Forever Strong by Piper J. Drake is the sixth installment in her True Heroes contemporary suspense series. Some characters in this novel appear in previous installments, but the necessary backstory is seamlessly inserted, and this book is a standalone. This is the second book that I’ve read in this series, and I absolutely loved it!
Modern “damsel in distress”, Jiang Ying Yue, is rescued by quintessential “knight in shining armor”, Azubuike “Zu” Anyanwu, and the action and romance begin.
Zu owns and operates Search and Protect, a private contract organization. His company has been hired to provide security for Jiang Ying Yue, an investment professional that Zu and his K9 dog, Buck, rescue from a human trafficking ring. Ying Yue is immediately captivated by Zu’s commanding presence, and Zu is enamored by Ying Yue’s beauty and quiet strength. Now Zu has to protect her from a persistent danger before he can explore the possibility of a future together.
I cannot say enough about how well-written this book is. There are no unnecessary details or scenes. Ms. Drake includes some small but interesting aspects of the African and Chinese cultures. The characters are strong, likable and real. There is great character interplay. The romantic connection between Zu and Ying Yue is soft and beautiful but also intense. The sexual tension leaps off the page. The plot grabs and holds the reader’s attention, start to finish. The action is intense, and the suspense is breathtaking. Finally, the dogs are wonderful.
Piper J. Drake proves herself as a master of the romantic suspense genre. Forever Strong is a fine example of contemporary romantic suspense and rates 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense, action and romance, especially together. The sexual content may be off-putting to some readers, but this is still a very enjoyable read.
My thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: January 28, 2020