Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: December 2, 2014
A prequel to the fantastic X-Ops series by USA Today bestselling author Paige Tyler
John Loughlin, Director of the Department of Covert Ops, is in New York City on a recruiting mission. Cree Forest is a clever fox shifter—and very foxy. John is keen to hire her brilliant mind onto his team.
But Cree isn’t what she seems. Just as John has been watching her, Cree has been spying on him. Now John is getting too close—both professionally and personally. On opposite sides of a lethal game, can they trust each other with their hearts?
Her Secret Agent delivers exactly what is promised: A quick introduction to a new series.
I love prequel novellas, they usually provide a sneak peek into what readers can expect in a new series AND give an example of the author's writing style to see if it's a fit.
One thing I've noticed about author Paige Tyler is that so far in the few books of hers that I've read, she knows how to create a balanced team between the hero and the heroine. The hero isn't always the one doing the saving and he isn't always the one with the special shifter DNA. In this case, it's Cree who is the shifter and while John does save her, she also saves him. It's fun for me as a female to read stories where the heroine gets in on the action and can be a superhero type too and not just the damsel in distress. I feel more connected to the story and to the characters themselves.
Her Secret Agent is only about 95 pages so there's not a whole lot of story going on, but what there is makes a point and does its job. If I had read this novella before reading any other of Tyler's books, it would have been enough to make me check out full length novels.
Final Verdict: Don't forget to check out the previews of two full length novels, including the upcoming Hungry Like the Wolf, the first in a brand new series!