Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler

 Title: Her Dark Half

Series:  X-Ops Book #7

Author:  Paige Tyler

GenreParanormal, Romance

Blurb:  Trevor Maxwell
Coyote shifter with an attitude
Covert operator
Trusts no one, especially his devastatingly beautiful new partner

Alina Bosch
Former CIA, newest operative on the covert team
Hired to spy on her partner
Motto: “Never be deceived again.”

Coyote shifter Trevor Maxwell is teamed up with CIA agent Alina Bosch to catch a killer. But when the mission becomes much more dangerous than they expected, they’re going to have to ignore the attraction between them and learn how to trust one another to come out on the other side…

Favorite quotes: “Sorry to burst your bubble, but with a dress this form-fitting, wearing panties isn’t an option.”

“Trevor is definitely hot.  I haven’t seen abs like that since the Chippendales tour came to town.  And he’s attractive as sin.”

“Anytime you want to grab my ass feel free.  I certainly won’t complain.”

“That’s the idea.  I want you to get used to it.  Why do you think I’m working so hard?”

Thoughts: I have to admit that I liked this book.  Unfortunately, I haven’t read many of the books in this series (maybe two).  While it can be read as a standalone, it should be read in order to really get the complexities of the storyline and know the backstories from the other characters.  I admit a few times I was thinking ‘what in the world is going on?’ or ‘okay, so that’s a big deal why?’, or just had general questions on why this person is important to the storyline.  Not to mention just that general nagging about characters you know had a previous book in the series!  It didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment of the book and these characters, but I did wish I had read the prior ones first.

That being said, I enjoyed the story between Trevor and Alina.  Both were really likeable characters and I liked the focus put on having these two strangers trying to field their way around a new partnership and learning to trust each other.  It added a depth to the book that I felt was important.  The action-packed storyline kept the interest going and the romance pulled it all together.  If you tend to like James Bond movies, this book will appeal to you – it definitely has that feel to it.

An engaging read from Paige Tyler and hits home that I missed some great books in this series – something I will remedy now!

Rate:  B+/A-

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