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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
Apr 18, 2022 rated it really liked it
HORNET series is growing on me. I really enjoy this series although I did not read it in order. Miss Burrows proofs herself to be an excellent writer for military romance. What I like the most is the combination of the action and the romance. It has that perfect balance so the story line is enjoyable.

What I do not like is Gabe back and forth toward Audrey. I wish he can be more decisive like his leadership in his team. While Audrey, she is kick ass heroine. Their conversation is simmering hot.
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 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!
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
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
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
I enjoyed the cast of characters, the humor, and the action/adventure part of the story (4 to 5 stars). The romance and sex between the H and h had an amateurish quality to it that threw off their chemistry (1 to 2 stars). This was a middle-of-the-road read for me.
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
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
I really, really like this new series by Tonya Burrows. It has taken me a long time to finally start it because I was deeply disappointed by the last book, Too Wilde to Tame, in the "Wilde Security" series. This series is off to a good start, especially if you like your heroes flawed and your heroines with backbone. The men of HORNET are cobbled together, not the cohesive unit that you have come to expect in book of this type (think author Cindy Gerard's books). These guys have different backgro ...more
Apr 08, 2013 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, thrilling ...more
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Anna's Herding Cats
Shelves: read-in-2013
Review also posted at

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
Anna's Herding Cats
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print-tbr
**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 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 rated it 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
Jacqueline's Reads
May 21, 2013 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 whateve
Apr 27, 2013 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
I had been looking forward to reading this one, so many of my GR friends have loved it, but sadly it didn't work for me. I had a hard time buying into the fact that these guys would so quickly for a merc group and then run off before working together or even doing any sort of paperwork. After 115 pages I am giving up. At this point I don't care if Audrey and Gabe make it out of the jungle, can't really understand their attraction or that they act on things while being kidnapped. The other guys i ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun and fast-paced read.
This is romantic suspense how I LOVE it.
I love all the military elements and how action packed the book is.
The romance elements are in perfect balance with the rest of the story-line and the group of men that we get to meet in this first book was so interesting. I can't wait to read more about them!
If the next books in the series are at least as good and enjoyable as this first one is, then this is going to be a favorite series of mine when it comes to
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
May 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: My Bomb Bitches
Buddy Read with Carrie and Malia!
Romance Rehab
Dec 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
All reviews originally posted on the blog:

Egads, this wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I DNF’d right around the 25% mark. Here’s what made me pull the plug:

1. The heroine, Audrey, is an artist. When her brother is kidnapped (who he’s kidnapped by isn’t really relevant. Just know it was your standard, run-of-the-mill romantic suspense novel baddie), what does she do? Well, she immediately drops her life in Costa Rica and journeys to Colombia to save him. By herself
Apr 06, 2013 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
Apr 08, 2013 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 wasn´t 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 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
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Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance at age 13 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. As of now, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with The Boyfriend, a diva schnoodle, a plucky pug-mix, and #writercat.

When she's not writing about hunky military heroe

Other books in the series

HORNET (6 books)
  • Honor Reclaimed (HORNET, #2)
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