Series: Mountain Mercenaries #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Colorado Springs, CO
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Defending Allye, Defending Chloe, Defending Harlow, Defending Everly
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, Rescuing Macie, Defending Harlow, Claiming Sarah, Shelter for Koren, Securing Piper, Defending Everly, Securing Zoey
Protection leads to passion in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s dangerously hot Mountain Mercenaries adventure.
Dispatched to the Dominican Republic to rescue a kidnapped child, former Navy SEAL Archer “Arrow” Kane makes a startling discovery: another hostage—Morgan Byrd, a very beautiful and very well-known missing person who disappeared off the streets of Atlanta a year ago. She’s brave, resilient, and unbroken. All Arrow wants to know is why she ended up in a shack in Santo Domingo. All he feels is the desire to protect.
Morgan is done being the victim and is determined to find out who hates her so much that they want her gone—but not dead. Until then, she has Arrow, an alpha stranger who’s offering a warm and safe place to hide. But as the passion between them flares, so does the fear that whoever took Morgan will do anything to get her back. For Arrow, protecting this woman with a mysterious enemy is the most dangerous mission of his life. And it’s worth every beat of his heart.
Defending Morgan is the continuation of the Mountain Mercenaries series but you could read this as a stand alone. The team is in the Dominican Republic to rescue a child who was kidnapped by her biological father and taken from the US. However, when they arrive to rescue the child, they find a woman who has been missing for a year. They can’t leave her behind, but getting her out of the country will be challenging.
Again, there is the insta-love factor in play. Arrow feels an instant pull to Morgan. What Morgan has been through is horrific, but she manages to hold herself together while they attempt a rescue. Once she is back in the USA, there is still the lingering question: Who had her kidnapped but explicitly told the kidnappers NOT to kill her? Arrow and the Mountain Mercenaries aren’t going to let anything happen to Morgan and they dive into trying to untangle her complicated relationships to see who might have done this horrible thing to her.
While the insta-love is apparent, I appreciated that Morgan and Arrow didn’t jump right into bed together. It made it feel a bit more realistic, given what Morgan has been through and all. Honestly, I figured out who the ‘bad guy’ was pretty quickly and the plot felt a bit trite at times. However, Defending Morgan has all the hallmarks of a great Stoker Romance: exotic locales, insta-love, danger, and sexy times.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: on the run, ex military, kidnapping
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Morgan was kidnapped and raped for a year « Hide Spoiler
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