Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops series #7
Also in this series: Her Perfect Mate, Her Lone Wolf, Her Wild Hero, Her Fierce Warrior, Her True Match
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
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Coyote shifter with an attitude
Trusts no one, especially his devastatingly beautiful new partner
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...
Alina was working for the CIA when she was recruited to the DCO (Department of Covert Ops). She was hired by the director, Dick Coleman, and partnered with Trevor Maxwell specifically to keep an eye on him and report back to the Dick. She didn’t realize that would be her mission when she took the job and frankly doesn’t feel all that great about it.
Once Alina starts working with Trevor she starts to think that something isn’t right. Dick told her that Trevor was one of the shifters that killed the former director, John, but she’s starting to think he’s got it wrong. She doesn’t necessarily trust Trevor but she thinks he might be more on the up and up than the Dick is.
Trevor doesn’t trust his new partner. He certainly isn’t going to tell her that he thinks that Dick had something to do with John getting killed. He’s trying to investigate without anyone knowing – especially Alina. His instincts are telling him to trust her but he just doesn’t know. The longer they work together the more he realizes that Alina can be trusted. He ends up telling her everything and not only do they work better as partners but they finally act on the sexual tension that’s been brewing between them since day one.
This was a wonderful semi-conclusion to the on-going story arc. We learn so much about all of the bad guys and what they’ve been up to. The shifters that went on the run in the last book show up again and then of course we have the relationship between Alina and Trevor.
The romance in this book really took a back seat to everything else, imho, but that was actually ok. I think if the author had tried to work too much of the romance into the story it would have been imbalanced as there was SO much going on. The story really needed to focus on finding John’s killer and outing the bad guys. That being said, the parts with Alina and Trevor and their romance were made all the sweeter when it was just the two of them. I really liked both characters and thought they were perfect together.
I truly liked the book a lot until I got to the epilogue. I wanted to scream and tear my hair out after reading it as I found it so frustrating. I can’t even give you a hint as to what it was but if you have been reading the series and then read this book you’ll understand what I mean. I really wish the author would have just laid that particular issue to rest but she didn’t. Hopefully the storyline won’t get too monotonous with the same stuff happening.
I really enjoy reading the X-Ops series and recommend it if you like shifter romances.
Rating: 4 out of 5