Title: Her Fierce Warrior
Author: Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
“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?
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
This book starts off with a tense scene of a woman alone, forced to defend herself, terrified as much of the monster inside her as her attackers. Then along comes Angelo to help save the day and an instant connection forms between the two of them that sees the action transfer from rural Tajikistan to Washington, D.C.
And that’s where this book lost me. It starts off so well, with action and intensity, but after that I’m sorry to say I found the majority of it a bit boring. Minka adapts super quickly to transferring to the US, Angelo mostly hangs around being supportive and there’s all kinds of underlying politics and intrigue going on that doesn’t have much mystery to it and felt more like filler while Minka and Angelo got to know each other better before having sex.
Things do heat up towards the end, but by then it was a little too late. Instead of the action and excitement of previous books in this series, this one definitely focuses on emotion – Minka and Angelo, Ivy and her secrets (I almost cheered when someone finally called her on her selfish behaviour) and psychologist Layla and her kind-of boyfriend Jayson. The problem for me was that I didn’t really connect with any of the characters enough for my attention to be fully engaged. I also felt like the prologue didn’t really add anything to Angelo’s back story that couldn’t have been mentioned later.
So overall this one didn’t do much for me. If you’ve been reading this series for the action and excitement as well as the romance, then you might find this one a little slow. It’s still a solid part of the series, and the conspiracy plot definitely thickens, but overall it just didn’t grab me as much as other books have. Here’s hoping the next one lands back where this series belongs.
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