Alpha gorilla shifter and former Immortal Operative, Bane Antonov, has spent years learning to master his beast side. But his temper is tested when two blasts from the not-so-distant past show up claiming to want to help him find his mate.
He’s never believed in destiny, or that the Fates have anything great planned for him. All he knows is that his hard-earned control shatters the minute he crosses paths with Galiena—a petite succubus who makes the alpha in him want to shout “mine”. She has the ability to break his calm exterior and the heart he’s spent decades hardening.
Hunted by a mad man who wants to own her body, her powers, and her soul, Galiena needs his protection. Bane has to learn to set his beast free if he wants to keep his mate safe.
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
This series is part of an entire world that consists of several relating series. There is a suggested reading list on our Reading Order & Cross-Over Series page. I’d highly recommend reading them in that order, if possible because they all do blend together – a lot.
Series that connect: Immortal Ops — PSI Ops (Paranormal Security & Intelligence) — Crimson Ops — Shadow Agents — Immortal Outcasts
Title: Isolated Maneuver
Series: Immortal Outcasts #3 (part of the Immortal Ops World)
Author: Mandy M. Roth
Published: April 13, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Isolated Maneuver is the third title in the Immortal Outcasts series, part of the connecting series that make up the Immortal Ops World. Bane is another of the men who consider themselves outcasts for they had experimented on more than the others with unique and dangerous at times results. I could not help but feel for Bane as he tries to control his animal side, and in some ways has come to fear allowing himself to shift when he needs to not knowing how his gorilla will react in any situation. His life is about to change as he meets his mate… and his control will be tested in ways he’s not certain he can control.
The threads that are woven within the connecting Immortal Ops World are very evident in Isolated Maneuver as we meet up with Galiena (Gale) who once worked at Jinx’s brothel in Administrative Control. With Jinx off with her mate, the club has changed hands, and the one man who makes Galiena’s skin crawl has managed to kidnap her for his own and complete some additional experiments on this natural-born succubus… for a time before she escapes. Now with her inner self changed, Galiena is seeking out even more sexual energy than ever before and she’s about to run into the one man who can handle every single demand his mate makes… but first, they have to survive.
We meet up once again with two of my favorite if not the most unusual secondary characters in this series – Wild Bill and Gus, the silent one, who will use his ability to mind speak when necessary. These two have escaped from headquarters on a mission to get Bane together with his mate – who he does not believe exists. And their part in this story is beyond hilarious. I love these two so much.
The action is fast-paced, the villain vile as possible, and the steaminess is off the charts with Bane and Galiena as they fight the bad guys, trade banter and sass with each other, and fill up the empty parts of each other. I enjoyed this couple so much. Each strong and stubborn in their own right, together they are an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. I loved that Galiena was able to calm Bane’s beast on one level and unleash his control on another. Another amazing addition to this world.
I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Yet, in November of 2020, these series are coming out of KU and will be available on all vendors.
*This review originally appeared on my Shifter Haven website, but it really belongs here among the various Paranormals. 🙂 **
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