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Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Review: Her Fierce Warrior (X-Ops #4) by Paige Tyler

by Paige Tyler
March 1st 2016 
352 pages
by Sourcebooks Casablanca
The woman tensed. As anger and fear ricocheted across her face, her eyes changed from red to green to brown in a dizzying display like nothing he'd ever seen.

Every instinct in Angelo's body screamed at him to lunge for his weapon. Instead he set his feet for impact, blocking her slashing claws. Unbelievably, after a few moments of struggling, she went still, all the fight gone...

Minka isn't sure she should trust the sexy Special Forces soldier who found her. Subjected to horrors, on the run from scientists set on locking her in a cage, Minka is terrified of the monster she's becoming...and somehow, Angelo is the only one who can calm the beast inside her and make her feel safe.

But can she trust the way he makes her feel when she's not even sure she can trust herself?

Woot! Woot! Time to jump into another installment of Paige Tyler’s X-Ops series and this time it’s a hybrid in the spotlight! And she has a really cool name!

Okay so when Her Fierce Warrior begins, Minka Pajari has just escaped a secret lab where she was experimented on and tortured and is now a feline hybrid. She feels out of control and enraged when she meets Special Forces officer Angelo Rios who knows exactly where Minka needs to go. Fortunately Minka seems calmer in his presence even though she’s not entirely sure she can trust him but he’s the only one willing to accept her as is at that moment so she allows Angelo to take her with him to the states where she begins to learn more about her new status and Angelo himself.

First off, how cool is the heroine’s name? Minka Pajari. It sounds so exotic and rolls off the tongue easily. Plus it isn’t a name I’ve run across before in a romance. I loved this character. She was an innocent, somewhat naïve woman before she was kidnapped and experimented on and throughout the story it was like she recaptured a bit of that innocence without becoming a totally dependent, ridiculous ninny. Minka was the right balance of vulnerable and dangerous. She did a lot of growing from beginning to end and the final result was very satisfying.

Hybrids were introduced in a previous book and while they’re known to be humans who were changed using shifter (Humans born with naturally occurring genetic mutations that give them animal traits) DNA, there wasn’t any explanation of what the hybrids went through so I didn’t particularly feel bad for them. Now with Minka I got a front row seat to how difficult it is for hybrids to control the animal inside of them. The hybrids suddenly went from being out of control animals that needed to be put down to victims of greed that needed to be helped.

I swear Paige Tyler is a romance goddess because she balances out the paranormal with the contemporary to create an addictive read every time. But more than that she creates characters that are easy to bond with and even easier to love. Angelo wasn’t an obvious Alpha Male, he understood the value of being gentle and silent in order to help Minka come to terms with who she had become. He had an easy going charm that hid a lethal persona. Sometimes I forgot that he was a Special Forces officer and not someone who sat behind a desk for a living. And yes, he’s a total stud muffin who can cook! *cue dreamy sighs*

And while there were appearances by previous characters like Landon and Ivy, Her Fierce Warrior remained Minka’s journey to control and accept her new status in life. I did like the inclusion of characters that have yet to have their own stories told like Dr. Zarina Sokolov who has the same effect on hybrid Tanner as Angelo has on Minka. I think Tanner and Zarina’s story could end up being very interesting but it was Layla, Ivy’s shifter sister who is involved with Jayson, a wounded former soldier who is on a downward spiral due to his injuries that really piqued my interest. I really hope that Paige Tyler plans on keeping them as a couple because Jayson is easily one of the most interesting candidates for a hero I’ve read in a while. Plus, I can’t resist a tortured character and Jayson has cornered the market on that.

I still haven’t had a chance to read Landon and Ivy’s book (Bad me) so I hope I can get around to buying it soon so I can better understand those two but for now I look forward to more from this series and the next step in the conflict of who is funding the forced experimentation on people and why. Tyler knows how to hook readers and keep them coming back for more!

Sheep Rating: 4 shape shifting sheep


About the Author:
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Paige graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty, independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more. 

She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.

When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)

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