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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Rock Star PR Presents: Protecting The Future by Susan Stoker; #BlogTour & #Review

Protecting the Future (SEAL of Protection Book 8) 
by Susan Stoker
Date of Publication: January 12, 2016
Rating:  5 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from RockStar PR & Literacy Agency and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


Wolf and his fellow SEAL team members have saved many lives, and been in even more harrowing situations, but their latest mission might prove the most difficult of all. Charged with rescuing American soldier, Sergeant Penelope Turner, from the clutches of ISIS, the men infiltrate the refugee camp where she's believed to be held. The conditions are horrific, the search nearly impossible, but Penelope herself could prove the key to their success…if the SEALs can interpret her clues.

An unforgiving desert, perilous mountain terrain, a rising body count and insurgents on the hunt…all of this and more stands between the SEALs completing their mission and returning home to their women, left to bravely deal with fears of their own stateside.

Sometimes a mission is more than one team can handle. With a little help from newfound friends, the SEALS won't stop until they've won the day. Failure is not an option.

** Protecting the Future is the 8th and final book in the Seal of Protection Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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About Susan Stoker

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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My Thoughts:

Matthew “Wolf” Steel and his team are assigned to save a fellow soldier.  This is their last hurrah in this series.  Even though this author says this book is a stand-alone, by the time I got to chapter two I knew I would have to go back and read the other books.  And you’ll understand also when you decide that you need to know more about these men and their families.

Penelope Turner is at the mercy of others and that just pisses her off.  She’s a woman who believes in doing what her superiors tell her to do even though she lets them know her concerns. She is a great example of what most of the women soldiers may be like in combat.  But she is not the main character of this book.  She is a way of bringing closure to this series.  And it’s not her time to shine.

You’ll see the love of husbands and wives, the love of parents for their children, and the love of friends for each other.  You’ll also see the concern of loved ones while the other is a long way from home.  Our author’s story is wrapped around some events that happen so often now.  Friends tend to be very important to those in the military.

It made me sad because terror and cruelty seem to have become the norm.  We see that women soldiers can be just as strong-willed as their male counterparts.  And torture and death is a part of who our enemies are.  It’s a story where you really can’t set the mood but if you listen to music you might want some of your favorite or something light.

If you have someone you love currently in the military, you may find this a little hard to read.  But if you’re willing to take the chance, this could be considered an homage to you and your loved ones.  I think the author also shows her respect and doesn’t try to romanticize the job that our military perform every day.  We want them to come home just as they left but that’s not always possible.  We just have to be loving, thankful, and supportive.  I was so glad that I had a chance, even though a little late, to get to know the characters of the SEALs of Protection Series.  I’m also glad to have come across a new author and will have plans to read more of her work.

Caroline lay in bed with one arm slung over her husband's chest and idly ran her fingers over his nipple. They were both content and sated after making love for the second time that night.

"Do you think they'll ever find her?"

"Who, darlin'?"

"Penelope. That woman who was kidnapped in the Middle East."

Matthew "Wolf" Steel shifted under his wife and kissed her forehead lightly. "Probably not." He felt Caroline sigh as she turned her head into his chest and nuzzled farther into him.

"I can't help but imagine myself in her place," Caroline said sadly.

"Ice, I can't—"

"No, I know. It's not the same thing really at all, but every time they've shown that video of her and how she's probably being forced to say all those horrible things, all I can think of is that her tone doesn't match the look in her eyes."

"What do you mean?" Wolf asked, genuinely curious.

"She sounds meek and serious, but I swear, Matthew, her eyes look pissed. As if she's just waiting for her chance to turn around and kill all those men who are keeping her captive. And I see it because I know just how she feels. When I was kidnapped and that jerk was filming me, I was saying one thing, but deep inside felt something way different. And I was doing everything I could to send a message to you, and whoever else might watch that video, through my eyes. I know, it was stupid to think you could actually read what I wanted to say in my eyes, but inside I was thinking about how much I loved you. I was trying to tell you where I was, and I was pleading for you to come and find me. I could be wrong, but it's obvious, at least to me, that Penelope Turner is trying to say many of the same things."

Wolf turned until Caroline was on her back and he loomed over her. He braced himself up on an elbow and brushed a strand of her dark hair behind her ear with his other hand. She grabbed his biceps and looked up at him with such love, he still had to pinch himself sometimes to make sure it was real.

Three years had passed since he'd made her his wife, and every day since then he thanked his lucky stars they'd found each other. She made him happier than he'd ever been in his life.

"Yeah, I saw it back then as I watched you on tape, and I see it in Sergeant Turner now."

Caroline bit her lip, then asked, "Do you think they're…hurting her?"

Wolf kept his voice low and tried to sound reassuring. "It's hard to say. They're certainly keeping her for a reason, probably because she's small, blonde, and a woman. They want to force the world to pay more attention to them and take them seriously."

"You mean the bombing of that wedding last month didn't do it?" Caroline's tone showed her irritation.

Wolf shook his head, amazed that he could fall in love with his wife more every time she opened her mouth. He loved that she didn't take things at face value, that she felt deeply and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. "Unfortunately, no. They need something bigger than that. And kidnapping a group of Americans isn't big, not like on the scale that 9/11 was, but if they keep the U.S. distracted—and putting a beautiful, petite woman on television and making her say anti-American and anti-British things is distracting—perhaps they can work their way up to another grand gesture."

"I love you, Matthew."

Wolf smiled down at Caroline, not surprised at her change in subject. "I love you too, Ice."

About the SEAL of Protection Series

Protecting Caroline (SEAL of Protection #1)


**Protecting Caroline is a stand-alone love story. It's Book 1 in the SEAL of Protection Series.**

Matthew "Wolf" Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn't have to do it very often. He'd been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.

When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she'd ever seen. She also never expected he'd be so easy to talk to. She knew he'd never be interested in talking to her if he hadn't been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.

Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she'd see, or need, Wolf, she'd be sorely mistaken.

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Protecting Alabama (SEAL of Protection #2)


Alabama didn't have a good start to life. Emotionally and physically abused by her mama, Alabama spent her high school years in foster care. People let her down, time after time, and she'd learned to rely on only herself.

Christopher "Abe" Powers earned his nickname because he tolerated nothing less than absolute honesty from the people around him. Finding the bar scene stale and having watched his friend and teammate, Wolf, find the woman of his dreams, Abe was determined to find someone to share his life with too.

Alabama and Abe had no idea their paths would cross and their prayers would be answered, but like most things in life, nothing is ever as easy as it seems at first. Two words would change both their lives and they'd have to fight hard for their happy ever after.

**Protecting Alabama is the 2nd book in the SEAL of Protection Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it's recommended you read the books in order to get maximum enjoyment out of the series.


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