The Stakes Are Personal, Hot, And Dangerous In New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Stoker S Riveting Mountain Mercenaries NovelAs Tough As Everly Adams May Be, The Colorado Springs SWAT Officer Is Near A Breaking Point Her Fifteen Year Old Half Sister, Elise, Has Disappeared From Los Angeles Without A Trace, And The Window To Find Her Is Closing Fast Committed To The Search Is Mountain Mercenary Kannon Ball Black He And Everly Already Have A History Of Rubbing Each Other The Wrong WayStill, Everly Has To Admit The Man Is Heart Stopping His Brash Alpha Swagger Takes Her Breath Away And Most Importantly, As A Former Coast Guard First Responder, Ball Has What It Takes To Bring Elise HomeNobody S Buying The LAPD S Runaway Theory And The Fear That Elise Is The Victim Of A Human Trafficking Ring Is A Gut Punch That Everly And Ball Can T Ignore If Only The Trail Were That Clear Cut Because The One They Re Following Is Insidious And Intimately Dark Than They Could Have ImaginedNow As The Bond Between Everly And Ball Grows Stronger, So Does The Heat And As The Stakes Rise, So Does The Danger Ok, I think this is my new favorite in the series There were so many good things about Ball and Everly s story Everly is a kick butting police officer and you do get to see her skills in this I love a heroine who can hold her own Ball had me a little nervous at first He is very obviously jaded about women but the author did such a good job of turning him around It was subtle and realistic when he realized that just maybe he wasn t thinking full picture based off his past experiences He gracefully acknowledged he was wrong Good job Ball I really loved the addition of Elise s character She is Everly s little sister who is deaf This created so many great scenes with Ball and the rest of the Mountain Mercenary crew The way Ball wanted to learn ASL was so endearing Really how he treated Elise from day one had me loving him.The best part was the plot While very scary in real life, it made for an exciting and fast paced read in the book We also get a glimpse into the next book and I gotta say that was cruel Susan Stoker How do you expect us to wait after that preview PRE ORDER US UKThe Mountain Mercenaries has been my favorite series from Susan Stoker and I ve loved every book and every character in it Ball was a little hard to gauge up until now but I loved being able to dig deeper into his character It took some time for him to open up to Everly and to see that she was capable as a partner and the journey those discoveries took him on was brilliant Everly was a kickass heroine and I loved getting to see how tough she was throughout this story She was gong through a really hard time with her sister, Elise, missing but she held it together so that she could go with Ball and find Elise I admired the strength she had and it had me rooting for her character And even Elise s, who I thought was a great addition to this group Overall, this series gets a huge recommend from me I think the books are better off read in order, especially since the epilogue s usually have the next book s characters featured in them, but they could be read out of order ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. Feel good romantic suspenseThis author s stories are chock a block full of strong men and women which has made the Mountain Mercenaries series so fun to read This time out saw Ball and Everly battling the unknown in their frantic search for Elise.I loved how Elise was portrayed a teenager dealing with all the usual growing up issues plus a wee bit She was smart but still a kid and searching for answers in all the places, including where she shouldn t How it was dealt with felt true to reality, including her gut wrenching fear and tension Ball and Everly s journey from reluctant partners in the search to unexpected supporters Their fear was no less real and all the emotions they had were close to the surface Hate and love were a big part of this romantic suspense and it was felt in every snarky exchange, each hard fought battle My favourite part Ball s connection with Elise which revealed so much of his true character Secondary characters, including Everly s grandparents, stole their moments and made this family focused romance even better.Another great read in the series Diane, 4.5 stars Don t let the title fool you Everly can and does defend herself She is a police SWAT officer and enlists assistance of the Mountain Mercenaries to locate her missing teenaged sister Ball has had negative experiences in his past when working with women and is biased Everly quickly and effortlessly changes his mind and his heart Their romance is one of mature adults and leaves the reader full of hope I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is the story of Mountain Mercenary Kannon Black aka Ball, and Colorado Springs SWAT Everly Adams.Everly s 15 year old half sister is missing she disappeared from Los Angelos without a trace and the window to find her is closing fast Ball along with the other Mountain Mercenaries are going to help find her sister She and Ball got off on the wrong foot Will they be able to forget about the animosity they feel towards each other and find her sister Another great story by Susan Stoker I love her books The characters are real with real emotions and feelings I cannot wait for the next one I would highly reccomend this book and series I I receieved a free copy of this book this is my honest review I would purchase this book for myself or friend or family member Susan is such a great writer. Mountain Mercenaries Everly is a cop and SWAT officer, who enlists the help of the Mountain Mercenaries when her deaf sister disappears after school one day Unfortunately, Ball isn t keen to work with a woman on his team due to some of his past experiences, but he s the one roped into going to LA with the sexy woman This story was amazing even though the scenario itself is quite heartbreaking ,in the sense that even when a situation makes you feel helpless, determination and hope are both essential Ball and Everly even though it appears they dislike each other in the beginning, they rely and on the other person in times of stress, until the point neither knows what they would do without the other Ball makes a concerted effort to learn MORE, which you ll understand once you read the story.sorry no spoilers here, which made me fall in love with him and wish my name was Everly A fantastic story nonetheless and I know we are closer to Meat s story and potentially Rex s as well I received an advanced copy via Netgalley and would like to thank the publisher and Susan for a chance to review this great love story and voluntarily leave my honest review Defending Everly is book 5 in the Mountain Mercenaries by Susan Stoker Even though it s my first read in this series, I didn t feel lost when reading this book But I definitely will go and start reading this series because I want to know of them Loved it Loved that Everly is a strong brave heroine She was kick ss Everly Adams is a SWAT officer who s sister has disappeared and she goes to The Mercenaries for help Kannon Ball Black doesn t like working with women and he showed it at the beginning, but he quickly turned around when he realized Everly is not like the women in his past.Loved the relationship between Ball and Elise, Everly s sister.Also loved that he learned sign language to communicate with her Great read and had me hooked since the beginning My Rating 5 STARS Ball has had a bad run with women lately His newbie partner almost got him killed His fiancee ditched him when he got discharged from the Coast Guard So he s not exactly female friendly but even he didn t think he d stopp as low as insulting a woman to her face Everly, as a SWAT officer, has to be tough, capable and twice as good as a man to be taken seriously but Ball just cannot seperate Everly the cop from Everly the female Give Everly a gun toting smackhead any day Anything but this muscle bound, misogynstic merc But if she wants to find her sister she needs to accept all the help she can get Even Ball s Her younger sister is not only missing, she is also deaf She has to go on the mission so that they can communicate with her.Oh boy, Ball made a bit of an impression for all the wrong reasons initially Thankfully he took his foot out of his mouth, his ideas out of the dark ages and managed to redeem himself I loved the little homework project he set himself Everly could have come across as hard as nails, butch or bitchy but she had a real vulnerability that made her immensely likable Everly s grandparents were just so sweet, talk about relationship goals I loved the way this little generation gap family worked together This book deals with soem very serious topics, including the grooming of teenagers over social media Elise s character was a bit naive but her disbaility made her feel cut off from others, so she came to rely on the encouragement she received from her cyber friend to boost her confidence Ball and Elise had such a great bond from their first meeting, it was incredibly endearing.Tightly crafted, suspense laden, passion filled story with great characters I ve come to expect nothing less from this series Roll on the next book PS I have my own ideas about Rex identity I think it might bewell that d be telling and I may have gotten my wires crossed lol Another winner I love this series and Defending Everly tells us Ball s story He has his own rough back story, and dislikes working with womenthen he is forced to work with Everly to find her sister However, Everly is not the average family member, she is a highly trained SWAT officer with her own tragic back story.I loved the way these characters came together and found a way to become a team, and, ultimately, to see if their broken pieces can fit together to become a couple The characters are interesting and tugged on my heartstrings, especially Elise, the missing sister As a deaf teenager, she normally faces challenges than most As a kidnap victim, being unable to hear puts Elise at a serious disadvantage and makes it harder for any potential rescuer However, the author presents this is a normal way with a gentle touch This is a must read for fans of the genre The author is one my favorites and I have her on my auto buy list Not only does she create strong and engaging characters within a wonderful romance suspense, she has a way of breaking through society s prejudices by having characters with different abilities Put this one at the top of your TBR list. Defending EverlyMountain Mercenaries Book 5This book was non stop action from the beginning to the very end Everly Adams was very intense in the search of her half sister Elise who disappeared in plain sight With the help of Kannon Ball Black the two worked together in the search of Elise The dislike of Kannon Ball from Everly changed slowly and the chemistry and sparks soon ignited and the dislike soon turned into like This book was filled with danger, heat, passion and love Susan Stoker once again delights with the Mountain Mercenaries series Now for the next in the series.