I am having the hardest time writing a review for this book and I just can’t figure out why. This is my third and final atteReview. . . Out of Control
I am having the hardest time writing a review for this book and I just can’t figure out why. This is my third and final attempt. It was a good book and I liked it. I didn’t love it, but it was good. I think, there were just more things about it that I didn’t like than those I did.
This is the second book in the Babysitting a Billionaire series and books like this are the very reason I avoid reading out of order in a series. Dani and several other secondary characters were introduced to me as if I should automatically know who they are. The only back story I received on Dani related to why she was working as a private sector security agent. She has left the army and is waiting on a clearance physical so that she can re-enlist. To what army though? What country? The majority of this story takes place in Spain, but I don’t believe that Dani is Spanish. She’s redheaded and freckled. But then, she goes to the wedding of her good friend (who is also the owner of the security firm) which is held in Scotland. So, is she a citizen of the UK? I’m still confused. The good friend who is getting married, his fiancé and another character are brought in here. No back story at all. I have no idea how they work in this story or why they’re even there, other than Dani was invited to the wedding.
Zach is portrayed as a Hollywood playboy who is only interested in the next willing woman. He’s a writer who is receiving death threats. This is where Dani comes in. For protection.
Sigh . . .This was a really well written book. The sentences flowed smoothly, the dialogue wasn’t all over the place and the characters seemed real enough. But, I just didn’t like either of them. Zack seems to think that his multi watt smile can get him any woman he wants and Dani has a huge chip on her shoulder.
For me, when I review a book, I review it as myself (my likes and dislikes) and then as an overall contribution to the literary world as a whole. I try to keep my pet peeves and the other silly little things that bother me to the back of my mind and think more along the lines of how it was actually written. I don’t want the things that are personal dislikes for me to keep another reader from reading the story.
I would recommend this book to others with a strong preface that it should be read only after reading the first book. I’m going to read the first book as well, and then re-read this one.
I realized shortly into the book that I was, again, in the midst of an already established series. Honor Reclaimed is book twoReview….Honor Reclaimed
I realized shortly into the book that I was, again, in the midst of an already established series. Honor Reclaimed is book two in the Hornet Series by Tonya Burrows. Not having read book one, I thought that at sometime during the story there would be some back story that I would be missing. So not the case! The back story from book one was so carefully woven into book two that it was an actual part of the plot line. Freaking cool.
Seth Harlan is a former Marine sniper who was rescued after being held for 15 months as a POW of the Taliban in Afghanistan. He suffers from the worst of PTSD and so many times I just ached for him. Here was a man who sacrificed himself for the freedoms of the people of America and Afghanistan. He never wavered in his months of torture, never faltered and was never broken. He is now a member of HORNET, a group that goes in and does what the US government cannot, or will not, do. He finds himself back in Afghanistan rescuing a captured US service man that was on an unrecognized op. He keeps having flashbacks to his capture and loss of his men. He gets things confused and hides under hoodie.
Phoebe Leighton is a photojournalist, traveling to small villages in Afghanistan for a human rights story she is working on. She is also the journalist who, under a different name, published the story on Seth and his lost unit. The story did not paint Seth, the only surviving member of the unit, in a favorable light. So, she changes her name and becomes Phoebe the photojournalist.
Seth and Phoebe are thrown together quite by happenstance. Phoebe immediately recognizes Seth is ashamed and attracted all at once. Seth thinks Phoebe is following him and is up to no good, but he is still attracted to her.
I have no knowledge of PTSD and its effects on a person. Tonya Burrows did an excellent job of describing the agony and self doubt it can bring to a person. All through the story, I just wanted to hold Seth and try to ease his pain away. I loved watching him evolve into the man who used to be before his capture.
This story totally worked for me. It was well-written without a lot of melodramatic dialogue. It may be a hard read for anyone who knows firsthand what our soldiers go through in war. It was hard for me and I have no one serving.
I’m adding the first book to my wish list and will be on the lookout for the next in the series.
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