Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book review of SEAL of Honor (HORNET #1) by Tonya Burrows




Synopsis:

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.

Review:

I did the "sample" reading test and I was really intrigued so I purchased the book. I had never read a book like this but I thought the whole Navy SEAL thing was hot and it seemed really promising.

We meet Gabe- ex Navy SEAL who was injured in an accident and long story short, is discharged from the SEALS and joins a team of private for hire mercenaries. Their first mission is to rescue Bryson Van Amee who is being held for ransom in Colombia. Audrey, Bryson's sister, decides to hold her own "investigation" and runs into Gabe and his team and the rest is history. 

Audrey is awesome. She was spunky and sweet but didn't take shit from anyone and held her ground. Gabe is hot!!! Your typical alpha man who is softened as the story progresses due to Audrey.

The HORNET team guys were great. Their banter and straight up unprofessionalism was fun to read. From the  very begining the story was action packed and it had great speed. Towards the middle, however, I felt the plot got a little muddy. There were too many POV's and I felt like the author was pushing to plant stories on everyone for the upcoming books in the series.

Also, Audrey and Gabe's relationship developed waaay too quickly. I would've understand if it was just a fling due to the circumstances. But the fact that it was more than that made it a little meh. In the end I didnt really feel a connection to the characters and I wasn't invested.

BUT it was a fun read and I do recommend it for any down time or when you're in the mood for a fun action packed book.

I wanted to like this so much more than I did! Although I might not re-read, I will be reading the next books in the series.

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