⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Solid, suspenseful slow burn

Defending Everly

Sparks fly when a missing persons expert and a SWAT team member work together in this sexy and suspenseful read. Despite the fact that Ball makes a poor first impression – he’s wary of working with a woman after being burned by both his ex-partner and his ex-girlfriend – these two must come together to search for Everly’s missing teenage sister. A strong and independent woman who is not used to having to rely on anyone, Everly is out of her element and forced to lean on Ball for support. Though he may have come off as a jerk upon introduction, Ball is actually a great guy and the more time Everly spends with him, the easier it is for her to see.

The writing here is solid, and both characters are easy to like. I really enjoyed the fact that Everly is so independent, and while Ball is definitely an alpha, there was nothing over the top about his behavior. He knows that Everly can handle herself, and he’s just there to lend her support when she needs it. There’s plenty of suspense, with Everly’s sister’s playing a major role in the story, but there’s also a great foundation for their relationship. Things don’t feel rushed, and there’s a definite slow burn as these two move from wary partners to lovers. It also sets up the next story in a big way, and now I’m looking forward to reading that. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this great romantic suspense novel.

Defending Everly by Susan Stoker. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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