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Graham “Hollywood” Caverly feels the chemistry with Kassie Anderson in the emails they’ve been exchanging through a dating site. When they finally meet in person, and that online chemistry proves to have real-life sizzle, he knows she’s the one. He couldn’t be happier when their first date, at an annual Army Ball, goes better than he could have imagined. Until Kassie drops a bomb.
Kassie doesn’t want to approach Hollywood on the dating site, but threats to her family leave her no other choice. She definitely doesn’t want to fall for the man. But fall she does. Hard. After she admits the ruse–and after some understandable anger on both their parts–Kassie wonders if, in Hollywood’s arms, a happy future is within her grasp.
But her past always finds her, and in Kassie’s case, that’s a dangerous proposition–because she’s connected to an old enemy of Hollywood’s Delta Force team. Very intimately connected… And it will take Hollywood, his Delta brothers, and even some outside help to do what should have been done the first time–eliminate the threat once and for all.
** Rescuing Kassie is the 5th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
Somehow, even with all the love I have for this series, I managed to miss reviewing this one. So without further ado…
Just when we thought Jacks was out of the picture, he rears his ugly head from prison. One would think that a maximum security prison would keep him from causing anymore trouble. Yet he manages to manipulate his ex through a friend.
Kassie never really expected an answer from Hollywood when she messaged him on a dating site, she also didn’t expect to feel any sort of connection with him. However as they chat through e-mail the inevitable happens, he wants to meet in person.
The venue, The Army Ball in Austin. The outcome… a night of disaster, the next day groveling.
I must say Hollywood is pretty darn good at the grovel. Here’s part of it, so very good.
“I can’t deny I was pissed, but I was upset because of the connection I’d felt between us. Then I woke up this morning feeling as if I’d lost something precious. That I’d made a big mistake. I spoke with my friends and they helped me figure out what I already knew. Kassie…” He paused and looked into her eyes. “I know you didn’t have to tell me why you messaged the first time. The fact that you did shows me how much integrity you have. If I gave you a chance to explain last night, I know I would’ve settled my shit and realized how brave you actually are.”
Kassie closed her eyes, scared to give in. She was hanging on by a thread. The entire day had been too much. She felt his fingers tuck a piece of hair behind her ear as he spoke.
“I’m sorry you’ve been living with Jacks hanging over your head. I’m sorry he put his hands on you. And I’m really sorry you’re dealing with his friend. Let me help you, Kassie.”
“Why?” she whispered.
“Why do I want to help you?” Hollywood clarified.
Kassie nodded and opened her eyes. She had to see his face when he answered. Surely she’d be able to tell if he was genuine or blowing smoke up her ass.
He didn’t shy away from looking her straight in the eyes as he spoke. “Because I’ve never felt a connection with another woman the way I do with you. A year ago I might not’ve realized what we had. But since I’ve seen my friends experience true love, I’m not willing to give up what I feel in my heart is the same thing. In the past, if someone had told me they’d done what you did, I would’ve blown them off and not thought about them again. But I literally can’t do that with you. You’ve somehow somehow crawled inside me and taken root.”
Ignoring the “true love” statement—no way was she touching that one—her lips quirked involuntarily. “So I’m a virus? That’s what you’re saying?”
He smiled back. “No, sweetheart. I’m just saying that as hard as I tried to write you off last night, I couldn’t. We got to know each other pretty well with only emails back and forth. Meeting you last night solidified the fact that there’s something special between us. I’m thinking you feel it just as strongly as I do, otherwise you wouldn’t have risked telling me about Jacks. You get me and I you. I don’t want to throw that away. So you messaged me because Jacks told you to. Whatever. If I didn’t hate that motherfucker so much, I’d thank him.”
Kassie looked up at the man next to her with big eyes. She couldn’t believe he’d gone from completely pissed off and never wanting to see her again last night to saying that he thought they clicked. “I’m perfectly willing to work with you and your friends to tell you what I know about Richard and what he’s planning, even though I have no idea what he’s planning. But I’ll be the go-between and give you any information you want. I’ll feed false info to him and I’ll even be bait if that’s what it takes. I’ll do all of that without being your friend, Hollywood. I hate what he did to Emily and her daughter. You don’t have to give me pretty words and pretend to like me just to get to Richard.”
Now he looked pissed. Kassie should’ve been scared of him, but she knew he wouldn’t touch her in anger. Last night had proved that. He’d been furious, but hadn’t hit, grabbed, shoved, or otherwise done anything physical to hurt her. “I’m not telling you how much I like you to get you to be bait. Jesus, Kassie, I can be an ass, but I’m not that much of one. I’m not here because I want you as a go-between either. Me and my friends can take care of that asshole without your involvement. I want to get to know you better. Take you out to dinner. Watch movies with you. Get to know Karina. Watch her cheer in games. The bottom line is that I want Kassie Anderson. No hidden agenda, sweetheart. Just two people dating and hopefully getting closer.”
“Oh.” It was a lame response, but it was all she could come up with.
“Is that an ‘oh, yes,’ or an ‘oh, no?’” Hollywood asked.
“Even though it’s not a hundred percent yes, I’ll take it,” Hollywood told her.
Stoker, Susan. Rescuing Kassie (Delta Force Heroes Book 5) (Kindle Locations 1271-1302). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Edition.
Even as their relationship grows, Jacks and his cohort Dean are in the background. Plotting revenge against Hollywood’s team. All while holding threats over Kassie and her sister.
Sweet and sexy scenes, Annie to make you laugh and shake your head, and of course all the guys and the strong women that make this series what it is.
Captivating, with some harrowing moments and plenty of action. Don’t miss this book!
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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.