Brief Summary courtesy of Forever Publishing
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 rear view 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 received a copy of "Ultimate Courage" by Piper Drake from Forever Publishing in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is the second book that I have read of Piper's and the second in the True Heroes series. After I read Absolute Trust I was hooked on this series and wanted to read more about these characters that Piper wrote about.
Piper did a great job of creating well developed characters. From Elisa's back story to why she was in town to Alex Rojas and his daughter and how they landed in Hopes Crossing. In addition to creating well developed characters, Piper also did a great job of setting the scene. From the beginning of Elisa being on the run and looking for another place to stay for a couple days to dog kennels that she later found to be a sanctuary. It was so well written and vivid that you as the reader could imagine being in Hopes Crossing.
As for the writing style in this book i think it was very well done as it had a mix of different styles: romance, family and suspense. It had me hooked from the very first chapter until the very end as you didn't know what way it was going to end.
My favorite part of the book you would think would have been the romance, but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong Alex and Elisa definitely had a great love story and good connection but to me the connection between Alex's dog and Elisa was what I found truly very interesting. It was cool to see a dog and a human both afraid to open up and trust again be able to do so with the help of each other.
I think that the only part of the book that I would have changed would have been the end of the book. It felt rushed, which was weird as the whole book was leading up to it. I think there is definitely more that could have been done and it just didn't do justice to the well written first part of the book.
I am interested to see if she does any more books in this series after the next one, if not I am definitely interested to see the next series that she has to write as I definitely enjoyed this series so far.