Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Broken Honor by Tonya Burrows

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

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: HORNET #3
Main Characters: Travis and Mara
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Entangled
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Ice-cold and unbreakable, Travis Quinn is the HORNET team's hard-ass. No weaknesses. Except, of course, for the accident that not only destroyed his career as a Navy SEAL, but left terrifying blanks in his memory. But Travis remembers everything about Mara Escareno--the curve of her lips, the feel of her body...and how he walked out on her suddenly six weeks ago.

Mara could never resist the dangerously sexy Travis, which is probably how she ended up pregnant and disowned by her family. But before Travis can fully process the news, Mara is kidnapped by his enemies and plunged into the violent, merciless world of human trafficking. They want Travis--and the information locked within his damaged memory--no matter the cost. And now Travis's enemies have discovered his only weakness...Mara.

My Review:
Definitely another winner with this third installment of the HORNET series. I've only read book #2, and I liked that one. But I think I enjoyed this one even more. The story is a great mix of military style missions and teamwork alongside the difficulties of a new relationship. At the heart of the conflict for it all is the high stress jobs these guys do every day. That affects everything, but most definitely their relationships. 

One of the most damaged of the team is Quinn. He was discharged from the SEALS two years ago after a car accident left him with brain trauma. He then joined HORNET and is the team XO, but the damage his brain has sustained has been getting incrementally worse...something he's been hiding from the team. The one positive thing that's been in his life has been Mara and he even managed to screw that up when he ran from her in the middle of the night when he realized he was getting to care too much about her. She deserves better than him. 

When he finds an old message on his phone from her, he knows that he needs to reconnect. He doesn't realize that he's exposing her to danger by going to her...and then the suspense line takes off. This is a team filled with scarred and mentally wounded heroes simply trying to survive and continue to make the world a safer place. Tonya Burrows does an incredible job keeping these guys real and vulnerable while at the same time showing them as the incredible, alpha heroes they are.

I loved Mara and how tough she is. She's been shunned by her family and hurt repeatedly by Quinn. But she stands up for herself. I love that she's built like a real person and how much Quinn loved that about her. The scene between Quinn's two friends, Gabe and Jesse, talking about Mara and Quinn's attraction to her is perfect. She is his perfect woman, even though she's not the world's ideal, and I love that.

The book is action packed from the very beginning. It's an incredibly riveting read and the fact that Quinn goes through most of it with incredible migraines and pain makes it that much more suspense-filled. I do love me a wounded hero. I loved him and Mara and could understand both their fears about their new relationship. I loved the team interactions and all the scenes in Russia were spectacularly written. I'm telling you...Tonya Burrows...one of the best romantic suspense writers out there right now. So good!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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