Living in Southern California, Cheyenne was used to seeing hot military men as she went about her daily business. An anonymous encounter at the grocery store cemented her crush on one such man. He was big, built, and incredibly easy on the eyes, but it wasn't as if he would ever really notice her.
Always in control of any situation, Faulkner “Dude” Cooper knows explosives. As a bomb expert, he's lived through many high pressure situations. Disfigured by a bomb while on a mission, he's used to being looked at with pity. When he's called to a local supermarket to assist the local PD, the last thing he expects to find is a generous act of kindness performed by a beautiful, amazing woman. Enchanted by her selflessness in the face of danger and intrigued by her actions to save civilians she didn't know, Dude’s hooked.
Dude was able to save Cheyenne from the group of thugs trying to take her life, but when the past comes back to haunt them both, sometimes having the knowledge and the desire isn't enough to beat the countdown of the clock.
**Protecting Cheyenne is the 5th 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.
Well now I have a new respect for bomb squad members. Or explosive experts in general. This story hit a whole new level of "what the hell* more than once. It's among my top favorites. There were no slow parts, it was total action the whole way through. Susan did a fantabulous job! And I really do like Faulkner. He's a cool dude. (Cracks up)
Faulkner, aka Dude, is on a new mission. He's been called in to assist the local PD with a bomb threat at the local Kroger. (I mean it's a Kroger... Who bombs a grocery store? It's just crazy enough to be epic!) After he arrives he has to wait. The men are still in the place with hostages. There are three woman still in there. The men make them choose who is going to ‘deliver’ a message to the cops. The message… a damn bomb, of course. Cheyenne is the unlucky one to get the task, though she volunteers to do it since the others ‘have families’. In other words she was manipulated into it and didn’t see that. After a standoff the gunmen are taken out by snipers and that is when the real fun begins.
Dude make his way inside the store along with the local PD and Cheyenne, being the sweet, caring soul she is tries to make them just leave her. She doesn’t want to get anyone hurt. Dude finally convinces her to let him help. He gets the bomb defused and she is taken to the hospital with minor injuries. There is something that sparks in Dude at seeing her selflessness. Its something new to him, besides the woman that belong to his SEAL team partners all he sees is just woman wanting to bang a SEAL. They don't have any depth. Nothing inside them worth making heads or tails over. After a little thinking and needing to know that she is okay he shows up at the store where Cheyenne took a cab to so she could drive herself home after she leaves the hospital. Dude is a gentleman and gets her to let him take her home. Things progress from there. A friendship blossoms and they both hope its more than it is. Cheyenne though can’t seem to understand why Dude has a thing for her. She’s just.. plain. She doesn’t see her own worth.
Dude is determined to show her just what he sees. They have a few bumpy days, a few good days and with the help of the other woman, namely Caroline, Cheyenne gets to learn a little of the in and outs of dating a SEAL. She learns (as best as she can) how to adapt to the moods, the demanding nature he has and what it is that she can do for him to keep him happy. But for Dude all e needs is for her to he safe and happy for him to be happy. Life goes good for a few months. The girls all get closer and bond more as they spend time together and especially while the fellas are out on their missions. On a ‘girls night out’ things change for them all though. While Cheyenne, Summer and Alabama are in the bathroom of the bar a lady comes in and after asking a few questions of Cheyenne she takes them all hostage.
The three woman are taken from the bar, at gunpoint, and that is when things get a lot more intense. Alabama and Summer are taken to a cabin in the woods.. (*laughs* yeah, that is never a good thing) and left as a decoy for the boys. The shack is booby trapped of course. If the guys do find them and make a wrong move the whole thing will go up. Back at the bar Sam, Caroline and Fiona start to look for the girls when they never make it back from the bathroom. The team is called and it’s all hands on deck. Thanks to quick thinking, a phone call to Tex and a little of his magic they are able to track the girls to the cabin. Thankfully the girls are able to yell out to the fellas that the place is rigged. Dude gets to work getting them free all the while fretting over Cheyenne being taken by the kidnappers.
The kidnappers are idiots, I mean that was obvious, but they let the girls not only see their face but know what their names were. It didn't take much to track them down. But the hunt for Cheyenne wasn't over. Dude’s heart, and skills were put to the ultimate test. Can he do what he needs to do to save the love of his life? Can he make sure Cheyenne is with him forever more? Grab a copy and find out.
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 match.com 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,