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SEAL of Honor (HORNET #1)

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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
Paperback, 273 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Entangled: Select (first published May 27th 2013)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

SEAL of Honor is the first book in Tonya Burrows' HORNET series, and romantic suspense lovers, you do not want to miss this story!

Gabe Bristow’s life as a Navy SEAL comes to a screeching halt – not because of terrorists or IEDs or any of the usual things associated with badass military men and their career ending injuries, but because of a car accident. He was lucky he didn’t lose his leg, but being left with a foot so badly messed up he’s forced to leave the teams, Gabe is struggling to accept
Opening Line: “God help him if he didn’t make it to the airport by seven.”

Well hello lick-worthy cover! Romantic suspense lovers (and fans of Cindy Gerard) may want to check out Tonya Burrows' new HORNET series. Featuring a rag-tag band of (yummy) former military men who once they get the kinks worked out might actually be able to do the job. Unruly, unorganised, unprepared and underequipped, these misfits make up the newly formed hostage rescue and negation team of "Hornet". They’re all expert
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

I should give this book even more stars for the edible man on the cover! Lets all just take a moment and breathe in his male-ness and imagine all of the dirty things that we would do to him....

Need another second? Sure...

Okay, onto my review! This book falls squarely in the romantic suspense category, which really isn't my thing. I hate books that are too suspense-y. I get antsy and sweaty and nervous if I think my beloved characters are in jeopardy. However, this book managed to
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

With a leg injury, Gabe Bristow's career as a Navy SEAL comes to an end. At loose ends, he takes a position commanding a private hostage rescue team. Their first mission? Free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian rebels. His new team, though, is quite a hodge-podge of rejects from various government agencies and branches of the military. As if that weren't enough, he also has to deal with Audrey Van Amee. She's the sister of the missing man and det
Feb 04, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Elizabeth (Liz)
Lurved it! For all you Cindy Gerard fans, this will not disappoint. This has great dialogue, with little bits of humor thrown in; the plot's solid and easy to follow with great pacing that never lost it's momentum. Tonya Burrow's characters are full of personality and they all have their own demons to deal with, which leaves me eagerly awaiting the next book in the installment.


A special thanks goes out to Elizabeth for finding this little gem. Thanks Lizzie!
Claire Robinson
4.5 - "Walk on the wild side with me." Stars!

Once in a while a book comes along, and after reading a chapter or two you know you are going to devour everything that the author has and will release in the future. Tonya Burrows is definitely in that category for me. After about 10 pages of SEAL of Honor, I knew that I had found my next ‘go-to’ series. No surprise really seeing as I love the Wilde brothers, I am however in the unenviable position where I will be in a constant state of anticipation
Jun 10, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
SEAL of Honor felt like a movie plot starring some hunky (or group of hunky actors, as is the case here!) actor parading through South America on a rescue mission. There was danger, lots of suspense and of course, a steamy romance!

Gabe Bristow is forced to take an early retirement from the Navy SEALS because of an injury. Being Lieutenant Commander was very much part of his identity so he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself until his best friend and former teammate, Travis Quinn, serves
Lt. Commander Gabriel Bristow is not looking forward to his forced medical retirement. A year ago, he was involved in a car accident and suffered a serious injury to his foot, leaving him unfit to return to duty as a Navy SEAL. He's all set to begin his boring Pentagon job when he's approached by his best friend and former SEAL teammate, Travis Quinn, to sign on to a private hostage rescue and negotiation team as the commanding officer. It didn't take much for him to cave.

The set up
The first co
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
Well where to start...

3 1/2 stars- which saddened me :(

Yes I did pick it because it had a hot cover!! Shame on me!!

It all started out really good

* Hot Navy SEAL's!
* Alpha males
* Packed with action
* Promising plot line

Then it all went south for me

* All action not enough romance
* Heroine annoyed me
* The plot got a bit lost in the middle and
* I didn't feel connected to the characters by the end

Which is such a shame as I really did think the start was promising and had potential!

I still think o
Apr 08, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
Okay, so I normally don't write reviews - I just love to read & take advice from my fellow goodreaders. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Tonya Burrows Seal of Honor. I actually tweeted Tonya personally because I had read somewhere that this was her first published book. So I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I read a lot of Catherine Mann, Cindy Gerard, Pamela Clare - all military romances, all of which are 1st class & I believe Tonya is up there with them. I think the book is gritty, t ...more
Usually I'm easy to please by a romantic suspense. Give me an alpha, hot, badass hero, a passable heroine that isn't too TSTL and thrown in a good suspense plot and I can guarantee I will enjoy it. But that's really not the case with SEAL of Honor.

It started off pretty good and I'm intrigued with the HORNET team. We have Gabe, the hero who had discharged from SEAL together with Quinn due to a car accident. I think it pissed him off that he didn't died in a war zone instead. Gabe suffered from a
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Jan 28, 2013 Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Anna's Herding Cats
Shelves: read-in-2013
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SEAL of Honor is a not-to-miss debut novel by Tonya Burrows. This up and coming author delivered an exciting story of ex seals that are die hard for life threatening adventures. I have a feeling this author will make her mark in the romantic suspense genre.

Ms. Burrows delivered a realistic alpha male of our time. And when I say, “of our time”, I mean men of this world that are protective, passionate, strong, sexy and skilled but also very human that pain, disability and de
Anna's Herding Cats
Feb 04, 2013 Anna's Herding Cats rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-tbr, lr-right
**Quickie review--full review to come closer to release**

I've been lusting after this book since the second I spotted it's cover and mmmm yeah it so lived up to expectations. Burrows totally won me over with her ragtag group of men and one hell of a heroine.

These guys are all a little bit broken, a little bit ornery and are all completely bad ass. I loved all of them and getting to watch them feel each other out and test boundaries as they head out on their first mission together as a private h
Jun 17, 2013 Trina rated it it was amazing
The Utmost talented new author I'd very fortunately discovered.

It felted like Tonya Burrows has read all my favorite authors; Lora Leigh, Suzanne Brockmann, Pamela Clare, Cindy Gerard, etc...and took out all my pet peeves while creating this incredible story for my sole enjoyment.

Although SEAL of Honor is one of many ex-SEAL/military turned mercenaries hired out for rescue's still different. It is better, better plot, well developed 'flawed' secondary characters and it had not re

Meet the men of HORNET (Hostage Rescue and Negotiation Team):

Gabe “Stonewall” Bristow – Former Navy SEAL (Lieutenant Commander of SEAL Team Ten) – The Boss.

Travis “Achilles” Quinn – Gabe’s SEAL teammate and best friend – XO

Jean-Luc “Ragin’ Cajun” Cavalier – Language specialist/translator

Marcus Deangelo – Former FBI agent

Eric “Harvard” Physick – Former CIA analyst

Ian “Boomer” Reinhardt – Explosive ordnance expert

Jesse Warrick – Medic

Throwing a bunch of alpha males together to make up a team of ba
Amy Acosta
Nov 17, 2012 Amy Acosta rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, debuts-2013
Gabriel ‘Stonewall’ Bristow had a starling career as a Navy SEAL until an accident left him unfit for military duty. Sick and tired of his father pushing him into a desk job, Gabe accepts leadership of a private hostage rescue team. His first mission? To rescue Bryson Van Amee, a wealthy businessman who was taken by Colombian rebels. After assembling a team of retired but deadly individuals, they head to Columbia where a simple recon run turns into a disaster and Gabe is forced to kidnap a woman ...more
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
I believe that this is my first foray into military romance, or something like it. For the most part, I was entertained, and there was NOT ONE character whom I disliked. HumInt Inc.'s Hostage Rescue and Negotiation Team, or HORNET, has an eclectic mix of skilled men who I believe will each have their stories told. When this book caught my eye I thought it was going to have a similar feel as The A-Team (movie) and I was pretty excited about it. Now that I've finished it, I'm undecided if this rom ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing
My Rant:

I completely slept on this book. I don’t normally pick up books like this because I love immortal heroes and sometime I feel like no one could compare but this book has completely changed my perception and I can now claim that I love the human heros just as much as the immortal ones. (just don’t expect me to give up my lust for fangs).

The cover is wickedly hot with a capital H and the merc’s in the book are hotter!!!! Once the book began there was a rush of action. The plot begins to ta
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
May 25, 2013 Michele ~ la Smoocherina marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: My Bomb Bitches
Buddy Read with Carrie and Malia!
Apr 06, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
SEAL of Honor is the first book in Tonya Burrow's new romantic suspense series focusing on a private hostage negotiation and rescue team called HORNET. They are a newly formed team of ex-military / special forces / police officers and this is the first case they are working together. Gabe is the man in charge and the one who has to try and get his ragtag group to work with each other rather than against each other. The men are testing him, trying to see how far they can push him and what they ca ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
May 21, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

3.5 Stars

Yes, I know all about you, Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Bristow, former commanding officer of American Navy SEAL Team Ten, bravo platoon, forced into retirement due to an injury sustained on your way to a training operation last year in Virginia

Yep, life isn’t good for Gabe Bristow right now. After forced into early retirement due to an injury, he’s offered to work as the leader to a hostage rescue team. Audrey watches in horror as her brother gets kidnapped and she does whatever she
Apr 08, 2013 Anipau rated it it was amazing
I found about this book because of a casualty and I was dying to get my hands on it. And….. It lived up my expectations! At first, I wasnt sure about what to expect, but once I started reading it had everything I hoped for. A lot of danger, suspense and romance!
First of all, you get to meet all the characters, which is a good thing (in my opinion) because you understand them and why they are like that. There is a lot of male pride, male issues, and male power; even though they are a little bit
Nicci   ☞ Hell Raisin Sugar  ☜
LCDR Gabriel Bristow finds himself at a crossroads when his Naval career is cut short by an injury. Left with a limp, chronic pain and a really bad attitude, the former SEAL is at odds with what to do with his life when he's given the opportunity to command a hostage rescue team put together by his best friend and funded by a businessman with questionable motives. Rather than accept the Pentagon desk jockey position his Daddy lined up for him, he opts to accept the role as leader of this rag-tag ...more
Kathy Martin
May 13, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
SEAL OF HONOR was an exciting and entertaining romantic suspense title. Gabe Bristow is a former Navy SEAL who has left the service because of severe injuries he got in a car accident. He is at loose ends and pondering his future plans. He knows he doesn't want the desk job his father, the General, has lined up for him but he isn't sure that he wants to turn into a mercenary either. When a friend offers him the job leading a team that does hostage rescues and has a hostage in mind, he agrees to ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Helena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
"God knew she drew him like the proverbial doomed moth to a flame."

This was an addicting book, but I may be biased because I love Navy SEALS in a book. Once I opened this book up on my Kindle, I had problems putting it down to finish my homework. I may have been late a day or two on an assignment. Alas, this is the life of an avid reader.

The action in this book was extraordinary. There was very little downtime from one event to the next, making this book difficult to put down. With each plot twi
Jan 21, 2016 Fanny rated it really liked it

Seal Of Honor es el primer libro de la serie Hornet de la autora Tonya Burrows y narra la historia de Gabe y Audrey.
He leido bastantes libros de este estilo, que combinan suspence y romance, por lo que tenia una idea bastante clara de lo que esperar de esta lectura, por eso no me esperaba que me sorprendiera como lo hizo.
La historia en si no destaca por ser diferente o por tener unos protagonistas distintos a los de otras historias del mismo estilo, lo que verdaderamente hace a Seal Of Honor un
Jul 05, 2016 Marianchu rated it it was amazing
Qué bien me lo he pasado con esta historia. Aunque empieza como muchas otras, un grupo de exmilitares y miembros de distintas agencias americanas que se juntan para formar un equipo en una empresa de seguridad privada, lo variopinto de los miembros resulta muy particular.
He encontrado una historia no solo ágil y entretenida sino q me ha gustado el tono divertido de muchas de las escenas, gracias sobre todo al carácter de la protagonista femenina y al temple del personaje masculino. Me ha gustad
Rating 3.25 stars
This book actually pushed the limit of my imaginations, first off the team was so inept, the hero has a leg injury and is still made in-charge of a new team, a team that is just put together in few hours, no signing of contracts etc The hero/heroine getting it on when they are in a drug lord's house was WTH!The love came out of the blue. Too unbelievable for me.
Jun 05, 2013 Misty rated it really liked it
An engrossing military romance read. I liked that fact there was plenty of action and scenes with the HORNET guys - all very A-Team like - and I can't wait for Quinn's story. He was the one who grabbed me the most.
Michelle Degrández
Jan 06, 2017 Michelle Degrández rated it really liked it
Me gustó la variedad de personalidades en el grupo, la espontaneidad de la protagonista y como soy amante de las historias con militares en especial SEAL's amé a Gabe. Pero, no le doy 5 dado que fue predecible y no tuvo tanto impacto en mi.
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Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance in 8th grade and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, 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 o
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