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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!

RETROGRADE by Bailey Bradford

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RETROGRADE by Bailey BradfordRetrograde by Bailey Bradford
Series: Southwestern Shifters #11
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: MM, Paranormal

Alpha Anax Marcus Criswell and his mate Nathan Grant are taking a momentary breather after recently defending their New Mexico pack yet again.  Threats may have quieted down but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot going on within their pack.  The decision to become fathers had been weighed up and with the pack doctor Shania offering her help the countdown has begun.  Before long they will be holding their children for the first time.

 

Since the births are a ways off and the annual gathering of every Alpha Anax on the planet won’t be for a few weeks Marcus and Nathan decide to take a mini vacation.  Though there are objections from their guards the two stand firm and quietly leave for the Grand Canyon on their own.

 

Not more than a handful of days pass on their trip before trouble finds the true mates in the form of Asher, a starving teen wolf who desperately needs help, yet is hesitant to ask for it.  The young wolf has some big surprises in store for the Alpha and his mate.  And that’s only the beginning because the other Alpha Anaxs are beginning to arrive.

 

Book eleven in the Southwestern Shifters series offers another exciting adventure in Retrograde.  Mates Marcus and Nathan use their brains rather than brawn with excellent results.  When they aren’t being smart, they are exploring each other in great detail.  This storyline twists and turns with major plot points.  One thing is certain, the Southwestern Shifters series is never, ever dull.  Retrograde bounces and dips.  Hold on for all the action.  A fan wouldn’t hurt either.

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.

NEEDING TO BREATHE by B. A. Tortuga

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NEEDING TO BREATHE by B. A. TortugaNeeding to Breathe by B. A. Tortuga
Series: Two is Never Enough #1
Published by All Romance eBooks Genres: Gay, Menage, Paranormal

Jock and Gus, young wolf shifters, sense their time is almost up. Luckily, they saw the signs and were able to grab some of their stuff when their pack banished them.

 

Barely surviving, Gus and Jock are trying to figure out their next move in the Rocky Mountains.  All that truly matters is that they are together.  Searching for food they come across the body of a she wolf who died in a vicious trap and then discover her hidden cubs.  Adopting the orphans means even less food for them, yet they can’t leave the cubs to die.

 

When forest ranger Archer Tyson is making his rounds he comes across the pair.  At last the lone Alpha has found his own pack.  Convincing Gus and Jock that they and the cubs belong to him may take a bit of wrangling.  Then again, any Alpha worth his salt should be able to make his little pack work.  Archer can prove they belong together if Gus and Jock will just give him a chance.

 

Bonds of love and unity prove to be a powerful incentive in Needing to Breathe.  Naïve young mates and a lonely Alpha are brought together in this touching tale.  There might not be any big surprises here, but Needing to Breathe comes across as a tender, charming romance.  A definite feel good story for readers to enjoy.

DON’T DRINK THE HOLY WATER by Bailey Bradford

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DON’T DRINK THE HOLY WATER by Bailey BradfordDon't Drink the Holy Water by Bailey Bradford
Series: The Vamp for Me #4
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: MM, Paranormal

After losing his parents to a stupid, tragic accident West is a 24 year old young man responsible for a bevy of younger siblings.  On a rare night out West goes to a club and ends up being attacked in the back alley.  Waking up after suffering incredible agony West is faced with a new reality – he’s a vampire.  Coven leader Claude explains it was either complete the change or let him die, which would have left the children orphans.  Once he’s come to grips with his new life West and the children are relocated to a much larger coven in Portland where everyone chips in and there are other children in this coven.

 

Though sand boarding isn’t recognized as a major sport Roger ‘Axel’ Majors is managing to eke out a living as one of the highest ranked in this budding sport.  If not for the constant trouble from his ex-boyfriend and fellow competitor, Jukie, his life would be pretty darn good.

 

Practicing outside of Portland before a competition Jukie yet again gives Axel grief and takes off at sunset leaving the sand boarder on his own to get back to the city. Axel can’t believe his bad luck when the ATV won’t start.  He begins walking and can’t comprehend what he’s seeing, it can’t really be zombies. Can it?  Then a stranger suddenly shows up who helps him get out of the desert safely.

 

Maybe it’s the fear of more zombies or a massive hallucination, but when Axel bumps into West again they actually hit it off.  West would really like to get to know Axel better, yet who in their right mind would get involved with a vampire.  Complications, maybe a few.  At least he’s not a zombie, right?

 

Don’t Drink the Holy Water sets the stage for an intriguing blend of edgy drama and comical situations.  It’s a new world for West and Axel with vampires, zombies, and teenage siblings, yikes.  Charming characters manage to pull off the over the top plotline.  Balancing out the fun is a subplot with a painful dose of reality.  All in all book four in The Vamp for Me series shines with Don’t Drink the Holy Water.  Hold on tight.

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