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Defending Harlow

(Mountain Mercenaries #4)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,459 ratings  ·  185 reviews

Danger rises and love is threatened in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s fourth book of the Mountain Mercenaries series.

Lowell “Black” Lockard, former Navy SEAL, has watched his fellow Mountain Mercenaries settle down with the women of their dreams, but he’s convinced he doesn’t need love. Then he gets a call from Harlow Reese—a chef at a local women’s she

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Published June 4th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
Mountain Mercenaries is becoming a new favorite series of mine. I love these men and how protective they are. The main goal as the Mountain Mercenaries is to help women and children who are being abused.

The first three books were about the heroine being one of those abused women. In Defending Harlow, the author switched things up a bit and the heroine is not a mission they go on. However, she does ask for their help with some punks harassing the women and kids at the shelter she works at.

Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I am absolutely loving this series and these characters. I can't say that this was the most mysterious book from this series since I knew what was going on pretty much right away. But it was still intriguing and I liked getting to see how everything was going to play out. And I'm dying for the next book after getting a little peak at our next heroine at the end of this one. Definitely a must read series.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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DEFENDING HARLOW (Mountain Mercenaries Book 4) by Susan Stoker is a romantic suspense that has the men of Mountain Mercenaries working a case in their own hometown. When a women’s and children’s shelter is threatened, these dedicated men work to discover who is responsible and why. All of the books in this series can be read as standalones, but there is more character crossover in this book than in the previous books.

Ex-Navy SEAL L
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Susan Stoker Fans, Romance
4 Not Dating Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Susan Stoker has put together a series which has all the alpha males you could want. In Defending Harlow, (Mountain Mercenaries #4), we continue the lives of these men who had dedicated their lives to protect and save those weaker than them. This group is guided by the leader none have physically met, yet respect and allow to direct their efforts in saving women and children when necessary.

Through many of these missions, these men have met and fallen for th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Defending Harlow by Susan Stoker is 4 in the Mountain Mercenaries Series. This is the story of Harlow Reese and Lowell 'Black' Lockard. I have read the previous books (and Loved them!) but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Lowell is feeling a touch of envy when his fellow Mountain Mercenaries are find their women. When a call comes in asking them to help train women to defend themselves at the shelter he goes forward to help. What Lowell finds is Harlow a women who at
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Protecting the chef…

The MM team had a new mission when Harlow reached out to Lowell - the shelter she worked at was under attack. The harassment was relentless and she, and the ladies who lived there, didn’t feel safe anymore. Enter Lowell and his bad-ass team of saviors…

Susan Stoker is a queen of military romance! Her band of ex-military mercenaries are strong, smart and ready to help when Harlow filled them in on what was happening. Lowell jumped right into the thick of things, putting himself
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I read ARCs of the other books in this series and I loved the first three books a lot, so I was excited when I heard about this book releasing! I then received an ARC and made it my next read because the synopsis sounded amazing! After reading this book, I can say that I loved it a lot! The plot had me hooked right from the first chapter and I had a hard time putting it down! This meant that this book only took me a few sittings to read! The plot had plenty of romance in it and the romance allow ...more
Jun 05, 2019 added it
Boring as hell
Tried for 2 days
Sandy Nikolas
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Believe in love

Lowell and Harlow each had a hard time thinking they would find someone to settle down with. It was great watching them fall. This is a slow burn with lots of suspense.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DEFENDING HARLOW by Susan Stoker. Well, what can I say? Ms. Stoker sure has a knack for writing tales with strong alpha Heroes and, independent heroines, that need a little help once in a while from those strong Heroes. Harlow and Lowell, a/k/a Black, have reconnected and their connection is evident. Harlow, having had many, many horrible dates, has sworn off dating. Lowell, being the smart and suave character he is, manages to slip under her defenses without her even realizing it. I loved it! H ...more
Big Joe  Rossi
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like these books, this series, they have ALL been good reads but I think they could of all be GREAT reads. The suspense is there. The build up is there. To me the ending just fall short. Boring. Anticlimactic.

In this one Lowell “Black” Lockard runs into a former high school friend, Harlow Reese, who is working at a local shelter as a chef. Young men are taunting and terrorizing the women and children but haven't broken the law...yet. Him & the team of course help out and try to figure out
Jara Beaubien
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Lowell “Black” Lockard, former Navy SEAL, has over time seen his friends find the one for them, and to see them happy but he still did not believe he would ever love. (haha).
Harlow Reese knew Lowell back in High school and she liked him then. As time passed, and poor girl, the dates she had were to say possibly made in hell or Satan himself come for a visit. She gave up on men and dating, that is until Black aka Lowell stumbled into her.
As Lowell and Harlow meet and get to know one another, thin
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Defending Harlow is the fourth book in the Mountain Mercenaries series and this book had me falling further in love with these guys. Black meets a face from the past who is now in need of some help. However as Black sets out to assist Harlow he sneaks under her radar to start dating her. These two will steal your heart, have you on the edge of your seat and have you hoping as Black defends Harlow these two realize what really is at stake. A love story packed full of heart, compassion and learnin ...more
Avid Reader
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Defending Harlow (Mountain Mercenaries #4) by Susan Stoker
5 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Stalking, Arson
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

While it's not necessary to read the previous books, I would recommend them. They are all fantastic and it gives you insight in to the Mountain Mercenaries that you would otherwise not understand.

This is Lowell's book. I love that he is getting a story. He's calm when necessary but finds that he feels a little lost at the moment. When he
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Defending Harlow is the fourth book in the Mountain Mercenaries series by Susan Stoker. The main characters are Black, an ex-SEAL, who owns a gun range and is a MM on his spare time and Harlow a chef who works at a women's shelter. Some men are causing trouble at the shelter and Harlow asks for Black's help. They knew each other when they were in high school and now life has brought them back into each other's lives.

After a series of very bad dates, Harlow has decided to stop dating altogether.
Janise Way
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wanna go to Target with me? Come on, I know exactly what I need; I have a list. Grab a cart.

If you read my review of Susan Stoker’s book ‘Defending Allye’ awhile back, I compared this series to a trip to Target. And since then the series is up to book 4. That’s where we are now; book 4 , ‘Defending Harlow’. So, let’s go back to Target.

So, Mrs. Stoker has been busy setting up new plan-o-grams and rearranging gondolas. Sorry, that’s Target speak. Just go with it for a minute, please. So, the sum
Lisa Gibbs
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lowell Lockard or "Black" as he as known to his friends is a retired Navy Seal who works for the Mountain Mercenaries. He also owns his own gun range and volunteers to teach women self defense and does other charity work. The only thing missing from his life is a woman he doesn't even know he wants. He sees his fellow Mountain Mercenaries fall one by one but he doesn't think that's for him.

Enter Harlow Reese who is a chef at a woman's shelter. She also was a year behind Black in high school and
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok..this is going to be a bit of a different kind of review for me. I usually start off with gushing about Susan Stoker and how much I love her books. Don't worry...I'll still get to that but first I want to talk about her newest book Defending Harlow. Anyone who's read Ms. Stoker knows you're gonna get an over the top hot alpha and a kicka$$ heroine. There's going to be action, drama (or ANGST) and plenty of swoon-worthy romance. And this book has that...kinda. Ms. Stoker starts a new page with ...more
***5 Stars***

Susan Stoker hit all the right buttons again with this baby. Fun, sweet, swoon worthy read, with a lot of heart and a good dose of suspense to keep things interesting and bring out the best, and worst, in all the characters making me want to spend a lot more time with all of them.

I adored Black/Lowell & Harlow. Black is all kinds of honest, protective and loyal, but also a little sneaky when necessary. What I really liked about him was that when he got something wrong he owned
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you will read over & over-it's a keeper! I was unable to put the book down I RARELY give 5 stars, it earned it!!!

Lowell or black a special ops retired Navy Seal has been on hiatus from dating he gets bored too quick and he hasn't found anyone worthy of dating seriously. He has his gun range business and he team with the mountain mercenaries in which they rescue woman and children from abuse, human sex trafficking. It's fast pace and deadly but 100% worth it. A wome
Kari Hansen
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lowell is an ex-Navy SEAL is a member of the Mountain Mercenaries who has watched his teammates find their “ones” and he would like the same thing for himself but doesn’t believe it will happen for him. When he is asked to teach self defense at a woman’s shelter he is surprised and intrigued to find out that he and Harlow, the chef, went to high school together.

Harlow had a crush on Lowell when she was a teenager but with her dating history she is taking a break from men. Lowell enjoys spending
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mountain mercenaries even help when stateside💕

Black works as a mountain mercenary and has his gun range on the side as well. When Harlow contacts him again to report more harassment at the shelter where she cooks, he steps up to help them immediately. The team put together a plan to find out why the women and kids at the shelter are being harassed but also step up security for them to help them feel secure.

Harlow is convinced she’s never dating again after all the bad luck she’s had in the past
Val Woolley
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just another great story about Harlow Reese and Lowell Black Lockard, they knew each other at school but had not meet for a few years and their friendship grew slowly because Harlow did not want to acknowledge they were dating.working as a chief in a shelter for women and children threats to the herself and others brought them together with lots of problems in between well worth readings as are all of Susan’s books.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Susan Stoker never disappoints! This is another great book in the Mountain Mercenaries series. Black and Harlow were geeat together. Looking forward to the next book.
Elinda Moody
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Black and Harlow

I think this book was awesome. It shows how women can pick themselves up after life knocks them down. You see all of the guy's softer sides here because kids are involved. The kids understandably have trust issues because of abusive the men in their lives. Harlow meets Black again after knowing him in high school. There is a connection that they both feel but refuse to acknowledge. Black has to get creative if he wants to see if he and Harlow can make whatever this is between the
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Soooo many bad dates poor Harlow has been on! It's no wonder she gave up on dating! I love the dynamic between her & Lowell aka Black. Even though I wasn't keen on his motives in the beginning. He seemed to be all about the conquest & didn't want to admit to any deeper feelings. But as he was planning these non-dates for Harlow & getting to know her, he warmed up to the idea of feelings & I warmed up to him. LOL

We get to see some vulnerability from Rex in this one, too, whi
Ruthie Taylor
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fourth book in the series, and I would recommend that you ready them all, as they are all fabulous. I think you would understand Lowell and the Mountain Mercenaries far better that way, but you could read this and enjoy it as a standalone.

This is a slightly different book to the previous ones, as Harlow is not under threat in the same way as the women in the previous stories. She works as a chef in the wome
Sandy Kelly
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now I always know I can never go wrong with a Susan Stoker book but something about his one just really made me remember why I love her so much in the first place. This is book 4 in the Mountain Mercenaries series and it can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend reading the other books though because they are phenomenal! This one is about Lowell “Black” Lockard and Harlow Reese. Harlow and Black know each other from high school but only as acquaintances and never spoke after graduation. T ...more
Sarah Light
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Stoker you have yet again blown my heart wide open and made room for more of your AMAZING characters!

Book four in the Mountain Mercenaries series we are welcomed by Lowell "Black" Lockard and his team of Mountain Mercenaries. The thing I love most about these books is not only the fabulous characters and story lines, but also how tight the teams are, they truly are like family to each other.

Harlow is a Chef working at a local Woman's shelter that has come under siege from a group of nefariou
Donna Ferriola
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Defending Harlow

This was an exciting action packed romance where another member of the Mountain Mercenaries, Lowell found the love of his life Harlow who did not even want to date any more. She had sworn off dating after having gone on some horrendous dates so Lowell found a way to work around that. She worked as the chef at a women's shelter that was being harassed by some thugs. Rex worked closely with shelter and Lowell had given her his card and told her to call him if she felt threatened. T
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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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