Her Fierce Warrior
By Paige Tyler
X-Ops Series, #4
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
The woman tensed. As anger and fear ricocheted across her face, her eyes changed from red to green to brown in a dizzying display like nothing he’d ever seen.
Every instinct in Angelo’s body screamed at him to lunge for his weapon. Instead he set his feet for impact, blocking her slashing claws. Unbelievably, after a few moments of struggling, she went still, all the fight gone…
Minka isn’t sure she should trust the sexy Special Forces soldier who found her. Subjected to horrors, on the run from scientists set on locking her in a cage, Minka is terrified of the monster she’s becoming…and somehow, Angelo is the only one who can calm the beast inside her and make her feel safe.
But can she trust the way he makes her feel when she’s not even sure she can trust herself?
What was the most difficult scene to write for Her Fierce Warrior (emotionally or otherwise)? Please share a snippet.
This scene is near the end of the book, as Minka tries to imagine how she can handle making it work with a soldier who’s deployed away from home far more than he’s ever there. It’s not just that she’s in love with him. He is literally her anchor, the one sure thing in the world that helps keep the beast inside her at bay. She seriously isn’t sure she can survive without him.
Being married to a soldier (thankfully retired now), I could relate in some small way to Minka. I lived in constant fear of those times when he had to be away. Back then, I would find myself scanning his face every time he had to work late. Was he just doing some training that ran long, or had they been working up plans for a deployment he didn’t want to tell me about? After a while, it was like I couldn’t get a breath because I could never exhale. So the scene below was tough for me to write—it had me crying like a baby.
Minka tried hard to hold back tears as she boarded the Osprey with Angelo. They found two seats in the back. It was as close to privacy as they could get on the small aircraft. Everyone must have known they needed some time together because they all sat up front. The thump of the rotors made talking almost impossible, but there wasn’t really anything to say anyway. Mostly because she and Angelo had said what they needed to while the crew had prepared the aircraft for takeoff.
“When we get to Bagram, I’m going to have to go with my team,” Angelo had said. “But I’ll be coming off this deployment in a month or two. I have a lot of leave time saved up, and I’m going to spend every minute of it with you. If you want me to, I mean.”
“Of course I want you to,” she’d said, but on the inside, she didn’t know how it was going to work. She couldn’t imagine living without Angelo by her side, but that simply was not a possibility. Angelo wasn’t only a soldier; he was Special Forces, which meant he deployed—a lot.
So she’d nodded as he talked about his current enlistment and possible options after that, like getting out of the army. But those things would be years from now, and with the way her heart was breaking at the thought of being separated from him for just a few weeks, it all seemed so far away.
But she put up a good front because that was what she knew Angelo needed.
Minka leaned her head against his shoulder as the aircraft took off. She was tired and her eyes felt heavy. The physical fighting, as well as the internal fight she’d had with the beast, had taken a lot out of her. But she didn’t want to waste this time with Angelo sleeping. So she held his hand and stayed awake the whole trip back. And if she let out a few tears, she made sure he didn’t see them.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.
Her Fierce Warrior is the fourth book in the X-Ops Series by Ms. Tyler and I haven’t, as yet, read the previous books in the series. This put me at a distinct disadvantage in knowing the back story and the other characters encountered in Her Fierce Warrior, but not enough so that I was willing to put it down at any point.
Ms. Tyler introduces action from beginning and it rarely stops until the last page. With so much going on, it didn’t take me long to grasp the basics of this series and make myself comfortable with the cast of characters.
In addition to the main focus of Angelo and Minka, the stories from previous books appear to be moving forward and a very nice lead to the next was left in place.
As much as I dislike cliffhangers, knowing that I have reading to make up and Book 5 also waiting made the ending of this book much easier for me to swallow.
Ms. Tyler is definitely high on my list of authors to follow and one whose backlist will be keeping me entertained for quite some time to come!
I absolutely recommend you pick up Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler and the rest of the X-Ops Series and hang on for the ride!
I give Her Fierce Warrior five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee!
© March 3, 2016
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.