Review: Hot and Bothered (Hostile Operations Team #8) by Lynn Raye Harris

Book Blurb

He can never have her. Having her means the end of his career in the Hostile Operations Team. But when he learns she’s carrying his child, he’ll have to make a choice…

Ryan “Flash” Gordon has been drawn to Emily Royal bin Yusuf since the first moment he met her. But she’s a terrorist’s widow, which means she’s completely off-limits. A HOT special operator can never be with a woman whose name is on government watch lists the world over.

But when Emily begs him for just one night, he can’t refuse. The next morning, she’s gone. Not just from his bed, but from his life.

Emily can never clear her name—or can she? When a rogue CIA operative offers her a chance to put her past behind her and do something for her country, she leaps at the opportunity—even though it means leaving behind the man she’s fallen in love with. But not before she lets herself have one night with him.

One night with stunning consequences…


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Ryan Gordon wants only one woman and she is off limits. Emily Royal is Victoria’s sister and has gone through hell. Her husband became a Muslim extremist and took her to Qu’rim. She had to kill him to save her sister and escape. Ryan has been there for her as she settled into a new life as friends only though. He would love more but he can’t cross that line.

Emily had been offered a chance to clear her name and make things right. She jumps at the chance but doesn’t tell Ryan or her sister. She just shows up at Ryan’s door the night before she leaves. She gives into her feelings for just one night in case she doesn’t come back.

After she is gone Victoria and Ryan are worried and furious. They both want to kill Ian Black for recruiting Emily. Ryan is full of feelings of worry, anger and betrayal. They make him crazy.

So when hostages are taken from an archaeological dig, Ryan and his team are sent to help Ian Black find them. Since Black is the reason Emily has put herself in danger, Ryan is ready to kill him the moment he sees him. He wants to know where Emily is and is shocked to find her there. She is the contact trying to find out where the hostages are being kept.

Ryan immediately starts bossing her around and being possessive. She is finally taking control of her life and has the courage to do the right thing. She refuses to let Ryan stop her. She needs to do this to make her life better and anyone else’s that comes along.

Things get tricky when she gets surprising news and the plan in play backfires. Emily finds herself surviving the ordeal and saving herself. Ryan promised to protect her and she is determined to make sure he does.

The HOT series is fun to read. These Alpha males are tough but fall hard when they meet their matches. Several of the team are settling down and it is fun to see them become domesticated. I truly liked Emily’s character. She lived through a marriage to a fanatical terrorist. She didn’t know what was happening until she was right in the middle of it. I think that is a realistic situation a woman can find herself in. I liked how Ryan became the person she counted on. He knew she was strong enough and could work through what she had experienced. I loved him instantly. He was understanding and a calming influence. They were an awesome couple. The chemistry was hot and the love scenes were pretty mind blowing.

I loved Emily’s courage in the end. She had to save herself knowing that Raja would kill her. She doubted herself and if she could have a healthy relationship but she jumped anyway. Great book! I loved it. Great addition to the series. I couldn’t put it down. I give it a 4 out of 5.

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