As a K9 handler on the Search and Protect team, Arin Siri needs to be where the action is–and right now that’s investigating a trafficking operation in Hawaii. When an enemy from her past shows up bleeding, she’s torn between the desire to patch Jason up or put more holes in him. Then again, the hotshot mercenary could be the person she needs to bust open her case.

Jason Landon’s team had always been about taking the contract, getting paid, and not asking questions. But after his last mission went south, he started to get curious. His questions quickly drove him out of his mercenary group and off the grid. Now, the only people he can think of to help him are the Search and Protect team — and the dark beauty who is as ready to kill him as she is to bed him. And he’s totally ready to risk the former for the chance at the latter. But he isn’t the only person with a target on his back. Arin’s in danger too, and he’ll do everything he can to keep her safe.

Titles in the True Heroes series include — Extreme Honor – Ultimate Courage – Absolute Trust – Winter Valor (#3.5) – Total Bravery – Fierce Justice

Title:  Fierce Justice
Series: True Heroes #5
Author:  Piper J. Drake
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  February 26, 2019
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4.5 stars

FIERCE JUSTICE is intense, gripping and held my attention captive from beginning to end.  While this title could be read as a stand on its own story I believe your reading experience will be enhanced by following this series from the start.  Anything you need to know in the backstory is explained within this story so you aren’t missing anything beyond great stories and some nuances.

Arin and Jason have run into each other before on seemingly opposites sides so there is a definite lack of trust between them at first.  And since Arin had to abandon her mission in order to get Jason to safety, well, that just added another layer of tensions between them.  Still, she stood guard over him and listened to his explanations… or as much as he was willing to give.  As a former mercenary, Jason was used to being the hired gun power but not in an illegal sense.  He was to protect property and people, yes for money, but he’s not the bad guy… although that’s a very thin line to Arin, and even Jason as he made discoveries that had him leaving that mercenary group to strike out on his own.  In many ways, Arin and Jason need each other to accomplish their individual missions.  They might not like it, but the facts don’t change just because you don’t trust someone.

Jason and Arin’s romance is a slow burn but with sizzle along the way.  I enjoyed how they bantered and danced around each other while the trust was building between them.  The main concentration was the mission to take down traffickers and that held my attention above everything else.  If you love a good Romantic Suspense that is believable with likable characters and a strong storyline then you’ll want to pick up FIERCE JUSTICE.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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