Review: Her True Match by Paige Tyler (@mlsimmons, @paigetyler, @SourcebooksCasa)

Posted March 12, 2017 by Melanie in Melanie, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 33 Comments

Review: Her True Match by Paige Tyler (@mlsimmons, @paigetyler, @SourcebooksCasa)
Her True Match by Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops #6
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: March 7, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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When feline shifter Dreya Clark is escorted from the police interrogation by two secret agents, she thinks she's dodged a bullet. That sexy detective Braden Hayes caught her stealing red-handed. When she finds out what she has to do to stay out of jail, suddenly she's missing the hot cop with the piercing gaze. She's being recruited for her shifter abilities by the Department of Covert Operations.

Braden has been chasing the smart-mouthed cat burglar for years. But when Dreya's taken away, he knows their game of cat and mouse has turned deadly-serious. There's no way he'll let her go off alone. Fur flies and temperatures flare as Braden realizes Dreya is much more than she appears. Thrown together on a dangerous covert mission, this unlikely pair will have to rely on each other to make it out alive.

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Her True Match is another great installation in Paige Tyler’s X-Ops series. I truly love this series with it’s mix of spy and black ops type missions entangled with a paranormal shifter world that is different from many of the shifters that we typically read about. In this world, shifters haven’t come out to the majority of humans. They also don’t shift entirely into their animal forms like in most shifter stories. They grow fangs and claws and their eyes will change. They have enhanced senses and some of the personality traits of their other shifter form (like cat shifters that feel the need to get out and hunt, even isn’t the same kind of hunting that a cat would do).

In this story, we follow Dreya. She’s a cat shifter and a cat burgler. We met her in the previous book, Her Rogue Alpha, when she stole something very important from a very evil man. She fled the country before he had her killed, but not before others will killed looking for her. She’s now come back to DC and is back in the thieving game. That’s when Detective Braden Hayes actually catches her in the act of stealing something from a very high, hard to access apartment building. He also witnesses some feats that shouldn’t be possible for a human. DCO (Department of Covert Affairs) bails her out, but Detective Hayes won’t let it go and follows them when she leaves.

So there’s this storyline of Hayes and Dreya working together to join DCO as a team. They also come together romantically. Hayes has to come to terms with the fact that Dreya isn’t human. He does take to that very well. They go a few missions together before officially signing on.

There’s also another storyline that is following Ivy and Landon and their quest to bring down the hybrid research centers. This time, they bring along a coyote shifter named Trevor. Trevor gets himself committed into a mental hospital where the lab is at. He works to gain access to the ward with the hybrids. While in the hospital, he meets a young girl. She’s worried about her friend who was taken into this ward where the hybrid labs are at.

This is another great addition to this series. With the two storylines going, there is no shortage of action. It also makes for a great overall story arc for the series. I would recommend starting this series at the beginning because of this series story arc. The hybrid search is a great storyline, but it is also a bit repetitive. Ivy and Landon find a lab, infiltrate the lab, kill or rescue shifters or hybrids, doctors get away, rinse and repeat. It’s a fun story, but we’ve seen similar scenarios in several books now.

I do love this series, even if there are a few things that are repetitive. The romance isn’t as strong as some PNR. That isn’t an issue for me, but for people looking for more of the romance and less of the suspense, this story is much stronger on the suspense side of things. I love suspense and lots of action, so that works great for me. I also want to say that the ending of this story changes a lot of things. It will be very interesting to see where Ms. Tyler takes the story from here, because it will not be following the same path that it’s been on. That ending was amazing.

Trevor almost followed after the woman when she turned and walked away so he could ask her if it was legal to work in a mental health facility if you hadn’t seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He decided not to bother. Being snarky lost all its appeal if you had to explain it.

When she found one she like—a gray shirt with the word Property of the Metro PD across the front—she laughed. A thief wearing a shirt like this should be in the dictionary somewhere under the definition of irony.

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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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33 responses to “Review: Her True Match by Paige Tyler (@mlsimmons, @paigetyler, @SourcebooksCasa)

  1. Sixth in the series AND it’s still garnering 4 star reviews and keeping you on your toes??? That’s kind of awesome in this day and age of paranormal and suspense. And honestly, I don’t think you should put a heavy emphasis on PNR when there’s already a suspense factor to the story.

    I do like the “take” on shifters in this world! Their enhanced abilities without full out shifting is kind of awesome!!! Great review!!

  2. This one was hard for me to focus with, but when you made the comment that it is less romance and more action, that does alter things and I might have enjoyed it more if I’d gone in with that. Appreciate the insight and good review, Melanie.

    Loved the part about Trevor on the inside. That quote made me laugh the first time, too.
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  3. I am such a sucker for romance but if the suspense and action is good that’s okay too. These shifters remind me of the Chitas in Dannika Darks Mageri series. But there’s so many books to have to start at the beginning. Glad you are enjoying the series though 🙂

  4. I haven’t read this series, but I want to. I’ve seen so many good reviews for it. I did ‘purchase’ the prequel novella recently, though, so I’m hoping to get started! I don’t mind more suspense at the cost of romance. I find I like that better if a book has paranormal elements. I always find the worlds so fascinating!

    Great review.
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  5. This is another series I’d love to try, actually another author I want to read. I’ve been woefully short on reading about shifters other than Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews and Anne Bishop. I like the idea that there is action, ACTUAL PLOT, not just romance. So read this one, audio the other series? That is what you are doing? Anne
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  6. I recently saw a review for this book on another blog as well and it sounds like a good series. I usually prefer when shifter shift completely, but it does sound kinda neat how it is handled here. Sounds fun how Dreya is a cat shifter and cat burglar. Too bad part of the plot is a bit repetitive. I don’t mind romantic suspense stories that are heavier on the suspense, although it’s good to know in advance. Great review!
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