Title: SEAL of Honor (Hornet #1)
Author: Tonya Burrows
Series: Hornet #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 28th, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Select
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.
Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven’t stopped since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I’m now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.
When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let’s be honest, I’ll take a bad horror movie too!) I’m a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I’m also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.
I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. We live in a small town in PA, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.
Review by Lisa
Gabe Bristow is a newly retired Navy SEAL that has no idea what to do with his life after his early leave from the Navy due to an injury that deems him unfit to continue in active duty. Without the Navy the guy seems lost, so when he gets an offer to head up a private hostage rescue team that already has its first job. They need to rescue this wealthy American businessman, Bryson Van Amee–who is slightly crooked and had no idea what he was getting himself into, if you ask me–away from a rebel Colombian paramilitary group. However, upon arrival Gabe’s team is revealed and it couldn’t been anymore of an eclectic, ragtag group of people. I’ll allow you guys to read and find out for yourselves. I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun. I actually thought it was pretty hilarious.
While in Colombia, the group also stumbles upon Audrey Van Amee–the sister of the kidnapped businessman–who had unfortunately been skyping with her brother at the time of his abduction. She’s bound and determined to find her brother, and that means that she can’t help but drive our hero loco while doing so. Audrey is impulsive but kind-hearted, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get her big brother back safe and sound to his wife and kids. I had to admire her for that even though at times she also drove me quite batty, as well. But they group had to admit that they needed her since she was fluent in Spanish and would be a helpful translator for them.
Overall, this was a pretty solid read for me. I liked the setting for the story–for where the action was–which was Colombia. I felt that it was mostly very authentic to being in Colombia, atmosphere-wise. And that is a compliment because I do not take it too kindly when a person writes about an actual country and they just make crap up. She obviously did her research or has actually been to the country about which she writes very well. I enjoyed the banter between the team members, and especially the hero and heroine of the story. I have to say that I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series now after the introductions to each team member. The writing was evenly paced and this ended up being a quick read for me once I picked it up.
A gratifying and action-packed read from debut author Tonya Burrows that I would recommend to readers of the romance-suspense genre!
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of SEAL OF HONOR, swag, and will even have a character in one of Tonya’s future releases named after them! Giveaway ends 6/30.
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