Review: HOT SEAL Hero by Lynn Raye Harris

hot seal heroTitle: HOT SEAL Hero

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Year of publication: New release! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Hairdresser Chloe Cooper

The hero: SEAL/HOT member Ryan Callaghan

The blurb: She fears for her life. He’ll risk his to protect her. Falling in love? Not part of the plan…

Chloe Cooper is on the run from an abusive ex. Living in a new state, with a new name, she’s ready to focus on rebuilding her life. She’s got a job she loves, a new home—and a sexy Navy SEAL neighbor who makes her pulse flutter in spite of her determination not to get involved. But when a threatening message arrives, her dread about what her ex will do if he finds her forces her to make a choice.

Ryan “Dirty Harry” Callahan is protective by nature. When he meets Chloe, it’s clear she’s skittish about something. When he learns why she ran from her old life, his first objective is to keep her safe. His second is to make sure she knows she can trust him—and that she’ll have a posse of Navy SEALs at her back if she ever needs them.

When the attraction between Ryan and Chloe explodes, they’re helpless to resist its seductive heat. Everything is finally going right for Chloe—until her worst fears come true. With Chloe missing and her life on the line, Ryan will stop at nothing to get her back. Before he loses the woman he loves forever.

Standalone or series: This is book seven of the HOT SEAL team series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I have been on a Lynn Raye Harris binge as of late, and HOT SEAL Hero doesn’t disappoint. When Chloe Cooper moves into a new house, she has to ask her neighbor to move his truck so her furniture can be delivered. When Ryan answers the door, he’s hungover and very naked. When he hears one of the removalists being sleazy with Chloe, he and his roommate Zach intervene, and then when the guy quits on the spot, they offer to help move all her stuff in.

Ryan can tell Chloe is hiding something from him, although he’s not sure what. She’s frightened of something, and he can’t help but want to protect her. When someone starts threatening her, he can’t walk away, not when he knows he can help and she needs it. As they start to spend more time together, Chloe slowly opens up and admits she’s on the run from an abusive ex. Chloe finally lets down her guard with Ryan, even though she’d sworn off relationships, and the chemistry between them burns hot.

Ryan comes to realise that what he feels for Chloe runs deep and he’s not going to let anyone hurt her. When the worst happens, Ryan will do everything he can to fight for the woman he loves. Lynn’s heroes are sexy, loyal and hot AF, and her heroines are fiesty and courageous, but not afraid to admit it when they need help. The love scenes are so smoking hot you’ll need to keep a fan nearby! Another great installment in a fantastic series.




Review: Black List by Lynn Raye Harris

black listTitle: Black List

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

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

The heroine: Art appraiser Dr Madeline Cole

The hero: Mercenary Jace Kaiser

The blurb: The assignment should have been easy. Capture a deadly assassin and take her to HQ. But flawed intel leads to disaster, and Jace abducts a beautiful art appraiser instead. Intrigued by her courage, he’s drawn to her in ways he can’t explain. Dr. Madeline Cole stood up to him, fought for her identity, and never backed down. She’s the kind of woman he could fall for if it wasn’t so dangerous–for her.

Then Maddy is targeted for elimination because she’s the sole person who can identify the mysterious female assassin–and the only thing standing between her and certain death is the sexy mercenary who swears he’ll die before he lets anything happen to her. As the passion between them ignites, it seems clear that keeping Maddy safe has become the most important assignment of Jace’s life.

Even then, protecting her might not be enough–because Jace has secrets that could destroy them both. And someone is determined to unmask them all…

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Black’s Bandits series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I always love diving into a book by Lynn Raye Harris because I know I’m going to love it, and Black List is no different. This is the first in a new series surrounding the elusive Ian Black, and it was nice to see more of him in this book.

Our hero is Jace Kaiser, who has a dark, chequered history. Ian rescued him in more ways than one, and Jace is loyal to the man who saved his life and gvve him a new one. Jace is Ian’s best operative and can speak Russian, which is why Ian sends him to Russia to capture a mysterious assassin known as Calypso. She’s evaded capture for years and they have good intel she’s going to try and take down a Russian oligarch, so Jace is there to stop it happening and get her.

Unfortunately for Dr Madeline Cole, known as Maddy, she also happens to be at the oligarch’s home. Her job is to appraise his extensive art collection for the insurance company she works for. When the intel proves good and Maddy is caught in the crossfire of the attempted assassination, she has no idea what to do or where to hide. She finds herself whisked away from Russia by a mysterious man who gives her a false name and appears to believe she is this mysterious Calypso the man has been looking for.

Once Maddy’s identity has been verified back in the US, she should be incredibly angry with the man who kidnapped her… but she’s not. She’s attracted to him. And he’s not going anywhere, because it seems Calypso has now set her sights on Maddy as she’s the only person who can perhaps identify her.

Jace feels drawn to Maddy in a way he’s never experienced before, and he comes determined to protect her at all costs. She becomes precious to him in a very short amount of time, and he’ll risk everything – his job, his friendships, his life – to keep her safe. Which means he has to get to Calypso before she gets to Maddy. But there’s a reason Calypso has evaded capture until now…

This was a fast-paced, well-written story. I adored both Jace and Maddy, and wanted them to get their happily ever after. It was good to see more of the mysterious Ian Black and meet some of the other team members, who will no doubt get their own books. I did manage to guess the identity of Calypso before everyone else did, but it was very nicely done. Lynn is one of my go-to authors with good reason.




Review: HOT Justice by Lynn Raye Harris

hot justiceTitle: HOT Justice

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

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

The heroine: Journalist Haylee Jamison

The hero: HOT team member Dean “Wolf” Garner

The blurb: Dean “Wolf” Garner is the kind of guy who loves hard and leaves fast. From the moment he rescues reporter Haylee Jamison in the Guatemalan jungle, he can’t stop thinking about the dark-haired beauty. His life is too complicated for romantic entanglements though–and not even a woman like Haylee can convince him otherwise.

Haylee wasn’t supposed to be in the drug cartel’s compound, but she was captured while on a mission of her own: find the trail of fake opioids entering the US and halt the operation. Back home in DC, Haylee can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous military operator who rocked her world for one steamy night before leaving. But when she uncovers a conspiracy and finds herself in danger, there’s only one man she trusts to keep her safe.

It’s easy for Wolf to risk his life to protect Haylee and give her the justice she desires. The hard part is taking a chance and admitting what’s in his heart before it’s too late.

Before he loses the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Standalone or series: This is book fourteen in the Hostile Operations Team series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: I’ve yet to meet a book by Lynn that I don’t absolutely love, and HOT Justice is no exception! Dean and his team are in Guatemala to rescue ten Americans there on a mission, but when they get to the rescue site there find eleven Americans being held. The eleventh hostage is a beautiful, dark-haired woman named Haylee Jamison, and when Dean saves her from being attached by a captor, she instantly places her trust in him.

The hostages are taken to El Salvador before going home, and neither Dean or Haylee can deny the attraction between them. What starts as a friendly game of pool ends in a night of passion neither of them have experienced before, and it rattles Dean. When they both make it back to US soil, they go their separate ways, much to Haylee’s disappointment.

A couple of months pass and they cross paths again. When Dean realises that Haylee is continuing on with the story that had her in Guatemala in the first place – fake drugs being trafficked into the US, some of which killed her best friend – and that certain high level politicians and businessmen could be involved, he fears for her safety.

When those fears are realised, Dean finds himself willing to do whatever he has to in order to keep the woman he can’t get off his mind safe. But his job is dangerous and not a lot of women can cope with the constant worry and uncertainty… so Haylee must decide whether she loves Dean enough to take a chance on a relationship with him, and Dean must decide if he loves her enough to fight for her. Another gripping installment in an incredible series.

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.

Review: HOT SEAL Target by Lynn Raye Harris

hot seal targetTitle: HOT SEAL Target

Author: Lynn Raye Harris

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Quinn Evans Halliday

The hero: SEAL Adam Garrison

The blurb: Navy SEAL Adam “Blade” Garrison’s assignment to infiltrate a tech billionaire’s criminal operations just got complicated. His cover: bodyguard for the man’s wife. His problem: Blade knows Quinn Halliday far too well. A sophisticated version of the chubby, shy girl Blade once knew, Quinn brings out all his protective instincts—as well as a few carnal ones that surprise him.

Quinn’s pride in having improved herself has turned bitter. She’s trapped in a relationship with a brutal man who views her as nothing more than a possession. Blade’s unexpected arrival makes her hope for more than a barren existence in a gilded prison. Until tragedy strikes, and Quinn realizes she’s next on the hit list.

Blade will do anything to shield Quinn from danger and keep her safe. But as they draw closer, an enemy works to flush them out. If he succeeds, he’ll put an end to Blade and Quinn’s budding happiness.

Unless Blade and his SEAL Team strike first…

Standalone or series: Book six n the HOT SEAL team series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is the first book by Lynn Raye Harris that I have read, but it won’t be the last! I enjoyed this book very much. It was action packed with incredibly well written protagonists and a love story set amongst the background of several cities, primarily Hong Kong.

Adam and Quinn went to school in Hong Kong together; they both had parents working for an international bank. Quinn was a chubby redhead, and was therefore bullied. Adam stepped in to stop it happening, and then Quinn followed him around. They eventually became friends, although he was oblivious to her crush on him.

They kept in touch for a while, but he went into the navy and they drifted apart. When Adam is tasked with going to Hong Kong to go undercover as a bodyguard for a rich American’s trophy wife because the husband is suspected of some very shady dealings, Adam baulks at first, even though he knows he’s been chosen because he speaks Cantonese. But when he finds out the trophy wife is none other than Quinn Evans, he can’t resist the temptation to see her again.

Quinn has worked hard to transform her appearance over the years. She lost all the weight she had when she was younger and her self confidence soared. She married Hunter Halliday because he swept her off her feet, but after the ring was on her finger she discovered – the hard way – that she really didn’t know the man she’d married after all. He sees her as one of his most precious possessions, not a partner. She’s stuck in a marriage she wants out of desperately, but there seems to be no way out.

Until her new bodyguard turns up. Quinn can’t believe Adam is standing right in front of her, but she doesn’t let on she knows him, fearful Hunter will send him away. Once Adam learns about the state of the marriage, he’s determined to do whatever it takes to get her out of it.

What follows is a story that will keep you up long into the night. If you love SEALs, mysteries, and an amazing hero and heroine you’ll be cheering for, read this book. Now, I need to read the rest of Lynn’s books 😀