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Paige Tyler | Building the World of X-OPS

Her Perfect Mate
Paige Tyler




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X-OPS #1

May 2014
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Featuring: Ivy Halliwell; Landon Donovan
352 pages
ISBN: 1402292090
EAN: 9781402292095
Kindle: B00HUTVFXU
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Also by Paige Tyler:
Wolf Untamed, December 2020
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SEAL on a Mission, August 2020
Wolf Under Fire, June 2020
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Wolf Rebel, December 2019


My upcoming military/paranormal/romantic-suspense-thriller from Sourcebooks, HER PERFECT MATE (Book One of the X-OPS Series) is set within our own world in the current time.

In this series, the fictional Department of Covert Operations (DCO for short) is an ultra-secret government agency that pairs the very best soldiers, law enforcement officers, and spies together with shifters—humans that possess special animal attributes, like claws, fangs, fast reflexes, speed, endurance, and heightened senses.

Humans and even animals as different from us a mice share a tremendous amount of DNA (something like an 80% match). Each have about the same number of genes, and it’s only a relative small number of genes that make us unique. For example, both humans and mice have a gene for a tail. In mice, it’s turned on. In humans, it’s turned off. This is how shifters exist in the world I created. They simply have certain animal-specific traits that are turned on—like claws, fangs, muscular strength, etc.). These shifters hide themselves in our world, rarely even knowing that others of their kind exist, and doing everything they can to keep their secret from the rest of society.

The DCO stumbled over a shifter early in its history and has been looking for those who might have useful traits ever since. But even though the shifters, working with their "norm" partners, do amazing work on impossible missions, they aren't trusted by everyone at the DCO. They’re labeled as Extremely Valuable Assets to make sure they know they’re viewed as nothing more than tools, weapons, and a means to an end. Even their own partners are trained to carry out the DCO's prime directive—eliminate your shifter partner if it appears he or she is about to be captured or compromised.

The DCO started with the best of intentions—to create a fast, small, covert organization that isn't entangled in the bureaucracy and petty in-fighting that keeps other covert organizations from doing what needs to be done. But the power to run this kind of organization rests in the hands of a very elite few. As the series progresses, the operatives who risk their lives fighting enemies that few even know exist soon learn that the worst enemy they may have to face is one of their own.


He's a High-Octane Special Ops Pro

When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is chosen for an assignment with the Department of Covert Operations, he's stunned to find his new partner is a beautiful woman who looks like she couldn't hurt a fly, never mind take down a terrorist.

She's No Kitten

Ivy Halliwell isn't your average covert op. She's a feline shifter, and more dangerous than she looks. Her feline DNA means she can literally bring out the claws when things get dicey. She's worked with a string of hotheaded military guys who've underestimated her special skills in the past. But when she's partnered with special agent Donovan, a man sexy enough to make any girl purr, things begin to heat up. He doesn't think she's a freak-and he's smokin' hot. Soon they're facing a threat even greater than anyone imagines...and an animal magnetism impossible to ignore.


The four newcomers sat down, the pro-wrestler lookalike sitting across from Landon.

“Was Foley filling your head with lies about Ivy?” asked the dark-haired one with blue eyes and a neatly trimmed beard and mustache.

“He tried to,” Landon said. “I didn’t buy what he was selling.”

The bearded man nodded. “Good. Because he’s full of shit. Ivy’s one of the best operatives at the DCO, and if Foley wasn’t such an asshole, he’d realize that. I’m Tate Evers, by the way.” He nodded at the two men sitting next to Landon on each side. “That’s Brent Wilkins and Gavin Barlow. And this big guy”—he jerked his thumb at the pro wrestler—“is Declan MacBride. He’s the EVA part of our team.”

Landon looked at the big blond man. He couldn’t imagine him growing claws and scaling a wall. “EVA?”

“No one told you what that stands for yet? I’m not surprised.” Tate snorted. “The DCO always does a lousy job of explaining stuff. EVA is short for extremely valuable asset.”

Asset. As if the DCO didn’t think of Ivy and Declan as people. Landon swung his gaze back to Declan. “You can do what Ivy does?”

Declan laughed. “Not on a good day.”

Tate grinned. “Declan’s skills are different than Ivy’s. You two didn’t have the talk yet, huh?”

The talk? That sounded ominous. “Apparently not.”

“Then I won’t be the one to steal her thunder. After this morning’s training, I’m sure you’ve already figured out she’s special, right?”


All four men regarded him thoughtfully, but once again, it was Tate who spoke.

“Look, you’re going to run into people like Foley who’ll tell you people like Declan and Ivy are freaks. That’s bullshit. She and Declan and people like them aren’t any different than you, me, Brent, and Gavin. They just have special skills that make them unique. Regardless of what Foley told you, you can trust Ivy to have your back. And she needs to know she can trust you in return.”

“She can,” Landon said without hesitation. That was a given, regardless of what happened with her previous partners.

“Good,” Tate said. “Because in this job, both your lives depend on it.”


"An absolutely perfect story-one I honestly couldn't put down. One of the best books I've read in years. I hope this is the beginning of a very long series, because I definitely want more of Paige Tyler's shifters." - Kate Douglas, author of the bestselling Wolf Tales and Spirit Wild series

"A wild, hot, and sexy ride from beginning to end! I loved it!" - Terry Spear, USA Today bestselling author of A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing

"Once I began, the outside world ceased to exist. It's exciting and fast paced." - Paranormal Kiss

"I love a good paranormal romance and this series has started off with a bang!" - Hopeless in Literature Reviews

Comment to win your own copy of HER PERFECT MATE.




21 comments posted.

Re: Paige Tyler | Building the World of X-OPS

The book sounds interesting. Sort of reminds me of the xmen in terms of how the government views them.
(Pam Howell 7:52am May 15, 2014)

I can't say I've ever read a book with this paricular genre
before, but I'm very anxious to give it a try, since you've
peaked my interest with your excerpt. The reviews couldn't
be better, and the cover is really well done, too!!
Congratulations on what I'm sure is going to be a red-hot
(Peggy Roberson 9:31am May 15, 2014)

I really like shifter book, this sounds like a great twist on
them, I'd love to read it.
(Jen Barnard 10:02am May 15, 2014)

This will be a new way of looking at shifters. I like that
you put them in the positive. "Sherrilyn Kenyon's" series
has them in a positive view and I love that series. I have
read a few that by the time I have gotten to the 5th chapter
I get rid of the book because it just is really bad
characters with shifters as freaks. This makes the writing
not interesting to me and the book dull. I also like the
military aspect you have infused in the book. Will be
exciting to read. Thank you.
(Tina Ullrich 12:05pm May 15, 2014)

Love shifter books... the X-OPS Series sounds like it will be really good... have this book down on my want list!
(Colleen Conklin 12:48pm May 15, 2014)

Love books with military men/Gmen! Hubby was Army, and while he was
only in for a few years, certain things stuck with him.
(Michelle Schafer 5:14pm May 15, 2014)

Pam - Yes!

Peggy - Thanks so much! If you pick it up, let me know how
you like it!

Jen- Thanks so much! Hope you'll pick it up!

Tina - The shifters are definitely the stars of the series,
along with their human mates!

Colleen - Yay! Let me know how you like it!

L - Thanks!

Michelle - Yes! Gotta love a man in uniform!

(Paige Tyler 9:10pm May 15, 2014)

This sounds like a really interesting series of books. I
look forward to reading it.
(Janie McGaugh 10:49pm May 15, 2014)

I love the premise of this book and series! If the blurb and
the cover hadn't already convinced me I want to read it, the
excerpts I've read on your tour would have. On my wish list!
(Glenda Martillotti 10:55pm May 15, 2014)

I love reading a book about the hero in special forces! This sounds like one I would love to read!!
(Bonnie Capuano 6:53am May 16, 2014)

Landon and Ivy, WOW! Sounds like they pack a punch together. I like the idea of a unique talent, cat claws for Ivy working with a hot, Special Forces military by the book man. I can see some rocky roads ahead.
I loved the Dark Angel series many years back. Special abilities, shifters works for me works for me!
(Laurie Gommermann 7:20am May 16, 2014)

i love the shape shifters romance books i will have to check
this one out sounds really good
(Denise Smith 10:30am May 16, 2014)

This sounds very intriguing . I love thrillers and romance.
(Julie Duffy 11:21am May 16, 2014)

I love books like this! Can't wait to read it. I love that
the heroine is a wimp
(Tina Meissinger 11:45am May 16, 2014)

Sounds steamy!
(Maria Proctor 11:54am May 16, 2014)

love paranormal romance
(Tina Lechuga 1:05pm May 16, 2014)

This sounds like such a fun, sexy read! Can't wait to get my
hands on it!! :D
(Michelle Brown 2:20pm May 16, 2014)

I have read all of your other books and really enjoyed them. This one is on my
TBR list. I like the cover.
(Joy Isley 5:37pm May 16, 2014)

Sounds like a book I would enjoy! I love men in military uniform!
(Patricia Cochran 5:46pm May 16, 2014)

Janie - Thank you!

Glenda - Yay! Let me know how you like it!

Bonnie - Yay! Hope you'll pick it up!

Laurie - Yay! Love it! Hope you'll pick it up!

Denise - Thank you!

Julie - Thanks!

Tina - I don't like wimpy heroines, either. Hope you'll
pick it up!

Maria - It is!

Tina - Me, too! Hope you'll pick it up!

Michelle - Yay! Let me now how you like it!

Joy - Yay! So glad to hear that! Let me know how you like

Patricia - Me, too! Hope you'll check it out!

Elaine - Yes!

(Paige Tyler 7:26pm May 25, 2014)

sounds good
(Brenda Hook 1:52am June 1, 2014)

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