Wednesday, June 12, 2013

SEAL of Honor (HORNET #1) by Tonya Burrows

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.

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though not too descriptive/graphic)
Rating: 4 out of 5

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If you've been around you know I've been lusting after this book since the second I spotted it's cover and mmmm yeah it so lived up to expectations. It was a great combo of suspense and romance and just a fun group of characters. These men. I'm telling ya they were something else. They've all been let loose from their government agencies for one reason or another and are a little bit broken, a little bit ornery, completely bad ass and having to work together. Which is... entertaining. lol And to top it all off they're saddled with one hell of a heroine.
He turned to her. "Could you shoot a firearm and not hit me if the situation came down to that?"

"I was born and raised in the South, honey, but I'm no southern belle. I shoot what I aim at," she said in a tone so coated with sugar he was surprised her teeth didn't rot. Then she flashed a smile as bright as that sinful yellow tank top she wore. "But it's still up in the air whether I'll aim at you or not."

I really loved the dynamic between Gabe and Audrey. While the romance wasn't as heavy as I usually go for it worked for them and their story. And the two just mesh really well together. She doesn't take his shit and isn't scared of the "big bad SEAL" and that's just what Gabe needs in his heroine. And she is one killer heroine. The woman has a spine of steel and really holds it together when things go to hell around them and they're fighting for their lives. I loved that she didn't fall apart on the drop of a hat like some heroines and when push came to shove she was fierce.

And Gabe? He's... Gabe's....well, he's a little sigh worthy. He's in charge of this ragtag group of men and there's just something about him. He's got that quiet authority and strength to him that's so yummy and seductive.

The action was really nicely paced and grabbed me right from the start with a daring kidnapping that'll get your blood pumping just a bit. There are some ugly things, some close calls and omg NOOOs and even a couple surprises that threw me for a loop as they track down her brother and the people that have taken him.

One of my favorite things about SEAL of Honor was the team Gabe now heads up...HORNET. I freaking love these guys. They're such an odd assortment and I seriously cannot wait to see more from each of them. Since it's book one there is a little getting used to everyone and keeping them straight but it was worth the effort. They each had a moment that had me falling just a bit for them. Either being defiant, or being a drunken player (yeah I totally snorted over Jean-Luc and his naughty self) or completely losing their shit and having a throw down to get the team back under control. It was awesome to watch these men who butt heads because of their backgrounds find a common goal and really become a team as they battle the enemy.

All in all a damn good read that'll please the suspense and romance lovers out there and that has me very excited about seeing what comes next.

Have you read Burrows? What did you think?
Go on and join us drooling over that cover....

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