Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review - Extreme Honor

Title:   Extreme Honor
Author:  Piper J. Drake
Series:  True Heroes #1
Genre:   Romantic Suspense
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Audible
No. of Pages:  316
Date of Publication:  January 26, 2016
My Rating:  4 Stars

Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the dogs that always have their backs. EXTREME HONOR is the first book in a high adrenaline contemporary suspense series from Piper J. Drake.


David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier's toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope's Crossing Kennel can break through the animal's grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas's heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde's mesmerizing effect isn't limited to canines. But when Lyn's work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

Lyn realizes that David's own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he's gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he's willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn't want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .


Atlas is a gorgeous Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. The outfit David Cruz works for, the Search and Protect Corporation, hired dog whisperer Evelyn Jones to try and rehabilitate Atlas. Suffering from grief, Atlas's suffering is concerning. Fortunately, one look at Lyn and Atlas all but melts. He becomes responsive and the timing is good, as he is an excellent protector, especially when he is at his best.

David has been through quite a lot, and maybe due to his former army training, he is exceptionally skilled as a trainer. He has unique qualities and this has helped him to draw very close to Atlas, so he works alongside Lyn. His work is heightened because almost immediately Lyn is in danger, and had been accosted. Being at the right place a the right time allowed David to save Lyn's life. There is inherent danger, however, for both Lyn and Atlas, and seemingly, it never lets up.

Extreme Honor is the first book in the True Heroes series. This book makes an excellent start to a promising series. I absolutely love books with dogs! This one is no exception. Atlas is definitely well-trained, and due to such training, extremely lethal. Watching his experiences made for a great read. I enjoyed the love story, of course, as well as the mystery as to why Lyn and Atlas were in danger.

This is the first book in the series. As they all contain individual stories, this one can be read as a standalone. The other books in the series are, Ultimate Courage, Absolute Trust, Winter Valor, Total Bravery, Fierce Justice and Forever Strong.


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!

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