Saturday, August 1, 2015

Barb's Book Review... Protecting Fiona

Protecting Fiona
Cookie "Hunter" Knox was good at his job, infiltrating behind enemy lines was one of his specialties. His SEAL team relied on him to do his job, just as he relied on them to do theirs. Ever since two of his teammates found a woman that completed them, their dangerous Ops seemed a bit more intense. Cookie knew if he had a woman who belonged to him, he'd never let her go. Little did he know the SEAL team's latest mission to Mexico would change his life forever.

Fiona Storme resigned herself to the fact that it was highly unlikely she would make it out of the jungle alive. Kidnapped by human traffickers, abused, and without family or friends looking for her, Fiona knew wishing for rescue was as realistic as having a big, juicy hamburger fall from the sky. Unbeknownst to Fiona, the SEAL team, including Cookie, were on the way, but their assignment didn't consist of rescuing her.

**Protecting Fiona is the 3rd book in the SEAL of Protection Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it's recommended you read the books in order to get maximum enjoyment out of the series.

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Another great story from Susan. Having this series on audible has been one of the best investments of the month. (lol) It makes the characters and the story have more heart for me. There was a little grumbling from me at the end. I think the ending was a little rushed, I would liked to have seen more there but overall it was a great book!

What started off as a simple snatch and grab for the team ended with a whole lot more. Wolf’s SEAL team was called out to rescue a girl, a senator's daughter from presumed sex traffickers. She was snatched from Vegas and taken into Mexico. See what happens when ya go to Vegas?? (laughs) They were not going after this girl just because she was a senator’s daughter. No they were going because none of them could leave a girl in a predicament like that. Sex trafficking was one sure fire way to piss some SEALs off. They would get her back any way they could.

The team split up once in Mexico. They each had an assigned task and they got straight to business. Cookie (Hunter) was sent to do the extraction. He was to slip in, then slip out and meet the chopper at the rendezvous point. When he arrived at the camp in the middle of the Mexican jungle he made his way into the ram-shackled shack and found the Senator's daughter, Julie. As he ordered her to change into long pants and a long sleeved shirt he got her to the place where he came in. Something stopped him though. He needed to take one last look. That’s when he saw something. There was another woman in the shack. Cookie hurried to get her unchained and got them out of there. Fiona, the other woman was an unexpected surprise but SEALs are trained to think on their toes. He had no clothes or shoes for her but she vowed, no matter how hard it would be to not slow him down. She was grateful she was being rescued even if he wasn’t there for her.

When things don’t work out as planned its time for plan B. All SEALs teams know plan B is really plan A but you have to try an easier way first. After 2 days, 10 miles of Mexican jungle, they make it to the new rendezvous point. The chopper shows up and then all hell breaks lose. Literally. Being they are in the jungle with all sorts of bad people things get heated quickly. Shots ring out. Panic sets in and the survival instincts kick in. Cookie (Hunter) is shot after getting Julie on the chopper. Fiona doing the only thing she can manages to get him to the ladder, strapped on so the guys can pull him up and waits. Luckily they are able to get her out as well. Cookie makes sure the boys know Fi as he calls her is important to him. They have to keep her safe.

When they arrive at a safe house after dropping Julie off to her father things go south for Fiona and fast. The assholes who had kidnapped her had her hooked to drugs. So between that, the fact that she had been in that hell hole for 3 months and her body was dead tired she collapses. The team is able to get to her and then things heat up. Her withdrawals are so bad they make her so out of it by the time she wakes out of her stupor a week has passed. It had been a hard week on the guys. They were basically helpless as her body dealt with withdrawals. They were there for her and each other none-the-less. Part of the team headed home to Cali but Cookie, Dude and Bennie had stayed with her. Cookie needed the help since his shoulder was healing from his own GSW. A few more days had passed and during that time the boys learned of what had happened to her. How she became to be in Mexico.

With some coaxing she agreed to come back with Cookie to California. Things are better with them until the team gets called out on a mission. Fiona goes shopping with Caroline and Alabama and her PTSD kicks in when she sees two Hispanic men in the store. She reverts back to her time in the shack. Being kidnapped. She has a complete breakdown. Caroline and Alabama try to comfort her but they know the only one that can do that is Hunter. When Caroline and Alabama wake the next day and find Fiona gone… panic sets in. Caroline calls Tex and he gets to working his magic. He finds her of course. With his help they are able to get word to Hunter and get his ass back home. And it takes Tex, Hunter and a psychologist to get through to her. She needs the help to recuperate and recover from her ordeal.

Though as she learns quickly, with Hunter at her side she can overcome anything. All in a little time.

About the Author:
Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She is quite the romantic and even met the love of her life on "Hotmail classified" before online dating and sites like even existed!

Susan has been reading romance novels since middle school and once crossed out the names of the main characters in a book and changed them to her own and to the name of her crush. She's been writing scenes for years, developing her unique writing style.

Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine "rescued" dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper). If you love romance and want to help her support adopting great dogs,

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