Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows

Title: Honor Reclaimed
Author: Tonya Burrows
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: HORNET #2
Main Characters: Seth and Phoebe
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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:
Oh my wow...this book was so good. I wasn't sure where it was going to go when the first scene didn't even have the main characters in it...but I worried for nothing because this book was amazing!

Seth...I challenge anyone to read this book and not feel for what Seth has gone through. Horrific doesn't even begin to cover it and he's so alone. I, like Phoebe, just wanted to hold and comfort him and definitely fell in love with his character. His struggles to simply move throughout his life every day are front and center in this book. He's working (or trying to, anyway) at a new job as a military contractor. The guys don't trust him. I thought that was an interesting twist to the story. Normally, in these military books, the brotherhood in arms are the strongest thing in the story. Not this one where none of these guys really stands beside Seth at all. They all fully believe that he's a danger to them and the mission. The circumstances of their jobs are constantly messing with his PTSD. It's painful to read. After being tortured and held captive for 15 months, he has so much self-doubt. He honestly doesn't think that he will ever be or function as a sane individual again. 

But when he meets Phoebe, something about her calms him...which he so needs, because they meet when he's back in Afghanistan again. Just the sights, smells, and sounds of the country are constantly sending him into flashback mode. And that made their story that much harder to read because as a reader, I knew that it was all about to implode when he found out who she really was. That was my one tiny little beef with this story...Phoebe's past with her tabloid photography. The explanation just didn't seem quite right or enough especially when confronted with it all by Seth. I thought there just needed to be a little more to that story than the brush-off it basically received in the end. BUT that didn't affect how much I enjoyed the book at all. It was still an absolutely great read.

This is my first HORNET book, although I do own a print copy of the first book, it's still sitting in my print TBR. The HORNET group is a new team and they definitely haven't gelled yet. None of these guys appear to be without their war-wounds. Some are just more mental than others. I'm already so fascinated with several of the characters. I can't wait to read more of their stories and watching them come together more and more as a team. The characters that have already been developed are amazing and fascinating. I can't wait...

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