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25716896Hot SEAL

Hostile Operations Team series

by Lynn Raye Harris

Sex with the ex… It shouldn’t be this good the second time around.

Navy SEAL Dane “Viking” Erikson has sworn off women—or at least he’s sworn off one woman: DEA Agent Ivy McGill. His ex-wife.

But when they’re forced to work together on a critical military mission, Dane can’t help but notice how the one woman he shouldn’t want is the only one he can’t stop thinking about.

Ivy knows what it’s like to fall for a SEAL’s hard muscles and killer smile—and she knows what it’s like when everything falls apart. So why is she naked against a wall and begging Dane for more?

(Originally included in the SEALs of Summer 2: A Military Romance Superbundle box set, Hot SEAL will be available as a standalone novella by autumn 2015.)

I’ve never been shy about the fact that I absolutely LOVE the HOT series and Harris’s latest novella doesn’t disappoint. I will give a warning that this is a little bit of a variance from the previous stories though. It is loosely tied to the terrorist group from before but it centers around a South American drug cartel instead. Some of our favorite HOT members are involved but we are also given a new hero & heroine and their supporting cast.

However all the things that we love about the HOT series is here – the action is thrilling, the romance is steamy and the characters are interesting. If anything, I would have wanted this to be longer because I really would have liked to see more about these two. Their story is complete (and it is a humdinger – both the suspense portion and their very complicated relationship) but they are complex enough that I think they could have supported a full length story – especially Dane and his issues with his father. What we are given, though, is satisfying and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

As much as this can stand on its own, since the majority of the action is centered around a different bad guy than the stories so far, there is enough going on here that it fits in with the continuing series. It won’t stop new readers from keeping up, but there are pieces that flow over from previous books. I also really like the idea of introducing a new subset team to HOT with the SEALs. It gives Harris a lot of material to work with for future stories.