Piper is a new to me author and while reading her bio I noticed she has experience rescuing, owning and training working dogs and that’s beyond incredible to me! Anyway, have fun today folks.
Oh and this post is apparently, Mr. Pud approved.
About the Author:
After being introduced to the wonderful world of romance by her best friend, she dove into the genre. PJ began her writing career as PJ Schnyder, writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk, for which she won the FF&P PRISM award as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.
PJ's romantic suspense novels incorporate her interests in mixed martial arts and the military. The True Heroes series is inspired by her experience rescuing, owning and training a variety of retired working dogs, including Kaiser, a former guard dog, and Mozart, who was trained to detect explosives.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: January 26, 2016
HONOR, LOYALTY, LOVE
David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat.
Nobody at Hope’s Crossing kennel can break through the animal’s grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas’s heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde’s mesmerizing effect isn’t limited to canines. But when Lyn’s work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.
Lyn realizes that David’s own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he’s gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else—and he’s willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn’t want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .
Anyway, Extreme Honor had a lot going for it, David was an ex-soldier who understands the toll war takes on not only humans but animals too. His empathy towards Atlas and his determination to help the dog heal won me over completely. To me, nothing is sexier than a man who loves animals and is willing to do whatever it takes to save them. He had the right balance of bad ass soldier, empathetic dog trainer and common sense when it came to Atlas. Bonus character points for that and a spot for David on my Book Boyfriends list. I learned more about David during his interactions and inner monologue concerning Atlas than with anything else he did or said.
A bigger bonus was that Extreme Honor had a dog loving heroine in Lyn. She wanted to help Atlas as much as David did and that gave her the courage to face down his disapproval in the beginning. She was quick, fun and intelligent but at the same time fearless when it came to working with dogs like Atlas. I liked her personality.
As a couple David and Lyn were an ideal match. They both had a common goal but had different ideas on how to achieve it and while it lead to them arguing, it also brought them closer together and helped them find love with one another. The romance wasn’t rushed, it flowed at a pace that felt natural but still sexy and intense.
Unfortunately though Extreme Honor’s flaw in my eyes rested with Lyn. I liked the character enough but she was described as a dog whisperer and an experienced trainer yet I saw ZERO evidence to prove it. Being a dog whisperer/trainer is not the same as being a dog lover. A trainer knows behavior and techniques to help dogs be the best they can and a “Dog Whisperer” is someone who understands and communicates with a dog on a far deeper level than an ordinary dog lover.
All I got from Lyn was that she loved dogs, loved Atlas and gave him plenty of affection. Nothing out of the ordinary. As a trainer she was a major flop, it was like she didn’t have a clue how to handle dogs or train them which was a huge disappointment because I felt she didn’t pull her weight when it came to Atlas, it was all left up to David to handle the actual training. Big fat boo to that. I wanted and expected way more from Lyn in the dog trainer/whisperer department. How sad.
Another issue I had was the suspense missed its mark. It had a great potential for some real life threatening, action scenes (In which I would expect Lyn or any other heroine to save her own ass once in awhile thank you) but stopped just short of executing them. The scenes felt rushed and unsatisfying and not what I like to read in romantic suspense.
Final Verdict: Extreme Honor fell flat in the suspense department and Lyn was a big letdown for me as a dog trainer/whisperer but the premise of this book and the entire series is still something I’m keen to check out so long as the heroines start to carry their own weight.
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