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Shelter for Quinn

(Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #13)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  742 ratings  ·  122 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
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
I found particular interest in this book because of Quinn's birthmark. While I too had a port wine birthmark on my face it was nowhere near the size of Quinn's nor did it cause as much of an uproar as poor Quinn's did. Her birthmark has sadly led her life as she was given up at birth because of it and it's much affected her as an adult. The hero in Shelter for Quinn could absolutely care less about her birthmark. It was a pretty gradual growing of a relationship between the two, so no insta-love ...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
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
Reina Torres
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome women and the men that love and support them

Another amazing book by Susan Stoker. I’m so glad that Driftwood got his woman... been roaring for this book and so happy to see this happy ending!!!
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
Bobo's Book Bank
SHELTER FOR QUINN is book 13 in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series. It can be read as a standalone but I think for more of a complete backstory of all the characters, it's better to have read the previous book as well.

Quinn "Emmy" Dixon has lived with the burden of being "different" her entire life. She was born with a port-wine stain on her face and neck and so was unfairly targeted and labeled as a freak, sometimes worse. But she's finally found a group of friends who accept her as she is
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 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Shelter for Quinn is the thirteenth story in Stoker's Badge of Honor series and as usual, it was fantastic. Stoker has a way of writing characters that are so unique but also feels like you're already friends with them.

John "Driftwood" Trettle and Quinn Dixon are familiar to anyone reading the series so I was more than ready for the friendship to actually become a relationship. He's been enamoured with the captivating lab tech for awhile but after a lifetime of discrimination over her port-wine
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelter for Quinn is the latest installment of the Badge of Honors series and I enjoyed it very much! This is the story where we finally see the happily ever after for Quinn and John (Driftwood to everyone else). These two have been dancing around each other for awhile so to finally see them together is something I’ve been waiting for. Right from the first chapter we see how protective and awesome John is towards Quinn. Because of Quinn’s port-wine birthmark on her face and neck, she had been su ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, e-book, romance
This book was an interesting one to read, mostly because Quinn was her biggest enemy. With her port wine birthmark her self-esteem was so far in the basement that she often couldn't she how great she was despite her friends telling her. In the last few books we saw how John was interested Quinn, but he had to make it through her mile high walls. I liked that John kept chipping away, even as Quinn gave him no clue she was interested back. So when finally John made it through I cheered, Quinn so d ...more
Jacqui Foschino
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quinn is a heroine that you can relate to. She had a rough childhood that made her insecure and slow to trust but she has an inner strength you want to see her use. John "Driftwood" Trettle has such a big heart and is so protective that you fall in love with him. Driftwood met Quinn through Sophie and Cheif and we've seen through past books that he's been trying to get her to see him for a while. At the end of JFH, we see Driftwood get fed up and declare they're dating lol. While Quinn seems to ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again Susan Stoker takes on a topic that some may find difficult. This book is about lifelong bullying, how it has affected Quinn, and also about the people that perpetrate this sort of thing.
I've loved Quinn since we met her in Sophie's book, the fact that she hides her port wine birthmark has tugged at my heartstrings from that moment.

John aka Driftwood has been trying to get Quinn to go out with him since he first met her. He sees her for who she is, a beautiful person inside and out. He
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Susan Stoker since the first line of the Seal of Protection Series, after so many books I read she can still surprise me and make me crying, for the emotional riots she can create through the stories of these amazing characters she gives life.
Quinn problem is a complex one not simply bullism or simply a handicap, it’s a mood, an imprinting this society gives to the young generations and had given to the ones before. Fashion and Television have instilled in people and kids the knowledge th
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
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Beautiful, Love Filled Stars!!!

Quinn had spent all her life being rejected and insulted, Quinn was more than use to it; she longed to be loved; however, understandably she struggled to trust. John ‘Driftwood’ will stop at nothing to gain her trust and protect her at all costs; only neither of them could be prepared for the danger that lurked ahead.

I always enjoy a romance story, I especially love a Susan Stoker romance story. Susan never ceases to amaze me with her talent for bringing to life
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
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Winner!!!

Driftwood and Quinn's story was really good. The plot was very intense. I felt I was at the edge of my seat. Driftwood had been attracted to Quinn for a very long time and one night at their local hangout, he decides it's time for Quinn to be his girlfriend. Quinn has always been self-conscious about her port wine birthmark. She deals with states and ride comments almost every single day. It takes its toll on her. She is attracted to the gorgeous firefighter, but he would never want a
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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KnottyGirl Reviews
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelter for Quinn is the great, talented Susan Stoker’s newest release in her wildly popular Texas Heroes.series.
We’ve gotten to know the hot and handsome firefighters at Station 17, along with the police force. This time we concentrate on a firefighter named Driftwood and his woman, Quinn.
Quinn has spent her life hiding her face from others. She has a port wine stain birthmark and has dealt with a lot of people making comments and staring, but Driftwood sees her for the person she is inside, a
Tara Bolden
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've loved all of Susan Stoker's books, and this was no exception. She has a way of writing about people who have issues, whether they are physical or emotional 'handicaps', that does not portray them as victims, but as strong men and women who are strong enough to overcome them. Quinn was born with a large birthmark on her face, and has learned that most people don't really see HER, they see her birthmark. She has grown used to the stares and rude comments, but when she meets John “Driftwood” T ...more
Helen Williams
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another heartbreaker!!

Driftwood has had feelings for Quinn for a while. But she won't give him a chance. She finds it hard to believe that someone with his looks would ever be interested in her with a facial birthmark people are constantly staring at and making rude remarks. Driftwood has finally had enough of hearing these rude remarks. He steps up and makes his move and declaring that he and Quinn are dating and that he will not tolerate the rude remarks and stares. It will take a lot of trust
Ginny Pearson
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Wow!!!
Definitely amazing. Quinn was born with a port wine birthmark on her cheek down her neck. She has been called names and ostracized since the day she was born. Even her mom didn't want her
John "Driftwood " has wanted Quinn since the first time he saw her. Now to just prove it to her. He will take all the time it takes to convince her.
Religious flyers keep showing up. Protesters are at the hospital. Even John's truck gets vandalized. Taco's girlfriend wants her to use makeup and keeps
Blue Moon-Shepherd
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Different and excellent

Three things: handicaps and physical issues, real or perceived; people who believe they’re entitled to judge others, from their own imperfect, nasty little souls; and religious nutcases.

These are things (well judging is unfortunately more prevalent) that aren’t as developed or included in other stories.

This is my first book of Susan’s, and while it’s not kinky (my favs), I loved it. And hated reading a bit of it. It was well developed in character (liked Willard’s) and en
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