Monday, June 3, 2013

Book Review: SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows

SEAL of Honor (HORNET, #1)SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Entangled Select)
Publish date: May 28, 2013
Paperback, 352 pages (or ebook)
ISBN: 9781620612583

My Review:
I was excited by SEAL of Honor when I first heard about it and I understood it would be part of a series. After reading it, I cannot wait to get more of the HORNET boys and their stories. Ms. Burrows did what I thought was an excellent job putting this group of men together as an unit. They are a little unorganized and not quite working well together in this book, but I am betting by a few books from now, they will be getting along just fine!

And fine, fine is defined by Gabe Bristow. Wow, this man is hot, yet a little stiff personality-wise. I like him from the beginning, but love watching him lose more and more control around Audrey. Now Audrey is a definite free-spirit with some backbone. Yes she does have her flighty moments, but all-in-all when the going gets tough, Audrey can handle with the best of them. I enjoyed the interplay between Gabe and Audrey and liked watching them fall for each other. I also liked getting a little bit of back story here and there on each of the other team members. I cannot wait for each of their books, they were all intriguing and they definitely have stories to tell besides the romance that will come in each book.

The plot was great, I thought I had figured out who the bad guy was early on, but there is quite a twist I did not see coming, so well played Ms. Burrows! The action and multiple plots going on were fascinating and I loved the setting in Bogota. It was definitely a fast-paced book that was hard for me to put down.

If you like good-mercenary/SEAL books, then this is just the series for you. I can only imagine that the stories will get even better with some of the more complex characters and yet it's hard to imagine anything better than Gabe and Audrey's story. Was it completely realistic? I'm not sure, but it's fiction to me and I enjoyed every minute of my reading experience with SEAL of Honor.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

About the Author (from Goodreads):
Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven't put down my pen since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I'm now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let's be honest, I'll take a bad horror movie too!) I'm a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I'm also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.​​

I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. I'm from a small town in Western New York, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.


***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***