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Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her ex still fresh in her mind, she’s constantly looking over her shoulder. Then a surprising, and lucky, tip from a diner regular puts yet another target on their backs.

At the request of a friend, medical examiner Calder Stonewall has been looking for Hope and Billy for weeks. When they unexpectedly show up at the scene of a crime, his interest soon becomes personal. He’s amazed by the beautiful, brave woman and her resilient son. He’s also surprised by his growing need to take care of them both, although winning Hope’s trust won’t be easy. But when a tragedy thrusts the couple together, Calder quickly proves he’s a man Hope can rely on.

Which is a good thing…because she’ll need all his support, and love, to get through a threat they never saw coming.



We originally met Hope and her seven year old son Billy in Shelter For Blythe when her son was abducted and he is still feeling the after effects of the trauma. She is on the run from her abusive ex and with no one to turn to she is just grateful to have the job at the diner and be able to put food on their table and have a roof over their head. She is trying to stay under the radar as the last thing she wants is to attract unwanted attention.

Calder is the medical examiner who was asked by his friend Blythe to keep his eyes open for Hope and Billy but the last place he expected to find them was a crime scene. From the moment he sees Hope he knows that she is the one for him but now he has to convince her that not only can she trust him, but he will be there for her.

When Hope receives a tip from a customer it may be a life changer for her and her son but at what cost?

I loved Calder and Hope together and I also loved how Calder was with her son Billy. Hope has been through so much and it is only made her stronger and Calder loves so deeply and is willing to be patient and wait for her to realize that they belong together. This is a great addition to the series and the next book can’t come soon enough.

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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