Review: Protecting Summer & Protecting Cheyenne by Susan Stoker

Review: Protecting Summer & Protecting Cheyenne by Susan StokerProtecting Summer by Susan Stoker
Series: SEAL of Protection #4
Published by Stoker Aces Production on February 11, 2015
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

At age fifteen, Sam "Mozart" Reed's life changed the day his little sister was found abused and murdered. Since her death, he's spent his life hunting for the serial killer who took his sister from him and ruined his family. Using his connections, and SEAL training, Mozart believes he's finally tracked the killer to the town of Big Bear, California.

Summer Pack is working in a crappy motel up at Big Bear Lake until she can find something better, more meaningful, more real. While living in an unhealthy situation, she meets a man who is everything she's ever dreamed about and who helps her see that there are some people in the world who will actually do what they say they will and keep their word.

But somewhere in Big Bear is a killer waiting to strike again. Waiting and watching for the perfect victim.

**Protecting Summer is the 4th 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.
Full Length Novel at 55,000 words.

Protecting Summer is the fourth book in the SEAL of Protection by Susan Stoker. In this book we see Sam “Mozart” Reed continuing his search for his sister’s murderer. Sam has been searching for many years, and hasn’t given up. Believing that he’s found a lead in small town Big Bear, California, he heads up that way. There he meets Summer Pack, a maid at a rundown motel. Summer and Sam connect very quickly, but there is a threat closer than they realize.

All of the books in this series are similar in many ways. Summer is down on her luck, and, like all the other heroines in this series, ridiculously self-sacrificing. You think I’m joking, but I am so not! Anyway. Summer has pretty much no money, and no family. Working as a maid at the rundown motel barely pays enough money for her to get by, and she has to living in a shed. I can’t say I disliked Summer, but she is incredibly unrealistic as a character. That’s not bad, but it doesn’t make a lastly impact on me.

Unsurprisingly, Sam is a very typical Stoker hero. He’s super alpha, gorgeous (although he has a scar that apparently every other women finds disgusting *eyeroll*), and for the most part is pretty committed to the heroine. I liked Sam as much as I liked Summer, although, again, he’s not at all realistic. He’s over-the-top heroic, which I don’t mind, but I have to be in the mood for such a hero. (Obviously I was at the time because I binged this whole series!).

I definitely liked Sam and Summer together. Sam was a little idiotic there for a tiny bit, but I was on board for their romance. The suspense was good, although Summer did border on Too Stupid Too Live. Overall, Protecting Summer by Susan Stoker was exactly what I was expecting. Over the top alpha hero, and super angelic heroine with some suspense tossed in.

Review: Protecting Summer & Protecting Cheyenne by Susan StokerProtecting Cheyenne by Susan Stoker
Series: SEAL of Protection #5
Published by Stoker Aces Production on March 28, 2015
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

Living in Southern California, Cheyenne was used to seeing hot military men as she went about her daily business. An anonymous encounter at the grocery store cemented her crush on one such man. He was big, built, and incredibly easy on the eyes, but it wasn't as if he would ever really notice her.

Always in control of any situation, Faulkner “Dude” Cooper knows explosives. As a bomb expert, he's lived through many high pressure situations. Disfigured by a bomb while on a mission, he's used to being looked at with pity. When he's called to a local supermarket to assist the local PD, the last thing he expects to find is a generous act of kindness performed by a beautiful, amazing woman. Enchanted by her selflessness in the face of danger and intrigued by her actions to save civilians she didn't know, Dude’s hooked.

Dude was able to save Cheyenne from the group of thugs trying to take her life, but when the past comes back to haunt them both, sometimes having the knowledge and the desire isn't enough to beat the countdown of the clock.

**Protecting Cheyenne is the 5th 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 Cheyenne, the fifth book in the SEAL of Protection focuses on bomb expert Faulkner “Dude”(seriously the nicknames in this series are ridiculous!) Cooper. He’s called to a grocery store hold up because the baddies has access to bombs. This is where he meets Cheyenne, who is, OF COURSE, super self sacrificing (offering herself to the baddies so the other hostages can escape). Faulkner saves Cheyenne, and they get close quickly.

I really liked both Cheyenne and Faulkner, although they are super similar to the heroes and heroines from previous books. Cheyenne is just so good it’s a little sickening, and Faulkner is super alpha. I definitely wanted Cheyenne and Faulkner to be together, and there wasn’t a lot of drama in their relationship – something I really appreciated. There is definitely more sexy times in this book (especially considering the first book has no sexy scenes!), and Faulkner is a bit more controlling in the bedroom than I was expecting.

Of course, there are more baddies out there, and Cheyenne is in danger again. And of course, Faulkner and the rest of the SEALs come to the rescue. I do love some romantic suspense, and Stoker doesn’t really disappoint there. Protecting Cheyenne was a standard SEAL of Protection book. This series is not for everyone, but it definitely has some of my favorite romance tropes, even though a lot of the book is nuts.


4 Responses to “Review: Protecting Summer & Protecting Cheyenne by Susan Stoker”

  1. Rowena

    I have never heard of these books before but I’m glad to see that you enjoyed them for the most part. Great reviews, Quinn!

  2. Kimberly

    I am a sucker for SEALs and romantic suspense. She lives in a shed? Really? I have not tried this author, but you have me wanting too.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      These books are not for everyone, but for those that they do work for, I think will enjoy them. I think they are a little nuts but I was totally addicting. And yep she lives in a shed. A little crazy, as I said.

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