Review: SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows

seal of honorTitle: SEAL of Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2013

The heroine: Artist Audrey Van Amee

The hero: Former Navy SEAL/HORNET team leader Gabriel Bristow

The blurb: 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.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: If this book is any indication of how this series is going to be, then we are in for hell of a ride! We’ve met some of the HORNET guys through the fabulous Wilde brothers series (and if you haven’t read them, you totally should) and this first book is about team leader Gabe Bristow. Forced to retire from the SEALs due to injury, he’s got a desk job at the Pentagon all lined up through his Admiral father… until he’s offered a job working for a private security firm. Knowing that doing missions is in his blood, he takes it.

His first mission, leading a ragtag team of men who both work well as a team with their individual specialities and antagonise each other, is to go to Bogota, Columbia, to rescue an American businessman who has been taken hostage. If they don’t extract Bryson Van Amee soon, they won’t find him alive.

They soon discover a complication upon arrival in Bogota in the form of Bryson’s younger sister, Audrey, who has arrived from Costa Rica, where she is based. She won’t be brushed aside and is fluent in Spanish, so Gabe has no choice but to take her with him when he goes to interview a potential suspect. When they get taken hostage, Gabe finds he will do everything he can to keep this woman safe. He tries to brush aside his growing feelings for her, but he knows it’s mutual and she won’t allow them to be swept under the carpet. But Gabe has a mission, and they lead very separate lives in different countries. How on earth could they ever make a relationship work?

This book was one rollercoaster of a ride, with hot, alpha males and a feisty heroine who proves she can hold her own. I adore this author’s books and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!




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