Shielding Gillian by Susan Stoker


Posted April 18, 2020 in review Tags: ,

Shielding Gillian by Susan StokerShielding Gillian by Susan Stoker
Pages: 352

Series: Delta Team Two #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Austin, TX
Source: Library
Also in this series: Shielding Kinley
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, Defending Everly, Securing Zoey, Securing Avery, Shielding Kinley
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As an event planner, Gillian Romano’s an expert at rolling with the punches and solving unexpected problems. But her flight getting hijacked while returning from a job is definitely out of her skill set. Passengers are being murdered, and when she’s chosen by the terrorists to be their mouthpiece, even more innocent lives rest on Gillian’s shoulders. Only the calm, reassuring voice on the other end of the line keeps her sane, forging a bond with a stranger she’s never seen but trusts with her life.

Walker “Trigger” Nelson and his Delta Force team have spent years training for close-quarter hostage rescue. When they get called to South America to attempt to save an airplane full of hostages, he doesn’t expect to meet a woman who rocks his world in the middle of the op. Gillian’s cool head and bravery in the face of certain terror—and possible death—blows him away. Any outcome that doesn’t include Gillian leaving that plane alive and well is not an option.

After their safe return to Texas, both Trigger and Gillian are excited to find out if their instant chemistry can survive the real world. Neither realizing that someone isn’t happy with the outcome of the hijacking, and is watching, waiting, for a second chance to strike.

** Shielding Gillian is the 1st book in the Delta Team Two Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

Shielding Gillian kicks off the new Delta Team 2 series and I am here for it! The story follows the same pattern as her other books: woman in danger, hot military man to the rescue, things return to normal expect for the insta-love between the two, then more danger. I actually enjoy the pattern, so I don’t say this as a dig. However, I do know that some people don’t enjoy this type of plot pattern, so I want to be up front.

Gillian is on a plane that is hijacked and she is used as the go between for the terrorists and the authorities. Even during this horrible ordeal, she finds she has feelings for her savior, Trigger (whose real name is Walker). She and a few other hostages survive and she goes back to her normal life. When Trigger finally pulls his head out of his ass and goes to see her, he screws things up, but they move past it. They fall into a routine of dating while living in different cities, and then more danger.

I liked Gillian as a heroine. She is independent and intelligent. She is also honest in a very in-your-face kind of way at times. She has a solid group of friends and caring family. She is, for all intents and purposes, just a normal woman. Trigger is an alpha hero for sure. He isn’t a jerk or a misogynist; just very vocal and protective. He certainly has some panty dropping lines!

Overall, Shielding Gillian was perfect for my pandemic induced reading slump because it provided an escape. At a time when the world is in upheaval, it was comforting to have a book that delivers exactly what I need.

 

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The Linear Tactical series by Janie Crouch, The Code 11 KPD-SWAT series by Lani Lynn Vale…then you will probably like Shielding Gillian!

 

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About Susan Stoker

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling 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's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

You can connect with Susan Stoker via her webpage, Facebook, twitter, or her Facebook group, Stoker Aces! She also has her own Kindle Worlds series!

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