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As tough as Everly Adams may be, the Colorado Springs SWAT officer is near a breaking point. Her fifteen-year-old half-sister, Elise, has disappeared from Los Angeles without a trace, and the window to find her is closing fast. Committed to the search is Mountain Mercenary Kannon “Ball” Black. He and Everly already have a history—of rubbing each other the wrong way.

Still, Everly has to admit the man is heart-stopping. His brash alpha swagger takes her breath away. And most importantly, as a former Coast Guard first responder, Ball has what it takes to bring Elise home.

Nobody’s buying the LAPD’s “runaway” theory. And the fear that Elise is the victim of a human trafficking ring is a gut-punch that Everly and Ball can’t ignore. If only the trail were that clear cut. Because the one they’re following is more insidious and intimately dark than they could have imagined.

Now as the bond between Everly and Ball grows stronger, so does the heat. And as the stakes rise, so does the danger.

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NICUnurse’s Review of Defending Everly by Susan Stoker

I read a lot of books each year because I’m a book blogger. But because I read so much, sometimes I find myself in a true book slump and nothing seems to grab my attention and keep it. When that happens, I usually turn to one of Susan Stoker’s books because somehow along the way, hers have become something like a palate cleanser for me. I’ve been a long-time fan of her romantic suspense and military romance books. I can’t claim to be a super fan since I haven’t read them all (yet), but I’ve read many of them. Gearing up for the holidays, I found myself in one of my book slumps so Defending Everly came along just in time to snap me out of it. 

Defending Everly is the 5th book in Susan Stoker’s Mountain Mercenaries series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone book. I always recommend reading all the books in a series (at least if I love them like I do Susan Stoker’s books) because you tend to be more connected with all of the characters and can appreciate their backstories and how they all contribute to the current book you’re reading. But it’s not necessary to read all of them in this series (even though I highly recommend them!). 

Kannon “Ball” Black came across as kind of a jerk at the end of book 4. Thankfully, we learn so much more about his history in Defending Everly and can understand where he was coming from. And eventually, so does Everly Adams. Tough as nails and a kickass SWAT officer, Everly is nowhere near the type of woman either of his exes were. Working together to find her missing sister, he finally realizes that she’s someone he can trust (and more)…and she figures out the same in him.

NICUnurse’s Rating: As a longtime lover of Susan Stoker’s books, I can’t think of any of them I wouldn’t recommend to those people out there that love romantic suspense and military romance books. Defending Everly is no exception. It’s a quick read, too, which is perfect for this time of year. With all kinds of sexy alpha males who are not afraid to let their women shine but would still go to the ends of the Earth to keep them safe, Susan Stoker’s Mountain Mercenaries series is one of my go-to options any time. 

I give Defending Everly 4 out of 5 propellers!

About Susan Stoker


Susan Stoker is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Claiming Felicity, Claiming Bailey, Claiming Grace, and Claiming Alexis in the Ace Security series. A lover of alpha heroes, Susan is also the author of the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes series. Married to a retired Army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri and California to Colorado and Texas—and currently lives under the big skies of Tennessee. She is a true believer in happily ever after and enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her at www.stokeraces.com.

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