Hot Mess: Lynn Raye Harris

Hot Mess (Hostile Operations#1.5)
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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.

Hot Pursuit (Hostile Operations#1)
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Kim's 4 star review

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.

She had a crush on him in her teens. He was her big brother's best friend ...so she was off limits.

Years later, they reconnect and little did they both know she was going to need him in more ways than one. One of her tutoring students in the military has disappeared and now it seems like the danger is following her. It will be up to him and the HOT team to keep her safe. And holed up together in a safe house does nothing to keep her safe from him. And does she really want to be safe from him anyway?

"You can trust me with your life Georgie. But don't make the mistake of thinking you can trust me with anything else. I'm not that good, believe me."

"If I could be with anyone, I would pick you..."
"You can, all we have to do is try."

Georgie is strong, independent, caring, and knows what she wants. But she has been burned in the past and does have insecurities. Sam "Knight Rider" McKnight is a caring, protective alpha with a strong sense of right and duty. So at times sacrifices his own needs for what he feels is best. Together they are hot, sweet, and perfectly compatible. 

"You're a hot mess, Sam."
"You make me crazy, G."

I liked both Same and Georgie and could feel their connection and longing. Sam was a good guy and really wanted to do the right thing by Georgie. But she was adamant that he was right for her. But they have different lifestyles, family connections, guilt and insecurities standing in their way. Not to mention the real threat lurking in the background. 

It is a fast paced, short, steamy novella. Some of the situations were resolved a little too quickly for me and I would have liked to see more drama and tension. And it would have been nice to have an epilogue. But I do enjoy this series, the HOT team and am looking forward to the Christmas novella and upcoming book 2. 

Thanks to Lynn Raye Harris, Victory Editing, and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Quotes are from ARC and subject to change in final draft. 

Lynn Raye Harris Website/Facebook/Twitter/Goodreads

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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