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Protecting Olivia

By: Riley Edwards,Operation Alpha
Narrated by: Jason Clarke,Carly Robins
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Publisher's Summary

When the daughter of a White House aide goes missing, the President calls in Zane Lewis and his team of former special forces soldiers to find the missing girl. The Red Team, having a well-earned reputation for being the best, discovers the true motive behind the kidnapping, and all hell breaks loose.

All Olivia Cox wants to do is escape her life. The harder she tries to break free from the pressure and obligations of her stifling family, the faster she sinks into a nightmare of her own making. This latest decision may be the last one she ever makes. Finding herself in a dingy room handcuffed and held prisoner, Olivia becomes an unsuspecting pawn in a game she didn’t know was being played.

Leo “Panther” Gillonardo is a former SEAL who thought he knew the game better than most. He's a professional, a tier one contractor. She’s the mission. Protecting Olivia should be his only objective. So why does he keep finding himself in her bed? Even if she's fully clothed and terrorized by memories of her kidnapping, he knows better and is desperate to keep Olivia at arm's length. As the days pass it becomes nearly impossible to keep his growing attraction under wraps. The stakes are high, and his heart is on the line.

With a drug cartel in hot pursuit, Panther and the Red Team have no choice but to take Olivia on the run. With time running out, Wolf and Abe offer them protection from the deadly warlord Gomez. Alone in Abe's mountain cabin, sparks fly. Giving in seems inevitable, and Olivia must decide if she’s all in or if she’ll fold as Panther plays a no-holds-barred game of the heart.

From the political corruption of Washington, DC to the sunny shores of California, follow Susan Stoker’s Navy SEALs, John “Tex” Keegan, Matthew “Wolf” Steel, and Christopher “Abe” Powers, on a thrill ride when they join the Red Team on an epic mission.

©2019 Riley Edwards (P)2020 Aces Press, LLC

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Awesome Book!

This book was filled with action and plenty of sexy seals! Leo rescues Olivia and is assigned to protect her and instantly falls for her. I loved the interactions with Leo's Italian family - they were true to life and funny. I loved the sexy relationship between Leo and Olivia. I was surprised and very happy to have Wolf, Caroline and some others appear in this book from a prior Susan Stoker series I listened to. The narration was fantastic and I especially loved Jason Clarke's narration. I loved this book and wished it was longer! I am looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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fantastic

Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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AMAZING

I could not stop listening to this book. The narration is wonderful.
These characters will have you falling in love. And their story will capture you and you will not be able to put it down.

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I love listening to Jason Clarke!

Jason Clarke is my favorite narrator. he brings so much to the story. I had read the book previously, but this narration brought so much more to the story.

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Entertaining Characters and Storyline

Looking for an enjoyable romance action alpha makes story? This is it. We also see a few is Susan Stokers characters which was so fun to see again
The secondary charters and storyline also provide laughs and emotional context to the story
This series is a must.
I received a free audiobook for an honest and voluntary review.

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Suspenseful!

This is the second book in the Red Team Series, a suspenseful Military Romance. Leo and Olivia’s story is well written, and captivating! This is my favorite story in the Series. Looking forward to listen to Redeeming Violet, the next book in the Series. Teddy Hamilton, and Carly Robins did a fantastic job with the narration. I enjoyed it. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Love the Operation Alpha world

Operation alpha is a very cool world. I love that so many authors are now interconnected within it. I wish all of the books in the series were easier to find and connect on platforms like audible.

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A Fun Ride

I received a code for the audio version of this book. It is a new to me author but I am quite familiar with the work of both narrators. This is book 2 in the series but they gave enough backstory I had no problem catching up.

This is an insta-love/under his protection/SEAL romance story. This has some great action and some pretty graphic details when it comes to wounds, smells, action scenes so if you like your gore behind the curtain you might want to skim. It's really not that bad, I just don't recommend reading it while eating (my bad). There are some fun action scenes and interesting backstory and ties to another series which I didn't know or expect when I started it (fun surprise for me as I am familiar with the crossover characters).

The story did feel a little thin in the action in some places and the conflict seemed to resolve quicker than expected, but I get the feeling we are dealing with similar conflict throughout the series so it's likely just this one particular branch in the tree of problems the Red team will be dealing with. There was a decent amount of focus on the relationship and we got a little steam and sex (could always use more IMO) but I felt like the whole story over all could have been expanded a little bit. There were a lot of story elements going on, possibly too many to be supported by the length of the book (protection story, his family dynamics, her family issues, romance, political/underlying root causes, etc.).

Jason and Carley both did a great job with the narration. There are quite a few scenes with many characters all talking over each other so the fact that I didn't get lost in them says a lot. Great job at distinguishing between characters and bringing in the emotional confusion that comes with the insta-love WTF is happening feel I would expect from characters that don't tend to fall hard and fast.

Overall it was a fun ride 😊 3/5 story, 4/5 narration. I've already picked up book one!
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Fast moving and steamy

Leo saves Olivia from a drug cartel, and then is assigned to protect her during the fallout and subsequent events of the kidnapping, but he only finds himself drawn more and more to her. Olivia is immediately taken with the SEAL with green eyes who looks like a black panther when he rescues her. Their love story definitely moves quickly, but to be fair, Leo states that once he decides he want something he moves quickly, and he isn’t kidding. The kidnapping and cartel story that drive their narrative is a bit incomplete, and seems a bit disconnected at times, but it serves their story well enough. The way that Leo protects and cares for Olivia is very charming and sweet, so it’s really no surprise that when she discovers that he feels the same as she does, she wastes no time moving their relationship forward as well. Their chemistry and attraction is strong, and the steam level is pretty high as well, even though there are some things teased at that we unfortunately don’t get more info on. Overall, a quick, passionate love story.

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Love this series!

Riley Edwards knows how to keep me entertained with her romantic suspense! The Red Team is a series I love to visit and this one is no exception! Leo is off to rescue the daughter of a government aide. When he finds her in conditions of dehydration and squalor, it doesn't stop the instant protectiveness he feels. Olivia is enamored with her hero, but is that the attraction? This good looking, special forces operative is warm and compassionate, but there is more there than meets the eye. Once safe, we are taken into a world of lies and deceit with twists and turns we don't see coming. It's on the edge of your seat thrills, unbridled passion, family, forgiveness, redemption and love all brought to life. Edwards kept me engaged and invested in the outcome and now I can't wait to listen to the next in this series.

Jason Clarke and Carly Robins are a fabulous team. Clarke has that commanding, alpha hero voice and the warmth he adds in when speaking to Olivia is just heart melting. Robins creates Olivia with strength and courage as she comes through tragedy and gives her a personality that is easy to love and relate to. I enjoy this team and will always pick up their narrations!

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  • Sara B
  • 04-16-21

Fantastic story!

Protecting Olivia is a wonderfully written and riveting romantic suspense. The storyline is entertaining, fast-paced, suspenseful, passionate, with the perfect balance of romance, mystery, twist, and turns to keep you thoroughly engaged. I Love the main characters; they were charming, captivating and with depth and vulnerabilities. Leo is a sexy and capable alpha protecting Olivia from threat and danger. Oliva's life had gone off the course; even so, she was a likeable character doing her best to overcome challenges. Together, they had a pretty solid connection, and I really enjoyed listening to their journey.

The narration was flawless! Carly Robins did a fantastic job with the characters. As for Jason Clarke, he stole the show. I absolutely loved his performance. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook, and one I'm definitely recommending.

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  • Kerstin Blind
  • 10-04-22

Wow

Really a good book. I can see rembrent too Susan Stoker books.
I recommend this book.

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  • janet copeland
  • 05-10-22

brilliant

loved this story and hearing all the characters from the previous books
Narrator's are both perfect
Now onto the next one ❤️

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 05-03-21

Great

This book follows Panther (Leo) who is charged with rescuing Olivia the daughter of a White House aid. As soon as Leo sees Olivia he knows she will be his and Olivia feels the same way . Really enjoy the Red Team books the men are as sexy af and when they fall in love they fall fast and hard.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 04-22-21

A very pleasant audiobook

It was exactly what I expected. Medium heat–though lots of tension–some action, military jargon, alpha males. Maybe I’d have liked to have a little more depth, like some deep theme running through the whole story, because there was potential for it.

The characters were also a bit two dimensional, more stereotypes than real people. At least they were different enough that you could differentiate them, since there are so many of them. Though it wasn’t too confusing, I felt that I would have appreciated it more if I had read the first book of the series.

It was your regular instalove, with the added bonus of an alpha male who care about the girl because it’s his job, then because she may be more than just a job. It was sweet to watch Leo change in the course of the story.

The narration was impeccable. Both narrators are masters at their craft, and while the male narrator nailed the military alpha, the female narrator did a great job with Olivia–both when she’s strong and when she needs help. A very pleasant audiobook.

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  • A D.
  • 04-16-21

Action filled from the first word!

Riley Edwards does not waste words building up to the action. The book starts with Olivia kidnapped and Leo, along with his teammates, working to save her. Add to that the insta-attraction between the two and the story is loads of fun! If you are a fan of Susan Stoker's Seal of Protection, you will love revisiting some of those characters as well, though you don't need to know their stories to enjoy this book.

Despite all of that, I just wished a little more time was spent on Olivia and Leo's relationship. Their relationship is explained as fast-paced but, in my opinion, a few details would not have gone amiss. For instance, there are hints about Leo's interests and practices in the bedroom which are not fully explored in this book.

Overall, this story is adventurous, romantic and fun! Cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • JCT
  • 03-22-20

short but good

I had originally read the book a while ago and now enjoying the audio version. Good action from the beginning. Its insta-love but they had good chemistry. Simple but good plot.

Was written in the SS world so the addition of her characters wasn't appealing to me as I didn't know who they were but you can still follow along.

Narrators were great especially Jason Clarke

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  • Jane A.
  • 03-07-20

Fast paced action & love

I read the ebook last year & thoroughly enjoyed the story so jumped at the chance to listen to the audiobook & wasn’t disappointed.
Second book in the Red Team series written by the fantastic Riley Edwards. Student Olivia is a pawn in a much bigger game when she is kidnapped. Leo & Red Team swoop in to rescue her, he was the one to free her & they have an instant connection. Leo continues to protect Olivia as he tries to fight his feelings - but once the danger is lifted both are ready to go after what they want. Leo is definitely full on alpha & will stop at nothing to both protect Olivia & make her his. Olivia is likeable, a good girl who lost her way & went off the rails a little, she is honest with herself & her feeling.
The story & action is fast paced & well written, very enjoyable especially when narrated by the delicious voice of Jason Clarke, both narrators we’re great but Mr Clarke’s sexy tones just add that extra something.

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  • Avidchic reader
  • 04-27-20

A bit glossed over but it was short afterall

not as hit and steamy as the 1st book and I must admit Carly suited this voice better than jasmins.
I liked the plot even though it was fast paced but unlike book 1 there wasn't a sense of cramming it all in so as to lose some depth. although there wasn't a lot if depth here due to the length. a lot if denial on the heroes part then bam! he was on board....very HEA sugar sweet...but that seems to be Riley's mojo.
a lot like Susan stoker although Susan doesn't seem to hurry her novels as much and addresses sensitive issues quite tactfully.
narrator's are great ..Jason does an awesome job. he, John lane and Aiden snow are right up there with Sebastian York in my opinion .

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