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  • Defending Chloe

  • Mountain Mercenaries, Book 2
  • Written by: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Love is the best defense in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s explosive Mountain Mercenaries novel.

Gorgeous women don’t just stumble onto Ronan Cross’s remote property. But this one - vulnerable, victimized, and needing the kind of help only Ronan can offer - tells a story that makes his blood boil almost as hot as his need to protect her.

Since her father’s death, Chloe Harris has become a prisoner. Her own brother, a flesh peddler and low-level player in the Denver Mafia, is forcing her to sell her body for an endgame Chloe never saw coming: control over a vast fortune. Her only way out is to run - straight into the arms of the one hard-bodied man she can trust.

Defending Chloe could rain punishment down on the Mountain Mercenaries. Her brother has Mob connections and the local police in his pocket. But Ronan still has an edge - the unshakable loyalty of his deadly teammates. As well as an unquenchable thirst for retribution...and Chloe.

©2018 Susan Stoker. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Brennan
  • 2019-05-24

Stoker is good for a light read.

I enjoyed this story, much more because of the narrator who maintained if not completely accurate accents, at least consistent. Good inflections.

As for the author, I always have a bit of a hard time recommending Stoker's books because--as much as I enjoy them for snack-type books--they are hard to totally relax with since she has holes. She repeats things in the same book many times, and then says things from a previous book but incorrectly so you're all "NO! You said ____ not ___ and how you've retold it in this book changes the entire last book. ARG".

I think she just needs a good editor. For ALL of her stories.

That said, I really like the stories. I just have to remind myself to take them as good drama, good ideas, not the greatest execution, and when writing problems occur I simply pretend it didn't' happen--like one does for a bad episode of a favourite show. lol

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  • Lisa
  • 2020-05-22

I liked the story

Chloe has been under her brothers thumb for years. He’s been increasingly cruel and she’s finally ready to make her move to escape. When she stumbles across Ro, she has no idea that he will do anything to ensure that she’s safe. Even if fall8ng for her wasn’t his plan.

I’m loving the series so far, but sometimes I can’t believe the decisions these mercenaries make. For them to be such badasses, they find themselves some interesting binds. Also, while Chloe has been through hell and we know it, she was a pain at times and extremely naive during the story, but it was understandable. I was surprised how anticlimactic the ending was though.

Ro and Chloe had great chemistry and the major it of the story revolves around their time together, similar to Gray and Alley’s story. Again, loved the story and ready to check out the next in the series.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 2018-12-06

Great romance!

Another exciting story by Susan Stoker! The heroine in this story is Chloe, who is the daughter of a wealthy man. When her father is murdered, she loses her job and winds up living back at home with her brother who has taken over the family business. After things begin deteriorating when she doesn’t marry any of her brothers friends, he starts forcing her to work in his strip club. The hero meets her when she stumbles to his home one night and asks for the phone to call a ride. He just can’t stop thinking about her and the big bruise she had on her back. When he decides to try to make sure she’s ok, he finds her at the club and finds out she’s being forced to work there against her will. The men of the Mountain Mercenaries go to rescue her. Add in the mafia, her greedy brother and an unknown inheritance and it makes for a lively story. Narration was well done.

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  • GSKM in sc
  • 2022-07-20

Interesting read

This was an exciting story about a girl who has an abusive brother controlling her to get her in her money. Money she doesn’t know about. It is interesting the way everything turns out. Going to read more by this author. Narration was perfect in bringing the story to life. I mostly listened while reading, as Is my preferred method of enjoying the books. It really is nice to be able to switch reading and listening if I need to get supper started. Enjoy. HEA, no cheating, no cliffhanger just a teaser for the next book. A really good story.

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  • Kellee
  • 2019-02-13

Not for me...

I found this story to be very light weight and the lead female, Chloe, was so weak. She just let her brother and girlfriend run all over her. And she was OLDER than him (her brother). I was not impressed. Stella did a great job which is why I purchased this one. But I will not be following this series. This story was just not for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-08-17

storyline is good

the storyline is good it's just the execution is not so good there was gaps in the story the first story was so much better than this one I was disappointed in listening to this one yes there were some things that was repeated from the first story that could be a little annoying but overlooked there was gaps in the story I feel like the story may have been rushed a little bit and not carefully thought out not sure...... wish there was a male narrator

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  • Amanda
  • 2022-07-12

Loving the Mountain Mercenaries series

I love learning about each of the mountain mercenaries. The stories are similar in theme because they all work the same job but the backgrounds are different and I enjoy them.

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  • Melissa Hughes
  • 2022-07-01

VERY AMAZING BOOK

I am only on book 3 but this series is so well written. Susan Stoker out did her self again. WELL DONE

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  • Cyn
  • 2022-06-29

A great story that really pulls you in.

WOW a tough start when listening, I don't think I have been that mad in a long time. Just in the first chapter if you had given me a gun I would have taken care of Chloe's brother myself and jail be damn. I was to made I almost cut the audio off but decided to give it another chapter and I am glad I did. What poor Chloe and the other women went through really made me made and I do realize this kind of stuff goes on in real life and it really gets to me. After getting through the first few chapters I really enjoyed the story, it has a great plot with wonderful characters, there are a few surprises, a lot of chills and even a few thrills. Chloe's brother was a very evil man and I wish I could have seen what they did to him. I know this was just a story but the author really got inside my head, which many can't do, but Chloe became real to me. The author really touched a place in me that not many can do. This was a great book and my hats off to the author for really getting me going.

The narrator did a good job, I really didn't care for Rex's voice I liked it better in the first book but beside that I thought she did a great job. There were no repeating of words, no volume changes, there were a couple of places where she paused to long at the end of chapters but besides that it was good. Her character voice are good, her normal voice is very pleasant. You always know who is talking and what they are feeling, when Chloe had a hand over her mouth the narrator made it sound that way. She gives emotions and really makes you feel a part of the audio.

Bottom line this was a great audio that really pulled me in, making me feel emotions I really didn't want to feel.

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  • SER
  • 2022-06-15

Men You Can Trust!

Susan Stoker continues the Mountain
Mercenary series with Chloe & Ronan's
story. This is a light enjoyable read with
plenty of suspense & sexual heat to keep
the action moving. The narrator does a
good job of delineating the various characters.