Defending Everly

Mountain Mercenaries, Book 5
Narrated by: Stella Bloom
Series: Mountain Mercenaries Series, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
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A Wall Street Journal bestseller.

The stakes are personal, hot, and dangerous in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker's riveting Mountain Mercenaries novel.

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.

©2019 Susan Stoker (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I love Susan Stoker

I love Susan Stoker
I love Stella Bloom
through in a good story and I am just loving this

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Wildly intense!

Widely intense! This series gets better and better!
Love Stella Bloom She brings Susan Stokers story to life and keeps your heart racing and listening intently!!

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Another Good One Susan❣

Well, as always I have to say Susan Stoker, Another good one here with "Defending Everly." I had no doubt it was going to be Another Winner for You. I've been following your series for over a year now and have not been disappointed with one book yet. I think that I could listen straight through all of them; unfortunately, I just can't afford to do it that way LOL!!!

Once again, Stella Bloom gave an xtraordinary performance with her storytelling, she always lets you know where one character ends and another one starts, I love that about her performance.

I'm always 1st in line to recommend Susan's books and I do so with this one too! I definitely look forward to the next one in the series. 5-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ to Ms. Stoker and to Stella Bloom.

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Good story with some really scary moments

A sweet love story, but some really hard things to think about. There was a happy ending for Everly and Ball, but then the next mission happened. Can't wait to read Meat's story.

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Good read

Loved it| just the right amount of mystery, adventure and romance. I will read more.

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One click Stoker

As soon as Susan Stokes announces a new book to one of her series, I click to order.

That being said, I enjoy some books more than others. This was a 4 because I just kept losing interest in the heroine. I had trouble liking her enough to care about her. And as a retired cop, I was disappointed in her choices she made.

I recommend you read the books in each series in order

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Love this series! Ball is amazing!

First off Stella Bloom did such a fantastic job in this audiobook! She has become one of my favorite female narrators. Secondly this book is just incredible! What a great story! I always like how Susan Stoker sets up the lead characters to meet and this is no exception! I love everything about Everly and Ball’s story well except the creep who kidnapped Elise that is. I was on the edge of my seat one minute, cheering for the good guys the next and swooning at other times. Amazing book!!

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A Great Read

This book is right in line with all the others in this series. I love the character development and the story. Can't wait for the other two. I'm super excited to read what happens next.

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When you see a different story behind the words.

Defending Everly is Susan Stoker’s book in her Mountain Mercenaries series. This one tells the tale of Everly Adams, a SWAT officer looking for her 15 year old half-sister who disappeared without a trace.

Everly teams up with former Coast Guard first responder Kannon “Ball” Black, a member of the Mountain Mercenaries.
Human trafficking. The pitfalls of social media. Trust. Three important topics brought to the forefront with Susan Stoker’s Defending Everly.

The book talks about how human traffickers have managed to use social media as a tool to lure their victims into prostitution and slavery. For me, this was Susan Stoker’s way of reminding her readers, especially us who follow her on social media, to be aware. Be aware of the dangers that this 20th century phenomenon hide in the guise of modern technology. Be aware that, as much as social media can be a bridge to the outside world, it can also be everything that is wrong with the world we live in.

I am not saying that social media is not all bad—it isn’t, BUT it is up to us to know better, to make sure that it is used for good intentions. To educate, yes. To exchange ideas and get to know others, yes and yes. To discover a world not usually available to us. All these, we can do with social media, for as long as we do it for our own good, and for the betterment of others.
To use social media for misinformation, for bullying? To use it to make someone else’s life miserable? To steal, to propagate criminal activity? Not!

It is up to us, those who know better, to also make sure that kids, our kids, know to distinguish between social media and real life. Spend time with them. Let them experience the wonders of playing in the dirt, of burying their noses in the pages of books as we do with Susan Stoker’s stories.

Let kids know that more than social media, life is best lived seeing the world with their own eyes, their own hearts, and their own minds.

Susan Stoker, you are once again spot-on! And of course, Stella Bloom, as usual, made listening to Everly and Kannon’s story a pleasure!

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Love this series!

This series is amazing! I have come to love all of the guys of the Mountain Mercenaries! I can't wait to read about Meat's love interest and I'm still holding out hope for Rex!

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  • Moira
  • 02-16-20

Genra Definitely Not For Me

The womens reading voice irritated and by chapter three I knew exactly, where this story was going ...straight into the bedroom. Not what I wanted to read big mistake.