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Summary

The Sleeper SEALs, are former US Navy SEALs recruited by a new CIA counter-terror division to handle solo dark ops missions to combat terrorism on US soil.

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 heard in order.

©2017 Susan Stoker (P)2017 Susan Stoker

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  • seelk
  • 12-09-17

silver fox... I mean, SEAL <3

What attracted me first is the cover OH MY
Love military romance and this one was pretty good. What I liked the most is that the main characters are not 20 something, the idea that there is always a chance later in life for a HEA. Although I do believe in love at first sight, I didn't really feel like it was between them, maybe because they recognized each other from a previous life? It felt a bit too easy. But loved their interaction and it was easy to fall in love with Cutter.

Overall the story was pretty intense, when Dakota and Caroline were captured and how they were treated, and again when they finally found Dakota. What a twist when the terrorist's identity was revealed!!! But all ends well and those are my fave endings.

My first listen from Ms. Bloom, loved the voices she gave the characters, especially the male voice. But when she was voicing Dakota, the pitch was a bit on the high and made me cringe a few times, not a good feeling. If that could be toned down a bit, it would earn the 5 stars.

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  • Barb (Paging Through The Days)
  • 11-10-17

Cutter is the man!!

Holy Smokes! I loved Susan's SEAL of Protection Series. I have missed them boys dearly and boy howdy, this one may be a new start to something new but it has the old boys in it. It was awesomesauce! And Hot! Haha

The narator on the sudio edition did a fantastic job, as always!!

Never say a man who is a little gray has been used up. Slade "Cutter" Cutsinger is just as badarsed today as he was in his younger SEAL days. When he is given a secret, off the books mission, he agrees. There is so much that could go wrong. There were things that could good. When he finds his target, a girl on the run from a terrorist, things get real.

Dakota James is a sweet, good ole girl, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who knew being in the airport as a psycho sets off a bomb could lead to so much trouble. Trouble that she can not get away from alone. But she tries. This is how and where she meets Cutter.

When things get hairy and they have to bug out... that leads them back to San Diego.. and into the hands of SEALs and trouble. When the crap hits the fan the men all jump into action. Control is not something Cutter is used to balancing anymore. However, when the man in charge of the trouble gets found... oh it gets good. LIKE REALLY GOOD!!!!!

Your mission now is to read it so you can see what happens!!

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  • Gina
  • 08-09-17

You can't go wrong with this author

Susan Stoker is a great writer- suspenseful stories, real people with believable dialogue, sexy brave women that do not act like doormats or idiots and - of course- hot honorable heroes. I could not stop listening and landed up getting though this book in one day and a who-needs-sleep night. : ) I have loved all of her series and enjoy the overlap so you get glimpses into the other characters. Already waiting for the next one!

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  • BIGmama
  • 06-09-17

Coming of age...

This was one of my Stoker favs. Her books always draw you into the adventure, the love & friendships. I usually wait until at least 3 of a series are available on Audible before I listen. I usually want the next one right after and am too impatient to wait. I have now listened to EVERY Susan Stoker book available on Audible and am dying for the next.

My favorite part of Protecting Dakota was that Dakota & Slade are my age!!! Often times the parents of the love interest are my age. Us forty something like a good love & sexy story too.
Cannot wait until book 2 in the sleeper series.

Stella Bloom amazes me. I'm not sure how she makes her voice into so many believable characters. Bravo!@!

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  • Donna spradlin
  • 16-06-18

dakota

wonderful. as always, susan stoker gives her best. great start to a new series.

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  • Lady Shiloh
  • 31-05-18

Love a good "suffering heroine" story.

This and all of this and the previous series is awesome. I love stong heros sabing strong women that need them.

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  • Diamond Rue
  • 17-04-18

Great bait for the series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Fan of Susan Stoker so much that she has enticed me to read the other authors that contributed to this series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Protecting Dakota?

My favorite moment was when the hero and heroine first meet. The attraction was palpable and very well written. I honestly felt like a "fly on the wall" front and center experiences the sparks ignite.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 15-02-18

Older live at first sight...

When Slade gets a call asking him to come out of retirement for a special assignment, he never thought he’d meet the love of his life or have to try to save her from a crazy terrorist. Dakota was a schoolteacher who had just been in the right place at the wrong time and is running for her life. The characters have great chemistry, the story is fast paced and engaging. The narration was done well too. Overall, a good entertaining audiobook story!

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  • Cindy H.
  • 06-01-18

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It was a good story, I enjoyed listening to it, but there were a lot of cliched themes in the book that you find in so many SEAL novels, I just couldn’t give it high marks. Too simplistic with worn out tropes. Plus, I’m not a fan of InstaLove. YMMV, etc.

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  • Lisa
  • 22-10-17

disappointed

I have enjoyed all of the Susan Stoker books I have read, but I could not finish this one. The H looked at her picture and it was insta-love and the father of the damsel in distress who trusted no one trusted the H, and of course the damsel had insta-love also. I need more of a story of how they fell for each other.