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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Double ARC Review! Justice For Boone by Susan Stoker

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.

** Justice for Boone is the 6th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
This was my first book by Susan Stoker, and while it may technically be the 6th in the series, I had no problem following the story.

Hayden appears to be a by the book cop; a tomboy in her own words who longs for someone to love her and care for her.  Her friends see her as just one of the guys, not necessarily by her choice but simply because that was how she was raised.  Her father wanted a son so Hayden tried to conform to what she thought would please him, even if it meant not being true to herself.  When she gets a call to respond to a domestic dispute she has no idea how her life will change.

I appreciated the author showing that men can be victims of domestic violence and I think Boone was a great example of that. 

Boone sees through Hayden’s tough exterior to her softer side that she’s afraid to show.  His pursuit of her is sweet with a sneaky side of hot.  The anticipation of them finally being together was a slow torture for me, but completely right for these characters. 
I enjoyed learning the backstory of these characters, what made them the people they were when they met.  

I felt I learned Hayden’s story when Boone learned it and vice versa instead of being told at the beginning of the book what their lives had been like before each other. I also loved seeing the subtle changes in the two of them as their relationship grew. 

I did have one small pet peeve with this book-Boone’s nickname for Hayden to be exact, but other than that I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series.

Hayden and Boone were interesting, and I enjoyed the role-reversal that was at work in this book.

Hayden is a female police office, Boone is a cowboy who we meet when there is a domestic violence call at his home...but he is the victim, although it takes him a minute to see it that way.

This could easily have turned into a cliche, with the author trying to preach that women can be police officers and that men can in fact be domestic violence victims..and while there were elements of this in the story, what I loved was that they were not THE story.  Rather they were a factor in the story.  They were both parts of who they each were as a person. And there was a balance, Hayden was allowed to be feminine, Boone allowed to be masculine.  Their roles did not define them any more than their gender did...I really liked that.

I didn't mean this review to be all about the gender roles of the book...but I found it refreshing.  It was also well written, well paced and had characters, both main and supporting, that I was able to relate to and found interesting.

I recommend this book.

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About Susan Stoker

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.

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