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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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  • Km
  • 2021-02-17

Good

Action packed exciting romance suspense, but it deals with sex trafficking and might trigger if you have a history with rape or abuse.

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  • Ap2514
  • 2021-01-05

A great series

I’m really glad I started this series. This book is a great follow up to the first book and while it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone it’s helpful if you’ve read the first book because the characters overlap.

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  • Susan M
  • 2020-11-19

Excellent Read.

I can always rely on Susan Stoker for an engaging story with great characters.

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  • Suzanne L Smith Blake
  • 2020-10-11

Woderfullll!..! :)

So much fun.... :) I can't for the next!..! :) Like a bag of potato chips I can't stop wanting another and another....! :)

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  • Pennie Morgan
  • 2020-08-18

Defending Chloe

This one has been waiting on my queue to listen to for a while and today while driving I brought it up and it was great! Chloe is clueless for why her brother has turned on her and basically sold her into a life of prostitution and working for the mob but she wants out and has a plan to run away. She tried before and stumbled upon Ro Cross and he cannot get her off mind. The Mountain Mercenaries step in and first kidnap her from her brother and then keep her safe while they figure out what is going on. You don't mess with the mob...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-02

can't stop listening!

loved it!! Susan Stoker is another favorite author. can't stop now got to finish this series!

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  • Kentucky Bohemian
  • 2020-07-17

Insta-Love Rocks

Sweet British Bobbies. There isn't a thing about Ronan and Chloe's story that isn't just hotter than the surface of the sun. We've got the seemingly humble brute of a man who is actually a trained and ruthless protector: strong and silent when he should be, but alpha when he needs to be, and always loyal to the death. He's extremely protective of women and children, although he finds a strong and brave woman incredibly sexy. He's survived the crucible and come through it a stronger and better man with his morals firmly in place. As an added bonus, he's got a wicked British accent.

Ronan hasn't been able to get Chloe out of his mind since she stumbled across him one day in obvious distress. So he had his friends do some digging... and found some serious dirt. Now he's on a mission to save the woman who captured his mind in just a few brief minutes, because there's just something about her. He can't let it go, even when Rex, his boss, tells him to back off.

This is the second in the Mountain Mercenaries series, and it's as hot and worthy as the first. Susan Stoker really knows how to write 'em--there's no down time here. Just a well written story line that flies by, a cast of characters that engage from the beginning, strong, smart, protective men that will do anything to help out those in distress, and a beautiful, intelligent woman who didn't deserve the trouble she found herself in. This story includes the men of the Mountain Mercenary team from the first book, but it can be read as a stand-alone book without any problem. Readers should be aware that the situations in this story are gritty and realistic, therefore violence and adult language can be expected. Love scenes are also pretty passionate, so consider this an adult 18+ read. If kidnapping is a trigger point, the reader might need to consider that before reading this story as it does have a strong place in the story line.

So, enjoy this beautiful story full of passion and heart with a strong man and an equally strong woman who face the dragons together to create a new world.