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Defending Harlow

Mountain Mercenaries, Book 4
Narrated by: Stella Bloom
Series: Mountain Mercenaries Series, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

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Love Susan Stoker

Susan Stoker is a skilled storyteller of romantic suspense. She knows how to increase the reader’s heartbeats and gut tension while reading. Her men are super alphas who want to protect, but they do it lovingly and respectfully. For example, Black is a little snippy with Harlow because he’s worried about her safety. As soon as he realizes his tone isn’t appropriate, he apologizes and explains his concerns.

Stoker’s female characters might find themselves in difficult situations, but they know how to stand firm and strong. Harlow helps others by not only cooking but teaching the women and children how to cook good affordable, healthy meals. She is a nurturing person. She is protective of the residents of the shelter. Her goal is to find ways to help them succeed.

Susan Stoker is a prolific writer. She releases new books in her series regularly, which gives me a regular fix of her military/ex-military men with a good dose of romance and suspense. The characters in all of the books are unforgettable and realistic. The stories grab the reader out of the gate, well, actually at the end of the previous book, and hold on tight until the end. Defending Harlow checks all my boxes for a good military theme books. This is an excellent time to start the Mountain Mercenary series if you haven’t yet. There are only four books out so far and the mystery of their leader, Rex is starting to unfold. I can’t wait to get to his book.

Stella Bloom is pretty good as a narrator. I enjoy her female voice better than the male. That said, her narration is well done. I don't get lost in her storytelling, per se, but she does add to my enjoyment. I'm grateful for the whispersync function, as I can continue reading when I travel to and from work.

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An okay listen for those who like romance.

The storey was a bit uneven and I don't think the writer did much research on her topics. The "bad guys" are weak and not scary at all, the conflict is pretty contrived, and the characters remained two dimensional. The male characters are practically incidental, with little to no physical description or expository past. The author has talent, but might benefit from some writing classes.

There has to be a better narrator out there. She was fine with the women's parts, but her men sound ridiculous, just a
like a woman trying to sound like a man. Add in poor timing, mispronunciation, and some weak acting and the narration could detract from the story at times.

if you likeformer military alpha males ( although not terribly dominant) and romances with no surprises and weak premise, this book is fine for anytime you don't have anything else to read.

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Mountain Mercenaries are at it again

I just love how they fall for the girl that is not a size 2!!!

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Another Wonderful Mountain Mercenaries

Harlow is not superhuman and she seems very real which is wonderful. She has a few extra pounds, hates exercise and is a caring, kind chef. She has been on spectacularly horrible dates, so she has sworn off dating.

The residence of a women’s shelter are being harassed and Lowell “Black” Lockard offers to help. Like Harlow he does not see any serious relationship in his future. Their story as well as the mystery of who is harassing the shelter unfolds.

You seriously can not go wrong with Stoker. All of her works are a great listen with “full of life” narration.

Love that we’ve been teased with Rex and Raven’s story even if we have to wait. Oh well Ball and Everly will keep us entertained in the meantime. : )

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Fun story

Was so interesting that this one took place in a womens shelter. Happy that Harlow was not athletic as it's nice for a change for the heroine to not be "perfect". Black has his work cut out for him in getting her to date him. Always nice to hear about previous characters.

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You just have to love the guys of Mountain Mercenaries!

Black is contacted by a former hs classmate...Harlow. The women’s shelter, where she’s a chef, could benefit from some self defense classes. The women are being harassed by men from the neighboring tattoo shop. Of course, the guys from Mountain Mercenaries will help...they’re the good guys! Meanwhile, Black and Harlow, neither interested in long term relationships, begin going on ‘non-dates’ and getting to know each other better. Can the guys get to the bottom of who’s really behind the harassment before someone gets hurt? Will Black and Harlow go beyond the friend zone?
We also catch up with the girlfriends of the rest of the team...someone’s having a baby...and someone’s getting married!!
Another great story in the series. I’m looking forward to seeing Ball brought to his knees next.

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Excellent again!

Love the Mountain Mercenaries! Great stories great characters great narrator. You can’t go wrong with any Susan Stoker book and Stella Bloom does a great job bringing it to life

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Refreshing!

Mountain Mercenaries is becoming a new favorite series of mine. I love these men and how protective they are. The main goal as the Mountain Mercenaries is to help women and children who are being abused.

The first three books were about the heroine being one of those abused women. In Defending Harlow, the author switched things up a bit and the heroine is not a mission they go on. However, she does ask for their help with some punks harassing the women and kids at the shelter she works at.

Harlow and Lowell (Black) have known each other since high school but they haven’t seen each other since. The instant attraction is mutual but Harlow has a had a string of some very, bad luck dates and she’s over it. Due to this we got to see Black get creative in dating Harlow without Harlow realizing they were dating.

I really enjoyed getting to know both Harlow and Black. If I had one complaint, it was the protesting too much. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine. I want to enjoy the budding romance without constant protests.

I borrowed the audiobook on kindle unlimited and found out the narrator is one of my favorites. I love Stella Bloom!

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Another great story by Susan Stoker!

Just like all of Susan’s series, I LOVE the Mountain Mercenaries. Defending Harlow was no different. Even when you know deep down that things will work out in the end, to me it defines a great writer and storyteller who can still make your heart race in anticipation when tragedy strikes. The fire scene did that! I especially LOVE how she gives you that first taste into the next book’s characters. Hate waiting though!!
I also have to compliment Stella Bloom. I have loved her narration since the first one I listened to. She is one of my favorites!

Do yourself a favor and checkout ALL of Susan’s series! My best-friend introduced me to Susan’s world, and I quickly devoured all of her audiobooks. She has definitely become one of my favorite authors!

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Very entertaining!

This is the story of Lowell and Harlow. Their romance is enjoyable. I enjoy the characters in this series so much. There is lots of suspense in this book and some excitement. The narration is very good, except I hate the voice for Rex.

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another great story

another great story from Susan stoker. I had to do a little laugh to myself about the none dates. it really was excellent to listen to