seven years, had asked her out for a date relentlessly only to be turned down countless times because Kendra has a serious thing for Clayne (Her Lone Wolf). There's something about getting hunted in a foreign country combined with humidity that had these two bumping uglies like there's no tomorrow.
I'm all for romance and love triumping, however I can't suspend disbelief (I know I'm being nitpicky) and find the sex hot when Declan and Kendra haven't showered nor brushed their teeth for days! And with shifter senses, ugh! I don't think I can get over the unpleasant combination of acrid taste and smell wafting off of these two. Then again, I guess one can get used to that... (i.e. The Walking Dead)
X-Ops is starting to feel a lot like Melrose Place. There seems to be a pattern here where one is pining/sleeping with another only for that not to work out, and then they both find new partners who were in a similar situation in the past. The characters are so interconnected (sexually with minor family relations) that by the end of this series, they've practically slept with each other. It's entertaining but I think I'll find it challenging to keep up with their past liasons in the long run.
Even if I'm not a huge fan of the last two couples of this series, I am loving the series arc! In Her Lone Wolf, it looks like there's a traitor in their midst and Landon and Ivy (Her Perfect Mate) have been going off the books to investigate this further. But then PTyler added another twist and now I'm so anxious to know what the fluck is happening?! Is there really a traitor? Who is the real threat to the X-Ops? How big is this conspiracy? WHAT THE FLUCK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT??
HER WILD HERO was an entertaining read overall, I liked the romance and loved the conspirital mystery even more. The parts where PTyler was developing the romance between Declan and Kendra felt sluggish for me, I was hoping for more action on top of their action. The last quarter of the novel was pumped with adrenaline thought and that small scene in the end got me excited for the next book. Lastly, the variety of shifters in X-Ops is what I find the most interesting, I look forward to meeting sharks, dragons, or even a bird-like creature in future installments.
Paige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.
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