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Ultimate Courage

(True Heroes #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  165 reviews

Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope's Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Forever
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May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
3.5 - "This is a place made for second chances." Stars!

Ultimate Courage is the second book in Piper J. Drakes', True Heroes series. This is my first read by the author and of this series, so it can absolutely be read as a standalone.

To be honest, the thing that immediately drew me to this one was the cover, the guy looks a lot like Jamie Dornan, the blurb intrigued as well, so I was happy to dip into it with Dornan firmly front and center in my mind’s eye.

This place, these people, there were
Wow. That's the only thought that came to my mind after finishing Ultimate Courage. Just wow. I couldn't believe how enthralled I became with this story. From the very first page I was captivated and unable to tear my eyes away from the pages. The way that Piper J. Drake created these characters was brilliant and mind blowing.

Alex is a single father still trying to adjust to civilian life after getting out of the military. When he runs into Elisa in the ER he recognizes her as someone who is al
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love romances with strong men partnered with equally strong women. While the heroine, Elisa, may initially appear to be a damsel in distress because she is on the run from her crazy ex-fiance, her strength shines through in terms of her determination to live independently and to not ever give up hope. The pairing with Alex, a sexy former SEAL turned dog trainer who needs Elisa's help just as much as she needs him made for a great read with plenty of emotional depth to keep me hooked the whole ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads’ First Reads.

I give this book 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.

This book was good up until the end. The ending was a little far-fetched and unrealistic given how the characters had previously acted. On the positive side, I did love the dog and the connection he had with both Alex and Elisa.

Overall, it was a good romance novel, but not the best.
This is one of the best, if not the best, romantic suspense series currently being published IMHO. It is one of those books that has me turning the pages, totally enthralled, wondering what will happen next, loving the entire story and then being so disappointed because I want the next book in the series NOW!! I felt exactly the same after finishing the first book in the series, Extreme Honor, so when I was offered the opportunity to read and review the sequel and was so pleased, I couldn't wait ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific story with a good blend of suspense and romance. Elisa is on the run when she encounters Alex and his daughter, Serena (aka Boom). Desperate for a place to stop and earn some money before her past catches up with her again, Elisa is drawn by the feeling of safety she has when she's with Alex.

I really liked both Alex and Elisa. Alex is a single dad of a ten-year-old daughter. He is putting his life back together after leaving the SEALs, working with the dogs at the kennels and trying to
ARC Review, 3.5 stars
Originally posted at Scandalicious Book Reviews

I have a little obsession with romantic suspense books featuring dogs. If done right, they add a special element of compassion and companionship. Piper Drake does it right. She balances the suspenseful story with the relationship between her two lead characters and Souze, the German Shepherd dog in training.

Elisa Hall is on the run. Having been emotionally and mentally abused by her controlling husband, she is lucky to escape h
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book caught my eye and I'm glad to say that it was worth every minute I spent reading it. ULTIMATE COURAGE is a very sweet, heartwarming and engaging story of strength and overcoming obstacles, with very enjoyable characters whose personal struggles and the development of their relationship as well as the suspense completely drew me in. While the first book in the series was an okay read for me, this book had me very excited and I'm looking forward to the next book in the serie ...more
Christi Snow
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
My Rating: B-
My Review:
Throughout the majority of this book and it was well on its way to a solid 4-star rating, but that all completely fell apart with the ending of the book. I'll try not to give anything away here, but gah...this was a decent book and then things just took a turn that I couldn't ignore. And honestly, the issues were so unnecessarily stupid. It would have been easy for the author to write the conflict in there without things suddenly going so wrong with the writing/plotting.

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Ultimate Courage is book two in the True Heroes series by Piper J. Drake. We get a little mystery, suspense, and romance.

I enjoyed this one more then the first book, Extreme Honor. The characters appealed to me more. We have Alex, his daughter Boom, his dog Souze, and Elisa.

I find that kids and pets always add something special to a book I’m reading. Very few times am I disappointed or don’t like having them around. Boom, I enjoyed her sassiness. Souse, I liked how he understood Elisa and also
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below!I love this series. Hot ex military guys and dogs?! YES PLEASE! This review was originally posted on The Book Disciple ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

Alex and Elisa are perfect together. They both have problems. His stem from PTSD while hers comes from an over-controlling ex that she is on the run from. Despite their problems, they exert a calming influence over the other and that makes them perfect for each other. I loved the addition of Souze, the service dog.

I did feel that their relationship moved way too fast. They only knew each other about a week or so before the "I love you"s were said; but in all honesty, they had a lot goi
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mostly this was a fun, if silly, book. But then the author had to ruin the end by having the hero act completely out of character in order to put the heroine in jeopardy, and it felt like such an unforgivable betrayal that I just couldn't believe in the happily-ever-after. Feh. ...more
Jana Brown
I picked up this book because I've been trying various romance books to learn more about the genre...and because it had a beautiful dog on the cover.

The basic set up of a woman running from her abusive ex and the retired SEAL who really needed someone in his life to help even him out was a little melodramatic, but really didn't bother me. I loved seeing Alex as single dad and dog trainer. He had a lot to live for, and his PTSD symptoms were well expressed for the most part. Elisa, likewise, was
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elisa is on the run from a possessive ex-fiance who views her as his possession. She was flattered by the attention from the wealthy man at first until she realized that she was no longer allowed a career or friends of her own. It took a while but she finally got up the courage to make a break for it. But it seemed that wherever she goes, it isn’t long before he locates her and makes it clear that he is expecting her return. Bad things could happen to anyone who might help her so Elisa remains o ...more
I read the first book in the series and loved it unfortunately I wanted to read a book without writing a review and that was the book I picked. Unfortunately I didn’t plan ahead and think I should write a review kind of kicking myself in the butt here. Anyhoo……

How I love this series.

4.5 I’ve died and gone to heaven stars.

This book sucks you in. Straightaway we want to know why the heroine is in the ER, why she is scared and what she’s going to do next. In this case she goes down and sits next t
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this novel. The description sounded like a true romantic suspense novel, and the addition of a dog component sounded even better. Certainly, Ms. Drake did an outstanding job telling Souze's story and educating the reader about some of the more technical elements of training career military and police dogs.

Beyond the original premise of the story (which I loved), the story lost me a bit with some of the details that did not make sense. Elisa is a highly functional, th
Dawn ♥ romance
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I liked this story with an ex-Navy SEAL dealing with PTSD and his daughter and dog but I don't think he was a good fit for this heroine who was running from a bad situation. Too much anger involved all around. I am skeptical that they will have a lasting relationship. Elisa shy's away from an angry Alex when she encounters him at a hospital emergency room. ...more
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Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fear and uncertainty on both sides….

I really enjoyed this sweet and almost gentle journey from fear and uncertainty to loving trust. Elisa Hall and Alex Rojas were battling very personal demons. Alone, Elisa was battling for her personal safety while on the run. An unexpected meeting with Alex’s daughter opened up the opportunity to find a safe haven.

At the same time, Alex was dealing with the aftereffects of his military service. With his daughter, and his very rewarding job to focus on, he st
4.75 stars

“Ultimate Courage” by J. Piper Drake is part of the ‘True Heroes’ series and centers around Elisa Hall who is fleeing her shady ex when she encounters widower Alex Rojas in the emergency room with his daughter Serena (Boom). Somehow father and daughter sense that Elisa needs a temporary safe harbor and manage to draw her into their circle, but Elisa is afraid to trust anyone, and the danger that follows her may make her flee yet again despite the new friends she has made.

This contempor
 Reading In Pajamas
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 5 Stars

Oh what fun this book was! I could not put it down to even cook dinner! I related to Elisa right off and my heart (body) palpitated after Alex. He was the kind of rock that makes you sigh with want. His instinctive way of handling Elisa and her problems just added to the hot chemistry between them. Th
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
3.75 stars

I was really enjoying this until the end, when Alex ditches Elisa in her moment of need. He knows that a crazy stalker is after her, and he abandons her without a concern for her well-being, after losing his sh$t when he hears a rumor about her. I thought that there was more trust and substance to their relationship by that time, that he knew and understood all of the awful things she was forced to do until she could make a break for freedom after escaping from her cruel, controlling f
Rounding up to 3.0 RATING- Based off the plot, I should have loved this book. Unfortunately I found it boring! I put it down several times and struggled to finish. The writing was okay but I just never got pulled in. I don't think I'd read anything else by this author. This should have been a slam dunk since I love "woman on the run" story lines so much. Even the sex scenes were just meh. ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book comes with a heavy dose of content warnings. There is a past abusive relationship still going on in a kind of cat and mouse game in the present, mentions and descriptions of intimate partner violence, assault and humiliation, manipulation and stalking. And violence. In all forms and shapes.

What made this story work for me again is the tenderness between the characters, the real and compassionate handling of PTSD and the struggles of survivors of traumatic events. The mystery - the dan
Running into Alex and Boom was the best thing that happened to Elisa. She found a job, one where her skills were sorely needed, found a place where she was safe and people that were 100% behind her and before she asked were there to help her out. I loved how slow Alex moved with Elisa, getting her used to the dogs, the people working at the kennel and himself. As Elisa began to feel safe with Alex and the crew she began to reveal her past, which was crazy! I loved how everyone stepped up to help ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great second book in the series. Quick read. Love the GSD's in the books, everyone will. ...more
Ann Lorz
For the longest time I've had a hard time getting into romantic suspense. I use to love the genre a lot, but one day I just thought to myself that I had enough. Yes I read other story with some suspense in them like my paranormal's, just not straight romantic suspense. Then slowly I've started to get back into it.

And I'm glad I did.

I'm still a little picky about what I like or don't like. But if I like you, I can't stop talking about you.

We read the first book in this series, Extreme Honor fo
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one so much more than the first book, "Extreme Honor". I liked the characters more and connected with them more. The story did drag a bit for about the first third, taking place in about a day and a half. Later, the pace picks up and becomes almost too fast, so pacing was a problem. Despite that, I enjoyed the story and really liked Alex's daughter, Serena, better known as Boom. Children in romance can be iffy, and she was a tad too convenient at times in moving the story
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Ultimate Courage is full of action, suspense and a really great couple who have their issues but work through them in a realist manner. We also get another amazing dog characters from the Hope’s Crossing Kennels – and Souze is well, simply amazing.

Alex has been in many battles but perhaps some of the most difficult have been here at home,not in a war zone. The fight to be allowed to raise his young daughter is one. And the constant battle against his PTSD is another,
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nothing screams fresh new start like loading all your belongings in the trunk of your car, and hitting the open road in search of a new life. Elisa Hall is tired of feeling broken and being abused and has finally found the courage to walk away and leave it all behind... now she just has to hope in doesn't follow her!

Alex Rojas returns home from serving overseas to find his home empty and divorce papers waiting for him, instead of his wife and daughter ready to greet him. Now not only is he left
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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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