Extreme Honor (True Heroes)

Extreme Honor (True Heroes, #1)Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of a new Drake series about three former military men who have created a new business at home. They train and rehabilitate dogs who need retraining for living in a different world, some former military dogs now home, some purchased as pets and not trained for that world. David Cruz has taken on the task of bringing a military dog back to life after his human partner has died.

When Evelyn Jones arrives with a contract to work with Atlas, David is surprised and insulted. Together, they begin to see progress on bringing Atlas back. However, other things begin to happen. Lyn is attacked twice and followed once. Her stepfather, a Naval officer, has brought her in on the contract, which suddenly seems sinister.

David and Evelyn are finding each other attractive and this complicates matters more. This is suspenseful, but it takes almost too long to get there. It almost seems that the inability of the characters to “get out of their heads” has affected the author, too. Not as good as Drake’s Safeguard series, but I’ll read another.

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Deadly Testimony (Safeguard)

Deadly Testimony (Safeguard #2)Deadly Testimony by Piper J. Drake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another episode of the Centurion Corporation’s now new Safeguard Division. Sniper Isabelle Scott is tired and annoyed by her assignment and just wants to get up to her hotel room. At the elevator bank, three thugs surround a man waiting for the elevator. Lizzy quickly assesses the man, then takes the three thugs out.

Next day, Gabriel is approached with a new request for a personal security contract. The gentleman at the elevator, Kyle Yeun, wants Lizzy as his personal guard. He is ready to testify against his employer for certain issues of which he became aware. He is in danger because of it. There is more to the story, of course. When the police on his detail are attacked, a precise and subtle dance begins, as Lizzy takes Kyle on an adventure, going from place to place hiding in plain sight.

While moving, they find time to discover a lot about each other. I will never hear the phrase “sparring in the hotel room” again without thinking of the sexual tension between the two. As usual, there is a good tale of suspense here, as well as a very well-done romance, with overtones of gourmet taste, seduction and a sea change in behavior – for both of them. Excellent story. One quibble: the palate/palette issue. The words are not interchangeable.

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Whirlwind (SAI #2)

Whirlwind (SAI Book 2)Whirlwind by Lea Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Second member of the SAI Florida team finds his forever. This one is not as strong as Vortex, but the storyline has promise. Sara Montgomery has been living next door to Grady for over a year. He hasn’t really seen her, and she has stayed clear of him because of his very loud relationship with a former lover. Now that he has noticed her, he is enchanted. She has a big secret, though and she needs help, even though she doesn’t realize it. (Of course, these SAI guys always crash into a lady’s life to help).

There is, of course, some very funny dialogue, some real danger for Sara, and a West Coast visit that gives us a chance to meet Mark and Birdie’s baby girl. There is also a look at another prospective team member and the newest SAI executive.

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Changing Perspectives (Kindle Worlds)

The Omega Team: Changing Perspectives (Kindle Worlds Novella) (A Montgomerty Family Novel Book 2)The Omega Team: Changing Perspectives (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Tamara Hoffa
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Omega Team meets the Montgomery family, in the person of Angelina, grad student with a stalker. Luiz Hernandez of Omega is sent to act as bodyguard for Angelina – with a lot of grumbling. That is, until he sees her. They seem to fall for each other immediately, even with Duncan Flynn around as the other half of the guard team.

Not hard to figure out the bad guy here, but an OK story for the Omega Team.

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Man of My Heart (Kindle Worlds)

Hell Yeah!: Man of My Heart (Kindle Worlds Novella) (The Omega Team Book 5)Hell Yeah!: Man of My Heart (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Desiree Holt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

More Omega Team men by Ms. Holt. In this one, a cousin of Libby McCoy’s has become a hot new country star. One of her backup band, however, has a problem keeping his hands off Jasmine. When he is sent packing after an attack, Aron suggests that his friend Caleb might be the solution to Jas’ problem.

She is reluctant to have a bodyguard, and Caleb, haunted by a past protection case gone bad, has become a recluse. He wants nothing to do with rejoining the human race until Aron talks him into it. He and Jasmine get along well – too well in his opinion. He thinks he may lose focus. Meanwhile Jas has blossomed into a star and her new music is inspired.

Nice story, even allowing for the inevitable violent incident that almost drives Caleb away.

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Sworn to Protect (Red Stone Security)

Sworn to Protect (Red Stone Security, #11)Sworn to Protect by Katie Reus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good one of this series. We have cameos from Travis, Iris, Belle, Grant as well as some updates to other friends. Athena is Belle’s cousin and has gone to work for Red Stone. Quinn has been at Red Stone for a few years after leaving the police force. They had met before and dated briefly.
When an old enemy of Quinn’s threatens Athena in a local store, Quinn decides to stay close to her, something he wants to do anyway. When the threat follows them to Las Vegas and the Serafina, Quinn knows he will have to do whatever it takes to save the woman he has come to love.

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Protecting Beauty (Kindle Worlds)

Protecting Beauty (The Bounty Hunters: The Marino Bros. #5)Protecting Beauty by M.J. Nightingale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good story of the Kindle Worlds Special Forces group. “Tex” Keegan is now the saving grace for a group of SEALs and their families, keeping them safe wherever they are. He is haunted by the fact that there was a time when he failed to save, or so he thinks. Tex and his wife Melody have gone on a vacation alone, leaving their daughter and their dog with friends.

While tying their rented boat up at a slip in Clearwater, they notice a woman doing yoga exercises on a balcony of a beautiful house nearby. Tex is shocked that he recognizes the woman. She is Cat, a woman who as a child was kidnapped and sold into slavery by a brutal group. As an FBI agent, Tex was tasked to listen in on the conversations in the rooms of the children – both boys and girls – who were used as sex slaves there.

Tex was unable to work as quickly as he wanted to end this hell for the children, and it made him leave the Bureau and enlist in the Navy to become a SEAL. Even these years later and knowing that the children and many others were rescued, does not assuage his feelings of guilt – it wasn’t fast enough.

When he sees Cat, beautiful, pregnant and clearly in love with the man in the house, Tex still feels guilty. Here is where Nightingale does such a good job portraying how well Tex and Mel understand each other, and how much this bothers Tex. Mel also sees that Cat is a survivor. She undertakes a mission of her own to make Tex see how much he did for that young girl and all the others. The solution that they all arrive at is beautiful.

This one actually brought tears to my eyes. It also made me look for the Marino Brothers stories by the author!

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