Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

Overview
Her Perfect Mate (X-Ops, #1) by Paige Tyler

Title: Her Perfect Mate
Author: Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal romance, Romantic suspense, Shapeshifters
Dates read: 28th March – 3rd April 2021
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Year: 2014
5th sentence, 74th page: “Yeah?” Clayne snorted.

Synopsis

HE’S A HIGH-OCTANE
SPECIAL OPS PRO
When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is pulled from an op in Afghanistan, he is surprised to discover he’s been hand-picked for a special assignment with the Department of Covert Operations (DCO), a secret division he’s never heard of. Terrorists are kidnapping biologists and he and his partner have to stop them. But his new partner is a beautiful, sexy womn who looks like she couldn’t hurt a fly – never mind take down a terrorist.

SHE’S NOT YOUR AVERAGE
COVERT OPERATIVE
Ivy Halliwell is no kitten. She’s a feline shifter, and more dangerous than she looks. 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…

Thoughts

This was a very fast-paced and high-octane romance. It was enjoyable, intriguing and quite intense. Not just for the great love story that is in place, but also for the multitude of action-packed adventures and moments that fill the pages. I was expecting this from the series name and the prequel, Her Secret Agent. But it was still far more intense than I had expected.

There were lots of hints at the political and social turmoil that is probably going to characterise this series in Her Secret Agent. But Her Perfect Mate does this so much better. There are so many moments of intensity and horrible feelings throughout. In fact, it feels a lot like this was the opening battle in a war to come. After all, this is beginning of an eight-book series, and there is so much potential moving forwards… I can’t wait to see how this evolves.

There is nothing I like better than a romance in which two characters bring their past issues to the table. And then figure out a way to accept them and work around them. Instead of pretending that no one has baggage, the baggage is all out there. In the case of this story, I love how Landon meets Ivy and just takes her hostility in his stride. His easy acceptance and ability to just roll with whatever she throws at him is kind of beautiful and most definitely sweet. It makes it all that much more meaningful when they both succumb to their feelings.

I love all of the characters in this novel, and I’m really hoping that some of the future novels feature more of Landon’s unit. They are such a great, humorous, and loyal group, so I desperately want to see more of them. It was impossible not to fall in love with this story and I can’t wait to buy more of this series and see where Tyler’s fantastic world building and romances take me!

<- Her Secret AgentHer Lone Wolf ->

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Moonlight Serenade

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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Moonlight Serenade

Duration: May 1 – 31

Rules
Complete at least two tasks to get the vampire heart
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
No minimum page count

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1. May is a month known for change. Listen to an audio book released in May of any year or where the MC has a big change in their life
2. The Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931. Listen to an audio book with a tall building on the cover
3. Cinco de Mayo is the 5th of May and celebrates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French in 1862. Listen to a book published on the 5th of any month/year.
4. Mother’s Day is celebrated in the month of May. Listen to an audio book where the MC is a mother or a strong female character you would like to be your mother.
5. Back in the day in Europe, May was celebrated with a Maypole.
A long pole with flowers, garland and strips of fabric attached to it. Listen to an audio book set in Europe or with flowers on the cover
6. Memorial Day is also celebrated in May. Listen to an audio book that has a military or warrior character that died.

BONUS: May’s Full Moon is the Flower Moon and will occur on May 26th this year. It will be a super moon and coincides with a Lunar Eclipse. Listen to a book with a moon on the cover.

Night Spawn Bingo May 2021

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 9
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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Welcome to Night Spawn BINGO. Each month a new BINGO game will be posted with new tasks to complete. Get three in a row (Horizontal, Vertical, or Diagonal) to receive your Vampire Heart.

Rules:
Complete three tasks to get the vampire heart
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
No minimum page count
One book per task

Top Row:

Character who has Fangs~ 
Title beginning with any letter in DRACULA~ 
Character uses a Stake, Holy Water, Garlic, or Crucifix ~

Middle Row:

MC is a Vampire Hunter/Huntress~ 
Blood on the Cover ~ 
MPG of Vampire ~

Bottom Row:

Character can not walk in Sunlight~ 
With a Master Vampire ~ 
Bat(s) on Cover ~

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Funko Vamps May 2021

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 6
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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Funko Vamps
Collect a Funko Vamp each month by completing at least 2 tasks from a set of 6.
A new set of tasks with a new Funko Vamp will be posted each month.

The dolls you collect will be in your Vampire Heart thread. Don’t have a thread? You can still do the challenge if you want 🙂

Rules
Complete at least two tasks to get the vampire heart
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
No minimum page count
One book per task

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Read a book with an evil character
Read a book with vampires
Read a book that has been made into a comic/movie/tv show
Read a book with ghosts
Read a book with tagged fantasy
Read a book during the day

May Monthly Challenge 2021

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 10
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

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Duration:
Starts: May 1
Ends: May 31

How It Works
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. So pick which level you want to do and that’s how many items you will need to check off.

Levels:
Transitional – 2 books
Fledgling – 4 books
Vampire – 6 books
Master – 8 books
Vampire King or Queen – 10 books

Black Eyed Susan

The Black Eyed Susan represents justice. These flowers can also stand for encouragement and motivation.
Read a book …
1. With a character who works in the justice system (Police Officer, Lawyer, Judge, Military) OR
2. Where a character gives advice or comfort to another.

Calla lilies represent magnificence and beauty. They also can symbolize purity and innocence and are often used in wedding bouquets.
Read a book…
1. With a colorful or artistic cover OR
2. Where a wedding takes place.

Pink Carnation

A pink carnation stands for the love of a mother or woman
Read a book…
1. With a mother in the story OR
2. Tagged Family

Daffodil

Daffodils symbolize chivalry and regard. They can also represent rebirth, eternal life, and new beginnings. Daffodils may also represent unrequited love.
Read a book…
1. With an Immortal character OR
2. Where a character is starting over in a new town/city

Daisy

A daisy represents purity and innocence and conveys a loyal love.
Read a book…
1. Read a book with children in the storyline OR
2. With a flower on the cover or in the title

Delphinium

Delphinium represents big-heartedness, lightness, fun, and levity.
Read a book…
1. Tagged humor OR
2. With a character who is sarcastic/witty

Gladiolus

These beautiful flowers represent the strength of character, faithfulness, and honor.
Read a book…
1. With a character you would describe as honorable OR
2. With an author whose first or last initial is found in GLADIOLUS

Rose

Red roses are an expression of love, longing, and desire.
Read a book…
1. Tagged Romance or Erotica OR
2. With red, pink, yellow, white, or black on the cover

Poppy

Poppies are a symbol of sleep, peace, and death.
Read a book…
1. With a secondary character who dies in the story OR
2. With a character that represents Death (Example: Grim Reaper)

Snapdragon

Snapdragon flowers represent strength and graciousness.
Read a book…
1. Read a book with a physically strong character OR
2. With a title beginning with any letter in SNAPDRAGON

Mothers in Literature Spell Challenge

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 9
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection

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May 2021 Spell Challenge- Beloved Mothers in Literature
Duration: May 1- May 31, 2021

To go along with Suzanne’s scavenger challenge this month, choose one or more of these words to spell out in May. You may use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title (excluding A, An and The) OR the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used).

**Note: Any word inside (parenthesis) may be spelled on its own if you want a shorter name or phrase. So, for example, (Aibileen) (Clark), you could choose to spell Aibileen, or Clark, or Aibileen Clark. For “Anne of (Green Gables)” you may spell Green Gables or Anne of Green Gables – you may NOT choose to just spell Anne.

(Aibileen) (Clark)
(Caroline) (Ingalls)
(Clara) (del Valle) (Trueba)
(Marilla) (Cuthbert)
(Marmee) (March)
(Molly) (Weasley)
(Vianne) (Rocher)

The Help
(Little House) on the Prairie
House of Spirits
Anne of (Green Gables)
Little Women
Harry Potter
Chocolat

(Kathryn) (Stockett)
(Laura) (Ingalls) (Wilder)
(Isabel) (Allende)
Lucy Maud (Montgomery)
(Louisa) May (Alcott)
J.K. (Rowling)
(Joanne) (Harris)

Adoptive
Brave
Calming
Couragous
Education
Family
Grace
Gentle
Matriarch
Mother
Service
Spirit
Strong

CHALLENGE RULES:
See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting a challenge template. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses.

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged 🙂 Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ You may use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title (excluding A, An and The) or the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used).
-In the case of a hyphenated first or last name (i.e. Sarah-Kate LynchKate E. Dyer-Seeley), the first letter of the hyphenated name may be used (not the second initial directly following the hyphen).
-If an author uses what appears to be “two last names” (usually a female author using her maiden name and then her married last name; i.e. Kathy Hogan Trocheck), the last initial of the two names counts since the maiden name is now serving in the place of a “middle” name.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task.
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to book title or author

♦ If you want the challenge moderator to verify your books as you post updates, please copy/paste your update into a new message . If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. We don’t have time to scroll back through the entire thread looking for “message #15,” or to follow links back to an original post.

♦ If you use books that are in a language other than English, please translate those titles into English for the purposes of this challenge, unless you plan to use that language for the entire challenge. If you do use another language for the whole challenge, please remember that the translations of exempt words/phrases — for example, A, An and The in this challenge — would be exempt as well.

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

Mothers in Literature Scavenger Challenge

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection

May 2021 Scavenger Challenge : Beloved Mothers in Literature
Duration: May 1 – 31, 2021

In honor of Mother’s Day, we take a look at mothers who we remember fondly from our books past and present.

1. Margaret “Marmee” MarchLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
The March family’s tenderhearted matriarch teaches her four daughters the value of thoughtful speech, a tireless work ethic, and compassionate service to others through her own actions. She corrects her daughters’ mistakes gently and without judgment, mans the home front while her husband is away at war without complaint, and generously shares her family’s own limited resources with those more in need. She’s the picture of strength in trial and grace under pressure.
🥰 Read a book originally published in March of any year; tell us when OR read a book in which mother is in charge of the family during father’s absence (i.e. war, death, desertion, severe illness); tell us why OR (re-)read Little Women.

2. Molly WeasleyHarry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
While her seven children bemoan the personalized sweaters she knits for them each Christmas, the gesture only grows our fondness for the magical matron. Her warmth extends beyond her own charges to Harry himself, including him in holiday celebrations and Diagon Alley shopping trips. Her fiery spirit shines brightest when she joins the Order of the Phoenix and defends her daughter Ginny at the Battle of Hogwarts.
🥰 (Re-)read any book in the Harry Potter series OR read a book with a mother who has magical or paranormal powers; tell us who and what her powers are OR read a book that features a large family (at least 6 children); tell us the family composition.

3. Ma (Caroline) IngallsLittle House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
When it comes to a literary mother who embodies strength, it’s hard to outperform Caroline Ingalls. Along with her husband, she moves her family from a little log cabin in Wisconsin across the plains to Kansas, then to Minnesota, and then again to the Dakota Territory. She navigates the struggles of pioneer life, from harsh winters to limited resources, with grace, working hard to make their home a safe haven.
🥰 Read a book whose title contains the word “LITTLE” or “PRAIRIE” (reasonable variations acceptable – i.e. Littlest, Prairies) OR read a book set during pioneer times (~1760 – 1850); tell us when OR read a book with a covered wagon on its cover; remember to post the cover.

4. Marilla CuthbertAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Marilla is one of the most devoted adoptive mothers we know. She and her brother Matthew had been expecting a young boy to help around the farm, but instead they find themselves saddled with an incorrigibly optimistic orphan named Anne. While Marilla at first seems practical to the point of being hard-hearted, she proves herself a nurturing (and beloved) mother to Anne, even if she wasn’t a huge fan of red-headed Anne Shirley from the get-go.
🥰 Read a book that takes place anywhere in Canada (bonus for PEI); tell us where OR read a book whose MC is an orphan OR read a book whose author’s first name is Anne (Ann or other reasonable spellings are acceptable; however, Anna is not).

5. Clara del Valle TruebaThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Clara the Clairvoyant is the magical matriarch of the Trueba family. The mother of Blanca, Jaime, and Nícolas, she is as mysterious as she is constant. Clara can predict the future, communicate with spirits, and read dreams, and she has telekinetic power accompanied by a strong disregard for material things. She brings joy to the Trueba family, and grounds it (which is ironic since she levitates) with her love and predictions, and her powers reflect a woman’s determination to exist and to affect the world around her.
🥰 Read any of the books in the Del Valle Family trilogy (Daughter of FortunePortrait in Sepia, or The House of the Spirits) OR read a book that is a family saga (covers at least 50 years and three generations) OR read a book by any Latin American author; make sure to post an author link.

6. Aibileen ClarkThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
In The Help, the maids talk about how much they love the children that they raise. Aibileen knows that eventually she will have to leave the babies that she raises but that doesn’t stop her from loving them as any mother would. In some cases, she loves them even more than their own parents. She always tells her charges, “You is smart, you is kind, you is important.”
🥰 Read any book featuring a nanny or governess; tell us who OR (re-)read The Help OR read a book that takes place in Deep South (South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana); tell us where.

7. Vianne RocherChocolat by Joanne Harris
Vianne spends her time traveling, making chocolate, and attempting to help people. The keyword is “attempt;” while Vianne manages in her first book, in The Girl With No Shadow reality catches up to her. She starts to deny magic for her children’s sake, but her daughter Anouk won’t have any of that. Vianne as a mother is constantly in motion, trying to do what’s best but not always succeeding. It makes her relatable and sympathetic.
🥰 Read a book that involves chocolate as a major theme; tell us how OR read a book that takes place anywhere in France OR (re-)read any of the books in the Chocolat series (ChocolatThe Girl with No Shadow, or Peaches for Father Francis).

To read about more beloved mothers:
Southern Living
Cityline
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble

Happiness is Between the Pages of a Book

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 3
Hosted by: Bookworm Bitches

May 2021: Happiness is between the pages of a book
Duration: 5/1/2021-5/31/2021

There are 3 tasks, you only need to read three books to finish this challenge. Or pick one task and read 3 books for that one task.

1. Read an author or genre that makes you happy
2. Read a light-hearted book
3. Read a book with a bright cover

Rules
~Books must be read during the selected time period.
~Post the date you finished the book.
~All books read for challenges can be used for more than one challenge.
~Books can be either Fiction or Non Fiction. Your choice.
~At the end of the challenge, it will be closed for commenting and moved to the archives folder
~Use the add book/author tool to tag your book within your challenge.

May Flowers

Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2021
Number of books: 6
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession

May Flowers
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Duration
May 1st – 31st 2021

Rules
Complete at least 2 tasks to get the heart
No minimum page count
All genres welcome
Rereads welcome
A different book must be used for each task

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1. Read a book with flowers or trees on the cover
2. Read a book released in May of any year
3. Read a book with a male main character
4. Read a book with a witch or other magic user main character
5. Read a book that begins with a letter in “Lily of the Valley”
6. Read a book by an author whose first initial can be found in “Gardenias”

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March 2021 Reading List

Freebie: March 2019 Desktop Wallpapers - Every-Tuesday

March was an intense month – I started a new job and went from doing 7 hours a week to full time. I was also trying to keep up my training, my reading and my study. It was a good, solid, busy month. One in which I also became an Aunt twice. 🙂

Poems

Series

Short story collections

Standalones – Novels

Standalones – Novellas

Standalones – Short stories

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