Shelter for Koren

Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, Book 14
Narrated by: Erin Mallon
Series: Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, Book 14
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Discovering your ex is a serial-killing religious zealot would put anyone off dating for a good long while. That’s where Hudson “Taco” Vines’ head is at when he meets Koren, a woman who looks a little too much like his ex for comfort. But he can’t deny their attraction, and the more he gets to know her, the more Taco realizes how different Koren is from his ex, in all the best ways. It’s not long before he’s feeling things for her that he’s never felt for anyone, ever. After the drama of his last relationship, maybe this is his reward…a supportive, comfortable life with a woman he’s coming to love. 

Koren Garner is no fan of drama, and it certainly seems Taco and his friends have all seen more than their share. So you’d think meeting him for the second time at the scene of her own car accident would be enough to warn her away. But Koren can’t resist the sexy firefighter. A little drama might be worth the risk…even when an unknown threat starts targeting Taco’s friends. Someone’s setting fires, and the danger’s escalating with each blaze. Koren and Taco can only pray the culprit is caught before their relationship - and their lives - go up in smoke. 

Shelter for Koren is the 14th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliff-hanger endings.

©2019 Susan Stoker (P)2019 Susan Stoker

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good story line waiting on the next storyline read the love Susan Stoker onto the next series

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When grief turns deadly

Hudson “Taco” Vines still can’t wrap his head around the fact that his ex was a serial-killing religious zealot, reason enough for him to be wary of Koren Garner, who he rescues from a horrific car accident.

Koren Garner does not like drama, and she knows that Taco and his friends are no strangers to events that can leave them and their loved ones traumatized.

Nevertheless, the two find themselves attracted to one another and try to make a go of a relationship, even when someone starts to target Taco’s friends.

In Shelter for Koren, a mother brought to the breaking point over the death of her son shows us the importance of being a strong support system for people who have experienced trauma so grievous that their heart and mind get broken to the point of no return.

Some of you may think Susan Stoker’s plot was a bit cheesy or far-fetched, but no. Post-traumatic stress disorder takes on so many characteristics that we cannot outright say what happened to Taco and Koren’s story is purely fiction. It is not.

Is it a mental illness? No.

Dr. Melanie Greenberg, a practicing psychologist and author of “The Mindful Self-Express.” does not consider PTSD to be a mental health problem. Rather, it is a “chronic, systemic problem of mind-body-spirit in which long-term stress responses deplete both mental and physical health.

Imagine someone you know experiencing a trauma so huge—in the book, Nicole’s loss of her only child to a fire—that everything ceases to exist. They withdraw from society, reality to them becomes so confusing.

So should we excuse the actions of anyone who suffers from PTSD? Should we turn a blind eye? Or should we be aware enough of our own need for a support system, and that of others we know or suspect that need the same, to be able to reach out?

Whatever the reason or the circumstances, there is but one thing I believe we can do, and that is to always be there for each other, no matter the status in life, the colour of our skin, or our belief system. Because everyone deserves a second chance.

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Wow

Once again Susan Stoker did again. Couldn't stop listening to this story. I have to buy the last book in this series,

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Another great addition to the series!

This is one of my favorite series by this author and this book did not disappoint. While you don’t have to read the prior books to enjoy this story, it does help to have some of that background. This is Hudson ‘Taco’ Price’s story. We typically have no control of someone’s perception of us and in Taco’s case that perception can be deadly.
Taco had previously met Koren but, because of her striking resemblance to his homicidal ex, he didn’t pay much attention. Besides, he needed a break from women. When Taco saved Koren from a serious car wreck, and she asked him out, he intended to stay away...but there was just something about her. Soon enough, the pair begin dating but someone is blaming Taco for pain in their own life and is targeting those he holds dear. Will they survive?
Danger, romance and hot firefighter...great story and equally great narration. Looking forward to Penelope’s story.

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Discovering your ex is a serial-killing religious zealot would put anyone off dating for a good long while. That’s where Hudson “Taco” Vines’s head is at when he meets Koren, a woman who looks a little too much like his ex for comfort. But he can’t deny their attraction, and the more he gets to know her, the more Taco realizes how different Koren is from his ex, in all the best ways. It’s not long before he’s feeling things for her that he’s never felt for anyone, ever. After the drama of his last relationship, maybe this is his reward…a supportive, comfortable life with a woman he’s coming to love

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talk, talk, talk

The first half of the bool is all talk and a bit silly. The second half picks up steam and finally is a story.

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Good story - narration blah

I liked the story and characters. I am an audio book loyalist at about 4 per month and have to say I had to push myself thru the voice over the narrator. The men sounded like they needed chicken soup and vicks....will avoid her annunciation on future purchases. To the writer however, nice job.

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The story of Koren and Taco, a couple that enjoyable and fun and real. The narrator does a good job. The friends/couples are a nice mish-mash of different relationships. The main character is the perfect ultimate alpha male

The sad downfall of a drug addict. Misplaced blame, drugs and revenge is the catalyst for the entire situation.

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Holy Firebugs....

Talk about an intense, emotional read. I knew going in this one was going to be amazing. I mean, it’s a Stoker story but whoa! This is a whole new level of chaos and turmoil. I loved it!

Taco and Koren are both strong minded, independent yet broken in different ways. He’s dealing with an over abundance of guilt, anger and dread thanks to the psycho ex and Koren just hasn’t found the one man to treat her right. She’s not a fan of drama.

The two start off on shaky ground. Taco is there when she has a bad accident. He’s able to get her out of her smashed vehicle and it sparks something between them. As they progress into something more than friendship and Koren is welcomed into the folds, bad things start to happen around them all.

Unexplained fires. Vandalism of the worst kind surrounds station 7. Taco and crew work diligently to stay safe and work smart. They keep the women as safe as possible and yet... just when you think it’s going to work out, bad stuff happens. The worst thing imaginable for a fire fighter.

Now it’s up to Taco to save Koren again, but the thing is... he may already be too late.

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Wow!

As always a terrific story from Susan Stoker. I love the connection and friendship between all the characters.
I can't wait for Moose and Penelope.

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  • 07-20-19

love this entire series .

I have read every book of Susan's and await the new books eagerly roll on Penelope's story

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  • 07-19-19

Love

I love these books & I love reading them. i can't wait till the next one :)

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  • karen grave
  • 02-17-20

another goodie

It's amazing that Ms Stoker can come up with different ideas within her same format...for umpteen numbers of her books. but she does.
I read a review re penelopes story and was deciding to jump to ms stokers other series...but now undecided....Hollywood definitely sounds like a great story but Penelope has been around forever. and ptsd is always a heartfelt read.
great narration Erin.