"I expected great and I got awesome!"
Reviewed by Monique Daoust
Posted August 10, 2015
Romance Paranormal | Novella / Short Story
Travis Dalton has been in the Army Special Forces for years
and he is pondering his future. His friend Jon Rudnick
offers him a position in his fledgling private security
business, GAPS -- Guardian Angel Protection Services. Still
unsure, Travis decides to think it over while taking a walk;
that's when he hears what sounds like a fight. His training
kicks in, and he goes to see what's happening and help if he
can. Travis is taking care of the bad guys as best as he can
when he spots a glamazon who enters the battle with
lightning speed and sends men flying left and right. And
then Travis sees that the beautiful woman and one of her
adversaries have fangs, claws, and glowing eyes!
HER SPECIAL ALPHA is Paige Tyler's contribution to the
crossover HOT SEALs Kindle Worlds, and Ms. Tyler packs a
punch like never before! HER SPECIAL ALPHA starts with some
of the most exciting action scenes I have ever read, and
they're so vividly described I almost felt I was watching
something out of The Matrix movies. The glamazon,
Eden Bristow, works for Homeland Security, and is one of
those brilliant female characters Ms. Tyler writes so well.
Eden is tough, perfectly trained, yet feminine.
I love how the relationship progressed between Eden and
Travis: their friendly and flirty banter, their respect for
each other, and the genuine affection they have for each
other. Travis is in awe of Eden's prowess; he is neither
threatened by her, nor by her being a shifter. Ms. Tyler's
crisp yet smooth writing style is tinged with more humour
than we're used to. I am amazed at how much background the
author includes, how complete a story HER SPECIAL ALPHA is;
the limited space of a novella doesn't stop Ms. Tyler from
giving us an exceptionally tightly plotted book, superb
character development, emotions, and a whole lot of action
and true love!
One dares hope that we will see more of GAPS because the
concept is genius. HER SPECIAL ALPHA is another smashing
addition to Ms. Tyler's splendid X-OPS series. I
expected great and I got awesome!
For the first time in her life, she's getting a chance to
know what itâ€™s like to be with man who totally accepts
for who she isâ€¦
Former Army Special Forces soldier Travis Dalton is
considering taking a job at a friendâ€™s private security
company when he steps into the middle of what looks like
mugging. But then things get really bizarre when a
beautiful woman shows up with fangs flashing and claws on
the tips of her fingers. Suddenly Travis finds himself
thrust into the mysterious world of the Department of
Covert Operations, a super-secret division of Homeland
Security, a world where sometimes bad guys do more than
shoot youâ€”sometimes they tear you to shreds.
Eden Bristow is in Virginia Beach for her sisterâ€™s
A feline shifter and covert agent with the DCO, she canâ€™t
help noticing how good Travis is at guarding her backâ€”and
turning her on. She hasnâ€™t had a lot of luck with guys,
once they get a look at her fangs and claws. But Travis
doesnâ€™t seem to have a problem with her shifter
and Eden is ready to make up for lost time.
But one little thing is getting in the way of their
romanceâ€”a gang of bad guys, and the wolf shifter leading
them, who seem determined to kill her future brother-in-
and ruin her sisterâ€™s upcoming wedding. Will Eden need to
call in for DCO backup, or will she find all the help she
needs much closer at handâ€”like in her bed?
ExcerptHe checked the gun as he ran, dropping the magazine into
the palm of his other hand to make sure it was full. Heâ€™d
be screwed if he caught up with the bad guys only to find
out the weapon was empty. Not only would that be
embarrassing, but painful, too. Luckily, it was loaded.
He slammed the magazine back in, lifting his head just in
time to catch sight of the three men a hundred yards in
front of him. They slipped in and out of the dim lights
coming from the various restaurants and businesses lining
the alley. Clearly, they hadnâ€™t expected anyone to follow
them because they werenâ€™t moving very fast. He might just
catch up to them, after all. Admittedly, one of him
against three of them wasnâ€™t the best math in the world,
but he was the one whoâ€™d decided to chase after them.
What did he expect?
Hand tightening around the pistolâ€™s grip, he sped up, his
boots echoing in the alley as he raced down it at warp
speed. At least it seemed like warp speed until Ninja
Girl ran past him like he was standing still. Holy crap,
she was fast. Speed like that might have left a guy with
less self-esteem with a few inferiority issues, but
fortunately, lack of self-esteem had never been a problem
Up ahead, Big Guy suddenly stopped and spun around to
face them. Travis swore and ran faster. Ninja Girl was
closing in on Big Guy at breakneck speed. She was going
to get herself shot for sure.
But Big Guy didnâ€™t pull out a gun. Instead, he spread his
arms and legs wide like he was daring Ninja Girl to bring
it. Then he roared.
The sound was so animalistic and primal it made the hair
on the back Travisâ€™s neck stand on end. Any sane person
probably would have turned and run the other way. But
Travis always thought he had to have a couple screws
loose to be a Special Forces soldier. So he kept charging
forward even though the manâ€™s roar hit him with an almost
Then things got really weird.
At first, Travis thought it was the near darkness in the
alley playing tricks on him because he could have sworn
Big Guyâ€™s eyes were glowing gold and his teeth were
suddenly frigging huge. But as Travis got closer, he
realized he wasnâ€™t seeing things. Big Guy really did have
a mouth full of enormous f**king teeth that hadnâ€™t been
there before, including two fangs that protruded almost
an inch past his lower lip. And if that wasnâ€™t completely
freaky beyond all possible definitions of the word, the
guyâ€™s fingertips now ended in long straight claws that
looked like something out of a horror movie.
Travis expected Ninja Girl to slam on the brakes, whirl
around, and run screaming. He lifted his pistol and aimed
it at Big Guy, ready to cover her escape, but she never
even slowed down. Instead she let out a high-pitched
growl of her own and went in swinging, spinning, and
That was when Travis realized Big Guy wasnâ€™t the only one
with fangs and claws. Ninja Girl had a matching set,
except hers were sharper, and more curved. And oh yeah,
her eyes were glowing green instead of yellow.
There were two people with fangs, claws, and glowing
f**king eyes fighting like animals right in front of him,
so slowing down would probably have been the intelligent
thing to do. But there was a woman fighting a man who
outweighed her by more than a hundred pounds. Ninja Girl
might have more speed than a Ferrari, but Big Guy didnâ€™t
seem fazed by her speed, not even when her curved claws
slashed right through his T-shirt to scratch his chest.
He simply kept raking at her with his claws. Something
told Travis that if Big Guy landed one of his blows,
Ninja Girl wasnâ€™t going to be able to shake it off quite
Travis stopped and aimed his gun at Big Guy, but he and
Ninja Girl were moving too fast to get a clear shot. He
swore. The hell with it. Taking a deep breath, he ran
toward them at a flat-out sprint.
â€śIncoming!â€ť he shouted.
God, he hoped this didnâ€™t end in disaster. Because if
Ninja Girl didnâ€™t move, he was going to end up hitting
her. But thankfully, she spun to the side just in time
for Travis to lower his shoulder and slam it into Big
Guyâ€™s chest. The move caught the freaky guy with the
glowing yellow eyes completely by surprise and he flew
backward, landing on his ass. Travis immediately jumped
to his feet and leveled his gun at Big Guyâ€™s head.
Travis might have gloated a little if he hadnâ€™t heard the
distinctive metal-on-metal clack that was as familiar to
him as a babyâ€™s cry to its mother. That was the sound of
the bolt closing on an M16 and loading a round into the
Travis lifted his head just in time to see the two
remaining bad guys standing ten feet away, matching
assault rifles in their hands.
Travis spun around to get Ninja Girl to safety, but she
was already running for cover of the nearest building.
Two weapons on full automatic chewed up the ground around
them as Travis wrapped his arms protectively around her
and got them both out of the line of fire. They hit the
ground hard, rolling once to reach safety. But even as
they flattened themselves to the dirt, a hail of bullets
smashed into the wall around them, and Travis yanked her
closer to his chest.
Fragments from the brick building beside them covered his
back, and his ears were ringing by the time the shooting
stopped. Travis had been shot at enough times in battle
to know better than to poke his head out for a look-see,
though. That would only get it shot off.
Even after tires squealed on asphalt and he knew the bad
guys had left, he stayed where he was, hugging Ninja Girl
close to his body. Not because he thought they were in
danger any longer, but because she felt exceedingly nice
there. If she wasnâ€™t going to complain, neither was he.
Hell, heâ€™d be fine with her staying there all night.
After a few moments, she stirred on his chest, twisting
around to look at him. Her fangs were still out and her
eyes had that amazing green-thing going on, but a second
later, both slowly disappeared. Bummer. Heâ€™d never seen a
woman with fangs before, but he had to admit they looked
good on her.
Travis was still gazing into her now blue eyesâ€”which were
just as devastating even without the glowâ€”when she arched
a brow and gave him a questioning look.
â€śSo, do you tackle all the girls you meet, or am I
special?â€ť she asked in the sexiest voice heâ€™d ever heard.
Oh, youâ€™re special all right, he mused to himself as she
gracefully got to her feet and looked down the alley in
the direction the heavily armed men had vanished. Very
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