by Tonya Burrows
Series: HORNET #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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
I accepted Honor Reclaimed, the second book in the Hornet series, thinking it would get me to read the first book Seal of Honor that I own on my Nook. I have been eager to try Tonya Burrows romantic military suspense novels, but alas time slipped away from me, and I dove into this blind. Thankfully, each book features one couple. While I did not know the other members of the team, Burrows did a darn good job of bringing me up to speed. I am so glad I jumped, and I will be clearing time from my schedule to go back and read Seal of Honor. Ooh rah!
Five reasons to grab a cup of coffee and curl up with Honor Reclaimed
1. You love military men and OPS teams from the banter to the dangerous missions. What a dynamic team! They are flawed, fearless and funny, but they have each other’s six. I adored going on missions with these sexy alpha males. Burrows fleshes out her characters from their training to their fears and we get it all! She made them feel authentic, and I cared for this special black ops team and want to spend more time with them.
2. You love fleshed out, flawed, heroes and want to experience the “feels” Seth Harlan, stole my heart. I cried tears for this man. I wanted to hold him and felt such pride for him. He has been through hell and back and endured the unthinkable. Burrows brought his past to life and shared his struggle with PTSD and the aftermath. She then gave us hope, and allowed him to grow and heal.
3. You love intense romances that develops during war, and high action suspense. Phoebe Leighton is a photojournalist, who ends up involved in the Hornet’s secret ops mission. She is hiding something from her past that might destroy Seth. There is no denying the attraction these two share as they fight to save a fellow solider and stop a serious threat. I loved the interaction between Seth and Phoebe. Burrows wrote some tender scenes, added some angst and a little drama to make my gut flip-flop as I searched for my happy.
4. You appreciate facts, and love when an author has researched procedure, places, traditions and customs. Burrows did an incredible job with the world building and allowing us to see and understand PTSD, oppression, war and life overseas. She brought the landscape to life and gave the story and intense tone that felt realistic.
5. Mystery, Suspense, and chocolate rock your world. The action is non-stop, and Burrows will have you biting your nails and reaching for your stash of chocolate. Your heart races as you wipe away tears and completely lose track of time. Dinner? Oops! Hello, Dominos?
Honor Reclaimed was an intense, heartfelt read, and I cannot wait to spend more time with the Hornets. Fans of Lori Foster, Maya Banks and Laura Kaye, will want to own this series. Burrows knows how to deliver romantic military suspense, and I cannot wait to read more!