Review: Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows

Title: Honor Reclaimed
Series: HORNET #2
Author: Tonya Burrows
Published: 05.27.14
Pages: 350
Acquired: eARC provided by Entangled: Select


Former Marine sniper Seth Harlan is determined to prove that he can still do his job despite his ongoing battle with PTSD. When an old friend contacts HORNET to rescue a black ops soldier, Seth's stability is strained. He knows all too well what it's like to rot inside an enemy camp, praying for rescue and waiting for death. And he's not about to leave a man behind.

Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton just stumbled into the middle of an arms deal. Teaming up with a ragtag team of mercenaries is the last thing she wants to do--especially when she realizes Seth Harlan is assigned to the mission. He may ignite a passion in her she thought long dead, but Phoebe's hiding a secret that could destroy him.

With a bomb in the mix, HORNET's mission is suddenly about a lot more than an abandoned soldier. Racing against the clock, Seth, Phoebe, and the rest of the team struggle to stop a ruthless warlord bent on power, revenge...and death

My Review:

This is probably my favorite Tonya Burrows book to date and that is definitely saying a lot since I have loved every book she has written to date. 

The book immediately starts off with a scene worthy of an episode of 24. The action packed pace and interesting story line would be enough to make anyone a fan of this book. But luckily for us there is so many more components of this story that make it even more enjoyable. 

It is no secret that I fell in love with the cast of characters that make up HORNET, in Seal of Honor. And when we found out who was going to be the lead character of this book in Wilde Nights in Paradise, I was happy with the choice. PTSD is a topic that is extremely hard to think about. In my life time, this has been something that has become more prevalent and something we hear  more about, especially after the recent Iraq war. So yes it is hard to hear about, but I knew it must be even more difficult to write about. I read another NA story last year about the topic and I thought that author had done such a great job talking about her character having PTSD, but reading Seth's struggle in Honor Reclaimed made the disease so much more real and so much for heart-breaking. PTSD is a tough subject, and I believe Tonya Burrows really did it justice. 

Separating the PTSD from Seth's character, we also get to read about the every day burden that he carries around with him regarding his failed mission. And damn in, that is some real turmoil and my heart really ached for him and everything he carried on his solders. I wanted him to start cutting himself some slack and allow himself to heal and learn how to be happy again. And that where Phoebe comes in. 

Phoebe is one of those characters that I was torn about. Yes, she is doing some great things and trying to bring awareness and help to a cause that on a personal level, as a middle eastern woman I feel strongly about. But when I found out the big twist of the story, on what she was guilty of, honestly I did not like her and at first I did not think she was good enough for our hero, Seth. But seeing how she was with him and always trying to console him and putting up with his jerk side (and yes he could be jerk) started to get me to warm up to her and I eventually did like her for Seth. 

With addition to Seth and Phoebe, I started really falling for some of the other characters especially Jessie. And I was happy to find out that he is getting his own story! He's the medic and yes I am a nurse, so I do have a soft spot for him. Yes, I may be a little biased, but any male or female who can help take care of emergency battle injuries, gets major swoon points with me!  And for all the Gabe and Aubrey fans out there, we do get to see a couple glimpses of our first couple from Seal of Honor!

So if you want a fast paced military thriller with a beautiful broken man trying to find his way again, then this is definitely the book for you! 


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