Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: SEAL of Honor ( HORNET #1 ) by Tonya Burrows

SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows

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.




Usually I'm easy to please by a romantic suspense. Give me an alpha, hot, badass hero, a passable heroine that isn't too TSTL and thrown in a good suspense plot and I can guarantee I will enjoy it. But that's really not the case with SEAL of Honor.

It started off pretty good and I'm intrigued with the HORNET team. We have Gabe, the hero who had discharged from SEAL together with Quinn due to a car accident. I think it pissed him off that he didn't died in a war zone instead. Gabe suffered from a bad leg and had to walk with a cane, while Quinn's medical issue is much easier to hide in plain sight. Quinn persuaded Gabe to go private much to his reluctance. But the only other option is a desk job, which he despise more.

So they build up the HORNET team, which basically deal with hostage rescue mission. I like getting to know their team of misfit soldiers. We have an ex-FBI agent, ex-medical soldier, ex-CIA analyst and an explosive expert. All of them have a very distinct personality that definitely piqued my interest to read each of their story later. The funniest of the bunch of of course Jean-Luc, the Frenchman who can speak almost 20 languages and also a human jukebox. He can sing everything on the radio. Too bad, they said he sucks at it. 

Okay, let's talk about the suspense. Due to this being a hostage rescue mission, there isn't a scenario of who-done-it, unlike in a homicide case. Thus, the suspense plot is not as strong. Gabe and his team were going about in Colombia, but I don't felt the sense of urgency in it. I also don't appreciate the fact that Gabe kept getting ambushed and captured. It kind of loss the kickass appeal.

On the romance part with Audrey, the hostage's sister, it was insta and flat. They met each other for the first time and felt an instant attraction. And within a day or two, they talked like an adult and acknowledged about it. The only thing that prevent them from jumping on each other is the fact that Gabe wanted to remain professional while they are still on a mission. I'm all for a good healthy communication between two person, but I did't felt invested in their romance or eager for the sex scene. 

Even though I didn't root for the couple, the military stuff was well research and the action was pretty solid too. And Due to the fact that I like the supporting characters and can see some potential in this series, I will still try out Book 2.

Rating 3/5