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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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Disappointed

What would have made Protecting Fiona better?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will continue the series because the first few were better and I liked her other series.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Stella Bloom?

Yes

What character would you cut from Protecting Fiona?

No one. I would improve Fiona and Cookie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • TR
  • New Jersey
  • 08-17-15

average series

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Hero Meets His Match

What made the experience of listening to Protecting Fiona the most enjoyable?

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.

What other book might you compare Protecting Fiona to and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, but I was really impressed by the author's writing style and with the powerful situations explored in the plot.

Any additional comments?

Oh yeah, and the sex scenes are great. As are all of her books.

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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 ***

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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overall good experience

this one isn't my favorite or the series but I do like it and as always the narration is good.

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This was s deep story with series ramifications

Fiona had been through a lot. She did not ask for much. She did not really ask for anything. She was taken and no one would be looking for her. So when her fellow captive was being rescued she just sat there. She didn't say a word. She didn't move a muscle. She just accepted that she would die in the prison. But Hunter knew something wasn't right. He was there to rescue one woman, but something was telling him to look deeper. He just was not expecting to find her. She was filthy, smelly, strong. She was something special. She was holding on to her sanity by threads. Fiona showed her strength through a lot. She had to have a breaking point. It came and it came hard.

I loved watching Fiona become more than the captive she was. I loved watching her take back her life. I loved watching her break. It showed a real woman. In a real situation. And dealing with the consequences. There was not heavy sugar coating. Thing moved quickly toward the end and a surprise of two may have happened also, but I still loved Protecting Fiona. She needed it most of all.

I loved having all the gang around for this one. I loved how the women were there for each other when the men deployed. I loved watching new connections grow.

Narration was spot on and one that I have gotten use to over the course of the series. Stella Bloom does a good job with each of the characters. There were just a few spots where some confusion came up but it was cleared quickly.

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Another Great Addition to this Series

Oh this story..how can a story break your heart and fill it up with warm feelings all at the same time? Susan Stoker has managed to do this with the third book in her SEAL of Protection series.

Hunter found Fiona while on a mission to rescue a Senator’s daughter. She was kidnapped and held hostage by sex traffickers. He was taken in by her fight to survive and her selflessness. He made sure when the mission was over that he took care of Fiona. She was his.

The fight they waged together to help Fiona survive and acclimate back into society was what warmed my heart. I not only wanted to see Fiona succeed but for the both of them to find their happily ever after.

Susan Stoker did a great job of shedding some light on a very serious matter while keeping the reader intrigued. Such a great addition to an awesome series.

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Hard subject manner handeled well

Loving this series. Totally worth the credit. Lots of action and great romance. This one was harder to listen too but still a great listen.

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Woman has gone through hell

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because the romance is not overshadowing the main story and the main story is so incredibly vivid, it's scary.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the heroine immediately. She was someone I could relate to and she had a sense of what she had to do and how she had to get it done. She trudged through hell and after it was all over and done with, then she could fall apart. Incredibly strong woman.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Fiona saved Hunter after he was shot. How she got him strapped in and then went back for his pack. She shouldn't have been able to think straight with what she'd been through, but she was relentless.

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  • Claire
  • 07-30-15

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!!!!

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  • Saluki Selfie
  • 05-15-15

protecting seals

I have all of this series in e-book and now I have Book 3 in audibles can't wait for book 4.