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.
I have read every Susan Stoker book. I loved each and every one. This book feels as if someone else wrote it.
The heroin was just too pathetic for a 30 year old. I mean, enough already. On and on and on she just couldn't tell her mother off!
The narrator was fine.
The entire middle. So boring and annoying.
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.
I am obsessed with audio books! My favorite genre is erotica and romance -- there's just not enough hours in the day to enjoy ...
This story was hard to take plus there were just too many unanswered questions. Logan who is supposed to be this expert on abuse seemed to be pretty clueless. And talk about clueless, Grace couldn't seem to buy one if you gave her unlimited cash. The story was well written even if the premise was unbelievable. I have many questions about Logan's father and his role in their upbringing, maybe more will be revealed about the father in the other books in the series. The story was enjoyable enough just not very believable.
Erin Bennett was okay as the narrator but those strong, sexy alpha males sounded too feminine.
I paid a discounted price for this book and I would pay it again. I am looking forward to the other books in the series.
I struggled to get through the book. The story was not too bad however there were several points in the book I thought were far fetched or did not make much sense. It almost seemed a bit thrown together. The narrator's voice was good but I couldn't tell if the way she read the book or the book itself was cheesy. The book wasn't horrible but I will not continue the series.
I got hooked reading Susan's books when I found Protecting Caroline.
From that book alone I decided to read all of the Protecting series. From there I branched out to reading every last one of her books. It is with such joy I look forward to her next book!
The story was awesome. It is so important for people to know that abuse is more than just physical. Loved the story and can wait to read Alexis and Blake's story.
I don't honestly know. Being completely honest, the writing & story was just way over the top. It was waaaaaaayyyyyy too dramatic and at times ridiculous for me. I listened to the whole book, but...
The book could have used some serious editing. It went on for way too long, given the subject matter & genre.
I was a little disappointed in this audiobook, mostly because I can't believe how utterly dumb and naive the author made the heroine. She can't think for herself, and when the hero tells her to wait for him she goes right out and walks into the danger like a moron. The basis for the story would have been good if the heroine hadn't been such a dud!
Okay, I've read and enjoyed all of Susan Stoker's series, and applaud her willingness to try a different formula. A bit darker.
As another reviewer remarked, there are plenty of plot holes that should have been addressed during the final draft process. The believability that we as readers suspend to allow for "insta love" and legal matters to dissolve with a flick of a pen are normal. But some plot holes are just holes.
What the characters go through as children definitely impact their adulthood. That being said, it is really hard to like the female lead.
As for this narrator in the audio book, she reads well and keeps the listener engaged, but the attempt to do a male voice is just sad. Logan's brother's voices are particularly feminine and awkward.
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