Series: Delta Force Heroes #5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Rescuing Rayne, Rescuing Emily, Rescuing Harley, Marrying Emily
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, Protecting Kiera, Claiming Alexis, Shelter for Sophie
Graham "Hollywood" Caverly feels the chemistry with Kassie Anderson in the emails they've been exchanging through a dating site. When they finally meet in person, and that online chemistry proves to have real-life sizzle, he knows she's the one. He couldn't be happier when their first date, at an annual Army Ball, goes better than he could have imagined. Until Kassie drops a bomb.
Kassie doesn't want to approach Hollywood on the dating site, but threats to her family leave her no other choice. She definitely doesn't want to fall for the man. But fall she does. Hard. After she admits the ruse--and after some understandable anger on both their parts--Kassie wonders if, in Hollywood's arms, a happy future is within her grasp.
But her past always finds her, and in Kassie's case, that's a dangerous proposition--because she's connected to an old enemy of Hollywood's Delta Force team. Very intimately connected... And it will take Hollywood, his Delta brothers, and even some outside help to do what should have been done the first time--eliminate the threat once and for all.
** Rescuing Kassie is the 5th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
Rescuing Kassie is the book I have been waiting for because Stoker has given us lots of little teasers! Kassie’s abusive ex, Jacks, is well known to the team for kidnapping Emily and Annie. However, even from prison, he is still trying to torment the Delta Force team he blames for everything. He threatens his ex into doing whatever he says in order to get revenge. I was glad that Kassie comes clean to Hollywood very early. I was afraid the story would center around her keeping the secret and him eventually finding out after they had been together for awhile. That isn’t the route Stoker takes and I am glad for it.
Kassie continues to be threatened by Jacks’ friend, Dean. She has to feed him intel about the Delta Force team or else he will kidnap her sister. Kassie struggles to really believe in the attraction between Hollywood and herself based on the fact it all started as a lie. She can’t understand how he can trust her so quickly. Honestly, her doubt actually was the most believable part for me. You all know I don’t mind insta-love at all. But, I do get annoyed with the constant flowery professions of undying love on every page. Hollywood loves a good speech. While I get that he does this to convince Kassie he is for real, I found myself rolling my eyes a few times because it was just too much for me.
Props to Stoker for using some kickass words: douchecanoe (you all know this is my favorite), douchenugget, and buttmunch (seriously-why don’t people use this more?!?). I also loved getting more of Annie, who is always a hoot. While sometimes the plot felt slow because of Hollywoods monologues of love, overall the story was great. I liked the reintroduction of Jacks as a plot device and Kassie was a great heroine. It was easy to see why she initially fell for Jacks and that helped make her such a relatable character.
Revenge, blackmail, and true love abound in Rescuing Kassie! Susan Stoker never fails to make me swoon for her hot military men!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: revenge, crazy ex
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series (it would be helpful to have read rescuing Emily in order to understand the whole issue with Jacks)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes of course « Hide Spoiler