Genre: Contemporary

ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. Drake

ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. Drake

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ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. DrakeUltimate Courage by Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes #2
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
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Elisa Hall is good at starting from scratch. Leaving an abusive relationship in her rearview, she packs everything she owns into the trunk of her car and heads for refuge with her friend in Hope’s Crossing, North Carolina.

 

Alex Rojas returned from his second deployment as a Navy SEAL to find his condo empty and divorce papers on the breakfast table. Now he’s building a life for himself and his daughter at Hope’s Crossing kennels training younger dogs and handlers to search and rescue, struggling to adjust to life back in the States and as a single father.

 

When Elisa shows up at the kennels, it’s obvious she’s running from something. Luckily, the dogs and trainers at Hope’s Crossing are more than capable of warding off trouble. And with every minute he spends with Elisa, Alex becomes even more and more determined to protect the woman he’s certain he won’t be able to live without…

 

Ultimate Courage is a passionate love story filled with fiery emotions and adventure.  Piper J. Drake continues her True Heroes series in style with Ultimate Courage.  I seriously cannot get enough of this series and the characters within.  As a reader I felt like I was returning home to the family as I read through the pages.  I LOVE these people and the dogs!

 

Ultimate Courage opens with our heroine Elisa Hall on the run and in the need of help.  Our hero Alex Rojas is ex-military suffering from PTSD while single parenting his rambunctious daughter Selena “Boom” Rojas.  Elisa and Alex’s paths cross and are forever changed.  These two are like magnets once they connect there is no pulling them apart. Their chemistry is on fire and as they explore it the pages get hot, hot, hot!  Speaking of chemistry there is another character that enchants the reader and that would be Souze.  Souze is a German Shepard Dog that is rehabilitating at Hope’s Crossing Kennels.  Souze is having trouble rehabbing but he may just be perfection for Elisa and Alex.  I love their journey together throughout the book.

 

I love the themes throughout the book. Ultimate Courage features strong family connections whether by blood or by choice.  The connection between the men of Hope’s Crossing Kennels and the people that surround them is powerful.  They are all a force to be reckoned with.  Ultimate Courage is also about survival.  You can feel such hope while reading.  All of the characters are struggling with different levels of issues and they are surviving the best they can while leaning on each other.  I love this!

 

If you want a thrilling, heartwarming read then Ultimate Courage is a MUST!  Drake redefines the action hero with the strong, sexy, sensitive men of her True Heroes series and the dogs they train! I am Joyfully Recommending Ultimate Courage! I cannot wait for the next book!

REDEEMING RAFE by Sloane Kennedy

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REDEEMING RAFE by Sloane KennedyRedeeming Rafe by Sloane Kennedy
Series: Barretti Security #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, MM

Barretti Security Group or BSG is one of Seattle’s premier business enterprises.  Run by brothers Vin and Dom Barretti, their security measures are considered elite.  At least their servers were thought to be impenetrable until the day they were hacked.  Worse, it’s happened multiple times.  The puzzling aspect to the whole mess is that only personal information was hacked. Things relating to Vin or Dom or their friends rather than client information were downloaded by their thief.

 

Retired military Cade Gamble is one of BSG’s best operatives and he’s been sent by his bosses to search out the mystery hacker and bring him to them.  At last the thief is revealed and it’s none other than the Barretti brothers’ long lost missing sibling Rafe

 

Rafe was taken from his brothers days after his parents’ murder/suicide by his biological father and disappeared from their lives.  He fully intends to destroy his brothers just like his childhood was destroyed.  There’s nothing Cade can do to change his mind.  No matter how Cade makes Rafe’s body and soul awaken he will ruin his brothers.  Absolutely annihilate them and everyone they love.

 

Passion and angst ignite in the addicting second Barretti series story Redeeming Rafe.  This is a brutal, raw look at the destruction of a boy’s innocence when the system fails.  Cade also has issues, though nothing compares to what Rafe’s endured.  Redeeming Rafe deals with trauma and intense sorrow, and then cleverly branches into sizzling hot scenes as Rafe and Cade explore their developing bond.  This is a not to be missed page turner.

TORQUE by Charley Descoteaux

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TORQUE by Charley DescoteauxTorque by Charley Descoteaux
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Menage

On the highway heading to Alaska Mick Randall has one eye on the road ahead and the other looking over his shoulder.  With any luck he can outrun his biker family and leave them in the past.  Low on cash Mick manages to pick up a job at Bell’s Auto Wrecking outside of Portland.  It’s the perfect setup for making some quick money with an old man owner and his taciturn grandson Scotty, his other employee.  The only other sign of life around the place is when Mercy Taylor comes around.  She seems to be the one person who draws Scotty away from his work.

 

Mick finds himself attracted to Scotty while at the same time he’s intrigued by Mercy, who’s apparently got her own family issues.  Each of the three are dealing with ghosts of the past, both living and long dead.  Maybe it’s time to lay them all to rest.

 

A unique blend of secrets and unresolved issues, Torque manages to shine a light on their darkness.  The three main characters are heavily weighed down by the past.  Individually they haven’t been able to resolve anything.  In Torque it is Mick’s arrival that serves as a catalyst for change.  This character driven story convincingly brings them together before the end.

LOGAN’S NEED by Sloane Kennedy

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LOGAN’S NEED by Sloane KennedyLogan's Need by Sloane Kennedy
Series: Escort #3
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, MM

The horror of being shot point blank in the chest and left for dead inside the blazing inferno of his bar was nothing compared to being told his younger sister had been raped.  Logan Bradshaw couldn’t believe how blind he’d been to trust Sam Reynolds, the man who’d destroyed Savannah’s innocence and tried to kill him.  At least Sam hadn’t made it out of the fire he was guilty of setting.

 

With hospital bills mounting and the bar ruined Logan is forced to return to his past career as an escort.  Never once had he felt sexually stimulated by a client, yet the ménage scene between him, a frail blonde, and a dark, brooding man leaves Logan reeling.  It’s the first time Logan feels anything resembling true desire.  Whatever Logan senses can’t matter.  It’s simply a paying job.

 

Later on he learns that wealthy Dominic ‘Dom’ Barretti, the co-owner of the mighty Barretti Security Group was indulging his beloved, dying wife Sylvie with her ménage request.  Neither man is aware that the night has been purposefully arranged to bring Dom and Logan together.  A new chapter is about to begin for both men and it was all orchestrated by a dead woman.

 

Logan’s Need is hidden deep beneath layers in this intensely intimate drama.  The main character’s emotional journey runs the gamut – angst, anger, disbelief, and then ultimate redemption and love.  Dom is the catalyst of change for Logan, just as Sylvie is for her husband.  The end of the Escort series launches the beginning of the Barretti series and there is enough back story to link the two series.  A moving and truly special romance, Logan’s Need packs a powerful punch – of love.

SAVING REN by Sloane Kennedy

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SAVING REN by Sloane KennedySaving Ren by Sloane Kennedy
Series: Barretti Security #3
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, MM

Special Forces operative Lorenzo ‘Ren’ Barretti and his team were hijacked during a highly sensitive mission.  After a year of brutal captivity Ren is the only one still alive.  Finally, at long last, Ren is rescued by his eldest brother Vin with the help of retired military men.

 

Arriving home broken in body and soul Ren is a danger to himself and others, which is soon evident after an incident with Vin’s lover Mia.  During another confrontation Ren proves absolutely that he’s got problems.  Fearing his PTSD will harm someone Ren takes off.

 

At one time Detective Declan Hale was Dom Barretti’s brother-in-law, until Sylvie lost her battle with cancer.  Recently he’s had several run-ins with one of Dom’s employees, bodyguard and retired military Jagger Varos.  It’s a definite clash of dominate personalities whenever they’re in the same room.

 

When fate and family bring Ren, Declan, and Jagger together in one place the sparks fly into a blazing inferno.  If the cabin they’re staying in doesn’t go up in flames it will be a miracle of epic proportions.

 

A haunting blend of psychological despair, Saving Ren grabs the reader and won’t let go.  Suffering beyond belief from PTSD Ren is an absolute mess.  If not for the patience and strength of Declan and Jagger the rescued soldier won’t make it.  Each character’s emotional journey is absolutely riveting.  Cleverly tying this Barretti book in the series, Saving Ren is deeply addictive. The Barretti series has incredible emotional drama. Enjoy!

LOVING VIN by Sloane Kennedy

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FREEING ZANE by Sloane Kennedy

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BEST KEPT LIES by Helena Maeve

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SCENES FROM ADELAIDE ROAD by Helena Stone

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TOUGH LUCK HERO by Maisey Yates

TOUGH LUCK HERO by Maisey Yates

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SINNER’S GIN by Rhys Ford

SINNER’S GIN by Rhys Ford

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TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Rhys Ford

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TEMPERANCE by Stephanie Tyler

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INTO THE BLUE by Chanel Cleeton

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WHISKEY AND WRY by Rhys Ford

WHISKEY AND WRY by Rhys Ford

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TAKE ME ALL THE WAY by Toni Blake

TAKE ME ALL THE WAY by Toni Blake

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEDDING by Sara Richardson

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RIVERBEND ROAD by RaeAnne Thayne

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DOMINATED by Maya Banks

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DANGEROUSLY BROKEN by Eden Bradley

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