Protecting Dakota (SEAL of Protection #9 /Sleeper SEALs #1) by Susan Stoker-Review & Excerpt Tour

PROTECTING DAKOTA (SEAL of Protection #9 / Sleeper SEALs #1) by Susan Stoker-Review and Excerpt Tour

Protecting Dakota

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About the book: Release Date September 5, 2017

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 read in order.

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REVIEW: PROTECTING DAKOTA is the ninth installment in Susan Stoker’s contemporary, adult SEAL of PROTECTION romantic, military suspense series focusing on a group of current and former Navy SEALS. This is forty eight year old, retired SEAL Slade ‘Cutter’ Cutsinger, and forty three year old, primary school principal Dakota James’s story line. PROTECTING DAKOTA is also the first installment in the multi-authored SLEEPER SEALs anthology series. Each book in the Sleeper SEAL series can be read as a stand alone, and the series does not have to be read in order.

NOTE: PROTECTING DAKOTA contains scenes of graphic violence and sexual assault that may not be suitable for all readers.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Dakota and Slade) PROTECTING DAKOTA focuses on the protection of Dakota James. Dakota is on the run; in hiding; and the only surviving witness to a terrorist bombing at LAX. The leader of the terrorist organization known as Ansar al-Shari’a, Aziz Fourati, has declared war on the US targeting airports around the country, and has made it known that he is determined to take Dakota as his wife. Enter Slade ‘Cutter’ Cutsinger, a retired Navy SEAL who has been recruited by a Sleeper SEAL unit whose missions are dark, off the records, and in no way connected to any other government agency. What ensues is the search for Dakota James, the building relationship between Dakota and Slade, and the fall out when the mission and Dakota’s whereabouts have been compromised by an unknown source.

Dakota James loves her job as a primary school principal but threats against the people and children she loved forced our heroine on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of a mad man determined to make Dakota his wife. Slade Cutsinger’s call back to ‘active duty’ brings our hero up close and personal with the military’s new Sleeper SEALs unit of retired SEALs-a unit where each mission requires a single SEAL to extract or protect on his own. Seeing Dakota’s images immediately sparks interest in our retired Navy SEAL-a longing to be part of a relationship with a woman to love.

The relationship between Dakota and Slade is one of immediate attraction; a story of insta-love, and I mean INSTANT love between two people pulled together by circumstance and threats. The $ex scenes are sensual but limited; mostly implied with the exception of the final erotic scene between our leading couple.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Dakota’s father Finnegan James; Slade’s Retired Navy Commander Greg Lambert; Navy SEAL Matthew ‘Wolf’ Steel and his wife Caroline, Kason “Benny” Sawyer , and Wolf’s commander Patrick Hurt.

PROTECTING DAKOTA is a fast paced, story of suspense and romance. The premise is energetic; the characters are spirited; the romance is passionate and engaging.

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Reviewed by Sandy

excerpt

Exactly twenty minutes later, Slade knocked on the door of the trailer. Even being apart from her that long was somehow painful. He kept imagining someone sneaking in through the other door and taking Dakota away from him. He might have been upset at his thoughts, except there was every reason for him to believe someone might do just that.
Until he could get Dakota out of Rachel and back where he had cell phone reception to call Tex and make sure they were still in the clear, he wasn’t going to take any chances.
Instead of returning to the bar, Slade leaned against the side of the A’Le’Inn and kept watch over the trailer while Dakota showered. He might be going overboard, but he didn’t think so. She’d been dead to the world when he’d opened the passenger door to her car that morning. She hadn’t even twitched when he’d shut it, either. If he could sneak up on her that easily, so could anyone else. And the thought of Fourati or any of his followers getting their hands on her made him want to hit something.
“I’m ready,” Dakota called out in response to his knock. “Come in.”
Slade turned the knob and entered the small but cozy trailer. As far as accommodations went, it wouldn’t win any traveler awards, but for this town it was downright palatial.
“I saved part of my donut for you,” Dakota told him somewhat shyly.
If he hadn’t already been halfway in love with her, that would’ve sent him over the edge. He knew how much she treasured those maple-frosted pastries…her dad had made it more than clear that no one touched her donuts. “You go ahead, sweetheart. It’s been a while since you’ve had a treat.”
She eyed him for a long moment and he thought she was going to either comment on the use of the endearment, or refuse to eat the pastry he could tell she wanted by the look in her eyes, but she finally shrugged and gave him a small smile.

About the author

Susan StokerNew 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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Shelter For Sophie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes 8) by Susan Stoker-Review Tour

SHELTER FOR SOPHIE (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #8) by Susan Stoker-Review Tour

Shelter For Sophie 1

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 15, 2017

She’s shy, he’s stoic…not the hardest personality traits to overcome, but Sophie Carson and Roman “Chief” Proudfit have their work cut out for them.

Sophie has a crush on the silent-but-studly firefighter next door. She’s been pining away silently while secretly helping the hardworking man by mowing his lawn—which he thinks is being done by her nonexistent husband and/or boyfriend. He’s definitely not big on neighborly chitchat, but with her stutter, that suits Sophie just fine. But now a misunderstanding at a bar has put him even further out of her reach.

Roman’s difficult upbringing on an Indian reservation is a sore spot, so when he thinks Sophie is taking advantage of poor people for medical trials at her workplace, he lets her know exactly what he thinks. But when he discovers he misunderstood, he’s man enough to admit it…and also that he should have opened his eyes to his beautiful, sensitive neighbor sooner.

As the couple gets closer, each helping the other overcome lifelong pains, for the first time in years, Roman has something to live for other than his job. And, as he discovers when Sophie puts herself in danger, something even bigger to lose…

** Shelter for Sophie is the 8th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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REVIEW: SHELTER FOR SOPHIE is the eighth installment in Susan Stoker’s contemporary, adult BADGE OF HONOR: TEXAS HEROES contemporary, romance series. This is firefighter and Native American Roman ‘Chief’ Proudfit, and scientist Sophie Carson’s story line. SHELTER FOR SOPHIE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

Told from several third person perspectives including Sophie and Roman SHELTER FOR SOPHIE follows the building relationship between scientist and researcher Sophie Carson, and her next door neighbor Native American firefighter Roman “Chief” Proudfit. Their acrimonious introduction follows Chief’s misunderstanding of the who and what of Sophie Carson-a misunderstanding that opens a new world of knowledge for both of our story line leading characters. What ensues is the building relationship and growing love between Sophie and Roman, and the fall out when a fire in an abandoned building threatens the life of the woman with whom Roman has fallen in love.

SHELTER FOR SOPHIE finds our heroine has a soft spot for the homeless who live near the hospital where Sophie works. An arsonist is setting fire to abandoned building and homes, and Sophie worries that the people she has befriended may have to move when the hospital makes plans to demolish the latest eyesore. Roman ‘Chief’ Proudfit is determined to make amends for his initial treatment of our story line heroine. His attraction to Sophie is palpable but Sophie has a propensity of placing other people’s safety above her own.

The relationship between Sophie and Roman is one of mutual attraction although Sophie’s attraction to Roman long surpasses our hero’s introduction to our story line heroine. Roman’s misunderstanding of Sophie’s position at the hospital places our hero in a position to beg forgiveness for the assumption that Sophie was not the woman she professed to be. Sophie is a strong, courageous and sassy heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. Susan Stoker’s heroines all have some issues that prevent the character from grabbing life by the horns and enjoying the ride. In Sophie’s case our heroine struggles with a speech impediment, as well as scars from a case of childhood abuse.

There is a large ensemble of secondary and supporting characters including Sophie’s best friends Autumn McCoy, Tory Brown and Quinn Dixon as well as most of the previous story line couples; a handful of firefighters and rescue personnel looking for love; several homeless men and women, and the Sloppy Cow’s bartender, and kinesiology instructor Erin Gardner. Erin and Game Warden Conor Paxton’s story line is next in Justice for Erin.

Susan Stoker weaves Native American and Navajo lore, culture and language into a story line that includes some elements of the paranormal as the couple struggles with an unknown enemy that threatens to destroy their growing love. The premise is engaging and entertaining; the characters are spirited and heartwarming; the romance is passionate and captivating. SHELTER FOR SOPHIE is a moving and enjoyable addition to the author’s Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes romance series.

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Reviewed by Sandy

About The Author

Susan StokerNew 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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Claiming Alexis (Ace Security #2) by Susan Stoker-Review and Book Tour

CLAIMING ALEXIS (Ace Security #2) by Susan Stoker-Review and Book Tour

Claiming Alexis

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 4, 2017

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Nothing is more important to Blake Anderson than the work he does with his brothers at Ace Security. At least that’s what he thinks until he meets the fiercely independent Alexis Grant. The security firm’s new intern pushes all his buttons—and makes his temperature rise. But giving in to temptation might be risky business.
Alexis can tell that Blake has his doubts about her ability to commit. But while most people look at her and see only a flighty rich girl, she knows he sees much more. Determined to prove herself to Blake, Alexis jumps at the chance to work undercover. And when her case takes a dangerous turn, she puts her trust—and her heart—in his hands.
Now, as Alexis digs into the deadly secrets of a local gang, Blake will lay everything on the line to protect the woman he’s come to love.

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REVIEWCLAIMING ALEXIS is the second installment in Susan Stoker’s contemporary, adult ACE SECURITY erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on the Anderson triplets (Blake, Logan and Nathan) and the family owned Ace Security. This is Ace Security co-owner and security specialist Blake Anderson, and new Ace Security intern and heiress Alexis Grant’s story line. CLAIMING ALEXIS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but I recommend reading book one CLAIMING GRACE as much of the current story line premise is a direct result of the events in book one.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Blake and Alexis) CLAIMING ALEXIS follows Alexis Grant as she goes undercover to ferret our information about the Inca Boyz gang, their involvement in the recent attempts to destroy Grace’s (Claiming Grace) life, and her brother Bradford’s entanglement in the blackmail scheme between Inca Boyz and Grace’s parents. While Alexis volunteers to go undercover, Blake struggles with his growing love for the woman that calls to his heart. What ensues are Alexis’s struggle and pursuit to be accepted by the Inca Boyz gang, and the fall out when the ruse is uncovered by someone from Alexis’s past.

CLAIMING ALEXIS is a friend to lovers romance that focuses on the quick building relationship between Alexis and Blake. Alexis has some issues of self esteem that center on what she believes are her less than exemplary physical attributes, and the uncomfortable circumstances that her parent’s money has placed upon her personal and emotional inability to trust. Blake has been attracted to Alexis from the very
start, and his proclamation of need and love is quickly replaced by fear when Alexis volunteers to go undercover with the Inca Boyz gang. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate; Alexis is a virgin whose lack of experience is quickly replaced by exploration and a man who is willing to take his time with the woman he loves. A drunk Alexis tells it like it is; and Blake likes to talk dirty in the bedroom.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Logan and Grace (Claiming Grace #1), Nathan Anderson, as well as several members of the Inca Boyz gang.

Alexis’s lack of experience as it pertained to the undercover operation is disturbing especially when everything begins to fall apart. The circumstances were dangerous and life threatening even though Blake and the others claimed to be a heartbeat away. I question the believability of such actions and placing a civilian in the direct line of fire but such is the world of fictional story lines and sometimes, in the end, believability is to be suspended.

CLAIMING ALEXIS is a spirited story line. The premise is energetic; the characters are enthusiastic; the romance is provocative and intense-Alexis’s lack of experience and inability to hold her booze leads to some rather unorthodox comments and actions. The reality of the undercover operation is questionable.

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Reviewed by Sandy

About The author

Susan StokerNew 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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Protecting Kiera (Seal of Protection 10/ Brotherhood Protectors) by Susan Stoker-Review Blitz

PROTECTING KIERA : Brotherhood Protectors (Seal of Protection #10) by Susan Stoker-Review Blitz

Protecting Kiera

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 6, 2017

Cooper Nelson’s SEAL career was cut drastically short when an explosion left him almost completely deaf. With so much of his pride and self-worth tied to the profession he loved above all else, Coop struggles in his nearly silent new world, his future seemingly bleak…until Commander Hurt badgers him into volunteering at the Riverton School for the Deaf. There, he meets teacher Kiera Hamilton, who opens his eyes—and his heart—to a love more fulfilling than any job could be.

Ten years his senior, Kiera can’t believe Coop would ever be interested in anything long term, but he patiently proves her wrong. And she’s not the only one enamored with the sexy former-SEAL—her impressionable first-grade students are enthralled with the man, especially Frankie. The troubled young boy flourishes with each of Cooper’s visits, which only makes Kiera fall harder.

As he learns ASL, connects with the students, and gets closer to Kiera, Coop’s happier than he’s ever been…until an attempted abduction at the school threatens to take away everything that makes his new life worth living.

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REVIEW: PROTECTING KIERA is the tenth installment (and novella) in Susan Stoker’s contemporary, adult SEAL OF PROTECTION romantic, military, suspense series focusing on a tight knit group of Navy SEALS and the women they love. This is twenty seven year old former Navy SEAL Cooper Nelson, and teacher Kiera Hamilton’s story line. PROTECTING KIERA can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

NOTE: PROTECTING KIERA is also the latest installment in Ella James’s multi-author Kindle Worlds of the Brotherhood Protectors.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Kiera and Cooper) PROTECTING KIERA focuses on the building relationship between former Navy SEAL Cooper Nelson, and teacher for the deaf Kiera Hamilton. Cooper’s last deployment overseas and his Navy career ended when an explosion resulted in permanent hearing loss for our story line hero. Meeting Kiera Hamilton at the School for the Deaf stirred something inside Cooper Nelson he long thought dead. Having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, Cooper’s attraction and need for Kiera Hamilton pushed Cooper to volunteering at the school where Kiera taught the deaf and hearing impaired. What ensues is the building relationship between Kiera and Cooper, and Kiera’s struggle to accept their ten year age difference in the face of their growing love.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including many of Cooper’s former SEAL buddies: Patrick and his wife Julie, Commander ‘Tex’ Hurt (Protecting Melody), Matthew ‘Wolf’ (Protecting the Future), Slade Cutsinger  (Protecting Dakota) and newcomer Axel Svenson ‘Swede’ who works for the security company known as the Brotherhood Protectors; as well as a number of students at the Riverton School for the Deaf.

PROTECTING KIERA is a quick read; a novella length story line that sees wounded Navy SEAL Cooper Nelson come to terms with his injury, his place in civilian life, and falling in love with the woman that calls to his heart. The premise is engaging and entertaining; the romance is quick to build-their attraction to one another has already been established; the characters are colorful and energetic. PROTECTING KIERA revisits many of the author’s previous story line characters and couples, giving the reader a glimpse into what was and what will be.

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Reviewed by Sandy

About The Author

Susan StokerNew 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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Rescuing Kassie (Delta Force Heroes #5) by Susan Stoker-Review & Book Tour

RESCUING KASSIE (Delta Force Heroes #5) by Susan Stoker-Review and Book Tour

Rescuing Kassie

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 16, 2017

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Graham “Hollywood” Caverly feels the chemistry with Kassie Anderson in the emails they’ve been exchanging through a dating site. When they finally meet in person, and that online chemistry proves to have real-life sizzle, he knows she’s the one. He couldn’t be happier when their first date, at an annual Army Ball, goes better than he could have imagined. Until Kassie drops a bomb.

Kassie doesn’t want to approach Hollywood on the dating site, but threats to her family leave her no other choice. She definitely doesn’t want to fall for the man. But fall she does. Hard. After she admits the ruse–and after some understandable anger on both their parts–Kassie wonders if, in Hollywood’s arms, a happy future is within her grasp.

But her past always finds her, and in Kassie’s case, that’s a dangerous proposition–because she’s connected to an old enemy of Hollywood’s Delta Force team. Very intimately connected… And it will take Hollywood, his Delta brothers, and even some outside help to do what should have been done the first time–eliminate the threat once and for all.

** Rescuing Kassie is the 5th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings

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REVIEW: RESCUING KASSIE is the fifth installment in Susan Stoker’s contemporary, adult DELTA FORCE HEROES romantic, suspense series focusing on an elite team of military personnel. This is team member Graham ‘Hollywood’ Caverly, and department store clerk Kassie Anderson’s story line. RESCUING KASSIE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary although I recommend reading the series in order as some of the events of the current story line are connected to the events of Marrying Emily. There is a slight cross-over with the author’s Badge of Honor series.

Told from several third person perspectives including Kassie and Hollywood RESCUING KASSIE follows the building relationship between Delta Force officer Graham ‘Hollywood’ Caverly and department store clerk Kassie Anderson. For weeks Kassie and Hollywood have been communicating via a dating website but little does Hollywood know that Kassie is being threatened, and Hollywood and his Delta Force soldiers are targeted in a game of revenge. What ensues is the set up and take down of the people targeting our story line heroine, and Hollywood’s quick jump to love and a happily ever after.

RESCUING KASSIE picks up several weeks after the events of MARRYING EMILY and in this there is some background information that is revealed throughout the story. Kassie’s ex boyfriend has destroyed her confidence and trust in the military machine, and with it the threats from a familiar source. Hollywood knows that to end the threats to his team, and the woman he loves, Kassie will remain part of the game.

The relationship between Kassie and Hollywood is quick to build but initially suffers when Kassie reveals the truth behind her introduction to our leading hero. The sexual relationship is slower to build as Hollywood takes his time getting to know the woman with whom he is falling in love. The $ex scenes are limited and mostly fade to black but there are a number of scenes of sexual exploration and play that are intimate, erotic and seductive.

There are a large number of secondary and supporting characters including Hollywood’s Delta Force teammates: Rayne and Ghost, Emily and Fletch, as well as Emily’s daughter Annie, Harley and Coach, and Dane ‘Fish’ Munroe whose story is next in Rescuing Bryn. Several characters from the author’s Blade of Honor series cross over for familiarity. The requisite evil is two-fold as our heroine struggles with the threats against herself and her family.

The world building looks at the friendships and camaraderie, lives and loves of the elite Delta Force team-a blacker than black ops special unit who are but ghosts in the wind.

RESCUING KASSIE is an amazing story of suspense, romance, revenge and betrayal. The premise is engaging, energetic and moving; the characters are colorful, spirited and dynamic; the romance is passionate and emotional. Susan Stoker’s creative story lines pull the reader into a sexy world of military heroes and the women they love.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Delta Force Heroes

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RESCUING EMILY: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / B&N / KOBO /

RESCUING HARLEY: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / B&N / KOBO /

MARRYING EMILY: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / B&N / KOBO /

RESCUING KASSIE: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / B&N / KOBO / Chapters Indigo

About The Author

Susan StokerNew 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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