SEAL of Honor- Review
Title: SEAL of Honor
Series: Hornet #1
Author: Tonya Burrows
Acquired: Netgalley - Thank you to Entangled Publishing and Tonya Burrows
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
My Rating: 5.0
Good Reads 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.
For those of you continously read my reviews here on my blog or on goodreads, you know the one thing I am always craving more is originality! My main complaint most of the time is, that I can guess the ending about a third of the way into a book.
Last week I was working on a research paper for nursing school when I was approved for this book in Netgalley. I struggled to not give into temptation of a good story, and yes I will shamelessly admit the gorgeous man on the cover! After my paper was over I dove into the book and immediately from the first chapter I was hooked. (And praised my good sense not to start this book before I finished my paper.) This book started with a rich business man in Columbia on a business trip. My first instinct was, here we go another story about an obscenely rich man falling in love, but towards the end of the first chapter I knew I was wrong. And I will honestly say that this book had one of the best first chapters I have ever read. There is no way anyone can put the book down when you get to the end of that chapter.
When an American business owner is kidnapped in Columbia, an ex Navy Seal by the name of Gabe Bristow is given a job opportunity to put a crew together to go to Columbia and rescue him. Gabe is struggling with an injury that forces him out of the Seals and takes the opportunity to fill the void in his life. At the same time, Audrey, the sister of the American business man also takes of to Columbia to find out what happen to her brother. Haven't lost her parents, she will do everything in her power not to lose her brother. When a trained Seal who has spend his entire life in military school, living his life by the book, meets Audrey a free spirited artist things are bound to clash. But as the saying goes sometimes opposites attract. Will they save her brother in time? Who is responsible for his kidnapping and why? Will Gabe learn to let go of his duty and allow himself to give in to the chemistry he feels to Audrey? You guys have to pick up this book to find out
There were so many things I loved about this book! The amazing adventure was the first thing that caught my interest! This book literally reminded me of an episode of 24, with Gabe being a younger version of Jack Bauer. Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the amazing character development. Each and every character had a unique personality that stood out on the page. Wether they were just a side character who you only read about twice or one of the main characters. You felt like you knew them and they each had their own very distinct personalities. I loved the bond and loyalty of the Hornet Crew. They certainly had their fair share of disagreements, but they put them aside and worked together as a very cohesive unit. Then their is Gabe who is so physically strong, but yet so emotionally weak he needs a woman like Audrey in his life who gives him strength were he is lacking.
I really enjoyed this book and hope some of you guys pick it up and give it a read! Now I really need to get myself a finish copy of this book, because it was such a great read and Yes, I do need that cover on my shelf!
This book comes out tomorrow which would be a perfect read after your Memorial Day celebration! So make sure to check it out.