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Defending Allye

(Mountain Mercenaries #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  9,158 ratings  ·  842 reviews
Love is a life-and-death risk for the Mountain Mercenaries in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s explosive series of alpha heroes, hot action, and hard passion…

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 w
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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✰ Liz ✰
"If you loved me, you would stay here with me. Safe."

Defending Allye is the first book in the Mountain Mercenaries Series. A perfect blend of action, suspense, passion, and tender romance, Susan Stoker delivers a stunning "militaryesque" romance with a lot of heart. Gray Rogers is a former Navy Seal and a member of an elite mercenary team that serves to protect civilians. When he is sent on a job and inadvertently rescues Allye Martin from harm, a connection is made. Allye, a profession
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Grayson Rogers from the Mountain Mercenaries is sent on a mission to gather information on a human trafficking business. On that mission he rescues Allye who was just kidnapped. When the man who purchased her isn't willing to stop going after her, Gray and his fellow mercenaries work diligently to bring this guy down.

Our main characters, Gray and Allye are what really made this story for me. Despite Gray's toughness, he was incredibly sweet to Allye. That is almost the perfect combination in ch
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DEFENDING ALLYE by Susan Stoker. This is book one of a new series by Ms. Stoker. Having read many of her previous books, I was looking forward to this one. Well, Ms. Stoker did not disappoint! This story tells the tale of Allye and Gray. I adored Allye. She's sweet and a bit quirky and a touch naive, despite having a bit of a rough life thus far. She made me laugh and smile throughout. Gray is tough and rough and uber sexy! He's all about protecting his woman and I LOVE IT! Since this is a book ...more
2.5-3 stars

It was okay-ish. I liked the writing style but the plot didn't suck me in much and the relationship felt too much too soon at some places. Plus, the sick, twisted fucker man went down too easily for my liking and the ending was a bit anti-climactic, at least in my opinion.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Defending Allye is my first full length novel by Susan Stoker, and a story I really enjoyed. I liked the suspense that was thrown in around the whirlwind romance of Allye and Gray. The chemistry they shared added a sensual feeling to the intriguing story and I thought the blend of everything coming together was done very well.

This is definitely a series I'll be reading more of and even might jump to the second book as my next read. All of the secondary charact
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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WOW! This first book in Susan Stoker’s new Romantic suspense series is intense, gritty, sexy and HOT!

DEFENDING ALLYE (Mountain Mercenaries #1) by Susan Stoker has everything I am looking for in a Romantic suspense. The excitement takes off from page one with the alpha hero rescuing the heroine, but she is no ordinary, shrinking violet heroine. The villain of the book is pure evil and sadistic. (WARNING for those who have problems
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was meant to be just a short, sweet filler on the last day of the month. And in a way it was. However, it was also a bit more because the author actually managed to let the main characters talk to one another instead of instantly ending up between the sheets.

Allye hasn't had a nice time growing up. Nevertheless, she is an accomplished dancer now. However, at the beginning of the book she's only one thing: a kidnapping victim. The thing is, she wasn't even supposed to be on the boat Grey boa
Janise Way
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank the stars above! Defending Allye is a new series for Mrs. Stoker. Kind of. Sort of totally new, but it’s not. It’s sort of like shopping at Target. You know what you came in to shop for, but those dudes in the red and khaki just made a new display that catches your attention. So, you walk back to the front of the store and grab a cart. That’s what Defending Allye is. It’s a new display. And it’s awesome. I can’t tell you how excited I was to read an old, familiar name pop up. It was like “ ...more
Cute ass audio that helped me put up my tree... with lights.
Ornaments will come later.

Defending Allye is the first book of the Mountain Mercenaries series. It was cute and everything and I love the two main characters buttt some things annoyed me. For most of this book, Allye is basically the victim. I get that she was kidnapped and shit..but it was kind of boring.

I did end up falling for Grayson and Allye though. They were cute and he's like the alpha always looking to save his woman. I'm glad
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Really wanted to love this one, and it started out promising, but Allye's character just fell flat for me. The events in her childhood should've made me feel bad for her, but as it was described it didn't really stir any emotion.

Discussing your life story while trying to stay alive and swim to safety in frigid water didn't really ring true for me either.

A copy was kindly provided by Montlake Romance via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense
I've read other books in this series, but I always wanted to read the first one, but just hadn't gotten around to it. All the books can be read as standalones as each book is about a different member of the Mountain Mercenaries. The Mountain Mercenaries are a group of former military operatives hired by the mysterious, filthy rich Rex. Think Charlie from Charlie's Angels. He contacts them by phone as gives them assignments, usually having to do with hunting down sex traffickers, but not always. ...more
Nate Brightman
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read once that Susan Stoker was the highest selling modern romance author. So obviously she knows what she’s doing. It’s been a while since I read one of her books but she hasn’t changed things up much if at all since the last time I read her. Defending Allye her first book in her Mountain Mercenary series is pretty much like all her other books. You have a beautiful, emotionally strong and caring, lusty heroine in Allye who survived a tragic childhood and seems to be able to keep her cool reg ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Defending Allye is a new series by Susan Stoker so you know I was gonna pick this up! All the men of Mountain Mercenaries are former soldiers who now work for the mysterious 'Rex' saving women and children from the clutches of evil. Its like Charlies Angels, but instead of hot girls, its hot guys.

Allye is a dancer who has caught the eye of a sick, demented guy who wants to 'collect' her. Seriously, this guy is messed up and if you have triggers, you should check out the trigger warning. Tr
Jacqueline's Reads
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, ku
4 Stars

Truly this is a 3.5 star-ish book but the last 1.5 hours was pretty intense and good. It felt like the whole book was leading up to the last 2 hours of the book.

The great thing about kindle unlimited is that you can get audio books for free too, so this is one of those books I had nothing to lose to try.

The narrator wasn’t my favorite. Her voice was fine, she fit the heroine because she sounded older, BUT she pauses way too many times. She reads at a nice pace, but she pauses too long in
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

Great first book to what is going to hopefully be an amazing series.

Gray and Allye were amazing together and smokin hot. I loved how she spelled her name every time after she was introduced to someone new. Allye had a sh*t childhood which made her very strong. She was perfect for Gray. Now the bad guy, Nightingale, was a seriously messed up mo-fo, and had his sights set on Allye. Gray and his crew of course swoop in and save the day. Great epilogue and the teaser chapter
Not listening to my first instinct bites me in the ass again. I almost quit from the get go due to the ott soap opera style of writing but I wanted to give it a fair shot. I was willing to overlook that, and the overly repetitious writing, and even the things that made no logical sense (trained seals breaking after three days, a mid to late twenties woman becoming a professional dancer with no prior training, a bunch of men jaded from bad Intel taking orders from an anonymous man). Then I made i ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
No no no.
What? Who is rating this book?! No. You read the wrong book or something.

If you’re going for “totally unbelievable” -(And bad, groan-with-despair-at-the-impossibility dialogue) fine. Five stars. If you’re at all trying to read a story that maybe, in some parallel universe, possibly could have taken place... no.

No no no.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmmm. I just don’t know why this authors books don’t teally ever rate higher than 3 stars for me. They are ok. They have the right ingredients. But something is missing. But I still keep reading.

I felt zero chemistry with the MC. So it was ok. But really nothing special and kinda boring.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whoohoooo!!! First review of the year! I'm so excited - and it's about a book that moved me to the core with its story! I suspect this will be a nice reading year indeed!

Allye Martin is a victim in every sense of the word. She's kidnapped with the intention of being sold to a guy who collects HUMANS of all things. In his own personal 'zoo'. Yeah, I know, it doesn't get creepier than that. Enter Gray Rogers, one of the Mountain Mercenaries - the one who's tasked with rescuing her. After the missi

Ok, two two star reads, in the last couple of days. I even tried reading a Suzanne Wright and I can officially say that with this two star read I am in a book funk. This book is just bloody awful. It is stilted and comes across to me as unbelievable.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Wendy Hodges
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspense and excitement from the outset, powerful story with action and love. Gray is strong and trustworthy, a real knight in shining army or wetsuit as the case may be, saving an unexpected damsel in distress. Allye is normally independent and very self sufficient because she has had to be, being kidnapped to some degree doesn't phase her. Many of the things that happen in this story are worrying and even a little stomach churning, scary to think that there are possibly people out in the world ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, suspense
I’ve never read a Susan Stoker romance but a friend was chatting about her so when Defending Allye popped up on Netgalley, I decided to jump on it. I’m glad I did! With lots of action, suspense, and loads of chemistry between the MC’s, I found this to be a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Defending Allye did suffer just a tad from first-book-in-a-series-itis, but it wasn’t a bad case so I easily got past it. My main issue was with the backstory of how the Mountain Mercenaries came together. I
Nov 08, 2018 marked it as dnf
I had trouble identifying why this book was pissing me off. I mean, the heroine was strong, she's been kidnapped and soon finds herself in a near-death situation but she doesn't cower, cry or bitch and moan. The hero, Gray, was badass and caring enough. But I still found myself really disliking him and his whole ex-military team.

I finally figured out that it's because this book is full of situations where the men make all the decisions. It's that whole "I'm making a decision that will heavily im
Caitlyn Lynch
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
There are some very serious themes and statistics in Defending Allye, because Allye is one lucky break away from becoming a human trafficking statistic. A professional dancer, she has somehow come to the attention of the ugliest of men, one who trades in human flesh, and who wants Allye for his own personal collection. Rescued in the process of being transferred to her new ‘owner’ by Gray, a former Navy SEAL now working for Mountain Mercenaries, she finds she can’t comfortably return to her form ...more
Grayson is a badass ex-Seal tracking down information on a human trafficking ring when he stumbles across Allye who has been kidnapped. During their swim to safety, they get to know each other and interest is sparked. Allye goes home to San Francisco, while Grayson returns to Colorado Springs. Allye eventually seeks out the mysterious group that Gray belongs to because she has additional information about her abductors and it is clear that the man who "bought" her is still pursuing her. Grayson ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed the first quarter of the book, during the rescue, but after that it went downhill pretty fast. I didn't feel any chemistry between Allye and Gray. The more I read, the more implausible it became.
2.5 stars
Kim  Brewing
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Romance, suspense and a really really bad guy!

Could this story play out like this in the real world, no way - but it's fiction and I enjoyed it! These characters are a little bent and broken but their pieces perfectly fit. I will definitely be reading more of this series especially with the little teaser at the end.
Ginny Rose
You can never go wrong when reading a Susan Stoker. Her stories have you sitting on the edge of your seat one minute then swooning over the characters the next.

The best part though... they are unpredictably sexy. By the end of each book you're ready to meet the next characters.

Susan Stoker is one of my favorite authors to binge on every summer. Defending Allye is no different!

Highly recommend this series to anyone who loves romantic suspense as much as I do.
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Great fast paced read that starts right in the thick of things. Going on what Gray thinks is a easy in and out recon mission turns into so much more when he finds Allye held captive on a boat. She’s on the way to her new owner and Gray is not about to let that happen. Pretty much everything about the book went fast. Aside from their lengthy time getting to know one another early on (in the middle of the night stranded in the cold dark ocean), their relationship moves quickly. Everyone knows whoe ...more
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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Tennessee where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets t

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