Title: Her True Match
Author: Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops #6
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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.
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley
This was by far my favourite X-Ops book for a while. Both Braden and Dreya are complete outsiders to DCO, which I think helped a little bit, because they were outside all the politics and on an even footing when it came to figuring out just what was going on. It made them feel more equal and definitely helped turn them into a great team.
I wasn’t too sure I would like Dreya at first, given what we’d seen of her previously and her original reaction to John’s offer of working for them. But she is a cat, so she’s allowed a certain amount of contrariness. And when it came to Braden, her quick acknowledgement of how much she trusted him went a long way to easing most of my fears. Yes, she has moments of stubborn independence, but she’s rarely stupid for the sake of it, so I ended up quite liking her.
I liked Braden a lot too. A cop who has played by the rules for years, he also has fine instincts for when things don’t seem quite right, which is how he ends up following Dreya into the DCO. They make an excellent team and I really liked how quickly Braden learnt to respect Dreya’s skills – and how easily he accepts her. He’s pretty amazing that way. They have good chemistry, even if I wasn’t exactly blown away by it. Still, I could believe in them as a couple and see how they could work together.
The wider plot worked well too, with some interesting things happening in a mental facility in Maine that definitely kept the mystery and excitement going. It also helped that for the first book in ages, I didn’t end up disliking Ivy intensely, so that was good.
However, I have to admit the whole thing with Dick really annoyed me. By now, surely, all the shifters know his MO pretty well and can tell the kind of people he’ll try and charm. So why didn’t they warn Braden about him? All they had to do was mention his links to Thorn and Braden would have known to be on his guard. But no, for some stupid reason, Dreya gets that intel and all the people who have been telling her how important it is to trust her partner, tell her to keep certain things to herself. Braden has proven himself trustworthy, but first they have to, well, trust him. So that annoyed me quite a bit, which is a shame, because the rest of this book is great.
Overall this was a fine return from this series, full of secret spy stuff, a fair bit of action and plenty of danger. I just wish certain things hadn’t happened they way they did, because it felt like a triumph of plot over character intelligence. Having said that, with that ending, I cannot wait to see where this series heads next.
Her True Match is Out Now.
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