SEAL of Honor

SEAL of Honor

by Tonya Burrows
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SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows

It's a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, "the only easy day was yesterday," because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he's left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don't include a desk.

That is, until he's offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She's determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe's team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe's finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can't bring her brother back alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620612590
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: HORNET Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 67,700
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Writing has always been Tonya Burrow's one true love. She wrote her first novel-length story in eighth grade and hasn't stopped since. She received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and is now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

She shares her life with two dogs and a ginormous cat in a small town in New York, but she suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every couple years. Luckily, her animals are all excellent travel buddies. When she's not writing, Tonya spends her time reading, painting, exploring new places, and enjoying time with her family.

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SEAL of Honor 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
AMONT More than 1 year ago
The good, the bad, and why I did not finish SEAL of Honor….. Well the cover is nice, but that’s not what convinced me to read the romantic suspense novel, SEAL of Honor by Tonya Burrows. In actuality, the title caught my attention, because I love stories about Navy SEALs/ men in uniform. There were some characters that I loved and some characters such as Rafael that seemed a bit extraneous. He was Gabe’s flamboyant brother and direct opposite, but he wasn’t essential to the plot. As indicated in the synopsis, Audrey is “…determined to help rescue her brother.” However, her role in resolving her brother’s hostage situation was surreal. Audrey’s lies and presence appeared to be a bit of a distraction. Audrey and Gage would even become intimate at inopportune times when they should have been developing a plan of action. Yet their irrational behavior was kind of intriguing because it created harrowing situations that called for action. Although, the action fell flat at times because Gage did not always make the best use of his weapons. When they came under attack and he had fair warning, I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t prepared to fight. As for Audrey, she was too afraid to hurt anyone in the beginning and she had to deal with inner conflicts prior to taking action. The adrenaline-charged action started after Gage was inspired to keep Audrey safe at all cost, but the high powered action was only short lived. Audrey was amusing when she thought that Gage was in trouble. The fire started burning in her, and she became creative with developing an unconventional weapon as she planned to defend her man or “stupid alpha male” (145). At this point, I still thought that the book was okay. However, when I arrived at page 216, I found some of the content distasteful, which influenced my decision to not finish the book. Rating-DNF The publisher provided me with an e-ARC of SEAL of Honor for an unbiased review, thank you.
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Play hard, love harder! Very good and funny start to a new series. Throwing a bunch of alpha males together to make up a team of bad-asses and send them on dangerous missions is bound to have their fair share of problems: insubordination, egos, toeing the line, being disrespectful and not following orders. That alone already has me hooked on this series. Each member has their own unique story and temperament. I can’t wait to discover more about each one of them. But let us start with the fearless leader, Gabe. Oh, I do love that name. Gabe was a Navy SEAL until a car accident forced him into medical retirement. Being a SEAL was his life. He lived and breathed it. The prospect of taking on a desk job at the Pentagon thanks to his father, the Admiral, has him sweating bullets, until his friend Quinn talks him into taking on the job as a mercenary and the new leader of Hornet. Piece of cake, right? Not exactly. Getting a bunch of strangers together to form a team and trust one another while making it clear that he’s in charge is just the beginning of his problems. His new team only has days to rescue kidnapped businessman, Bryson Van Amee. When it rains, it pours. Gabe never expected that he’d be dragging a civilian along in the form of a spunky and sexy Southern Belle package – Audrey Van Amee. Audrey is a struggling artist living in Costa Rica. She witnessed her brother’s kidnapping during their Skype session and ultimately headed to Bogota to do some reconnaissance of her own. Lucky for her that she bumped into the good guys first. How convenient that the team only had one member fluent in Spanish, and she was the other option. Naturally the impulsive, free-spirited, flighty, mouthy and capricious Audrey got paired with the leader who was so stiff (pun intended) that it would take all her feminine wiles to get him to cut loose a little. It didn’t take long before they were captured by a bunch of guerrillas, and Audrey got to see up close and personal just what it took to survive in the wild. It’s kill or be killed. But she let Gabe handle that part because her mama taught her that “violence breeds violence”. I half expected Gabe to say to her “If you want to live, do as I say”, but he never did. Instead he went soft when the water works came. I liked irritatingly adorable Audrey. I enjoyed her mouthy comebacks and her spunky attitude when it came to calling Gabe on his BS. I’m a straight-shooter like her in many ways, so I identified with that side of her. What I didn’t like about her was her tendency to be incredibly naive of the dangerous situations they found themselves in and how gullible she was in certain areas. There were many instances I wanted to gag her. Little to no sense of self-preservation. Overall, I loved the plot and all the action. It was fast-paced and rarely slowed down except for the sexy times. This story is told from multiple POVs, but it made me feel more connected to the story and the goings on when I was allowed in their heads. The majority of the dialogues between Gabe and Audrey are pretty funny.. I definitely thought they had chemistry together, even if Gabe was the one trying to fight the attraction the whole time. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I hope there will be more of the same action packed suspense, humor and, of course, romance. Rating 3.75 rounded up to 4. Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
SEAL of Honor starts with an intense, pulse-pounding kidnapping scene that sets the pace for this action-packed novel of romantic suspense. Tonya Burrows draws you into her story of suspense with the ragtag members of a private hostage rescue team. The team members are from various government agencies—FBI and CIA—or have the skills needed to fill out the team. Leading this crew is Gabe Bristow, a former Navy SEAL. HORNET, as their team is called, takes on the mission of freeing kidnapped businessman Bryson Van Amee. The author realistically portrays these team members jockeying for position and respect with the other members, making me want to keep turning pages to see if these alpha males would figure out how to get along. While the team is trying to figure out where Bryson is being held, Gabe finds himself dealing with Bryson’s sister, Audrey. Gabe, a hardened military man, is attracted to Audrey from the instant he sees her. Audrey, to her dismay, is attracted to Gabe too. The sexual tension sizzles between these two characters while they are on the run. When Gabe and Audrey finally succumb to the heat that has been building between them, their bedroom scenes are downright steamy. If you are a fan of the KGI series by Maya Banks, then you will surely love SEAL of Honor and the men of HORNET! Both of these series contain similar elements that I just love—tight plots, strong heroines, and seriously delicious alpha male soldiers. By advancing multiple storylines and strongly developing the other members of HORNET, Burrows brilliantly sets the stage to highlight these personalities in future stories, creating the perfect beginning to what is sure to be thrilling page-turning series of romance and suspense. I cannot wait for the next adventure with the hot men of HORNET! I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not connect with anything about this book..disjointed and farfetched.
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
This book seems to be lacking something. Although I really liked Audrey and Gabe as the main characters, the spark just wasn’t there. Also, I sure wouldn’t want to bet my life on this team to save me. It was an ok read, but nothing special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I enjoyed reading this book for the most part. The action and suspense were really good and I loved the banter between the teammates. What was lacking was the romance. Big time. I couldn't make myself like the heroine. Oh I tried, but to no avail. SPOILER ALERT: She kept throwing herself at the hero even after he kept telling her no. He leaves for a month without so much as a goodbye or a call and she instantly forgives him and bullies him into marriage. I found her to be way too needy.
bPete85 More than 1 year ago
Tonya Burrows is an awesome new voice in (Military) Romantic Suspense!! The story had me at word one and kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation over what was going to happen next! It certainly lives up to the tag of being full of suspense and danger and of course romance! The characters are real and you can't help but love them all! They just "fit" together and work well together too! I'm really looking forward to more books to come!
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Angelized_1st More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, because it was action-packed. Burrows takes readers on a suspenseful ride, as Gabe and his men try to rescue Bryson and stop the terrorists. Each of the men of HORNET were intriguing enough to keep me invested in reading this series. There’s the Cajun ladies man, a genius CIA analyst, an ex-FBI negotiator, medic, and crazy explosives expert. Not to mention Gabe’s best friend who’s currently operating a few cards short of a full deck. Throw in hot, artsy Audrey, and Gabe has his hands full. I recommend this book to readers of romance who love a great, suspenseful story, or anyone looking for some action. Though insta-love abounds, Gabe and Audrey are so endearing that you can’t help but root for them. Not to mention, all of the men of HORNET are smokin’ hot. Yes, there are descriptive sex scenes, but they fit the story, and aren’t gratuitous. However, though descriptive, the book isn’t some erotic romp through the jungle. Burrows writes complex characters, and her world building is fantastic. I can almost take the empanadas, and feel the warm tropical breeze. Overall, I give Seal of Honor two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you engaged the whole way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: The ending is a bit too drawn out and there is way, way too much romance. But still this is a pretty good story with lots of excitement and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. gr8 start to new series. These guys are so interesting. This is the first book by Ms. Burrows 4 me & I was VERY impressed. Can't wait 4 next in series. Highly recommended!
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, as I do all military stories...keep them coming..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Some parts seemed to drag on, but the storyline was good.
cathie35 More than 1 year ago
This is Book a series.   I have read several books about Navy Seals.  I really enjoyed this one.  It had everything I like, Romance, adventure, suspense. And  it kept me interested in wanting more.  I had to find out who was responsible for the kidnapping of Bryson Van Amee. A rag-tag group of men come together to  form a team.  These men were former military men.  One was a former FBI agent.  If you read the other reviews you will get more information Gabe is a retired Seal.  Due to an injury he sustained in a car acciden he could not remain a Seal.. His father  is an Admiral, and wants Gabe to take a  job in D.C.  But he had enough of his father trying to lead his life.   He has a brother who wants to be on Broadway, and admits to being Gay.  That doesn't make the Admiral happy.  Gabe gets an offer to head up this newly formed team.   Gabe goes to work for a Private Company.  They form a team and name them selves Hornets.   They are sent to South America to bring back a wealthy business man who is being held for ransom. You will laugh and you may even cry, but you won't want to put this book down.   I can't wait for Book # 2 to come out. 
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ReadsAlotJG More than 1 year ago
Great book........action, suspense, romance......what's not to like? Loved the characters and their individual personalities. Will buy more of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the story. LOVED the characters. Lots of suspense. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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Hello_Love_81048 More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. So glad I found the author. Looking foward to the next Hornet novel and any other works she has. 
Cindy_W0 More than 1 year ago
SEAL of Honor is book one in the HORNET series by Tonya Burrows.  Equally hot and exciting, there’s not a dull moment to be found in this book. Gabe Bristow is disgruntled and trying to figure out where to go with his life now that a car accident left him unfit for duty as a SEAL. Reluctantly he agrees to a private sector job in a unit that’s just starting up, and the team find themselves under a trial by fire when they are called in to rescue a hostage in Colombia. The victim’s sister, Audrey Van Amee, is at her brother’s apartment in Colombia searching for clues herself when both Gabe’s team and the villains show up at the same time. Gabe and Audrey end up separated from his team and on the run from different guerilla factions.  The bullets fly as fast as the heat flashes up between Audrey and Gabe. It was refreshing to have a heroine who was not military or law enforcement but managed to take care of herself and the hero as well. That’s not to say she didn’t make mistakes, but she and Gabe were pretty evenly split on taking care of one another. If you like your romances filled with action and suspense and surprise twists at the end, pick up SEAL of Honor. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Bear1009 More than 1 year ago
The start of this new series is captivating, addictive it’s thrilling but then again men who are Seals makes everything better. Audrey Van Amee is a talented artist and is upset with her brother, Bryson, because he is not able to make it to her art show. Now speaking with him on the phone he breaks her heart by telling her that he can’t attend because of his work. In the middle of her conversation she notices something happening to her brother, he needs help. Then all of a sudden she hears a man’s voice telling Bryson that he needs not to fight what is happening and that he would not hurt him because he is worth to much money. Gabriel “Gabe” Bristow has just been forced into medical retirement from the Navy Seals because of his injury to his leg that has left him using a cane. He can’t believe that he will no longer have his team to command but someone has just given him the perfect opportunity to lead again. Travis Quinn has given Gabe a second chance to do what he loves to do but with a different group taking personal contracts. He knows that he doesn’t want to be sitting behind a desk in Washington D.C. So he agrees to command the new group that Quinn has put together and there first job has already come through. Bryson Van Amee has been kidnapped and held for ransom by a Colombian guerrilla group. Of course they have contacted his wife and are asking for a huge ransom and somehow they know that he has it and more. Audrey goes from her home in Costa Rica to Bogotá, Colombia to try to find clues of who has her brother but what she finds is a man impersonating a police officer so she does what needs to be done to protect herself. Gabe and his men are doing there best to see who has taken Bryson but instead come face to face with his sister. Now she wants to be part of the rescue team especially since she is fluent in Spanish and Gabe is not. Only that is not all from the moment that they both saw each other there is chemistry between them and they both can’t seem to shake off their feelings. Only once Audrey speaks with the real limo driver do things get real interesting. There is a militia group that is taking people out of their cars and taking anything that is of value and once they get to Gabe and Audrey there is a distraction. Only that she does something stupid and tells them that they are looking for her brother that was kidnapped. So guess what they are captured and are dragged through the jungle. Only once they think they have escaped they are captured by another group but this group has some information that actually might bring them closer to Bryson. Only that something awful happens just when Gabe is talking to Quinn and giving him the intel. Seal of Honor was an amazing read about second chances. Gabe and Quinn both got second chances to do something they both love only Quinn was not much of a leader but he was a great drill sergeant. I really enjoyed all of the men that formed “HORNET” there were different personalities that kept Quinn and Gabe on their feet. Only those men were the best, going into a foreign country to rescue a man with limited supplies and also limited retraining. Most of all I loved the brave Audrey because she rocked during the rescue mission. This story is well written, with a storyline that will have you wanting more. It’s the perfect length with perfect detail and the pace of the story was good. There are two characters that I would love to know more about and that would be of course Quinn but also Ian. I thought Ian was interesting and a jerk but there is just something about him, a dark side I think. The love scenes in this story are sizzling hot. The chemistry between them is felt in every touch, every stare but especially when they finally hit the sheets. Then once Gabe gets a taste of Audrey he knows that he is not going to be able to stop. Only when he does he runs. They are written in satisfying detail, sexy, steamy. I am so ready for more of these Seals and can’t wait for more. Pick up this book today and relax and enjoy.
WiLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
There are some great characters in this book. Gabe is so serious and doesn't know what to do with himself how that he's not a SEAL anymore. His brother Raffi is a great contrast. Then he meets Audrey. There was a line in there that I thought summed up their differences pretty well. He was fighting and she wanted to help and it said something along the lines of, "What was she going to do, paint an unflattering picture of his attacker?" She is very flighty and artistic and forces Gabe to lighten up a bit. Overall this was a great read. Action, suspense, steamy romance, and some humor.In this book we are introduced to the other guys on the newly formed HORNET team. (Gabe hates that name, by the way.) They are an interesting group and they each have their own story and set of quirks. As a set up to the series, it was very effective. I can't wait to read more about these guys.