Hi Readers! I can't believe how fast time is going by this year. Thanks for joining us here at Book Club Thursday. Today we are reviewing EXTREME HONOR by author Piper J Drake. And our friend and fellow blogger Cyndi is sponsoring a Giveaway for an E-copy!
Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the dogs that always have their backs. EXTREME HONOR is the first book in a high adrenaline contemporary suspense series from Piper J. Drake.
HONOR, LOYALTY, LOVE
David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier's toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope's Crossing Kennel can break through the animal's grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas's heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde's mesmerizing effect isn't limited to canines. But when Lyn's work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.
Lyn realizes that David's own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he's gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he's willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn't want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .
I must say that it was the cover that drew me to pick up a copy of Extreme Honor a few months back. Hot guy and canine companion. Check! I never heard of this new to me author and bought this on impulse. And I am glad I did.
This story had me hooked from the beginning until the end. The story was tight with lots of action and great characters. I loved the surly and quite sexy David Cruz, an ex soldier now training and rehabilitating military canines. He's not too happy when Lyn is sent to work with him on a special dog, Atlas. The dog is special and is mourning the death of his soldier handler, who was also a friend of David's. When Lyn is attacked in her hotel room, they join forces to solve the mystery of why someone is after her- or is it Atlas?
A lot of heart went into this story as the author dealt with returning soldiers and war dogs. I LOVED the fact that she made a point that this particular breed, the Belgian Malinois, is a special working dog and not for the average family. Too many times, dogs that are popular in movies and books end up in shelters when the cute little puppy seen in Marley and Me or "Eddie" in Frasier, grows up to need a lot of work and attention.
I thought the story was fast paced with lots of twists and turns. The romance with David and Lyn built at a nice pace also, with both learning to trust and respect each other. And then there is Atlas. My heart squeezed a bit while he missed his handler, and came to love the new humans who were assigned to help him. And boy, this soldier was smart and brave. I loved how he took to Lyn quickly and put his trust in her. And Lyn had a wonderful touch with dogs, enough to make a career out of helping and rehabilitating them. I think David was a wee bit jealous how quickly the two hit it off.
I love stories that feature dogs and I thought this was well written and held my interest throughout the whole book. I am definitely going to keep up with this series.
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