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.
My Review of Protecting Dakota
I liked that idea of the sleeper seals and the fact that they are mixed in with the characters from past books. I even liked that the characters (Slade and Dakota) were a bit older than usual as I felt it brought a different dimension to the characters.
Dakota, survived a bombing at the airport, only to be chased by the terrorist, who wants her to be his and reproduce more terrorists. She was just in the wrong place at the way wrong time.
Slade, a retired SEAL, is called into action to help find Dakota and bring her in safely. He is the first on his kind in a mission like this. He sets off to find her after her father gets postcards from Las Vegas and he takes this clue and goes in search of her on his motorcycle.
The villain in this story is just plain psycho. Literally. But his character and the reason for him pursuing Dakota doesn’t really get established that well. With a story line as out there as this one is, I hoped that I could at least understand his reasoning. But crazy in just plain crazy and that doesn’t need an explanation.
While I adore Susan Stoker books, this one was just average for me. Romantic suspense totally work for me, but I needed more from this couple. The connection with the couple was never really established as well as some of Susan Stoker’s other books. The “On the Run” troupe was a nice change from some of her other stories and the details are great, but there just wasn’t enough connection, conversation, or development with the characters. Slade and Dakota’s connection seems superficial and shallow and maybe forced a bit. I still read the whole thing, but this wasn’t one of my favorite stories. Sorry, Susan. I think this story could have been better if it were longer. The plot didn’t seem like 3 full acts, but one part of a story that just got started.