Published Date: May 27, 2014
Source: Received for an honest review
Book Description (from Entangled)
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.
Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows is one of those books you just can’t get out of your head long after you’ve finished reading it. It’s not just the slow burning romance or the amazing action sequences, or even the unbelievably heartbreaking event near the end. It’s the whole package; and especially the emotional intensity that pulls the reader through it all, kicking, screaming, begging for mercy and being given no quarter. Let’s be really honest here: Honor Reclaimed is not for the faint of heart. It has a number of potential triggers including PTSD, brain damage, wartime scenarios, spousal, child and animal abuse, psychological and physical torture and their effects.
This is a take no prisoners story from beginning to end. From the moment Zak makes his decision, this book is off and running full speed. Then Seth comes along and accelerates it all. Seth isn’t really part of his HORNET team. He’s broken, struggling with PTSD, on probation, and really shouldn’t be anywhere near this mission when his own team doesn’t trust him. The author lays it all out there in all its gory, painful, emotionally distressing beauty.
Phoebe ups the ante with her own story, another broken wing, desperate to make things right again. Her shame, her desire, her fear: all plastered to the front pages of the news, broadcast through whispers and silent actions, through tears and promises.
As Seth and Phoebe struggle against each other and against their target (who is targeting them in return), so too are the rest of the HORNET team struggling. Each and every member of the team needs help and each of them show it in subtle and not so subtle ways. Quinn with his head wound that has left physical limitations; Ian with his attitude.
And as Phoebe and Seth struggle to come together despite the secrets between them, another man lurks in the shadows, a silent wild card waiting to tear your heart out. The danger of the mission keeps getting worse; the problems of the team members keep interfering; the number of actors growing until everything goes boom and tears the whole structure down. Only to be rebuilt.
I can’t recommend this book enough. This book’s rating was dropped from a 5 to a 4.5 because it needs to be read in conjunction with the Wilde Security series (also Tonya Burrows) and should not be read as a standalone in the HORNET series.
Heat Rating: Hot, Blood Thirsty
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
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