Release Day Blitz: Ultimate Courage by Piper J. Drake: Review + Giveaway



Title: Ultimate Courage
Author: Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes, #2
On Sale: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Formats: Mass Market & eBook
Price: $6.99 USD (MM) / $5.99 USD (eBook)
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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.

REVIEW:☕☕☕☕ 4 cups of intense action and slow burning romance!

Ultimate Courage is the second book in Piper Drake's True Heroes series, about a trio of ex-military men who has started a kennel mainly to rehabilitate and re-train former military and guard dogs to civilian life. Along the way each one of them manages to find their perfect match and yes the perfect women as well.

In Ultimate Courage readers meet Elisa Hall, obviously running from something but ultimate by good fortune meets Alex Rojas and his daughter. His daughter Boom befriends Elisa which leads to a eventually hiring her as an administrative assistant in their already rapidly expanding Hope's Crossing Kennels. As Elisa and Alex starts getting closer, and an additional member in the form of Souze keeps their connection more real, the danger thats followed Elisa for the last six months has found her. Can Alex keep her safe while dealing with his own demons from the past?

This was a great action suspense romance book with both protagonists dealing with their individual psychological traumas. For Elisa, trying to pick up the pieces of her self esteem was a long process that was adequately depicted in the story. A victim of emotional abuse, the help that was freely offered can sometimes feel like a trap about to be sprung anytime. For her to be able to make her own decisions, to learn to trust her instinct again is a great example of her being a survivor. Alex's PTSD as a result of his time in the war zone and his eventual decline into almost anti social behaviour will strike a lot of readers with familiarity. The way his daughter keeps him grounded and the way that Souze eventually was able to help him keep his demons at bay is something truly special. It focuses on how well therapy dogs can give those who suffer from PTSD or any psychological trauma that little bit of normalcy that they crave. Dogs like Souze become an important therapy took to giving back their lives. Ultimate Courage does have an overarching arch carried from the previous book, but it was introduced almost as an after thought that it felt like it was just tacked on, the only jarring note on an otherwise great action suspense romance. Looking forward to the third book!


Extreme Honor, #1
Ultimate Courage, #2
Absolute Trust, #3



Piper J. Drake (or "PJ") spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every interesting novel she could find at the library. After being introduced to the wonderful world of romance by her best friend, she dove into the genre.

PJ began her writing career as PJ Schnyder, writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk, for which she won the FF&P PRISM award as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.

PJ's romantic suspense novels incorporate her interests in mixed martial arts and the military. The True Heroes series is inspired by her experience rescuing, owning and training a variety of retired working dogs, including Kaiser, a former guard dog, and Mozart, who was trained to detect explosives.


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