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Review and Excerpt: Hot Rebel (Hostile Operations Team #6) by Lynn Raye Harris

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Review and Excerpt: Hot Rebel (Hostile Operations Team #6) by Lynn Raye HarrisHot Rebel by Lynn Raye Harris
Series: Hostile Operations Team #6
Published by: H.O.T. Publishing LLC on 9/29/2014
Genres: Adult, Military, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 254
Format: eARC
Source: ARC From Publisher

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A rebel on the run…

Victoria Royal is a traitor. Or so the U.S. government believes. Victoria was once a promising sniper in the Army, but now she’s gone rogue—worse, she’s just landed in the middle of a Hostile Operations Team mission in the desert and blasted it all to hell.

Nick “Brandy” Brandon doesn’t expect to run into Victoria when he’s bugging out from a mission gone wrong. It’s been more than three years since she disappeared from the sniper course they were in together, and he’s finally stopped thinking about her killer curves and smart mouth.

But now she’s back—and she’s far more dangerous than Nick ever believed possible… Is she really a traitor? Or is there something more at stake? He has to decide fast—because time’s running out and too many lives hang in the balance…





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Snipers, action, near death experiences, and plenty of romance, I found everything I was looking for in Hot Rebel, the sixth novel in the Hostile Operations Team series by Lynn Raye Harris.


Victoria Royal, one of the best sniper’s around, has been labeled a traitor by her country.  Now, she’s in search of her sister, whom she hasn’t seen in years.  Working for Ian Black as a gun for hire was supposed to get her closer to finding sister, but no luck so far.  When she runs into Nick Brandon on a mission, her luck might just start to change.


Nick Brandon is a member of the Hostile Operations Team, and isn’t exactly thrilled when Victoria Royal screws up his mission.  When he discovers her reasons, however, he wants to help her in any way he can, even if it means going undercover as one of Ian Black’s new employees.  And the chance to work as part of a team with Victoria?  That’s just a plus.


I really enjoyed Victoria as a character.  Her loyalty to her sister was something I admired.  When they were young, Emily began battling drugs, and try as she might, she wasn’t able to help her.  Now, she’s determined to save her sister from herself and bring her back to the United States.  While she’s sure of her ability as a sniper, she’s used to people thinking less of her abilities because she’s a woman.  And she certainly doesn’t take any crap from anyone who thinks she isn’t capable of defending herself.


There are so many reasons to love Nick.  First of all, there’s the sexiness factor.  Second of all, he’s definitely an Alpha male type individual.  However, while he is definitely the Alpha male, he knows that Victoria can take care of herself.  He wants to help her, wants to protect her, but he also understands that he can’t control her, which I love about him.


The chemistry between Victoria and Nick was electric from the moment they met each other.  And while I wanted them to get together, I was also really glad that they don’t get together too early in the novel.  I usually judge a good romance novel on whether or not there’s a real plot underneath the romance aspect, and Hot Rebel definitely has an actual plot.


The story bounces between Nick’s and Victoria’s perspective, and on occasion we get a glimpse of what’s going on with the HOT.  While it bounces between the two, it’s a quick read and the book keeps a nice balance between perspectives.


While it’s the sixth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone novel without any confusion, although reading this book definitely made me want to read the other five novels.


Overall, I’m going to give Hot Rebel 4 out of 5 controllers.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves military action style romances.


My Rating

rate 4

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The Excerpt copy


Driven by some emotion she couldn’t name, Victoria turned and walked back over to Nick. He was frowning at her when she reached up and pulled his head down. She pressed her lips to his cheek, felt the roughness of his stubble and breathed the smell of him—sand, spice, and cool water—deep into her lungs.


“Thanks for saving me,” she said, her lips close to his ear.


She started to step away, but he caught her close and turned his head, his lips meeting hers. The contact was shocking—and delicious in a way she hadn’t anticipated. She’d been kissed before, but this… this was better than any of those kisses had been.


His mouth was soft and hard against hers, his hands firm on her hips as he held her against him. The kiss was hot and tame all at once. Simultaneously the most arousing and most chaste kiss she’d ever had. He didn’t force her mouth open, didn’t thrust his tongue between her lips—he just kissed her hard and thoroughly before setting her away from him and taking a step backward.


And, God, she wanted his tongue so badly now. Wanted to feel it sliding against her own, stroking her senses higher.


But the kiss was over and he was looking at her, his jaw firm and a hard look in his eyes.


“You’re welcome,” he said, and it took her a moment to remember that she’d thanked him for saving her.


“I… I have to go.” Her cheeks flamed as she said it because he knew she had to leave as well as she did. The car was running, and she’d left the door open. She took a step backward, and then another.


Then she turned and got inside the car, determined not to look at him again. But she failed because she looked up, her gaze clashing with his right as she closed the door. And she didn’t look away as they drove off. Nick didn’t move from the spot she’d left him standing in.

It was only when the car turned and he was out of sight that she remembered how to breathe.






About Lynn Raye Harris

USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. 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 and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.” To date, Lynn’s books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.