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Total Bravery

(True Heroes #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  80 reviews
True heroes will do anything to protect the women they love...

As the newest recruit at Search and Protect, Raul has a lot to prove. Luckily, he's got the best friend and partner a man could ask for: a highly trained, fiercely loyal German Shepherd Dog named Taz. Together, Raul and Taz make an unbeatable team. But their first mission in Hawaii really puts them to the test w
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 304 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Forever
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Drake writes a white-knuckle romance touching on a very difficult and heart-wrenching topic, human trafficking.

Mali is in Hawaii doing research when she finds herself and her team hunted. Reaching out for her sister, a member of the K9 center group, Search and Protect Corporation. But Mali ends up getting in touch with Arin’s partner Raul.

Raul rushes to Mali’s aid only to find himself captivated by his partner’s sister. The chemistry is explosive but with someone gunning for Mali and the team
Sawyer  ❤
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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My goodness people, I can practically hear your shock and confusion through my computer. Randi read a book that doesn’t have a topless guy on the cover, there’s no couple embracing, something must be terribly wrong! I’m ok, I promise. Let me explain.

Look at the puppy! Are you awwing? I totally am. That smile, those ears… The guy isn’t too hard on the eyes either, if you’re into men with shirts on. I always appreciate when authors write animals into their books.
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Give me a kick-ass heroine any day of the week, folks. This was my favorite type of read. A strong woman that is attracted to a man that compliments her, not overpowers or coddles. Equal. Heavy subject matter with the plot line. I'm sure it's not a spoiler to say it center around human trafficking. Although its a tough storyline the connection and the chemistry between Mali and Raul is off the charts.

What more can say other than Sexy, smart and captivating!

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True rating 3.5 stars!

Total Bravery is the fourth book in the True Heroes series and the first book not to be directly associated with Hope’s Crossing Kennel. This story focuses on the Search and Protect Corporation, an organization that accepts contracts to deploy to high risk locations and search for people and things. Although, the main character in this book, Raul Sá, had spent time at that kennel before accepting his new position at Search and Protect. Due to his recent start, he was the l
I’ve already thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in this romantic suspense series and really looked forwarded to escaping into this one – and I wasn’t disappointed! The earlier three stories were set at Hope’s Crossing Kennel but this one ventures further afield to Hawaii. On his first day working at Search and Protect, Raul hadn’t expected to be doing anything other than cleaning kennels and working with the dogs but a call from the younger sister of his friend and co-worker changes all th ...more
This one was a bit slow moving for me despite how it opened, which I loved. I loved that on his first day at a new job, not really knowing anyone there, not knowing if he would fit in, not knowing what really to do Raul had no hesitation when Mali called and asked for help. Even Taz seemed ready to jump in and help, something that really helped Mali when she started to freak out.

As Raul and the rest of them at Search and Protect waded through what was going on with Mali things slowed down. I did
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Although I read the previous book in this series, Absolute Trust, this book does not feel like it followed from that one. At all.

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a good time with the people and dogs of Total Bravery, but it does mean that if you want to get into this series and haven’t read the previous books – no problem at all. They are equally good (more on that later) but don’t seem to connect up.

There is one way in which Total Bravery is very much
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This series get better and better. In the latest book, we meet Raul and his adorable partner, Taz. This story can be read as a standalone. If this is the first book read in the series, be prepared to find the first three books and devouring them one after another.

What I enjoy about this series is how well the dogs are incorporated into the storyline. They are not an afterthought or a prop. The dogs are adorable and infused with their own personality. Taz may have played a small part in this stor

25% in and I'm still.................bored.

I was expecting to be hooked onto the story from the beginning (it's a romantic suspense, after all; I should be at the edge of my seat going WHAT IS HAPPENING) but I didn't get that feeling. Though I reckon it was probably a Me, Not You problem because the book was well-written; I just wasn't feeling this.

E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.
Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love a good K9 story, and Taz, the dog in this one, is adorable, as is his handler, Raul Sà. On his first day at his new job with a private firm in Hawaii, Raul picks up the phone to discover the little sister of his best friend (and team-mate) is in trouble and asking for help. He never hesitates for a second to rush to Miri’s rescue.

This is an interracial romance with both protagonists from ethnicities you don’t see a lot in fiction; while they are both first-generation American, Raul is of
Good book that sucked me in right away. The first three books in the series took place in Pennsylvania, with the owners and trainers at Hope's Crossing Kennels. This book follows one of their working dogs and his handler, Taz and Raul Sa (from Absolute Trust), to Hawaii and their work with Search and Protect. On his first day on the job, alone on the premises, he received a call from the sister of one of his teammates - she's on the run from unknown men and needs help. Raul and Taz immediately s ...more
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Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆
M/F Thriller romance
Triggers: Human trafficking, kidnapping

I have not read any of the previous books in this series and never felt that I was lost or didn't know who the characters were.

This is a fast-paced story where you are thrust in to the beginning and it never really lets you go. It starts with a call for help. Raul is just starting at his new job. With his K9 partner, Taz, by his
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, suspense
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 4/29/18.

With Total Bravery, the True Heroes series moves from Hope's Crossing to the Search and Protect Organization, based in Hawaii(!). (And who can blame them? I mean, Hawaii...) Raul, with his new partner GSD Taz, fresh from Hope's Crossing, is hoping to finally have found a team that he can really gel with. Things are going great with his canine partner, now he just has to make a good impression on the humans. He's hoping to start out ahead, since Ari
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The male subject on the cover does not, to me, match what I thought he'd look like and the background terrain does not feel like Hawaii. (Just my opinion though). The overall cover blends in with the many other RomSus books out there and probably would not warrant a second glance if not for the title color catching my eye and noticing the author name.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person

Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intense...Hot...Powerful everything Piper J Drake delivers!

Raul is part of the Search and Protect team, his partner is a German Shepherd Dog named Taz. Raul and Arin are the best of friends, so close that they even know about each others demons. After answering Arin's phone call there was no doubt that Raul would do anything help Mali (Arin's baby sister). What Raul did not expect is the full on gut punch of passion he felt toward Mali.

Mali is a researcher who is in trouble and needed her sister
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

True Heroes #4, I was so excited when I found out Piper J. Drake was coming out with a brand new True Heroes novel, and even more excited when I found out it was Raul. I took the opportunity to read the first two books and reread the third one, it is not one of those series in fact you can start with Total Bravery because it's an all new cast of characters, the guys in the first three books are barely even mentioned. It's a new location, new characters to fall in love with, and all ne
Avid Reader
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Total Bravery (True Heroes #4) by Piper J. Drake
4 stars
M/F Thriller romance
Triggers: Human trafficking, kidnapping
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Raul and Taz Mali and Arin
I have not read any of the previous books in this series and never felt that I was lost or didn't know who the characters were.

This is a fast paced story where you are thrust in to the beginning and it never really lets you go. It starts with a call for help. Raul is just starting at his new job. Wit
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is the story of an exciting romance between a sociologist and an ex-military member of a private security company. When Mali’s research into human trafficking attracts the wrong kind of attention, she seeks protection from Raul, her sister’s new teammate.

Mali is a great female lead. She’s clever, fierce and resourceful. At times, Raul’s protective instincts are a little bit OTT but they balance each other and work well to
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Raul and Mali bring the heat. Mali started out as meek and mild but by the end, she had broken out of her shell. Although, when readers first meet Mali it is under distress. She is hiding from some bad men. So, you can't really blame Mali for being reserved. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the location. I loved the tropical background that this story took place in.

Back to the story. Mali's sister, Arin was someone else that I enjoyed in this story. She is tough and intelligent. She
Book Him Danno
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piper Drake has the ability to bring readers into a fast pace adventure where they don't want it to stop even after they read the last page.

Total Bravery is another win for Piper Drake. The author has well research her topic to under how animals are handled by their trainers keep the story grounded during action pack scenes. There is romance, sex with this book which doesn't add to the story but doesn't subtract either. The story is told from Raul and Mali points of view. Which gives you insight
 Reading In Pajamas
✦Review: TOTAL BRAVERY (True Heroes) by Piper J. Drake
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4.5 Stars

This romantic suspense was full of steady action while introducing us to a new K-9 team in Hawaii. I’m glad the team introductions and new locale didn’t bog down the story at all. They were all fun and distinct personalities that hold the door open for more fun stories to come. I liked Raul right away and his d
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Piper J Drake.

I love the Hawaian setting and I am looking forward to more.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This series has always been a favorite. I love how this author can make the dogs a huge character. She gives them this huge personality that stands out and feels like a real person rather than a canine. Taz was no different and was by far my favorite character in this book.

Total Bravery had a great and highly unique plot. It isn't one that is visited often in books. I did feel like the story was slow to develop and it may have contributed to my not being able to connect with the characters very
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was another one of the sub genre of K9 dogs and their masters. This team works out of Hawaii and are a Search and Rescue team. Raul and his dog Taz are new to the team, and while the rest of the team are off on a S&R, he starts his first day. Mali is the sister of one of the other team members, is in Hawaii to do research on human trafficking with her doctoral group when the group gets kidnapped. She manages to get away, tries to call for her sister, but it is Raul who comes to her aid. ...more
Sandy S
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 24, 2018

True heroes will do anything to protect the women they love...

As the newest recruit at Search and Protect, Raul has a lot to prove. Luckily, he's got the best friend and partner a man could ask for: a highly trained, fiercely loyal German Shepherd Dog named Taz. Together, Raul and Taz make an unbeatable team. But their first mission in Hawaii really puts them to the test when an international kidnapping ring sets its sights on the bravest woman R
Debbie Lester
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Piper J. Drake continues her popular True Heroes series, with her latest offering, Total Bravery. This book delves into some stirring issues including human trafficking and readers will be on the edge of their seats throughout. Shifting from the Hope Crossing Kennel to the Search and Protect company provides a change in the atmosphere of the series and creates a lot of new opportunities for canine, human interaction. Readers who love a good romantic suspense novel with find that and more ...more
Total Bravery by Piper J. Drake
Book #4: True Heroes Series
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 3/5 stars

The Search and Protect group is damn lucky to have Raul and his four-legged partner Taz on the roster! Raul and Taz are damn lucky to have found the Search and Protect organization and want nothing more than to fit in, be a part of a proper team, and make a real difference in the world. With less than an hour on the clock, Raul and Taz get their chance to make a difference in someone’s life.

Mali’s job
I picked this up because I heard the author on a panel at ECCC and was won over. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it, partly b/c I figured ex-military/now-contractor hero would be more alpha than I like, and also b/c suspense or thriller of any sort isn't really my jam. HOWEVER! I was wrong. This subgenre may still not be my jam, but the cast, setting, and relationships 100% worked for me.

The short version: hero is a Latinx ex-military contractor who works with his K9 partner in a "Search and Protect
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

Mali knew her latest job could get her the attention of some bad people, but to be targeted by a kidnapping ring was something she never thought possible. Luckily though, Raul and his German Shepherd partner come to her rescue. However, while Mali is lucky, there are some who aren't. Determined to help, Mali and Raul work together with his team to find out what's going on. But when things turn dangerous, will Raul be able to keep Mali safe or will they lose their shot at happy ever after?

The way
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been looking forward to Raul and Taz's story, and the new setting in Hawaii was a great change-up! Both Raul and Taz are adjusting to being partners but have a good relationship so far, and now they both need to navigate a new team as well. Raul had a really bad experience on his last tour of duty that left him with some demons to work through, and he thinks he is a bad person because of it. His goal is to do as much good as possible in his new job in the private sector to try to offset t ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

True Heroes (5 books)
  • Extreme Honor (True Heroes, #1)
  • Ultimate Courage (True Heroes, #2)
  • Absolute Trust (True Heroes, #3)
  • Fierce Justice (True Heroes, #5)