First glance into Hot Addiction by Lynn Raye Harris.
Five years ago…
Dexter Davidson checked his watch for the thousandth time that morning. It was nearing noon and his bride-to-be was over an hour late. His father stood in the chancel, his rented tuxedo making him appear distinguished and genteel rather than rough and worn like the farmer he was. But the look on his face was what killed Dex the most. It was one of pity and a growing resignation.
“Fuck this,” Dex growled as he clenched his jaw tight and walked down the aisle, between the rows of pews where the guests waited for the ceremony to start. The chapel doors were open to the outside because it was springtime and warm. But it was also raining. A soft, gentle rain, but rain nonetheless.
Perhaps the rain had caused a delay. Dex stood in the open door and took his phone from his pocket. Annabelle still hadn’t answered his texts. He sent another one, just in case, and felt his heart shrivel just a little bit more when no answer came.
He tried calling but it went to voicemail without even ringing. “Belle,” he said, his throat tight and his eyes stinging, “where are you, baby? I’m worried. Please let me know you’re safe. If you’ve changed your mind, it’s okay. Just let me know.”
It wasn’t okay if she’d changed her mind, but what else could he say? Annabelle Quinn had been his girl for the past four years. He’d fallen madly in love with her in an instant. He’d known her most of his life, had ignored her for much of it because she was his little sister’s best friend, but one day, pow!, she’d smiled at him the way she had a million times before—and he was done for. He’d been hers from that moment forward.
And now they were supposed to be getting married. He’d come home on leave from the Army at Christmas and asked her to marry him. She’d said yes. She and his sister had planned everything while he went back to Afghanistan and did his best to stay alive. He didn’t know how long he stood there before he felt a presence beside him.
“I’m sorry, Dex.” Katie put a hand on his arm. “She’s not coming.”
Hot Addiction is another thrilling story in teh HOT team books. This one combines the usual suspense elements with a second chance romance.
Five years ago, Annabelle made a choice that changed her life, but it didn't only affect her future, but also the future of the man she jilted at the altar, Dex. With that decision, she also lost her oldest friendship and suffered other consequences as well; none of which she wants to share with others. But when she finds herself in danger, she knows there's only one man she can turn to, if only he can set aside his hatred to assist.
Dex cursed love after Annabelle left him with no real reasoning, he's worked hard at his military career giving it all he's got, but when an incident with his father finds him back home, the last thing Dex expects is to get pulled into an operation, least of which involves the one woman he'd rather avoid.
Hot Addiction brings to live an interesting twist on second chances with these two former loves. I really enjoyed digging into the reasons for their separation and how it worked out in the end. Dex and Annabelle clearly still have deep feelings for each other, even if they thought they could hide them. When the stakes increase and hidden truths come out - will they be able to make it work? Or will they go down again?
The ensuing mystery around the danger Annabelle has found herself in made for a great plot that helped move the rest of the story along and built on the chemistry and feelings between these two, making a chance for a new romance seem plausible even amidst the drama.
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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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