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Defending Everly

Defending Everly, December 2019
Mountain Mercenaries #5
by Susan Stoker

Montlake Romance
308 pages
ISBN: 1542015383
EAN: 9781542015387
Kindle: B07RKTK8MY
Trade Size / e-Book
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"Another amazing addition to the Mountain Mercenaries series!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Defending Everly
Susan Stoker

Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted December 5, 2019

Romance Suspense | Romance Military

DEFENDING EVERLY is the fifth book in the wonderful Mountain Mercenaries series by Susan Stoker. The men in this unique group are tough, take no prisoners alphas. This is a group with some unusual names and a leader they have never met who seems to have the ability to get impossible things done. Whenever they find a woman or child being abused and in danger, they will do everything or anything to make things right. Once again, Ms. Stoker gives you something to think about. This story deals with deafness, human trafficking, drug abuse, pedophilia and wrong assumptions. This story is a real eye-opener. The 15-year-old young lady in this story is lured away from home because she thinks she is texting someone her own age that she considers a friend who cares about her. In actuality, she is texting with a pedophile. And what makes the story even more difficult is that this teenager is deaf.

I never really wondered how a deaf person functions under these circumstances. Imagine how frightening it can be to be kidnapped and taken to an unfamiliar place and to not be able to communicate or ask for help.

Everly Adams is a SWAT officer in Colorado Springs who is near her breaking point when she finds out that her 15-year-old half-sister is missing in Los Angeles. Time is of the essence when the Mountain Mercenaries come on board to help her find her sister. At the time that Rex gives the Mountain Mercenaries this assignment Kannon "Ball" Black really puts his foot in it when he starts mouthing off about Everly. He has no idea she is standing right behind him when he starts giving his opinion about her. Now the two of them head to Los Angeles in search of her sister with a rocky start.

This is a great story about preconceived notions and wrong perceptions. It was great to see a former Coast Guard first responder go out of his way to learn sign language in order to communicate with this teenager and make her feel comfortable. When Ball and Everly let down their walls they find an unbreakable bond. And as usual, the Mountain Mercenaries go full force when anyone they care about is threatened.

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The stakes are personal, hot, and dangerous in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s riveting Mountain Mercenaries novel.

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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