Monday, July 25, 2016

Ultimate Courage by Piper J. Drake

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

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.

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My Rating: B-
My Review:
Throughout the majority of this book and it was well on its way to a solid 4-star rating, but that all completely fell apart with the ending of the book. I'll try not to give anything away here, but gah...this was a decent book and then things just took a turn that I couldn't ignore. And honestly, the issues were so unnecessarily stupid. It would have been easy for the author to write the conflict in there without things suddenly going so wrong with the writing/plotting. issue #1 (without giving spoilers, so this may be a little vague)...stupid, idiotic hero. Um, hello? This person just shows up and starts spouting all this stuff that you haven't seen any evidence of and you just believe her? When you know that someone is out there after your girl? Seriously?

Issue #2...the last time I checked heavy stress and having to run maybe an 1/8 of a mile does not cause dehydration in need of hospitalization. OMG...she was out on a date, not doing a marathon. Now maybe if she'd been drugged...maybe...but she wasn't. She ran away and not very far at that. Over-extreme much?

Issue week. That's it and you just believed the most heinous thing about her and suddenly everything is hunky dory and let's all move in together, even though I obviously don't trust or know this woman and I have a 9 yo impressionable young daughter at home. Seriously...

And that's all within the last 15% of the book. The bad thing about that is that up to that point, I was really enjoying it. I loved Boom and her sassiness. I liked the dog, Souse, and the way he seemed to just get Elisa. I also really enjoyed the side story of Alex and his battle to overcome his PTSD...although I will admit there that I have my doubts that he should honestly be trusted with his daughter or around other civilians until he has a better handle on the flashbacks. 

So this was a mixed bag...and I'm thinking if I remember right that I had similar issues with the first book in this series. While the author can definitely write an engaging story with interesting characters, some of her details just don't seem to be as thought out as they should be. But honestly because of the way things just kind of seem thrown in there, I do wonder if this is truly an editing issue rather than something the author is doing. Maybe an editor pushing for more drama in the story line at certain points that weren't there originally. I'm not sure, but I think this will probably be my last read in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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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.

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