Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Claiming Grace by Susan Stoker

Claiming Grace
By: Susan Stoker
Release Date:  March 14, 2017
Series: Ace Security #1

Description:
For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers. But it’s not long before Logan runs into Grace Mason, his best friend from high school…and the woman who never answered his letters during his Army years.

Grace was pleasantly surprised to see Logan return to Castle Rock, despite their falling-out ten years ago. Everyone always assumed they would end up together, including Grace, who had eyes only for him. But as Logan eventually escaped their town, Grace got pulled further into her family’s controlling grasp—and farther away from the man she loved.

Now, united by scars both visible and not, the two must fight to free Grace from the suffocating hold of her family. But the Masons won’t let go easily—and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the couple apart.

A Note From the Publisher
Susan Stoker is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose series include Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes. Married to a retired Army non commissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri to California to Colorado—and currently lives under the big skies of Texas. A true believer in happily ever after, Stoker enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website, www.stokeraces.com, or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorsusanstoker.

Review:
This book was intriguing, talking about subjects that no one wants to deal with but that exist in everyday life.  There is some true evil out there, lurking behind clean cut personas.  Susan Stoker did a great job bringing this out to the forefront in different ways.  This book was thoroughly enjoyed.

We meet Grace and Logan as they are parting ways way back after high school finishes, come back a couple years after the death of Logan’s family and back in town he comes.  Hoping to find out what happened between him and Grace, why she never responded to him after he left.  It was great finally seeing them reunite and everything was broken down eventually as to what happened to their unfortunate miscommunication.  But there was so much more going on.

This book really delved deeply into abuse, not only physical abuse but sometimes people forget that there is emotional and mental abuse that sometimes is more damaging than physical abuse.  Yes physical abuse hurts and can lead to even worse things, but those wounds heal.  When you mentally abuse someone with words and threats it’s more damaging to the person being abused.  They become a shell of themselves.  It’s not something I wish on anyone, any type of abuse really.  But Stoker really showed you this different type of abuse that you don’t see very often and it was titillating.  Grace was constantly abused by her parents, and she was just too scared to get out from under them.  Until Logan came back in town.

The things her parents do to her were unbelievable, I thought I was watching a Lifetime movie and I couldn’t help but root for Grace to break free from the chains.  It was a really great read.  From beginning to end you just couldn’t stop thinking about it, what was going to happen next?  Could this get any worse, and it usually did.  I don’t really want to give too much away because you really should read it and find out what happens. 


I did find the characters interesting, and I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.  I’m hoping it has something to do with Alexis because she seemed just a little bit badass.  Overall the setting was great, the plot was interesting and different.  This isn’t a typical romance where you find someone and something happens and then they get together, no this had a little more depth which makes it more interesting.  Love the cover of the book too, he looks totally delectable.  

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Montlake Romance, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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