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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Susan Stoker. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Susan Stoker at her best.

I'm a huge fan of anything by Susan Stoker and I wasn't disappointed with the first book in this series.
If I have to pick at one tiny thing to critique it would be having only one person narrate the book. It sounds a little weird having a woman's voice narrate a man's part. It wouldn't stop me ordering more audiobooks but maybe something for the authors to think about.

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Not to bad.

story was ok bit of an out there plot but it worked. not keen on the narrator.

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  • Tracy H.
  • 15-03-2017

Not her best

Normally Susan Stokers books a bit like fast food, you know you shouldn't eat it...but you can't help yourself... And you enjoy it. With that said, I am a fan of Stoker, I have all her books. I respect that she is venturing into a new series that is trying for realism, but with that said, this new series has some plot holes big enough for a pickup truck to drive through. I feel that an author is creating a world for the reader, and they must make that world real within itself, but once that spell breaks the reader is pushed out from the world and starts to question it. For the first time happened to me with a Stoker book. It happened a number of times actually, to the point I was questioning the writing and plot and wasn’t able to enjoy her world at all. Plot holes, they are a many. I found myself chanting "call 911" and at several points and asking the characters to WWNDD? What would Nancy Drew do? At one plot turn they have a woman being abducted on film, and grand theft auto, but the characters come off blasé with …." Ah we called the police, they'll look for her, and with that restraining order they are taking it more seriously, but its only been an hour".... Really? No i dont think so...... What is really striking is the lack of sub characters that are in law enforcement. Not one interaction with the police in the book, and that is where some of the walls crack in the world Stoker is creating. The female lead is very unlikeable at times, and you question her reasoning. The lack of police involvement in the story was attempted to be plugged with a single line..."the next week we worked with the FBI & police". And it’s an afterthought to the story, and it screams it. Another area that walls cracked in the world were a hotel room scene, where the police should have been called, if anything to say someone was found…. But no…. and it just isn’t believable as its written right now. Spoiler alert: Within the last chapters of the book, is a prison visitors scene, the female character makes an announcement about being pregnant with Male twins early in her pregnancy. The way she makes this farfetched announcement, makes her so unlikeable. That she has had doctor’s appointments without telling the father, then drops the bomb on him to smite her mother? And lets be clear, you cannot detect the gender that early in a pregnancy, determine two heartbeats? Sometimes, it just depends… but the walls of the world cracked more. And it left me wanting to research if sperm can be a factor in twins…. The book has promise, but needs rewrites for a more believable security firm plot who interacts with law enforcement, knowing that evidence needs to be collected and a case built. Without that, you ask the characters to WWNDD, especially since Stoker is departing from her “Tech super world” where her characters can make one call and get what they need.
What I’m amazed by is that none of the beta readers pointed these things out, it’s so unlike Stoker to have a world that doesn’t hold up.
So, 3 stars because I like Stoker, and I know she can do better. And hopefully this review might be viewed by her team and I hope I offered some constructive suggestions. It isn’t my aim to be mean, just honest.

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  • Renee Becky
  • 15-07-2017

A breath of fresh air

This book was such a refreshing read. It had serious topics, but it wasn't the average love story, in the way of I want him, I don't want him, I want him, I don't want him type. I love how grace was very sure of what she wanted and what she didn't want, I love the fact that she didn't go willingly with her father. The amazing part was how protective all of the brothers and her friends were of her and her efforts to get away from her parents. Can't wait until the next book.

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  • Karen
  • 31-05-2017

Another hit series for this author

What did you love best about Claiming Grace?

How Grace stayed the same person and a good person even with all the horrible things that she had gone through

What did you like best about this story?

How Grace and Logan reconnected and were able to rekindle the love they had when younger

What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?

I think she did a wonderful job of bringing the story to life

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Saving Grace

Any additional comments?

I loved this book when I read it on my kindle then I got the audio version and fell in love with it all over again. Although this is not the authors normal narrator I did like how the narrator told us the story
Well worth a credit

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  • Lena Loves Books
  • 11-04-2018

A Great Beginning

I LOVE Susan Stoker’s Books. When I found this gem of a series I couldn’t wait to dig in. Logan and his brothers are the intriguing characters I can wait to get to know. Their story of abuse by there mother made my heart go out to them.

Logan thought he lost the love of his life a long time ago. Returning to Castle Rock he constantly sees Grace. He thinks she has the perfect life but little does he know she is suffering from a different type of abuse.

This story was touching and it was nice to see these characters get there HEA especially after all they had suffered through as you kinds.

Great beginning to what looks like is going to be a great series.

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  • Gillek2
  • 09-04-2018

Second Chance!

Logan and his brothers have returned to the hometown they couldn’t escape fast enough for their father’s funeral. They were victims of physical abuse so while they are in town they decide to move back and open Ace Security to help those who can’t protect themselves.

Grace has lived in town all her life and she has seen the emotional side of abuse. She is trying the escape the cycle but every stride forward seems to just set her back.

Grace was Logan’s tutor while they were in high school. They became friends and their feelings for each evolved into something deeper so when Logan left town to join the army he promised to send for her once he was settled but neither expected the evil that others would do to keep them apart. Now that they are both in town will they be able to correct the misunderstanding of the past and will Logan be able to protect Grace from those who wish to do her harm?

This is an emotional story about the far reaching effects of abuse both on the victim and those around them. I thought the narrator did an amazing job at bringing this story to life.

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  • Paula
  • 01-04-2018

great

loved the way Grace blossomed and didn't let her struggle get her down. strong female

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  • Karen Hrdlicka
  • 25-12-2017

My First Book by This Author Has Me Hooked

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. This is the first book I've read/listened to by this author and the storyline pulled me right in. The action is quick paced and the characters relatable and easy to like

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the book didn't feel like it followed a formula. The twist on the abuse for both main characters was different. I'm a sucker for second chance romance, especially when the characters are victims of circumstance.

Which character – as performed by Erin Bennett – was your favorite?

I think Erin Bennett's portrayal of Grace was spot on. She relayed the wide variety of emotions the character felt very well. I felt like I was actually hearing the character's voice

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Their first chance at their second chance romance.

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  • Diana D.
  • 31-10-2017

Damn good!

Holy f***ing wow! Why did I wait to read this? This book was so damn good I almost peed my pants. Read this now. Do it!

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  • Patricia
  • 14-10-2017

Loved it!

Loved the story from start to finish!!!! I’m ready for book 2!!! I can’t wait!

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 08-08-2017

Unexpected diamond

Tale of abuse, pain, fears, love, loss, second chance at a first ... this romance was built on a lost friendship that had various obstacles put in their way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elisabeth Whyatt
  • 06-04-2018

Good to hear

I enjoyed the beginning of this series and will certainly be buying the rest. Ticked all the right boxes.

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  • Sarah
  • 21-11-2017

Claiming grace

I loved this title, its a good read and or listen. You quickly become attached to the characters. Looking forward to the next😊

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  • Svonne Boyle
  • 14-10-2017

loved it

Such a beautiful story. twists and turns that you don't expect but it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time

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  • MaisiMai
  • 18-08-2017

Mediocre

As mentioned in another review the storyline is a tad far fetched. The book was however easy to read and entertaining but dragged on a bit in places when the reader just wanted the female character to get to the point. Overall a typical alpha male romance novel similar to many in this genre.

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  • J A Fuller
  • 09-08-2017

A great audio book

I loved every minute. I sat enthralled it was a good plot and week delivered.

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  • f.c
  • 29-07-2017

Too far fetched

Story line was too far fetched and dramatic, I'm sure there are ways of depicting parental abuse in a more believable mature way. The acceptance of her fate by Grace was frustrating to say the least; the incredulity of some of the events! The inaccuracies like knowing the sex of twins at 2 and half months? Maybe technology has really come on but last I checked at week 12 they couldn't tell gender then so at 10 weeks..hmmm, editor should have checked that. I appreciate this is a work of fiction but within fiction it would be better to still respect the thought processes of the adult reader because to not do so just leaves one frustrated and irritated but then, that's just my personal opinion

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 21-07-2017

The past catches up

I was a bit disappointed by this book. It's great if your into steamy sex scenes but I thought the dialogue was a bit laboured therefor the story appeared to be padded out . If it's your kind of genre you'll enjoy the book.