Review of Reckless Heat by Lynn Raye Harris

March 23, 2019

Reckless Heat by Lynn Raye Harris
Release: February 23, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance - friends to lovers
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat: Descriptive
Type: Prequel to Hostile Operations #1
Length: 164 pages
Format: ebook purchase from Amazon

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He’s my best friend.
He’s everything I ever wanted.
And he doesn’t know how I feel.
I have three weeks left to tell him before he leaves this place forever…

There’s only one way I know how to do that.
I have to give him what I’ve never given anyone.
I’m going to ask him to be my first…

Matt Girard is the guy every girl wants. Rich, handsome, and popular, his future is brighter than the sun. Evie Baker comes from the wrong side of town. She loves Matt desperately, but he only sees her as his tomboy best friend instead of the young woman she’s blossomed into.

Until one fateful night when a reckless dare changes everything…

This is the prequel story to Hot Pursuit, Book 1 in the Hostile Operations Team Series.

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As prequels go, this was a good one. Evie and Matt have been best friends forever. As they grew up, their closeness couldn't be denied. But as Evie matured, her feelings for Matt changed. She fell in love with her best friend and he couldn't see it. He still treated her as a friend, warmed his bed with many women, and never really looked at her. No matter how hard she tried to get him to see her as someone more to him, he firmly placed her in the friend zone. So when she finds out that he intends to leave town after graduation, she makes one more ditch effort to get him to realize what they could be. And risks her young tender heart in the process.

The author did a great job of capturing the unrequited young love experience. It was easy to imagine Evie's anguish and Matt's ignorance. I wasn't completely sold on the idea of them as a couple, but I admired Evie's determination to make it so. I just felt so bad for her. Matt was so cavalier with her feelings, and I hated that he DID know how she felt and still nothing, and I didn't like that Evie allowed herself to be hurt. I get that her feelings couldn't be denied, but poor thing needed someone to tell her to just move on, without her having to be forced to. Matt was just a boy and we can't expect huge things from him. Not every young man is swoon worthy, right?

I'm off to find out what happens when these characters reunite in Hot Pursuit. I hope Evie makes him grovel hard core!

About The Author
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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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