Audio Review: Protecting Caroline by Susan Stoker

Audio Review: Protecting Caroline by Susan StokerProtecting Caroline by Susan Stoker
Series: SEAL of Protection #1
Published by Stoker Aces Production on September 9, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Stella Bloom
Source: Audible
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three-stars

**Protecting Caroline is a stand-alone love story. It's 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

I’ve mentioned this before, but I am totally a sucker for a romance where the hero at some point rescues the heroine. I also love books where the heroine saves the day, too, of course. Anyway, I was looking for a new audiobook via the Audible Romance Package, and came across Protecting Caroline by Susan Stoker. Although I wasn’t impressed by the one Stoker book I read before,  I decided to give the audio a try (because it was clear rescuing was involved!). Honestly, a lot of Protecting Caroline was a bit cringey, but I also couldn’t stop reading and have now binged the whole series.

Protecting Caroline is about Navy SEAL Matthew “Wolf” Steel and quiet, over-looked scientist Caroline. Wolf and a few of his SEALs are flying to the east coast to visit a friend. His seat mate on the plane is Caroline. When Caroline realizes that there is something fishy going on on the flight, she lets Wolf know. Of course she ends up saving the day there, and connects with Wolf. But it looks like Caroline’s life is in danger again, and Wolf and his team try to figure out how to protect her.

So . . . this book. It was cringe-y and eye-rolly – and I binged the whole series. Let’s talk about Caroline first. So, Caroline is shy, and quiet, and over-looked. She’s almost invisible, and it seriously got to be too much. But what was truly insane was how self-sacrificing Caroline was. It was over the top! Besides that Caroline was an okay heroine. I mean, she’s kind of perfect, but I think she’s kind and intelligent.

Wolf is a typical alpha-hero. He’s a SEAL, and is used to being in charge. He can handle less-than-ideal situations. I liked that Wolf was, for the most part, pretty committed to Caroline (although he was a little idiotic at the end). The romance was okay. The heat level was super low, but I did somewhat feel Wolf and Caroline’s connection.

The suspense aspect was a pretty big part of the novel. The book did get a little gorey for my tastes. I also felt like certain parts didn’t completely gel with me. Like why the baddie did what he did. Like why???? I never find out.

I definitely had some issues with it, and yet I binged the whole series back to back. It has some aspects that I love in a romance novel ( a hero rescuing a heroine, not a lot of angst, some suspense). But it also had some ridiculous moments. So, Protecting Caroline by Susan Stoker is not for everyone, but if it could be your catnip.

three-stars

4 Responses to “Audio Review: Protecting Caroline by Susan Stoker”

  1. Nick

    Caroline sounds a bit too over the top. I always worry with romantic suspense books that the suspense will overtake the romance. It sounds like even with its issues, this book was hard to put down.

  2. Rowena

    Hmm, this doesn’t sound like anything that I’d read…at least not right now but I appreciate your taking the time to review this one. Great review, Quinn. I’m on the Audible Romance Package and I spend quite a bit of time looking up books to listen to at work. I love that thing.

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