Ultimate Courage by Piper J. Drake

Ultimate CourageTitle:  Ultimate Courage
Series:  True Heroes #2
Author:  Piper J. Drake
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  July 26, 2016
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing – Forever
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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.

Ultimate Courage is full of action, suspense and a really great couple who have their issues but work through them in a realist manner.  We also get another amazing dog characters from the Hope’s Crossing Kennels – and Souze is well, simply amazing.

Alex has been in many battles but perhaps some of the most difficult have been here at home,not in a war zone.  The fight to be allowed to raise his young daughter is one.  And the constant battle against his PTSD is another, a daily fight that at times seems to get the best of him.

Elisa is running from her ex.  A man who has used emotional and mental abuse to control her.  He’s never giving up the chase and she is constantly looking over her shoulder in fear.  Elisa brings out the protective male in Alex, and he’ll do just about anything to keep her safe.  And that is Elisa’s fear that in keeping her safe he will put himself and others directly in harm’s path.

This couple captured my attention and my heart right from the start.  And Souze – well, he might be at Hope’s Crossing for rehab but he is more than helping Alex along the way.

With a manipulative, evil villain at the core of the action, Ultimate Courage delivers a suspenseful romance along with a fully packed action story.  I have enjoyed both novels in the True Heroes series (trilogy) and now I’m definitely looking forward to the next story.

If you’re a sucker for big, soulful puppy dog eyes, a solid story and a romance that hits all the right notes – then have I got a story for you.  Highly recommend this story and series to any Romantic Suspense reader or anyone who enjoys a good solid romance.

*I received an e-ARC of Ultimate Courage from the publisher, Grand Central Publishing – Forever and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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