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 ...more
Even though David is out of the service now, he is still military to his core and his work with military and police dogs in-training and rehabilitating showcase this. When one of his friends is killed overseas he makes sure he gets his dog, Atlas, and begins work to rehabilitate the traumatized dog. When a beautiful woman shows up claiming to have been hired to ...more
Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Light and easy romantic suspense with fantastic main characters and a fierce and troubled pooch. I had a good time with Extreme Honor. It could be a little predictable where the suspense was concerned but was easy, entertaining and hit the spot as dog trainers Lyn and David gave their all to helping a military pup overcome the loss of his handler and the traumas of was the still haunt him mentally and physically.
---Alright, So, I really liked the ...more
David has been through quite a lot, and maybe due to his former army training, ...more
The story starts off with tension between David and Lyn right off the bat. She's been sent in to help him train Atlas, a dog that he's been working with at Hope’s Crossing Kennel where he works with a couple of his ex-military buddies, and he doesn't ...more
I have enjoyed books about dogs in the romantic suspense genre in the past, and was hoping that this one had a good balance of suspense and charm. If done right, the animals will warm your heart. I was not disappointed. Extreme Honor is an entertaining read with a suspenseful storyline and lots of potential for more.
What I really enjoyed about this book is the interesting insights that the author has about various subjects that ring true to me. For example, I liked how the ...more
This was a fun read. Atlas is a famous dog in that he got some publicity after his handler was killed in action. The truth about all that is much more complex, and now Atlas is in mourning, so he's back at his original kennels for some retraining with David.
Lyn is sent in by DOD to offer some training help to David, and this is where things were a little sketchy. David trains military dogs and is a former soldier. Lyn trains civilian dogs...it makes no sense for her to be brought into ...more
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 5 Stars
I am excited by this new series! David is one of several dog trainers that specialize in military and police dogs, especially those that have seen action. All of the men at the facility are x-military and along with being hyper vigilant, they are...more
Evelyn Jones a successful dog whisperer has been sent in to help with Atlas. She’s a firecracker with the attitude to match. David may be put off by her ...more
I loved the premise of the book-military dog loses his handler by friendly fire. There are questions how that ...more
An easy read. But there's nothing engaging about this book. Romance = forced and really fake. There's no good backstory for the two MC's and their issues.
Side characters are glanced over. Easily forgettable. No personalities or knowledge of their life besides ex-navy. Which is unfortunate because I believe the next books are about them.
I honestly kept reading for the dog, Atlas. I needed to make sure boo recovered from his grief. Poor heartbroken baby.
David and his friends started Hope's Crossing when each of them left the military. They love their work and it suits their post-war needs. David's biggest challenge right now is Atlas, a dog that he had trained. Atlas's handler had been a friend of ...more
Anyway, reading about dogs is another matter. I really liked Atlas, poor guy had PTSD after his handler had died in battle. And now David is trying to make Atlas feel like himself again. He was such good dog. I really liked the ending ...more
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A short review to update challenges
I go off on my little tangents sometimes, and the current tangent is K9 series. So I'm trying outthe True Heroes series. I appreciate the military or law enforcement characters, the mystery or crime aspects and of course, the dogs. The genre tends to be mystery or romantic suspense.
In Extreme Honor, we have a ex-special forces guy running a training kennel with ...more
In Extreme Honor we meet David Cruz, formerly of the air force special unit who trains military K9s. He is currently in possession of Atlas, a very special dog whose lost his handler during ...more
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 ...more
I was SO looking forward to this book! The cover and synopsis more then captured my interested and I could not wait to dive in. Unfortunately, the pages in between could not live up to my expectations. I finally DNF'd the book at 70%. :( The premise of the story was fantastic but the delivery left much to be desired, and I believe that the author's writing style just didn't jive with my tastes (which happens). The plot itself moved very slowly and was written with a technical hand when I ...more
Military romance -- or romance with muscular guys on the cover like this one -- is never really my thing. I just don't go gaga over military men in romance *shrugs*. But David and Evelyn made it to Round 2 of The Swoonies 2017 over at Heroes & Heartbreakers blog, so I was curious about how swoon-worthy this couple was. Plus with the blurb, I was expecting a LOT of interaction with the dog.
Well, maybe it was combination of my not having "chemistry" with Drake's writing, ...more
One of their dogs had witnesses his handler being killed in action and the dog, Atlas, is suffering what I’d imagine is the doggy equivalent of PTSD. It is only after meeting Evelyn (Lyn) Jones that Atlas stops just going through the motions of living and actually shows more ...more
A contemporary romantic suspense with ex-military men and highly trained and lovable dogs. First in a series.
The hero plays the honorable card even though an immediate attraction makes restraint difficult for both. Once they succumb to passion, the devotion and emotional commitment to each other is fantastic and well written. It seemed to be an abrupt change from sexual attraction to an emotional one, but sex and highly stressed situations will probably do that.
The cover....the dog looking at his handler adoringly....I so love that!
Atlas...I could've cried for him. ...and now he is with David at Hopes Crossing Kennels to try and ease his grief.
Enter Evelyn (Lyn), who I thought came across as not knowing what she doing but maybe it's cause David is just so alpha that he took over!
The attraction is there instantly for Lyn and David and their romance was built up fantastically.
I loved the idea of the storyline and the writing was good, the ...more
As far as formulas go this is a simple but effective set-up for a romantic suspense novel. Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat, is supposed to get retrained and do some healing at the kennels of David Cruz. He doesn’t get ...more
Attractive military men who love and train dogs have got to be a big draw and EXTREME HONOR is lighthearted romantic suspensewhich combines those two things in a way that is interesting even for people who are not animal lovers.
David Cruz is facing his biggest challenge yet: the heartbroken canine partner of his deceased friend, Atlas and he can't seem to make any headway with him. Until famed dog whisperer Evelyn Jones comes to his aid. Lyn's charm is not limited to the dog and soon...more
David Cruz was the initial trainer for Atlas, a military working dog, whose handler died in service. After getting a nutty text from the handler before his death, David suspects something else is going on. But for ...more
“Extreme Honor” was an easy swift story, but at times I felt like it didn’t hit its highest potential.
David Cruz screamed alpha male and Lyn was suppose to be a trainer that is experienced dog trainer, but instead I felt like Lyn wasn’t confident in herself when she was around dogs that have been in traumatizing conditions. David and Lyn’s relationship was probably the only thing that kept me interested in the story. I love the interaction between them especially their first ...more