By Susan Stoker
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.
CLAIMING GRACE is the first book in the Ace Security series and is also the first book I’ve read from Susan Stoker. It is a second-chance romance between Logan and Grace, who had feelings for each other in high school, but never acted on them before Logan left for the Army. Thanks to the actions of others, they both believed the other had led them on and therefore haven’t seen or spoken to each other in ten years.
Ace Security is owned and run by triplet brothers Logan, Blake and Nathan, who created the security firm after their father was killed by their abusive mother, and their primary goal is to provide help and security for abused men. At the time of writing this review, I read this story over a week ago and I don’t remember much about Logan at all, other than I thought his idea of creating a security company for abused men was brilliant.
Grace stood out more than Logan, but in her case that’s not a good thing. She’s a nice woman and I was rooting for her to get her HEA with Logan, but I couldn’t relate to her. I couldn’t understand why she didn’t just tell people what had been going on and then get in her car and go far, far away from her parents. She’s been mentally and emotionally abused her entire life and yet, at the age of thirty, is still clinging to the hope that some day soon her parents will love her and let her go to live her own life. As much as I hate to say this, sometimes she was a little too stupid to live. She would acknowledge that she needed to be careful around her parents, but would then meet them alone in private places.
I have to say that as much as I hated them, her parents are the most memorable characters in this story. They are so horrible, despicable and cruel that they deserve to be skinned alive for not only how they treated Grace, but how they treated everyone in the community.
CLAIMING GRACE is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA that I will say was a little cheesy and unrealistic. The ending also leads us into the second book which will be about Blake and Alexis.
Claiming Grace (Ace Security # 1)
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