Good Tuesday morning to you all! Tell me, have any of you read Tonya Burrows before? What did you think? Would you recommend the previous books in the HORNET series to me?
Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Ice-cold and unbreakable, Travis Quinn is the HORNET team's hard-ass. No weaknesses. Except, of course, for the accident that not only destroyed his career as a Navy SEAL, but left terrifying blanks in his memory. But Travis remembers everything about Mara Escareno—the curve of her lips, the feel of her body...and how he walked out on her suddenly six weeks ago.
Mara could never resist the dangerously sexy Travis, which is probably how she ended up pregnant and disowned by her family. But before Travis can fully process the news, Mara is kidnapped by his enemies and plunged into the violent, merciless world of human trafficking. They want Travis—and the information locked within his damaged memory—no matter the cost. And now Travis's enemies have discovered his only weakness...Mara.
After an accident destroyed his Navy SEAL career and left him with blanks in his memory, Travis Quinn became even more distant than he was before. But while he may not remember everything that happened before the accident, he does remember Mara Escareno, the woman he walked away from without a word in the middle of the night.
Pregnant and disowned by her family, Mara has little choice but to contact Travis and tell him the news. Predictably, Travis is less than thrilled with his impending fatherhood and fear causes him to walk out on her again. However, before he gets too far he goes back, determined not to run away again, only to arrive in time to witness Mara being kidnapped by his enemies. Thrown into a dark world of blood, vengeance and secrets, Mara holds tight to the hope that Travis will come for her.
Normally I avoid the “Accidental/Secret Baby” troupe like the plague but there was something about the blurb for Tonya Burrows’ Broken Honor that had me overlooking my dislike of the common troupe in favor of the promise of action and suspense.
A promise that was delivered tenfold by author Tonya Burrows.
I’ve never read this author before so it was a risky new experience for me. The risk paid off, Broken Honor was a tumble down a rabbit hole with mystery, suspense, danger and a raw romance between two people who didn’t really know each other at all.
Travis and Mara didn’t seem well matched at first, he was someone who was used to dangerous situations and the life of a bachelor. He didn’t have any plans other than to survive each moment as it came. He was so secretive that by the end of the book, I felt that I knew just as much about him as I did in the beginning; which was zilch. I did learn three things about him though, he was loyal to his causes, dedicated to those same causes but he was a coward in his personal life. For me, that’s what added the real conflict to Broken Honor. A bad guy can be defeated with a gun, a bomb or a knife but when the hero’s own worst enemy is himself? That can put a whole new spin on an already complicated situation. Travis had such a bad habit of running away from the softer emotions and the people who inspired them: Mara, his unborn kid and sometimes his fellow HORNET members. Even while he was being a badass, Travis would hide behind a wall of indifference that eventually started to wear on my nerves. Enough was enough, he needed to grow up or leave for good!
Mara on the other hand was the opposite. Her world might have started to crumble once she was disowned but that only strengthened her resolve to live her life on her terms. As painful as her on again/off again relationship with Travis was, she didn’t let it break her. Did she have moments of weakness and cry? Yes, but she always managed to pick herself up and move forward. Even when she was among the most dangerous men she’d ever met Mara had a silent strength that I admired because it carried her through when lesser characters would have wined and whimpered. I’m not entirely sure Travis deserved her in the end. She put up with a lot of his crap. Oh and she’s a M*A*S*H fan just like me!!
Tonya Burrows impressed me with her ability to weave such an intense plot complete with such diverse characters. The members of the HORNET team were so different from one another yet they could come together at a moment’s notice and become an almost unstoppable force. Mara’s best friend Lanie definitely held her own when she found herself dragged into the search for who is responsible for Mara’s kidnapping and why. I do think Lanie might become one of my favorite characters in the series. Yes, I DO plan on reading more of this series.
I’m still not a fan of the accidental baby troupe but Broken Honor didn’t revolve around that fact. There were amazing amounts of fast paced action and moments that had me biting my nails wondering who would survive and who wouldn’t. And wouldn’t you know it? Some of the scenes were set in my hometown of El Paso, Texas! Though, a mention of Chico’s Tacos would have made it all the more real to me. It IS a local tradition that any El Pasoan knows about.
Final Verdict: Action, passion and mystery make for one hell of a ride!