Thursday, June 13, 2019

Defending Harlow by Susan Stoker


Danger rises and love is threatened in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s fourth book of the Mountain Mercenaries series.

Lowell “Black” Lockard, former Navy SEAL, has watched his fellow Mountain Mercenaries settle down with the women of their dreams, but he’s convinced he doesn’t need love. Then he gets a call from Harlow Reese—a chef at a local women’s shelter—and begins to reconsider his decision.

After being continually harassed by a local band of punks, Harlow asks Lowell to give the women of the shelter lessons in self-defense. She doesn’t expect him to take such a special interest in her safety, but he insists on escorting her to and from work, never taking no for an answer. Not that Harlow minds the personal touch… especially when it’s coming from her former teenage crush.

Despite her long history of bad dating luck, seeing Black again makes Harlow rethink her self-imposed celibacy. Easy on the eyes and hard to forget, the man has morphed into an alpha stud. And Harlow may be exactly the type of woman Black is looking for. Making her feel safe isn’t only a duty; it’s a pleasure. But the threats are escalating. The motives are a mystery. And as the danger burns almost as hot as their passion, there’s much more at risk than their hearts.


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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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While it's not necessary to read the previous books, I would recommend them. They are all fantastic and it gives you insight into the Mountain Mercenaries that you would otherwise not understand.

This is Lowell's book. I love that he is getting a story. He's calm when necessary but finds that he feels a little lost at the moment. When he reconnects with someone he went to high school with, he can't help but be attracted. When she calls and asks for his help, he'll stop at nothing to make sure that she's safe.

Harlow is a great main character. She's strong, but also knows when to lean on those around her. She has an amazing heart and you get to see it shining through her character at every turn. I love how she defends the kids and knows how to help the women. I also love how she sees Lowell.

These two have some steamy moments, but overall, while there is some mystery, this was much more relationship oriented than the previous books. I missed the fast pace, but still found this book very enjoyable.

I can't wait to see what happens next. These are fantastic!


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series, and I would recommend that you read them all, as they are all fabulous. I think you would understand Lowell and the Mountain Mercenaries far better that way, but you could read this and enjoy it as a standalone.

This is a slightly different book to the previous ones, as Harlow is not under threat in the same way as the women in the previous stories. She works as a chef in the women's refuge home. She unexpectedly meets Lowell there, far from their childhood home in Kansas. The guys all support the refuge when they are needed. And Harlow determines they are needed when men start to harass the residents and their children.

Sadly these troubles are only the beginning, and as Lowell realises just how important Harlow is becoming to him, he has to step up and keep her and the others safe – and find out who is behind the threats. In involving the rest of the Mountain Mercenaries, we get to learn a bit more about the illusive Rex. He is distracted and not giving them the support that they are used to, so events there too also come to a head... more of which I am guessing we will discover in the next book.

Harlow is a lovely person, and the scenes with her and the children in the refuge kitchen are beautifully written. She is so tuned in to their needs and how to help them in difficult circumstances – it is inevitable that Lowell will fall for her hook, line, and sinker! He deserves his happily ever after, and that the couples formed in previous books are along for the journey is a lovely touch. The women supporting Harlow as she enters the Mountain Mercenaries world leads to some fun too.

Another Mercenaries man has found his reason to be, and Harlow is a great addition to the Mountain Mercenaries family.


Also Available in the Mountain Mercenaries Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Defending Allye post.


Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Defending Chloe post.


Book 3
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~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Defending Morgan post.




Susan Stoker is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose series include Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes. Married to a retired army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri to California to Colorado—and currently lives under the big skies of Texas. A true believer in the happily ever after, Stoker enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website or find her on Facebook.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Defending Harlow (Mountain Mercenaries #4) by Susan Stoker to read and review.

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