Her Dark Half: X-Ops, Book 7

Paige Tyler. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-1-4926-4240-4

In Tyler’s intense seventh X-Ops paranormal romantic thriller (after Her True Match), new partners wrangle simmering passions and trust issues as political machinations and nefarious ambitions intensify the treachery and danger. Trevor Maxwell, a coyote shape-shifter and an operative for the U.S. Department of Covert Operations (DCO), has been unofficially trying to uncover who was responsible for murdering the DCO’s previous director. Former CIA agent Alina Bosch, the DCO’s newest operative, is skilled at finding traitors, though she has been unable to identify the person who betrayed her former team. The DCO leaders pair up Trevor and Alina and assign them to track down some rogue shifters—and also ask Alina to spy on Trevor. The two begin to connect both professionally and personally, but shocking surprises and deadly violence interfere. The romance often takes a back seat to the suspense and action in this full-throttle thriller. A final revelation will keep readers eager for the next book. Agent: Bob Mecoy, Creative Book Services. (Sept.)