Monday, 22 September 2014

REVIEW Hot Mess (Hostile Operations Team 2) by Lynn Raye Harris -


English professor Dr. Georgeanne Hayes has a problem. Her star pupil, an Army sergeant who works in a Top Secret government program, is missing—and someone tried to push her in front of a train last night.

Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight is used to looking out for Georgie. When they were kids, she was just his best friend’s baby sister. But Georgie’s not a baby anymore and Sam is getting some very male—and very dirty—thoughts about the girl he knows he can never have.

When someone threatens Georgie’s life again, Sam will do anything necessary to keep her safe. Even if it means spending the next few days locked up in a remote house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her.

Sam might be used to denying himself what he wants, but he’s about to find out that being cooped up with Georgie will push him to the limit. And maybe beyond.

I enjoyed it – so much so that I immediately went out and bought book 1. This is a nice little second chance romance with lots of action. The hero and heroine knew each other ‘way back when’. She wanted him and he wanted her but she’s his best friend’s little sister and her father and mother provided him with the family stability his own parents didn’t so not much happened. Now he’s come back into her life just in time to save her from mega-bad-guy terrorists who think she knows something she doesn’t…

The hero is the newest member of H.O.T., a group that seems to combine the physical skills of a Special Forces team with mad hacker skills of an MIT computer lab. They specialize in anti-terrorism so her problem is right in their ball court but [of course] they are super hush-hush so they never do much explaining.

The heroine is [understandably!] terrified of the turn her life has taken but is happy it has led Sam back to her. She still wants him and not for just now, she wants forever. Sam still feels she deserves better, his military career - especially in such a high-risk group - would be too great a burden, yada, yada. He finally caves and they work on a compromise: he’ll believe it’s a ‘happy for now’ and she’ll believe it’s ‘happily ever after’…

Needless to say I’m rooting for the HEA. The sex is well written and doesn’t bury the plot, the plot kept me turning the pages, and the characters were interesting. Characterization is probably the weakest point in this story. Although you get a good feel of the KIND of people they are, I never really got a defined visual for either of them. I suspect that is the result of the shortness of the story. It’s still an enjoyable read that I cheerfully recommend.

The first book is Hot Pursuit.

Copy received from Netgalley and publisher for an honest review.

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