Claiming Grace is the first book I've read by Susan Stoker, but certainly not the last and definitely not the first I've wanted to read. The first of the Ace Security series was a good start, in my opinion. It has all the feels one could ask for in a romance, including a few others, I hadn't expected.
Ace Security is the Anderson brothers who move back home after the tragic murder of their father, after years of abuse of their father at the hands of their mother. Her subsequent suicide means nothing to them, but their father's death solidifies their need to help others in the same situation.
Logan, the eldest, having been the one who protected his triplet brothers from the fists of his mother growing up, was the cataylist behind the move, but not the only one with the expertise. All three brothers bring strong emotions to the table which will play an integral part in future books I am sure. In Claiming Grace, Logan's childhood sweetheart, of a sort, the girl who broke his heart by never writing to him when he went into the Army, is still his obsession as the story unfolds.
Grace, we discover, has never let the torch for Logan burn out. Instead, things are brought to light which may be difficult for many readers may have difficulty reading, or may trigger memories they wish not to remember. How Stoker addresses abuse is definitely not placating and very real.
The romance and healing processes of both Logan and Grace is sweet, loving and moves from innocent love of children to the lust and physical love of adults. I would really like to have gotten more into both their heads, but the story was fulfilling. We need more real Ace Security Agencies around.
**Received from NetGalley and Rockstar PR from the Author in exchange for an honest review.***
March 14, 2017
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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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.