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
Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it engaging. The characters are developed well enough to root for and fall in love with. Of course, the dogs steal many of the scenes they are in.
I think my main pain point is that the book is too detailed in terms of military and dog training. The author either did a lot of research or has personal experience. Either is good but some of that detail would have bee ...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 characte ...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 th ...more
David has been through quite a lot, and maybe due to his former army training, ...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. ...more
This story is about David Cruz and Atlas. Atlas is grieving for his former handler until Evelyn Jones walks in and then Atlas falls for her and maybe David does as well.
#piperjdrake #trueheroes #forever ...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 okay, I guess.
The romance was meh, with not much chemistry between the MCs. I skimmed the sex scenes because I just wasn't feeling it between Lyn and David.
The suspense element felt formulaic.
While the overall premise was interesting, nothing about the story had any depth. Most of the characters felt very one dimensional.
Overall, this was pretty forgettable. ...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 prepared...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
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 happene ...more
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
Dog trainer, Lyn gets hired to help with the rehabilitation of a service dog who’s lost his handler while on active duty.
Normally working solo, Lyn has to work to co-train with David Cruz the military vet who helps run hope’s Crossings Kennels.
But Atlas isn’t your average service dog. Not when his handler’s death was under questionable circumstances and strange things start happening almost from day one of Lyn’s arrival.
This was a sweet action packed s ...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 out the 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 t ...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 depl ...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 p ...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 predict ...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, the t ...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 awaren ...more
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 stor ...more