Series: Mountain Mercenaries #5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Colorado Springs, CO
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Defending Allye, Defending Chloe, Defending Morgan, Defending Harlow
Also by this author: Protecting Cheyenne (SEAL of Protection #5), Justice for Mackenzie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #1), Protecting the Future, Rescuing Rayne, Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Rescuing Emily, Justice for Boone, Rescuing Harley, Shelter for Adeline, Marrying Emily, Claiming Grace, Rescuing Kassie, Protecting Kiera, Claiming Alexis, Shelter for Sophie, Rescuing Bryn, Justice for Erin, Claiming Bailey, Rescuing Casey, Claiming Felicity, Justice for Milena, Rescuing Sadie , Rescuing Wendy, Shelter for Blythe, Defending Allye, Defending Chloe, Securing Caite, Defending Morgan, Rescuing Macie, Defending Harlow, Claiming Sarah, Shelter for Koren, Securing Piper, Securing Zoey, Shielding Gillian, Securing Avery, Shielding Kinley
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.
Defending Everly continues the Mountain Mercenaries series and this time, none of the main characters are in danger! Everly is a member of the CSPD SWAT team and very capable of taking care of herself in times of crisis. However, she needs the Mountain Mercenaries to help find her missing 15 year old sister, Elise. Ball is assigned to the task and he couldn’t be more upset about it.
Ball has issues with women. First, his partner ruined his career in the Coast Guard. Then his fiancee left him when he needed her the most. Now, Ball has a bad opinion of all women. This is ridiculous of course, and thankfully, he does eventually see the error in his assumptions. Everly has some issues to overcome as well-guilt, inability to ask for help, etc. These two build a very slow relationship which was perfect for the story. Everly is trying to get setting into her new life and balance everything she has going on. Ball is still trying to learn to trust that not every woman is like his ex partner and his ex fiancee.
The danger is sporadic throughout Defending Everly as well. There is a lot of action in the beginning as they hunt for Everly, then a period where everything seems normal again, then BAM-danger. The story tackles the real issue of human trafficking and stalking. Stoker does a good job of addressing the dangers of online communication! Overall, fans of real life issues, romantic suspense, and mature characters will appreciate Defending Everly!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: police, human trafficking, dysfunctional family
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Elize is kidnapped and then stalked « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler