Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Killeen, TX
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, Defending Harlow, Claiming Sarah, Shelter for Koren, Securing Piper, Defending Everly, Securing Zoey, Shielding Gillian, Securing Avery, Shielding Kinley, Trusting Skylar, Trusting Molly
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susan Stoker comes a new story in her Delta Force Heroes series…
After years of estrangement, Mercedes Laughlin has finally reconciled with her older brother. It should be the happiest time of her life, getting to know Truck and his new wife…and it would be, if an ex wasn’t causing her trouble. Add in Truck’s boss, Colonel Colton Robinson, an amazingly distracting man whom she met under embarrassing circumstances, and Macie’s got a bit more on her plate than she can handle.
From the moment they met, Colt was fascinated by Macie, and helping her through an anxiety attack at her brother’s wedding didn’t diminish the appeal. He’d do his best to sweep her off her feet, if not for a little voice telling him to tread lightly—until a frantic phone call changes the plan. Macie’s being targeted, and Colt’s determined to keep her safe while he and her brother eliminate the threat.
Colt isn’t about to let his friend lose his sister again so soon…or miss his own chance at a happy ending with Macie before they’ve barely had a beginning.
Rescuing Macie acts as a bridge between the recently ended Delta Force Heroes and the new series about a different Delta Force team. I am VERY excited about this! Susan Stoker’s books are ones I go to when I’m in a slump. I know there will be flawed characters, danger, strong female bonds, and badass men. Its like a warm blanket in book form!
Macie is Truck’s sister; They just recently reconciled and Macie has moved closer to Truck and Mary. She suffers from an anxiety disorder and Stoker did a very good job portraying that aspect of her life. Colt, the hero, is Truck’s commanding officer. He and Macie met at the wedding and had an instant connection. They are thrust back together when Macie’s apartment is broken into and she is in serious danger. Macie struggles daily with her anxiety disorder and Stoker really explains the toil it can take on a person and those around them. Colt is very understanding and accepting. He doesn’t force her to “get over” her fears or face them. He simply supports her and provides comfort as she faces the events that cause her strife.
Rescuing Macie will resonate deeply with anyone who struggles with anxiety, even if their struggle isn’t as intense as Macie’s. Readers will love the protective alpha male in Colt, the rebuilding bond between Truck and Macie, and the strong females throughout the story.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: military
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
- HEA: View Spoiler »
Other Susan Stoker books…then you will probably like Rescuing Macie!
He sat Macie gently on the counter in her bathroom. He leaned close and placed his hands on the cool tiles next to her hips and waited for her to open her eyes. It took several moments, but when she finally brought her beautiful brown eyes up to his, he wasn’t prepared for the jolt of electricity he felt.
Bringing one hand to her cheek, he was encouraged when she tilted her head and rested it on his palm. “You okay?” he asked softly.
She nodded and said, “No.”
He smiled at the contradiction. But he had a feeling she was being completely honest. “Where is your first-aid stuff?”
She lifted her head and gestured to a cabinet behind him.
Colt got to work getting the Band-Aids and hydrogen peroxide ready. When he turned around again, he had to take a deep breath. He’d purposely kept his mind off the fact that she was wearing only a tank top and a pair of short-shorts. But she’d dropped the blanket, and he couldn’t stop his eyes from tracking from her feet up her long legs to her curvy thighs. Her belly wasn’t flat, but she wasn’t overweight either. And her tits were lush and full. Even as he stared at her, he saw her nipples tighten under the cotton.
He finally looked up and saw she was examining him just as openly. Waiting until her gaze had traveled the length of his body, he finally said, “Let’s get you cleaned up so we can get out of here.”
She blushed when she looked up at him, but nodded.
Turning his thoughts away from how sexy he found her—but loving that she seemed to be just as interested in checking him out as he was her—Colt concentrated on cleaning the scrapes on her body. He put the bottle down on the counter and picked up one of her hands. The palm was scraped and red, and he hated knowing it was because she’d leapt out her fucking window into a tree. He hated every single bruise and mark on her smooth skin. Throughout his ministrations, she didn’t cry and didn’t make a sound. He knew he had to be hurting her, but she was stoic and calm as he tended to her wounds.
When he was finally satisfied that he’d cleaned the worst of her scratches, he helped her stand and wrapped the blanket back around her shoulders. “You need help packing?”
She considered his offer for a second, then shook her head. “How long will I be staying with you?”
Forever was on the tip of his tongue, but he held back the word, knowing it would stress her out…and that it was crazy.