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Protecting Dakota

Sleeper SEALs, Book 1
Narrated by: Stella Bloom
Series: Sleeper SEALs, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (298 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Sleeper SEALs, are former US Navy SEALs recruited by a new CIA counter-terror division to handle solo dark ops missions to combat terrorism on US soil.

Protecting Dakota

Dakota James's life has become the stuff of nightmares. The leader of the Ansar al-Shari'a terrorist group has become obsessed with her, determined to take her as his wife. On the run, she'll have to pin her hopes on the retired SEAL charged with finding and stopping Aziz Fourati before he can carry out plans to bomb more US airports.

Recently recruited to join a sleeper SEAL team tasked with fighting terrorism on US soil, Slade "Cutter" Cutsinger, with the help of some Special Forces friends, has located the one woman who can identify the deadly Ansar al-Shari'a leader. That was the easy part. Keeping her safe proves more difficult than anyone ever imagined.

When she and her new friend, Caroline, are kidnapped by the terrorist group, Dakota can only pray Cutter and the SEALs will reach them before they're taken out of the country - and away from Cutter forever.

Protecting Dakota is a part of the SEAL of Protection Series. It is also in the Sleeper SEAL connected series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

Each book in this multi-author branded series is a standalone novel, and the series does not have to be heard in order.

©2017 Susan Stoker (P)2017 Susan Stoker

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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 09-12-17

silver fox... I mean, SEAL <3

What attracted me first is the cover OH MY
Love military romance and this one was pretty good. What I liked the most is that the main characters are not 20 something, the idea that there is always a chance later in life for a HEA. Although I do believe in love at first sight, I didn't really feel like it was between them, maybe because they recognized each other from a previous life? It felt a bit too easy. But loved their interaction and it was easy to fall in love with Cutter.

Overall the story was pretty intense, when Dakota and Caroline were captured and how they were treated, and again when they finally found Dakota. What a twist when the terrorist's identity was revealed!!! But all ends well and those are my fave endings.

My first listen from Ms. Bloom, loved the voices she gave the characters, especially the male voice. But when she was voicing Dakota, the pitch was a bit on the high and made me cringe a few times, not a good feeling. If that could be toned down a bit, it would earn the 5 stars.

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Coming of age...

This was one of my Stoker favs. Her books always draw you into the adventure, the love & friendships. I usually wait until at least 3 of a series are available on Audible before I listen. I usually want the next one right after and am too impatient to wait. I have now listened to EVERY Susan Stoker book available on Audible and am dying for the next.

My favorite part of Protecting Dakota was that Dakota & Slade are my age!!! Often times the parents of the love interest are my age. Us forty something like a good love & sexy story too.
Cannot wait until book 2 in the sleeper series.

Stella Bloom amazes me. I'm not sure how she makes her voice into so many believable characters. Bravo!@!

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Cutter is the man!!

Holy Smokes! I loved Susan's SEAL of Protection Series. I have missed them boys dearly and boy howdy, this one may be a new start to something new but it has the old boys in it. It was awesomesauce! And Hot! Haha

The narator on the sudio edition did a fantastic job, as always!!

Never say a man who is a little gray has been used up. Slade "Cutter" Cutsinger is just as badarsed today as he was in his younger SEAL days. When he is given a secret, off the books mission, he agrees. There is so much that could go wrong. There were things that could good. When he finds his target, a girl on the run from a terrorist, things get real.

Dakota James is a sweet, good ole girl, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who knew being in the airport as a psycho sets off a bomb could lead to so much trouble. Trouble that she can not get away from alone. But she tries. This is how and where she meets Cutter.

When things get hairy and they have to bug out... that leads them back to San Diego.. and into the hands of SEALs and trouble. When the crap hits the fan the men all jump into action. Control is not something Cutter is used to balancing anymore. However, when the man in charge of the trouble gets found... oh it gets good. LIKE REALLY GOOD!!!!!

Your mission now is to read it so you can see what happens!!

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You can't go wrong with this author

Susan Stoker is a great writer- suspenseful stories, real people with believable dialogue, sexy brave women that do not act like doormats or idiots and - of course- hot honorable heroes. I could not stop listening and landed up getting though this book in one day and a who-needs-sleep night. : ) I have loved all of her series and enjoy the overlap so you get glimpses into the other characters. Already waiting for the next one!

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Intense, gripping, and nail-biting!

Slade "Cutter" Cutsinger was recruited by a recently formed sleeper SEAL team to find Dakota James, who caught the eye of the leader of the Ansar al-Shari'a, a terrorist group bent on bombing US airports.

Dakota was captured by Aziz Fourati, the leader of the Ansar al-Shari'a. Slade, together with his friends, do all they can to rescue her from becoming the terrorist's bride.

Protecting Dakota was intense. Susan Stoker created a story so action-packed from the very first chapter that I literally had problems setting it aside to breathe, and wanting to know what happens ASAP.

And then came that scene where I knew I had to set the story aside for while. Not because I did not like what I read, but because I felt too much. When I finally told myself to read/listen to the rest of the story, I was glad that I did. It would have been a disservice for me not to finish Dakota and Slade's saga.

Protecting Dakota brings to mind the lengths to which people with unnatural thirst for power go through just to prove a point. From 9/11 to the Easter bombings, people whose ideologies run counter to what they believe in have seen fit to resort to terrorism. Never mind the loss of life, for them, a point had to be made no matter the cost. Is it really worth the destruction?

In the case of Dakota, do men really have to prove their superiority through the subjugation of women? Should one's religious belief be more "godly" than others? Should one's color, one's status in society, one's wealth, be the ticket to a better life? Then again, humans and animals have one thing in common--our blood runs red in our veins. And when we pass from this life, whether by natural causes or foul, it will only be the earth that wins in the end.

Now that I got that off my chest--Stella Bloom, as expected, gave this one another worthy narration. I am always in awe of how she can take the listener through every emotion her characters feel through her voice alone, and I don't get tired of listening to her at all. I am glad that she is the voice of Susan Stoker's characters!

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Recommended

This is the first story I have read by Susan Stoker. It is evident many of the side characters have stories previously told I need to go back and read. Mot that this story is dependent upon them. They do pique my interest tho.

I enjoyed all the characters. Their close bonds were more than evident. The insta-love story was good and made more plausible because it was addressed so many times. I was a little uncomfortable with how much reincarnation had such a focus as that is well outside my comfort zone. I'll leave it like that.

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Weak Storyline

This is the first out of 13 Susan Stoker books that I was disappointed with. The storyline was just a little to cheesy and intense in the beginning of a new relationship.

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ACTION!

I love this one! It's nice to see an older love story. 43-48

There was so much action in this one I never got bored. I'm a reader who likes 90% story and action and 5-10% sex. This book delivered.

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A Plot with too many holes

Romances with hot older dudes are few and far between, especially in military romance. I couldn't wait to dig into this one. While the plot sounded intriguing, you had to decide early on whether to continue in view of the sheer implausibility (such as she sneaks out after bombing and no one notices except some unknown gov agency that taps a retired SEAL but NOT the FBI?). I stuck it out. It is unique to have older protagonists.

It was disappointing when it became a "love at first sight" thing for him falling for her pic and her falling for first sight and confessing it all immediately and then this serial bachelor is suddenly all in, and beginning and ending each sentence calling her "luv".

The writer may not have any experience with these kind of guys, which would explain how she portrays some of them. The mens' dialogue is what a woman would WANT a man to sound like. But in reality they Don't sound like that. Especially these kind of guys. There are the usual problems with strategy, tactics and practices that plague this genre sometimes, but they were minor compared to the overarching weakness in the story and the romance.

The one thing Stoker has going for her is she can tell a story, has a good sense of place, and the pacing kept it moving briskly. More research or draft readers who get the spec ops community would be beneficial.

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Dang....I cried and laughed and sighed

Guess I’m more of a romantic than I thought. Wished this story would have gone on and on! Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-19

❤️❤️❤️ Susan just knows how to create 🥰🥰🥰

Another great read - thanks Susan ❤️ and thanks Stella for your narrating. You perform male and female voices beautifully and your voice is so easy to listen too.
I have read/listened to several of Susan’s books but would say this is my favourite. Each book gives an amazing alpha male that has a heart of gold and knows just the right thing to say and do to make a woman feel incredible. Cutter was this and much more 🥰. I also enjoyed the fact that he was older and more relatable to me then in the other books. Yes women over 40 deserve and want this even if only in our fantasies 😉☺️.