Series: SEAL of Protection #2
Published by EverAfter Romance on June 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Alabama didn t have a good start to life. Emotionally and physically abused by her mama, Alabama spent her high school years in foster care. People let her down, time after time, and she d learned to rely on only herself.
Christopher Abe Powers earned his nickname because he tolerated nothing less than absolute honesty from the people around him. Finding the bar scene stale and having watched his friend and teammate, Wolf, find the woman of his dreams, Abe was determined to find someone to share his life with too. Alabama and Abe had no idea their paths would cross and their prayers would be answered, but like most things in life, nothing is ever as easy as it seems at first. Two words would change both their lives and they d have to fight hard for their happy ever after."
**Review contains spoilers**
Protecting Alabama is the second book in the SEAL of Protection series and, honestly, I had so many issues with this one! Alabama had some serious trauma from her mother as a child, and had some issues because of it. She’s worked hard, and has a steady job as a janitor at a real estate company. When the company holds a party for the employees, she meets Christopher as he’s attending with his almost-ex girlfriend who is a realtor. Christopher knows it’s time to end it with his girlfriend, and then meets Alabama. There is a fire at party, and Alabama ends up saving the day. Christopher and Alabama fall for each other and Alabama confesses some of her triggers from her past.
So Alabama is a typical Stoker heroine. She’s just so good, it’s almost obnoxious. She’s extremely self-sacrificing. I did like Alabama, although I found her to be very unrealistic. Christopher was okay in the beginning. He was sweet and definitely committed to his relationship with Alabama. But then the crazy stuff happens.
Alabama is accused of a crime, and arrested. When she finally gets ahold of Christopher he assumes she actually committed the crime, says some stuff to her that reminds her of her traumatic past (ON PURPOSE!!! He realizes this as he’s saying it), and leaves her there. Yeah, Christopher is totally an asshole and there was nothing that would change my mind on that. Alabama has a little meltdown and retreats into herself. She ends up spending a few nights in jail, and when she’s released, she just sort of ends up on the streets. You guys, I am not even kidding. She just sort of accepts it. It’s so weird.
Christopher of course realizes that error of his ways, but it’s too late and he can’t find her. Obviously he does eventually with the help of his friends, but Alabama can’t trust him. For some reason they do actually end up together at the end, but I have to tell you I was so not on board for that! Protecting Alabama was just not my cup of tea, and I honestly can’t recommend it unless you are totally addicted to the series.Protecting Fiona by Susan Stoker
Series: SEAL of Protection #3
Published by Stoker Aces Production on November 23, 2014
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Cookie "Hunter" Knox was good at his job, infiltrating behind enemy lines was one of his specialties. His SEAL team relied on him to do his job, just as he relied on them to do theirs. Ever since two of his teammates found a woman that completed them, their dangerous Ops seemed a bit more intense. Cookie knew if he had a woman who belonged to him, he'd never let her go. Little did he know the SEAL team's latest mission to Mexico would change his life forever.
Fiona Storme resigned herself to the fact that it was highly unlikely she would make it out of the jungle alive. Kidnapped by human traffickers, abused, and without family or friends looking for her, Fiona knew wishing for rescue was as realistic as having a big, juicy hamburger fall from the sky.
Unbeknownst to Fiona, the SEAL team, including Cookie, were on the way, but their assignment didn't consist of rescuing her.
**Protecting Fiona is the 3rd book in the SEAL of Protection Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it's recommended you read the books in order to get maximum enjoyment out of the series.
Protecting Fiona is about Fiona who was kidnapped by a sex trafficking ring, and has spent a few months in hell. When the SEALs are sent to rescue another woman, they also find Fiona. Cookie is the SEAL who finds the women, and he has to help them through the jungle. As they trek through the jungle Cookie is super impressed with Fiona. When they get back to the states, Cookie and Fiona fall for each other, but Fiona has a lot to go to recover for those traumatic months.
As with Protecting Alabama, this book is just a little nuts, and the characters are not at all realistic. As with all the Stoker books I’ve read, Fiona is ridiculously self-sacrificing. It’s like the only way Stoker can make these women “worthy” of these “amazing” SEALs is to make the women just so “good.” I mean, she’s a strong character, going through the awful things she did (which is very much glossed over in the novel. I actually don’t mind that), but sometimes it’s just too much.
I did like how Cookie was immediately devoted to Fiona, and wanted to do anything he could to help Fiona out. I like romances when the heroes never really waver from their devotion to the heroines, and that is certainly what happens here. But the romance just happens so soon, and it does make me a bit uncomfortable. It also sort of feels like the author is saying, if you went through something horrific, the perfect man will make it all better. And that isn’t realistic and also it’s kind of an annoying message.
Still, I was totally engrossed while reading Protecting Fiona by Susan Stoker. It’s a crazy read, but I couldn’t stop reading.