Matthew "Wolf" Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn't have to do it very often. He'd been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.
When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she'd ever seen. She also never expected he'd be so easy to talk to. She knew he'd never be interested in talking to her if he hadn't been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.
Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she'd see, or need, Wolf, she'd be sorely mistaken.
**Protecting Caroline is a stand-alone love story. It's Book 1 in the SEAL of Protection Series.**
Stoker's bland, short novel consists of story sequences that never cohere into a satisfactory work. Matthew "Wolf" Steel and his team of five other Navy SEALs are traveling on a commercial airline on a break from their missions. Wolf's seatmate, chemist Caroline, detects drugs in the beverages served to the passengers; she warns Wolf, who manages to foil a plot to hijack the plane, but her actions draw the attention of the terrorists' allies on the ground. When they come after her, Wolf and his team ride to her rescue, despite their only perfunctory (but intense) previous interactions. Stoker's writing is at its best when she describes the characters' emotions for one another, but those nuggets are not enough to redeem the overall low quality of the prose, pacing, and structure. (BookLife)
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Easy book to read
Not mind blowing in its premise, however it showed promise, so I kept reading. Author has an easy prose.
I did think it lost its way a little with hostage preamble of Caroline. Okay I get it, she is stoic, strong minded etc., but 3 men hitting her one after the other and still being able to put up a fight before being dumped overboard, somewhat hard to believe. A hunky Alpha male, who liked a geeky chemist, good to know an average female has pulling power even in the printed word. Worth the read.
I have always enjoyed reading this author she never disappoints me . I totally recommend this author.l have enjoyed all her series.👍💕
Needs plot editing
It’s an interesting story and premise, but there are a few inconsistencies that drag it down.
1. How did the terrorist group even find out her name?
She claims to go unnoticed in the world yet she becomes their prime target in a matter of weeks. Not to mention when she’s captured they keep asking her how she knew when a little research on her background and job would have answered that question. It just makes the whole situation seem stupid not to mention the bad guys.
2. Although this is a romance things seem to move really fast. This is a borderline insta-love story where they keep repeating the fact that they “have something together/between them” to the point of annoyance. WE GET IT! They feel a connection, no need to have the MCs KEEP saying it over and over.
3. The 3rd person perspective shifted from the MCs to random characters unexpectedly. Sure its 3rd there’s more leeway to see what other people are thinking/doing, but this seemed like a 3rd-point-perspective that stayed with the MCs. Only for it to shift to another member of the team or at the beginning when they guys left the bar made it seem almost like 2nd-person perspective which is doubly confusing.
4. The explanation of Caroline’s job as a chemist seems to me like a Google definition of what chemistry is. It was a soulless recount of what you could find off the net like the writer didn’t do any research into what a chemist does which made the conversation feel like a ‘wiki explains’ page. Not to mention you didn’t actually get a feel for what she ACTUALLY does at any point in the story she was just a woman with serious esteem issues (despite what she claimed at the start) who required point blank explanation that he really does like her.
5. And then there was that bonehead move he pulls near the end with the “it’s my fault she was hurt” BS after he and his team just saved her.
Don’t say one thing then do another there didn’t really seem to be a reason for it than to create drama right at the end so they could have a somewhat heartfelt reunion.
Overall some editing is needed to clean this one up. It’s an interesting concept for sure but the execution means rereads make the reader realise just how shoddy it really is.
I tried to reread this for the second or third time, but got halfway and got really annoyed about how many leaps in logic the story took.