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.
I love Gabe and Audrey. Audrey is a strong and assertive woman and she does it with the sweetest southern girl smile on her face. Gabe is a stickler for the rules. The rules say he cannot have Audrey. Good thing for Gabe, Audrey doesn’t care too much for rules. The hunt for Audrey’s brother is tense. The H/h are in danger most of the book. Ms. Burrows does not pull any punches. The violence you would expect to find in a book about hostages and rescues is accurate. She gets the point across without being gruesome. I do not see how anyone could read this and not root for Gabe and Audrey. Great start to a new series. Looking forward to more HORNET in my future.
A book in hand is better than two on the shelf.
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