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A Hornet Novel
By Tonya Burrows, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Tonya Burrows
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New Year's Eve sounded like a war zone. With confetti.
As soon as the ball touched down, the room exploded with noise. Cheers. Those annoying tasseled horns. A champagne bottle popped open. Confetti shot into the air as if propelled from a cannon and rained down on the group.
Travis Quinn flinched at the assault to his pounding head and melted back, away from the chaos.
He should be happy and celebrating like the rest of HORNET. A month ago, they'd successfully rescued a man who had been left for dead. They'd stopped a maniac from getting his hands on a nuclear weapon and saved a women's shelter while they were at it. They all had a right to some happiness, but the only emotion Quinn could conjure up was ... dread.
They all seemed to blur together into one long battle, and he was tired. So tired, and he watched his team celebrate with a weird kind of detachment. None of the guys knew it yet, but Afghanistan had been his last mission with them.
Why did that knowledge settle like a ball of molten lead in his gut?
Gabe Bristow, the commander of the team, walked over and handed him a glass of the freshly poured champagne. "You okay?"
The guy was his best friend, the closest thing to family he had. More than anyone Gabe deserved the truth — which was fuck, no, he was not okay and might never be again — but when he opened his mouth to say it, nothing came out. So he shut his trap and gave a jerky nod instead, which sent pain singing through his skull.
Damn headaches had been worse since he'd taken that blow on the head in Kabul. How much more abuse could his already fucked-up head take? He was no medic, but if he had to guess, probably not a whole helluva lot more.
Which was exactly why he had to quit the team, and he should do it now. It was the perfect opportunity to tell Gabe everything about his traumatic brain injury and the blackouts he'd been suffering since their car accident last year. Just lay it all out and ...
Then what would he do?
He was no longer a Navy SEAL. And he couldn't continue as XO of HORNET ...
So who the hell was he?
Gabe eyed him. "Yeah, buddy, you sure look okay. That green complexion you've been sporting all night suits you."
"Too much to drink," Quinn muttered.
"I've seen you drunk, jackass, and you're not right now."
Quinn mustered up a smile and took a small sip of his champagne. He might not be, but Gabe was well on his way.
Across the room, Jean-Luc Cavalier, the team's linguist, who was currently wearing a ridiculous party hat and oversized sunglasses, grabbed Gabe's wife in a fast two-step and broke out into a horrible rendition of "Auld Lang Syne."
Gabe winced. "Jesus. Why does that man think he can sing?"
"Y'all love me, f'true," Jean-Luc called and dipped Audrey.
"Getting a little handsy there with my wife, Cajun. I suggest you remove them if you wanna keep them."
Jean-Luc grinned and straightened, setting a giggling Audrey back on her feet. "You can't blame me for trying. Look at her." He spun her, and her little red dress flared out from her hips. "She's gorgeous."
"Yeah," Gabe said with a big, dopey grin. "Why do you think I married her?"
Audrey laughed. "Oh, so it wasn't because I manipulated you into it?"
"Nah. I just let you think that."
"Liar," she called in singsong.
"Yeah," Gabe admitted into his glass before taking a drink, his eyes never leaving his wife. "Best thing that's ever happened to me, too." After a moment, he shook his head and looked at Quinn again. "Take some time off, Q. You look like hell, and that whack on the head you sustained in Kabul —"
Gabe's jaw tightened, and as soon as there was a lull in the noise, he raised his hands to get everyone's attention. "Listen up, gentlemen! Mandatory one-month leave starting now. I don't want to see any of your ugly mugs until February, got it?"
"Hot damn," Jean-Luc said. "I know what I'm doing."
"Gettin' laid?" Jesse Warrick, the team medic, suggested dryly.
"Well, duh. That goes without saying. Why are there no single ladies at this shindig?"
"We didn't want to subject them to you?" Seth Harlan, the newest member of the team, suggested.
Jean-Luc blew a raspberry. "That's ridiculous. Women love me. But that's beside the point. After I get laid, I'm going home to Louisiana and sweet-talking Grandmère into making me her famous gumbo."
"I don't believe your grandmother can be sweet-talked. I've tried," Marcus Deangelo said as he refilled his glass from the massive stash of alcohol laid out on a table. As the team's lead negotiator, he could talk his way into or out of almost any situation — except, apparently, if Jean-Luc's grandmother was involved. Marcus shuddered. "That woman scares me."
"Aw, mon ami. She ain't nothin' but a sweet old Cajun lady."
"Who wrestles gators in her free time," Marcus said.
"Really?" Harvard, resident hacker extraordinaire, perked up. Still recovering from a chest wound that had nearly killed him, he couldn't drink like the rest of them and had been unusually quiet all night.
"Oui," Jean-Luc said. "Gator wrestlin' is a national pastime in the bayou. All the cool grandmères are doin' it."
"You're so full of shit," Harvard groaned.
As the chatter continued, Gabe sent Quinn a smug sideways glance, the meaning loud and clear. Executive order. Now he had to take time off.
Quinn sighed. "Yeah, I read you. I'll go home." He set his glass aside. "In fact, I'm gonna call it a night."
Gabe nodded. "Good plan. Go home, get some rest. Do you need a ride?"
"You're not driving anywhere right now, Gabe."
"No. Audrey is. She ..." He winced and lowered his voice. "She wanted to start trying for a baby, and she refuses to drink a drop of alcohol until we know if it ... took. Just in case."
Shock coursed through Quinn. Yup, Gabe was definitely drunk. He'd never share that bit of personal news while sober. "Whoa. Uh, congrats?"
"I'm fucking terrified about it."
"But," he added on an exhale, "she wants a family, and I want her to be happy. And ... maybe a kid would be kinda cool." He polished off his glass in one long gulp, then shrugged. "Anyway, she's, uh, the designated driver tonight."
Quinn's gaze skimmed over the crowd until he found Audrey in her bright red dress. She was indeed drinking water, but she was also laughing with Seth and his girlfriend, Phoebe, and looked like she was having a good time. He shook his head. "Nah, don't worry about it. I'm good."
"All right. If you're sure." Gabe clapped him on the shoulder but hesitated a beat before adding, "I'll tell Audrey to expect you on Sundays this month for dinner. Raffi's already coming. I invited Michael, too. Audrey has been nagging me to be nicer to him because he's my brother, same as Raffi, and blah, blah, but I doubt he'll show."
Quinn winced internally. He liked Raffi, Gabe's youngest brother — except for the fact Raffi thought he was hot, which made him damn uncomfortable — but he'd rather not have to sit around and make nice with Michael, the middle Bristow boy. He got along with Michael about as well as he did The Admiral, Gabe's father. Those two were struck from the same puritanical mold.
"Yeah, I'm not —"
"C'mon," Gabe said. "It'll be like a family thing."
"Except I'm not family." The long stare Gabe sent his way made him feel like an ass. A subject change was in order. "You're not going back to Costa Rica?"
"Nope. We're hanging out here in D.C. for a while, which is all the more reason you should join us. Who knows the next time we'll make it back to D.C. for an extended stay? And Audrey will be thrilled to have the company."
Quinn started to protest again, but Gabe had already limped away.
Christ. That was so like Gabe. Not an invitation, but a thinly veiled command with shades of a guilt trip, since Quinn hated the idea of disappointing Gabe's wife in any way.
Yeah, well, it wasn't going to work this time. He'd give it a few days, then come up with some B.S. reason why he couldn't make it. All that happy-family-Sunday-dinner shit wasn't for him. Never had been. Never would be.
Gabe walked over to Audrey, picked her up in a tight hug, and kissed her thoroughly, shamelessly, right there in front of the entire team. The guys whooped and catcalled, and Gabe ignored them, all but bending his wife backward with the force of his kiss.
A hollow ache opened up in Quinn's chest, and he glanced away from the two of them, only to spot Seth and Phoebe being all lovey-dovey as they picked at the finger foods laid out on another table. And Seth — unstable, paranoid, jumps-at-his-own- shadow Seth Harlan — was laughing. Amazing. Somehow during the course of their mission in Afghanistan, Phoebe had gotten through his PTSD and drawn him out of his shell.
That hollow ache spread, got a little deeper, a little colder, and Quinn rubbed his chest. Yeah, definitely time to get gone. He grabbed his coat and headed toward the door.
"It's a fucking love plague," Ian Reinhardt said. The EOD tech was leaning against a nearby wall, swinging an empty leash as he watched all the happy couples. His lip curled into a sneer. "Don't stand too close. You'll catch it."
Quinn glanced at the couples again. First Gabe, then Seth. Ian was right. Maybe it was contagious. And, Christ, he wanted it.
Fuck, it was a good thing nobody could hear that kind of sappy shit going through his mind. He had a reputation to maintain. He was the hard-ass, the ice-cold unbreakable warrior, nicknamed Achilles by his BUD/S instructors because they had tried their damnedest to find his heel, his weakness. Too bad he didn't have one.
But men like him, the kind of guys who left the womb fighting? They didn't get fairy- tale endings. They burned bright until they burned out — and he was burning out. He knew it, accepted it, but it was not exactly conducive to a happily-ever-after kind of life.
And yet, he couldn't help but wonder what it would feel like to have that kind of intimate connection with someone.
No, not with just anyone.
Christ, that woman. Mara Escareno shouldn't still be haunting his thoughts. She'd been a one-night stand over the summer — one he couldn't seem to forget, sure, but still only a one nighter. But then he'd returned from Afghanistan last month and found himself on her doorstep, and suddenly that no-strings-attached fucking turned into a ... he didn't know what. A fling? A booty call? It hadn't felt like either, and the memory of her in his arms was so vivid he could almost feel her there again. Would that memory ever leave him? He had a sinking suspicion the answer to that was a resounding no.
Ian snorted in disbelief. "Jesus. Don't tell me you're already infected?"
Quinn dragged himself out of his thoughts and pulled on his coat before flipping Ian the bird. "Hey, I'm not the one who fell so hard for a dog that I brought him home from Afghanistan."
Ian stopped swinging the leash and pushed away from the wall. "Fuck you, Quinn." He walked away, presumably to go find his new buddy, Tank, in the crowd.
He needed to make a quick, clean exit before anyone else noticed him, but as he opened the door, the little bell on the jamb rang, alerting everyone to his departure.
Audrey waved. "Bye, Q. See you Sunday for dinner."
Fuck. Gabe had already mentioned it to her?
Quinn raised a hand and called up a smile that hurt his face. And then he ducked outside, shutting the door on all the other farewells.
The party had been held at the private security firm owned by the Wilde brothers, who were all ex-military and had done some work here and there for HORNET throughout the last few months. Their office was in a disused strip mall, which had recently been damaged by fire at one end. Because of that incident, the parking lot was now well lit but quiet, muffled by new snowfall. Silence closed in, threatened to strangle him.
He should leave. Go home like he told Gabe he would. But all that waited for him there was more silence.
He didn't want to be alone.
Stupid. He gave his head a hard shake to dislodge the thoughts. He was a grown-ass man, and he'd been alone most of his life. How was now any different?
He zipped up his coat, and his footsteps crunched across a fresh layer of snow as he crossed to his car, parked in the far corner of the lot. He fished for his keys in his pocket and instead came up with his cell phone. He'd barely looked at the thing while in Afghanistan because the team had relied mostly on radios and sat phones to communicate, and in the weeks since he'd been home, he'd spent most of his time with Gabe and the team — the only people who ever called him — so he'd kept it shut off. But now he powered it up, and the screen showed he had several voicemails.
Who the hell would call him? He didn't recognize the number.
Maybe it had been Audrey checking up on Gabe. Or possibly Gabe's younger brother Raffi. Those two were the only people he could think of, because the rest of Gabe's family — the Admiral, his middle brother, Michael, and his mother, Catherine — were all assholes. And Quinn himself didn't have any family to speak of. At least nobody who would be calling and leaving messages.
He stopped walking and punched in the code to access his messages. The uncertain voice that came through the speaker was like a punch to the gut.
"Hi, Travis. Um, I know it's probably bad form to call like this, but ... I need to talk to you. About something. So, um, could you please call me back?" Mara.
The sound of her voice after so many weeks sent his heart galloping, and for a moment, he forgot how to suck air into his lungs. Mara wanted to talk to him. Even after the way he'd acted six weeks ago. He knew she was a good person, generous to a fault, but could she possibly be that forgiving? Could he possibly be that lucky?
More than anything else in his life, he wished he could turn the clock back to the night he'd walked away from her. If he could have a redo, he wouldn't let himself get all tangled up inside his head again, wouldn't let the intense, instantaneous attraction he'd felt toward her scare him away.
Was this the second chance he'd hoped for?
His stomach fluttered with nerves — a sensation he felt so rarely, he almost couldn't name it — and his fingers even trembled a little as he punched in the number she'd left. But then he hesitated over the send button.
Fuck calling her. He had an entire month free, and if he was going to get a second chance with her, he would do it the right way.
* * *
"He's leaving." Todd Urban smacked his palms on the steering wheel of the van parked next to Quinn's car, then reached for the door. "We need to grab him before —"
"Sir, if we don't —"
"Stand. Down. I'm sure the Wilde brothers have cameras everywhere around here. We can't risk being spotted."
Urban grumbled but released the handle and watched in the side mirror as Quinn climbed into his car. "If he's going on another op, who knows when we'll have this opportunity again? We have to neutralize him before he gets his memory back."
"He's not going on an op. Gabe and the rest of the team are still inside."
The car started, and Quinn pulled out of the lot. Good thing they'd had time to bug his vehicle.
Urban cursed under his breath and glanced over at Captain Cold in the passenger seat. He'd never call the captain that nickname to his face, but it was a fitting one, bestowed on him by the people that suffered under his command. "Your orders, sir?"
"I've never liked this idea. We're better than grabbing a man out of a parking lot like a bunch of thugs. We need a new plan of attack."
Urban grunted. "Like running him off the highway?"
"That was an act of desperation and never should have been given the green light. We're better than that."
Urban just barely managed to keep his eye roll to himself. That was Captain Cold's mantra. He was better than this, better than that, better than everyone and everything. And Urban was starting to think he didn't like getting his officer hands dirty. Maybe he even resented that he'd been sent on this kind of wet work with a lowly grunt. "We should have sent some guys to take him out in Afghanistan. Nobody would have thought twice about it if he ended up with a bullet in his head there."
"Urban," Captain Cold said after a moment and looked at him with — well, maybe not respect, but with something close to it. "That's the best idea you've ever had."
"We'll send him on another op, get him out of the country again. Preferably someplace hostile where we'll have a scapegoat for his death. Where there won't be an investigation when his body turns up."
"That ... might work." At least, it solved the problem of trying to explain away a decorated ex-SEAL's body to the American police. "How do we get them out on another op?"
"They're mercenaries," Captain Cold said with disdain and picked up his cell phone. "We hire them. Pull up the GPS and follow Quinn, make sure he's going home. I have some calls to make."CHAPTER 2
El Paso, Texas
Now that he was here, standing in front Mara's duplex, Quinn was starting to doubt himself. What if she'd only called to tell him he'd left a sock or something behind last time he was here? Or what if she'd only wanted to tell him off for sneaking away while she was sleeping? She had every right to rip him a new one for that act of cowardice, but that didn't jibe with the sweet, shy Mara he knew. And her voicemail hadn't sounded angry, but there had been a note of urgency in her tone.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another great read from Tonya Burrows. Quinn's story is truly heartbreaking, especially when you know things like this really do happen in real life. A page turning read with danger lurking around every corner and an intense chemistry between Quinn and Mara. Even though their story wrapped up here, I can't wait to read the next one in the series and see what happens next for the men (and women) of HORNET.
I really liked the story
I have no idea how I missed this book – I didn’t even realize it until I sat down to read Code of Honor which is the next one in the series. And I am super sorry it took me so long! Burrows has always shown she knows how to deliver a satisfying mix of action, danger, and suspense with the emotional drama of a complicated love story and Broken Honor is no different. Quinn has been trying to hide the effects of the accident that ended his career as a SEAL. Years later and it is getting worse but he has nothing else except HORNET. A horrible childhood with few bright spots followed by the things he’s done in his job has made connecting to people difficult for him. He doesn’t feel himself to be a good enough for anyone … which makes his feelings for Mara even more complicated. And, of course, he that means he took the cowards way out. Travis may have left Mara after their week together but he’s not out of her life for good. Finding herself pregnant with his child means that she has to contact him again … but bringing him back to her also brings his enemies. Soon they find themselves fighting for their lives on foreign soil but the greatest danger is to their hearts. Because while seeing Quinn in action brings home how dangerous he actually is, it also shows Mara the depth of his disregard for his own life - it’s not easy loving someone who doesn’t think they are lovable. With time and patience, though, maybe she can show him differently. If only they can make it out alive. The questions over the who and what and why of Quinn’s accident come full circle here and we see some old enemies once again. HORNET finds themselves in perilous situations with death waiting for them at every turn. But with every battle we also get to see how much these guys mean to each other, how important the little family they’ve made with each other really is. Full of white knuckle moments mixed with sniffles and laughs, Burrows continues to delivery enthralling military suspense romances. (I think that the HORNET series is best enjoyed if you read all of the stories. While they are mostly stand alones, there is flow from one book to the next with some of the characters and how consequences of past missions carry over.) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Too much vulgar language in just about every sentence..do navy seals not have a vocabulary anymore? Other than , would have enjoyed reading.
Love the whole series
J: This is a very good book with tons of suspense, twists and turns but just a little too much romance. However, there was also too much talking at crucial times, particularly when running is clearly urgent. I will read another in this series though.
Read this series!
I've read all 3 hornet books and give them all 5 stars. Please someone tell me there will be more in this series. Too many characters that need their own stories.
I started reading this series in the middle, but I’m not lost. Mara accidentally gets pulled into a world she didn't mean to get into and has to decide if Travis is worth the danger she gets into. The story is fast, funny and sexy. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
The story of Travis and Mara. A former Navy SEAL, Travis is not in an organization called HORNET. We find out that he frequently has migraines and blackouts, and he's missing parts of his memory. What he does remember --- Mara. Curves and all, he can't get over the woman that he walked away from a few weeks prior. But when he has a message from her on voicemail, he's on a plane immediately. Mara is abducted, and it has something to do with Travis and his missing memory. The threat will stop at nothing until everyone he cares about ---including HORNET members---are put in serious danger! A non-stop thrill ride, with small cool downs between Travis and Mara, this book is fantastic! Though this was the first book I had read in the series (and from the author), I enjoyed it immensely! There is no doubt that I will be reading books 1-2, as well as future books. Romance Readers received this book from the publisher on Netgalley for an honest review.
I have read so many of the military books, where the heroes are broken, but don't recall anyone quite as shattered as Quinn. My heart went out to him, his childhood, his chance with adoptive parents, his life and health, fear of not being enough... It all was just too much for one man to carry and handle. His golden heart, caring for others, always sacrificing for others, he is the perfect hero in his broken shell and soul. Mara had fallen in love with this broken man, and now they would be bonded for the rest of their lives, because of the baby. And I understand she was pregnant, and had always let everyone walk over her before, but the mood swings, and back and forth with Quinn -- really got to me after a while. There's plenty of action, running for their lives, and trying to save Mara, at any cost. I loved that there was so much dialog, I always enjoy that. But I wish there would have been more describing of the scenery. I could not set myself into the story, many of the scenes I had to get back and try to understand what, where, why, cause I just didn't get that from the story. As always, I enjoy the camaraderie of the men. The friendship between Gabe and Quinn was something to cherish. The connection with the team was amazing, and the sadness Quinn felt for the former SEAL team was another 'heart broke' -moment. With all the dysfunctional elements in the HORNET team, they functioned well, and were willing to take the bullet for each other, so admirable. You can't always choose your blood relations, but you can build a family of those who love you and are willing to stand by you in all the moments of your life. Even though I had a hard time getting into the story, that message came through loud and clear ~ Three Spoons
I really enjoyed it. Believable engaging characters. Finished reading it with a smile on my face. Some weak plot points, but overall a really good read
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Never a dull moment in Tonya Burrows Hornet series. Broken Honor kept me at the edge of my seat with its suspense and action scenes yet the romance kept me rooted in place. It was such a great read. Ex Navy Seal, Travis Quinn is part of the Hornet Team aka Hostage Rescue and Negotiation Team. Unfortunately, he has not been a good asset as things have not been right with him. Black outs plague him endangering himself and his team. Of course, there is more to the black outs which he intends to find out. Unfortunately, it will take a lot more to solve this mystery. Mara was a one night stand he couldn’t shake off. There was so much more to her that Quinn couldn’t let go off. After finding out their fling resulted to more than he could ever imagine, Mara was kidnaped. Mara and Quinn were actually sweet together. I thought their pairing was perfect. Mara knew just how to handle Quinn and his quirks. There was a little bit of angst between this couple but was never overpowering. They bantered and maybe even annoyed each other at one point but over-all good together. Revenge and betrayal was thick in this story but even thicker was the brotherhood and camaraderie this team has. I love the bond they’ve made in such a short period of time. And seeing the team members in each installment that come out, makes their bond even more believable. I thought Ms. Burrows did a great job with each character building. I can’t get enough of them. Wilde Brothers, I assume are from Wilde Security series were mentioned, and I can kick myself for not reading those books yet. They definitely intrigue me. I’m hoping next up will be Jean-Luc’s story. This hornet is the biggest flirt, and I can’t wait to read his book. *ARC provided by publisher
If you like to read about men who became Seals, or even read about former Seals, you will want to read this Hornet series.. Men who are strong and loving. You get to feel their pain. What they give of themselves. Getting to take out the bad guys. You want to cheer for them. They aren't doing this just for the money. It is truly about how they become" brothers". They Bond with each other. Look out for each other...Team work....Read the first book and I know you will want to read the next one and so on. I'm looking for #4. Don't know if there will be book #4, but if it comes out, I know I will buy it.
I absolutely LOVE the HORNET series! This book is about the very sexy HORNET member Travis Quinn and Mara Escareno, HORNET member Jesse Warrick's cousin. My heart bleeds for Quinn and Mara. Quinn because he's had such a hard start in life and he's so afraid to take what he wants and Mara because she wants him so bad but doesn't know how to deal with his issues. Through all they go through there is that one little surprise that helps Quinn want to deal with his demons. The chemistry between them is undeniable and sizzling. There is also a HUGE plot twist that will shock you for sure! A couple times I had to break out the tissue and let the tears fall. The members of HORNET are a family, maybe not by blood but a family none the less. Awesome read!!! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Heart-pounding suspense,, action, mystery, a great cast of supporting characters, mixed with hot, steamy romance. What more could I want in what has to be one of my favourite types of romance sub-genres? I love a story I can sink my teeth into, a story that captures my heart and imagination, a story that grabs my attention and doesn't let go. In Broken Honor I got all this and more. Where has this series been hiding? Why has it taken me so long to open up a Tonya Burrow book? Ms Burrows, I sincerely apologise for this oversight. Now on to the nitty gritty of why I loved this book so much and cannot wait to get my hands on more from this author. Even though I have inadvertently dived into this series at book #3, there was no time when I felt lost or missing parts of the story. Not to say that I won't be going back as soon as I have posted this review, and devouring the first two books in this series to bring me up to speed and learn more about these intriguing characters. I most certainly will. From page one we are thrust into the world of HORNET and their team member, Travis Quinn. After a car accident ended his SEAL career, he has been struck by memory loss and debilitating migraines. He has always been the one to rush into a battle, the bad-ass of the group, the one person you would want covering your back in a sticky situation. The afflictions that are plaguing him are bringing him to his knees, literally...... I felt so much for Travis, the pain he must be feeling, the physical toll on his body, and the emotional toll the memory loss must be taking. Travis also had some pretty heavy baggage and a lesser man's spirit would have been broken long before. But Travis is a fighter and I fell in love with his unwavering protectiveness, his unquestionable honor and his devotion to the people he loves. While he had a fairly dim view of his own worth and capability to be part of a romantic relationship, I knew it would take a special woman to bring him to the light and show him just how much he is worth. Unfortunately, he makes some questionable decisions regarding how he is protecting Mara and her feelings, hurting her, thinking he is doing the right thing. Only by his character growth and strength gained through his relationship with Mara, is he able to move forward. His story just tugged at my heartstrings with every revelation about his past and the situations he is in now. Mara is one tough cookie. She has a total failure as a stepfather, one that her mother will not cross, and finds herself cut off from her mother, the one person she needs to lean on right now. She doesn't give up though, she stands up for herself and I admired her courage and determination. When she is kidnapped, that courage and fortitude comes to the fore. To be thrust into the world of HORNET and all the danger that entails, tests her strength at every turn. She is desperately in love with Travis but his world is frightening and together with his emotional and mental scars, the recurring physical issues, she is not sure she can be the one to help Travis through. Mara is a really likeable character and I thought she was the perfect match for Travis, offering him the solace and strength he needed while maintaining her own identity. Theirs is not your typical hearts and flowers romance, it is raw and open, tough and gritty, testing their commitment to each other and themselves. Their love is all consuming, hot and sexy, a balm for each others souls. I loved the way that Quinn showed a real depth to his character, letting Mara see his vulnerability and his emotional, softer side, while maintaining his alpha male persona. I thought the author wrote about the issues this couple faces, with a sensitivity drawn from a place of understanding. There are a lot of emotional situations these characters have to deal with, loyalties are tested, and the traditional dynamics of what constitutes your real family are questioned, and the importance of the fact that your family is where your home and heart is, and that real family is the family you choose, is paramount. This story continues a running plot from the previous two books and this blended beautifully with Mara and Travis' story. The mystery and suspense was high, the action scenes really pulled you in and I was easily able to visualise what was happening. It had me on the edge of my seat and it was a long night to early morning read for me as I couldn't put this book down until I had the answers. The twists and turns kept me guessing and the romance was seamlessly written into this fantastic plot. I eagerly look forward to the next book in this series.
The action scenes are outstanding. I'm a big fan of action films and enjoy a fight scene probably more than the average girl. Unfortunately for me, that means that it's very difficult to find books that can describe fight/action/chase scenes in a way that can rival the visual impact of a film. I think that this book does that. The pacing of the fight scenes are lightning quick and tension-filled. I found myself flying through the pages, trying to keep up with my desire to know what was coming up. The story and action scenes had that Bourne or 24-esque feeling of anticipation. I enjoyed watching Mara change throughout the story. At the very beginning of the book, actually, there is a slight shift in Mara's character that made me respect her. Mara was gentle and a bit of a pushover; she didn't want to make any waves or cause any problems. However, because of her baby, she resolved to be strong for both of them. She only got more formidable from there. Her actions at the near end of the book with the knife had me thinking "whoa, girl, that's ... that's gangsta!" Travis embodied so many of the problems that many of our servicemen and servicewomen face when they come back from a combat area. He suffered a traumatic brain injury that resulted in migraines, blackouts, and memory loss. He also exhibited bouts of isolation, which is likely a symptom of PTSD. Although he wanted to be more than just a man who exists as an island onto himself, he felt that he was too damaged -- both physically and emotionally -- to be with anyone, especially someone like Mara. Based on Travis alone, I knew this book was going to tell a compelling story because his evolution from self-loathing warrior to hopeful partner was something I had hoped to see, but was not an outcome that was guaranteed. This is the first book by Ms. Burrows that I've read and I am excited to read her other books. Reviewer's Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All errors are my own. This review is excerpted from my book blog.
I have read a lot of series in this genre and this one is the the best one yet! Non-stop action and romance. She nailed it!
ARC provided by publisher. I am a fan of this series and Ms Burrows didn't disappoint with this third HORNET book. I was a bit unsure were the book was going to go at first but it was definitely a non stop thrill ride and i was enthralled i read it in one day. Quinn and Mara were a great couple and i loved that she didn't give up on him. Or he on her for that matter. Overall I give this 5 out of 5.
Really enjoying this series. Lots of action, great characters, good story line
I love this series. It’s by far my favorite romantic suspense/Military series ever. I have loved every single book in this series so far and Broken Honor is no exception. Mara, who is our main character, was a strong heroine, who at times had her moments, but I think considering what she went though she was a great MC. I loved her with Quinn. I loved Quinn (I don’t like calling him Travis because I have a brother names Travis, so it’s kind of weird.). I have loved him since Gabe’s book. The guy with health issue or really any kind of issues is the one I usually is my favorite. But with this series, I noticed that I like all of the guys. It’s hard not to. I love everything about Quinn. I really felt for him after learning everything that’s happened to him. Now, the direction Tonya went with the plot I was kind of afraid because well with Human Trafficking you never know what will happen. But, its safe to say that I absolute loved this book (including the Plot). I loved that we got to see the team. I’m realllllly excited for the next book, which is Jesse’s. Overall thoughts… Overall, I thought the book was great. I love every book Tonya writes. I also love how her books have the right amount of romance, suspense and action to each of her books. Recommend: Heck Yeah. One of my favorite series ever. (GC)
Wow! I may need a breather after this one. Intense from cover to cover! This book has highs, lows, twists and turns,scorching hot scenes, family and self sacrifices. Quinn and Mara are such great characters, strength with vulnerability. I cheered them on throughout this story because they truly deserve a happy ending after all they had both been through in their lives. There were times I wanted Mara to smack Quinn upside the head for the craziness he put her through. And times I wanted to hug them both. Their journey to each other was long but worth it. I adored the other characters, his HORNET teammates. They were incredible. Their camaraderie and banter was tight. Loved how they joked with each other but when it got down and dirty, they had each other's backs. Great book of selflessness and team spirit. Now all I need to do now is go back and read the first two books in this series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Think of someone in your life who is the quintessential loner, who prefers solitude and would rather be totally self-sufficient than ask for help or admit a weakness. Then you've met someone like Travis Quinn, former Navy SEAL. He has no family, keeps no close friendships, and relies on nobody but himself. He can't afford to. Since the terrible accident that left him with a lingering head injury and propensity to blackouts and debilitating migraines, he doesn't even trust his memory. And that's a problem, because he's self-sufficient, doesn't need help, or support, friends, or backup. And furthermore, there's something skittering around in the back of his mind, buried too deep to reach, that he knows he needs to remember. Something really important, that could have fatal consequences. But because he doesn't expect to be stabbed in the back (how many of us do?) by his own brethren, he isn't watching his back the way he should be. He leads his enemies straight to the doorstep of the only weakness he's ever had. Her name is Mara Escareno. Mara is fighting her own battles. She's just been disowned by her wealthy and influential family because of some of her choices, and she finds herself alone and in trouble. When Travis shows back up on her doorstep, unexpectedly, after having walked out on her weeks ago, she doesn't know how to trust him. And that'll be a problem ... because no his enemies are going to involve her. BROKEN HONOR, a HORNET novel, is a riveting work of romantic suspense by Tonya Burrows, to be released on Tuesday, February 24, from Entangled Publishing. If you don't mind some steamy sexual content, and you like your romance spiced with a bite of suspense and the uncertainty of a thriller, BROKEN HONOR would be an excellent choice. Travis, especially, is a consistently fascinating character. Far from static, his senses of honor and duty are impassioned enough to rival his determination to stay self-sufficient, which further rivals what he feels for Mara, whether he likes it or not. His past colors his present and threatens to affect his future in ways that most of us can relate to, making him approachable and easily sympathetic. Written with snappy dialogue, real-life enemies and threats (as opposed to cardboard villains), and an unbelievable cast of secondary characters, Burrows' romantic suspense is easily worth your time. # # # Author: Tonya Burrows Title: BROKEN HONOR Publisher: Entangled Publishing ISBN: 978-1-62266-655-3 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
This book is a great read. Mara and Travis story is love can conquer all and worth the risk.