Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows:
Former Marine sniper Seth Harlan is new to HORNET and anxious to prove he can still do his job despite an ongoing battle with PTSD. He remembers all too well what it's like to sit inside an enemy camp, praying for rescue and waiting for death, so when a wounded veteran contacts HORNET to rescue a buddy that got left behind, all sorts of nasty memories strain his newfound stability.
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.
About the Author
Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance in eighth grade and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she's currently soaking up the sun as a Florida girl. She suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, her two dogs and ginormous cat are excellent travel buddies.
When she's not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can usually be found at a bookstore or the dog park. She also enjoys painting, watching movies, and her daily barre workouts. A geek at heart, she pledges her TV fandom to Supernatural and Dr. Who.
If you would like to know more about Tonya, visit her website at www.tonyaburrows.com. She's also on Twitter and Facebook.
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Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Tehani Niazi knew the bomb strapped to her chest was set to explode. The knowledge was right there in the eyes of the warriors left to guard her — they stared at her like she was already dead. And maybe she was. She died a little inside every time her husband stopped her attempts to escape him.
A cold sweat raised bumps on Tehani's skin and chilled her to the bone, but she didn't dare shiver, too afraid of triggering the device. She didn't want to end up like Bita. Their husband had strapped a bomb to her last week and had sent her to the American embassy in Kabul as punishment for her barrenness, even though none of his wives had yet to become pregnant and Tehani was beginning to suspect the problem was on his end and not theirs. Still, he'd said the only way for Bita to reclaim her honor was to become a martyr. And Bita had believed him. Had all but begged him to allow her to prove her loyalty.
Poor, stupid Bita.
But Tehani wasn't Bita and she didn't believe his word was law. He was nothing but a horrible man who took wives when they were too young, and thought of them as objects to be used until he tired of them.
She wasn't disposable. She wasn't an object. She was Tehani Niazi, sixteen years old. She had a brother, a sister-in-law, and a nephew. She wanted to go to school and study the law to make sure men like her husband were punished. She had dreams, goals, and none of them included dying for Jahangir Siddiqui.
Except how would she escape this time?
Wind whistled through the hallways of the old military compound Jahangir had claimed when the Americans abandoned it. She clenched her teeth, refusing to shudder as the cold abused her exposed skin. The thin red dress wasn't suitable for winter in the mountains, and she'd lost her head scarf long before her husband's men captured her. If she ran again, the cold would end her as easily — if not as fast — as the bomb.
Besides, running wasn't an option this time. Two men had been left to stand guard at her door overnight. They were the ones who had awakened her fifteen minutes ago and fitted her with a vest holding the bomb. Now they stood at their posts again, backs turned against her pleas for help. They both believed in her husband's goals and soon they would load her into a car and take her to a restaurant in Kabul popular with foreigners.
They wanted her to kill people.
Tehani stared at the tangle of wires and round metal objects that made up the vest. She couldn't make sense of any of it, but the thought that she'd soon be responsible for the deaths of dozens of people turned her stomach to acid. She swallowed a sob.
Maybe she could set it off here. At least then she'd only kill the men loyal to her husband and not innocent people expecting only to have lunch at a restaurant.
Yes. That's what she'd do.
If she was going to die one way or another, she preferred to spite her husband on her way to heaven.
With a shaking hand, she touched one of the colored wires, following its path from a cylinder to a small box at the underside of the vest. If she pulled this one, would the bomb detonate? She gripped the wire, but released it without pulling and glanced toward her guards. Maybe she should wait until more of the men surrounded her. Two men wouldn't hurt her husband's plans. In his mind, warriors were just as disposable as misbehaving wives. But if she took out a dozen or more? His plans wouldn't be ruined, but it would take him time to replace the men he'd lost.
She rather liked the thought of stalling him.
Movement at the door caught her attention and she dropped her hand away from the wire, stuffing it underneath her thigh lest one of her guards realize what she was up to. Out in the hallway, the two were talking to someone. The conversation was muffled, but she had little doubt this was the order to take her to Kabul.
Again, she gripped the wire as her guards moved away and a shadow filled her doorway. She imagined Jahangir standing there, closed her eyes, and yanked the wire.
Tears burned trails down her cheeks and she grabbed another wire and another.
The shadow in the doorway swore under his breath and strode into a beam of light cast across the floor by the rising sun. He crouched in front of her and caught her wrists. "Tehani, don't. It's not active."
She blinked until the shadow's blurry face came into view.
Unlike some of the other men, he kept his dark beard neatly trimmed and took care of his appearance. His eyes were such a rich, dark brown; they appeared black, but they weren't soulless like her husband's. She'd always liked him and betrayal left a bitter taste in her mouth. How could he have been involved in this newest torment?
"It's not active," he said softly again. "I made sure it wouldn't hurt you."
He checked over his shoulder, then surged to his feet, moving so fast it took her brain a solid second to catch up to him. He scooped her into his arms and had her halfway out the window before she even thought to fight him. She sent a fist flying and he dodged it, but wasn't fast enough. It glanced off the side of his head.
Tehani froze and stared at him, torn between shock and terror. She didn't know many English words, but she'd heard that one often enough. And the way he said it reminded her of the American soldiers who had visited her village. Same accent and everything.
"Who are you?" she whispered.
"You need to trust me," Zakir said in flawless Pashto, and she wondered if maybe she'd misheard him a moment ago. He'd never spoken English before. As far as she knew, he didn't understand any more of the language than she did. Maybe he'd picked up the swear word from the soldiers, too.
At the sound of voices in the hall, he glanced toward the door and swore again. This time, there was no mistaking the language.
She struck out at him. "You're American!"
He avoided the blow and caught her wrist before she could try again. "Tehani, stop it. Do you want to leave here?"
She stared at him, barely comprehending his words. Leave? Of course she wanted to leave, but she had already tried multiple times and it was impossible. He had to be playing a trick.
"Do you want to go home?" he asked, staring straight into her eyes. There was no deception in his gaze and her instincts told her she could trust him even before he added, "I can help you."
She nodded, her heart thundering in her throat at the possibility.
"I'm going to lower you out the window," he said. "Run for the trees. I'll be right behind you."
Sergeant Zak Hendricks lowered the girl to the ground and vaulted after her, cursing as he landed hard on one foot and his ankle twisted. Tehani skidded to a stop halfway across the kill zone between the compound and the tree line. She looked back at him with wide, frightened eyes. He waved her on ahead and limped after her, moving way too fucking slowly.
He'd be lucky if he didn't get his ass shot.
Man, he was going to catch hell for putting the mission at risk like this. If he hadn't felt the need to play knight in shining armor before making his escape, he'd be long gone by now. Problem was, he liked the girl. And, like Siddiqui's other wives, she was just a girl. At sixteen, she was one of the older wives, but still too young to be married. Too young to become a martyr for a cause she probably didn't even understand. But unlike the other wives, she was smart and had spine. Afghanistan needed more girls like Tehani if it had any chance of moving into the modern era. So, reckless as it was, he'd decided she was leaving with him. It meant he had to bump up his plans, but that was all good with him. He was over playing adoring minion to Siddiqui's evil genius. He had the information he needed. Time to cut and run.
If he could run. His ankle sent spikes of pain through his calf with every step and he felt it swelling inside his boot. Not broken, but definitely sprained.
At least nobody in the compound had raised the alarm yet.
Even as the thought crossed his mind, shouts rang out at his back.
Well, fuck. So much for that.
Tehani waited for him just inside the tree line, trembling and white-faced. It tugged on his heartstrings, but he couldn't take the time to comfort her. Nor could he pick her up. He grabbed her arm and dragged her along behind him until he reached the spot on an overgrown road where he'd stashed a vehicle last night.
Ignoring the throb in his ankle, he hauled Tehani inside, then jumped into the driver's seat. As soon as they were bumping along down the mountainside at a good clip, he reached for the glove box and his sat phone. When he dialed, all he got was an earful of static. He waited until they cleared the trees and tried again.
"This is Zak. I need an exfil now."
More static, but he thought he heard a voice underneath it.
"I repeat, this is Sergeant Zak Hendricks. I've been made. Get me the fuck outta here."
"Sergeant," the warped voice said. "Need — coordinates —"
He rattled off his position, but didn't think it had gone through because now he didn't even hear the static. He thunked the piece of shit phone against the steering wheel.
Tehani made a sound of distress and he glanced over. She huddled against the door, staring at him like he was a snake in the grass. "Are you American?"
"Yes, I am."
Her shoulders relaxed a little. "Are you going to stop my husband?"
That was the plan, but it wasn't going to happen if he didn't make it back in one piece. "Yes. He's a bad man. He can't be in power."
"I know. He needs to be stopped."
He smiled at her. "Brave girl." But the smile faded as he got a load of what was waiting for them down the mountain. Siddiqui's second-in-command had already pulled men together to set up a roadblock.
Zak pulled the vehicle to a stop and drummed his fingers on the wheel. He couldn't go down there. Not with Tehani in the car. Siddiqui would kill him and use her to kill civilians.
Problem was, Zak couldn't take off on foot either. With the way his ankle throbbed in beat with his heart, he wouldn't get far, and if he never showed up at that roadblock, the men would start combing the mountain. Even though Tehani's village was only a few miles away, they'd never make it.
He could buy her some time.
Guess he was going to do the knight in shining armor routine again. He reached under his tunic and brought out the files and flash drive he'd strapped to his chest. "Do you know where you are?"
She glanced at their surroundings. Nodded. She pointed to the southeast. "My village is that way."
"Can you make it home?"
"By myself?" she asked, a tremble in her voice. "I think so, but what about you?"
"I'm going to distract these men, make sure you have time to get away." He pushed the files into her hands. "Take these with you and give them to the first American soldier you see. It's very important. Can you do that?"
Nodding, she tucked the flash drive away in her dress, then clutched the files to her belly. He leaned across the seat to push the door open. "Go on. Be safe."
"Zakir." She hesitated. "Is this about the nuclear bomb?" Surprise coursed through him. "How do you know about that?"
"I don't know what it is," she admitted. "I've heard the men talking and they are excited about it. I think it's going to hurt a lot of people."
"It will if Siddiqui gets his hands on it. That's why it's so important to give those files to the American soldiers, all right? They'll be able to stop him."
She bit her lower lip. "I'm not going to see you again, am I?"
"No." Zak swallowed the sudden lump blocking his throat. "You're not."
"Are you going to die?"
Her shoulders straightened. "I won't let you down."
"I know. Go on now." Zak watched her scramble out of the vehicle and duck behind a boulder beside the road. He pulled the door shut, drew in a breath, let it out slowly, and shifted to drive. He'd told Tehani the truth — there was a very good chance he wouldn't survive the next few minutes.
And even if he did, he was going to wish like hell he hadn't.
Florida Everglades Two Weeks Later
Seth Harlan's boot squished into soft earth where seconds ago there had been solid ground, and his foot slid out from under him.
He saw the fall coming but had zero chance of stopping himself in the slimy swamp scum. Barely had time to react beyond lifting his rifle so that it didn't end up jammed with mud. He landed sideways with an ungraceful splash in a pool of stagnant water. The stench was incredible, the taste even worse, but he stayed put. Listened. Told his heart to calm the fuck down before it beat out of his chest and gave away his position.
Water sloshed around him. Insects buzzed, birds cawed. In the distance, a woodpecker tapped out a staccato rhythm on a tree. Closer by, a frog let out a bellowing croak. He strained his ears, struggling to pick out footsteps, voices — any sign that his position had been compromised. But the natural noises drowned out the unnatural, so he was as sure as he could be that his fall hadn't drawn any unwanted attention.
The other member of insertion team Alpha, Jean-Luc Cavalier, crouched behind foliage on dry turf, obviously waiting for him to get his act together. They were still a good two klicks from the target. They'd have to haul ass if he was going to get into position before the opposition force arrived with their "hostage."
He could not fuck up another training mission.
"Alpha Two, coming to you," he said into his radio because the last thing he needed was to startle Jean-Luc and end this mission with friendly fire before it even began.
"Roger, Alpha One," Jean-Luc's voice answered.
He hauled himself upright and slogged through the mud, careful not to make any more sound than necessary. It cost precious minutes they didn't have, but eventually he made it to Jean-Luc, who fell in behind him, and he picked up the pace to make up for the time lost. This was his show, another test thrown at him by Gabe Bristow, HORNET's commander, and he wasn't going to screw it up by missing their deadline to get into position.
Using satellite images of the area, he and Jean-Luc had gone over the plan forward and backward, inside and out, before leaving the security of their forward operating base. About a half mile out from the target, he motioned for Jean-Luc to go left, and he moved to the right. He knew exactly where he had to set up his hide, knew exactly where Jean-Luc would be positioned, and how their raid would go down if the intel Gabe had given them was correct.
As he closed in on the target, Seth kept low and advanced slowly. Five hundred meters ahead, a shack rose up out of the swamp, looking like something out of Deliverance. He'd be so unsurprised to hear banjo music starting any second. If he were with his old team, Bowie, his spotter, would have even hummed a few bars from the famously creepy "Dueling Banjos" scene and they would have shared a silent laugh over it.
But Bowie was dead.
So was the rest of his old team.
Now here he was, slogging through a swamp without a spotter, doing what was normally a two-person job by himself. All for a new team that didn't accept or trust him.
Yet, he reminded himself. They'd come around.
The shack was quiet. No movement. Intel said two HTs — hostage takers — were supposedly arriving with their principal at 1400. Their mission was to neutralize the HTs and get the hostage out. It had to be quick and quiet, and they had to be en route to their exfil before dark.
Seth shimmied closer, now less than four hundred meters from the place, and found a good firing position behind a thick, half-rotted log. Stretching out flat on his belly, he used some of the local flora to cover himself and his rifle.
Then he settled in for a wait.
The buzzing of bugs got louder, almost deafening, and he suspected a swarm had gathered over his head, but he didn't look away from his scope to confirm his suspicion. A half hour into the watch something with many legs crawled across his back, and the mud coating him from head to foot started to really fucking sting. Still, he didn't move a muscle.
He waited. Watched. Listened. Just as he'd been trained to do in sniper school.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. Rating: 4.5
Great story--very poignant.
This book is darker then the first one. A good story.
J: This one was pretty good, not great (and again too much sex) but good enough to look forward to the next in the series.
Emotional, ptsd, well written
HORNET, book 2 Seth & Phoebe's story U.S. Marine Sniper Seth Harland was a POW in Afghanistan for 15 months before being rescued, released from the military & having his name dragged through the mud by the tabloids for being the sole survivor of his troop's ambush. Now, nearly 2 years later, HORNET is giving him a second chance, albeit hesitantly, as they are tasked to get into A-stan & rescue a black ops soldier who's SOS could not be answered in time. Phoebe Leighton is a photojournalist with a dark past & secret. To try to balance the harm she'd once caused, she focuses on human rights stories, primarily young women in oppressed countries. Phoebe's latest story is about to collide with Seth's first mission on the team. In the land of nightmares & flashbacks, Seth needs to find a way to keep it together. He needs not only to survive the mission, but to be an asset. ----------------------------------------------------- Tonya Burrows is on the fast-track to being a top favorite of mine. Honor Reclaimed was well-written & well-paced. I loved all the characters & it was nice to read the tidbits of background on each of the men that were fed to the readers throughout the book. (I actually look forward to reading Ian's book now... I NEED to know his story.) Plenty of action, good amount of romance. Believable dialogue. Very well done! Can't wait to read the next one (hope it is sooner than the last wait)!!
I love stories about military men, especially SEALs, so I couldn't wait to read this one. It's about an ex-soldier named Seth who is back home after being held captive and tortured for 18 months in Afghanistan as a POW. He can't go back to the military but has been accepted into the HORNET team which is made up of ex-military men. Most of the team is worried about him being able to handle this work since he is suffering from PTSD but the team leader has decided to give him this opportunity. The team gets a case where an American black op went wrong and a soldier is being held captive in Afghanistan. Seth's experience is invaluable to the team in this case so he will do his best to keep focused and help with the rescue. This mission connects him with Phoebe Leighton who had previously written a terrible article for a tabloid which put Seth in a very bad light. Seth didn't know Phoebe was the writer since she was using a different name and she is now a freelance photojournalist. Phoebe and Seth get close and she knows she has to tell Seth who she is but keeps putting it off. The author wrote a great story that is full of action, suspense and romance. Seth's PTSD was amazingly well written and, while heartbreaking, showed the difficulties it caused for people with it. I liked the way Phoebe understood Seth and helped him accept himself as well as to understand that he was not responsible for his team's deaths. It drove me crazy the way Phoebe decided to do things the way she would have in the U.S. even though she was in Afghanistan. This caused very serious consequences. Please note that I won this book in a giveaway.
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.
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. RATING: 4.5 Heat Rating: Hot, Blood Thirsty REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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
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)
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.
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
~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
Loved it. Lots of suspense, great characters, great story.
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!
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.
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. Review: 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! 4.5 Stars
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.
*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
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