Monday, September 4, 2017

Early Review: Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler

34006759Her Dark Half
(X-Ops #7)
Paige Tyler
Release: September 5, 2017
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ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
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...

The end of Her True Match, the previous book in the X-Ops series, was really a game changer. In many ways Her Dark Half is as well. The DCO, the covert government agency in which the series is set, will look very different in the next book. But in this one, it's the agency's focus that's different. While most of the previous books have involved tracking down rogue shifters and the labs that created them, Her True Match is all about solving a murder.

Most of the teams, the couples from previous books, have gone into hiding, accused of conspiracy and murder. That leaves Trevor behind to solve the mystery alone. (His new partner won't be much help if she's spying on him for their boss.) I thought this was a little odd because Trevor's always been out in the field in previous books, not stuck at headquarters. He's not a regular agent, but a counterintelligence specialist, so this mission may not really be in his wheelhouse. But he was a character that I wanted to get to know better so I'm happy to see him in a starring role.

There was a twist in the mystery that I knew was coming even before I started the book and one character's resolution that just didn't feel right, but I really enjoyed the book nonetheless. I'm a big fan of enemies-to-lovers romances and I loved Trevor and Alina together. I also like that it seems to be setting up Tanner's book next and that story feels like it's been a long time coming.

I'm really enjoying the X-Ops series and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes after all the recent changes.

Recommended for fans of: shifter romance, federal agents and spies


My reviews of other books in this series:
Her True Match (X-Ops #6)

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