Review: Code of Honor by Tonya Burrows

code of honorTitle: Code of Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Sheriff/HORNET team member Lanie Delcambre

The hero: HORNET team member/medic Jesse Warrick

The blurb: Jesse Warrick used to consider himself a kickass medic, but a teammate’s brush with death has him questioning everything. Now he’s been promoted to field commander of HORNET. How can he lead when he can’t get his shit together? And how can he focus when the sexy new recruit makes him want to break the rules?

Lanie Delcambre can’t seem to find solid footing within the elite hostage rescue team. Worse, the man she’s loved for most of her life is now her boss. She’d kill to act on the chemistry between her and Jesse, but she can’t risk ruining her career.

It was only supposed to be a training mission. No live ammo, no hostages, and no real bad guys—only someone didn’t give the bad guys that memo. When their hotel is taken hostage with half of HORNET inside, Jesse and Lanie are the team’s only hope of escaping alive…

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

The review: Another excellent installment in the HORNET series. Jesse Warrick is the team’s medic and he’s just been promoted to field commander because Gabe and Quinn can no longer be in the field because of their medical histories. He’s nervous as hell about leading the team, especially now since Lanie Delcambre is on it. Jesse has known Lanie since they were teenagers and has loved her that long, but his previous three marriages have put him off the institution and his sullen teenage son, Connor, is giving him enough of a headache.

Lanie wants to prove herself to be a valuable team member, but it doesn’t help that she’s in love with its leader. Jesse is the man she’s wanted forever, but she knows she can’t cross that line. But when the team are taken hostage while on vacation at one of Tucker Quentin’s hotels after a training mission, it’s up to Jesse and Lanie to get their men out alive. Jean-Luc is badly injured; Connor and the other trainees are stuck on the fourth floor; and Gabe, Quinn and Harvard are in the hands of the kidnappers. Can Jesse, Lanie and the rest of the team get them all out alive? Will Jesse and Lanie be able to cross the line and have their relationship survive? Make sure you read it to find out…

 

 

 

Review: Broken Honor by Tonya Burrows

broken honorTitle: Broken Honor

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Veterinary technician Mara Escareno

The hero: Second in command of the HORNET team Travis Quinn

The blurb: Ice-cold and unbreakable, Travis Quinn is the HORNET team’s hard-ass. No weaknesses. Except, of course, for the accident that not only destroyed his career as a Navy SEAL, but left terrifying blanks in his memory. But Travis remembers everything about Mara Escareno–the curve of her lips, the feel of her body…and how he walked out on her suddenly six weeks ago.

Mara could never resist the dangerously sexy Travis, which is probably how she ended up pregnant and disowned by her family. But before Travis can fully process the news, Mara is kidnapped by his enemies and plunged into the violent, merciless world of human trafficking. They want Travis–and the information locked within his damaged memory–no matter the cost. And now Travis’s enemies have discovered his only weakness…Mara.

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

The review: Travis Quinn is the second in command of the HORNET team. Injured along with Gabe in a car accident several years previously, he’s still suffering from migraines and blackouts as a result of the head injury he suffered.

Travis has been seeing Mara Escareno, cousin of fellow team member Jesse. He doesn’t know what it is about her that keeps drawing him back, but he once again seeks comfort after a tough mission in her arms, only to be hit with news that shocks him: she’s pregnant. Before he can process it, Mara is kidnapped and it doesn’t take long for Travis and the team to work out it’s because of him. Someone is out to get him, and they’re using Mara as bait.

With not only the life of the woman he loves but that of their baby’s at stake, he’ll follow her to the ends of the earth to get them back safely and find out once and for all who wants him dead. He starts having flashbacks amongst the blackouts, and when the truth comes out – about the car accident, about what he was involved with, and who’s running the show – not only Travis but the entire team will be rocked to the core.

Another thrilling, fast-paced book with smoking hot sex scenes in the HORNET series. If you love romantic suspense, you just can’t miss this series.

Review: Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows

honor reclaimedTitle: Honor Reclaimed

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2014

The heroine: Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton

The hero: Former Marine sniper/HORNET team member Seth Harlan

The blurb: Former Marine sniper Seth Harlan is determined to prove that he can still do his job despite his ongoing battle with PTSD. When an old friend contacts HORNET to rescue a black ops soldier, Seth’s stability is strained. He knows all too well what it’s like to rot inside an enemy camp, praying for rescue and waiting for death. And he’s not about to leave a man behind.

Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton just stumbled into the middle of an arms deal. Teaming up with a ragtag team of mercenaries is the last thing she wants to do–especially when she realizes Seth Harlan is assigned to the mission. He may ignite a passion in her she thought long dead, but Phoebe’s hiding a secret that could destroy him.

With a bomb in the mix, HORNET’s mission is suddenly about a lot more than an abandoned soldier. Racing against the clock, Seth, Phoebe, and the rest of the team struggle to stop a ruthless warlord bent on power, revenge…and death.

Standalone or series: Book two in the HORNET series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This book is everything a fantastic romantic suspense should be. Seth Harlan is a broken man. He’s a former Marine sniper who was held as a POW for over a year. Beaten, tortured and made to do some things that would make the average person break, he held on until he was rescued… but he’s never been the same. He understandably suffers from PTSD and nobody wants him anymore – not the Marines, not a woman.

It’s been several years after his rescue but he’s still just trying to survive one day at a time. When Travis Quinn brings him onto the HORNET team, he’s not exactly made to feel welcome. Most of them guys don’t trust him. He’s still finding his place when the team’s leader, Gabe Bristow, asks the impossible: return to Afghanistan, where he was held captive, to rescue another POW.

Determined not to squander the chance Quinn has given him, and wanting to pull some aspects of his life together, he goes with the team… and encounters a redheaded photojournalist named Phoebe Leighton. He doesn’t know it, but Phoebe knows exactly who he is and she’s determined to keep that a secret from him, for reasons that are disclosed. Despite the nature of his visit there, Phoebe makes him feel something he hasn’t felt in years: desire.

In the midst of the mission, Seth tries to bond with Phoebe, but his demons are too much. She’s the first woman to see the man underneath the scars, and she wants to be with him. This book was amazing. The relationship between the two leads was painfully realistic in some places, and not rushed. Some parts of the book were hard to read – the brief mentions of what Seth endured during his captivity made me teary – but boy, was it worth reading. This series is some of the best romantic suspense I’ve read, and this author is one of my favourites.

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!

 

 

 

Review: Too Wilde To Tame by Tonya Burrows

too wilde to tameTitle: Too Wilde To Tame

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2017

The heroine: Ballet dancer/teacher/radio DJ Natalie Taggart

The hero: Ex-Army Ranger/Wilde Security owner Greer Wilde

The blurb: For three years, ballet teacher Natalie Taggart has lived across the hall from grumpy, reclusive, sexy Greer Wilde. Save for a handful of hellos and the occasional heated glance, they never spoke to each other.

Until the morning Greer lands on her doorstep, bleeding, beaten, and bullet-riddled.

Greer doesn’t need or want her help. He has only one goal: revenge. And nobody—not his brothers, and certainly not his too-hot-for-his-sanity next-door neighbor—is going to get in his way.

Standalone or series: This is the fifth and final book in the Wilde Security Series, but can be read as a standalone. Do read the whole series, though!

The review: I didn’t want to read this book because I knew it meant my journey with the adorable Wilde brothers would be over! Greer is the oldest Wilde, the one who, at the age of fifteen, successfully sought emancipation when his parents were murdered so he could look after his four younger brothers. He joined the Army as soon as he could to support them and he’s done his best to ensure they’ve grown up with everything he could give them.

But he’s been hiding a secret from them for years, one he can never tell them. He’s also come to the realisation that the murder of his parents was no random act of violence; someone wanted them dead, he knows who’s behind it, and he’s going to get revenge. He won’t breathe a word of it to his brothers because he doesn’t want them involved; he’s still trying to protect them, even though they’re all adults.

When he’s brutally attacked while following his suspect, he manages to make it back to his apartment block but collapses on the doorstop of his beautiful neighbour, Natalie. They’ve never really spoken, but there’s something about her he’s attracted to. She patches him up, with the help of Jesse Warren from the HORNET series (I love all the crossovers in these books and am hoping for some Wilde appearances when I start HORNET!), and finds herself involved in whatever Greer’s dealing with when her nephew goes missing.

Greer’s quest for revenge won’t be sated until he makes the person responsible pay, but Natalie keeps getting in his way. She finally persuades Greer to tell his brothers what’s going on, and they pull together as a family. Greer and Natalie’s lives are entangled in ways they couldn’t have imagined, and since she’s been half in love with him since she first saw him three years previously, it doesn’t take much for her to fall completely. Will her love be enough in the end to stop Greer seeking revenge? Will his brothers be a help or a hindrance? All is eventually revealed, and the last chapter was very satisfying. I have adored this series and only wish there was more to read 🙂

Review: Running Wilde by Tonya Burrows

running wildeTitle: Running Wilde

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Waitress Lark Warren

The hero: Ex-Navy SEAL/Wilde Security private investigator Vaughn Wilde

The blurb: Lark Warren can never stay one person for too long, so when her past starts to catch up to her, she hops the first bus out of DC, steals a new name, and goes deep into hiding in New Orleans. Unfortunately, all it takes is the wrong set of eyes to blow her cover. Enter Vaughn—the man she once let too close to her real self.

Ex-Navy SEAL Vaughn Wilde has one objective: drive Lark back to DC to face charges for identity theft—which would be easier if he could forget the three lust-filled weeks he shared with her before she disappeared. With each passing mile, he can’t ignore the heat still sparking between them…or the fact he has led her enemies right to her.

Lark can’t stay with Vaughn, not when it will put him in the crosshairs of the dangerous man she’s spent the last five years running from. But Vaughn is determined to keep her safe—even if it means she’ll run off with his heart all over again.

Standalone or series: This is book four in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: My love for the Wilde brothers continues in book four of the series. This one is about Cam’s twin, Vaughn. He’s the moodiest of the brothers, the one who seems to keep himself hidden the most. He’s been fascinated by the woman who called herself Lark Warren since he met her in Key West, while his family was there for Jude’s wedding. She’d just broken off her engagement to Eva’s (Cam’s wife) ex and ended up spending several weeks holed up with Vaughn, until one day she simply disappeared.

Vaughn is determined to find her. Since she vanished, he’s found out her name isn’t Lark Warren, or any of the half dozen aliases she’s used over the last five years. He doesn’t even know why he keeps looking, but something about her has wrapped around his heart and he can’t rest until he finds her and knows she’s safe.

When a friend calls to say he’s spotted her in New Orleans, Vaughn bolts down there and eventually captures her. He tells her he’s taking her back to DC to turn her in for identity theft, and Lark – or Sage, as she’s now known – begs him not to. Lark is not the only thing he’s got on his mind; he’s found himself accidentally being pursued by the head of a mafia family, who wants him to do a job. Giuseppe Bellisario doesn’t take no for an answer, so between him, Lark, and whomever is after her, Vaughn’s got his hands full.

He eventually finds out Lark’s identity and when Cam gets kidnapped by the person Lark has been running from for so many years, Vaughn finds himself facing an impossible choice – his brother or his lover? I’m not going to spoil it for you because you have to read it for yourself. I’m just going to say this is another fabulous installment in the Wilde Security series and I’m going to miss them when I finish the last book.

 

 

Review: Wilde at Heart by Tonya Burrows

wilde at heartTitle: Wilde at Heart

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2015

The heroine: Coffee shop owner Shelby Bremer

The hero: Ex-Army/computer expert/company owner Reece Wilde

The blurb: Reece Wilde put everything in his life on the backburner to protect his brothers and their struggling company, Wilde Security. With a major contract on the line, Reece can’t afford any mistakes…like getting caught in a red-hot, X-rated moment with wild child Shelby Bremer, who’s more trouble than he can handle. Now he’s being blackmailed. Shelby’s mile-long impulsive streak gets her in more trouble than she’d like to admit. Between her sister’s wedding, her coffee shop set on fire, and getting down and dirty with the groom’s brother, things are definitely coming off the rails. With both their careers and their safety on the line, Reece is determined to keep them both safe…even if it means a Vegas-style shotgun wedding.

But gambling on a wild card-and a wild soul-is risky…and sometimes, it can get a guy killed.

Standalone or series: This is book three in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: Another day, another Wilde brother to fall in love with! This is Reece’s book; he’s the second oldest and the computer geek of the Wilde brothers. Apart from bankrolling the firm, he also has another company that does software for the military. The contracts are drying up, though, so he’s looking for a private investor and has a billionaire interested.

Shelby Bremer is everything Reece is not. She breaks the rules. She dyes her hair lurid colours and has tattoos and piercings. She owns a bird called Poe. She likes to call Reece different candy names, like Hershey. He doesn’t know what it is about her he’s drawn to, but lusts after her he does. She’s off limits, though; not only is she the kind of free spirit that his potential investor would not approve of, she’s also Cam’s wife’s half-sister. Where Shelby goes, trouble follows.

But Reece can’t help himself, and they get up to mischief at the coffee shop – just before someone burns it to the ground. They get out okay, but then Reece receives an email with a compromising photo of him and Shelby and demands for money. Whomever sent it knows he’s trying to attract an investor, and Reece needs this money to not only keep the software company afloat, but also Wilde Security. His brothers are depending on him and he can’t let them down.

It soon becomes clear that blackmail is not the only problem Reece is facing – someone is also after Shelby, and he can’t bring himself to let her face it alone, so he agrees to her crazy plan and they marry in Las Vegas, where they already are for Cam and Eva’s wedding.

They both have secrets, and when Reece tells Shelby his, it blew my mind. My jaw literally hung open! I’ve never seen it in a romance book before and I just loved it – it made me love Reece a thousand times more. It absolutely worked for his character. The identity of the blackmailer and why they’re doing it eventually comes out, as does the real Reece – a computer nerd who’s happy when he’s creating video games. It’s Shelby who frees him to be the man he truly is, and he knows he can’t ever let her go. But will the woman who thinks she’s completely unlovable be able to love him back? Can Reece help her overcome her insecurities, or are they just too different to work together? You’ll just have to read it to find out!

 

Review: Wilde For Her by Tonya Burrows

wilde for herTitle: Wilde For Her

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2013

The heroine: Homicide detective Eva Cardoso

The hero: Ex-homicide detective/private investigator Camden Wilde

The blurb: Former homicide detective Camden Wilde has been in love with his ex-partner, Eva Cardoso, for longer than he cares to admit. Not that it matters. She’s shoved him into the friend zone, and after living through the hell of his parents’ violent deaths, Cam’s unable to give her the idyllic life she secretly desires.

Eva’s never met a person who hasn’t let her down. Cam may be sex personified, but he’s the only man she can trust, and there’s no way she’ll risk their friendship on the off-chance they could be more. Especially not after the one scintillating night she’s trying—and failing—to forget.

When a murder-for-hire contract on his head lands Eva on his doorstep, Cam knows it’s time to put up or shut up. He’s done biding his time, and he’ll be damned if he lets the delectable detective ignore what’s between them, no matter the cost.

Standalone or series: This is book two in the Wilde Security series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: If I thought book one was good, book two was even better! I utterly adored Cam Wilde from start to finish and I suspect he will be my favourite Wilde brother.

Cam used to be a homicide detective and his partner was Eva Cardoso. He’s been in love with her for five years now, a long time, but has never made a move because she’s his best friend and he doesn’t want to lose her friendship. When she agrees to attend his brother’s wedding in Key West as his date, they run into her ex at the bar. Eva and Preston broke up six months previously because she desperately wants something she’s never shared with anyone before, not even Cam: a family. A home. She thought she’d get that with Preston, but when he made it clear marriage was not for him she ended it.

So it burns when Preston turns up with his new fiancee. Eva drinks far too much and when Cam gets her back to her room safely, they end up in bed and have drunken sex. Eva is so freaked out by what’s happened the next morning that she takes off and goes home without even speaking to Cam.

Things are awkward at first, but they soon manage to sort things out somewhat. Cam’s feelings for Eva haven’t changed, and she needs him too much to shut him out of her life completely. She didn’t come from a great childhood – her drug addict mother made things very hard for Eva and her siblings.

Cam’s got other things to be dealing with – someone has taken out a contract on him. He has to involve his brothers, if only because he has an identical twin in Vaughn, and he hates the idea of Vaughn being mistaken for him and getting hurt. When Cam’s informant turns up dead, time is running out for Cam and his brothers to find out who wants him dead.

Eva becomes involved in the investigation because of the dead informant, and she finds herself terrified of losing Cam. Will she finally let down the walls around her heart to give it Cam and trust him not to break it? You’ll just have to read and find out.

Review: Wilde Nights in Paradise by Tonya Burrows

wilde nights in paradise.jpgTitle: Wilde Nights in Paradise

Author: Tonya Burrows

Year of publication: 2013

The heroine: ADA Libby Pruitt

The hero: Ex-marine/Private investigator Jude Wilde

The blurb: Former Marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL.

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?

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

The review: It’s been almost a year since I started this blog and what better way to end it – and 2018 in general – than by jumping into a series featuring a quintet of hot brothers! Meet the Wildes: Greer, Reece, Camden, Vaughn and Jude. Bonded by the tragic loss of their parents when they were young, they now run Wilde Security, using all their skills as ex-military (or, in Camden’s case, ex-detective) to provide expertise skills to whatever their clients need.

When ex-Marine Jude’s former CO shows up, he knows he’s in trouble. There’s no way that Colonel Elliot Pruitt would be asking for help unless it was serious. His daughter, Elizabeth, now an ADA, is being stalked. While she won’t take the threats seriously, Elliot does and he only trusts one man with the task of protecting Libby: Jude.

Jude wants nothing to do with the case. There’s a very good reason Libby is his ex-fiancee. He broke her heart eight years ago and he’s sure she won’t want anything to do with him. But her stalker’s getting bolder, and to appease her father Libby agrees to go with Jude into hiding. But the forced proximity only goes to prove the sparks between them never died, and Libby doesn’t take much convincing to fall back into bed with Jude. But the past hangs between them because they never dealt with it, and between it and the stalker, will it be too much for them to overcome? Will they find their happily ever after? This is a great start to what promises to be an amazing series – you’ve got sexy brothers, a feisty heroine, some mystery and a whole lot of passion thrown in. Can’t wait to read about the rest of the brothers!