A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Monday, February 22, 2016

Reckless Heat: Prequel to Hot Pursuit- A Hostile Operations Team Novella

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. Reckless Heat (Hostile Operations Team, #0.5)Reckless Heat by Lynn Raye Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reckless Heat: The Prequel to Hot Pursuit- a HOT Novella is a 2016 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve followed this series from the beginning and a lot has taken place since HOT Pursuit with the storylines developing more and more as we go along. But, it was nice to go back to the beginning to gain a little more insight into Evie and Matt’s backstory.

This novella length story is written in full blown New Adult style with the dual first person perspectives of Matt and Evie.

Normally, NA is not my bag, but in this case, because I knew the characters, this set up was actually kind of cool, despite the high degree of angst.

This story sets the stage for what happens in Hot Pursuit, so, of course I already know how things turn out for this couple, but now we have a few more details which provides greater insight into what propels Matt forward and how the couple’s wires got crossed that last evening they spent together.

Still, despite the years of heartbreak, I can’t help but think things turned out the way they were meant to in the end. It’s just too bad, they never got a chance to clear the air first, however, this story shows us how the coupled transitioned from being best friends to the point of falling in love. I love the friends to lovers romances, almost as much as…. The second chance at love trope. ( in HOT Pursuit)

The author did a fantastic job of recreating all that high school drama and angst, while providing us with more details about Matt’s background, which is very hard, and will make you want to hold him and take care of him, and of course helps the reader gain a little more understanding of why he made the choices he did, the way he did.

This story was like tripping down memory lane for me and reminds me again of why I fell in love with this series in the first place.

4 stars

Release date: February 23

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USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. 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 and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.”

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