SEAL Of Honor by Tonya Burrows
Rating: 3/5 Stars
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.
This will be a spoiler-free review, of course. It’s kinda rare for me to do reviews with spoilers anymore.
This was a fun read. I love that it had action as well as romance and of course I love me a man in uniform so that’s why I picked this book up in the first place. I thought the characters were enjoyable, but I didn’t connect with them enough for me to plan on reading the other books in the series. I’m okay with just stopping after this book, but I still enjoyed this book.
I went back and forth on giving this book three or four stars and then I decided I would give it three and a half stars but last minute I settled on three stars. I decided if I wasn’t intrigued enough to continue with the series then it was probably just a three star read overall. Once again, it’s not a bad book and I did still enjoy it. It was a fun read and different from my usual reads so I did appreciate that. Overall it just wasn’t good enough for me to want to read the rest of the series.
Obviously this is a bit of an erotica so who doesn’t want a good steamy scene? Unfortunately the sex and “steam” fell pretty flat to me. Maybe I’m spoiled after reading Christina Lauren and her incredible steamy books, but I felt like the sexy scenes in this book were super quick. I want that romance, the love, that steam and I want it to be drawn out. It didn’t go into much detail and like I said they were pretty quick which was a bit of a bummer. However, I kinda feel like the action and the anticipation of “what’s gonna happen next?” helped keep me interested in this book.
Like I said I liked the characters but I didn’t connect with them. I felt that Audrey, the love interest, was a bit annoying at times. I also felt like the relationship was super rushed and that threw me off sometimes. Oh also not to mention that when they did have sex or did anything intimate I always felt like it was at the weirdest and worst times. So, that kinda made the book a little laughable and ridiculous, but I still had fun reading it anyway.
I was about 200 pages in maybe a little under that before I felt lie the book was dragging on. I started out strong with the book and was really enjoying it but as it went on I felt like it kind of lost some of its steam and made it hard for me to want to read. It did pick up towards the end though so that helped me to actually finish it.
Overall I would say if this sounds like something you would enjoy then go for it! I thought it was a pretty fun read even if it wasn’t a favorite of mine. 🙂