Her True Match
Author: Paige Tyler
What I’m Talking About:
After Her Rogue Alpha, I wasn’t sure what to expect in the next X-Ops novel. This review has been tough to write. I wasn’t sure how to articulate my feelings on it. Though I eagerly wanted to see the story of Dreya Clark, I was a bit disappointed with Her True Match.
I’m completely torn about this novel. On the one hand I felt it was a bit lackluster. The romantic journey of Dreya and Braden reminded me too much of Ivy and Landon. Though there are distinct differences in plot points, the essence of it was too familiar. The premise of the cop falling for the thief was alluring, and I did enjoy that part of their story. However, though I am no expert in police procedures, there were moments that completely suspended my disbelief. Some of Braden’s actions did not seem realistic. Nor was his almost gilded invitation to not only keep an eye on Dreya but be her partner. The latitudes taken were too much for me and the world lost me. I was also taken a back that no one warned him about Dick. Really? No one warned him not to trust him? At the very least I would have thought his cop-spider-senses would have clued him in that Dick was off.
There are a few plot lines running in this novel as seems to be the case later in the series. I was surprised at how quickly Dreya took to training, especially working with a seasoned cop like Braden. It felt like the story “jumped the shark” when, after an incredibly short time, they were sent on missions. I understand being short-handed, but the work they do is really not for amateurs. This was especially apparent when they send out basically two rookies without the oversight of a veteran. I found the continuing hunt for the crooked members of the DCO’s oversight committee, as well as the tracking down of the rogue scientists, fascinating. Yet, the cliffhanger event at the end was a complete surprise. Though I don’t believe all is as it seems, this would be my only reason for reading the next novel.
As much as I loved the premise of this series at the beginning, the last two novels have disappointed me for different reasons. I did like Dreya and Braden and felt satisfied that they found their happily-ever-after. But their romance felt lackluster to me, even with the thief/cop romance, reminding me too much of a previous series couple. The plot of the rogue scientists and corrupt political committee members truly hits a climactic moment in this novel and though I want to see if my perceptions are correct, I’m not sure it will be enough to have me read the next novel. The lack of some realism cracked the foundation of the mythology of this series for me.
My Rating: C, Finished It – Liked some, didn’t like some
About the Book:
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.
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Series: X-Ops #6
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (352 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler (X-Ops #1)
Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler (X-Ops #2)
Her Wild Hero by Paige Tyler (X-Ops #3)
Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler (X-Ops #4)
Her Rogue Alpha by Paige Tyler (X-Ops #5)