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.
©2014 Susan Stoker (P)2015 Susan Stoker
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I felt like Cookie was so overpowering. He declared Fiona "mine" so many times I was starting to wonder whether he would eventually isolate her and then abuse her. Furthermore, I don't mind when characters are meek or lonely, but I had a hard time imagining a woman could be so repulsive, shy, weird, or whatever, that she would go on vacation alone and not a soul on earth would look for her.
I will continue the series because the first few were better and I liked her other series.
No one. I would improve Fiona and Cookie.
ok this book started off with the formula and then broke away. The seal is in a situation and there was an opening for the chick to "save his life" and she takes it. She's super bad ass in the beginning and then her issues come out to play leaving her a mental damsel in distress and only her big bad SEAL can save her. THis book breaks the formula slightly because there is no danger or drama in the end to threaten the couple's relationship. Her issues are all in her head. She suffers from PTSD.
NOW the reason this book gets 2 stars is this. Our heroine was kidnapped and was kept in the jungles of Mexico. She was there for THREE MONTHS. I'm not spoiling anything since this information is given in like the first or second chapters. WHile in captivity with sex traders for 3mos she is 100% ABUSED. She immediately trusts (crap i can't remember which dude he is because there are so many freaking names in the book for each character so now i gotta go look it up.) Cookie and he totally jumps into insta-love with her. one week and a few days after her rescue they are doing some pretty heavy petting. All my mind kept screaming was THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE A RAPE VICTIM!! WHY DO YOU THINK IT"S OK TO STRIP DOWN NEKKID AND CUDDLE WITH HER?!?! WHY ARE YOU ENCOURAGING HER TO GIVE YOU A HAND JOB!!! SHE"S A FREAKING RAPE VICTIM!!!
But as I said her issues came out in the end and they dealt with it. I'm hoping the next book breaks up this whole formula because if not i may not be able to go on.
"A Hero Meets His Match"
It's a wonderful romantic suspense novel with a nice twist on the old "damsel in distress" plot. Fiona is a strong, courageous woman who earns the hero's respect before he falls in love. They make a great pair.
Ms. Stoker's other books in the series all have women who are in jeopardy and yet face it with bravery, intelligence, and strength. These are no pussycats, they're strong women who meet equally strong men.
The first part of the book where the hero rescues the heroine from a horrible situation and grows increasingly impressed by her courage was really compelling. It's so nice to have a female lead with such strength.
No extreme reaction, but I was really impressed by the author's writing style and with the powerful situations explored in the plot.
Oh yeah, and the sex scenes are great. As are all of her books.
"I liked it, but..."
This third book in the series is a tough read. The subject matter is deep and has loads of emotional impact. I enjoyed the story, but there we a few issues along the way.
A constant issue with this series is the lack of pronouns. Almost every paragraph starts with the character's name. It was a minor annoyance in the first two books, with this one it almost had me stopping. It has a weird feel and totally takes you out of the read. Especially when it is Cookie this and Cookie that and Cookie Cookie Cookie!
I really like Fiona and Cookie's dynamic, however, reality has to be suspended a bit. There are very serious issues that were ignored at first. I did like the way it was handled later, but it only had the last 1/4 of the book to delve into the real issues facing the relationship. The very real issues Fiona was facing were handled very well. You had a glimpse into the reality of PTSD. She knew it wasn't real and yet she did not.
Ugh, insta love is not the way to go!!! it just did not read as true. You felt it growing but they were not at "I love yous", more of a dependency on her part than anything. If the book had been longer and we had the PTSD earlier, things could have developed with a more natural feel. I wish we could have had more of the time that built up to the epilogue. That would have been the real meat of the story.
There was a bit of steam here, which was kind of rushed and felt awkward under the circumstances. I am talking about the heavy petting throughout the story not the epilogue. The epilogue was totally appropriate and allowed you to see where they are now.
I felt the author went too far in making the senator's daughter a spoiled brat. I get it was to show a contrast, but it was not realistic. I can not believe anybody who was in that situation and victimized as she was would act as she did. It made her beyond unlikable and hurt the integrity of the story.
I have been reading this series in a little marathon, so my memory of characters from the first books is still fresh. Caroline seems to have had a full personality overhaul. She is now brash, loud and apparently stunning. Big changes from the average timid chemist we know her as from her story. Maybe being kidnapped and tortured turns you into an extrovert? Maybe she needed reconstructive surgery from the beating and now she is gorgeous? Or maybe this is how the author wishes she had written her? What ever the case, the inconsistencies make me dislike her. I liked the quiet strength she had in her book. Too bad she didn't keep herself.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Stella Bloom, who has a really enjoyable read. I like her voice and the emotion she shows with her tone. Her voices are varied, only a couple consistency issues her and there. The pace of the read is kind of slow, I needed to punch it up to double speed to accommodate my fast ears. She is a newer narrator to me, and I am interested in hearing more of her reads in the future.
All that griping and complaining makes it sound like I did not like the book. I did enjoy it, just saw some many places where it could have been better. I still want to see where the other SEALs romances happen and hope Tex is included in the ranks. He steals a piece of your heart with his actions in this book.
*** I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers. I listen at double speed; all my impressions of the narration are from that setting. Thanks for taking the time to read my review! You can see more audiobook reviews on my blog Eargasms Audiobook Reviews ***
Susan Stoker is amazingly adept at weaving real life issues into her stories. The characters could be the guy or girl next door or hundreds of others we pass each day in life. PTSD isn't just something our soldiers suffer with. Hunter and Fiona's story is riveting from start to finish.
"Fiona and Cookie"
After Caroline, Fiona's story is my next favorite.
I've listened to the audio version more than once. I'd love to see Stoker's stories on the big screen.
You may want to seek out Julie's book after reading Fiona. Julie is a Kindle World book and not available on audible.
"Good Story "
The author continues to have twist I didn't suspect. The friendships among the team and their "women" is powerful.
I was still listening to this book when I decided to write a review because people who love contemporary, military romantic suspense would be missing out if they didn't get to experience this book.
Fiona is one of the strongest female character's I had the pleasure of reading, but the traumatic situation Hunter "Cookie" finds and rescues her from catches is even too much for her to filter through on her own.
I'm having a hard time deciding if I like book 1 or book 3 the most. The thrilling action had me on the edge of my seat and Fiona's and Hunter's continual fight to help heal her kept me listening.
Stella Bloom did another amazing narrating job and with the characters growing due to new girlfriends she is only getting better.
I am a hopeless romantic so Hunter definitely fit the bill as my temporary book boyfriend, but what he did for Fiona makes him a character I'm going to love reminiscing about.
Suspense, SEALs, deep attraction, devotion and a happy ending. Enough said.
"Another Awesome story!!"
Once again Susan did an awesome job. this is the third one I've listened to, and the stories just keep better. I thought I'd get tired of hearing Stella's voice, because I've listened to them all in a short period of time, but I haven't. I love the way she can change her voice for each character and between books. Now it's on to the next one for me.
"What a story!"
I fell into this book without really realizing there were previous books. Now I must go back and start with the first although it is completely stand alone and thoroughly enjoyable. I really like all of the characters and want to know everyone's story. I have a new favorite author!
"one of my fave stories"
I love this book. I cryed a lot. I love the realness of her panic, I so feel connected and relatable to the characters. I just love love love this book!!!!
I have all of this series in e-book and now I have Book 3 in audibles can't wait for book 4.
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