Ultimate Courage by Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes #2
Published by Forever on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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LOVE IS AN ACT OF BRAVERY
Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope's Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.
Elisa's past never stays in her rearview mirror for long, and she refuses to put anyone else in danger. But with Alex guarding her so fiercely yet looking at her so tenderly, she's never felt safer . . . or more terrified that the secrets she keeps could put countless people in grave peril. The only way for both to fully escape their demons will take the ultimate act of courage: letting go and learning to trust each other.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A damsel-in-distress with a former Seal/single dad as her protector? Yes, please! For some reason, I found Ultimate Courage really enjoyable, even though it’s a little on the slow side and there was more than one situation that had my eyebrows raised and my eyes rolling. I guess I’m just a sucker for a single dad, former military hunk battling PTSD while trying to raise Boom, his little girl.
I really loved Alex, he was completely devoted to giving his daughter the best life possible. He was super sweet and caring, but bossy and alpha at the same time. The whole set up that Alex and his former-Seal team have was great, as they could keep an eye on each other and help one other out while adjusting to civilian life. I really liked the family-type feel their relationships had, how they were a tight-knit group with lots of support and unconditional acceptance.
When Elisa comes into town and she and Alex meet they immediately feel a connection. As if fate had a hand in it, she ends up getting the administrative job at the kennels where Alex works.
Elisa had been conditioned not to make eye contact, not to be confrontational, and to be wary of physical contact. This led me to believe that her past was going to be a horrible tale to hear, and this is why I think I was a bit perplexed by what was later uncovered. Cue in first major eye roll, as I was prepared for the worst I ended up thinking, “it wasn’t that bad”.
I liked how both Alex and Elisa inspired the other to reach for something good and get better. If I had to be critical, when you consider Elisa’s supposed back story their relationship development was rather fast. However, I did mention this story working for me, so I was able to completely overlook this aspect and completely enjoy all the sexy shenanigans.
I was completely bewildered, though, by the whole “ex” storyline in Elisa’s case. I actually found it bordering on ridiculous. Still, even though I felt some things could have been handled better, I was engaged from start to finish, rooting for Alex and Elisa to get their happily ever after and giving Boom the family she deserved.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 It just worked for me Stars
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