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Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake
He's not the hero she's looking for
As part of the elite Centurion Corporation team, military-veteran-turned-mercenary Gabriel Diaz is a natural defender. He'll do anything to ensure a mission is successful. Anything but get emotionally invested—he learned the hard way that can be deadly. Easy bodyguard jobs in between the more challenging missions are all he's interested in now.
Maylin Cheng is desperate and running out of time. Her younger sister has gone missing but no one seems to take her concern seriously. Her last hope lies in asking an aloof bodyguard for help. He dismisses her outright, but all that changes when she is almost killed in a not-so-accidental hit-and-run right before his eyes.
As Maylin leans on Gabriel, she begins to rely on him for more than just her safety. But as their attraction grows, so does the danger surrounding them. When the elaborate web they're trapped in unravels, Gabriel will do anything to protect them. Even if that means putting his heart in the crosshairs.
I love how this book begins! Maylin’s sister has gone missing in their parents native China and she can’t get any sort of help or information. So she approaches one of the security staff at an event she is catering only to be rebuffed. Gabe originally thought that Maylin was coming on to him however once he listened to her and realized the trouble her sister was in, he told her just how hopeless the case was. Gabe then watches as Maylin almost ran over and determines that there is more to this disappearance. So ensues the adventure of discovering what happens. Gabe’s ex-girlfriends wreak havoc between Gabe and Maylin.
I love the interaction and the camaraderie between the Centurion crew not to mention the name Centurion Corporation. It just screams power! From the first page to the last I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to find out what happens. Gabe is the hero that every woman dreams of while Maylin is a strong character who is a whizz in the kitchen and Piper J. Drake has whipped up the perfect recipe for an amazing series.
Guest Post From Piper J. Drake
I asked Piper to share some information about the Centurion Corporation with us and she was wonderful enough to agree!
Centurion Corporation and the Safeguard Division
The Centurion Corporation is an elite private organization providing expert resources forged in the world’s most challenging environments to fulfill military defense contracts around the globe. Founded by special operations veterans, the employment process includes a rigorous background and qualifications check. It is also recommended to have a letter of recommendation by someone already employed by Centurion Corporation or a respected affiliate.
Within the Centurion Corporation, organizational structure is a hybrid of military and corporate hierarchy. Headquarters is located in Washington DC and oversees contract acquisition, determining resource allocation and sending squadrons to hot spots around the world.
Each squadron is made up of four to five fire teams. Each fire team is comprised of four team members. Fire teams can be deployed independent of a squadron if necessary for smaller operations.
In Hidden Impact, Gabriel Diaz is in command of a fire team temporarily assigned to the Training and Recovery facilities to recuperate from injuries acquired overseas on previous missions. Through the course of events in the book, the Safeguard Division is introduced and discussed.
The future of Safeguard depends on Gabriel Diaz and his fire team.
The inspiration behind the Centurion Corporation…
The inspiration for the Centurion Corporation came from episodes of Doctor Who featuring Rory Williams. I wanted to create an entire ogranization with core principles to match the heart, conviction, and devotion demonstrated by Rory through his character arc as the Last Centurion.