Hot Pursuit (A Hostile Operations Team Novel - Book 1)

Hot Pursuit (A Hostile Operations Team Novel - Book 1)

by Lynn Raye Harris

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He took her innocence. He broke her heart. He's the only one who can save her life...

Ten years ago Matt Girard did something he shouldn't. Something that's haunted him ever since. His best friend offered him her virginity--in a weak moment he took it. He knew Evie Baker wanted forever, but he couldn't give it to her. Not then. Maybe not ever. What Matt wanted was escape, and escape was a career as a military black ops warrior. But now he's back older, wiser, and a hell of a lot tougher. When he encounters Evie at her mama's salon, he knows he'll do anything to make it right again.

Matt was her first love--her first heartbreak--and he still makes Evie's heart pound more than she'd like. But she wants nothing to do with him. His assurances are empty, and she's had enough of men who lie and promise things they don't deliver. She coasted back into town on fumes because of a man. She won't trust another one--especially a man who bailed on her once before. But when her sister goes missing and Evie becomes a suspect in a murder, Matt is the only one she can turn to.

He'll put everything on the line--his career, his future in the Hostile Operations Team, his heart. Even if it means sacrificing all he's worked for, he won't let Evie down this time. He can't. Because if he fails her now, he'll lose her forever.

Book 1: Hot Pursuit (Matt & Evie)
Book 2: Hot Mess (Sam & Georgie)
Book 3: Hot Package (Billy & Olivia)
Book 4: Dangerously Hot (Kev & Lucky)
Book 5: Hot Shot (Jack & Gina)
Book 6: Hot Rebel (Nick & Victoria)
Book 7: Hot Ice (Garrett & Grace)
Book 8: HOT & Bothered (Ryan & Emily)
Book 9: HOT Protector (Chase & Sophie)
Book 10: HOT Addiction (Dex)
Book 11: HOT Valor (Mendez)
Book 12: Hot Angel (Cade & Brooke)
Book 13: HOT Secrets (Sky & Bliss)

Book 1: HOT SEAL (Dane & Ivy)
Book 2: HOT SEAL Lover (Remy & Christina)
Book 3: HOT SEAL Rescue (Cody & Miranda)
Book 4: HOT SEAL Bride (Cash & Ella)
Book 5: HOT SEAL Redemption (Alexei & Bailey)
Book 6: HOT SEAL Target (Blade & Quinn)

Each book stands alone and can be read in any order. However, you might best enjoy them in order.

"...grab this book if you love romantic suspense with tough heroes and females who grow to be their equals in every way." -- Ms. Romantic Reads

"...a brilliant start to what is sure to be a fantastic new series." -- Tome Tender Book Reviews

"I loved this book.  It had lots of action and a bit of mystery to it." -- Toots Book Reviews

"This is an amazing display of great story telling." -- The Romance Book Club

"This was the first book I have read from Lynn Raye Harris and I was pleasantly surprised by what she brought to the table." -- Book Whisperer

"Readers who love military-style action romances like Roxanne St Claire's Bullet Catchers, Marliss Melton's Navy SEALs, or Amy J Fetcher's Dragon One will love having an intense new series to read." -- Romantic Reads and Such

"I can't wait to see what is next in the HOT world." -- The Romance Book Club

"This book has it all...action, intrigue, heat, banter and tons of depth." -- Riverina Romantics Blog

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148400059
Publisher: H.O.T. Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/17/2013
Series: Hostile Operations Team Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 3,133
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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.

You can learn more at her website,, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: Lynn loves hearing from her readers! To sign up for Lynn's newsletter--where you'll be kept up to date about all of Lynn's books--go to

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Hot Pursuit (A Hostile Operations Team Novel) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best romantic suspense novels I've read of late. Congratulations, Lynn! This is an exciting new series....and I'm fully engaged. Looking forward to all of the upcoming books, too. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all romance fans.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris, Evie is back in her home town trying to pull her life together.  She lost her restaurant when her partner and lover managed to steal all of the money.  Not only is Evie broke and jobless, she feels like it's the end of a dream.  For now she is washing hair in her mother's salon while she looks for a job as a chef.  It would be nice to have her own restaurant again, but she'll settle for just getting out of her home town again.   It was bad enough the ridicule and hurt she felt as a teenager after asking her friend Matt Girard to be her first lover, now there is this too.  She was the poor little girl from the poor side of town...and after the humiliation she endured after Matt, she was only to eager to leave Rochambeau in the dust and make something of herself.  Now she is back, living with her mother and younger sister again.  The last person she wants to run into is Matt.  Little does she know that within hours after seeing Matt again, he'll save her from a knife wielding attacker, and have Evie yearning to be touched by him again.   Matt is back briefly to  Rochambeau for his sister's wedding and to wait out a hearing after his last operation as a top secret military group.  He also feels he needs to find peace with Evie after the way he treated her years ago.  He certainly doesn't expect to be saving her from the knife wielding attacker, finding a dead body on her porch, her mother injured, her sister missing, and finding out someone is after Evie for something she doesn't even know she has.  It turns out Evie's ex has strong ties to organized crime...both he and they will stop at nothing to get what she doesn't even know she has back.   It's a race against time to help Evie and save her sister, and Matt uses whatever military ties he has to help, sanctioned or not.  Evie will have to find courage and strength, and face some of her darkest fears if they are to survive.  In the span of a few days, Matt and Evie are pulled together again like they've never been apart, only now they are grown ups who can't get enough of each other despite the lurking danger and knowing Matt will be leaving again soon.  Matt's career is already threatened after the latest Op, but he will do anything to save Evie and her sister.  Will that be enough for him, can he leave again without looking back?  Evie knows she is losing her heart to Matt...will he have to choose between her and his career?  Is it possible for them to both find the courage to take a chance with each other without the adrenaline rush of danger?   Hot Pursuit is a fast paced, action filled romantic suspense.  Lynn will have you loving both Matt and Evie while at times wanting to shake them!  Evie is honest, driven and independent...and she'll let Matt protect her and boss her around up to a point.  But she has a big heart and can't stand the thought of anything happening to him either!  Evie has not been comfortable in Rochambeau for a long time, but she's making the best of a bad situation.  She's so busy focussing on finding a way back out of town though that she's missing a lot of what's there.  Matt is one HOT military man!!  He lives to protect and help people who need it.  He has felt this way for years, since his Mother was sick and died.  Since then he's never been close to his father and struggles to maintain a relationship with him.  Now that he's back, even temporarily, he's determined to make amends with Evie...the girl who used to be his best friend.  It might lead to more than that this time though!   Lynne takes us on a great adventure in Hot Pursuit.  I had no problem getting immersed in this story.  Her descriptions of the bayou will take you there and make you see it in your mind even if you've never been there.  Although the entire book setting was only over a few days, it was fast paced,  full of adventure - both the scary and the sexy kind!  She really manages to pull you in and feel both Evie and Matt.  Lynn infuses Hot Pursuit with bravery, the hope for a future, and peace with the past.   Highly recommend to anyone looking for a romantic suspense that will at times have you on the edge of your seat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot guy? Check. Mystery? Check. Danger? Check. But for some reason this book seemed underdeveloped... Just couldn't fall into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you on edge with every page. Loved Matt and Evie and the wonderful writing. Really took me back to the bayou with the description and Cajun dialect. Must-read!
sdeets More than 1 year ago
Matt and Evie's were best friends that drifted apart. They haven't seen each other in 10 years, but when Evie finds herself in deep trouble, Matt doesn't think twice about helping her. The situation quickly reminds him how attracted they are to each other. There's a lot of drama and suspense as the story unfolds. I decided to try the novel since it was free and was pleased with the writing. I will be reading more of this series.
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
Good romantic suspenseful novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is really hard for me to find a good action/romance, but I have fallen in love with this book. The characters were loveable, flaws and all. The actions sceens were exciting yet still believeable. And the romance had a great pace, where the characters had an actual chance to fall in love, instead of a few steamy sex sceens that give you no actual emotional development. Action, sex and love, this book had it all. And it was all well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps it is unfair to compare this first special forces romance with one of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter novels; on the other hand, Brockmann set the standard with her Navy SEAL novels long before the death of bin Laden. In Harris's Hot Pursuit, the single-thread plot is well thought out with enough twists to keep me guessing. The hero, Matt, would fit nicely into an M L Buchman team or even a Troubleshooter team. Evie, the heroine, is gutsy -- I love her frankness -- and her mistakes do a good job of complicating the hero's life without making her into a fool or a coward. Matt is able to pull the fat out of the fire in spite of, and sometimes, because of Evie's help. The small bayou town setting is excellent: you can hear the buzz of mosquitoes and gossip, and feel the heat and humidity. The quality of the writing is good enough that my editorial critic did not engage. I'll be interested to see how this series plays out. Will Harris build on the camaraderie and loyalty among Matt's team so we feel like we know all the guys? Will there be women besides Evie to add to the sense of family? Will there be multi-threaded romance story arcs that carry across books, providing both character and plot depth? Stay tuned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything from childhood sweethearts to action/adventure & steamy sex scenes. Great character interaction and development. Definitely recommended.
zider More than 1 year ago
The story was good but it was totally unnecessary to drop the "F" bomb all the time. Can't let my girls read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't really feel the chemistry of the couple. The women seemed kinda selfish, whiney, and anti patoric I mean come on your writing about special forces all the more reason to love him for serving his country. Never felt like the charcaters really connected like he was always justifying himself when he didn't need too
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Melaniec1 More than 1 year ago
This book is great!  I will read the rest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it. I can't wait to read more in the series.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Good Book! I am not a huge romantic suspense fan, however, I am a Lynn Raye Harris fan. So after reading the synopsis of Hot Pursuit on NetGalley, I just had to read it. This is the first book in the new Hot Operations Team series and it is really good. It is a hot, suspenseful romance with lots of angst and well developed characters. I was immediately drawn to the heroine, Evie Baker. She is a culinary school graduate and chef, down on her luck, after losing her restaurant to a shyster of a manager. Since Evie has no money or assets any longer, she is forced to move back to her hometown in Rochambeau, Louisiana. She now lives with her mother and distant sister Sarah, while earning money as a shampooer in her mother's hair salon. Evie is actively seeking employment in her field, but to no avail. The hero of the story is Matt Girard. Matt is a special ops officer in the army. He is on leave to attend his sister's hometown wedding. Matt's future in the armed forces has become questionable, due to a prior mission going bad and subsequent pending investigation. Evie and Matt grew up together, in fact, they were best friends. They shared many things together, including Evie's first time. Seeing each other after ten years invokes unresolved feelings and memories. If you enjoy a well written, suspenseful romance, this book is for you. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
Evie Baker is back in Rochambeau and working as a shampoo girl in her mom's beauty salon when her luck just ran out and in walks the man she never wanted to see again. Her ex-partner with ties to organized crime is the reason she’s lost her restaurant, her money, and her self-respect. With no other choice but to return to her hometown, to figure out where she goes from here, she doesn’t think her luck can get any worse...WRONG. Captain Matt "Richie Rich" Girard, is team leader of a group of Special Op men called HOT. He was the guy who took Evies virginity then bragged about it. While at a party someone starts shooting at her, her pouty little sister has gone missing and Matt is the only man with skills to help her. He can't afford to get involved though because he's already on the verge of a court-martial after a top secret mission goes wrong, they are captured and two teammates die. Matt's been ordered to stay out of trouble while he’s home for his sister’s wedding. When Evie’s ex-partner turns up dead on her mom's front porch, her mom attacked and the sister still missing, staying out of trouble is not an option for Matt. He knows he hurt Evie once before; he can’t let her down again. He’s going to have to protect her from a killer, find her sister and the disk before time runs out for the both of them. Matt realizes Evie is worth risking his entire future for but can he convince her to trust him again?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and grabs you along for the ride. Really enjoyed and will continue reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept you in suspense from beginning to end wanting to know what happened next. Could have had a bit more steam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. It had a good story and suspense. I would like less bad language,but I know authors think it should be there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GJRA. Really enjoyed this 260 page story. Keeps you turning pages to see what happens next. Good suspenseful romance. 4.5 stars. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little slow in beginning. But good plot. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the rest in the series.
DebbyReader More than 1 year ago
As hot as the title. Sparks fly between Evie and Matt, but they have a lot to work through about their past while they take care of the bad guys. I loved every minute of this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.