Her Perfect Mate

Her Perfect Mate

by Paige Tyler

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"Absolutely perfect. One of the best books I've read in years. I definitely want more of Paige Tyler's shifters."-Kate Douglas, bestselling author of the Wolf Tales series

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 woman 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...

X-Ops Series
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)

More praise for Her Perfect Mate:
"A wild, hot, and sexy ride. I loved it!"-Terry Spear, USA Today bestselling author of A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing
"Her Perfect Mate...is one hell of an adventure."-Night Owl Reviews, 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402292101
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: X-Ops , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 9,083
File size: 974 KB

About the Author

Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. Paige writes books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines they fall in love with. She lives with her very own military hero (a.k.a. her husband) and their adorable dog on the beautiful Florida coast. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com

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Grozny, Chechen Republic

Ivy Halliwell studied the dilapidated warehouses across the street, her eyes narrowing in the darkness. Casualties of a decades-long war, the buildings were mere burned-out husks of their former glory. Not to mention the perfect setting for an ambush. She scanned the broken windows and overgrown landscape. There wasn't anyone in sight, but that didn't mean someone wasn't hiding somewhere. She sniffed the air, trying to pick up a scent, but all she could smell was the sickening exhaust from the crappy rental car's idling engine.

She glanced at her partner. "I know you don't care what I think, but something's off about this."

Dave snorted. "Why? Because your Spidey senses are tingling again?"

Her feline intuition-the one that told her danger was lurking in those warehouses-wasn't one of her recognized skills, so Dave didn't put much stock in it. No, check that. Dave didn't put much stock in her, period. He didn't like working with her kind.

God, she was so sick of his attitude.

"I'm not asking you to trust my instincts because I know you won't. Going in there without checking the place out first is beyond stupid. It's dangerous."

He pulled into an alley between two abandoned buildings, put the small car in park, and opened the door. "That's your professional opinion, based on years of field experience, right?"

She got out and followed him to the back of the car. "It's a good idea to be a little cautious on this one, okay?"

Dave checked the magazine in his .40-caliber automatic, then shoved the weapon back in its holster. "If I want an opinion on what kind of cat food to buy for my ex-wife's tabby, I'll ask a freak like you. Until then, do us both a favor and keep your mouth shut."

Ivy clenched her jaw to keep from growling. Literally. She was so close to losing her cool and ripping her partner a new one. But a rat-infested street in the middle of a dangerous crime-ridden, war-torn country wasn't the place to do it, no matter how much Dave might be asking for it. When they got stateside, though, she was done with this sham of a partnership. She was going to her boss and requesting a new partner because this one sure as hell wasn't working out. Teaming her up with a chauvinistic former jarhead like Dave Graner had been a disaster from the start.

But first, they had to make it out of Grozny alive. A couple hours ago, that didn't seem like it was going to be a problem. Now, Ivy wasn't so sure. Something was not right about this op.

Dave opened the trunk and grabbed a pair of night vision goggles-NVGs-as well as a communication headset. "Stay with the car."

"Don't be ridiculous. I'm coming with you."

He gave her a hard look as he hooked the headset over his ear and adjusted the mic. "Stay here. That's an order."

Damn him! She was his partner, not his subordinate.

She stood and watched Dave jog toward the warehouses, then grabbed the other communication headset, hooked it over her ear, and turned it on.

"Dave, the plan was to watch the guy from a distance, then pick up the bag after he makes the drop."

She heard him swear under his breath. "If the Russian can change the plan, so can I."

Typical Dave. Always trying to prove he was in charge. "Let me at least come in and cover you."

"Stay with the damn car like I told you to."

Ivy bit her tongue. The moron was going to get himself killed. She shouldn't care what happened to him, but she didn't want him getting hurt. And every instinct told her that would happen if she didn't stop him from going in those warehouses alone.

How the hell was she supposed to do that?

"Dave, please-"

"Dammit, just shut the hell up. I'm too busy right now to listen to your shit. I have eyes on our guy and the package. I'm moving toward the drop point now."


Ivy's stomach twisted in the same gut-wrenching knot it always did when she attempted to ignore her body's internal alarm system. The hell with standing around. Let Dave report her for insubordination when they got back to DC if he wanted to. She wasn't going to be the one to let that jerk get killed. Pulling the 9mm from the holster on her hip, she ran toward the dilapidated warehouses.

The place was a pitch-black maze with twists and turns and dead ends left behind from when the building had collapsed at some point in the past. The darkness wasn't a problem for Ivy. Her eyesight automatically adjusted to the lack of light. Within seconds, the dark corners and shadows disappeared as if someone had flicked on a lamp, except without all the distortion and depth-perception problems that came with night vision goggles. Maybe part of the reason Dave disliked her so much was because she never needed NVGs. He hated the damn things.

She didn't use her heightened night vision to track Dave, though. She used his scent. It was strong on the air, too. Adrenaline mixed with fear did that.

"I'll be at your location in less than thirty seconds. Don't do anything stupid until I get there."

"Do me a favor. Go. Fuck. Yourself," he ground out. The radio clicked off.

"Dammit!" Ivy let out a growl and ran faster.

In front of her, she heard the pop, pop, pop of a small-caliber gun.

"Dave!" she shouted into her headset. "Dave, answer me!"

No reply.

Buildings blurred as she ran past them. She should slow down, check corners and alleys. She could be running right into an ambush.

But she didn't slow. She couldn't.

The scent of blood hit her hard as she rounded the corner of a large stone building, and she immediately froze. Less than ten feet away, Dave and another man-probably the Russian-were lying on the ground, bleeding from gunshot wounds.

She started toward them but stopped when she caught movement out of the corner of her eye. Three men-she could tell they were men from their scent-were nonchalantly walking away from the bodies. One of them had a briefcase in his hand. Another held Dave's NVGs. She darted after them, 9mm aimed and ready to fire, but all three of them spun around at the same time and raised their weapons.

There was nowhere to take cover, and Ivy was moving too fast to even try. Instead, she opted for surprise, leaping into the air as she swiftly closed the distance between her and the men. Their eyes widened as she went airborne. Their first salvo of rounds passed harmlessly underneath her, and while she was still in the air, she took out the most dangerous target first-the guy with the MP5 submachine gun. Two shots to the chest silenced his weapon and dropped him where he stood, leaving her free to turn her gun on a second target-the man with the .45. She put two rounds in him and he flew backward.

Taking out those men left her exposed to the last shooter-the one with the small-caliber pistol. He didn't waste any time firing at her. She hit the ground and rolled, bullets zipping past her head.

The man redirected his aim to shoot her in the head. She knocked the pistol out of his grip with her free hand and leveled her gun at him. Before she could shoot, the bastard caught her weapon hand in both of his, trying to wrestle the pistol away from her.

Ivy set the animal inside free, letting out the growl that had been building low in her throat ever since she found her partner lying on the floor in a pool of blood. She didn't know for sure if this was the bastard who had shot Dave, and right now, she didn't care.

Releasing her hold on the gun, she let her fingernails extend until they became long, sharp, curved claws. The man stared at her, his eyes wide. With a hiss, she darted her right hand up and sliced open his throat.

He hit the floor, the gun falling from his useless hands.

Ivy rose from her crouch, her breathing ragged. All told, the fight had lasted less than fifteen seconds. If things had gone the way they were supposed to, she and Dave would have been in and out in that same amount of time.

Taking a deep breath, she retracted her claws, then turned and ran to Dave's side.

She carefully rolled him onto his back. He'd been shot multiple times in the chest, then another in the head. He'd never even gotten his gun out of his holster. Whatever first aid she could have offered was too late.

She sighed. "Dammit, Dave. Why didn't you just listen to me?"

She gently closed Dave's eyes, then got to her feet to check on the Russian. He was dead, too, shot once in the head.

Ivy's gaze went to Dave again and against her will, she found herself reliving the last few moments of her partner's life. Could she have done something to prevent his death?

She shook her head. Now wasn't the time-and this definitely wasn't the place-to have this conversation with herself. Even in a blown out shithole like this one, someone was bound to come snooping around to see what all the shooting had been about. In her experience, people who snooped around shootouts were not the kind of people she wanted to deal with.

She walked over to the second man she'd shot and ripped open the briefcase still clutched in his hand. Grabbing the manila folder inside, she shoved it in her coat pocket, then took out her iPhone and snapped pictures of all three gunmen as well as Dave and the Russian. She wanted to have something to back up her story if there was an investigation.

When she was done, she retrieved her 9mm, then grabbed Dave's NVGs. She didn't intend to leave anything behind that might identify them. That included Dave. Bending down, she slid her arms under his body, then lifted.

"Come on, Dave. Let's get you home."

Dave was more than twice her weight and she grunted with the effort as she hooked one of his arms over her shoulder and dragged him to the car. It was slow going, but she didn't care. Crappy partner or not, she wasn't going to leave him behind.

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Her Perfect Mate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
This is going to be a damn good series based on this first book. I like the fact that this is a super secret group using shifters and humans together. I even liked that they weren't what you normally think of as shifters. It's gonna be a really exciting series to read and see where it goes. There was plenty of action to keep things interesting without it being to much and of course the level of sexual tension that radiated off Landon and Ivy was enough to set the book on fire. So, why didn't I give it five stars? Well, one reason was the handler's name kept changing from John to Todd and back again and that got annoying. The other reason was I didn't understand why if John was in charge of everybody and everything he took orders from Dick, who was under him in the chain of command. Anyway, looking forward to more in this series. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
AlabamaGirl711 More than 1 year ago
Paige Tyler has outdone herself with this riveting tale of extraordinary characters! Her Perfect Mate is a book that once you finish reading it, you ask yourself..."Now what does one read after a book like this?". I find myself mystified when trying to come up with a review that will give this book it's due, a review that will maybe give it the grand justice that it deserves. With that said, let me try to put into words what a most superlative read this book is! When I read a book that has captivated my attention in the most profound way, I don't like to give detailed description of the book. You can get that from the excerpt and/or synopsis that the author releases. However, I will give you a small glimpse into what is in store for your reading pleasure. This book will take you on a journey that will bewitch your full attention and keep you enchanted with it's twists, turns and plots of suspense.  Landon Donovan is in a class of heroes that you find, are few and far between. The devotion he shows in this book for his teammates, partner and job are first-rate. His loyalty is nothing short of miraculous. But this is nothing compared to what he feels for Ivy.  Ivy Halliwell is divine and to say she is like no other is an understatement. However, she questions herself when she is confronted day after day with disgruntled colleagues that see her, as less than human. Can she get over self doubt when she is partnered with Landon!?  Thank you Ms. Paige Tyler for allowing me the honor and extreme pleasure of reading this magnificent story. You continue to amaze me with your wit!
nyrican4t More than 1 year ago
 I literally just finished this and had to write a quick thank you! Fast paced and sexy, this book more than delivered! A great new paranormal series,  characters are fleshed oyt,   Meeting these characters and their organization was a treat. The throughness of detail was great without being dry, or to technical.  I could only give it five stars, a wondetful experience. I can't wait for the rest of the seeries!
VidaB More than 1 year ago
This story was compelling and gripping from page one. It started off so action packed I was afraid the author would have no where else to go and boy was I wrong. Ivy was a kick ass heroine who looked good while doing it and Landon was a hero that every woman dreams about. This author was new to me and I am so glad that I got a chance to read this explosive book and can't sit to see what next in this spectacular line-up of secondary characters. Thank you Paige you knocked it out of the park with this book.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Romantic suspense with a paranormal twist.  This is the first in an exciting new series.  Action, adventure and romance.  I liked everything about this book but the title.  It is a little misleading. The characters were compelling and the story kept you turning the page to see what happens next.  This is an incredibly fast paced story and I couldn’t put it down.  I look forward to the next installment.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love shifter books and I'm so glad this one didn't disappoint me in the least! I read it in one day! I plan on getting all of the books in the series. The two I'm most anticipating are Angelo and Declan! Thank you so much Paige for coming out with this series!
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is picked for an assignment with the Department of Covert Affairs, he’s stunned to find his new partner is a beautiful woman who looks like she couldn’t hurt a fly, much less take down a terrorist. Ivy Halliwell isn’t your average covert op. Her feline DNA means she can literally bring out the claws when things get dicey. She isn’t thrilled to be paired with yet another military grunt, but Landon is different. He doesn’t think she’s a freak and he’s smokin’ hot. Soon they find themselves facing a threat even greater than anyone imagines...and an animal magnetism impossible to ignore. Review: What an exciting new book in this brand new series! I have read Ms. Tyler's work before and thoroughly enjoyed it, but this has to be my new favorite of her works. In my opinion, she has blended the paranormal with the contemporary.  The basis of the story is that the Department of Homeland Security is the parent of this super secret, covert operation labeled the DCO.  In this secret division human agents are paired with shifters to go on covert operations.  Ivy is a cat shifter, now the shifters don't actually turn into an animal but tap into parts of the animal that is part of their DNA.  I like Ivy she is strong, but is also vulnerable.  She and the other shifters are not liked by some of their co-workers.  Plus, Ivy has had two bad pairings, but one of her bosses Kendra has come up with a "compatibility" program and it selects Landon as her "Perfect Partner", or mate as the case may be.  Landon is a Special Forces Captain who is pulled from the field to work with Ivy.  Landon is a perfect for her and Wow is he yummy!  They immediately hit it off and become a great working team, that trusts each other.  The mission they are sent out on tests their budding relationship both on and off  missions.  My only caveat is that it was pretty easy for me to figure out what the bad guys were up to. I really enjoyed this book, it was well written, full of characters who were both convincingly good and bad and at the heart of it two main characters who are super sexy and rockin' action heroes.  I finished this book in one setting and now I have to wait to read more...ugh 4.5 Stars
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2 REVIEW:  To say Ivy is a little gun shy when it comes to her newest partner is an understatement. Ivy has not had the best track record with her partners. But there is something about Landon something that puts her at ease. But even that makes her a bit nervous.  Landon is not very happy to be pulled off of his mission and forced to come back stateside. That is until he learns who is new partner is and what she can do.  Landon & Ivy make such a great team. From the save on the rope cross I knew this was going to be a great story. The interaction between these two was so much fun.  This is my first Paige Tyler book and I am totally in love with the world that she created. These are not your ordinary shifters! Oh no this shifters. Should I tell you? I am not sure. You will just have to pick up a copy of Her Perfect Mate and find out for yourself.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, romantic, and enjoyable, Her Perfect Mate was a wonderful paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a lovely read. Ivy was a great heroine. She was very strong and a force to be reckoned with. She could fight like hell and refused to take crap from anyone, about being a shifter or being a woman in a Special Ops team. But, she was also nice, likable, and loyal to those she cared about. I thought she was lovely. Landon was also wonderful. He was very sweet and definitely strong. I liked that he was never judgmental and didn't let anyone try make him. He was great and I really liked him. The romance was lovely. Ivy and Landon were a perfect match. They were both incredibly strong and clever and they made an unstoppable team. They chemistry between them was constantly sizzling and it got very hot. These two were a wonderful couple. The plot was well paced. I wasn't totally hooked, which was my one problem with the book. I wasn't completely absorbed in the story. However, I was still kept interested the entire way through. There were plenty of thrills as Ivy and Landon went on extremely dangerous missions. I enjoyed the story and the ending was great, tying up the romance, while leaving me curious about what will happen with the villains in book 2. Her Perfect Mate was a wonderful paranormal romance. I liked this book and I really enjoyed reading it. From the romance, to the countless thrills, this was a lovely read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good twist on paranormal storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining story with mild twists to keep it interesting. Likeable characters made me care about the direction the plot was taking and how it would end. Best of all, there were no dumb misunderstandings or characters acting stupidly in misguided effort to save someone from themselves.
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the X-Ops series by Paige Tyler. It's a paranormal romance with the shape-shifter's, a military romance with Special Operations guys and a plot that is full of action and suspense. Throw in loads of intense attraction and you have all the makings for a five star book. The characters are amazing and you fall in love with the H/H immediately. From the first word to the last you will be enthralled with this book and can't wait to read the next one.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! I own a paperback copy of this book! This is book 1 in this series, but there is a prequel too! This is for adults only due to the steamy and violent content. I definitely loved this book, and I couldn’t put it down. Tons of action and conflict which is my favorite kind of book! I shouldn’t have taken so long to get this book in my reading rotation, but you know how it is when you are a book addict! So many awesome books, and never enough time to read them all! Ivy is definitely a kick butt heroine which is my favorite kind of leading lady! I love when I get to read about girls kicking butt and being underestimated! This is a unique take on shifters where they don’t completely shift and only take on characteristics of their animal. Landon is a Special Forces officer who can definitely kick butt, but he knows how to be on a team and how to treat a lady and trust her. They are definitely a perfect match! This book had a lot of awesome people I hope to see more of and a few jerks that I don’t mind hating! I can’t wait to read the next book because I own them all! I highly recommend this book to all who love shifter books with tons of action!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspense, action, intrigue and romance. What more could you ask for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the characters and story line.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This book was just amazing. From the second Ivy and Landon meet I was hooked. It was such a great scene and what better way to get to know your new partner that by sparring. To all appearances super hot Landon has the advantage - big military man that he is. But Ivy has a special trick up her sleeve - her EVA (extremely valuable asset) status means that she's a shifter - a cat to be exact. I think the best thing about this book was Ivy's hesitancy to engage beyond doing the job. She has been burned by partners in the past and she may finally have one that respects her and is willing to work with a "freak". Their first mission is great - and it was the perfect time for them to really get to know each other while they were hiking through the jungle. But the big action takes place a little later - and involves missing scientists and a super evil guy that will do anything to get what he wants. And he wants some seriously scary stuff! Ivy and Landon are sent to investigate, and nothing really goes as planned. And in the midst of things - well - love blossoms. I am totally hooked to this series now. I'm going to be tracking down the next one ASAP.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
Special Forces Landon meets covert ops feline shifter Ivy. I loved the concept of this type of shifter. This concept of the shifter is different for me, and I find that it is much more personable. Give me a paranormal book or a military romance book, and I am in. Add the two together and you have a winner!! I have just started reading Paige Tyler's books in the last few months, and I have loved every one of them. Her Perfect Mate is no exception. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Highly recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book I loved that all the characters mingled with each from the past to the present[shifters and special opps] looking forward to reading more from this author
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Plot and Story Line  Her Perfect Mate is a story to die for…it has everything I look for in a paranormal romance and a bit more. This is much more than just a paranormal themed story…it has many romantic suspense elements in it too…which just makes it even better. I recently discovered this author this year, and I just adored her writing style. Its engaging and heartwarming, and keeps you thrilled and excited all the meanwhile your reading. In Her Perfect Mate we see a story that brings together two people, these two individuals, are fighters, talented and smart, capable and confident and have  a instant spark. They are forbidden to ever have a relationship, but from the first moment they kiss, their priorities change, and we Ivy and Landon form a bond, that is powerful and the more time they spend together the stronger the bond becomes. They fight good together, and they are well matched as a team, we see how they both have vulnerabilities, but their strengths balance each other out. I can hardly wait to read the second book…oh good ole Clayne….excited to see what happens in his book and in future books!! The Cover  What a bold cover…I love the stance of the two here, and the hero…mmm he certainly is yummy to look at. I love the gold background and gives off that edgy sense that is portrayed in the story. Overall View  Her Perfect Mate is a thrilling tale of a military romance, a dangerous enemy, an explosive passion, and a story that is exciting and gripping!! UTTERLY MESMERIZING!!
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DivaDelishous More than 1 year ago
GREAT FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN This book is one I would have never thought to pick up and read. I am SO glad I did. It is so packed with action, sexiness, and excitement. I loved every page, I was right there with each character as the events unfolded. I hurt with them and felt the good things going on. It was like watching a movie in my head. This book is GREAT for both men and women. So if you are looking for something to read that you just can't put down this is your book. From cover to cover you will not be disappointed. P.S. pg 154 is one of my favorite pages.:) <3
1ShirlB More than 1 year ago
Strong story - love the story line and all of the characters - great new take on shifters - very strong women in the story - Great twists and turns - this writer did her homework!! Could not stop reading (sorry boss.. I know you think I was working..LOL) -I will have to start the next book as soon as I get home!!
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Had no idea what a "shifter" was and do not usually read books about special forces etc. But that said I found this book well written with a strong story line and I finished it quickly... Not sure if I will be seeking similar books in the future but I will not say "definitely NO"..