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?
Her Perfect Mate (Book 1)
Her Lone Wolf (Book 2)
Her Secret Agent (novella)
Her Wild Hero (Book 3)
Her Fierce Warrior (Book 4)
Her Rogue Alpha (Book 5)
Her True Match (coming March 2017)
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Her Fierce Warrior
By PAIGE TYLER
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Southern Tajikistan, Present Day
It was early morning, the sun barely peeking over the mountains. Darkness still clung to the deserted, dilapidated buildings around Minka Pajari as she slunk through the village. She was only one rugged mountain pass away from home. Four or five hours of walking, and she would be back with her family and this terrible nightmare would be over.
But when she heard the men who had been following her for the last ten minutes break into a run, part of her realized that the nightmare wasn't over yet. Another part insisted the nightmare would never be over. Not for her. Not after what she had become.
Minka wanted to run, but the beast inside her demanded that she turn and fight. She was so tired, and really didn't want to do either of those things. She'd been going for so long without food and barely any water. All she wanted was to be left alone.
Instinct told her they wouldn't leave her alone.
Minka had escaped her captors weeks ago, or at least it felt like it had been weeks. Getting home to her village had been much harder than she'd thought it would be, though. It had taken her many days to even figure out where she was, then many, many more days to slowly traverse the mountainous terrain between where she'd been held and the small farming village near Khorugh where she lived with her parents. This part of the country — the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region — was very rugged and rural. Strangers, especially women traveling without male companions or money, weren't treated with kindness, and she'd been forced to dig for food scraps in piles of garbage and sleep in caves or abandoned buildings. What she'd endured during her captivity taught her that she no longer had to fear these minor, momentary forms of discomfort, though.
No, the only thing she truly feared now was the beast the doctors had unleashed inside her. During her slow journey home, she had learned that the creature's appearance was hard to predict. At the slightest provocation, her claws and teeth would extend and her sight would change, making nighttime seem like daytime and daytime painfully bright.
If she was frightened, startled, or threatened, the changes went even further. Her muscles would throb with power, and her face would change. She'd seen her reflection once in a stream and been startled to see that she looked almost catlike.
Sometimes the changes came on for no other reason than because she was sad or lonely or afraid. Those times truly terrified her, for with a curse like this, she couldn't imagine a time when she wouldn't feel those things.
Worse than the physical changes was what she felt happening to her soul. Where once she'd been a calm, compassionate person, now all she ever felt was anger and rage.
She had taken to traveling only at night, seeking cover in wooded areas, and avoiding villages and people whenever she could. While she feared being attacked or mistreated by people, she feared what the beast inside her would do to those people more.
Now, Minka wasn't sure if she'd be able to keep from hurting someone. She'd wanted to go around the village, but it was squarely in the middle of the path that headed toward the mountain pass. Two of the men following her had swept around, to get ahead of her, and she had to turn into the village to avoid them. Minka said a silent prayer, hoping she could pass through without incident, but she feared her prayers weren't even being heard anymore.
She was so busy second-guessing herself that she didn't see the men who'd arrayed themselves in a line along her path until she was almost on top of them. Her heart beat faster at the ugly expressions on their faces.
She stopped and slowly backed away from them, but it didn't matter. Two more men closed in from behind.
Minka didn't scream as they converged on her, afraid it would only spur the men to do something even more violent than what they already had planned — and afraid it would bring out the monster inside her. So she just stood there.
Two of the men grabbed her and lifted her off the ground while a third grabbed her ankles. As they carried her toward an abandoned building, she begged them in Tajik and in Russian to leave her alone, but they only laughed and called her horrible names. The man on her left shouted at her for being out alone without a male chaperone.
Inside the building, she tried to shove them away and get her back to a wall, but they continued to taunt her. When one man tore at her tattered shirt until it completely ripped away, they grew silent, their eyes latching on to her nearly naked body. She moved back against the mud wall behind her, trying to cover her bra with her arms.
But Minka knew her hands wouldn't stop these men from getting what they were after. After all the pain and suffering she had already endured, she was going to die just a short distance from her home in total disgrace and humiliation. She was never going to see her family again. That might be for the best, though. She didn't want her parents to see what she had become, what she was turning into even now.
The men didn't notice the change. Not at first, anyway. They were too interested in other things. But they noticed when the first man tried to kiss her and she sent him reeling back, his chest ripped open to the bone.
Minka thought for sure the rest of the men would run then. But they only cursed and came at her all at once. They threw her to the ground, one of them kicking her while the other two pulled out knives.
She hadn't wanted to hurt them, and if they had killed her quickly, she would've almost been grateful. But it was clear they wouldn't get around to killing her for a while. They would toy with her the way the doctors' guards had toyed with her, making her scream in pain.
But the beast inside her would never let her be tortured again.
Minka was off the floor in a flash, slashing and biting, pushing the men back to give her space to move. For a moment, she saw the door, clear of attackers and open to her escape, but she ignored it. The beast wasn't interested in running now. It was interested only in tearing and ripping and killing.
The men's shouts of pain and terror got louder as they ran for the door and scrambled toward the windows. But their cries only made her anger flame hotter, driving her into a fury she'd never felt before.
Minka desperately tried to rein in the beast, but it was like she was on the outside of the abandoned house looking in. She knew she was the one tearing the men apart, but she was no longer in control. She wasn't sure she ever would be again.
* * *
Sergeant First Class Angelo Rios glanced at his watch. They needed to get moving, or it'd take all day to get back to camp. He and his Special Forces A-team had been doing a recon sweep back and forth through the rugged terrain of southern Tajikistan when they'd heard about a small town near the mountain pass that had been hit hard by a recent storm. Repairing buildings damaged by high winds and torrential rain wasn't the kind of work Special Forces usually did, but Angelo and the team's new lieutenant figured it'd be an easy way to gain a little goodwill with the locals, which definitely was an SF mission.
Angelo squeezed the last of the cheese onto a cracker from his MRE — meal ready to eat — and shoved it in his mouth. With breakfast done, he stuffed the empty wrapper into his rucksack and swung the pack over his shoulder. The rest of the team got the message and did the same.
"So, do you think Kendra will ask you to be the godfather?" Staff Sergeant Carlos Diaz, the team's communications expert, asked Derek, a smile tugging at the corners of his mouth.
Angelo let out a snort. Diaz had been ribbing the team's medic, Staff Sergeant Derek Mickens, for a month straight about his most recent crush, Kendra Carlsen. The Department of Covert Operation's admin assistant turned kickass field operative had married Declan MacBride, the DCO's freaking huge bear shifter, after spending a week alone with him in the jungles of Costa Rica a few months ago. And to top it all off, the couple was now expecting twins.
Derek gave Diaz a less-than-amused look. "Give it a rest already."
Diaz grinned, his teeth a flash of white against his tanned skin. "No way. After all the time you spent trying to convince us that you and Kendra had a connection after dancing with her at the captain's wedding, I'm going to be reminding you about this when we're all old and gray."
Derek muttered under his breath as he tightened the straps on his own rucksack. "Yeah, well tell me this: What does that big bear shifter have that I don't?"
Angelo chuckled along with everyone else. The only member of the team who didn't laugh was Second Lieutenant Ben Watson, and that was only because he was the new guy and didn't know why the whole thing was so damn funny. Angelo felt bad about Watson being out of the loop, but it wasn't like he could just come out and tell the lieutenant about the secret government organization called the Department of Covert Operations; or about humans known as shifters who possessed naturally occurring genetic mutations that gave them certain animal traits, like claws, fangs, enhanced speed and reflexes, and improved senses; or about man-made versions of shifters nicknamed hybrids; or any of the other crazy crap the team had been involved with in the past year or so. How did you explain to someone that there really were monsters in the world, complete with sharp teeth and even sharper claws? Worse, how did you explain that some of those monsters were actually the good guys?
Angelo was about to point out to Derek that the DCO's resident bear shifter had seventy-five pounds of muscle and six inches on him, not to mention a face that didn't scare small children, when screams of terror from the far end of the village silenced the words in his mouth.
Angelo had his M4 in his hands and was running toward the sound as the rest of the guys spread out behind him, checking for incoming threats. He rounded the corner of a dilapidated building and was heading down a dirt road lined with more crumbling buildings when a man covered in blood ran toward him. Two more men followed, fear clear in their eyes and blood staining their clothes.
At first, Angelo thought it was an IED — an improvised explosive device — but that didn't make sense. He hadn't heard an explosion. He slowed down anyway, worried he was leading the team into an ambush.
One of the men pointed behind him, shouting something in Tajik. Angelo's grasp of the language was pretty good, but the man was speaking way too fast for him to make out what he was saying. Then he figured it out.
He opened his mouth to ask where the "monster" was, but the man was already halfway down the road. Angelo picked up the pace only to skid to a stop in front of a mud-covered shack a few moments later. He knew he was in the right place because there was a guy who looked like he'd been sliced up by Freddy Krueger on the ground in front of it.
Angelo got a sinking feeling in his gut. He'd seen damage like this before.
He jumped over the dead guy and was through the door before he even thought about what he was doing — thinking only slowed you down in situations like this.
Angelo raised his M4, ready to pop the first threatening thing he saw. If he was right about what had attacked those men, it would take multiple shots to kill the thing.
But what he found stopped him in his tracks. Derek and Lieutenant Watson skidded to a stop right behind him.
There wasn't a square foot of wall space in the one-room shack that wasn't splattered with blood, and in the middle of it stood a pretty, dark-haired woman, gazing down at two dead men at her feet. Her shirt was on the floor beside them, one of her bra straps was torn, and her skirt was ripped. Her feet were bare and covered in dirt, and her long hair hung down around her face, almost to her waist.
Angelo felt a rage build inside him like nothing he'd ever felt before, and he was torn between staying where he was and going after the rest of the men who'd tried to rape her and killing them, too.
He glanced at her hands, hoping to find a knife there and praying he was wrong about what she was. But she didn't have any weapons — unless you counted the wickedly sharp claws on each slender finger. And given the amount of blood in the room, those hands certainly qualified as weapons.
As if just realizing he was there, the woman lifted her head and looked at him with glowing red eyes. She growled, baring her teeth and exposing some seriously long canines.
How the hell had a hybrid turned up in Tajikistan? More importantly, what the hell was he going to do with her?
"What the fuck is that thing?" the lieutenant asked hoarsely even as he raised his carbine and sighted in on the woman's chest.
The woman growled again, louder this time, and crouched down on all fours, like she was getting ready to pounce on them.
Shit. Things were about to get ugly.
But instead of leaping at them, her eyes darted around, like she was looking for a way past them. Unfortunately, they were blocking her access to the door and windows, and she knew it. For some reason he couldn't explain, Angelo suddenly didn't see a hybrid monster like those he'd fought in Washington State and down in Costa Rica. He saw a woman who was scared as hell.
"Derek, get everyone outside and away from the building," Angelo ordered softly, never taking his eyes off the woman. "We're freaking her out."
"Freaking her out." Watson snorted. "Are you kidding me? She's the one freaking me out."
"Outside, LT," Angelo ordered again, more firmly this time. "Trust me on this one."
He knew the lieutenant wanted answers, but he didn't have time to give him any. Behind him, Derek was herding the officer toward the door.
"LT, remember when we told you that you'd be seeing some weird shit in the field that they never mentioned in training?" Derek asked. "Well, that weird shit just started. But trust Angelo. He knows what he's doing. He's dealt with these things before."
Their voices faded as they moved outside.
The woman's eyes followed Derek and Watson until they disappeared from sight; then they slid to Angelo. He slowly lowered his weapon, carefully set it on the floor, and raised his hands, speaking softly in Tajik.
"It's okay. You're safe now. No one is going to hurt you."
The red glow in her eyes flickered, then began to fade. Angelo released the breath he'd been holding. Maybe he'd be able to get out of this situation without killing her. He couldn't explain why that mattered to him all of a sudden. She was a hybrid and clearly dangerous. Some might consider killing her to be a mercy — and the only sure way to keep her from hurting anyone ever again.
From what he'd seen, the woman had had a pretty good reason to attack those men. But more importantly, Angelo knew for a fact that not every hybrid was beyond reach. Tanner Howland from the DCO was one of those. The former Army Ranger had learned how to control the rage that defined his kind, and if he could do it, maybe she could, too. At the moment, she certainly seemed to be trying.
Angelo kept up his calm chatter, reassuring the woman that she was safe, and soon enough, her eyes turned to a normal, beautiful brown. There was still anger there, but there was also confusion, maybe even hope.
Raised voices echoed outside, drowning out Angelo's soft words. The villagers had worked up their courage and come looking for blood. The woman's head snapped in that direction, and like a switch being flipped, the veil of calmness that had descended over the female hybrid disappeared.
She tensed, anger warring with what looked like frustration mixed with honest-to-goodness fear on her face. As those emotions ricocheted, her eyes changed from red to green to brown over and over, in a dizzying display like nothing he'd ever seen before.
But then, just as it seemed like she might have a chance, the internal struggle was over, and the hybrid leaped at him.
Every instinct in Angelo's body screamed at him to lunge for his weapon, or at the very least to pull out his knife. But he ignored his instincts and instead set his feet for impact, blocking her slashing claws with his forearm, then ducking down and tackling her. It wasn't the nicest way to treat a woman, but considering the fact that she was trying to kill him, he decided she'd just have to forgive him.
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Again a book filled with action, sex, to keep you glued to it. Keep up the good work, looking forward to the next book!
Loved Angelo's and Minka's story
First time reader of the author, really liked the sample and I decided to take a chance and purchase the novel. Glad I did, will have to check out the rest of the series.
This book has all the components a good book makes: intrigue, action, unexpected surprises and of course romance. Really well written! Just wish when describing romantic encounters that author would apply tasteful instead of harsh descriptions of body parts!
Wow, this next book in the X-Ops series, is great. I loved getting back to the action of finding and destroying the evil scientist who tortured and killed for their dream of controlling their own indestructible army. Her Fierce Warrior is about one woman, Minka, who escaped during the first attack by X-Ops, and is terrified of what she has become and what horrors she may be capable of. During a search operation, by Special Forces of the X-Ops, Minka is found in an unspeakable condition, after her long journey to reach home and an attempted rape by several men. She is lucky enough to be found by Angelo, who is drawn to protect her at all cost. This is the story of their journey, hers in trying to understand what she has become and his in trying to help her accept and control it. During this journey they are both sent back to the location of her chamber of horrors to try and destroy and capture those responsible. Will she be able to learn that she doesn't have to be the monster she thinks she is and can she believe she is worth loving this man who has been there for her. I highly recommend this to those who love to read paranormal action filled adventure; filled with strong characters who will eventually learn they to can find love.
Ever since I read book one, of this series I can’t wait until the next book. Paige, knows how to tell a story that has paranormal, romantic suspense, with lots of action. This series is one that works when you read them in order. The stories build on each other and the characters are around from earlier books. In this book we meet Minka Pajari who is a shiftier and how she was kidnapped by a scientist for his genetic experimental program. In the meantime, a special force solider Angelo Rios and his team comes across a woman who looks like she is running from something. Angelo is assigned to bring Minka back to the government ops program that does work with the snifters. The more time that Angelo spent with Minka, he realizes that he doesn’t want to just leave her with anyone other than his friends Ivy and Landon, who he trusts. Angelo, feels that some of the higher up in the government will do whatever it takes to get information from Minka so that they can get to the person that they have been looking for and stop. I don’t to tell you too much more I will be giving away spoilers. Now you know it is bad when I can't wait to read #5. It does not come out until Sept 6 2016.
Ms. Tyler just raised the bar on shifter lore! I have enjoyed her SWAT series but this is an amazing step up and I'm wondering why this series never pinged on my radar before now. Special Forces soldier Angelo Rios and his team are on a goodwill mission in Tajikistan when they stumble upon an unexpected discovery: a genetically enhanced female who may be linked to one of their previous missions and he knows just the right people to help her. With the instant connection forged between him and the terrified woman, only Angelo can keep her calm and he will do anything to protect her, even go up against powerful men, but will that be enough to protect her from those determined to get what they need from her? Minka Pajari is on the run from the scientists who captured and tortured her and is struggling to adapt to who or what she has become. The soldier who just came to her aid is her personal hero and the only one that can calm the raging beast within, but she has to learn to manage her fears and new reality without him as her crutch. Every character has a story to tell, even the secondary ones and I enjoy how Ms. Tyler told several of them without taking the focus away from Minka and Angelo. It's a given that Angelo would be one of my favorite characters with his steadiness and fierce defense of Minka, but Minka completely steals the show with her vulnerabilities and strength in the face of such upheaval, including adjusting to living in a new place. HER FIERCE WARRIOR combines high stakes suspense and action with the paranormal into an exciting and emotional tale that will have readers coming back for more. I'm really looking forward to the next installment of the series I haven't read the previous books in the series but it's clear that the stories build on each other and I would strongly recommend starting from the beginning. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A fast-paced, action-packed, paranormal romance! She didn't know why being near him made the beast inside her go away, and she didn't care. She was Minka in his arms and a monster out of them. That was all that mattered to her. HER FIERCE WARRIOR by Paige Tyler is the fourth installment in the author's fast-paced, action-packed, paranormal X-Ops series. I can attest that this book can easily be enjoyed as a standalone, as it is the first one I've read from this series; Happily, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was never lost. However, it has whetted my appetite to catch up with the series, and I've added the previous books to my must-read-soon list. This is the story of special forces soldier Angelo and recently-turned shifter Minka. The author's X-OPS Series revolves around the Department of Covert Operations, a secret organization within the Department of Homeland Security. The said Department gets impossible missions done by pairing the very best soldiers, law enforcement officers and spies together with shifters—humans that possess special animal attributes in their DNA. The story's opener will have you on the edge of your seat as Minka is frantically running from the clutches of the sadistic scientists who had captured and tortured her with their cruel genetic experiments. In desperation, her beast had emerged and killed some of the men who had been in pursuit in southern Tajikistan. Then... special forces soldiers approach her. One of those soldiers is Angelo. He's huge but amaziningly her beast does not feel threatened. She and Angelo have sizzling chemistry almost from the moment they lay eyes on each other. Minka doesn't know who Angelo is - other than he's a soldier - nor does she know if she can trust him, but he's the only one that calms the killing beast within her and, deep down, she feels safe with him. Angelo only knows that she needs help. He recognizes that she's a shifter and should not be taken out. He's committed to getting her safely to the assistance she requires. However, even within the Department of Covert Operations, there are good guys and bad guys and crooked politics too. Expect an adrenaline-filled roller coaster ride and a twisted path as Minka navigates this new world with Angelo as her guide. I first discovered Paige's books via her SWAT series which I have literally inhaled. I'm thrilled to have found another series of hers that I can obsess about! HER FIERCE WARRIOR combines thrilling, action-riddled, extremely dangerous sequences with a passionate romance. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys breathtaking paranormal romances. I can't wait to delve into the next mission and, in the meantime, to play catch-up! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! 4 Wine Glasses!
It took Minka Pajari weeks of walking through a jungle to get close to home after being tortured for months in a lab she finally escaped from, a lab that had turned her into a monster. As she took a few minutes to rest, several men tried to attack her and the monster took over. Then she heard HIM and somehow her monster started to calm… This was a really good book. I really loved the instant connect and safety that Minka felt for Angelo and how he instantly became her protector. The book flowed really well and kept you completely immersed. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
This is a standalone story in the X-Ops series, with some continuing plot points from earlier novels in the series, including several character appearances. I didn't feel that I was missing any information when diving into this one (as it was my first read of the series) and it was easy to keep up with the story. I liked the mix of action scenes with a sexy romance. Minka is a confused woman who has been injected with stolen shifter DNA, making her a hybrid struggling to make sense of her new inner beast. Rescued by Angelo in Tajikistan where he is on a military tour, she finds a sense of safety with him that she desperately needs, resulting in him going with her back to the States as the investigation into what happened to her goes into full swing. Angelo is a caring man, a tough alpha male with a tender touch, and it's not surprising that they fall for each other, especially when put together under these difficult circumstances. The story moves along at a swift pace, and we get some sexy love scenes between the two as Angelo and Minka connect. There is mention of the horrible conditions Minka and other people were kept in, including their mistreatment, but it's not overly graphic and I was happy that it was overall quite low in angst. The plot was interesting, and I'm definitely planning to read more in the series, including catching up on the stories I've missed! 4 stars.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 3/4 I loved that Minka was so attached to Angelo from the moment they meet. And Angelo just rolled with the punches and did everything that he could to protect her. I really enjoyed reading Angelo and Minka’s story. Ms. Tyler does a great job of answering a few of the questions that have come up over the last few books. Even as she thickens the overall plot of the story. I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Spotlight Tour, Review & Giveaway: Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-4km Publication Date: March 1, 2016 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars REVIEW: I like that this series has a little twist to the shifter and hybrid genre in regards to their actual shifting. The storyline of secret labs is not knew however but it was well written and kept me reading. I appreciated that the author didn’t go over the top on Minka and her new reality. Not only being a shifter hybrid but given her upbringing, being around men in general. Angelo was the perfect hero for her with his strong but gentle patience and their relationship flowed well into a nice hot romance. A fun addition to an action packed series. *Review copy provided NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yes! Finally a lead in the hybrid case and who may (or may not) be behind it all. All thanks to Minka - a new hybrid that Angelo finds running for her life and terrified. Another very exciting, but not in a non-stop action way like some of the books are, story with lots of great moments of every sort. The development of this overall story arc was the best part of this book for me. Finally moving forward with some good solid information was great. Minka is super special - in a lot of ways. She's incredible smart and has a heart of gold. She is a bit of a delicate personality as well. Understandably terrified and confused about what has been done to her, she latches on to Angelo and doesn't let go (quite literally). He becomes her anchor, the one thing she needs to continue to be the person she knows she is. We've met Angelo here and there in the past books as one of Landon's ex-teammates. He's a great guy, but sometimes there just didn't seem to be much to him. I'm finding a hard time thinking of something about him that really stood out from all the other heroes. Incredibly protective towards Minka, they do make a cute couple. They have some adorable moments that you will just have to smile at - you won't be able to help yourself. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler is the 4th book in her X-Ops series. Angelo Rios is our hero, whom we got to meet previously, being a good friend to Ivy and Landon. While in Southern Tajikistan during their covert operations, Angelo and his Special Forces team comes across a wild woman, who is running for her life. The team kills her attackers, and capture her, Angelo sees the signs he discovered when he helped rescue Ivy; the red eyes, the claws on her hands; he knew they found another shifter hybrid. Minka, our heroine, is out of her mind with terror. She cannot control the beast inside her, and sees the men in front of her as enemies, until Angelo grabs hold of her and holds on. Minka slowly calms down, feeling safe with Angelo. But the minute he lets, the beast threatens to rise. Angelo has to leave his team, and head home to bring Minka to the DCO headquarters, since he is the only thing that will keep Minka calm. When ivy meets Minka, she is shocked and without a word she walks away. Ivy and Landon have kept Ivy’s kidnapping a secret to the X-Ops leaders, and now Ivy knows that the blood that was taken from her is being used to create shifter hybrids, just like her. It will be the team that she trusts, Landon, Angelo, Layla, Tanner, John and others who will end up working with Minka to find the scientists who are horribly changing people into hybrids. Saying too much more will be spoilers. But this was a very exciting, and romantic storyline. The slow build romance that will build between Minka and Angelo was wonderful, as well as steamy. I really loved how Minka learned to keep her beast under control, and step up to take an active role in helping find the villains. The adventure back to Tajikistan with many of team, was intense, exciting, and pulse pounding action. We learn a lot more about the DCO (Department of Covert Ops), as well as learning who the villains behind the making of hybrids. Paige Tyler does a fabulous job in giving us exciting thrilling stories in each book in this series, as well as wonderful couples. I loved Ivy and Landon, and now add Angelo and Minka to this great X-Ops team. Her Fierce Warrior was an edge of your seat story, with a bit of everything. If you have not read this series, I suggest you do so.
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆ Sexy Special Forces soldiers and ballsy shifter women that take names and give as good as they get highlight Paige Tyler's book, Her Fierce Warrior. This is an amazing series that just gets better with each new release. Ms. Tyler has created a secret government agency that pair shifters with a partner to accomplish covert missions. This series is filled with so many twist and convoluted turns, that you will find yourself wondering what is going on and saying WOW at the same time! Kidnapped and experimented on by two evil doctors/scientist, Minka does not know who to trust. She managed to escape, but for how long can she stay out of their grasp. When she is rescued by a Special Forces soldier, even her 'Monster' recognized that Angelo belongs to them, he is their Angel! For some reason her inner beast is calmed by his presence, his scent, and just thought of him soothes her. Can she trust this soldier, Angelo? Everything inside her says yes! He realized that she was a hybrid shifter, was scared and had been the focus of some locals that planned on raping her. Angelo’s first job was to calm her without getting himself killed or her injured. He had seen first hand what the evil monsters that created her were capable of! Calling on his former team leader, Landon Donovan, Angelo knew he would help him get her to safety and keep her safe. What Angelo had not counted on was the bonding that took place between him and Minka, the hybrid. Now he finds himself with her on his way to DC and in protector mode. She has become more than a mission! This is an excellent addition to my Mystery/Suspense/Paranormal Romance library! The way Ms. Paige developed her characters and dialogue is brilliant. Her storyline is enhanced with the use of the characters and their interaction with each other. I am blown away with this unique novel and how it evolved into something more! Cannot wait for the next release.
This may just be Corrigan’s best work to date! It caused me an epically fantastic sleepless night as I opened the book to read the first chapter before bed and ended up reading the entire novel in a single sitting. The plot was full of twists and turns, keeping me endlessly on my toes. The vivid descriptions made the action and romance easy to picture. Corrigan’s phenomenal world building, in all aspects of the story and pride, made this such a realistic and engaging experience for me. The intricacies with Corrigan’s cat shifters make the story even better. The differences between the royal and common shifters, who can and can’t take certain mates, and the interplay with the gods is so ingrained in the story. The complicated relationship between the main characters was one of a kind. I was completely caught up with them. I fell in love with Josh when we first met him earlier in the series but he really shone here. His mix of human and shifter attributes made him extra memorable. Seeing Mira come into her own, finally standing up for herself was remarkable. This couple really shone & captured my attention. Corrigan drew me in with her unforgettable characters, made my blood boil with the sizzling sex, and kept me coming back for more with the heartfelt storyline. This is one story that I’ll be reading time & time again and that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Paige Tyler opens with an intensity that will rock you as a young woman is desperate to survive, to run, but is lost and has no idea who can be trusted. When faced with the huge Special Ops soldier in front of her, her fight instinct slowly and miraculously dissipates as she touches him. Minka has been a lab rat, tortured and changed into a shifter at the hands of crazed scientists. Angelo becomes her protector, her personal hero, even his scent can calm her raging beast inside. Her beast has a mind of its own and any threat can bring it forward, claws and fangs bared but Angelo sees past all that and finds a terrified woman who makes his heart skip a beat. He will do anything to protect her, but will that be enough? Minka’s appearance raises many questions and there are those who will stop at nothing to get the answers… Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler is a less brutal and more romantic addition to her series, but still packs an intense punch that will fascinate those who enjoy paranormal suspense. Sure, there is still blood and violence, but it is toned down as several subplots come together and conflicts are resolved for previous characters. As always, Ms. Tyler gives us fully-developed characters that leap off the page with their believable portrayals. Who wouldn’t fall for a protective soldier with honor and a warm heart? Who wouldn’t want to help an abused and terrified heroine accept who she is and learn to trust and control her animal? And…who doesn’t like a romance that sizzles slowly into a full boil? I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review.
Read from February 11 to 12, 2016 Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS 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? X-Ops Series: Her Perfect Mate Her Lone Wolf Her Secret Agent Her Wild Hero Her Fierce Protector Praise for Paige Tyler's X-Ops series: "This series gets better and better.”-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars "Wow, just wow!”-Fresh Fiction My Thoughts Nice change to have the hero be the human and the heroine the paranormal entity, what worked for me the most was not only that Angelo had so much patience where Minka was concerned but so much respect for her as a human woman rather than focusing on her inhuman qualities like everyone else seemed prone to do. The gradual shift from protector to romantic interest was one that Angelo made with even more patience as well as with a speed that is standard in most PNR reads but no less enjoyable to me despite it being rather predictable If ever get the chance to read first 3 in series again will totally do so in a heartbeat, however book 4 worked fine as a stand alone for me as it's main focus was on Minka and Angelo. The new couple are great together and the hybrid/natural born shifter angle is a fantastic change of pace in this paranormal world that I am enjoying learning about. With every new book love author Paige Tyler’s style, and her writing has impressed me so far as I find myself having trouble deciding which is my favorite story and characters. Since I adore the Swat series by author Paige Tyler and even though this is the 4th book of the X-Ops series took a chance on reading it and was not surprised to find it was as good a story and characters as I expected. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
From the dramatic beginning to the explosive conclusion, HER FIERCE WARRIOR takes you on an unforgettable thrill ride! Angelo Rias couldn’t believe his eyes! His Special Forces team is in Tajikistan, and they witness something they shouldn’t have: a female hybrid is fighting for her life. There are not supposed to be any hybrids in this region of the world; hybrids are humans who have been artificially turned into shifters; they are unpredictable and dangerous. Only one hybrid has been able to make it until this woman: Minka Pajari; how will she fare? Minka is totally out of control, unless when in the presence of Angelo, for some reason. Angelo is human, but he has seen those hybrids before, having worked with the X-Ops team. Paige Tyler’s X-Ops is one of the best paranormal romance series around, and the author has upped the ante with HER FIERCE WARRIOR. The story arc, which began with the first book, continues and the excitement is mounting as new books come out. A new reader to the series will be able to easily follow as Ms. Tyler uses characters previously encountered to move the story along, as it involves just about everyone connected with the X-Ops. Angelo and Minka are equally appealing, and I thought their relationship unique and wonderful because it is based on mutual trust and respect. HER FIERCE WARRIOR is simply astonishing: the plot is intense, the action never lets up, secrets are revealed, and the cover-up for the hybrids project goes even deeper than previously suspected. And amidst all this mayhem blooms an exceptionally tender romance between Minka and Angelo. Paige Tyler has set the bar very high for the next instalment, but after the fabulous epilogue, I’m ready for the next book right now! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.