Monday, August 25, 2014

Mini-review: Dangerously Hot

Dangerously Hot (Hostile Operations Team #4)

by Lynn Raye Harris


Former Army linguist Lucky San Ramos escaped with her life, but the scars an evil terrorist leader left on her skin are a constant reminder of her captivity. Now her tormentor is back—and so is the sexy Special Operations soldier she once loved.
HOT operator Kevin “Big Mac” MacDonald rescued Lucky the last time. And then he walked away when he couldn’t be what she needed. When Lucky married his teammate, Kev knew it was for the best. But now Marco is dead and Lucky is no longer safe.
When Kev and Lucky team up to capture a terrorist, they’ll have to pretend to be man and wife on an explosive military mission to a war-torn nation. With time running out and the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Kev and Lucky play a perilous game of cat and mouse with a madman during the day.
But at night, they battle the secrets of the past and the sizzling attraction that threatens to endanger the mission. Lucky shouldn’t want the man who abandoned her once before. But the passion between them is sinfully, sensuously, dangerously hot… and proving impossible to resist.
Themes: Paramilitary, suspense, contemporary        
Rating: 3.75 stars
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I really enjoyed ready Lucky and Kev’s story and seeing all the HOT guys welcome back one of their own.  While there was a lot of tension and fear, Lucky returned to take on the bastard that almost destroyed her once. The story has a lot of flashbacks and reminds us just what Lucky and Kevin have gone through as friends and more.  The team surrounds Lucky, determined to keep her safe, but working together they are able to overcome great obstacles and find a way to make the world safer and for Lucky to get the closure she needs.
I loved Lucky and have been interested in seeing her story for a while now.  There was a lot of her in previous stories, but seeing the full story and being able to experience her and Kevin finally accepting the attraction between them was wonderful.  Lucky is obviously a woman that refuses to hide behind the pretense of safety when she knows she can make a difference in the world.   Pairing her strong but vulnerable nature with Kevin’s deeply passionate and sweet side was like the perfect pairing of wine and chocolate.  Whether they are fighting each other, or with each other against outsiders, you can see that Lucky and Kevin are meant to be together.  When they finally accept that, the passion that sizzles between them finds a perfect outlet in their love. 
The danger that they are facing is one that is so realistic as to be terrifying.  As they race against time and try not to be discovered, we get to see the other side, with the villain discovering things about the good guys that we would never want him to.  And knowing that the bad guys are coming for them sooner than expected leaves you biting your nails and wishing you could warn the HOT team so they don’t get caught in the villain’s web.
Overall, this was a great addition to the series and wrapped up the sub-plot about Lucky just beautifully. I was thrilled to see Lucky push back against Kevin as much as she wanted to have him, just to prevent him from walking all over her heart and leaving her even more devastated.  Watching as Kevin finally comes to terms with his feelings for Lucky, you really begin to understand just how twisted up he has been inside about those feelings all these years.  The fire between them leaps off the pages and sometimes the arguments they have while trying to deny it leave you laughing and wondering how two people so obviously made for each other could be so clueless.  I am looking forward to whatever comes next for these HOT guys.
*eARC provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided. 

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