Series: Silverstone #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Indianapolis, IN
Source: ARC, NetGalley
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
Former military operative Carson “Bull” Rhodes hasn’t dated seriously since he and his teammates left the army. Since then he’s opened Silverstone Towing—which is a front for his other job: hired killer. When kindergarten teacher Skylar Reid calls for help while stranded on the side of the interstate, the attraction is instant. The problem is Bull’s career has jaded him. Skylar’s innocent, and he wants to keep her that way.
Cautious by nature, Skylar never expected to fall in love with her tow truck driver. Even so, once Bull reveals what he really does for a living, she’s not sure she can handle it. When Skylar faces threats that have nothing to do with Bull’s job but are just as deadly, the stakes are higher than ever.
With the help of the Silverstone team, Bull will use everything he’s learned over the years to bring the woman he loves home—because the alternative is unthinkable.
Trusting Skylar kicks off a new series for Stoker called Silverstone. It is on Kindle Unlimited as well so yay! In this series, a group of ex Delta Force soldiers leave the Army and start doing black ops for the FBI all under the cover of running at towing company in Indianapolis. It sounded a bit excessive to me, but it really did work.
Carson “Bull” loves being a co-owner of Silverstone Towing, loves his Delta Force brothers who are now his business partners, and loves his work ridding the world of terrorists. He meets Skylar on a pick up for the towing company and is immediately smitten with her. Skylar is certainly an optimist and she is a bit naive. She works in an economically disadvantaged school district as a kindergarten teacher, so she experiences the struggles of her students’ families, but she doesn’t ever consider that someone might be nefarious or deceitful. For a 32 year old, this did seem a bit unbelievable, but as you learn more about her, I think it’s not that she doesn’t imagine people do bad things, its just that she won’t believe that in people without proof. This is the complete opposite of Bull and, I think, the majority of the population. Bull is a cynic because he has seen the worst the world has to offer.
The suspense portion of the plot in Trusting Skylar doesn’t really get going until the last bit of the story, but it is a doozy! There is certainly mortal peril. The other conflict of the plot is personal between Bull and Skylar regarding his secret ops. I understood Skylar’s initial reaction; while normally I prefer the conflict to be external to the couple, this conflict was not manufactured simply for the sake of having conflict, and they have a mature discussion-with each other and with friends-to help them understand the situation.
I think this is a great start to a new series and I am really looking forward to book 2 after the brief preview at the end of Trusting Skylar!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: damsel in distress, secret identity, opposites attract
- Triggers: View Spoiler »allusions of child abuse; pedophilia « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler