Review: Extreme Honor (True Heroes, #1) by Piper J. Drake

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Extreme Honor Book Cover Extreme Honor
True Heroes, #1
Piper J. Drake
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
January 26th 2016


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.


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 . . .


So I first tried the True Heroes series with book three, Absolute Trust and I soon learned that I needed to read this series in order, so I set down Absolute Trust and request from my library the first book Extreme Honor.

Extreme Honor is a light and easy romantic suspense read. I had an ok time reading. It was a little bland, but enjoyable enough. I did have some trouble getting into the story; because it’s slow to get going, but once you hit 60% things start to pick up.

The suspense was predictable and of course not completely resolved by the end. Some threads where left open to carry on into the next book. And, the romance did have some heat with a little tension, but I never felt that the couple connected.

My main issue with this one and where I had trouble was the dog training. Why? Well I’m a fan of D.D. Ayres K-9 Rescue series and that women knows her dog breeds and the training that goes into military dogs, police dogs, and well all the different types of work a dog can do. I didn’t feel that Piper J. Drake did much research on the different areas, that she didn’t understood dogs; let alone working dogs, and I never felt that her characters connected to the dogs they worked with. It was disappointing.

Extreme Honor was meh and enjoyable enough to read. I will say I’m intrigued to check out the next book Ultimate Courage just from the except that I read at the end of Extreme Honor.

Rated: 2.5/3 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

11 comments on “Review: Extreme Honor (True Heroes, #1) by Piper J. Drake

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  2. This is a book that I really want to try. I’m a sucker for a dog on the cover. If it is my genre, it will almost always put it on my TBR. 🙂
    Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons recently posted…Roaring up the Wrong Tree Audiobook by Celia Kyle (REVIEW)My Profile

    • The covers are really great for the books, but this series didn’t win me over. I enjoyed Extreme Honor enough, but I wasn’t impressed. I have more enjoyment with D.D. Ayres K-9 Rescue series.

  3. Aw that’s too bad. I enjoyed this one overall. Sorry she’s not turning out to be an author for ya.
    herding cats & burning soup recently posted…4 stars– Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2) by Tessa DareMy Profile

    • It happens. We don’t always click with the authors work. I do love the covers and I remember you review on this one. It just didn’t hit it off with me. Thank’s for stopping in.

  4. oh I am sorry to hear that this one didn’t work out for you here. I do get bummed when an author doesn’t do their research very well.
    Lover Of Romance recently posted…Book Review-Hunger by Jacquelyn FrankMy Profile

    • It is a bit disappointing when an author doesn’t to their research. Thank’s for stopping in.

  5. Shared on my socials!!

    • Thank you for sharing!

  6. It’s a testament to an author’s talent when she gains a fan from a series novel read out of order. Great review Angela. Thanks
    Debbie Haupt recently posted…**GIVEAWAY** Interview – Danny Lopez – The Last GirlMy Profile

    • Thank you for checking out my review. I found out I was lost in three and need to start from the beginning if I wanted to understand what the relationships the characters had and who was out to get these men.