I stared reading Susan Stoker’s books with the series, Mountain Mercenaries, and from there I just fell in love. I haven’t had a chance to really dig into many of the series as of yet (there are 10 series total), so far I’ve only gotten through Mountain Mercenaries, SEAL of Protection: Legacy, and now halfway through Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes; I highly recommend her books though if you’re looking for hot men, determined women, and a dash of craziness and romance. Stoker has a way of making her characters feel real as they don’t fall into the typical categories of the perfect women and men that you find in most stories. They have body image issues, eating problems, lack of confidence, and so much more.
A few of the books in the Badge of Honor series I was able to receive for free in eBook format and so I figured I would give it a chance as the two series I read prior to this one were hard to stop until I got them all read, however, I became a bit disappointed with the series the further I got into it. A couple of the books, Justice for Mackenzie, Justice for Mickie, Justice for Corrie, Justice for Laine, and Justice for Boone were amusing and exciting reads as they were jammed packed with suspense, action, and steamy romance, but with the others that I’ve read so far, they tumbled down a rocky hill that I’m not sure they can get back up from. The characters are likable, for the most part, but when it comes to the plots and comparing them to the previous books I’ve read by Stoker, I wish they were better. I hate leaving a series unfinished, and I’ll go back to finishing this series out eventually, however, I’m really hoping that the storylines and characters get better with the rest of the books.
When it came to Beth in Shelter for Elizabeth, she was someone I could feel for because of the situation she found herself in after her ordeal with a serial killer, even so, her story should have been way better than it was. With this book, Beth has agoraphobia, a fear of going outside due to her being taken by a serial killer and to get over her fear she gets addicted to fire. She never set a fire that would really get anyone into trouble, but with her boyfriend being with the fire department, we all know how that would go over with him. I don’t want to give too much away, but for how Cade handles the situation could have so much better. Cade was a sweet and caring guy, however, he was never really there for Beth in a way that I believe he could have been.
There is one book in this series that really pissed me off and it actually came to a point where I hated one of the characters. Dean, a.k.a Crash, started out as a good guy, one that I was hoping to really like, but things didn’t turn out that way. He was extremely controlling and every time he told Adeline what she should do about her job, how she should handle things with her boss, and pretty much lived her every day life, I wanted to reach into the pages and punch him in his nose. I understand it was supposed to come across as him being caring and wanting to look after Adeline to make sure she was safe, however, all it did was infuriate me as it made Adeline look weak. One thing I hate about a story is when women have been able to handle themselves perfectly and then a man comes into their life and the woman no longer knows what she wants, how to do anything on her own, and depends way too much on whoever she’s dating. I’m all about romance and having a man help a woman out when it warrants it, howbeit, when it makes the woman look pathetic in the process then I become disappointed in not only the characters, but also the story and author as well.
About Justice for Mackenzie
A member of the famed Texas Rangers, Daxton Chambers has dealt with more than his share of depravity. But the Lone Star Reaper takes evil to a whole new level, kidnapping and burying women alive. It’s Dax’s job to help keep San Antonio safe, but even with help from friends in various law enforcement agencies, the killer remains two steps ahead. It’s hardly the ideal time for a relationship, but Mackenzie Morgan is too luscious to resist. Dax wants her–which makes her an instant target for his newfound enemy.
When the Reaper gets personal, it will take every ounce of Daxton’s considerable skill and training to keep Mack alive.
About Justice for Mickie
For Cruz Livingston, becoming an FBI agent is a lifelong dream, guarding the streets of San Antonio, a calling. His latest assignment—infiltrating the Red Brothers Motorcycle Club—will help stem the flow of illegal drugs brought into the city by the violent gang. He expects the job to be dangerous. He doesn’t expect to meet the woman of his dreams while undercover.
Mickie Kaiser is refreshingly sweet, but her sister is intimately involved with the RBMC’s president. Cruz can’t afford to come clean about his double life without putting his operation in danger, but as violence creeps ever closer to Mickie, his priority becomes crystal clear. Cruz will do anything to keep Mickie alive…even if it means losing her love.
About Justice for Corrie
Blind since birth, Corrie Madison relies on her other sharpened senses in her job as a chiropractor. Never did she imagine she’d have to depend on them to identify a killer. But when a man enters her practice, murdering everyone in his path, Corrie is the only witness—putting her directly in the killer’s crosshairs.
Officer Quint Axton wasn’t looking for love, or even a relationship, until he meets Corrie. Beautiful and brave, resilient and intelligent, she’s everything Quint wants—if he can keep her alive long enough to explore their mutual attraction. The threats on Corrie’s life are escalating. Surely a blind person is helpless against a ruthless killer?
Hardly. Corrie is about to prove that disabled does not equal defenseless.
About Justice for Laine
Reluctantly taking her best friend’s place at a photo shoot, realtor Laine Parker expects to assist the photographer for the day…not drool over the volunteer model, Westin King. The Texas Ranger and real-life cowboy is hot-on-hot sexy, from the tips of his boots to the top of his Stetson. Despite her visceral reaction to the man, the last thing Laine expects is a whirlwind romance–but that’s exactly what she gets.
Wes has been around the block enough to know what he wants, and he wants Laine. He wastes no time showing her how he feels…but he may never get the chance to tell her. Laine has disappeared, and it will take every connection Wes has–and a little help from a mangy stray–to get her back in his arms.
About Shelter for Elizabeth
Elizabeth Parkins lived through a nightmare come true—getting kidnapped by a serial killer. Seeking a fresh start, she moves to Texas, but escaping her demons proves impossible when she’s too terrified to leave her own apartment. A small, accidental fire sparks a coping method she’d never expected, and brings an amazing man to her door.
Firefighter Cade “Sledge” Turner’s idyllic life ended the day his sister was kidnapped. Now he knows firsthand that tragedy can befall anyone, at any time. Meeting Elizabeth on the job was a gift. Cade can envision spending his life with this woman. He understands what she’s been through, is willing to help her heal…though even Cade is unaware of Beth’s new secret obsession.
As Beth takes steps to help herself heal, and Cade attempts to earn her trust and prove his own, they’re both about to be tested—in a way that could see everything they’ve worked for go up in flames.
About Justice for Boone
Sheriff’s Deputy Hayden Yates has worked hard to gain the respect and admiration of her fellow law enforcement officers. She’s succeeded so well, in fact, that she’s become just one of the guys. As her friends slowly begin to meet their soul mates, Hayden longs to be seen as a desirable woman, and not the tomboy she’s always been.
No slouch when it comes to attracting the opposite sex, cowboy Boone Hatcher might want to give it a rest for a while, especially after his last girlfriend accuses him of domestic abuse. Deputy Yates sees right through his ex’s ruse—and Boone sees right through Deputy Yates. Hayden might seem all business, but her need for justice comes from a heart that beats with pure passion.
A few dates turn into something more, and as the couple’s relationship deepens, so do the threats from his ex. It’s up to Hayden to convince Boone the danger is real…before jealous antics escalate to deadly obsession.
About Shelter for Adeline
Saddled with a job she hates and a detestable boss she likes even less, Adeline Reynolds could use a break. It doesn’t look like she’ll get one today. Her service dog, Coco, is alerting her she’s about to have an epileptic seizure—and her frustrated blind date has left her to deal on her own. Enter firefighter Dean Christopherson, who escorts her to the nearby fire station, where she can suffer through her ordeal safe from injury and prying eyes.
Dean—known as “Crash” to his friends—didn’t expect to find The One in a diner during his lunch break, but he’s blindsided by the beautiful, brave Adeline. She brings out his every protective instinct—along with the carnal ones. As they get to know each other, Dean’s feelings for Adeline grow fast, as does his irritation with her boss, whose behavior is suspicious at best.
As much as he wants to protect Adeline from the world, Crash has to tread carefully. His overprotectiveness could push her away…and leave her vulnerable to a man whose obsession has reached the boiling point.
About Shelter for Sophie
She’s shy, he’s stoic…not the hardest personality traits to overcome, but Sophie Carson and Roman “Chief” Proudfit have their work cut out for them.
Sophie has a crush on the silent-but-studly firefighter next door. She’s been pining away silently while secretly helping the hardworking man by mowing his lawn—which he thinks is being done by her nonexistent husband and/or boyfriend. He’s definitely not big on neighborly chitchat, but with her stutter, that suits Sophie just fine. But now a misunderstanding at a bar has put him even further out of her reach.
Roman’s difficult upbringing on an Indian reservation is a sore spot, so when he thinks Sophie is taking advantage of poor people for medical trials at her workplace, he lets her know exactly what he thinks. But when he discovers he misunderstood, he’s man enough to admit it…and also that he should have opened his eyes to his beautiful, sensitive neighbor sooner.
As the couple gets closer, each helping the other overcome lifelong pains, for the first time in years, Roman has something to live for other than his job. And, as he discovers when Sophie puts herself in danger, something even bigger to lose…
About Justice for Erin
Part-time bartender Erin Gardner is friendly to everyone who bellies up to her bar, including the local law enforcement and firefighters who keep her city safe. That’s where she meets game warden Conor Paxton, a regular who she asks to join a canoeing trip she’s leading for her university day job. When the trip leads to something more, Erin couldn’t be happier.
Conor adores Erin, more than enough to help her continue to get over lingering self-esteem issues from her childhood. He’s thrilled he’s found someone who enjoys spending time in nature as much as he does.
Just when the couple thinks they’re on their way to a happily ever after, Erin finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. But there’s no way she’ll just lay down and die. She’s woman enough to save herself—and lead her man to her when she’s done.
A list of books of Susan Stoker’s can be found on her site here – Book List