Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review - Ultimate Courage

Title:   Ultimate Courage
Author:  Piper J. Drake
Series:  True Heroes #2
Genre:   Romantic Suspense
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  336
Date of Publication:  July 26, 2016
My Rating:  4 Stars


Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope's Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.

Elisa's past never stays in her rearview mirror for long, and she refuses to put anyone else in danger. But with Alex guarding her so fiercely yet looking at her so tenderly, she's never felt safer . . . or more terrified that the secrets she keeps could put countless people in grave peril. The only way for both to fully escape their demons will take the ultimate act of courage: letting go and learning to trust each other.


Alex Rojas is a retired Navy SEAL and is doing his best to keep his life together. Along with his responsibilities as a father to nine-year-old daughter and his job rehabbing dogs as part of the Search and Protect Corporation, he is working hard to cope with his PTSD. When he meets the extremely skittish Elisa Hall, he turns some of his attention on her. They meet in an ER after Alex's daughter is injured during sports, and Elisa has a sprained wrist.

Elisa is on the run from a dangerous, controlling man. She may be engaged, but she certainly wasn't happy, but now she is in danger. She accepts Alex's help, although at first he scares her too. But, she can see past his fierce nature. She sees him with his daughter, and his rehab dog, Souze, and knows he has a tender heart. As much as Alex wants to protect Elisa, he must consider the safety of those close to him, most of all, his daughter. And Alex is indeed a wonderful father.

Ultimate Courage is a thrilling book. There is danger facing Elisa quite often, and it is truly riveting. The pacing never lets up and the story delivers a great conclusion. Souze, Alex's dog is amazing, as are the other characters in the story, including some we met in the first book of the series.

Although this book is part of a series, each book can be read as a standalone. However, the other books in the series are Extreme Honor, Absolute Trust, Winter Valor, Total Bravery, Fierce Justice and Forever Strong.

Review for Extreme Honor,


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!