One minute, Casey Shea was minding her own business, doing her job, teaching entomology to college students, and the next she was in the middle of the Costa Rican, jungle fighting for her life.
Troy “Beatle” Lennon has watched his friends fall head over heels in love, but never thought it would happen to him. Until he sees a picture of his teammate’s sister. That was it. The absolute joy in her eyes calls to him in a way he can’t understand.
But that joy is currently being threatened by an unknown person who had Casey kidnapped and hidden deep in the jungle. It’s up to Beatle to find her and keep her safe until the threat can be neutralized. Surviving the dangers of the jungle turns out to be the easy part…staying ahead of the killer is much more complicated…and deadly.
**Rescuing Casey is the 7th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
There is one thing I can guarantee with a Susan Stoker book and that is once you start it you won’t be able to put it down.
This one opens in the jungle with Blade’s sister Casey in a deep, dark hole, holding on by keeping the faith that a team would find her. You can feel her strength, her fear and her faith.
Feel the jungle heat and humidity, see in your mind’s eye the creatures both large and small as Blade, Beatle and the rest of Ghost’s team fights the clock to find his sister.
Delays from the government, a foreign special ops team and general frustrations for the team before they are allowed to search.
One thing is certain, they wouldn’t be leaving the country without Casey.
Troy (Beatle) began falling in love with Casey when Blade showed him her picture. Now as the team heads out to locate her, the stories Blade shares has him feeling like he’s known her forever.
This is a favorite scene as he pulls her from the hole that has been her prison.
Taking a moment, even though Beatle wanted to get both of them up into the fresh air as soon as possible, he said softly, so only she could hear him, “Trust me, Case. I’m not leaving. I’m going to grab hold of you under your arms so it doesn’t hurt as much when we’re pulled up. I’ll do everything in my power to protect you from here on out. I’m going to make whoever did this to you pay.” The last bit came out a bit harsher than he’d intended, but Casey didn’t flinch away from the anger he knew was coming off him in waves.
“As long as you want me by your side, I’m there, Casey. In this hole. Out there in the jungle. Even back home. Whatever you need, I’ll make sure you have it. Understand?”
Her pupils were big in her eyes as they slowly adjusted to the dim light coming from the hole above their heads. She nodded.
“Here’s the deal,” he said in the same quiet tone. “I admire the fuck out of you. Anyone else would’ve died in this hole. By all rights, you shouldn’t be alive.” His eyes flicked to the bra she’d attached to the side of the wall, before meeting hers again. “But not you. You’re something special. No pressure, but you should know, I want to be in your life. Any way you’ll let me.”
She snorted at that. Beatle thought it was supposed to be a laugh, but she didn’t have the strength to do it properly. He grinned. “I know, I’m insane. But how about we get out of this fucking hole, get you some water, and you can tell me how crazy I am later. Yeah?”
“Water,” she croaked.
“Yeah, sweetheart. Water. Now, let go of my hands and let’s get out of here.”
“What the fuck are you waiting for?” Ghost called down impatiently.
Beatle couldn’t help it. His smile grew. He had nothing to smile about, but hearing Ghost’s pissed-off tone and seeing the answering humor in Casey’s eyes had him fucking ecstatic. He hadn’t lied to her. By all rights, she should be dead. But somehow, she’d survived. Held on. For him to find. She had one hell of an inner strength to still be alive.
Her hands loosened around his, and he didn’t hesitate. Reaching down, his fingers wrapped around her back while his thumbs rested on the edges of her pectoral muscles. He easily lifted her off her feet.
He felt her hands weakly grip his biceps, but she otherwise hung limply in his hold, trusting him not to drop her and to get her out.
“Now!” he exclaimed loudly.
As soon as the word left his lips, Beatle felt himself moving upward. He held Casey tightly, making sure her body didn’t brush against the edges of the hole as they moved.
She wasn’t light, but she definitely wasn’t heavy, either. In fact, from what he could estimate her height being, she should be much heavier. The urge to feed her, to help her back to a healthy body weight, almost overwhelmed him, but he had to deal with other things first.
As they neared the opening and the light got brighter, her eyes shut once more.
Truck and the others eased him over the edge and Beatle felt the plank of wood scrape against his belly. Before he even had to say anything, Ghost and Fletch were there, helping him take Casey’s weight and easing her out of the hole.
Beatle didn’t let go of her. He simply rolled with her until he was crouched above her on the ground. His hand moved of its own volition to her hair. He brushed the filthy strands out of her face, leaving his palm on the side of her head.
Her eyes squinted open once more and she gave him a small smile. “Hi,” she croaked.
“Hi,” he returned, but didn’t smile. She was breaking his heart. And for someone whose enemies would’ve said didn’t have a heart, that was something.
Susan Stoker. Rescuing Casey: Delta Force Heroes, Book 7 (Kindle Locations 522-553). Stoker Aces Production, LLC.
A trek through the jungle, forced by more government problems, allows Beatle and Casey to become better acquainted, even as he declares her to be his.
Fear, tension, relief, laughter and love are just some of the emotions that will take control of you as you read.
Friendship, love and karma at it’s best come into play as this tale unfolds.
The whole team is involved so we get to see everyone. I so love Annie and her antics. The strength of all these women including Casey is something to aspire to.
Secrets are revealed, a new love takes hold and an epilogue you don’t want to miss!
This has become my favorite in this series so far.
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.