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    Falling in Love

    I love Matt and Evie story. As your reading the story you can see and feel them falling in love. Even though Matt was not ready to submit to those feeling yet. The read was also emotion to see what Matt had to deal with, with his father and the need to get away. It was really sad for me. I love the fact that Evie was a strong young lady, that was there for him, that constant shoulder to cry on if needed. But he was afraid to go past the friend zone he didn't want to risk losing her friendship. Teen love is a hard place to be. To do it or not is grown up decisions. This book touch on many subjects that young adults deal with. I felt so bad for the both of them. It just made me want to read Hot Pursuit again.

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    With a friend like Matt, who needs enemies?

    Although this book was written after the others, I was lucky to read it before anything else. Now, I plan to continue because I really want to know more about Evie and Matt. This one is a little bit of a cliff-hanger, but don't worry because the next one is free. I thought the writing was clear and tight, with the right balance between dialog, action, and emotions. For me, there were no wasted words and the only thing missing was more of an explanation about what happened to Matt. Evie and Matt are best friends and she has had a crush on him forever. He knows, and for that reason has tried to spend less time with her. For some reason feels he's not good enough for her and tries to keep his distance. Unfortunately, he's a bit of a jerk about it in the process (and that's putting it mildly). It was interesting to read Matt's thoughts because, without his POV, there would have been no indication that he actually cared for her. What I really liked about this book were the chapters told from Evie's POV because it brought back remembered feelings from being a teenager and being obsessed by someone and not knowing how he really felt or if I might be rejected. I'm not saying I enjoyed those feelings. I'm saying that the way they were conveyed through the character of Evie was spot-on. I could feel her insecurities, her nervousness, her excitement, all of it. I felt her angst! In fact, I had to remind myself this was fiction so that I wouldn't get that shaky nervous feeling I experienced when I was young. I had forgotten about it - and thankfully so. I have to recommend this book, if only because of Evie. I honestly didn't understand Matt and didn't feel I had enough information to sympathize with him. I'm hoping I will get more of that in the sequel and maybe I'll be able to forgive him for being such an ass.

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    Reckless Heat

    I read this story after HOT PURSUIT. It was good to go back in time, with Evie & Matt. I am looking forward to the next story. Thank you Lynn Ray Harris.

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    Great story!

    I am a huge fan of the Hostile Operations Team series and adored Matt and Evie's story in book 1. I absolutely love that we got a chance to see them as teenagers in Reckless Heat. Reckless Heat is a novella length story and a super fast read. I guess since Matt and Evie were the first couple in the Hostile Operations Team series, they have an extra special place in my heart. I love a friends to lovers story and when you add in a reunion story, you have me from page one. Reckless Heat is Matt and Evie's story from the last few weeks they spend together before he heads off to West Point. I love that Evie and Matt where best friends from the time they were pretty young. I also absolutely loved that Evie had a crush on Matt and although he did know it, he really didn't want to do anything to possibly mess up their friendship. However, what teenage boy is going to turn down a teenage girl, even when it's his very best friend in the world? Honestly I though Matt was super sweet with Evie and I knew he didn't want to hurt her, but being a teenage guy, he just messed up once the deed was actually done. Of course Evie totally looked like she had been in the backseat with Matt and he was a total tool to brag to all his friends. Reckless Heat made me think of a high school keg party on the weekend and watching your best friend's drama play out before everyone. My heart broke for both Evie and Matt since neither really knew how to fix the situation. Reckless Heat was a super fast read for me. I loved the story came from alternating points of view and it is in first person point of view for those readers who aren't huge fans of first person point of view. I have no trouble with it and though it especially worked well with this story. I felt like I got new insight into Matt and Evie's relationship by seeing them together when they were teenagers.

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    Reckless Heat

    They are best friends even though Matt Girard is the guy everyone wants and Evie Baker comes from the wrong side of the tracks but now it’s time for Matt to see the woman she’s blossomed into instead of the tomboy in this riveting prequel to HOT Pursuit. This story is a bit different from the HOT team stories but this story is something special. I was completely captivated by Evie’s first love romance as she sets out to take her and Matt’s relationship to the next level and while the story is a first love romance that adds a lot of depth to Matt and Evie’s characters because it provides insight into the past that caused all the emotional turbulence in their future romance. I am quite partial to lagniappe and this story is my favorite kind because it adds to the book that I’ve read and because I was so captivated by their past and of course me being me, I had to go read HOT Pursuit again.

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