Saturday, February 23, 2019

Review - Absolute Trust

Title:   Absolute Trust
Author:  Piper J. Drake
Series:  True Heroes #3
Genre:   Romantic Suspense
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  320
Date of Publication:  December 20, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars


After multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who's seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can't have. But Forte's success means he's made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . . 

When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she's constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she'll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger -and the sparks between them- could consume them both. 


Brandon Forte has returned to his hometown and is running a training facility for military dogs, the Search and Protect Corporation. He is working alongside two other men previously in the military. Although he never makes it clear to her, the reason Brandon returned is to be close to Sophie Kim. They went to high school together and have remained good friends. Alienated since he joined the service, Brandon would like to become more than friends.

What Brandon doesn't know is that Sophie wants exactly the same thing. However, neither is prepared to be up front about it. Due to an explosion that almost took Sophie's life, Brandon becomes her protector, alongside his dog, Haydn. Haydn is in need of physical therapy as he had to have his front left leg replaced. Brandon's primary job is to rehabilitate Haydn.

The explosion was not an accident and Sophie's safety is in question, so Brandon and his team devise a plan. This is critical because while they try and decide who could be after Sophie, they cannot help to worry about the other women whose lives were previously threatened. Forced to now spend time together at this time gives both Brandon and Sophie the opportunity to tell each other how they feel.

Sophie has other major concerns. She has been all but forced to become an accountant to please her demanding family, but she has always had hopes of opening a bed and breakfast. If they won't let her live that dream, could they be the reason Brandon and Sophie didn't make it as a couple while in high school, then as adults?

This is a fast-paced story, filled with suspense and danger, as well as the budding romance developing between Sophie and Brandon. Her fears, the aftermath of Brandon's time in the service, and his reticence in believing he is the man Sophie needs and Haydn's rehab are all handled well during the pages of this engaging read. Also, readers cannot forget the cat that Sophie adopts. I have enjoyed the first two books of the series, and am reading the fourth. Piper J. Drake is an author to follow.

The other books in the True Heroes series are Extreme Honor, Ultimate Courage, Winter Valor (novella), Total Bravery, Fierce Justice and Forever Strong. Each book contains a separate story, with recurring characters, yet they do well as standalones. 

Review for Extreme Honor,

Review for Ultimate Courage,


Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. Wherever she goes, she enjoys tasting the world and embarking on foodie adventures. Dogs—and horses—have been known to spontaneously join her for a stroll and she enjoys pausing for a nice chat with cats of all sizes, from domestic to tiger size and beyond.

Piper aspires to give her readers stories with a taste of the hard challenges in life, a breath of laughter, a broad range of strengths and weaknesses, the sweet taste of kisses, and the heat of excitement across multiple genres including science fiction and fantasy.

Come join the adventure with her!


  1. Great review. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

  2. The book sounds great. Love that cover too.

  3. This definitely sounds like a book I need to get my hands on. Great review :) So glad you enjoyed it!