Hot Pursuit: Lynn Raye Harris

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The last man she ever wanted to see…
Might be the only one who can save her…
Things are about to get HOT in the bayou!

Evie Baker’s luck just ran out. Thanks to an ex-partner with organized crime ties, she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and nearly all her self-respect. Forced to return to her hometown and work as a shampoo girl in her mother’s salon, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse.

But then someone starts shooting at her, her sullen baby sister is suddenly missing, and the high school heartthrob who stole her heart—and her virginity—is the only man big enough and bad enough to help.

Captain Matt “Richie Rich” Girard can’t afford to get involved. He’s already on the verge of a court-martial after a Top Secret op gone wrong, and he’s been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding.

But when Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead, staying out of trouble is the last thing on Matt’s mind. He failed Evie once before; he can’t fail her again. If he’s going to protect her from a killer, and find her sister before time runs out, he’ll have to risk his entire future—and both their lives—to do it.

The last person Evie wants to see walks back into her life, just as it is all falling apart.

She has lost her restaurant, home, money, lover, and self respect. She she is back home in the small Louisiana town with her family licking her wounds. Little does she know that her former best friend and crush, Matt is not the only person suddenly about to give her attention....and attention is not always a good thing.

She and Matt have a long history. They were best friends as kids, it turned into a crush, and then heart break. Ten years later, sparks still fly as soon as they are together. But unfortunately before they can really pursue them, bullets start flying too. 

Evie's past is coming after her and it is up to Matt to keep her and her family safe. He is a great friend to have. He is a member of H.O.T. (Hostile Operations Team), a black ops Military group, but is home on leave and is supposed to stay out of trouble. He already is in a big mess due to an op gone bad and is waiting for the fall out. But he is not going to let Evie down again. He is a hot alpha with a sexy Cajun accent. 

He was definitely not the same boy he'd been ten years ago. She'd had a crush on that boy --that popular, gorgeous, unattainable boy.
But the man before her now was terrifying in ways that boy hadn't been. The man was empathetic, authentic--and far more appealing than the boy had ever been....And far more dangerous.

She reminded him of who he was. Of the parts of himself he liked.

Evie has been beat down by recent circumstances and situations in the past, but she is still independent, feisty, and full of spunk. She has serious trust issues and she does not take orders well at all. But she will do whatever she has to do for her family and friends. So she picks herself up and plows head first into this wild adventure. 

"I won't let anything happen to you, Evie. You're safe with me."

Together they sizzle, but they both know they could really have no future. But their chemistry cannot be denied. They find themselves on the run, dodging bullets, in car chases, going after bad guys, planning rescues, and trying to keep each other alive. It s non stop action and they have to rely on each other, learn to trust each other again, and hand on for the ride.  There is suspense, danger, sexual tension, and people working against them from multiple sides. 

"I'm pretty sure I'm not the kind of guy who can make you happy, Evie. I want to be, but I don't know that I can."

The H.O.T. team has his back: Kev, Billy, and Jack will risk what they have to for their team member. But that brings up a whole other threat. 

It was fast paced, sexy, funny and sweet. I loved Evie and Matt together. They had so much to go through, such a history, and a great connection. And they had so much against them that it was hard to see anyway for it all to work out. 

Can they make it of this mess alive and if they do can they find some way to merge their very different lives?

I look forward to more novels in this series. I already like his team members and their stories intrigue me. Lynn Raye Harris is a popular Harlequin author and this is her first self published romantic suspense book. I found it to be an easy read with likable characters, intrigue, and action that kept my interest. And can we just take a moment and admire the cover? 

Thanks to Lynn Raye Harris, Victory Editing, and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. The prize was an editor for a year -- but only six months later, Lynn sold her first novel.

A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome husband and two crazy cats.


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