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Hidden Impact

(Safeguard #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  79 reviews
He's not the hero she's looking for...

As part of the elite Centurion Corporation team, military-veteran-turned-mercenary Gabriel Diaz is a natural defender. He'll do anything to ensure a mission is successful. Anything but get emotionally invested—he learned the hard way that can be deadly. Easy bodyguard jobs in between the more challenging missions are all he's intereste
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Carina Press
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Lady Heather

Oooh, this was such a great read!

What a wonderful start to what looks to be a great series!

I absolutely adored Maylin"s character!
I loved her strength, intelligence, determination, hope, and loyalty.
Wow! What an amazing character to read!

Gabriel was also an amazing character to read.
He was a great warrior, and hero in this book.
When he made mistakes, he learnt from them and tried to make things right.

The writing and story-line were great, and the author had me hooked right from the start and
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this ARC from Carina Press via NG in return for an honest review.

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. -Hippocrates"

Rating- 3.5 Stars

Let's jump straight into the plot!

Maylin Cheng believe that everything can be fixed with food.
You only need to have the right meal in your hands and a full belly.
Only one thing she can't fix,
Her sister is missing and no one will help her.
Maylin is desperate, An-Mei is not the type to just take off, and her sister being a top genetici
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I've been in the mood for a really good romantic suspense lately and I have to admit that my expectations for Hidden Impact were pretty high. That being said, while some of this one worked for me, there were quite a few things that didn't as well, leaving me a little disappointed in the end.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... The bodyguard falling for his charge trope has always been a favorite of mine. And when the heroes protective instincts kick in almost immediately upon meeting the
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romantic-supense
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of the wonderful things about NetGalley is the opportunity to read new authors. Piper J. Drake is not a new author, per say, she comes with some paranormal books to her credit, but, this is her first romantic-suspense effort. The book is strong on the creation of the atmosphere of a mercenary organization as a business that has to sometimes make the tough decisions to profit as a business. As the first in a new seri
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was very much in the mood for some danger and romance when I picked up this book. To say I'm pleased by what I found would be an understatement. There was danger. There was romance. There was more danger! It hit the spot, man. It hit the spot.

Things that worked for me: Maylin and Gabe. She's determined to find some way to help her sister. He's determined to not let her under his skin. In Gabe's case, it's a lost cause. Because Maylin does get under his skin. In a big way. From the first time s
Shirley Frances
Gabriel is biding his time while he and his team recover from their latest mission. Acting as a bodyguard is not exactly what he signed up for, but keeping busy makes the time go by faster. During one of these events he's approached by a beautiful woman asking him to consider a missing person's case. Sadly, Gabe doesn't like to take these 'emotion-driven' type of cases and firmly refused. In any case, the higher ups in Centurion have the last word on which type of assignment they'll take on so h ...more
Nikki Brooks
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whip-cracking start to a new romantic suspense series!!!

Maylin is drowning in read tape. Her sister has gone missing in their parents native China and all she is getting is the run around! As a well known caterer in Seattle, she gets a tip on an outfit who may be able to help her. She approaches one of the security staff at an event and is quickly rebuffed!!

Gabe thought Maylin was coming on to him but when he listened and realised the trouble Maylin's sister was in, he felt duty bound to tell h
I love how this book begins! Maylin's sister has gone missing in their parents native China and she can't get any sort of help or information. So she approaches one of the security staff at an event she is catering only to be rebuffed. Gabe originally thought that Maylin was coming on to him however once he listened to her and realized the trouble her sister was in, he told her just how hopeless the case was. Gabe then watches as Maylin almost ran over and determines that there is more to this d ...more
Linda Quick
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a fast paced romantic suspense that I just loved. It starts by showing us Maylin in her element, in charge of a high end catering event. While there, she appeals to one of the Centurion security staff, Gabe, for help in finding her kidnapped sister. Gabe initially thinks she's just coming on to him, then he thinks it's just futile to try and find her sister, as she'd be dead, or worse, before she'd be found.....until he witnesses an attempt on Maylin's life.

What follows is a frantic sear
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hidden impact was a really good ex-military love story. Well written POV from both h and H. A great story. I loved how food was very well wrapped in the story.
Maylins is trying to find someone to help her find her missing sister. When she almost gotten killed convinces Gabriel to help her finding her sister. But everything is not as it seems of the first sight and seen everything complicated. Maylin was really strong person and I liked her character.
The characters are very well written, the stor
Myra Espino
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nice story and full of suspense. From the start up to the last, there are no boring moments. As you can read above (the synopsis), Maylin will do anything to save her little sister An-Mei. With Diaz and his team’s help, they will try to find An-Mei. But whie doing that, Diaz’s feelings for Maylin will bloom and they will uncover something about Diaz’s shooter and the organization behind An-Mei’s disappearance. What I love about this book is that it’s full of surprises and it’s action packed! Lov ...more
Hidden Impact had all the elements of a good romantic suspense, great characters, good story line and believable plot line. Maylin Cheng is looking for her young sister An Mei, an upcoming genetic scientist who disappeared while on a lecture in China. Feeling desperate, she approaches one of the security personnel during one of her catering gigs. Hearing that these guys were the best at what they do, not just bodyguards but mercenaries. Gabe Diaz had to say no to Maylin when she asked for help b ...more
Joyfully Reviewed
Piper J. Drake’s first Safeguard novel is a fast-paced suspenseful adventure. From their first meeting Maylin Cheng and Gabriel Diaz have the kind of sparks that make your toes curl. Their attraction is buoyed by the intense international intrigue surrounding the disappearance of Maylin’s sister. Gabriel believes he’s better off distancing himself from any kind of emotional entanglements but he can’t help but tangle his emotions with Maylin. As a fierce protector, Maylin’s situation sets off eve ...more
Book Him Danno
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first in a series so the reader in introduced to the future books in the series and since there were not to many it made it easy to keep up with the different characters. The author tried and did a really good job of convincing the readers that the bodyguards at Centurion were not just a team but friends making it very easy to get excited for the next books in the series.

As for the book as a whole in a nutshell a brilliant girl goes missing, girls sister (Maylin) approaches a bodygua
Mignon Mykel
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy of the title in exchange for an honest review.

There's nothing that I enjoy more in this type of story than a hero who blatantly says 'no', only to say 'yes' when he sees the danger the lady ends up in -- and that is exactly what happens with Gabriel and Maylin.

Maylin's sister is missing and knowing that the person hosting a party she's catering only hires the best, she corners Gabriel to ask about finding her sister. Gabriel essentially says no -- her sister is an adult and it's
Lynn Brooks
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book! It's action packed from the start and only gets more exciting as time goes on. An easy to follow read with lots of drama, and lots of romance. I was expecting more badass, tough guy behavior, but I found it impossible not to like them. :)

Gabriel Diaz and his team are handling private party security as something to keep them busy and less bored in their down-time while recovering from their latest mission with Centurion Corporation when he's approached by Maylin Cheng. H
Molly Smith
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Initial Thoughts: Though I do not read a large amount of romantic suspense, I had to try PJ Schnyder's alter ego, Piper J. Drake's new romantic suspense series, Safeguard. Boy, am I glad I did. Though the lust started early, it was lust with the possibility of more. But I liked how Gabe and Maylin journey brought them together. They were honest with each other and the complications that a relationship would bring were not glazed over. They took time to think things through and progress. I really ...more
3.5 stars

What I Liked:

1) I love romantic suspense. Most romances these days aren't appealing to me rom suspense still does. Of course, the problem with romantic suspense is getting the mix just right. Ideally, it's around 50-50 but usually one element is stronger than the other. This one was a pretty even mix. Bonus? No miscommunication or big drama; the romance proceeds along without those artificial problems. Okay, there's one time where he delays telling her something and she's upset when she
Mindy Bigham
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** I have received an ARC of this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. ***

**3.5 stars**

Gabriel Diaz is a military veteran turned mercenary working for Centurion Corporation running a five man team. Gabe will stop at nothing to make sure missions are successful. He learned the hard way to never get emotionally invested because you might just get shot in the back.

Maylin Cheng is desperate to find her missing sister. Hearing that Centurion Corporati
First off, I love finding new to me authors. Better yet is when they have a wonderful new series they are introducing you know you have a couple more books of characters you enjoy by an author you're so eager to read!

Hidden Impact starts right off with the suspense and drama I LOVE in a book. Maylin's sister is missing. She's just a caterer...I say just because this is no billionaire romance novel, Maylin doesn't have a fortune to spend on investigators or a big corporation to start sea
Wonderful, fast paced story full of suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.

Gabriel Diaz, ex-military, now works as a mercenary working for Centurion Corporation. Gabe is known for having nothing but success when it comes to his missions thanks to his motto to never get emotionally invested.

Maylin Cheng's sister has gone missing and she is unable to get any information and no one is willing to help her. After learning that the Centurion Coproartion is the best for solving probl
3 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

This was a quick read, and I enjoyed it. After her sister goes missing, caterer Maylin will do anything to find her. In comes military-guy-turned-mercenary-for-hire Gabe who, after saving Maylin's life, agrees to help her.

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Maylin was a sweet character that reminded me a lot of Monica from Friends. She cooks and cleans and is kind of quirky. Gabe came off a little too much for me at times. I guess that's the way it is with his type a lot thoug
Ann Cooper
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have only recently discovered Romantic Suspense novels and was pleased when I got this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Maylin's sister has disappeared and she asks Gabe, a highly trained security guy to help her find her. Gabe is part of a team and this is the first in a series, so I assume the other team members will feature next.

It is a fast, complicated thriller with good characters and plenty of action. The plot is fairly easy to follow and the romance between Maylin an
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Hidden Impact. The hero Gabe is everything you want a sexy, alpha male to be, but he's also compassionate and very tuned-in to Maylin's emotions. Maylin is a well-regarded chef who owns her own catering company, and she's nobody's fool. She's very bright and beautiful, of course, but doesn't seem to know it. She was PreMed before deciding to follow her passion and become a chef.

Here you'll find some steamy love scenes and a fair amount of drama. There's also all sorts of militar
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

When Maylin’s sister goes missing, Gabe, an independent contractor, grudgingly offers his help. Together, the two try to locate her sister, all the while trying to outrun incredible danger.

This is an “edge of your seat” kind of suspense, which I really like; not a lot of slow parts to distract you from the action. Both Gabe and Maylin are likeable characters. Gabe is your average alpha male and Maylin is your average strong and caring heroine, who loves to cook. While this plot is not so differ
Lillian Cummings
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can one small woman change your life and save you from yourself. Maylin needs help her sister has disappeared and she is getting no help. She has done her homework and Gabe & his team are the best and she needs them to help her get her sister back.
Gabe isn't too sure about this as his last mission needed badly he was badly injured and he doesn't trust anyone other than his team
Maylin is about to change everything, can he keep her safe from an old enemy and find her sister alive.
The path is f
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Impact was an unexpectedly super sweet read. Piper J. Drake wrote a tough and hard character who melted like chocolate for Maylin. Maylin had the superpower to make Gabe's entire fire team fall in love with her and create change. This book was very hopeful with a lot of suspense as Gabe and his team try to save Maylin's sister all the while trying to keep Maylin safe.

The book had great descriptive writing creating complex characters and vivid places. Gabe and Maylin nearly burned up the
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Maylin is in trouble. She's searching for her missing sister and now has people coming after her. She hears about Gabriel and his team and reaches out. She's denied. After Gabe comes face to face with how real her situation is, he agrees to help her but before long, they hit some roadblocks and along the way, they are falling for eachother. Maylin is so flipping cute with her stress cooking and wanting to take care of everyone. Gabe's ex is a bit of a conundrum for me. Doing things that are defi ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four Amazing Stars! Maylin's sister has gone missing and she is in need of help finding her. Maylin is a chef at her catering company. She decides to go ask a bodyguard named Gabe for help. Gabe is your sexy alpha male. The two go on a suspenseful romantic adventure in search of her sister. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more. This is the first book of the Safeguard Series. I highly recommend this romantic suspenseful book.

I received this book as an ARC for an hones
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a challenge to find the oldest book on my Kindle and read it then post a review. So after going through 500+ books I found Hidden Impact. I've read Ms. Drake's "True Heroes" series and loved them. But Hidden Impact (Safeguard, #1) was different more edgy but it started out with a bang fell flat in the middle and finished with a Hmm what the heck happened?

Gabriel Diaz is recovering from being shot and is assigned to a society party when Maylin Cheng who is the caterer approaches him
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Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.

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