My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was provided an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All the squees are my own.
Another great edition to HOT, for me this series just keeps delivering – both with the action and with the feels. With the addition of Dane and his team (HOT SEAL – coming out in September), I like where the series is going. And we are that much closer to Mendez’ story, which from what Harris is laying down in Hot & Bothered, it’s going to be HOT.
This time around our Hero & Heroine (Ryan & Emily) are dealing with forbidden attraction – he needs to stay away from her because of her past and his job. We first met Emily in HOT Rebel, (Nick & Victoria’s story), she is the sister that Victoria went rogue for and it’s not until now that we’re really getting to know her. Since being back in the US, Ryan has been one person that Emily can really confide in, he is a big part of her coping with everything that’s happened since the desert, Bin Yusef and her rescue. But when Ian Black gives her a chance to clear her name and make things right, how can she say no?
In the previous books we’ve mostly seen Ryan as the joker, the class clown. So it’s a little different to see him as both vulnerable and the big bad protector. Although I admit it was nice to see beyond the surface. Emily manages to get past that and in that sense they’re perfect for each other, they work through their problems together. They’re both as stubborn as each other to begin with, so it’s fun to see the give and take in their relationship.
I like that Harris continues to write strong female characters, sure they can’t do everything on their own and I don’t expect them to, but they’re resourceful, strong and they kick arse – these characters feel real to me, they aren’t cookie cutter. And that is why this series continues to be one of my favourites.
I know for the previous couple of stories in the series I’ve said the books can be read as stand-alones, but I think that it’s better to read them in order, there are tidbits of information that relate to previous stories and while they aren’t major spoilers it’s nice to start the series as Harris intended and let’s be honest why wouldn’t you want to read them all.
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Until next time, happy reading.