Book Review - HOT VALOR by Lynn Raye Harris


A new standalone romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Lynn Raye Harris. Sexy, action-packed, and thrilling!

They told him she was dead. They lied...

Colonel John "Viper" Mendez is having the second-worst day of his life. Accused of using the Hostile Operations Team to assassinate a foreign official, he's gone from being a respected military black-ops commander to a fugitive in the space of an hour. On the run, hunted, and stripped of his honor, Mendez has nowhere to go--and few people he can trust.

Russian spy Ekaterina "Kat" Kasharin is a carbon copy of the woman Mendez once loved. Twenty-one years ago, Valentina vanished from his life. Kat claims to be her twin--but Kat's lying. Ordered by her superiors in Russian Intelligence to abandon the man she loved--or watch him die--Kat had no choice but to obey.

But twenty-one years is a long time to love a man from afar, and Kat won't stand by as a traitor plans his death--even if it means risking her heart and her life to save him. She can never reveal her true identity--or the secrets she keeps locked away. Secrets he would hate her for. Working with him is strictly business, and she won't let emotions get in the way. But the attraction between them is smoking hot--and it's not long before they're burning up the sheets.

When the truth comes out, the mission implodes. Everything Mendez thought he knew was a lie. He'll have to pull it together though before a deadly foe succeeds in taking away all he loves. By the time he realizes Kat might be most important of all? It could be too late to save her...

The Hostile Operations Team is a covert military Black Ops unit. Their motto is Where None Dare. H.O.T. operators come from all branches of the military. The only criteria for membership: they must be the best of the best! 


I have enjoyed this whole series so far, but my favorite has always been the first book, Hot Pursuit.   Something about that story always comes back to me and almost haunts me, making me want to come back to it.  I know that will happen with this one.  It already has.  There is a lot going on in Hot Valor.  To start off with, technically this can be read as a stand along.  I'm sure you would be able to follow along and enjoy it just fine if you had never read any of the previous books in this series.  However you'll only get about twenty percent of the potential enjoyment of the book if you do.  The main character, Colonel John Mendez, has been a large part of ever book in the series so far.  He is a character we've come to know well and have looked forward to getting to know better for quite some time.  I wasn't disappointed in the least.  He may be a bit older than the typical hero in these books, but he isn't old by any stretch of the imagination, and he still brings the sexy in a big way.  Kat is the perfect match for him and their relationship throughout the book is truly electrifying.

But wait, there is more.  This book felt like it was truly a gift to the readers of this series because we are able to learn so much more information about several characters who have been reoccurring throughout.  I have secretly had a bit of a book crush on sometimes villain, sometimes friend of the team Ian Black, and he plays a huge role in this book.  I only hope this is the beginning of what we learn about him.

Bottom line, if you are a fan of the HOT series, this is a must read.  If you love strong alpha male military types, but have never read the HOT books before, start at the beginning of the series and you'll thank me when you catch-up.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." Lynn's books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

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