Title: Defending Everly (Mountain Mercenaries Book 5)
Author: Susan Stoker
Release Date: December 3, 2019
As tough as Everly Adams may be, the Colorado Springs SWAT officer is near a breaking point. Her fifteen-year-old half sister, Elise, has disappeared from Los Angeles without a trace, and the window to find her is closing fast. Committed to the search is Mountain Mercenary Kannon “Ball” Black. He and Everly already have a history—of rubbing each other the wrong way.
Still, Everly has to admit the man is heart-stopping. His brash alpha swagger takes her breath away. And most importantly, as a former Coast Guard first responder, Ball has what it takes to bring Elise home.
Nobody’s buying the LAPD’s “runaway” theory. And the fear that Elise is the victim of a human trafficking ring is a gut-punch that Everly and Ball can’t ignore. If only the trail were that clear cut. Because the one they’re following is more insidious and intimately dark than they could have imagined.
Now as the bond between Everly and Ball grows stronger, so does the heat. And as the stakes rise, so does the danger.
Susan Stoker is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Claiming Felicity, Claiming Bailey, Claiming Grace, and Claiming Alexis in the Ace Security series. A lover of alpha heroes, Susan is also the author of the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes series. Married to a retired Army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri and California to Colorado and Texas—and currently lives under the big skies of Tennessee. She is a true believer in happily ever after and enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her at http://www.stokeraces.com.
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Everly and her sister Elise did not have an easy childhood, but they always had their grandparents, Me-Maw and Pop, to help along the way. Everly has built a successful career in law enforcement when she gets the call that her sister is missing, and they fear she has been abducted. The search is further complicated by the fact that Elise is deaf so Everly heads to LA along with Ball, a member of the Mercenaries team.
Ball is less than enthused about working with Everly mainly because she is a woman. He has had painful experiences both personally and professionally with women, but he is about to realize that Everly is like no other woman he has ever met. The search is on, but will they be able to find her sister in time?
Not only is Everly a feisty and fiery woman but Ball is the perfect combination of sweet, sexy and strong. There is also a great ensemble of secondary characters from her grandparents, to her sister and the rest of the team. Full of suspense and twists the storyline will keep you captivated until the last page.