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    Great addition to this series

    (While it isn’t required to read all of the stories in this series, it does help to understand how the characters relate to each other and all the trouble they’ve managed to get themselves into this past year :) ) I was super thrilled to see Drake hit it out of the park again – delivering a story full of danger, emotion, humor and thrills. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but I felt like there was a bit of a misstep in the last one when it came to her hero. Here, though, everything comes together just perfectly. The friendship between Sophie and Brandon is just awesome, but returning readers know that they are both hiding deeper feelings. We just aren’t sure why they are fighting it. And with excitement and danger coming at the start, we don’t have long for things to come to a head. (I don’t think many people will be surprised by the “who” in the who-done-it part, but Drake ties everything together very well and keeps things engaging.) The pacing is done skillfully too – mixing the relationship development with the suspense portion but not cheating either of them. Drake also does a great job of fleshing out the characters we’ve gotten glimpses of in the first two books and explaining why they’ve never done anything about their obvious attraction. All of it makes sense and keeps you glued to the page until you can make sure that they make it out of their troubles (both physical and emotional), getting a HEA together that they deserve. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
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    Strong Plot & Cast, Weak Chemistry. Predictable.

    > > Judging a Book by it's Cover < < Black shepherd and his partner, ready for action. Strong, bold. Did not read synopsis, this series is an auto-buy for me. > > Looking Deeper < < Third-person POV. Piper J Drake's explosive start to her third installment of the True Heroes series sets the pace for ABSOLUTE TRUST and does not disappoint! Brandon Forte is the owner and founder of the kennels that he, Cruz, and Rojas work at. Retired military. Sophie is an accountant & long-time friend of Forte's. An eye for detail makes Sophie a target with deadly intent. Haydn's a disabled combat K9 staying at the kennels for retraining and rehab / therapy while the military checks with the handler's family about potential adoption. The trio made a solid team with believable chemistry and natural interactions. They were joined by previous couples as well as new faces that could potentially expand the series or allow for a related spin-off. "The feline finger", such an apt description that made me laugh and smile in recognition and understanding as I am saluted in much the same manner daily by my trio. The plot was dynamic and exciting. The writing style flowed smoothly and was a pleasure to read. There were several points of conflict throughout the story and each was handled in timely and most-often mature manners. There were several elements of predictability, but not so overwhelming or glaringly obvious that it took the joy out of the reading experience. I was quite disappointed in the ending and lack of any form of a conclusion. Both characters expressed ideas of what they'd like to maybe see happen in the future, but there was little to no motion towards it from either of them. There was no defined nor implied HEA for the lead couple either. I'd like to think that their story will continue in the background to the next book in the series, but there was no mention of a next book being in the works. Overall, the story was both well-written and well-told. The characters were strong enough, but the romantic element seemed to be lacking in comparison to the previous couples. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.95 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I will leave my Unbiased Opinion. I was not required nor asked to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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