Series: SEAL of Protection Book #1
Author: Susan Stoker
Blurb: 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.
Thoughts: How I managed to go this long without ever reading a Susan Stoker novel I have no idea! This was my first book by her, and I have to say as soon as I read the blurb I was hooked and just had to have it!
While the story itself was amazing, I have to admit the characters are what really did it for me – Caroline, in particular. I felt such a connection with her character, and there were simply times I was almost brought to tears by the strength of her character. And the interaction between her and the SEAL team? So poignant and humbling. I loved the connection between her and these big, tough SEAL team members – and how they all accepted her as one of them. I hope to see more of her in the upcoming books – as well as get more from this sexy military team!
If I had to nitpick, trust me they would be mild complaints. For some readers there might be a little too much detail and information on other characters of the SEAL team with the obvious intent of prepping for future books – but, come on, not all that surprising for the first book in a series. I feel that always detracts a little from the main characters in the book though. In this case, it did…but it didn’t – it also made it possible to have this amazing connection between Caroline and all the SEALs….not just Wolf. I also had a little bit of that “outside looking in” feeling, particularly during the first half of the book. It took a little bit for me to begin to really feel connected to the story and the characters – again, I put that down toward the build-up of ‘first book in a series’.
All in all, a great start to spectacular new series! Can’t wait for the rest!!
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