I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows
Series: HORNET #1
Published by Entangled Select on May 28th 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 352 pages
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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.
The set up
The first covert assignment is the rescue of wealthy businessman Bryson Van Amee who was kidnapped in Bogotá, Columbia. They’re racing against time as the FBI special agent in charge of the official negotiation wants to pay the ransom. Gabe is convinced that Bryson will be murdered if they do.
There were LOTS of issues, the first being Gabe’s team. Individually, they represent the best at what they do but this isn’t a SEAL team working in tandem. They’re an indisciplined group and Gabe hasn’t the time to properly train them. When they visit Bryson’s apartment, they unexpectedly run into his sister, Audrey, and end up having to bring her back to their safe house and she’s unwilling to leave. To make matters worse, they’re not even sure who they’re dealing with or where the kidnappers might be located, nor do they have the most ideal equipment to be operating in the jungles of Columbia.
Audrey and Gabe get thrown into a situation where they’re isolated from the rest of the team and are repeatedly trying not to get killed. While they definitely had an initial attraction, these circumstances just turned the heat up beyond boiling. She’s a free spirit but no air head. He’s a SEAL and a commander, used to be obeyed, so Audrey’s tendency to apply her own logic and reason made for some tense situations. Gabe’s hard to resist and Audrey’s a good match for this alpha.
At first I was frustrated by all the mishaps due to the team’s inexperience and lack of discipline but then found this to be the strength of the story. Their imperfections set them apart from being just another military-like op team. There are some unique members I definitely want to know more about and this team will never behave in an ordinary way. Gabe and Audrey work as a couple and they suffered some harsh situations. The story was unpredictable and I was never prepared for most of the things that happened.
I like this story and what this series promises to be, and like it a lot. Gabe is excellent as a leader and he’s going to have his hands full with this team and Audrey. There’s lots of action, twists and surprises. I enjoyed it from start to finish and am ready for the next one. If you like a lot of heat, both in the action and the romance, this book delivers. I really didn’t want it to end.
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