Hidden Impact

Hidden Impact

by Piper J. Drake

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Meet the men of Centurion Corporation—an elite group of mercenaries who will go to any extreme to complete a mission…even risk their hearts. A new high-stakes series by Piper J. Drake.

He's not the hero she's looking for

As part of the elite Centurion Corporation team, military-veteran-turned-mercenary Gabriel Diaz is a natural defender. He'll do anything to ensure a mission is successful. Anything but get emotionally invested—he learned the hard way that can be deadly. Easy bodyguard jobs in between the more challenging missions are all he's interested in now.

Maylin Cheng is desperate and running out of time. Her younger sister has gone missing but no one seems to take her concern seriously. Her last hope lies in asking an aloof bodyguard for help. He dismisses her outright, but all that changes when she is almost killed in a not-so-accidental hit-and-run right before his eyes.

As Maylin leans on Gabriel, she begins to rely on him for more than just her safety. But as their attraction grows, so does the danger surrounding them. When the elaborate web they're trapped in unravels, Gabriel will do anything to protect them. Even if that means putting his heart in the crosshairs.

Book one of the Safeguard series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459290211
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 11/09/2015
Series: A Safeguard Novel , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 101,230
File size: 401 KB

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. You can find Piper at piperjdrake.com. 

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Hidden Impact 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot but bogged down with useless details. Couldnt connect with writing. Hopefully the other books are better.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-quick read; action packed and entertaining 3.75 stars--- HIDDEN IMPACT is the first installment in Piper J. Drake’s contemporary, adult SAFEGUARD romantic, suspense series focusing on the men and women who work for the SAFEGUARD security agency. This is US military veteran/mercenary for hire Gabriel Diaz, and caterer Maylin Cheng’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Gabriel and Maylin) HIDDEN IMPACT focuses on the search for a missing person. Caterer Maylin Cheng is desperate to locate her sister who was abducted at a genetics conference in China , and her latest catering job brings our heroine up close and personal with the Centurion Corporation- an elite group of former military personnel; private military contractors for hire. Enter Gabriel Diaz, the man with whom Maylin will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Maylin and Gabriel; the search and rescue of An-Mei Cheng; and the revelation that the Centurion Corporation has been targeted from someone once on the inside. The Centurion Corporation is a training center for private military contractors who work ‘outside’ of the US and international laws but there are threats against the mercenaries for hire-threats that are both professional and personal. The relationship between Maylin and Gabriel is one of immediate attraction but Gabriel knows to fall in love would mean to threaten his position within the Centurion Corporation. Maylin’s attraction to Gabe is palpable, and in this she is determined to seduce the man with whom she is falling in love. Maylin is a strong heroine; and Gabe’s protective nature does not come with the alphahole attitude that many romantic suspense heroes have ingrained. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Gabriel’s fellow teammates including sniper Lizzy Scott, Victoria Ash, and her partner Marc; Harte-the man in charge of the Centurion Corporation; and Jewel, Gabriel’s former lover. The requisite evil has many faces including the Edict –another private military contractor out to destroy the Centurion Corporation. HIDDEN IMPACT is a quick read; an action packed story of intrigue, romance and suspense. The premise is entertaining and exciting; the characters are sexy and colorful; the romance is erotic and passionate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More tech info than in other books of this type, but I really liked it. The story line was well thought out. The characters were well drawn. What I found missing was emotion. They said the right things, but I didn't feel it. However, it won't stop me from reading the next book in the series.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Action, suspense, mystery, romance and sex kept me turning page after page! Maylin is a great heroine as she holds her own along with the men and women of Centurion as they attempt to locate and rescue her sister. Gabe and Maylin have great chemistry and their relationship develops well even with everything going on around them. I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next book in this series! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Hidden Impact is the first in an exciting new romantic suspense series by the wonderful Piper J. Drake. The Centurion Corporation team is made up of former military and others that have specialized skills that take on difficult cases and in between those jobs they take on bodyguard jobs. It is on one of those jobs that Gabriel Diaz meets caterer Maylin Cheng. Maylin approaches him to help her find her sister. He turns her down until she is attacked outside the venue. Now she has wormed herself into the hearts of his team and into his bed. The attacks keep on coming as they work to find her sister. He and his team will run into roadblocks and old enemies. The action is intense and so is the attraction between Maylin and Gabe. Hidden Impact is a fast paced read that will keep you guessing and enjoying each page. I look forward to future installments in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: Just under 75 pages out and so far this story is way too slow. There is too much useless information to the point of being annoying. This story could have potential but it really needs to pick up very soon.
AdeIina More than 1 year ago
The best advice I'd give you when you read Hidden Impact: Don't look at Piper J. Drake's Hidden Impact board while reading the book. It'll make you hungry. For two different reasons. *winks* Maylin is strong, determined, hopeful and a great cook! It was refreshing to read a protagonist set on a dangerous world that even though she won't be much of help -which she knows- on the real action like shooting guns, hand-to-hand combat she did differently which are giving information (obviously) and cooking for the team! I don't know half of the things she cooks, but I'm starving. It's a bit hard to make a review with a growling stomach, you know! Gabe is great! While you read throughout the book, you'll understand why he didn't want to take Maylin's request for help in the first place. He knows it won't be easy and he'd made mistakes before. He doesn't want to repeat those so he tries to make it right. The attraction between Maylin and Gabe is strong. As I was reading the book, there was this Gabe and Maylin moment that I stopped reading and flailed. Then, opened my mobile device and continued reading! I admired the Centurion team, specifically Gabe's team, for their unity and cooperation. They are like family even though they don't know much about each of them except skill sets, abilities, strengths and weaknesses that will be a useful contribution to their missions. Hidden Impact is a suspenseful read with a lot of action, romance and a great storyline. Also, it will probably make you hungry.
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, fast paced story full of suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. Gabriel Diaz, ex-military, now works as a mercenary working for Centurion Corporation. Gabe is known for having nothing but success when it comes to his missions thanks to his motto to never get emotionally invested. Maylin Cheng's sister has gone missing and she is unable to get any information and no one is willing to help her. After learning that the Centurion Coproartion is the best for solving problems she approaches Gabe to ask for help in locating her sister. Gabe tells Maylin to find someone else who is more suited for what she needs, they are not the people she needs to be talking to. When Maylin finally leaves someone tries to run her over in front of Gabe and Gabe soon realizes that the driver was intentionaly trying to harm Maylin. With this realization Gabe and his team decide to take her care but they find out so much more than they ever expected and old friends turned enemies come face to face. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a fast paced romantic suspense that I just loved. It starts by showing us Maylin in her element, in charge of a high end catering event. While there, she appeals to one of the Centurion security staff, Gabe, for help in finding her kidnapped sister. Gabe initially thinks she's just coming on to him, then he thinks it's just futile to try and find her sister, as she'd be dead, or worse, before she'd be found.....until he witnesses an attempt on Maylin's life. What follows is a frantic search to find Maylin's sister while keeping Maylin safe. While Gabe and Maylin face their attraction to each other, one of Gabe's ex-girlfriends creates havoc for them. This book grabbed my attention quickly and kept it until the end. I was glad to learn that it is book 1 of the Safeguard series and I'm am looking forward to reading more in the series. This is a must read for fans of romantic suspense.