The HORNET series is one of my recent favorite military/romantic suspense series of late. The last book, Honor Reclaimed, tore my heart out. These guys might all be alpha to the core, but they are all faced with being limited in some way and how they deal with it. While the action was plenty here, I found the romance a little on the weak side. While it is not completely necessary, I do suggest reading the first 2 books in the series prior to this story. [Read more…]
Lots of great reads in 2014! I could’ve listed a few more but wanted to just give you my most favorite of the year. I especially loved favorite authors that started new series (Callihan, Andrews & Bennett) and new to me authors (Bowen). Bring on 2015!
The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan – Callihan’s foray into New Adult is a smash and my #1 reread of 2014. Star quarterback falls head long for a smart sarcastic girl who wants nothing to do with him. Fantastic tension with well-developed relatable characters with a seriously steamy story made this riveting read.
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The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen – A new to me author that I’ve fallen for. The first book in the Ivy League series is a sentimental coming of age story with a strong heroine who is navigating a different kind of freshman year after a hockey accident landed her in a wheelchair. It gave me all the angsty butterflies that a first love can give. [Read more…]
Jen posted my first review for Red Hot Books one year ago with the first book in this series. I thought it was fitting to celebrate with the review of the second. It’s been a blast chatting books with everyone and I look forward to another fun year of reviewing!
I really enjoyed SEAL of Honor and was really interested to see where the author would take the gang of ex-military misfits. I did not realize that the hero was not an original HORNET team member but is a new character from another one of Burrows’ series (Wilde Security), which I had not read. Fortunately, I didn’t feel lost or felt like something was missing (although I will be catching up on the other series). [Read more…]
What is it about military men that get the blood pumping?
I will come right out and admit it – I am a sucker for a hot alpha Navy SEAL. Something about the combination of quiet strength, cocky confidence and unwavering need to protect all wrapped up in a body that is physically honed to perfection.
SEAL of Honor is the first in a new series by first time author Tonya Burrows and it’s a good one. Gabe Bristow is still ornery over having to leave the SEALs after an accident leaves him with a medical discharge. Floundering without the security of the Teams, his best friend Travis Quinn, also a former SEAL, convinces Gabe to join up with an A-Team-like group of men to rescue an American businessman kidnapped in Colombia.
To further complicate matters, the kidnapped businessman’s sister, Audrey, shows up to try to put her 2 cents in. It was a little odd that the reason they too her on was because she was fluent in Spanish when they already had a linguist on the team, but easily overlooked. There is a true progression of character for Audrey throughout the book. At first, I found her naïveté mildly annoying. For instance, when she and Gabe are surrounded by guerillas in the jungle and trying to escape, she was horrified that Gabe was going to kill a cow to cause distraction. Really? A cow was more important than evading death?
Fortunately, as the story progressed, Audrey put on her big girl panties and started to deal. By the end of the book, Audrey was no longer looking for someone to rescue her, but being proactive for herself. I liked that she was a good companion to Gabe. Her sweetness tempered all his stern childhood and military upbringing. The sexy scenes were a bit stilted, but I believe that will smooth out in later books. I also liked that their HEA wasn’t some long drawn out affair and I really hope that readers will get short updates about Gabe and Audrey later in the series.
Burrows does a nice job setting up the men for further books in the series. All of the men are outcasts from their former governmental-type jobs who, under the command of Gabe, begin to gel into a true unit by the end of the book. I’m very interested to see where the stories go, especially the badass explosives guy, Ian Reinhardt. Burrows hints to backstories of the men, and if you are a fan of tortured heroes, keep an eye on this series.
*ARC Provided by Entangled via NetGalley
Seal of Honorby Tonya BurrowsRelease Date: May 27, 2013Publisher: Entangled Publishing