Title: Hot Valor
A Hostile Operations Team Series Standalone
Author: Lynn Raye Harris
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 18, 2017
They told him she was dead. They liedâ¦
Colonel John âViperâ Mendez is having the second-worst day of his life. Accused of using the Hostile Operations Team to assassinate a foreign official, heâs gone from being a respected military black-ops commander to a fugitive in the space of an hour. On the run, hunted, and stripped of his honor, Mendez has nowhere to goâand few people he can trust.
Russian spy Ekaterina âKatâ Kasharin is a carbon copy of the woman Mendez once loved. Twenty-one years ago, Valentina vanished from his life. Kat claims to be her twinâbut Katâs lying. Ordered by her superiors in Russian Intelligence to abandon the man she lovedâor watch him dieâKat had no choice but to obey.
But twenty-one years is a long time to love a man from afar, and Kat wonât stand by as a traitor plans his deathâeven if it means risking her heart and her life to save him. She can never reveal her true identityâor the secrets she keeps locked away. Secrets he would hate her for. Working with him is strictly business, and she wonât let emotions get in the way. But the attraction between them is smoking hotâand itâs not long before theyâre burning up the sheets.
When the truth comes out, the mission implodes. Everything Mendez thought he knew was a lie. Heâll have to pull it together though before a deadly foe succeeds in taking away all he loves. By the time he realizes Kat might be most important of all? It could be too late to save herâ¦
Katya had dropped her backpack and fished out guns and ammunition. She was currently checking her weapons. She looked up at him, one delicate eyebrow arching. Her beauty was a grenade to his brain. A lightning rod to his cock. He wanted to fuck her and it pissed him off. Heâd been with her less than eight hours and he wanted to strip her naked and make her scream his name.
He hadnât had sex in months now, not since heâd broken it off with Sam. He wasnât the kind of man who could walk into a bar and pick up a woman for a night of casual sex. At his rank, and with his job, it wasnât wise. Foreign governments sent spies for just such occasions. Seduce the commanders, get information. Happened all the time, even though it seemed like a plot out of a bad spy movie. Heâd seen it more than once. Idiots who should know better had their heads turned by free pussyâand lost their careers over it.
Therefore, he did not fuck around lightly. Even when the sexual drought took its toll and he was so sick to death of his hand he couldnât even work up the enthusiasm to jerk himself off.
âWhere did you find this place?â Katya asked.
He dragged his brain back from the brink of a full-blown waking fantasy. Heâd been about to undress her and see if she tasted as hot as she looked. See if she had a fucking scar on her left thigh. He still wasnât convinced that she didnât.
Safer for her if she didnât. Safer for him, too. Because heâd go fucking ballistic if she had that scar. If she was Valentina instead of an identical twin. He couldnât even imagine what kind of person sheâd have to be to lie for twenty-one years. To let him think she was dead and buried.
âWeâre safe here, donât worry,â he said roughly.
âThatâs what I thought at the other place. Turns out it wasnât true.â
âWe wonât be here long.â
She shot him a questioning look. âReally? Where are we going?â
âYouâll know when we get there.â
New York Times and 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." To date, Lynn's books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.