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Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the devoted dogs that always have their backs. ULTIMATE COURAGE is the second book in a high adrenaline contemporary suspense series from Piper J. Drake published by Forever Romance. Fans of D.D. Ayres K-9 Rescue series and Cindy Gerard’s One Eyed Jacks, will love this action packed romantic suspense series.
Title: Ultimate Courage
Author: Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing- Forever
Print Length: 336 pages
Format: Digital and Mass Market Paperback
Elisa Hall is good at starting from scratch. Leaving an abusive relationship in her rearview, she packs everything she owns into the trunk of her car and heads for refuge with her friend in Hope’s Crossing, North Carolina.
Alex Rojas returned from his second deployment as a Navy SEAL to find his condo empty and divorce papers on the breakfast table. Now he’s building a life for himself and his daughter at Hope’s Crossing kennels training younger dogs and handlers to search and rescue, struggling to adjust to life back in the States and as a single father.
When Elisa shows up at the kennels, it’s obvious she’s running from something. Luckily, the dogs and trainers at Hope’s Crossing are more than capable of warding off trouble. And with every minute he spends with Elisa, Alex becomes even more and more determined to protect the woman he’s certain he won’t be able to live without…
This is one of the best, if not the best, romantic suspense series currently being published IMHO. It is one of those books that has me turning the pages, totally enthralled, wondering what will happen next, loving the entire story and then being so disappointed because I want the next book in the series NOW!! I felt exactly the same after finishing the first book in the series, Extreme Honor, so when I was offered the opportunity to read and review the sequel and was so pleased, I couldn’t wait to read it. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, either, it is another superb read that I didn’t want life to get in the way of reading it.
Alex Rojas is the single parent of Serena, aka ‘Boom’, he’s also an ex-Navy SEAL, a dog-handler and powerful looking, handsome man. When Elisa Hall first sees him in A&E he’s loud, demanding and she finds him intimidating, but then she sees how he’s just trying to get treatment for his daughter, who he obviously loves and she has to reevaluate her initial assessment of him. Elisa is on the run, desperate to escape her ex-fiancè, looking over her shoulder both figuratively and in reality, always ready to run. When she’s offered a job at the Hope’s Crossing Kennels, she agrees to stay, one day at a time. As she gets to know and trust the dog trainers and their dogs, especially Souze, a German Shepherd Dog (or GSD), she and Alex get to know each other. Alex is, by nature, a protector and Elisa brings out all his protective instincts. Can she learn to trust him to look after her without controlling her? Can he convince her to stay and let him and his friends protect her?
A fast paced, action packed romantic suspense story that has all the elements to make it a brilliant 5* read, this has to be one of my favourite books in this genre from 2016 so far. The author’s writing style takes the reader through all the angst, turmoil, danger and suspense, making this a roller coaster ride where you’re not certain what may await you on the next page. The characters are well developed, complex, with many issues impacting on their attitudes, behaviour and interactions – and Souze just has to be one of my favourite characters in this story!
I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone looking for a brilliant romantic suspense story to escape into – this is the epitome of the genre IMHO.
Many thanks to the author, publishers and Barclay Publicity for enabling me to read an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
About Piper J. Drake:
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has recently received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.
Now, PJ is exploring the complexity of romantic suspense, incorporating her interests in mixed martial arts and the military into her writing.
Many thanks to Barclay Publicity for providing the materials and organising the tour for this novel.