First glance into Hot Addiction by Lynn Raye Harris.
Five years ago…
Dexter Davidson checked his watch for the thousandth time that morning. It was nearing noon and his bride-to-be was over an hour late. His father stood in the chancel, his rented tuxedo making him appear distinguished and genteel rather than rough and worn like the farmer he was. But the look on his face was what killed Dex the most. It was one of pity and a growing resignation.
“Fuck this,” Dex growled as he clenched his jaw tight and walked down the aisle, between the rows of pews where the guests waited for the ceremony to start. The chapel doors were open to the outside because it was springtime and warm. But it was also raining. A soft, gentle rain, but rain nonetheless.
Perhaps the rain had caused a delay. Dex stood in the open door and took his phone from his pocket. Annabelle still hadn’t answered his texts. He sent another one, just in case, and felt his heart shrivel just a little bit more when no answer came.
He tried calling but it went to voicemail without even ringing. “Belle,” he said, his throat tight and his eyes stinging, “where are you, baby? I’m worried. Please let me know you’re safe. If you’ve changed your mind, it’s okay. Just let me know.”
It wasn’t okay if she’d changed her mind, but what else could he say? Annabelle Quinn had been his girl for the past four years. He’d fallen madly in love with her in an instant. He’d known her most of his life, had ignored her for much of it because she was his little sister’s best friend, but one day, pow!, she’d smiled at him the way she had a million times before—and he was done for. He’d been hers from that moment forward.
And now they were supposed to be getting married. He’d come home on leave from the Army at Christmas and asked her to marry him. She’d said yes. She and his sister had planned everything while he went back to Afghanistan and did his best to stay alive. He didn’t know how long he stood there before he felt a presence beside him.
“I’m sorry, Dex.” Katie put a hand on his arm. “She’s not coming.”
– REVIEW –
“You always have a choice, Annabelle. You made yours and it ruined us both. It’s too late to change that.”
Kindle Loc. 1082 of 3431
Aw Dex — you know you don’t believe that . . . .
Five years after Dexter (Dex) Davidson found himself left alone at the altar, the woman who jilted him reappears in his life to ask for his help. Annabelle (Belle) Quinn-Archer is desperate. Now a widow, her late husband, Eric Archer was killed when he tried to con a Russian operative into buying flawed surveillance technology. Belle, unaware of her abusive husband’s treachery, discovers the depths of Eric’s shady dealings when she receives a phone call informing her she’ll be dead within twenty-four hours unless she returns the millions Eric scammed.
Dex, a member of the Alpha Squad of an elite black-ops counterterrorism team known as the Hostile Operations Team (HOT), discovers that Belle is indeed an innocent victim caught up in a web of international intrigue. The HOT operative steps up to help his ex with a silent vow to himself that Belle won’t get a second chance to rip his heart in two. But before Dex has the chance to steel that wounded heart, Belle receives a nightmarish call informing her that her daughter is being held hostage. Four year old Charlotte, her babysitter along with the babysitter’s daughter are at the mercy of ex-KGB operative Dimitri Leonov. Their fate hangs on Belle’s ability to discover the location of the millions of dollars Eric stashed into a secret bank account. As they frantically race to save the hostages from Leonov, Dex and Belle are forced to face the painful and surprising truths that have defined the past five years of their lives.
Hot Addiction is the latest installment in author Lynn Raye Harris’ wildly successful Hostile Operations Team series, and boy, what a book to pop my HOT cherry! A stand alone novel, Hot Addiction is the tenth offering in HOT series, but you do not have to be familiar with the series to fully enjoy this book.
Written with an urgency that will keep the reader glued to the page, author Harris weaves a dramatic plot full of desire, espionage and intrigue. Dex and Belle are solid and sympathetic characters, and their chemistry rings true and unforced. The plot, while intricate, does not confuse. While the pacing of the story is set at a breathless and often breakneck speed, it still maintains a very even flow. (Major kudos to Harris as this story evolves over a timeframe of only a few days.) Secondary characters from the HOT series appear, and add rather than detract from the plot. Minor storylines are teased, as is par for a series, but the major storyline is absolutely solid and well-crafted.
An action-packed thriller wrapped around the hazy steam of a second chance romance, Hot Addiction is a terrific read. Well done, Lynn Raye Harris!
*ARC received courtesy of the author via The Next Step PR in exchange for an honest review*
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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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