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review 2017-06-30 02:16
Quick Thoughts: Her Wild Hero | and companion stories
Her Wild Hero (X-Ops) - Paige Tyler

Her Wild Hero

by Paige Tyler
Book 3 of X-Ops



Name: Kendra Carlsen
Rank: Trainer, Dept. of Covert Ops
Objective: Get out of the office and into the field

Name: Declan MacBride
Rank: Munitions Expert, Dept. of Covert Ops
Status: Bear Shifter
Objective: Protect Kendra at all costs

The steamy Costa Rican jungle brings out the bear in Declan MacBride when he and new operative Kendra Carlsen are ambushed.  In the midst of relying on each other to survive, and fighting his explosive attraction to Kendra, this shifter is about to lose control...

Her Wild Hero is just as enjoyable and exciting as the previous two books in Tyler's X-Ops series.  I was sorely disappointed in my library for skipping Book #3 of this series after I finished reading the first two books--they just kept adding on other Paige Tyler books, and NOT this one, going straight to Book #4.

But enough of that rambling about my library--because I can never stay upset at them for long.  Aside from being an enjoyable, exciting survival suspense, the book continues the background conspiracy concerning experimental testing of shifters and creation of human-shifter hybrids by injecting animal DNA in a human vessel.  And apparently, the plot continues to thicken with each book.

I like that the book doesn't spend the entire story detailing the romance, since, obviously, our main characters have more important things to worry about--such as staying alive in hostile territory.

But little bits of jealousies and lust sneaks into a few scenes here and there... and then suddenly there's a huge disconnect when our main couple finally hop right into the romance and sexy times part of the story as if they aren't being chased by packs of bloodthirsty, violent hybrids, bent on either killing or capturing them.  Then we return to the regularly scheduled program, and our couple is back to running from the threat, fighting and killing their way out of the Costa Rican jungles.

I mean, I don't begrudge an author her right to insert sexy times into her books, but the time and place was just a little inappropriate (in a cave, of all places... however, Declan is part bear, so maybe it was fitting?).  Her previous two books at least brought the sexy times when no one was running from danger and it was just another day before the rest of the action got started again.

But aside from that little snafu, where the world kind of stops turning so our main couple could jump each other--meanwhile their rescue party is having a hell of a time trying to locate them and getting injuries and exhaustion while they're at it, which I found kind of amusing for some reason--the rest of the book was quite entertaining.




Roll #22:
This book is tagged 'fantasy' on GR; a book about shifters.

Page Count:  334
Cash Award:  $6.00

Updated Bank Balance:  $125






Meanwhile, I also went ahead and read the two companion short stories the author had written for Declan and Kendra.


Declan and the Disney Elves is a short story that is set in a timeline pre-Her Wild Hero.

It was pretty cute, though I'm not sure what it has to do with Disney elves.  Because there are Disney elves, and then there are Santa's elves.  But whatevs.  This was a cute read and some of the humor was giggle-worthy.

Rating:  4.0 Stars

Click on the above banner to read the story.



An X-Ops Honeymoon is set post-Her Wild Hero, following Declan and Kendra (as the title states) during their honeymoon in New England.

It's a nice follow-up to the main story, with a kidnapping and more politics to deal with.  A great treat for fans, that's for sure, but doesn't seem to add onto what we know of the ongoing background conflict of X-Ops.  Still, worth a go when you're at a standstill on what to read.

There were just a lot of typos in the context, and a lot of schmaltz and repetition in the dialogue.  About what you'd expect of a free read, so I'm not complaining much.

Rating:  3.5 Stars

This short story is only available via Paige Tyler's newsletter subscription, and I was lucky enough to sign up at about the time she started mailing the first chapter.


Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/quick-thoughts-her-wild-hero-and.html
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review 2017-06-10 19:08
Great Story and Characters
Wolf Hunt - Paige Tyler

Remy was home in New Orleans with three other SWAT officers - Max, Jaden, and Zane. They were all werewolves. Gage was  their boss and pack Alpha. He had sent the men to cross train with the local tactical unit- New Orleans term for their SWAT unit. When in a bar with the guys Remy smells a tantalizing scent he can’t resist and started to follow it. His friends followed as he left the bar and started walking down the street . All the other guys denying the had smelt anything special. Then five blocks in and still going Remy realizes the scent is from a female. It was a spicy flowery scent  finally Remy found the bar it was coming from. Then he saw her on the dance floor with three other women. Then Remy realized he knew her from HS when she had been skinny and awkward and always looked down on the floor. But they had still been friends but now she was grown up and a beautiful woman. that was Trina but Remy didn’t know if she would recognize him . Remy hadn’t talked to Trina since HS graduation and he had changed a lot when he became a werewolf. He’d never felt anything like he did when smelling Trina’s scent the animalistic urge he had to track her down. Trina thought Remy was the sexiest man she had ever seen. Trina lived and worked in Houston and was home for the week to visit her mom. Remy was drawn to Trina in a way he didn’t understand.

I loved this story . It was great . It had a great plot and great pace. The book kept my attention from the first page until the last and I didn’t want to put it down. I loved how it was more than just a romance but had action and suspense in it. Including all that went with Trina trying to find her father’s killer and New Orleans cops trying to bring down a drug king and all else in this book.I loved the ending and everything about this book and I highly recommend.

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text 2017-06-01 09:25
RT Booklover's Convention 2017 - Day Four
Tiny Pretty Things - Dhonielle Clayton,Sona Charaipotra
The Midnight Breed Series Companion - Lara Adrian
Bring Me Back - Karen Booth
Barefoot Bay: Shoulder to Lean On (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Morgan Malone
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
Midnight in Legend, TN: Small Town Romance in the Great Smoky Mountains (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee Book 1) - Magdalena Scott
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs - Molly Harper
Ready to Were: Shift Happens Series Book One - Robyn Peterman
Hungry Like the Wolf - Paige Tyler
Delicate Freakn' Flower - Eve Langlais

Day One

Day Two

Day Three


Woke up on Friday morning thinking this convention is too long. I think if I go in the future I will just do the weekend pass and not the full convention because boy howdy was I tired. Not jet-lagged, just tired from being around so many people. I did breakfast but skipped the early morning author signing. First panel I went to was completely chosen at random - Path of Responsible Representation hosted by YA authors Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra (they write as a team the YA series Tiny Pretty Things). I liked this panel because the writers gave concrete examples of what to look for and what to avoid in works with diverse characters.


The next panel was The Worlds of Regency and Georgian Romance with authors Valerie Bowman, Anna Bradley, Eileen Dryer, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Julia Quinn. I was not impressed this panel or the questions. The panel kept going off on different tangents that had nothing to do with the topic. I left a little early to get in line for the next author signing event, but I don't think I missed anything worthwhile. A quote from Julia Quinn sums this panel up - "Who wouldn't want to marry a duke?" Real deep there (sarcasm font).


I then went to the 1001 Dark Nights Sparkler. I had one goal going into this event - meet Lara Adrian and get her to sign my personal copy of The Midnight Breeds Series Companion. She did and was lovely - and surprised to see someone having a companion book. I got a pic with her too. Day made 10x over. The organizers wanted the attendees to talk with each author there and ask them an "either/or" question, then fill out a card for a chance to win something. I didn't care about winning whatever prize because, once again, the room was too small for the amount of people inside. I left soon after meeting Lara and went for lunch.


Next author panel I went to was Seasoned Romance, Vintage Love with Karen Booth and Morgan Malone. Another diversity panel, but this one was about older characters and ageism. This trend of having older characters is making a small, but noticeable comeback thanks to self-publishing. The idea of older characters also work with other diverse characterizations such as race, sexuality, and religion (for example, a m/m featuring 40 year old men). There is a FB group called Seasoned Romance that connects authors with readers. Also, the FB group made a GR List of romances with older characters (heads up: there is a lot of Kristen Ashley's books on this list). They were giving away free books from authors in the FB group; I picked out Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission #6) by Amelia Autin and Midnight in Legend, TN (The McClains of Legend, Tennessee #1/ Ladies of Legend #1.2) by Magdalena Scott. I really enjoyed the conversation.


Last author panel for me was Shifters Between the Sheets with authors Molly Harper, Paige Tyler, Robyn Peterman, and Eve Langlais. I wanted to go to at least one paranormal panel, and this one was fun and funny; the ladies are not only fans of the subgenre but of each other's works. The questions were basic, but the answers were varied and experiences were talked about; each author came to writing books and paranormal genre from very different backgrounds. It was a great way to end the last day of panels.


I started to go to the Avon signing event, took one look at a line that was snaked five times around the door to the event, and said to myself "hell no" and went up to my room to relax. Soon I went out for dinner and when I came back, Twitter and the RT app were lit up with many unhappy attendees. Turns out the Avon event started 35-40 minutes late and some people were in line for a hour or more before the scheduled time. Again, there were also complaints of overcrowding and someone almost fainted. I'm so glad I skipped the event.


I went to the late night party, Magnolias and Moonshine, but didn't stay long. There was just nothing there to hold my interest. I did a quick turn about the room and then left. If you ever go to RT, feel free to skip the evening parties - they are more work than reward.




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review 2017-04-25 01:01
Her True Match (X-Ops #6) by Paige Tyler
Her True Match - Paige Tyler



After a long game of cat-and-mouse

Feline shifter Dreya Clark picks the wrong penthouse to rob and ends up arrested by sexy detective Braden Hayes. But Braden isn’t the only one who’s been watching the cat burglar. Agents from the Department of Covert Operations swoop in to offer her a deal. If she wants to stay out of jail, she’ll have to work with them—and pair up with the hot cop. Great.

Danger throws this unlikely pair together

Braden isn’t thrilled about the DCO meddling in his investigation. He’s been chasing Dreya for years. Thrown together on a dangerous covert mission, fur flies and temperatures flare. But when danger closes in on them, their game of cat and mouse turns deadly-serious, and they’ll have to rely on each other to make it out alive.





I know it probably shouldn't matter but why did the cover artist have to make the male model look so bizarre? The weird oil glow didn't do him any favors when standing beside the female who looks perfectly normal. That being said don't let the cover deter you from picking up this installment of the X Ops series, Tyler went all out for her readers. We get some crossing over with multiple leads and plots intersecting that become important to the final half of the book.

B&D play well off one another despite all the head butting, the clashing of personalities and the insta-flirtations. Although I wasn't surprised by the instant attraction formula between our h&h I was surprised that one of them didn't slap the other at some point with all the bickering and back and forth going on at the beginning.

I did like that we moved along the plot because I would have been frustrated to have a stall out this far in at this point to have it just simmer on pause. I hate when authors do that it wastes an opportunity to really bring the readers in. Tyler has no issue focusing on both her h&h and the story line to keep readers fully involved and invested. Thank you Tyler.

However I am a tad concerned on the twist and the current lines of goodies verses baddies and who really is good and who isn't. The black and white lines are starting to gray around the edges and its complicating both reader and character alliances.

I have to admit I'm a little worried. I look forward to seeing what Paige has planned with her devious genius.



Paige Tyler






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review 2017-03-07 14:50
Her True Match
Her True Match - Paige Tyler

'Her True Match' by Paige Tyler is book Six in the "X-Ops" series.  This is the story of Dreya and Braden.  I have not yet read the other books so for me this was a standalone book.  
Dreya is a cat burglar and doesn't really now about sifters. Braden is a detective that has been trying to pin Dreya down to the crimes she has been committing.  When he does get the chance to take her in for a crime she was caught red-handed in she gets taken in by the 'Feds'.  But Braden doesn't give up so easily and follows them to see where she is being taken.  This starts Dreya and Braden on an adventure.  But along the way they seem to start having feelings for each other. Can Dreya trust Braden with her secret?  Can Braden get past what Dreya did and is?
Wow...this was a really exciting book that was hard to put down.  
*A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*

Source: www.amazon.com/Her-True-Match-X-Ops-Book-ebook/dp/B01LWZ3GKU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488732226&sr=8-1&keywords=Her+True+Match
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