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An interview with a runaway Afghani child bride leads photojournalist Phoebe Leighton to an arms ...
An interview with a runaway Afghani child bride leads photojournalist Phoebe Leighton to an arms deal involving a suitcase bomb powerful enough to wipe out a mid-sized town, and she realizes this is one battle she can’t win on her own. Forming an unlikely alliance with a ragtag team of military and government delinquents, she meets Seth, a sniper carrying as many emotional scars as physical, who impresses her with his steely will and ignites passions within her she thought long dead.
Suddenly this mission is about a lot more than an abandoned soldier. Racing against the clock, Seth, Phoebe, and the rest of HORNET struggle to stop that bomb before it reaches its final destination: The United States.
Posted July 18, 2014
The lives of a determined photojournalist, an ex-Marine suffering from PTSD, and an Afghani runaway child-wife weave together in this gripping, heart-rending, and at times infuriating story. I loved every minute. When Seth and Phoebe meet, he is on a black-ops mission to Afghanistan. He suffers from PTSD, and few on his squad believe him capable of doing anything more than endangering the team, but Phoebe sees something different, and through her, Seth begins to see things differently, as well.
The story is solidly written, the characters well-drawn and likable, and the hard issues Tonya Burrows covers are done with a very deft hand.
Very Well Done.
Posted July 10, 2014
Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows is one of those books you just can't get out of your head long after you've finished reading it. It's not just the slow burning romance or the amazing action sequences, or even the unbelievably heartbreaking event near the end. It's the whole package; and especially the emotional intensity that pulls the reader through it all, kicking, screaming, begging for mercy and being given no quarter. Let's be really honest here: Honor Reclaimed is not for the faint of heart. It has a number of potential triggers including PTSD, brain damage, wartime scenarios, spousal, child and animal abuse, psychological and physical torture and their effects.
This is a take no prisoners story from beginning to end. From the moment Zak makes his decision, this book is off and running full speed. Then Seth comes along and accelerates it all. Seth isn't really part of his HORNET team. He's broken, struggling with PTSD, on probation, and really shouldn't be anywhere near this mission when his own team doesn't trust him. The author lays it all out there in all its gory, painful, emotionally distressing beauty.
Phoebe ups the ante with her own story, another broken wing, desperate to make things right again. Her shame, her desire, her fear: all plastered to the front pages of the news, broadcast through whispers and silent actions, through tears and promises.
As Seth and Phoebe struggle against each other and against their target (who is targeting them in return), so too are the rest of the HORNET team struggling. Each and every member of the team needs help and each of them show it in subtle and not so subtle ways. Quinn with his head wound that has left physical limitations; Ian with his attitude.
And as Phoebe and Seth struggle to come together despite the secrets between them, another man lurks in the shadows, a silent wild card waiting to tear your heart out. The danger of the mission keeps getting worse; the problems of the team members keep interfering; the number of actors growing until everything goes boom and tears the whole structure down. Only to be rebuilt.
I can't recommend this book enough. This book's rating was dropped from a 5 to a 4.5 because it needs to be read in conjunction with the Wilde Security series (also Tonya Burrows) and should not be read as a standalone in the HORNET series.
Heat Rating: Hot, Blood Thirsty
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted June 18, 2014
Fantastic story about Seth Harlan from the ex-military group, Hornet. Two years later and Seth still suffers from PTSD. He was held captive and tortured for over a year in Afghanistan. Going back there on a rescue mission for a black ops soldier might be more than he can handle. Watching him go through his PTSD was heartbreaking. I wanted to gather him in my arms and hold him.
Phoebe is fantastic even though she sometimes pulls some stunts that make things harder for everyone. She is strong-willed and stubborn. When she's passionate about something, she's all in. Not only is she passionate about women's mistreatment around the world but she very passionate about helping Seth deal with his problems. In some of their more intimate moments, you almost feel like you're intruding. Those moments are so personal, private, and beautiful.
Tonya Burrows has written a wonderful story of romance, suspense, fantastic action, and real-life issues. I am definitely a fan! I can't wait to read more!
*free copy gifted for honest review
**originally reviewed for welovekink(dot)com
Posted June 11, 2014
Posted June 5, 2014
In Wilde Nights in Paradise, I said that Seth’s story was going to break my heart … I just didn’t realize that it was going to rip it right out of my chest. I sat glued to the pages, turning them as fast as I could, with my throat clogged up and loving every minute of it.
As long as you are ok with an emotional rollercoaster, Honor Reclaimed is definitely worth the effort. The ending absolutely slayed me and I think it will be a while before I let that one go, but it was everything I hoped it would be and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress.
(Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Posted June 3, 2014
This is an emotionally tough book. Seth has been dealt a raw deal. Not only was he a tortured POW in Afghanistan but when he came home he was skewered in the press. Now he is trying to get some sense of normalcy working as a recruit for HORNET and dealing with his PTSD. The guys from HORNET get a case that hits home for Seth. An American black op has gone wrong and a soldier has been left captive. Seth will have to dig deep to focus on the now. Helping with that is a contact in the form of photojournalist Phoebe Leighton but she has secrets in her past too.
This book tore me up. I hurt so bad for Seth, Tehani, Zak and Quinn. Watching Seth heal made it all worth while. My only real complaint is that though I read the first HORNET book SEAL of Honor I still felt like I was missing something as Ms. Burrows refers to characters from her Wilde Security series which I have not read. It isn’t distracting enough to ruin the read but it does make me want to go back and find out what I’ve missed and who these people are and why I should care.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Posted June 2, 2014
Man I love these Hornet books. They are thrill rides that keep you turning the pages. I have been curious about Seth from his mentions in the previous books and I was glad to find out he wasn't as written off as everyone suspected and I loved Phoebe. The chemistry between them was awesome.
Tonya Burrows writes some sexy alpha heroes an i highly recommend this book.
Overall 5 out of 5
Posted June 1, 2014
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
The Hostage, Rescue, and Negotiation Team aka Hornet team is on the move. The mission is to save a fellow soldier from captivity. Seth, a former captive of the very same camp is called upon to join the rescue and it will take all he has to complete this mission. With his PTSD coming to the surface…the question is not Will he survive? But how will he survive? I’ll tell you how; with the help of his team, Phoebe and with pure determination. Revenge may play a part as well.
The biggest trial for this team is trust. Being that they are all ex seals with “issues,” I can’t say that I blame them. Each member has a background that can jeopardize their mission or worse, their lives. But with this new task, they were able to work together and prove their worth to each other. They have plenty to work on, no doubt, but after this book, there’s certainly more I-trust-you-with-my-life outlook toward each other. It was great to see them get there. The jokes, banters and even their male drama were entertaining.
The romance was not as strong as the last book, but I actually enjoyed their romance more than Gabe and Audrey’s story. It was simple. It had a little angst but not too complicated. And sometimes, that’s what I look for.
I also just found out that this series crosses over the Wilde Security series. But I don’t think it is necessary to follow both. I certainly did not feel lost or felt that I was missing any information as I read this book. In fact I fully enjoyed Honor Reclaimed as it is though this is the second installment, I don’t think it is necessary to read book one. If you’re up to reading a quick military romance, I recommend giving this book a try.
Similar to this series that I have enjoyed are Pamela Clare’s I team series, and Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series.
*ARC provided by publisher
Posted May 31, 2014
Posted May 30, 2014
Honor Reclaimed is a gut-clenching, heart-pounding, and emotion-packed adventure about love and healing that I could not put down!
Seth Harlan is a man on the edge. A former Marine sniper and POW for fifteen long, torturous months. Seth never understood, 'why him?' Why did he make it out when so many of his friends didn't? And why did he survive hell when he wasn't sure whether he wanted to or not? Joining HORNET though has given him a second chance. A second chance at being part of a team. And a second chance at life, if only his head doesn't screw it up for him. Being sent back to Afghanistan to rescue another POW might be the final breaking point for him though. That is until he crosses paths with photojournalist Phoebe Leighton. Right away Seth knows that Phoebe is hiding something from him but she also grounds him and makes him feel things he hasn't felt in a long time. Things he didn't even know he was still capable of feeling after his imprisonment. Will the secret she hides destroy the fragile relationship they have built in the Sand? As danger surrounds them and terrorists conspire to make a deadly arms deal, love should be the last thing on either of their minds. But you can't help where the heart leads you...
Honor Reclaimed picks up soon after the first book, Seal of Honor. The story arc does intertwine slightly with the Wilde Security series as well but still makes a good stand-alone. Though if you love military romance like I do and enjoy an author who can weave a captivating story then I recommend you adding all four books to your to-be-read list. You won't be disappointed.
We've heard of and seen Seth in previous novels as a very paranoid and withdrawn character. In Honor Reclaimed he goes through hell and back and literally steals your heart to take along for the ride. The highs and lows that this man has to go through, the ridicule from some of his teammates that you would think men in their position would be more understanding about, is absolutely heart breaking. And the saddest part about this story is that it could be true. A hundred times over. Tonya Borrows writes with such confidence and heart that you can easily mistake the fact that this is a fictional story while reading.
Phoebe herself was a majestic character with spunk. She had past mistakes to atone for and I really think did the best she could to do just that. She found a passion in being a women's rights advocate and often put her life on the line to show the world just what was happening it's far reaches. And she was just perfect for Seth. She was his rock when he needed it most and despite being in a room full of intimidating military men, she wasn't afraid to put the men of HORNET in their places when it came to their treatment of Seth. Phoebe and Seth's relationship was a slow burning one, but once that fire lit their was no putting it out! She brings out a side of him that no one on his team has ever seen. A person that he hasn't seen himself in years. And with her help his future doesn't seem so bleak and lonely. I couldn't love this pair more.
The plot was thrilling, sexy, and fast-paced with the perfect balance of passion and intrigue. The characters were easily relateable and the story completely swept me away. Honor Reclaimed is one of the best books I have read this year and Tonya Burrows should be on ever romance readers radar as an author to watch! If you're a fan of Catherine Mann, Cindy Gerard, Maya Banks or Lori Foster's romantic suspense's then you must pick up Honor Reclaimed today!
Posted May 30, 2014
After reading the first book in the HORNET series, I thought Burrows was off to a very good start in her creation of this rag-tag group of men from different military and law enforcement backgrounds who have joined the HORNETs unit, a group of private military contractors who specialize in hostage rescue missions. Now, after reading this second installment, Honor Reclaimed, I can say with certainty that this a series that readers of romantic suspense should consider because of the wonderfully flawed cast of characters and the well-balanced mix of action-oriented suspense and tension-fueled romance.
The title itself and opening quote for Honor Reclaimed are fitting to describe the hero’s story, former POW marine, Seth Harlan, who is the newest probationary member of the HORNET team. In the preface, Burrows quotes Khalil Gibran: “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” This statement sums up Seth’s character so well, his struggles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, and most of all, his deep yearning to belong again.
Seth was invited to join HORNETs at the end of the first book because of his exemplary sniper skills, but readers don’t actually meet his character until now. The other team members are wary of Seth. They see him as a wild card, unpredictable and unstable because of his PTSD. At the start of the book, Seth is an outcast who hasn’t been fully accepted into the unit, and the frequent mistakes he keeps making during training exercises only exacerbates the existing tension between him and the rest of the team. His teammates don’t trust him, and Seth knows it. Until he can prove that he is an asset to the unit, his future with the HORNETs is questionable.
When the HORNET unit accepts a case to rescue a soldier who has been captured by an Afghani terrorist, Jahangir Siddiqui, while on a black ops mission, the team must travel to Afghanistan, and Seth is horrified and panicked at the thought of having to return to the place where his worst nightmares occurred. His PTST stems from his last mission in Afghanistan where he lost his entire team in an attack, and he was taken prisoner and tortured for 15 months before being rescued. Seth is deeply physically and emotionally scarred from his ordeal and is weighed down by survivor’s guilt. In many ways, he has emotionally shut down, but he knows this latest mission will put him to the ultimate test. If he can’t pull himself together and perform successfully, his career with the HORNETs is over.
Once back in Afghanistan, Seth’s memories of his time there become sharper and, at times, threaten to overwhelm him and make it difficult to do his job. It’s hard to read Seth’s story without being affected by his heart-breaking experience. Burrows has done a good job in bringing to light the pain and struggles of a man fighting to hold on to his humanity and to find peace despite all the horror he has endured. Seth is stronger and more courageous than he thinks. He is a survivor, and his perseverance and determination are admirable and inspiring.
The heroine of the story is Phoebe Leighton, a photojournalist working in Afghanistan who writes stories about the plight of women and young girls. Her most recent story about child brides puts her in danger after she begins asking too many dangerous questions that threaten the political future of Siddiqui, the same man the HORNETs are trying to find. Their dangerous circumstances bring Phoebe and Seth together, and she begins helping with the team’s mission.
Phoebe finds Seth intriguing, and the harder she works to get to know him better, the more she finds herself caring deeply about this stoic man who keeps others at a distance. Phoebe sees the beauty of the man behind his scars and she wants so much to help Seth. Surprisingly, Seth discovers that being around Phoebe calms him. He is more relaxed and less jumpy. Even the rest of the team notice that Phoebe has a stabilizing effect on Seth, and they hope that will help him keep his head in the game. Seth is drawn to Phoebe and is surprised at how much he enjoys her company. Their romance evolves slowly but the passion between them sizzles in the love scenes, which are explicit.
However, Phoebe is far from perfect. She’s made mistakes in her past, one in particular that she’s can’t bring herself to share with Seth. Her shame and guilt over what she’s done have led her to try to make a fresh start, and she hopes to make atonement by using her writing and photography skills to bring awareness of the problems of others to the public’s attention. Phoebe’s character is flawed but real, and one lesson she must learn is that no matter how hard we try, we can never escape from our past. The aftereffects of the mistakes we’ve made often linger, and until we face the repercussions head on, we can never really leave the past behind and move forward. This is what Phoebe has to do, but she risks losing Seth for good.
In this second installment, I see the supporting characters developing and becoming more rounded. For example, Quinn’s brain injury from a previous accident continues to affect his work, and he worries he won’t be able to stay on the team. Ian finally makes a friend, and readers get a glimpse of the real man behind the sneering, indifferent, and cold-hearted veneer that Ian wears so well. The HORNETs are still far from the cohesive group they need to be. Their different personalities, experiences, and emotional wounds have molded some of the team members into men who don’t always play well with others. Their endeavors to learn how to work together add another layer of richness to the plot so the story never stagnates. Just as in real life, change isn’t always immediate, and it will take time for the team to build trust.
The plot is more complex that I originally anticipated and full of conflict. The first half of the book focuses on rescuing the imprisoned soldier from Siddiqui’s compound, and in the second part, the stakes become higher as the HORNET team try to keep Siddiqui from possessing a suitcase-sized nuclear weapon. The pacing is effective and the action and suspense intensify as the story progresses. The importance of forgiveness, redemption, and trust are three key themes running throughout the story. To sum up, this was a great read!
Source: Received an ARC of the book from the publisher for an honest review.
Posted May 29, 2014
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Tehani Niazi only wants to get away from her husband. She lives in a society where women are considered second-class citizens. Sergeant Zak Hendricks is playing the hero when Tehani needs help the most. And he is a true American hero. With Memorial Day occurring during the month this book comes out, what a perfect story.
Seth Harlan is part of the HORNETs team and they’re on maneuvers – this helps keep the team sharp. Phoebe Leighton knows her way around a camera. When these two join the story, the suspense and action will keep you riveted. There’s also some violence but you have to expect that given where a lot of this story takes place. It also makes you sad to know what our soldiers must go through just so we can be safe.
Seth and Phoebe have their first kiss at just the right moment – the author does a great job at building the anticipation. This author gives her readers some insight into what our troops do on a daily basis, the amount of stress involved, and how it can affect someone’s psyche. If you like a military story with romance and suspense then this story is for you. If you need some point of reference as to what Tonya’s characters look like then you will want to stop over to her web site and be prepared to drool.
I think that this book is a great incentive to write a letter to a soldier that is off fighting somewhere or to make a donation to a worthy cause like the Wounded Warrior Project. It might even be volunteering at your local USO. Personally, I had the chance to see our troops off and return during the Desert Storm conflict. This book brings back those memories and given the chance I would do the same thing all over again. It was an honor to be able to do something so small to show how much I appreciate what they do. This is a book that I can picture reading again once the series is complete and you can read the series from beginning to end without having to wait for the next book to come out.
Posted May 27, 2014
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.
What an excellent story!
I think what I liked most about it was emotional factor; from the young girls being used as bombs to what happened to Seth and Zak when they are held captive. Then the love story between Seth and Phoebe is heart wrenching and beautiful as they work out Seth's PTSD and the secret Phoebe is keeping. This book had me laughing, crying and tense through the whole story.
OMG...Seth is such a strong character even when he is fighting his past as a PoW. He is scarred inside and out by his experiences, but is trying so hard to work through his trauma. Phoebe is a balm to his soul, though he tries to fight his feelings. You can see as the story unfolds that calming influence that she has on him, he starts to open from not hiding behind his hoodie and stand up for himself with the other members of the team. Phoebe is great, a strong, determined, smart woman, everything you want in a heroine of a book filled with Alpha males.
This is the first book I have read by this Author and I really loved her writing and will definitely go back and pick up her other works. Now, this is the second book in the HORNET series, but she does an excellent job of interweaving past people and events into the current story so you really should not feel lost.
Excellent Story! filled with so much passion, action, and suspense that you will not want to put it down!
Posted May 27, 2014
*ARC Courtesy of Entangled Publishing*
From the first mention of Seth in the Wilde Series, I was completely intrigued and wanted to read his story.... You just knew his was going to be a doozy and worth the wait, and it certainly did not disappoint....
Seth is a former marine scout sniper who not only had to witness his entire team die in Afghanistan but was also captured and tortured for months, and when I say tortured, I mean severely....His body is now full of scars, but the worst of the worst are the ones you cant see and live inside his soul.
He is now working for HORNET, and when they are contacted by one of the Wilde brothers to inform them that one of their best friends and team mates have been captured, it immediately brings up lots of nasty demons for our poor Seth. The HORNET guys go off to Afghanistan to help rescue the missing solider, where they encounter Phoebe Leighton. She is a photographer who is there taking photos of the women and children of Afghanistan. She has information that will help them and goes along with them on their rescue mission.
She and Seth are also very attracted to one another, although with his severe case of PTSD he is not in the market for a relationship not to mention that Phoebe is hiding a secret about Seth and what she has done to him in the past, that if he finds out will not only destroy what they are building, but will ensure he never forgives her.
This book will take you on a intriguing journey with the HORNET guys as they go deep into the desert to redeem their missing captive and will allow you to get to know and fall in love with our scarred and emotional hero Seth as he and Phoebe discover that sometimes betrayal and heartbreak can lead to love....
Another gripping and emotional read that is a 5 star and more read from the ridiculously talented Tonya Burrows
Posted May 27, 2014
5 heart-stopping stars. Once again Tonya Burrows has brought us a perfect blend of romance, action, suspense, drama, angst and passion. I was put through the ringer with this book and all because of one man, Seth Harlan.
Why? Seth is an ex-marine who shouldn't be alive. Kidnapped, held & tortured as a PoW in Afghanistan, he has been left scarred - physically and mentally. As Hornet’s newbie, he’s the outsider and the very men who should understand what he has gone through are about as supportive as a broken bra. When the guys go to Afghanistan to rescue a black-ops soldier, Seth relives his nightmare. He is broken, but broken can be fixed and his glue comes in the form of Phoebe Leighton, a photo-journalist who finds herself in spot of bother whilst on assignment. It's no bed of roses, but the mutual attraction is undeniable.
“You make me feel things I haven’t felt in a long time. That scares the f*** outta me and I’ve had enough shrinks to know I have a tendency to lash out at things that scare me. I don’t want to hurt you. I…like you.”
I adored Seth. His lack of self-esteem and the way he sees himself is heart-breaking, but Phoebe is perfect for him and she’s exactly the type of woman you would want as your best-friend. She's strong, kind, patient and with a stubborn determination she will fight for what and who she believes in and she slowly begins to help Seth see that underneath the scars is a man who can feel again. It’s touching, heartfelt and intimate, filled with frustration and passion.
“If we do this, I can’t go easy. Not this time. I’m too wound up, and I’m going to bend you over that bed and f*** you until you’re screaming.”
Sir, yes Sir!
But whilst romance plays a huge part, there is so much more with the action/suspense side of the story. It's edge of your seat reading; it's fast paced, flows perfectly and is gripping with twists I didn't see coming. And it's all this that made a roller-coaster of a read that may have broken my heart and caused my eyes to leak, but also made me laugh, smile, growl in frustration, swoon and sigh. I felt not only Seth's & Phoebe's joy and pain, but all the guys as they each play an important part; we start to dig a little deeper into their pasts, they bring the banter, frustration and intrigue and whoever is next I am sure Tonya will do them proud. (Although between us, I'm still hoping for Ian).
This is a book/series I seriously recommend.
(It is worth mentioning that the Hornet series is loosely linked Tonya's Wilde Security series and, whilst it's not vital to have read the latter, the characters do crossover a little and Seth was introduced to us in Wilde Nights in Paradise. But if you haven't had the pleasure of reading SEAL of Honor, which is the first Hornet outing, go do so now as it will introduce you to many of the lovely sexy frustrating men that form the team.)
I received a copy of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest & unbiased opinion.
Posted May 27, 2014
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Posted July 10, 2014
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