ABSOLUTE TRUST by Piper J. Drake: Review

Posted December 21, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

ABSOLUTE TRUST by Piper J. Drake: ReviewAbsolute Trust by Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes #3
Published by Forever
Publication Date: December 20th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 321
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

After multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who’s seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can’t have. But Forte’s success means he’s made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . .

When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she’s constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she’ll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger -and the sparks between them- could consume them both.



I’m not really a dog person but I have to confess that part of the attraction of this series for me is the way Ms. Drake makes them an integral part of the story. It’s fascinating to see how they work in harmony with their handlers and what they are capable of. I have also been looking forward to Kim and Brandon’s story with anticipation and I was not disappointed. ABSOLUTE TRUST was suspenseful and sweet, and filled with simmering passion.

After his stint in the military ended, Brandon Forte returned to his hometown to set up his facility for military service dogs with his two best friends. But Brandon had a major reason for picking this particular location: Sophie Kim. Sophie and Brandon have a shared past that goes all the way back to high school, which they both refused to discuss so as not to rock their new and fragile friendship.

However, that option is no longer on the table for them. With Sophie becoming the target of an unknown attacker and with the events of the past year added in, Brandon can only conclude that an enemy of his is striking out at him through Sophie. And if there’s anything that is sure to wake up all his protective instincts, attacking Sophie would be it. Keeping her safe meaning watching over her by himself, which means they can no longer avoid the past or the attraction that has been on low simmer between them for so long.

The slower and mellower pace of this book was quite a change from the usual adrenaline-filled gun fights and lots of action common with the romantic suspense genre, but I enjoyed it. Sophie was a very independent woman who found it hard to let others help but even she knew that Brandon was her best chance of seeing another day. She was also one to never waste a chance and she made good use of their time together to find answers to all the questions that plagued her while also making plans for a future that was what she wanted, not what was expected of her.

I especially liked how the story was sprinkled with cultural elements like the food, the attitudes, the expectations and the references. It was an interesting window into a culture that is new to me, but felt familiar. My only issue was that the end felt a bit rushed because I would have preferred an extended epilogue to wrap things up nicely between Sophie and Brandon. I hope that there is more to come in the series and this may be the time to start throwing out hints about Detective Ky.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable book to read and I would recommend reading it with an open mind and no specific expectations, in order to enjoy it. 



About Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake (or "PJ") spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every interesting novel she could find at the library. 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.

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