Review: HOT Secrets by Lynn Raye Harris

hot secretsTitle: HOT Secrets

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Year of publication: Out yesterday! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Hacker Bliss Bennett

The hero: HOT team member/hacker Sky Kelley

The blurb: It was supposed to be a simple job for hacker Bliss Bennett: access confidential files and turn them over to the CIA. But something went wrong—and now Bliss has a target on her back. With no idea who to trust, she heads straight toward the one man she hopes won’t turn her away.

Sky “Hacker” Kelley is a badass Special Operator with lethal moves and mad computer skills. He hasn’t seen his former lover—former wife—in four years, not since she nearly cost him his military career. Her arrival on his doorstep in the middle of the night reveals a gut-deep truth—he might want nothing to do with her, but he still wants her. And as much as he’d love to slam the door in her face, Sky isn’t wired to turn away anyone in distress.

Protecting Bliss won’t be easy. The files she stole are at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy, and someone is willing to do whatever it takes—including kill—to get them back. It’ll take all Sky’s considerable black-ops skills to keep Bliss safe—and all his willpower to resist falling into her bed, and her life, ever again…

Standalone or series: Book thirteen of the Hostile Operations Team series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of ex-husband and wife books, and Lynn Raye Harris has just served us one of the best I’ve read yet. The newest in the HOT series, we’re told the story of Sky ‘Hacker’ Kelley and Bliss ‘Briar Rose’ Bennett. Bliss is a professional hacker for hire, and four years previously she was hired to find proof that a military captain was involved in something shady. One of his men was Sky, and Bliss decided to get closer to the target by getting friendly with his men, but she never anticipated falling into bed with him two hours after they met, marrying him a month later, or him ending it five months after that because he found out about her assignment.

Bliss regrets Sky finding out the way he did and she regrets their marriage ending, because their chemistry was explosive. When her latest assignment appears to make her a target, she turns to the only man she’s ever truly trusted, knowing he’s too good of a man to turn her away.

Sky wants to, because this woman – this woman he can’t stop being attracted to, even though he wants nothing to do with her – almost ruined his career and certainly ruined his trust in relationships. When he realises Bliss really is being targeted, he agrees to help her and brings the HOT team into it when they discover what’s going on – but she has to stop lying to him, hard for a woman who trusts nobody.

The mystery of who wants Bliss dead starts to unravel, and the exes finally give in to the lust and desire that continues to haunt them. Once they actually start to communicate without telling lies and hiding truths, they find that perhaps it’s just not chemistry in the bedroom that they share.

Another five-star read from this author. If you haven’t read any of her books, you’re really missing a treat.

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