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review 2018-06-19 00:00
Shelter for Blythe
Shelter for Blythe - Susan Stoker Shelter for Blythe - Susan Stoker


Shelter for Blythe is book 11 in the series but its a stand alone. However, we meet Blythe in Sophie's book. Blythe was homeless and living on the street near Sophie's place of employment. Blythe also plays a role in Milena's book; in a way, Blythe is helping the villain of Milena's book. Now, however, Blythe needs help. She is attacked on the streets. Squirrel, aka Sawyer, gave Blythe his phone months ago and they begin a few text conversations. This leads to a budding friendship that changes Blythe's life.

Sawyer is not like the other heroes from this series. He isn't a muscular, isn't as tall, isn't as 'manly' in his eyes. He is a bit self deprecating which was a bit odd. I'm not sure it was bad or good. Just different. Blythe's backstory is sad and fairly typically of many people who find themselves homeless. I thought Sawyer and Blythe were a good match for each other but overall, I felt the story was kind of flat. There isn't much danger or action; the plot mainly revolves around the relationship between Sawyer and Blythe. It wasn't bad, but it was a bit anticlimactic.

Bottom line: I liked the story and was glad to finally get more info about Blythe, but overall it was a little slow.

 
  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes




authors like Kaylea Cross, Maryann Jordan, Sharon Hamilton...then you will probably like Shelter for Blythe!

 


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review 2018-05-08 00:00
Rescuing Wendy
Rescuing Wendy - Susan Stoker Rescuing Wendy - Susan Stoker


Rescuing Wendy continues the stories of the Delta Force team finding love. This time, the man who falls hard is Blade! Here are my thoughts:
  • At first, I was SUPER annoyed with Wendy's self deprecation. I get annoyed with heroines who are all like "oh my gosh, why does he like me? I'm ugly/fat/not worth it". I realize that MOST women are like this, but it gets annoying to read about it.
  • However, I did end up liking Wendy and thought she was a really unique character. What she did for her brother was amazing (yet very far fetched).
  • Blade and Wendy had some attraction and I liked that they got to know each other before ever meeting. I'm not sure I fully felt the connection between them, but it didn't ruin the story.
  • The suspense near the end with Wendy's brother Jack was a bit (a lot) over the top. A Delta Force team taking down some bullies? But, whatever, I still liked it! You just have to kind of suspend reality a bit. I know some readers hate that, but its not a deal breaker for me.
  • Jack is a cool kid and his relationship with Wendy really added a lot of awesomeness to the story!

If you like romantic suspense with imperfect heroines (and I don't mean physically imperfect), strong family bonds, and a touch of danger, Rescuing Wendy will be right up your alley!

 
  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: secret identity, military
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
  • Cliffhanger: not really, but the book really sets up the next book, Truck and Mary's story, big time!
  • HEA: yes




books by authors like Kaylea Cross, Janie Crouch, Katie Reus...then you will probably like Rescuing Wendy!

 


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review 2018-03-28 00:00
Justice for Milena
Justice for Milena - Susan Stoker Justice for Milena - Susan Stoker


I rave about Susan Stoker on this blog! Seriously, I even convinced my mom to read her books. I love that she publishes so frequently because I always have something great to read! Justice for Milena is part of the Badge of Honor series but is a stand alone. The plot does set up the plot for 2 upcoming books as well!

Milena and TJ were in love until he left her without a word. Typical guy-he thought he was too broken for her. Fast forward 3 years and TJ, the highway patrolman, crosses paths with Milena when she is found to be working as a nurse in a very shady 'school'. This 'school' and its 'master' create the conflict of the story and its very disturbing. The school was a front for child abuse and human trafficking. I thought that Stoker handled the topic with delicacy and didn't make it graphic. Human trafficking is one of the biggest problems facing the world today and it happens everywhere! I thought the story was realistic in the portrayal of this terrible ill of society.

Romantically, you have a second chance story. TJ realizes what a huge mistake he made. He did try (a little) to find her after he left, but she had already moved. Milena did search for TJ because she had something VERY important to tell him, but he was gone. Milena is very forgiving and caring. I don't know that I would have been as forgiving as her and certainly not as trusting again. But, I'm a cynical bitch!

Overall, Justice for Milena was a story packed with legitimate danger, really deplorable bad guys, and a love story that will make you sigh in content.

 
  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: second chance
  • Triggers: The school is really a place where men go to have sex with children. Child abuse, human trafficking and other ills are present but NOT described in any way
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
  • Cliffhanger: not for TJ and Milena but as I mentioned, the book sets up 2 future books so you are still wondering what will happen there
  • HEA: yes for TJ and Milena with epilogue




Celebrating Love by Maryann Jordan, After the Dark by Cynthia Eden, Dangerous Witness by Katie Reus...then you will probably like Justice for Milena!

 


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review 2018-03-24 00:00
Rescuing Sadie
Rescuing Sadie - Susan Stoker Rescuing Sadie - Susan Stoker Pretty much what I expect from a SS book! Although, after all this, I really think Fletch, Emily, and Annie should move. That house has some bad juju.
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review 2018-03-12 00:00
Claiming Felicity (Ace Security Book 4)
Claiming Felicity (Ace Security Book 4) - Susan Stoker


The Blah...


-she has been on the run for years, hiding who she is. Then, some guy shows up out of the blue, says he is the 1/2 brother of the Anderson triplets, and gives her his background. She just blinding believes him? Anyone who has been on the run for that long would be more skeptical. She would want to verify his identity in SOME way.

-the insta love is STRONG. Like, its a bit much even for me! Ace is totally in love the moment he sees her and then just pushes himself into her life. The ironic thing is that the guy she is fleeing was an abusive, controlling asshole. Ace kind of comes off the same way. But, because he swears he would never hurt her, its ok? Y'all know if I think the insta love was too much, then its gotta be a problem.

The Beautiful...


-the villain is actually devious! The things he does...diabolical and really show a depth of dedication to ruining lives. Its scary, but in a well written character kind of way.

-Felicity is a tough woman. I thought her reactions to various situations were realistic and appropriate.

The Bottom Line...


The end was unexpected, so I appreciated that. I liked that the epilogue gave us a little snippet of each couple, since they have all been part of this journey. This series is my least favorite Stoker series though. It hurts me to even say it since I tend to adore everything she writes, but this series is one I won't be rereading.

Mom, skip this series. :)

 
  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: secret identity, on the run
  • Triggers: there are scenes of domestic violence, and mentions of sex trafficking by the villain
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series.
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes




books by Maryann Jordan, Pamela Clare, Anne Elizabeth, Sharon Hamilton...then you will probably like Claiming Felicity!

 


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