~ About the Book ~
Series: SEAL of Protection #1
Author: Susan Stoker
Published: September 8th, 2014
Word Count: 62,000
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: Violence
Age Recommendation: 18+
~ Synopsis ~
**Protecting Caroline is a stand-alone love story. It is Book 1 in the SEAL of Protection Series**
Matthew “Wolf” Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn’t have to do it very often. He’d been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.
When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she’d ever seen. She also never expected he’d be so easy to talk to. She knew he’d never be interested in talking to her if he hadn’t been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.
Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she’d see, or need, Wolf, she’d be sorely mistaken.
Start the SEAL of Protection Series with Caroline and Wolf’s story.
~ Excerpt ~
Wolf didn’t say anything, just did what he’d desired to do the first time he saw her in the room. He reached over and gathered her into his arms. She was stiff at first, then she melted into him. She smelled of some sort of flowers. Maybe it was her shampoo, maybe it was a lotion she used, but it went straight to his head. He tightened his arms around her and Caroline lost it. She cried. She cried for being scared on the plane, she cried for being hurt, she cried remembering how alone and scared she felt in her apartment when only a thin piece of plastic kept a killer from knowing she was in the bathroom, she cried in relief that Matthew was back from his mission. Matthew rocked her and held her tight. He wasn’t used to a woman’s tears, but there was no way he was letting her go.
Finally her tears dried up and she only sniffed here and there. Wolf drew back a bit and looked at her face. She wasn’t a “cute crier”—her face was red and blotchy. She refused to raise her eyes. Wolf rubbed her cheeks with his thumbs and then lifted her chin up so Caroline had to look at him. He didn’t say anything just leaned down and touched her lips with his. It wasn’t a passionate kiss, but it felt right. It was a comforting kiss. It was exactly what she needed from him at that moment.
He pulled back and looked into her eyes. “You’re safe now. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure you stay that way.”
Caroline believed him. He was an honest to God hero. And for the moment, he was her hero. She tipped her chin up, reaching again for his lips with hers.
The second she moved, he was there. Wolf had tried to hold back with her. She was feeling vulnerable and he didn’t want to take advantage of her. But with the first touch of her lips against him, he was lost.
~ Review by Denise ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I get excited when I get to read special mission books they get my engines running. This is my first time reading this author also. The clencher in picking this one also was it featured a SEAL too. In this group there are six of them in a plane after they have been on a mission. The featured SEAL is Matthew even though you do get to meet all of them. They also all have nicknames with his being Wolf. They were all going towards California. After that though they are splitting up for a much needed vacation. Wolf and two others were going together to see another teammate who now served in another capacity due to an injury. Enter in Caroline who has the ability to go unnoticed wherever she is. She happens to get a seat next to Wolf who gets the middle of three. She feels so bad for him that she offers to switch so he can be more comfortable. This is really where the fun will begin. She over hears something very important when going to the loo that she goes back and tells Wolf not to drink the drinks being offered. He in turn signals to his two teammates not to either. Good thing because that is when danger happens. When the action erupts and the plane has chaos they and Caroline take care of things but with some casualties and injuries. She in turn gets her own nickname and honorary induction as one of them. This also is the beginning to a dangerous plot that has been interrupted and will not be tolerated. Caroline now also must be protected and who better than her own personal SEAL.
I know I would like my own SEAL. With the Feds there also seems to be something off about them and these SEALs mean to uncover it all while looking after Caroline. This author will take you by your collar, buckle you down and take you for a action packed thrilling ride. The sweet part too is the romance that will build between Caroline and her very own SEAL. This girl also is not written as some shy wimpy chick either. Even though she considers herself ordinary and unnoticeable she is actually much more than that with lots of depth to her character. I would rather be like Caroline any day than a Barbie. She will also receive lots of admiration and recognition that will be well deserved. There is more danger than most special ops or military based novels that will keep you holding your breath at times all the will keeping you glued to the very end when you think all might be lost it has only just begun. Guess who’s pin she is to take after all? Plus she gets her very own sex on a stick. I give Protecting Caroline 4 books.
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~ About the Author ~
Susan has been reading romance novels since middle school and once crossed out the names of the main characters in a book and changed them to her own and to the name of her crush. She’s been writing scenes for years, developing her unique writing style.
Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine “rescued” dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper).