My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Defending Chloe is the second installment of Susan Stoker’s Mountain Mercenaries series. Six books, each the story about one of the team, all ex-soldiers. Bound by the things they’ve done, the things they’ve seen, and an urge to protect women from abuse.
I liked it a lot. Good plot, interesting characters but the instant attraction thing sometimes seemed forced. Ro was a great hero. It was a bit harder for me to like Chloe, she was too smart and at times strong and other times foolish and gullible. The one thing that irked me was when she was kidnapped by the mafia, everything was smoothly resolved over dinner, not much action. Felt like the author telling the story and not showing the story to the reader.
Overall though I did enjoy reading this and will continue reading the rest of the series.
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Synopsis: Gorgeous women don’t just stumble onto Ronan Cross’s remote property. But this one—vulnerable, victimized, and needing the kind of help only Ronan can offer—tells a story that makes his blood boil almost as hot as his need to protect her.
Since her father’s death, Chloe Harris has become a prisoner. Her own brother, a flesh peddler and low-level player in the Denver Mafia, is forcing her to sell her body for an endgame Chloe never saw coming: control over a vast fortune. Her only way out is to run—straight into the arms of the one hard-bodied man she can trust.
Defending Chloe could rain punishment down on the Mountain Mercenaries. Her brother has Mob connections and the local police in his pocket. But Ronan still has an edge—the unshakable loyalty of his deadly teammates. As well as an unquenchable thirst for retribution…and Chloe.