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Defending Allye

(Mountain Mercenaries #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,609 ratings  ·  440 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, 1st edition, 263 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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"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 professional
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
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
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3.5 stars

While this was a good book, it was also deeply disturbing and not for the faint of heart. Expect some horrifying scenes, a merciless villain, and the possibility of triggers for abuse victims.

When mercenary Grayson Rogers boarded the white slavers' boat, he didn't anticipate finding the victim handcuffed to the bed. After killing the men aboard, he freed the girl, Allye Martin, and ended up in the ocean. During the hours they spent in the water waiting for his friend to come to their ai
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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. Trust m
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
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
Jara Beaubien
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Lord. Susan Stoker did it again. I have read her books and loved them all, the characters and the stories, so with this new series, well I was not sure if I would like it, but gosh darn it, she again wove her magic and I felt that I was part of her story, I was drawn in and fell in love the characters.

Love is a life-and-death risk for the Mountain Mercenaries as it is for everyone? nahh we don't get chased or almost drowning in the ocean, but trust me, you will love this story, I dare not s
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
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
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Fantastic.
I volunteered to read an advanced readers copy of Defending Allye an leave a review. This is the first book in the new series , Mountain Mercenaries .
This story takes off from the start and never slows down . It's a fabulous rollercoaster ride . This story makes you feel like your right there . It is full of pulse pounding suspense , action packed . I couldn't put it down . I read it straight thru . The story is about a beautifully unique woman Allye Martin a professional da
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
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This story is crazy good! The villain is EEEEVIIIL! I loved the ocean rescue, even tho I didn't think I would. Gray & Allye were a great match & I loved the pacing. Also highly enjoyed the glimpse into Ro & Chloe's story. 😀 Thumbs up!! ☺
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
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The definition of ALPHA: Usually used as a term for a badass male who attracts women without trying. His superiority and pure confidence allows him to achieve success. He does not WANT, because he is the WANTED and BOY do I want Gray! Susan Stoker yet again wow's us with another one of her ADDICTIVE alpha heroes. Grayson Rogers loves being one of the Mountain Mercenaries, a group of ex-special forces guys that are sent around the world by their boss Rex to take out the bad guys. But his latest m ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a difficult book for me to review. It is an exciting action adventure but the characters feel under developed and I didn’t enjoy the writing style. The Mountain Mercenaries are ex-servicemen who secretly work to protect vulnerable women and children from predators. This story focuses on Grey, a former SEAL and Allye, the woman he rescues from a sex trafficker.

There are so many series about private security/black-ops gr
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.
E-Reader Addict
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Ridiculous. This whole freakin book was over. the top. ridiculous.

I’ve read many books from Ms.Stoker’s other series: SEAL of Protection, Delta Force Heroes, Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes. I’ve enjoyed her writing. Obviously. But this first one in the Mountain Mercenaries series was a bit of a hot mess to me.

Why? Everything was over the top awful.

Starting out, Gray single-handedly invades a yacht in the dark with the purpose of gathering intel about a sex-trafficking ring. He’s badass, but also
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I've read quite a few of the books in this author's Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series and I really enjoyed those books, so I was excited to read more from her! I then saw this book on Netgalley and decided to request an ARC! I was really excited when my request was accepted and I started my ARC as soon as I received it! After reading, I can say that I enjoyed this book a lot! The plot had me intrigued right from the first chapter and it only took me a few sittings to read because I couldn't pu ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author. (netgalley)I enjoyed this book and was happy to get a new series with the Mountain Mercenaries!!! We had gotten introduced to them in the last series she had (Ace Securities) and I enjoyed that series too, no you do not need to read it it was a just comment because I like Susan Stoker and I like reading her series hope you will to. In this one we get to meet Gray who is on a mission to find out who are the ones responsible for human trafficking and stop them. On ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is an excellent beginning to a new series by Susan Stoker. I will definitely be looking out for future installments. Do be warned though, this is pretty gritty in places, no hiding the realities of the ways that the team get their answers, or remove danger.

Any fan of Stoker will recognise the ex-SEAL men who are prepared to risk their lives and use their skills to address wrong, and any fan of Charlie's Angels will
Shahla's World
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Stoker did it again. I have read her books and loved them all, the characters and the stories, so with this new series, well I was not sure if I would like it, but gosh darn it, she again wove her magic and I felt that I was part of her story, I was drawn in and fell in love the characters.

I read it straight thru . The story is about a beautifully unique woman Allye Martin a professional dancer and Grayson (Gray) an accountant by day and a mountain mercenary ex military alpha hero .
I think
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

It took me a bit of time to warm up to the story. The being is full of action which was a plus but it also a dash of the ridiculous (the USB seriously?). On a mission to stop people smuggles, Gray, a former Navy Seal, climbs aboard a boat in the middle of the ocean expecting to find money being exchanged but instead he finds Allye. – Side note, the author does after a little while explain how to pronounce Allye but until we
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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 to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and

Other books in the series

Mountain Mercenaries (3 books)
  • Defending Chloe (Mountain Mercenaries #2)
  • Defending Morgan (Mountain Mercenaries #3)