Series: Silverstone #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Indianapolis, IN
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Trusting Skylar
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, Shielding Gillian, Securing Avery, Shielding Kinley, Trusting Skylar
From New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker comes a heart-pounding installment in the Silverstone series about a love-shy ex-military man and a beautiful scientist reeling from a family tragedy.
When Mark “Smoke” Chamberlin ventures into the Nigerian jungle with his team of government assassins, his mission is clear: get in, kill the target, and make it out alive. With his extensive military experience, Smoke has no problem heading into dangerous territory. When it comes to love, though, he’s always been a little wary. But then he meets the beautiful, intrepid Molly Smith.
Schoolteacher Molly has been trying to outrun a lifetime of bad luck, and now she finds herself kidnapped along with a hundred schoolgirls in the jungle. But when Smoke finds them, Molly thinks her luck might be turning around—until she returns to the US to find her beloved grandparents murdered.
Devastated by their deaths and mystified by the turn of events, Molly turns to Smoke for comfort. But as Molly and Smoke grow closer, a different threat emerges…one that will put their relationship to the test and their lives in grave danger.
Trusting Molly starts off with some crazy stuff! Boko Harem have kidnapped women and girls and is keeping them in the Nigerian rainforest. Of those kidnapped is American Molly-who was there to teach the girls about environmental engineering.
Molly has been abandoned by the American government and her employer. Oh, and while she is being held prisoner, someone kills the only family she has left. So yeah, things are crappy for her big time. Enter the Silverstone guys-there to kill the lead terrorist. Again, we have the insta-connection happening, but this time its Smoke and Molly. These two have some things in common which I think made it more acceptable for them to feel that instant connection. However, it was just awkward for me. He saves her, then he moves her into his house for safety?
I understood Molly’s negative life view and I felt like she was told multiple times to “just not think like that” which really minimized her feelings in my opinion. Yes, of course things would seem less terrible if she didn’t frame them in the negative, but the girl has had a shit life! Telling anyone to just change the way they think is degrading. It’s like telling someone with depression to just “be happy”. I think that was what bothered me the most about the story. Molly needed counseling, not some ex-military men telling her life wasn’t so bad.
I know I’m being critical; there were things I liked about the story. First, there is plenty of action. Second, the romance is hot. Overall, I think Trusting Molly was good-there were just some things that really rubbed me wrong.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: damsel in distress, stalker, kidnapping
- Triggers: View Spoiler »
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
- HEA: View Spoiler »