“What I learned through all of it is to love hard while you have the chance. Love with your whole heart, and give it your all. Make whatever sacrifices you have to in order to make your relationship work.”Susan Stoker, Defending Allye, p 231
I’ve found yet another series that I’ve fallen in love with. So much so that I’ve read the first three books within the series in less than two weeks. They have sucked me in and it has been difficult to put them down. I mean, hot men to the rescue? Yes, please! At that point you start to think of how you could possibly get kidnapped just so you could get rescued by one of them. hahaha Okay, so maybe I’ve just been single for a bit too long.
In the first book we get to know Grayson Rogers, a former Navy SEAL, who works with a group of men known as the Mountain Mercenaries. Their main task is to save women and children that have been kidnapped, abused, and/or trafficked. In Defending Allye we start right in the thick of things and miles off the coast of San Fransisco in the Pacific Ocean. I’m a fan of how the book starts as it makes you want to read more and find out why they are there, how the person they are going to save got into the situation that they’re in. It even made me cringe a bit within the first few pages when Gray starts to cut the fingers off of the guy driving the boat that is holding Allye. Of course Gray doesn’t know at the time that Allye is actually on the boat as he was just trying to get information on the person that was making the exchange for her, but it definitely makes saving her a bit easier since he doesn’t have to go somewhere else to get to her.
And Allye sure was in a predicament.
A guy that goes by the name of Nightingale decided that he wanted to “collect” women such as Allye as he found them to be interesting and unique, making him believe that they should belong to him at any cost. In Allye’s case, he likes her all because of the white streak of hair that she’s had since she was a child as well as having one blue and one brown eye. He figured she would fit in perfectly in his “collection” along with the albino woman, the twins, among others that he had bought/kidnapped and kept in cages. What I love about Allye though is that she doesn’t go willingly. I really don’t think that most women would in a situation like this, but in most cases, they also give up hope quite quickly. Allye though is a fighter and fights to stay alive, fights to survive. And thankfully she doesn’t have to fight by herself long as the Mountain Mercenaries, specifically Gray, has come to get her home.
I’ve read too many books that have lost the thrill after the first few chapters as they’ve run out of action-packed scenes but I was happy to find out that this was not one of those books. After Gray has rescued Allye and swimming for quite a few miles in the ocean before Black, one of Gray’s teammates can get them out, the action tapers off a bit but not completely. Throughout the middle of the book you really get to know Gary and Allye and get wrapped up tight with the relationship they develop. I was continually cheering them on and hoping that she doesn’t decide to go back to San Francisco as she does right after he’s saved her from her captors. I was thrilled when she showed up in The Pit, the meeting place of the Mountain Mercenaries as the bond between the two of them is strong and they fit so well together.
Allye keeps to her true self though, which makes me love her all the more. She stays strong and doesn’t let Gray boss her around. She fights for what she wants. Even after going through all that she does, all she wants is to not only be with Gray, but save those that are being snatched from the streets just like she was. And Gray, that poor tortured soul of his. He may be one that is constantly risking his life to save those that need him but that doesn’t mean he needs saving at some point himself, and I think Allye is the perfect person to save him. There are some deep pains within him still from when he was an active Navy SEAL, making you realize that “tough” guys can feel pain just like anyone else.
There really isn’t anything that I can think of that I didn’t like about this book as it’s well-paced, is full of action, and oh man, those love scenes. I have to fan myself a bit just thinking about them. Be forewarned, if you are looking for sex scenes like those found in the books like Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr, Katie Ruggle, and the like, you may want to prep yourself as they are definitely more descriptive in this series. But, to me, it didn’t go overboard either, keeping the story enjoyable – and steamy (I swear the book could possibly go up in flames at any moment due to how hot these men are) – and not making it an uncomfortable read much like the Fifty Shades series. It’s a series that I would recommend to anyone that loves good romantic suspense books, coupled with a group of panty-melting men.
About Defending Allye
Ever since his rescue op off the Pacific Coast, Mountain Mercenary Gray Rogers hasn’t been able to forget his latest “job” – Allye Martin. Any other woman would have panicked during a rescue, but the wily dancer kept her cool – even after being kidnapped by an elusive human trafficker. And Gray couldn’t be happier when a grateful Allye shows up in his home of Colorado Springs.
For Allye, finding sanctuary in the arms – and bed – of the former Navy SEAL is only temporary. People are disappearing off the streets back in San Francisco, people that Allye has worked closely with as a dancer, becoming victims of the same underground trade that targeted her. And Allye could be the key to dismantling the entire operation. She’s willing to do anything to bring them down, including risking her own life. Gray, on the other hand, isn’t – and for good reason. But you don’t say no to a tough girl like Allye who refuses to play it safe.
Now Gray is risking more than ever before. The Mountain Mercenaries have his back, but is it good enough to keep the woman he loves out of harm’s way?
A list of books of Susan Stoker’s can be found on her site here – Book List