Extreme Honor

Extreme Honor

by Piper J. Drake

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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 Crossing kennel can break through the animal's grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas's heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde's mesmerizing effect isn't limited to canines. But when Lyn's work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

Lyn realizes that David's own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he's gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he's willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn't want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both...

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ISBN-13: 9781455536047
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: True Heroes Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 476,138
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.
Play Find the Piper around the internet for insight into her frequent travels and inspiration for her stories.

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Extreme Honor 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Animals, military intrigue, and romance... Wonderful combination. Hope the next are as good.
cherlym More than 1 year ago
I am always late to a party , I just read this. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know if I am considered simple minded or what, but when I read a fiction romance suspense novel, I want it to take me away and I want to enjoy it. This did both. I would have to say its an on going mystery almost. This couples story was HEA, but the thread of what transpired seems as if it will be carried on through other books to follow, hence a little of the confusion everyone speaks about. I received this from the library and have book 2 Ultimate Courage to hit up :) Read it and enjoy.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
So I first tried the True Heroes series with book three, Absolute Trust and I soon learned that I needed to read this series in order, so I set down Absolute Trust and request from my library the first book Extreme Honor. 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 predictable and of course not completely resolved by the end. Some threads where left open to carry on into the next book. And, the romance did have some heat with a little tension, but I never felt that the couple connected. My main issue with this one and where I had trouble was the dog training. Why? Well I’m a fan of D.D. Ayres K-9 Rescue series and that women knows her dog breeds and the training that goes into military dogs, police dogs, and well all the different types of work a dog can do. I didn’t feel that Piper J. Drake did much research on the different areas, that she didn’t understood dogs; let alone working dogs, and I never felt that her characters connected to the dogs they worked with. It was disappointing. Extreme Honor was meh and enjoyable enough to read. I will say I’m intrigued to check out the next book Ultimate Courage just from the except that I read at the end of Extreme Honor. Rated: 3 Stars
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A great Military suspense romance. I loved that one of the main characters is a K-9 hero who is working through his own issues. I really enjoyed this and will buy any others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story it just didn't hold my interest
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
You really have to like Alphas to get into David. He’s sexy in an in-charge kind of way. He’s military through and through, willing to take on the bad guys and kick some butt. It also tends to make him think he always knows best and to be the strong-silent-type. Lyn grew up with a career military man for a stepfather and it’s left her with some issues. He’s not a caring man, hard and tough – his way or the highway kind of thing. She’s spent her whole life trying to prove something to him. Unfortunately that bleeds over into her first interactions with David. Luckily they quickly find a middle ground that works for them … and that over time develops into something more. This one reminded me a lot of Lynn Rae Harris’s HOT series, where you get romance mixed with suspense but not a lot of lightheartedness. Which is fine – there are those kinds of books and then these kinds of books (and other kinds of books :)) but if you were expecting something with cutesy interactions you aren’t going to get it. Instead you get a strong hero, a heroine that can keep up with him, and a bit of intrigue to keep them guessing. I will warn you now that while we get some answers, we don’t get them all so there is sure to be a continuation of the mystery in future stories. And I have to say that I’m glad this is the start of a series because I didn’t get all of the answers I needed about the guys running the Hope’s Crossing kennel. I can’t wait to get to know David’s friends better :) And to find out more about the group who caused them a bunch of trouble here. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
SusanFrank More than 1 year ago
Very good book. It caught my interest from the beginning and I couldn't put it down until I was done. I really loved the setting of a place that trains and rehabilitates dogs. The romance between David and Lyn was great and the suspense was intriguing. 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 David's and Calhoun's death has hit both David and Atlas hard. Atlas has lost interest in everything as he grieves his partner, until Lyn Jones arrives to work with him. Lyn has made a career of helping dogs and owners. As a matter of fact, she prefers animals to people. When she read an article about Atlas, she was sure she could help him and did everything she could to get hired to work with him. Atlas walks right into her heart as soon as she meets him, increasing her determination to help him. The initial meeting between David and Lyn was pretty rocky. David hadn't been told anything about an outsider coming to help with Atlas and isn't very happy about it. Lyn, having grown up with a military stepfather, feels that she has to establish herself immediately and comes across pretty bitchy. I liked that they overcame that first meeting quickly, once they both realized that Atlas's recovery is the important thing. I loved seeing them bond over their care for the dog. Also humming along between them is an intense attraction. David makes his interest known immediately, though Lyn starts out trying to keep things professional between them. I loved the way that David accepted it without pouting or trying to change her mind. He also didn't let it affect their working relationship. When Lyn was attacked, David's protectiveness kicked in. His rescue of her was exciting, but even better was his sensitivity to the aftermath. I loved his matter-of-fact support and understanding. It was fun to see how Lyn changed her mind about being with him, and her frustration when David refused to take advantage of her vulnerability. I loved seeing them grow closer as they worked with Atlas. I also loved Lyn's reaction to David's story about his family, a support that he had never experienced before. They ran into a rocky spot in their developing relationship at the end, but came through it well. I loved the respect and love they have for each other and how it showed in the way that Lyn stood up for her feelings at the end. The suspense of the story was really good. From the beginning, David has suspected that there was more to his friend's death than was reported. When Lyn was attacked soon after arriving, and Atlas seems to be the motivating factor, David's suspicions increase. The evidence that he discovers raises more questions and puts him and Lyn in greater danger as they investigate what they have learned. There are several really intense confrontations that had me on the edge of my seat, wondering how they were going to get through them. The final confrontation was really exciting, with an interesting twist to it. Full review at: http://susans2016readingblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/extreme-honor-piper-j-drake-forever-feb.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and honestly couldn't put it down!
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
What a good read! I've never read about military dogs and their handlers. I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the book. Ex-Military Cruz trains dogs for military and civilian use. Atlas comes home suffering from depression and PTSD after his handler was killed . Suspicion surrounds the death of his handler and his last mission. Too many people believe the dog is at the heart of the matter. Enter, Evelyn "Lyn" Jones, dog trainer/dog whisperer. She immediately bonds with Atlas, after he has been very disinterested in every one else. Emotions are strong as each character is dealing with some sort of inner issue or dilemma. However, I found the relationship between Cruz and Lyn shallow and not explored enough. Luckily, the rest of the story kept the book going. This is a fast paced race to find the answers amid dealing with corruption and undercover operatives. And who is this mysterious business partner? I won this book through goodreads.com in exchange for an honest review.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
David retrains dogs for service, even though he is out of the military. He is brought in to retrain Atlas, who is the dog of one of David’s friends. Atlas’ partner was killed on a mission overseas and is mourning his partner’s death. Lyn comes in saying she was hired to help with Atlas, but David doesn’t trust her. Strange things have happened with the kennel and he doesn’t trust her or her motives towards his friend’s dog. Lyn understands animals, but loathes people. She just wants to go in, train and interact with the animals that need her help, and that is it. Atlas reacts and bonds with Lyn, much to David’s surprise. The two humans butt heads and have a lot of tension between them, for various reasons. Because of this reason, I found it difficult to believe their chemistry overrode those feelings and created a romance. The entire dog training storyline was my favorite part of the book. I was fascinated by the happenings and cared more for Atlas and his feelings than the people within the story. That’s not good. The suspenseful part was not as strong as it could have been, but it did surprise me at where it went. As I mentioned, the chemistry and romance part of the story baffled me, but it was what it was and stranger things have happened between people. Overall, this was an ok story where the animal out shined the people within it, for me. *copy provided for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this cover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ex-military, romance, bad guys, car chases, dogs, and strong leads are some of my favorite things to read in books. Extreme Honor has all of this plus a little more. I really enjoyed the book and its characters. I don’t read a lot of books about dogs being part of the major plot, but Piper totally rocked this book. The book pace was pretty fast. I’m complaining. I also liked the romance too. I liked the chemistry between David and Lyn. It was sizzling. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, but I do wish we would have seen them more throughout the book than what we did. Overall, I enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the dogs. The romance and the pacing of the book was great. I’m excited to read the next book in the series.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, betrayal, pain, kidnapping, murder, and heartbreak. This is Lyn and David’s story. Lyn is at Hope’s Crossing kennel in hopes of breaking through a dog’s grief. But after leaving the kennel the first night Lyn is attacked. David thought Lyn was hacking into his system until he came upon her getting attacked. Now he needs to keep her close and safe. He wants his friend’s dog to get better and respond and Lyn can help with that. What happens when danger follows them at every turn? Can David protect her? The chemistry between these two is hot. Can Lyn let down her walls and allow David in even if he lets her go after this mission? What happens when secrets are revealed and people are taken? Is it really as it seems? Can these two survive long enough to plan a future together? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Get ready to fall in love - with Atlas! This is a great start to a new series. Three ex military men are working together training dogs for the military, police and others - though a lot of the time it may be more like training humans to work with the dogs. 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 awareness of what is going on around her. It is a good job he does, too as danger lurks, threatening both of their lives! Someone seems determined to stop Lyn working with Atlas, with military heroes, secrets to be uncovered and hearts to be mended it is an action packed military story where you’re not quite sure where the line of command is being breeched and love slowly but surely develops. With a range of hot alpha military heroes - especially Atlas, of course! - and packed with suspense this is an intriguing page turner that has really whet my appetite to read more in this series! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
n7kk7br00ks More than 1 year ago
Hope’s Crossing Kennel is a training facility run by three ex-servicemen. They are liked by their love of dogs and all served together at one time or another. They provide dogs to the armed services, police and other law enforcement agencies and all provide dog training for civilians. 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 now he's concentrating in getting Atlas back in shape. When a prissy civilian dog whisperer arrives on his doorstep he's not very enthused but he'll take any help he can get. Evelyn is a successful dog psychologist. She saw Atlas' story in the newspaper and knew she could help. She did something she never thought she would, she asked her Naval Captain stepfather for help, but it will be worth it to get Atlas back in shape. She never figured on an attraction to the uber sexy dog trainer!! After only one day on the job Lyn is attacked and David comes to the rescue. Until they know what's going on she is going to live on the compound with him and the other trainers. This was a fast paced romantic suspense with very lovable characters. Evelyn (Lyn) comes across as frosty at first but that's just her armour. David is caring of his animals but not quite sure of the human variety! With great supporting characters, who I'm sure will get their own books eventually) this was a well rounded plot with snappy dialogue and interesting storyline. Atlas is most definately the star of the show, I want my own Malinois!!!!!
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
More Action and Suspense than Hearts and Flowers. Great Mystery Thriller Plot! ⚠ MY THOUGHTS ⚠ ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Man of action with trusty K9 companion, projects a rugged Alpha vibe. Synopsis seems slightly similar to a recent movie released, but still leaves plenty room to intrigue. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. David is a former active-duty soldier, now working to train military canines. Lyn has a way with dogs that not many share. Together, they must work to help a K9 overcome PTSD while serving overseas and losing his handler / partner. There's mystery surrounding the handler's death and someone does not want the answers to be found and will go to deadly lengths to make sure the truth is never uncovered. The lead characters are strong and mature. Their relationship progresses slowly and naturally. There's a solid secondary cast of characters that we are made to love or hate. Interaction and dialogue are believable. The plot is dynamic and multidimensional. You might think you have pegged the "big bad", but a plot twist throws you for a total loop. The writing style is incredibly smooth and the plot flows quite nicely. There are layers of conflict that are peeled away one by one, resolved in ways suitable for their situations. The conclusion is solid in that the lead characters receive their HEA, but it seems there may be a few strings untied in the background that may stray into future books of the series. Overall, a fantastic read. Thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and exciting. This is the first book I've read by Piper J Drake and it most certainly will NOT be the last! ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4 [R] ~ Score: 4.4 ~ Stars: 4 (4.5, if I could) -------------------------------------------------------------------------
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Attractive military men who love and train dogs have got to be a big draw and EXTREME HONOR is lighthearted romantic suspense which 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 David finds himself drawn in by her. But there is a lot of interest in Atlas from many quarters, because of information he may be in possession of that could reveal a conspiracy, corruption and murders, and destroy many military careers. Both Lyn and David are determined to solve the mystery of what happened to Atlas and his partner and David is also determined to keep Lyn safe from danger. I expected a lot more war front action from this book but I wasn't disappointed by the lack of it. Lyn and David are good for each other, in spite of their initial reservations. And Atlas is a heart-breaker. The story is well-written and unexpectedly sweet and I enjoyed the mystery. I think Ms. Drake did a great job with Lyn's character, especially her relationship with her stepfather and its parallels with and impact on her relationship with David. David was a protector to the core, in the way he looked out for Lyn and Atlas and his unrelenting quest to find out what happened to his friend. This is my first read by Ms. Drake and I'm interested in the rest of the books in the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
HafwynD More than 1 year ago
Extreme Honor was an excellent book. David Cruz, a scarred former military man now dog trainer is pitted against an innocent dog 'whisperer' named Lyn. The dog in need of such attention is a war hero named Atlas whose handler died under questionable circumstances. David refuses to let it rest and so do the ones who killed him. This book is so full of action! So many players and then a huge twist. The romance between David and Lyn is hot and heavy. They can't keep their hands to themselves. This was such a fast read because I needed to know what happened. I wasn't able to put it down. The details were so vivid I was able to completely immerse myself into the story. It had emotionally gripping moments that had my chest seizing. It was just a fantastic story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Military Romances but also loves a great love story not just between man and woman but Man and Military Dogs. Loved it!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read, but somehow I just wanted a little more. The concept of the story was great, and I liked the characters, I just felt like some spots weren’t delved into far enough and left them feeling a little empty. It kept me reading to find out what was going to happy though, and I did love Atlas. David Cruz helps run a dog training kennel, and is trying to help Atlas, a Belgian Malinois who lost his partner/handler while stationed overseas. David had previously been involved in training him, so when Atlas was pining away after the loss, he was sent back to let David have a try at working with him. It wasn’t going great, until they got some expected help at the kennel. Evelyn Jones is somewhat of a “dog whisperer” and works in rehabilitating dogs after trauma. The way Atlas reacts to her is the first sign of life David has seen in him, so he agrees to let her stay and help him. As they spend time together and uncover secrets behind the loss of Atlas’s handler, David and Lyn grow close. Will they figure out a way to have a future together once their job with Atlas is complete? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Release Launch, Review & Giveaway: EXTREME HONOR (True Heroes #1) by Piper J. Drake http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-3JY Publication Date: January 26, 2016 Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars REVIEW: 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 for any contingency. Enter Evelyn, the now grown, connected military brat trying to make a name for herself, a wild tempest surrounding a dog in rehab and you have the makings of a fast paced fun story. I connected and liked everyone from the beginning, got drawn into their lives and kept glued to the pages. All in all a hot romance with nonstop action. Fun! *Review copy provided Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Hunky men, dogs and a good mystery. This book rocked! Hope’s Crossing kennel provides a second chance for abused working dogs and the former military guys that run it. Atlas is a special case. He is a hero dog who is suffering because his handler was killed by “friendly fire” as requested Atlas is sent to Hope’s Crossing with secrets on his shoulder, David is determined to find out what happened to Atlas and his handler. The last thing he needs is a pretty subcontractor distracting him. But Atlas responds well to her and well so does David but the closer they get to the truth the more danger they are in. I really enjoyed this fast paced romantic suspense. The characters are multi-dimensional and hard not to like. The author makes you feel for them and for Atlas. The story is loaded with surprises and keeps you enthralled.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Extreme Honor is the first book I've read by Piper Drake and I thoroughly enjoyed it. David Cruz is ex-military and he, along with a couple of his friends, who are also ex-military, now own and operate Hope's Crossing Kennel where they train and work with dogs, especially military dogs. There is a lot more going on at Hope's Crossing Kennel that just training dogs, however, especially when one rather famous Belgian Malinois named Atlas enters their midst, followed soon thereafter by one Evelyn Jones. Ms. Jones has also been assigned to work with this dog who has made the headlines regarding recent events that occurred in Afghanistan. She is also very talented and soon forms a bond with Atlas. When David and Evelyn meet, the sparks fly, in both good and bad ways. Cruz is a total Alpha male and a badass to boot, forcing Evelyn to rethink the way she usually handles herself with men. Meanwhile, all kinds of mayhem begins to happen in regard to secrets and conspiracy that have been taking place, with Atlas being a key factor in it all, making this a romantic suspense novel that is engaging, as well as romantic, sexy, and quite an interesting read. I enjoyed and liked both Evelyn and David's characters very much, and enjoyed the romance and chemistry that they shared. The suspenseful and danger elements keeps you on your toes as you read the story as well. Overall, Extreme Honor is a great book that fans of romantic suspense will definitely want to check out. The story was great and I am looking forward to reading more in this series, as well as more by this author. Definitely add this one to your to-be-read list.