Review: Claiming Grace (Book #1: Ace Security Series) by Susan Stoker

Grace

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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.

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Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4½/5 stars

Hello, Susan Stoker and welcome to my world!!  As you already figured out, Claiming Grace was my first Susan Stoker read, and holy hell, am I glad I started here!!

As the story opens, the three Anderson boys, Logan, Blake, and Nathan are standing beside their father’s grave lamenting not only their loss, but the unfortunate circumstances of their shared lives.  The boys and their father, Ace, spent a lifetime suffering physical abuse at the hands of their wretched mother.  Ace’s death was the result of her madness reaching a horrifying conclusion which has left Anderson boys orphaned and looking for a way to help others in situations much like their own.  Out of tragedy is born Ace Security, a firm dedicated to helping abuse victims in a wide variety of ways including personal protection, court appearance companions, and rescue should the situation call for it.  Never, in a thousand lifetimes could the boys imagine how in demand their services will be and how close to home they will be working. 

Coming home wasn’t something Logan Anderson ever saw himself doing, but the chance to reconnect and work with his brothers was too hard to resist.  Additionally, coming home means once again seeing Grace, the woman who broke his heart a decade ago.  As a teenager, Logan fell hard for Grace and thought she had done the same with him.  Time, distance, and a slew of unanswered letters proved otherwise.  Seeing Grace again, as a beautiful and curvy woman, is more than Logan could have every hoped for, but talking to her is a cat of a different color.  He doesn’t understand how and why Grace abandoned him so many years ago, and the only way he’s going to find out is if he talks to her.  Swallowing his pride isn’t easy, but getting answers is worth it. 

The answers Logan gets from Grace and her only two friends not only disturb him, but cause him to reevaluate his definition of abuse.   As it turns out, Grace has been living her life in fear, in fear of her parents, their harsh words, and threats to the safety of herself and her two friends.  Every aspect of Grace’s life, from the moment she was born has been monitored, controlled, and abused by her parents.  Any attempt to free herself from their control has resulted in limited physical violence and threats her well-connected, wealthy parents could certainly pull off.  Getting away from them is of the highest priority and it’s going to take the help of Logan, his brothers, and her two friends to see to Grace’s safety and security. 

The Bottom Line:  Holy crap did I LOVE this book!!  From the beginning to the end, which I managed in one sitting, I was wrapped up, consumed by this read.  All three Anderson brothers are yummy, nerdy, sexy, and honorable which makes their chosen profession so very appropriate.  While the book contains information about all three brothers, Claiming Grace is Logan’s story, and what a story it is.  Logan must readjust his thinking and call on all his resources to save Grace which creates a real sense of evolution in his character.  Grace is likeable character, especially when she takes control of her own life, but this story was all about Logan for me.  Grace is a nice compliment to Logan and enhances his character and his life.  I see these two being the nucleus of the group as the series continues and each only getting stronger as the series continues.

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About the author and where to find her:

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.

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