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Ultimate Courage (True Heroes #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  445 Ratings  ·  115 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, 336 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Forever
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Claire Robinson
May 24, 2016 Claire Robinson 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 st
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
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
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 Catherine (The Sassy Bookster) 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
The Book Disciple (Samantha)
Jul 18, 2016 The Book Disciple (Samantha) rated it really liked it
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
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
Kate Phoenix
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
Feb 05, 2017 Jennifer 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.
Christi Snow
May 24, 2016 Christi Snow 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.

Give Me Books
Jul 24, 2016 Give Me Books 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
Jul 25, 2016 Katie 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
 Reading In Pajamas
Jul 06, 2016 Reading In Pajamas rated it it was amazing
Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: ULTIMATE COURAGE (True Heroes #2) by Piper J. Drake
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
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.
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
Marsha Spohn
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 (Red's Romance Review's)
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
Nikki Brooks
May 24, 2016 Nikki Brooks rated it it was amazing
Alex Rojas is the hottest daddy ever! He retired from the military after suffering PTSD and when his exw-fe died he had to be there for Serena (AKA Boom). Now they are settled into a routine at the compound and taking classes in MMA. When Boom hurts herself at class and ends up at the local A&E dept, she starts speaking with Elisa. Alex can clearly see she has issues with fear towards men but is able to direct her towards help, when she turns up at the kennels to return Booms glove.

Elisa nev
Anna (BooksandBookends)
Jul 21, 2016 Anna (BooksandBookends) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
I received a free copy of this book by the book's publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Alex Rojas is a single parent, father of Serena, aka ‘Boom’. After meeting Alex in hospital, Elisa Hall jumps to conclusions about him until she sees his softer side. Well, Alex is a ex-SEAL and dog handler and he’s a rather handsome looking one too! After he shows her so much kindness and she forgets to thank him, she completely reevaluates her thoughts about him. Alex struggles
May 29, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Hellllo, Alex Rojas. It's hard to dislike a man who's dedicated to his daughter while doing his best to deal with his personal demons. Plus, he sees straight to the heart of Elisa's issues and is pretty determined to do whatever he needs to do to help her find her happy place. Both mentally and physically. *finger guns*

As I was saying, Alex worked for me. His love for Boom shines through. His (eventual) willingness to address his PTSD worked for me. His gentleness with Elisa worked. Heck, I just
May 26, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it
ULTIMATE COURAGE had everything I enjoyed in a romantic suspense. Hot hero? Check. Animals? Check? Storyline that kept me interested? Double Check. Once I started this book I was quickly taken into this amazing world that Drake created.

The characters were likable and more realistic then I thought they would have been. Since I didn't read the first book in this series I wasn't sure what to expect but I did enjoy how well the characters developed and the suspense kept me very much entertained and
Ellen Anderson
Jun 18, 2016 Ellen Anderson rated it it was amazing
I have read books by Piper J Drake before and enjoyed them. However, this book managed to keep me enthralled from the first page all the way to the very end. Alex Rojas is a single father who suffers from PTSD. Elisa Hall is on the run from a crazy ex-boyfriend. The two actually meet up in the ER waiting room when Elisa and Boom, Alex's daughter start up a conversation.
Very strong characters, both male and female. Human and canine. I found this to be an excellent read and one of my f
Beth Tilley
Jul 20, 2016 Beth Tilley rated it really liked it
Enjoyable 2nd installment to the True Heroes series. I have been a winner of both books 1 & 2. I have found both entertaining and interesting. This is my first foray into novels concerning retired service men. Alex meets Elisa during a chance encounter at the local ER. He immediately recognizes the signs of a girl on the run. He feels drawn to protect and help her. Elisa is running from a controlling fiance with questionable business practices. She finds shelter at Hope's Crossing Kennels wi ...more
Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, pain, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Extreme Honor (True Heroes #1)

This is Elisa and Alex’s story. Elisa has a past she is running from. She needs a job and gets hired at the kennel. Alex needs to focus on raising his daughter. But with the chemstiry between these two can they stay hands off? Will Elisa bring the danger of her past to the kennel? Or will she run
Jun 15, 2016 Rene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fighters, commandos
4 Teacups / 3 Handcuffs

Review forthcoming on Lit. 4 Ladies!
Lydia Kass
Feb 25, 2017 Lydia Kass rated it really liked it
Although the storyline may be a bit cliche, I still enjoy stories about the boy saving the Girl. This such tale includes a GSD named Souze who protects the heroine and becomes a therapy dog for PTSD sufferer Alex Rojas. I really liked that the author made the dog training parts realistic, such as when Souze was in work mode, the commands given were in German. The author put a lot of thought into making his characters human, which included their flaws and personal baggage. I liked that the heroin ...more
Lisa Mccormick
Jan 31, 2017 Lisa Mccormick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book but too short

Really good novel with great character development The military element with canines and post stress disorder was very interesting.but too short for the price.
Jan 24, 2017 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Really enjoying this series. A great new storyline with new and recurring characters. Full of drama and suspense. Can't wait for the next book.
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Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.

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