Sweet Delight Review: Saving Caroline by Susan Stoker

Posted September 9, 2018 by Shari in Reviews, Sweet Delight / 6 Comments

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Sweet Delight Review: Saving Caroline by Susan Stoker
Saving Caroline

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Series: SEAL of Protection #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 1, 2014
Pages: 282
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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I was excited going into Saving Caroline to meet a team of SEAL find passionate love that would boil their blood. I didn’t read any review ahead of time or I might have not had such high expectations. While many people love this series, this will be the last book I read of it.


With the first prologue I sort of knew I was going to struggle with this story. It starts with Matthew “Wolf” Steel sitting at a bar with his buddies after a mission before they take off on leave. It’s all internal thoughts as he introduces us to the team. That’s what seems wrong at first. Usually you have some dialog and you learn naturally who everyone is, but Wolf gets kind of sentimental and lists them one at a time. The one thing we learn is Wolf is ready to settle down with one woman in an epic love like his parents.  OK, great, we don’t have to fight all the angst of giving up freedom. See I try to find the positives sometimes.

Boarding a commercial plan, Wolf isn’t happy he is in the middle seat. Uncomfortable he doesn’t really pay attention to the woman next to him at first. When Caroline offers her aisle seat to him, he starts to pay attention, but I wouldn’t really say there was much attraction. He is intrigued though by the conversation. The two seem to be getting along.

Caroline (as she describes herself) is plain. No make up, average weight, boring and doesn’t grab anyone’s eye. She doesn’t really want the middle seat, but she knows Matthew is cramped and does what she feels is the right thing and switches seats. She is a little stunned when they start up a conversation, but she enjoys herself.

Unexpectedly, the plane is in the middle of a hi-jacking and Caroline is the heroine who detects it before it can even get going. The two are thrown into a a harrowing situation, but both of them and Wolf’s other two team mates work together to get it neutralized.

Now I am still hanging in at this point, but the internal dialogue that goes on for pages and pages is starting to wear on me. I am skipping pages at a time to get back to what’s going on because I have no idea how anyone talking can stand for minutes while a person has a conversation in their head before they reply. On top of everything, the dialogue in their heads is getting very repetitive. Even the conversations out loud get repetitive.

The story lacks the flow and balance that I expect from my romances. It jumps points of view from one paragraph to another and you have to go with it. I am not used to jumping around so much. Then Caroline will go on a monologue about how plain she is. No one offers her a ride home after work, or notices she didn’t go to the hotel with the others, or even when she is injured so bad.  She does the stupid heroine thing and gets injured but refuses medical attention causing it to become worse. There is a reason she hates hospitals and we hear about it towards the end from one of Wolf’s team mates.

Now Caroline was pretty spunky and tough. She goes through a lot and comes out injured and alive. She melts on Wolf’s kisses, but also lets him lead the way to a slow, building relationship, never understanding what he sees in her. Wolf for his part wants a lifetime love and he isn’t willing to risk it by moving to fast. But then he tries to push her away at one point, totally confusing me and having me shake my head I was done with this series.

And finally the biggest problem I had….it’s a clean romance. Go slowly, Wolf, because you aren’t getting any sexy time on the pages. Close that door and make sweet love to Caroline without us. I really wanted him to make Caroline scream his name, and I didn’t even get to see even one time them get cozy in the sheets.

Done. Not going back to this series and not going back to this author. It’s a shame because I really wanted to love the series. The book is currently free, so don’t pass it up if you like the things I don’t. Sadly, I need a SEAL to love…a book SEAL.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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3 years ago

Oh sorry it wasn’t more there.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It’s ok. If there had been a little more smut I might have stayed around to see if the writing improved. But I kind of like my smut too much.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Buahaha! That song is apropos to your book thoughts on this one.
I think I’ll skip. I love SEAL heroes, but that monologuing and head hopping would probably put me off.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yep, it got my book thoughts right! I love SEAL heroes as well, but the talking in their heads was a little over done. I could have forgiven that to see if she grew in her writing, but the clean part left me shaking my head. The foreplayed it enough that I was left frustrated.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

That would have let me down too. I like this type of story but I want to read about the sexy times.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

No sexy times usually gets the boot from me. I was in the mood for an alpha hero and a spunky heroine. It just never seemed to happen.