Honor Bound by Hallee Bridgeman ~ Book Review

October 3, 2022


About the Book

Book: Honor Bound
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Series: Love and Honor, Book 1
Genre: Christian Mystery Suspense/ Military
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 6, 2022

It may seem odd to seek peace by moving to a war-torn African country, but for medical missionary Dr. Cynthia Myers, it provided a way to escape a shallow life of unearned wealth, a philandering fiancé, and a father now square in the public eye as vice president of the United States. At least here she knows her work and life have meaning. But all that is thrown into chaos when she fails to save the life of a local warlord's mortally wounded son.

As part of the Army Special Forces "A-Team" on a mission to capture and subdue the warlord, Captain Rick Norton is compelled to use deadly force to save Cynthia's life. Enraged at the violence she witnessed and riddled with guilt that men died because of her, Cynthia tries to hold on to her anger--but an unwanted attraction is taking hold.

With two members of his team badly injured and rebels in hot pursuit, Rick will have to draw upon all his strength and cunning to get her out alive . . . because he's beginning to think they just might overcome their differences and be able to make a life together.

My Thoughts 

Okay moment of truth... I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. The cover intrigued me but I am definitely not a huge military themed reader however this book may just have completely changed my mind as it had me from the first page! I was completely enthralled with this story. You can tell that this author not only did her research but is very familiar with military jargon and environment. The book definitely starts out with lots of action and a fast pace that sets your heart racing not knowing what is going to happen to these characters. It does move to the romance part of the story towards the middle end of the book which was refreshing to read. Typically you have the love storyline right in the beginning but this one was not like that at all.

The characters were amazing! I was so involved in all of the characters that I really need to know what happens to some of them (hello second and third book!... ) Bridgeman really writes characters that were full of depth and while all of them seem to have a relationship in God they all have some past struggles or current ones that need a little bit more using of their faith muscle. The author did a great job at integrating a faith element throughout the story and it was strong in the theme of courage and faith. 

I know some may not enjoy the ending as far as the characters go. I mean I can see how some may see Rick as too perfect and flawless but I saw him as the Rock for his team and later on for Cynthia. Cynthia on the other hand had to change her ways of thinking. I think part of her was stuck on the belief that it had to be her way or no way. You can't change someone else you have to accept them the way they are if you truly love them and I think she sees this at the end. 

This was my first story by this author and it definitely won't be my last. Like I said before I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series! 

If you enjoy military reads with suspense and romance then this is the pick for you! Go grab them now and if you have Kindle Unlimited they are available on there.

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really enjoyed it!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

With nearly a million book sales, USA Today bestselling author Hallee Bridgeman writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real-world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.

An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee and her husband finally settled in central Kentucky so they could enjoy the beautiful changing of the seasons. Hallee’s oldest daughter is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, her middle son struggles as a hexagonal “autism spectrum” peg in this round world, and her youngest son fills the house with wooshes and bangs as he fights imaginary bad guys while wearing a Spiderman costume and wielding a Ninja sword.

When she’s not penning novels, you will find her in the kitchen, which she considers the ‘heart of the home’. Her passion for cooking spurred her to launch a whole food, real food “Parody” cookbook series. In addition to nutritious, Biblically grounded recipes, readers will find that each cookbook also confronts some controversial aspect of secular pop culture.

Hallee has served as the Director of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, President of the Faith-Hope-Love chapter of the Romance Writers of America, is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the American Christian Writers (ACW), and Novelists, Inc. (NINC). An accomplished speaker, Hallee has taught and inspired writers around the globe, from Sydney, Australia, to Dallas, Texas, to Portland, Oregon, to Washington, D.C., and all places in between.

Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She prays her work here on earth is a blessing to you and would love to hear from you. You can reach Hallee at hallee@halleebridgeman.com

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