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Shelter for Penelope

(Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #15)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  798 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Dubbed the “American Princess” after her rescue from months in the hands of ISIS, soldier and firefighter Penelope Turner has struggled silently since her return to Texas. The media, the danger of her job, the pressure of knowing lives are in her hands…all of it and more has combined to slowly fill Penelope with seething guilt and doubt. Missing memories from her moment of ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Stoker Aces Production
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Janise Way
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I think of some of my best and worst bittersweet moments in life, they’re most often the same events. My daughter’s high school graduation. My son’s two operations. My parents moving across country. The death of my aged grandfather. They were bittersweet because the significant rites of passage, the anticipation of future life experiences, or maybe just the expectations of maintaining the status quo. I find as I get older, my list of bittersweet moments gets longer. Its a happy-tears list. ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You've been invited over to your friend's house many times for dinner. It's always a fun time. The food is always rich and filling. The people you get to meet are always unique. You've never been disappointed by accepting the invitation. But every time you're always too full to go for the GRAND DESERT. That pièce de résistance. It's been tempting you. Teasing you. So this time, you promise yourself you're going to do something out of the ordinary. You're going to eat dessert FIRST.

Susan Stoker
Sep 17, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Penelope thinks she’s beyond help, but Moose, Smokey, and everyone else will show her, with true friends at her side, she can overcome anything.

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Diana Tucker
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fight Like A Girl! Wow. Penelope’s story has been a long time in the making. I was a little concerned how Susan would handle the story given the emotional build up since Penelope was rescued and how she has dealt with the fallout from her captivity. What I can say - Susan never fails to deliver. This story really did justice to the journey it took for Penelope to find her happily ever after. I loved how she discovers herself through by learning to see herself as others see her and accept just ho ...more
Jara Beaubien
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can one write a review and not give the plot away, almost impossible, but I will do my best. Susan Stoker did wonders with this story and with the characters.
We all know by now that soldier and firefighter Penelope Turner is not having an easy time. We also know what she has gone through and honestly even though this is a character, what she went through makes my heart ache, not just for her, but for all those that end up in the hands of terrorists.
As time passes Pen is having a
Sarah Light
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My whole soul waited for this book. I had to read it a second time, just to make sure I got read it right the first time. Pen is my soul sister, best friend, and all around amazing.

I love all of Susan's books, some more than others, but only because those characters speak to me more. This is one of those books. Pen and Moose's story has heart, love, pain, healing and forgiveness. It touches on subjects that many people try to avoid or cover-up, PTSD, anxiety, mental health and equali
Jean C
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth the wait!

I've been looking forward to reading Penelope and Moose's story for years and am happy they get their HEA. More I appreciate Pen's struggles with the after effects of her captivity and the author for skipping the quick and easy fixes. One thing this book can be read independently of any other book but since it touches on many other events it would be better appreciated after reading the others, especially Protecting the Future.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very glad how the story ended. All these books have totally made me aware of all the different situations that people can get into and how many with disabilities are able to overcome them and still live happy ever after lives. I'm always referencing something from any and all of those books with my friends and our everyday lives. Thank you Susan for writing such entertaining, but knowledgeable stories. I wish everyone would read them and see what I see in them. They may be fiction, but one ...more
Kimberly Mandala
WOW!!! I can't think of any other way to end a series

I am so happy to have found your books. As sad as I am that this series has ended I am awed by how powerful you made it. All your books are that way. My family looks at me like I am a lunatic sometimes since one minute I am laughing hysterically out loud and then a few minutes later have tears streaming down my face. As long as you keep writing you can guarantee I will keep reading. I look forward to rereading them AGAIN & AGAIN. Thank
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pick up a box of tissues. Susan Stoker's Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series ends on a high note and with impactful emotion!

Penelope Turner is one brave, tough woman. But sometimes events can bend even the toughest. Notice I said "bend" and not "break." Penelope is on the verge of breaking due to her PTSD. (She was a member of the National Guard sent to Turkey on a Peacekeeping mission when her patrol was attacked by ISIS terrorists in the refugee camp they were patrolling. Her fello
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an ending to a series that had me cheering for Moose and Penelope but also disappointed that this was the last book in this series.
The author didn’t hold back the emotions playing out in this read, the PTSD and the struggles that Penelope goes through still after all the years since becoming the “American Princess”...oh boy...needed a few tissues, actually a few boxes of tissues. On top of that the steadfast, gentle giant known as Moose, who stands by Penelope, giving space and hard l
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The long awaited Shelter for Penelope dropped in my kindle this morning and I just couldn't wait to start it, then as with every other Susan Stoker book I couldn't put it down except to grab a box of tissues, damn this woman can write awesome drama, gripping stories and emotional scenes that you just never forget and I'll never forget all of the awesomely amazing character's either.

We have watched Penelope and Moose for what seems like forever wondering if they would ever get togethe
Melinda Swaine
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be my number 1 MUST READ/BEST book of the whole of 2019!!

Exceptionally and emotional!! Penelope and Tucker story is the soul burning love story of your dreams. “Shelter for Penelope” is beyond fabulous! I’ve been a fan of Susan Stoker for years, but I have to say this series has taken my appreciation to a whole new level and I’m only sad that it has come to end but still smiling. I connected with Penelope really strongly and saw some of her struggles close to home with losing the pe
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

The final Badge Of Honor book, Penelope's story, is a DOOZY! Fierce, intense, will-put-your-emotions-through-the-wringer, all consuming romance like I have NEVER read before!

Penelope was a hell of a read. Penelope sure has been through some really tough stuff but instead of it making her seem weaker, I think it made her look stronger. She tries incredibly hard to work through everything and with the help of Moose and her friends, I think she finally
Ann Burrows
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic ending to this wonderful series. It was so great to finally see Moose and Penelope get their HEA. This book had me both in tears and laughter throughout the entire book. I admit I cried more in this book than in any of the books in the series. Penelope went through so much when she was captured by terrorists in Turkey and like many veterans refused to get help for her PTSD. Susan Stoker did a great job showing how loving and supportive friends and family can help a person/vetera ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought an advance copy of this book at ROR and couldn’t wait to read it. The story is about Penelope after she has been home for a while from being a POW. She is suffering from PTSD and trying to heal herself alone. She soon finds out that it takes a tribe to recover when you’ve lost yourself.
This book gives you so many feels. You are so heartbroken for Pen and Moose. You get to catch up with all your old friends from Susan’s other series. It is a beautiful wrap up to her “Shelter” seri
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! Shelter for Penelope was phenomenal! I’d been eagerly anticipating the release of this book, and it totally blew me away.

Moose has loved Pen for years, and she loved him also, but kept him at arms length as a friend and leaned on Smokey, what she calls her service donkey! She not only hasn’t come to terms with what happened in Turkey before she was rescued while serving in the Army, but her PTSD is getting worse and she has run from San Antonio and is traipsing around the country (fortunat
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5 Stars

The time has come for the final book in Ms. Stoker’s Badge is Honor Series, and one of the most highly anticipated as well. Penelope and Moose’s story is so you could want and more. The path to happiness and acceptance is never easy. Penelope is attempting to overcome her traumatic life experiences, while struggling with relying on those who love her to help. This story will bring tears of sadness and joy to your eyes, while also bringing plenty of heat and humor we expect fro
Selina Adam
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant end to the badge of honour series

I've read the whole Badge of Honour Series and seen Penelope's struggle through the eyes of her friends. But wow... I cannot tell you just how absolutely amazingly Susan Stoker has depicted PTSD, depression and anxiety, such a frank manner of describing symptoms and the inner monologue is so true. Even though the subject matter is quite heavy it never became too much and managed to get a fair amount of laughs with my tears. I loved that each couples
Michelle Hedgcock
I just don't know where to begin with this. I, like many others, had been anticipating this book for a long time...from the moment Penelope was first introduced many, many books ago. I worried that the anticipation would lead to a let down but I'm happy to say that is not the case at all. Susan Stoker really did a great job in tying past characters into the book while at the same time telling Pen and Moose's story.

I'd be crying one moment and laughing the next. I definitely put off work (I have
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful read that will fiercely tug on your heart strings. Pen and Moose's story will send you on a epic roller coaster ride of feels. Penelope is brave and strong but she is also broken. My heart hurt for her. Moose was everything you could ask for in a book boyfriend. Totally swoon worthy and a certified good guy, this man was a serious catch. The storyline is poignant, suspenseful, romantic, sweet and intensly emotional. What a powerfully moving read! I am electing to post a forth ...more
Carol Thomas
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelter for Penelope

This is the last book in this wonderful series. Have your tissues ready when you read about the Penelope and Moose and everyone else that you've visited with through the series. You'll laugh, cry and turn the pages as fast as possible. A wonderful wrap up that you won't want to end.
Nicole Collins
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I loved everything about this story! This was the best ending ever that could have been written for the badge of honor series! Watching Penelope deal with her PTSD was an eye opener to this disorder and seeing how her friends rallied around her was so amazing. I want to remember to always fight like a girl! Also, I now want a pet donkey. Thanks Susan.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Penelope and Moose had such a hard road to travel to be together, but their love found a way to shine. Susan Stoker wrote a beautiful ending to this series. Shelter for Penelope has action, all the feels, sexy scenes, and a happily ever after. Grab your Kleenex and clear your day because you won’t be able to put this book down!!
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Ending

Love this series and yes hated to see it end but you did it with such style and love. Moose and The American Princess - what a love store; this book brings all the teams together for such fun and even some tears. Pen has so much to deal with after her rescue but Moose it there through it all as is every one else. Great to see all the guys and their ladies. A must read to complete the series but have the tissue ready..
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is Susan Stoked did The Badge of Honor Series justice (pun intended), and it absolute went out in a BLAZE of glory with this final book. Pen and Moose's story has been a long time coming. Their connection is so great that their love has been shared by not only the members of this series by Susan, but by members from 2 of her other series. I don't think words will do their story justice. If you are looking for a love story that stands the test of time look no further. Better yet, st ...more
Marie Wright
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for Shelter for Penelope by Susan Stoker

This book was so anticipated and it did not disappoint. Love this series. Moose and Penelope together totally rock. Loved reading about post partum depression. The survivor's guilt was so thoughtfully written. Just overall well written. Loved reading about where everyone was in their lives. Could not put it down. Loved how both the seals and deltas helped Tiger. And of course reading that Tex was also a big part in her recovery. Tissues are a must
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have waited along time for this book, and it was so worth the wait. It made me laugh and cry. It gave me those answers about Penelope's past,and why she fought to accept Moose's love.
Sad to see the series end, but I have a feeling I will see them(cameos) again in other books.
Lisa Schell
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Penelope Turner, who the press call the American Princess and others call Tiger, is struggling. She has been struggling since she was POW in Turkey. She struggles to remember, with guilt, whether she should continue to be a firefighter, who to trust and whether she can trust herself. It seems to be getting worse and not better. Tucker ”Moose” Jacobs is also struggling with his emotions, on letting Penelope deal with her demons independently, when to administer a push, when to tell her what he fe ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Susan Stoker once again knows how to end a series; this time it’s the highly anticipated story of Penelope and Moose in Shelter For Penelope and what an emotional story it was. We first met Penelope at the end of the Seal of Protection series and throughout the Badge of Honor books where we saw Penelope struggling with PTSD. The storytelling was fantastic with so much raw emotions that just pulls at your heartstrings. I loved seeing all the support for Penelope and we all need someone lik ...more
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Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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