Few people know better than Delta Force soldiers that life is unbearably short and achingly precious. So Cormac Fletcher isn’t waiting one more day to marry the love of his life, Emily. Fletch has already adopted her daughter, Annie. Now it’s time to officially make Emily his too.
Emily understands just about every woman experiences a few wedding snafus—but they’re usually not of the harrowing, life-or-death variety. Fortunately for her, a guest list full of Delta soldiers and SEALs will make this an event to remember—for both Emily and the uninvited guests trying to ruin her special day.
I did a lot of giggling at the beginning of this one. Fletch was a hoot as he tried to get a look at Emily before the ceremony. Then of course there is Annie, precocious as ever and looking like a little angel.
This is a favorite scene as Annie comes down the aisle as flower girl.
Annie smiled at him from the end of the aisle and she started toward him slowly, as she’d been trained. Her tongue stuck out in concentration as she picked a flower petal from her basket and dropped it on the floor. Her eyes were glued to her basket, trying not to mess up.
Fletch smiled. Her hair was wild around her face and shoulders, hanging loose. It was interesting that for a girl who eschewed anything feminine, she wouldn’t let anyone cut her long hair. He was thankful for that, because she had beautiful hair. Long, shiny, and thick. Yes, it was messy at the moment, but it was totally Annie.
Fletch heard the chuckles start from the back of the church and slowly move forward as Annie continued down the aisle. He wasn’t sure what everyone was laughing at until Ghost leaned into him and whispered, “Look at what she’s dropping in the aisle.”
Fletch’s eyes went from his daughter to the floor behind her— and he almost choked, trying to keep his chuckle from erupting.
Annie was dropping white flower petals, as she’d been instructed, but she was also dropping little green Army men. She’d reach into her basket, pull out a petal and drop it, then reach in and pull out an Army man. She continued down the aisle, alternating between sprinkling the floor with flowers and the toys.
As much as he wanted to scold her for being mischievous, he couldn’t. It was so freaking adorable. He worried about Emily stepping on one of the plastic toys and twisting an ankle though.
As soon as the thought went through his head, Dude, one of the SEALs, moved. He was already sitting toward the back of the room, but he quickly walked back up the aisle and unobtrusively brushed the toys to the side of the aisle as he went, standing at the back of the church when he got to the end so as not to bring any more attention to himself.
Fletch relaxed. He didn’t know the SEAL team that well, but it was obvious Dude was the kind of man who took extreme care of his woman. Fletch would bet everything he owned the man had a daughter… one he was extremely protective of.
Annie got to the end of the aisle and beamed up at Fletch. “Hi, Daddy Fletch!” she said loudly. “I’m sooooo ready for you and mommy to get married. I mean, you’re already sleeping in the same bed, so that won’t change, but now mommy will be ‘Fletch’ too.”
Stoker, Susan. Marrying Emily (Delta Force Heroes Book 4) (Kindle Locations 250-268). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Edition.
You’d think I was at an actual wedding the way I blubbered as I read them saying their vows. A beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends.
Of course their reception wasn’t typical at all, everyone dressed comfortably instead of in the formal attire. I couldn’t believe how many characters made an appearance in this. Just about everyone was there, Fletch’s team, the guys from Seals of Protection and their families, even Tex attended with his family. As was Penelope (“the Army Princess”) and Moose and TJ Rockwell from Texas Heroes.
We learn more about all of them and meet a couple of new folks as well over the course of the reception, which has a surprise of it’s own.
This is a must read, but then all of Susan’s books are a must read for me.
5 Contented Purrs for Susan!
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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 Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. 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 quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.