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!