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Shelter for Quinn

(Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #13)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Freak. Witch. Ugly. Abomination.

Having grown up with a port-wine birthmark on her face and neck, Quinn Dixon’s heard them all. Her own mother couldn’t bear to touch her, let alone strangers. Years of stares and insults from everyone from classmates to foster families have made her understandably reluctant to trust. So when John comes along, of course he couldn’t be inter
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Published February 12th 2019
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Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy WOW! This story is amazing!! Quinn & Driftwood (John) have been dancing around each other through the series, and at the end of the previous story, John finally had enough of the avoidance & declared his intentions. Quinn was A-OK with that, but just because they're now TOGETHER doesn't mean all her insecurities just vanished.

I love how this is written, how Quinn's so confident in some areas and needs John's encouragement in others. I love the friendships that have been developing b
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
This is the 13th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. I love Susan Stoker's writing and no matter what series I read of hers I love the action, romance, and worlds she creates. However, I did not connect with Quinn and Driftwood right away. I tried to move past the feeling like I need to have read the book just prior to this one, which unfortunately I did not. I missed Hope's book, but I've read other Stoker books and have been able to jump right in, but unfortunately this was not on ...more
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

Shelter For Quinn felt like a warm blanket on a winter's day...warm, comforting and completely welcome! This newest Badge Of Honor story is a bit different than previous books. More timid, like a contemporary. Except for the end and then BANG we get a heck of adrenaline pumping situation that had me wowed!

Susan Stoker gets me with her words, characters and plots every time. I thoroughly enjoyed Shelter For Quinn just a smidgen more though. The story made me melt
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
5 Stars

What a fantastic story with amazing characters. As can be found in all of Ms. Stoker’s stories, our heroine, Quinn, is strong, smart, and independent but struggling with a personal issue. For Quinn that issue isn’t able to be hidden, it is a port-wine birthmark on her face and neck. What follows is a sometimes heart wrenching, but more often admirable, sweet and sexy path to find her happily ever after. The man who will win her heart and prove to her that she is beautiful, loving and perf
Sandy S
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date: February 12, 2019

Freak. Witch. Ugly. Abomination.

Having grown up with a port-wine birthmark on her face and neck, Quinn Dixon’s heard them all. Her own mother couldn’t bear to touch her, let alone strangers. Years of stares and insults from everyone from classmates to foster families have made her understandably reluctant to trust. So when John comes along, of course he couldn’t be interested in more than a brief affair. He’ll get sick of all the gawking
Lisa Gibbs
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quinn Dixon is an amazing woman who few people ever really see. All they see is the port wine birthmark on her check and neck. They never take time to see the real person. Oh sure they call her names like witch and freak or they steer clear of her saying she has the "mark of the devil". Her life hasn't been easy but she has learned to ignore most of the taunts and ignorant people who she comes in contact with.

Driftwood as he is know to he fellow firefighters, his real name is John Trettle met Q
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelter for Quinn
By Susan Stoker

Being a romance reader, I’ve come to expect romance, great characters and a good story. Susan Stoker never disappoints on these points which is why she is one my one-click list of authors. But what I also get when reading one of Ms. Stokers books is knowledge. I know that may sound weird but I feel Ms. Stoker also tries to educate the reader on issues. Be it cancer, agoraphobia, seizures, Ms. Stoker makes the reader aware with her books about life situations that
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SHELTER FOR QUINN by Susan Stoker is a story filled with love, hurt, danger, suspense and heartwarming friendships. Quinn, living her life constantly being judged and ridiculed due to a port-wine birthmark on her face, still manages to be a strong, independent woman with a heart of gold. John, a sexy firefighter, sees beyond the birthmark to the beauty within. I adored both of these characters and seeing them together makes the heart sing. John was ever so patient with Quinn as she struggled to ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better!

This book is about Quinn Dixon and John “Driftwood” Trettle. Quinn is such an amazing person, however due to her port wine birthmark, people don’t get to know the real her, they just stare and make rude comments about her. To say that her life has been hard growing up is an understatement. Then there is John. He has been attracted to Quinn since they first met, but of course Quinn can’t believe that someone like him would want to be with someone l
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another hit for the Badhe of Honor series!

Oh, oh, oh soooo many amazing things to say about this book....but terrified of giving spoilers, so lets keep it simple!
The last book in the series finished with Driftwood once again stepping in to defend Quinn, then having given her space and danced around their attraction for months he turns and bluntly states they are now dating! Swoon!
This is where this book starts, having finally built up the confidence to sweep her off her feet he cherishes her an
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Quinn and Driftwood. Quinn has a port-wine birth mark on her face and it has made life hard. Her mother couldn’t touch her because of it and strangers are always stairing or saying rude things.

So it is hard for Quinn to accept that John wants to date her. This book was amazing. It shows a real woman who has to struggle through life to meet a real man who will treat her right. It shows the struggles she faces everyday. John needs to show Quinn his feelings are real and she c
Jara Beaubien
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once more the Author left me speechless, the story hit home, not because I have a birthmark but because I know I would do the same, I would stare, not because I really want to, but because it is something that to me would be a normal reaction, be it a both mark be it a cut or even the loss of a limb, and I know
have done, and even that is not right, but I have never degraded or bullied someone with any affliction.
Susan describes what Quinn has gone through as a child and as an adult, made my he
Beth Cotter
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Elisa Hordon
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know, I know it's fiction but seriously Susan Stoker has such a way of writing confronting and compelling romances.

What type of Mother gives up her child at birth because of a birthmark wow... I know Quinn is better off without her I shudder to think what her life would have been like living with a mother who thought she was marked by the devil just wow.

Everyone face is just that their face and no matter what you look like people just shouldn't judge on looks alone, it's funny how people can d
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every book I read by Susan Stoker is a 5 star read. She writes touching, romantic, Alpha, protective hotness in her Hero’s. She writes strong, independent, caring beautiful women on the inside and out. We all have some kind of self image issues and Susan writes the characters with real life issues as well as current events in the world.

The spots she puts her women in are heart pounding and nail bitting. Poor Quinn, but Driftwood is amazing. Yes he had to grovel at one point but oh what a man. Th
Robin Otoole
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Susan Stoker is one of my favorite authors. Her stories feature strong yet vulnerable heroines and tough yet tender heroes. This book was no exception. Susan’s heroines are everyday women. Tough yet dealing with normal issues we all have. And the heroes are the same. These are real life couples who fight yet work hard to keep their relationship going. Add in the drama and you gave a book that I literally could not put down! I read it all in one sitting. If you have t read any Susan stoke
Barb Shuler
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John aka, Driftwood and Quinn make a power couple you don’t expect! I loved, love, loved this story.

There were a few times that the characters get so dang real. These could be people you hang out with on a daily basis, then a few times I was glad they were just characters in a book because there were a few times where I wanted to smack them both, seriously! I digress... lol

I couldn’t stop listening! This was a one day read/listen for me. As are most of Sudan’s books. Hot. Intense and a whole lot
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
We’ve met Quinn in prior stories in the series and know that she has a port wine birthmark on one side of her face. We’ve also observed the chemistry between her and firefighter John aka Driftwood. This is their story. Although it starts off a rather slow, the pace picks up about midway, and it is good. Quinn deals with ridicule almost every day and Driftwood tries to protect her. What happens when someone within the close knit group tries to hurt Quinn? Will Driftwood and Quinn have their HEA?
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is Quinn’s and Driftwood’s story. They have been dancing around each other for several books and at the end of “Justice for Hope,” Driftwood decided it was time to move forward in a relationship or move on. Quinn’s an introvert – her birthmark and people’s reaction to it have convinced her that it’s safer to fade into the background than risk getting hurt, again. Driftwood slowly pulls her out of her shell, making her realize that people like her for who she is not how she looks. There’s dr ...more
Elise Hargreaves
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Refreshing. Gripping!

Another 5 star page turner from Susan Stoker! I love how Stoker draws our attention to physical flaws in each book and makes the reader think about showing kindness and acceptance on a deeper level. I also loved the sweet romance between Driftwood and Quinn and the suspense always hovering in the background of the story. I cannot get enough of this series and I'm a little sad that we only have 2 more books left to look forward to. I am eagerly awaiting Taco and Ko
Antionette Timm
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down

I never want to put Stoker's books down and this one is no exception. I have been waiting for this book for a while and was not disappointed. Stoker is so good a weaving a characters story over time through others characters books, which leave you to anticipation and craving for when those said characters finally get their own stories. She handles the topics of acceptance, tolerance and the darkness that can be found in the world with such grace and empathy. I didn't want the
Heléne Johansson
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, What a book

I loved reading this one, like all the other books in this series it genuine. The characters are normal people with “flaws “. The woman born with a birthmark and been avoiding meeting people because of their staring. This hero sees her soul not her face and slowly falls in love with her. There’s a lot of things happening in between meeting each other to the end of this book. It’s worth reading.
Darlene Brazzill
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Born with a port wine stain on the left side of her face and neck, Quinn has faced rejection by her own mother at birth and constant stares and rude comments from total strangers. John aka Driftwood,breaks past Quinn's emotional barriers and shows her that he finds her beautiful and that she can trust him with her heart. I loved this book so much! I'm also looking forward to Tacos story.😍
Kim Mccormick
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner!

Susan Stokes is one of my one-click authors because EVERY story is a treasure. This one is no exception. The way she writes her heroine, Quinn, is the way mothers should advise their daughters to be- strong willed, compassionate and loving. Her heroes- in this case, John/Driftwood- are loving, protective and loyal, as ALL men should be with the women in their lives.
Brava! Kudos!
Donna Kuhl
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the series!!!!!!!

I love that the men are strong enough to show that have emotions. The are the type of guy I would love to find in real life. They support their women and keep them safe. They are like what men used to be. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. Susan is one of my all time favorite authors.
Patricia Ruple
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Better and Better

This series. Ms Stoker you have done it again. Your ability to portray strong but vulnerable characters and address important social interactions that make us think as well as be entertained is truly a gift. It will be sad to have this series end but I am glad I found them and can keep coming back into this magical world you create.
Marie Wright
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for Shelter for Quinn by Susan Stoker

Omg what an emotional read. Could not out it down. What a beautiful love story. The message of acceptance is one that everyone should strive for. Thank you Susan Stoker. Cant wait for the next instalment and especially can't wait for Penelope's story. Much like Mary's.
Jessica Wilde
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have been waiting for this story forever and it was worth the wait. I love John and Quinn together. It’s hard to believe how strong she turns out to be in the face of such evil. John is perfect for Quinn and to see them together at ease was awesome. Excited for the next book as always. Thanks Susan.
Escapist Lily, Based-On-Personal-Satisfaction Rater
I liked that the drama didn't revolve around the romantic relationship of the hero and the heroine...much. The hero and the heroine are together from the get-go. The story is more about how the heroine overcomes her insecurities.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I just finished reading this book and it was amazing from beginning to end! I loved the characters and the dynamic between them. Quinn and John "Driftwood" are amazing and their story is riveting!
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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Tennessee where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee. 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

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