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Finding Grace

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  807 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Two haunted souls seeking peace find each other instead

Kidnapped by human monsters, Grace Thorne was ripped from her quiet intellectual life and left deeply scarred. She’s hidden herself for five years, but there’s no escape from the nightmares of the past, or visions of the future. When one foretells tragedy, she gambles her fragile defenses on a haunted man to prevent it
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 340 pages
Published February 28th 2015 by Rhea Rhodan (first published June 7th 2012)
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** 3 1/2 stars**

This story started out pretty strong but I had some issues with it along the way. The story had an unrealistic feel in some ways with the way the heroine was too good at too many things and the men were uber tough. I had an issue with the way the heroine's scars were treated, her police file was shown to too many people (and they all promptly threw up which was also weird). The military guy basically kidnapping her (and them letting it happen) was strange and unrealistic, I hate
I had a fantastic time with this, it was sweet, sassy and really a great time after a run of hard books. Just what I needed to have a reading happy and I am hoping for more with these characters.

This is your standard former military H and a brilliant but damaged h trope, set in a security company. However that is the only thing standard about it. Give this one a go when you need a romantic pick me up and a smile.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
This was a surprisingly good book. I say 'surprisingly' because I'm fairly certain that I stumbled across it via several sock puppets, and typically those recs are for undeserving, and/or pretty crappy books (can you guess that I despise sock puppets?).

The type of story it is...well, hmmm. It's a romance, first and foremost, with a hero who is former military ops and a partner in a security firm made up of former military ops. He's not gorgeous - he's downright scary - scarred and tattooed, shav
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So just a few days ago I was thinking that I haven't read a book in a while that is so fantastic so engrossing that I couldn't put it down that I read till I was done no matter how late is was that the book was so good I didn't even get tired. Then I picked up Finding Grace and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. This is a fantastic book I loved it I was so wrapped up in the characters that I was sad to see the percentage of my kindle going higher and higher. Thorne is a genius and she sees and knows thing ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... Finding Grace is better. It truly is--it has all character and spirit of Girl but without the extremely graphic nature. It's definitely a romance and it has depth behind the love story, as well as a full, interesting cast of characters, cool cars...twists, and knitting... In all seriousness, I read a lot and this has become one of my all-time favorites, I have recommended this book consistently over the last few months since I read it. If you want ...more
Beeg Panda
Favorite quotes:

“Oh, you noticed, did you? That leotard doesn’t hide much besides her skin, does it? Not like those rags she runs around in. I was so disappointed the first time I saw her in it. But it appears my loss is your gain. And oh my, what a gain! Mm-mmm!”
Without taking his eyes off Thorne, Dagger shifted, wishing his jeans weren’t suddenly so goddamn tight, and said, “Take your eyes off my fucking ‘gain’ if you want to keep seeing through them, Trent.”


“My advice to you, Joe, i
Michelle [Helen Geek]
02/04/2013 --

Overall Rating = 2.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 3 / 5 = 4 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 2 Stars
Character Development = 3 Stars
Story Appreciation = 3 Stars
Worth the Chili = 2 Stars [$5 Amazon & B&N]

Not going to spend much time on this review. I actually really liked about the first 40% or so. I even commented that Daggerly reminded me of a dear GR friend. I loved watching him struggle with coming to care for Thorne, especially believing Thorne a "little gay man." Just really cute when it
Margaret Lesh
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I did not want to put this book down, which is perhaps the biggest compliment I can make about a book. I started it in the afternoon and finished somewhere around 2:30 in the morning. (Luckily I didn’t have to make dinner.) The main characters, Thorne (Grace) and Dagger (Jack Daggery) are two broken people, one bearing literal and figurative scars, the other, a scary hulk of a man whose past actions haunt him. They’re brought together in the beginning in the most unlikely circumstance and feel a ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-to-z
I really enjoyed Finding Grace. Grace/Thorne was so funny that in the beginning I had to table the book while hubby was sick next to me. Nothing says uncaring like a person enjoying themselves while you are moaning in pain. Sigh...

I like when conflicts are resolved pretty quickly. When they drag on for an extended period of time I tend to become annoyed and the conflict can become contrived. But there were several conflicts in this book and they were resolved so quickly that I didn't even get a
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing recommendation after recommendations for this book, I gave in and read it, and glad I did. For me, it's that one of a kind book that grabs you on the first page and won't let go until the end. The characters, plots, conflicts, and yes the romance works together to make one unforgettable read.
Lets talk about the hero...sigh....sometimes I read big, muscled hero that authors tried to polished and passed on as giant, polished, gentleman - and they ended up like a cartoon characters to
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4.5 Stars: Compelling characters and emotional romance

It is rare that I love heroines as much as heroes but I adored Grace Thorne in this book. She fought her entire life just to be herself and she wasn’t apologetic about being simultaneous strong and soft. Her smart mouth made me giggle often and I could see why Dagger would fall for Thorne. Thorne is a stellar heroine which the complexities of a real woman.

I also loved the romance between Dagger and Thorne. D
Five stars isn't enough for Rhea Rhodan's FINDING GRACE, it deserves double...at least.

Prodigy Dr. Grace Thorne spent her 21st birthday and just shy of a week in hell. Abducted by three monstrous examples of the human race who left her so physically broken that doctors didn't envision that she'd survive. Grace didn't, not really, Thorne was born from the darkness that she was forced to seek within herself to survive. Thorne is a foul mouthed, non-gender-specific street tough who has mad compute
synopsis: dagger is at a party one night for his company, when he is approached by someone who he thinks is a guy with purple hair saying that someone was going to die tonight. dagger gets his team on it, and the plot it thwarted. when the police find thorne the next day, thorne says that she is psychic, and that's how she knew about the attack. the cops run her fingerprints, and find out that she is not a crook, but a victim. she had been abducted by three guys and repeatedly abused and raped f ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the outset, 'Finding Grace' was an enjoyable read. It's Rhea Rhodan's debut novel. She should be proud to have produced a novel of much acclaim at the very beginning. Congratulations...!
In its genre, I would rate is above average. One thing, as it thrilled me for being lighter and entertaining, the other, getting me into the realm of modern romantic fiction, which took off well.
The characters did play well as in a movie (could be a script someday!), though the suspense of the story disappoint
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Thorne is a woman who has survived the most horrifying torture anyone can imagine. So terrible that grown men who have been through war are nauseated by the reports. Now she lives only as Thorne, androgynous as to not call attention to herself, and a certified computer genius. When her visions bring her to the attentions of Blackridge Security and she's offered a job. Only the boss knows who she really is and she can live with that, even if she doesn't like it. Jack Daggery - known interna ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! It has all the right fibers to create an impressive weave: compelling characters, engrossing plot, drama, comedy, surprise, psychic elements, loyalty, romance and total believability. At the heart of the story stand Thorne and Dagger, both scarred by personal horrors, both armored by fear. The story is very well structured, providing context and allowing the characters to develop as events around them reveal long-hidden vulnerabilities. The ugliness of violence and abuse of po ...more
Clarissa Johal
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing characters, an interesting plot, well-written...what else could you ask for? Thorne and Dagger are both afraid to love and scarred by personal horrors. Grace Thorne is damaged, inside and out, but she's tough and determined to survive. Jack Daggery has his own defenses but he too, wrestles with personal demons. Yet both are destined for each other. A compelling and action-filled love story that will leave you smiling. ...more
June Kramin
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's books like these that make me wish I was better at reviews! I loved this novel from the first page. Rhea has a way of reeling you in with amazing characters and keeping you there with a great story. I can't say enough how hard it was to put this down every night. I look forward to more from this author. ...more
Aug 31, 2015 marked it as no-dnf-zzz-avoid
DNF, couldn't get past sample. Guess author's writing style wasn't for me. ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good
The h is a trope -tiny, ridiculously smart, abused physically and emotionally. The H is also a trope, huge, taciturn, uncomfortable about his attraction to the new 'guy'. Loved his thoughts, and sweet reveal. I liked seeing them learn they needed to share their thoughts and you know, talk. Great plot, espionage, cops and characters were good and bad. But too much was exaggerated, in particular the h was so OTT, super smart, super dancer - blindfolded and juggles? Please. And she was scarred, so ...more
Rachel Kahler
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This review was originally published on Amazon)
I was lucky enough to win a copy of "Finding Grace" upon the release of the book. I admitted to Ms. Rhodan that I don't usually read romance novels, but I'm open to a lot of genres, and I can always find something to enjoy if there's a bit of a fantasy element included. This book was not what I expected for a romance, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it.

The good:
Character development--Rhea does a fantastic job of building characters. Perfect
This books really hovers between a 2 star and a 3 star. I like the leads but everyone else was very flat and TSTL. The leads wandered into TSTL moments themselves.

This has a plot not seen much since the 1980's. Girl disguised boy and hero thinks he is turning gay. There is a lot of homophobia in this book. It is kinda of all over the place with it which makes the book hard to recommend.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Great read! Rhea Rhodan definitely has talent if this is her first ever debut.
I especially appreciate the non cliche foul mouth comebacks the heroine dishes out, hilarious!
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This review was originally posted at my website, Leona Woolfolk
First, I would like to thank my friend Lynn for recommending Finding Grace. Thank you, Lynn!

From the very beginning Finding Grace did it's job of keeping my attention and taking me through a whole slew of emotions that I both didn't want to feel and at the same time helped me to have a deeper connection with these characters. Because of the feeling that this book was going to check off everything I look for in a great read I drag
Jacqueline J
I enjoyed this one for several reasons. I like "masquerade" books. She was certainly a different character. Foul mouthed and defensive. I liked that she was tiny and he was huge and scary and ugly or was perceived that way at least. I liked how she strung him along and made him question himself. I liked that she was smart and that she knitted. I really enjoy reading about streetwise foulmouthed girls sometimes and she really fit the bill.

There were problems with the book. Several for instances:
☽ Rhiannon ✭ Mistwalker ☾
This was great, and very unique! There was a lot of homophobia in it, and in the beginning it wasn't really portrayed as being negative; the hero was a part of it. There was some progress on the part of some of the characters, so I am choosing to look at it as the author showing how people work through being homophobic, but there were times where it was kind of frustrating. Though I do know it is a big part of the culture of the characters.

I adored Thorne. Loved her. And Jack, too. This nailed m
1.5* This just didn't do it for me. I couldn't get into it, often found the style of writing sort of disconnected and jumping around. There are passages that are done really well, pull you in, these were largely around the interactions between the H and the h. Then the book would take a left turn into...ridiculousness. I don't mean the plot but just the way it rolled out. The writing seemed so shallow and immature sometimes. Don't even get me started about the 'no light' lovers angle. Scar tissu ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the heroine...sort of a softer Lizbeth Salander. Would love to see more of these characters, especially Thorne.
Cynthia Pratt
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure - I know this author and after reading this book I am really proud to say so. It has been a long time since I opened a book and got caught up in the story before I finished the first page. If you are a fan of Lindsay McKenna or Justine Davis's Redstone series, you have found your next read. The character development is very woven into the fabric of the story without long descriptive passages, you meet Thorne and Dagger like you would meet strangers that become your friends as the ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More a 1.5
I think this story wasn't told in the best way to make its content shine.
The writing style was not appealing to me and the characters never seemed to become well fleshed people. They had an interesting characterization but we never got to see why they became who they were. I could not be convinced about their attraction and emotional connection.
I think, for people so badly damaged by what happened to them, their bond was too quick and we didn't see them address the issues they still ha
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Award-winning author Rhea Rhodan resides in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She’s been telling herself stories since long before she learned to write. She attended the University of Minnesota with a focus on Journalism, then Brown Institute for Broadcast Journalism. After many adventures, misadventures, and a couple of short marriages, she found the love of her life in Regensburg, Germany, and has been liv ...more

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