Daring Honor by Diana Munoz Stewart

Posted on November 2, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 6 Comments

I have enjoyed every book in the Spy Maker’s Guild series, and Daring Honor was no different. The ending of Reckless Grace left me anticipating the release of Daring Honor and without a doubt, it was worth the wait. Each book delivers its own romance, allowing the stories to work as stand-alone reads.

 

Daring Honor by Diana Munoz StewartTitle: Daring Honor: A Spy Makers Guild Novel
Author(s): Diana Muñoz Stewart
Published by Kiss and Tell Books on 31 October 2023
Pages: 356
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense
Source: Author
Format: eArc
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She saved me. Now, to save her, I’ll have to face my family. Tony The only male adopted by the notorious Parish family, I’ve always tried to do right by my sisters––who also happen to be global operatives in a secret society of spies. But when my attempt to protect one of them goes horribly wrong, I can’t face them or the music. Faking my own death, I escape into the Caribbean. I reappear as “Lazarus Graves.” My sense of humor is still in tact, but not my sense of self-preservation. I take a risk that has me going under the waves for the last time as a thousand regrets soak into my bones. Honor When I plunged into stormy waters to rescue a drowning kiteboarder, I had no idea resuscitating the sexy stranger would bring life-changing love—and life threatening danger—crashing into my world.… I had no idea he'd uncover a secret about my mother's death that would threaten the powers that be and my life.

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Daring Honor tells the story of Tony Parrish, one of the few men adopted into the female dominated Spy Makers Guild. Tony faked his death and took on a new identity to escape his adoptive family’s wrath, as they saw his actions before their last mission as a betrayal. Faking his death was a better option as opposed to having his memory of the incident erased. This was the Guild’s way of protecting their forty-year-old secret.

Daring Honor picks up months after the events of Reckless Grace. Tony is on the run, but is having fun in the meantime. His first stop, Puerto Rico, where he went kite boarding. While kite boarding, he experienced difficulties, and was rescued by Honor Silva. Meanwhile, his adoptive family discovered he faked his death and went searching for him. Despite his attraction to Honor, Tony knew he couldn’t stay, knowing his family would find him at any cost. However, when he learns of the danger Honor faces, he couldn’t walk away. His need to help Honor outweighed the risk of having parts of his memory wiped.

The moment I began reading, I knew this would be an exciting read, and it did not disappoint. The story pulled me in and had me quickly tuning the pages. I enjoyed watching Tony and Honor’s relationship develop. Theirs was a case of finding love at the most inopportune time. Here we have two people with secrets and whose circumstances added a layer of intrigue to the story. Their spending time together led to the revelation of some of their secrets, with Honor revealing more than Tony. I admired Tony’s honesty in letting Honor know that revealing all his secrets would place her in danger..

The romance between the protagonists was both steamy and sweet. I enjoyed their interactions and the way there so protective of each other made my heart soar. They shared an undeniable chemistry, and it was a joy seeing them together.

The suspense held me captive and had me on the edge of my seat. Now, not only did the story deliver suspense surrounding Tony, there was also an element relating to Honor and her family. Honor showed strength and resilience during the moments of danger. She had skills the Guild would find useful.

As stated earlier, I loved all the books I have read from the series (I still need to read book one) and so far Daring Honor is my favourite. It was thrilling from start to finish, with mystery, danger and romance lining the pages. My only complaint lies with the rushed ending.

Story Evaluation
Plot
4.5
Characters
5
World Building
4.5
Writing Style
4.5
Pacing
4.5
Cover
4
Enjoyment
4.5
Ending
4
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About Diana Muñoz Stewart

Armed with a razor-sharp wit and a rolled-up MFA in Creative Writing, Diana Muñoz Stewart cartwheel-kicked her way into publishing with her fiery Black Ops Confidential series. Washington Independent Review of Books called the series’ award-winning debut, “original, impressive” a “rollicking good ride” and “high-octane.” Of her writing Publishers Weekly said, “Stewart plays adeptly with the reader’s emotions” and noted that in her series, “Stewart’s talent shines.” Of her unflinching openness in taking on today’s relevant topics, Booklist noted, Munoz-Stewart discusses such sensitive topics as human trafficking, sexual violence, and sexism…while the diverse …Parish family and their mission to protect women everywhere give these topics…hope…  Kirkus Book Reviews noted her romantic suspense series, along with having, “Sizzling physical encounters” also “enables an emphasis on recovery and power.” Munoz Stewart’s work has been a BookPage Top 15 Romance of 2018, a Night Owl Top Pick, A BookPage Top Pick, and an Amazon Book of the Month. A 2014 Pages From The Heart Winner, 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist, 2016 Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a 2016 Gateway to the Best Winner, Diana Munoz Stewart is a member of a Novelist Inc (NINC)International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime Diana lives in an often chaotic and always welcoming home that—depending on the day—can hold husband, kids, extended family, friends, and a canine or two. A believer in the power of words to heal, connect, and distract from chores, Diana blogs regularly on topics near and dear to her heart, including spotlight pieces on strong women from around the world. When not writing, Diana can be found kayaking, doing sprints up her long driveway—harder than it sounds–attempting yoga on her deck, or hiking with the man who’s had her heart since they were teens. Diana is represented by the wonderful Michelle Grajkowski of Three Seas Literary Agency.

Story Evaluation
Plot
4.5
Characters
5
World Building
4.5
Writing Style
4.5
Pacing
4.5
Cover
4
Enjoyment
4.5
Ending
4
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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