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Guts & Glory: Walker

(In the Shadows Security #4)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  81 reviews
You can lie down and give up, or you can rise and keep going...

Walker’s been living life by this motto since the age of twenty when the girl he planned his future with shattered his heart and left a hole in his soul. His time in the military, and current job at In the Shadows Security, have kept him moving but he’s always felt the ache of that loss.

From the outside Ellie
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Published December 7th 2019 by Double-J Romance, Inc.
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Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Trace Walker has lived his life by his own script. Keeping secrets close to the vest has helped him stay out of numerous jams. But when a blast from his past comes back into his present can Walker let go of the poor decisions he made as a young man and open his heart to the one that got away? When Ellie's life is on the line will she be able to put the hurt and baggage from her past go and allow forgiveness to override all other feelings? Love has been lost and lives have been destroyed but ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional and hot what a mix...
I absolutely loved Walkers book as i have for all Jeanne's books so far. But..... Walker is a 2nd chance slow burn romance that keeps you hooked and needing more the whole time that i didn't wanna pout it down. I am impossibly impatient so i bought the paperback just to read it asap :) the story between Waker and El starts 19 years before but ended to soon but they get their 2nd chance when El is in desperate need of help and the only one she know that can help her
Kari Hansen
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been nearly two decades since Elle and Walker were together, planning their future and thinking nothing could come between them until it does. When she finds herself in a desperate situation she knows that there is only one man who can protect her but will he?

When Elle contacts Walker he feels the devastation of their past like it was yesterday. Although he has moved forward with his life, he has never forgotten his first love and he will do anything to keep her safe with no regard to the
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guts and Glory: Walker by Jeanne St. James is awesome. This is the fourth book in the In The Shadows Security series. This is a second chance romance. This book had me laughing, crying, angry. I had all the feels. I could not put this book down. This book had me on an emotional roller coaster ride. It has romance, suspense, drama, intensity and feistiness of the characters, anger, angst, regret. The book is well written and has very likeable characters. This is a must read. I can't wait for the ...more
Susie Bishop
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She has problems and he fixes them.
Same old plot, right?
Add in an unforeseen physical impediment and a leading man with frequently voiced time limit expectations and a collaterally damaged phone and you have a blazing hot read. Trace and Ellie’s love story was so amazing I read it in one setting.
As always, the inclusion of secondary characters from previous books made me love this story more. I had a smile on my face for the entire scene where the “sisters” came over to offer moral
Ola Adamska
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A really good second chance romance with two people that need to overcome their past. If the second chance story is done well I'm ALL in! nd in tat case t was like that!
Let this story of Walker and Ellie bring you into a wild rite to understanding each other, love and compromises!
As always the author did a great job with making characters like living people and pot that captivates you!
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book in exchange for the ARC for free. This review is an honest review with my own thoughts.

Trace Walker fell in love with Ellie when he was a teenager. When he looked in the future, Trace always expected Ellie to be by his side as well as their future children. But a decision he made on his own had the love of his life walking away and marrying someone else.

It has been years since Ellie has seen the man she loved and lost. Trace has changed into a rough and tumble security
Leilani Angel
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Just like how her DAMC and Dare series gets better with each installment, this fourth offering in the Shadows series (connected with DAMC through the Beast aka Diesel) showcases an emotionally gripping storyline with St. James' trademark distinct characterization and dialogue.

Walker is now my all-time favorite character by a long shot (sorry Crow and Zac). Without saying too much because it IS part of a very important piece of the plot, I am once again in awe and humbled by St. James' depiction
Gwen Shafer
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one was interesting from beginning to end. Twists and turns I didn't see coming. But then again that is the type of storyline that Jeanne writes. She makes the storyline gripping and keeps you interested in what is going on. This is the fourth book in the Shadow Security series and just as good as the first three. Walker is an interesting character. He has an extremely rough side and a soft side. But the soft side you only get when he is with Ellie.
Ellie and Walker have a past. One that
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young love mistakes made right!!

A second chance story about Walker and Ellie.

It starts with a phone call from his past, Walker isn’t sure if he wants to deal with anything to do with Ellie. He takes the call, finds out she’s in serious trouble. She even admits she begged his sister for his phone number to ask him for help. Walker knows he may regret the decision to help her, it’s going to open up old wounds they both suffered long ago.

Of course the job gets all the Shadows men involved after
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trace Walker and Ellie McMaster's story had it all - high school sweethearts, a lot of missed years, a second chance romance, secrets, danger, friendship, a sisterhood, and all the feels. Ellie and Walker were such an easy couple to love and root for.

After their breakup, and even after all the years that had passed, they were able to trust each other wholeheartedly. They just knew that, even though the years and experiences had changed them, their love for each other was still there and strong.
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They were young and in love, but after some decisions made by both of them tore their relationship apart and Ellie ended up marrying a billionaire and Walker he had the military. Ten years later and his heart still broken Ellie needs his help and giving that help to her may cause him to lose his heart all over again.

At first I didn’t want to sympathize with Ellie but I quickly liked her she only did what she did to follow a dream she wanted and made a mistake and really ended up with a raw deal
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly love Jeanne St. James’ books and honestly I didn’t think she could write a series better than her DAMC series, but her In The Shadows Security Series is right up there with really doesn’t hurt that she incorporates the DAMC guys and gals in this series. I honestly think that every book just gets better, and that’s something for me to admit because Mercy was first and one of my favorites. I think I’m loving them more because each book brings out more personalities and quirks of ...more
Sharon Jones
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never met a book by Jeanne St James that I didn’t absolutely love.
Jeanne is a master at weaving a great story. A great mix of action, romance, suspense and sexiness. And to top it all off an engaging storyline.
Walker is the fourth book from the In The Shadows series and I am ever so thankful that Jeanne pumps out her stories at a somewhat rapid rate as I don’t have to wait too long between books.
Walker & Ellie’s story is a wonderful second chance at love novel. This trope just happens
Stephanie Ditmore
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Young love, thinking it would be forever and one decision, choices made, and one moment in time stilled and the future that Ellie and Walker thought they would have together, was gone in a blink. Two broken souls, trying to move on but never forgetting each other and as fate would have it years later, they are brought together again, Ellie’s in trouble and needs his help, the question is will he help her? So many emotions, hurt, anger, and all he wants is to tell her to leave, but there’s no way ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jeanne St. James once again knocked it out of the park with Walker. Walker is one of the “Shadows” at In The Shadows Security. He is contacted by his long-lost love, Ellie, when she is in need of help. The Shadows after hearing her situation agree to take her case and find that the situation is more dire than they first thought. Ellie holds a lot of guilt from the past, and Walker has secrets of his own. When these feelings and secrets come to light, it is an emotional ride to get past the hurt ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She did it again

Every time I tell myself that I can't fall in love with another one of the heroes that this author writes. And every time I do. EVERY. TIME. I'll be honrst, i my interest wasn't as much for this author. Walker, didn't speak to me the way Ryder and Brick did. I was wrong to not be excited. He was delicious. This was a second chance love story done right.

El and walker had a history. They both made a decision that would later bite them in the behind. However, their reasons were
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book in this series, it’s like showing up to the family party and being there with them. It’s so easy to become a part of this world. Feeling the emotions, the ups and downs and heart wrenching discoveries.
Walker and Ellie get a second chance at their future, if they can let go of their painful past. Each of them hold a lot of anger and pain that was inflicted by the other.
Walker is forced to swallow his pain, at least temporarily to try and do the right thing.
Ellie has to
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy from the author for my honest review. Jeanne doesn't disappoint... Walker is a fabulous book that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions ...tears, laughter and of course with all alphaholes at times you'll want to smack the crap out of someone but just when you think you know.....
Walker and Ellie had a love that they each thought would last for all times but each made a choice that frayed that bond, but even after 19 years and many secrets it was never severed.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jeanne St James is brilliant! Oh my gosh, I think with every Shadows book that she has reached the top, the pinnacle of what she can do with a story. Then I open the new one and bam, she has done it again, taking her readers ever higher! Walker and Ellie's story is a hard one; emotional, stunning and in the end worth every single tear! None of the Shadows have easy stories, who they are and what they do make that impossible. Ellie's life certainly didn't go the way she planned and she is at the ...more
Donna Smith
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book hit me hard. I fell for Walker and Ellie. They were high school sweethearts who made decisions for each other without talking first. That never works out well and this is no exception. He did what he needed to to move on with his life which included being a Night Stalker in the Army and becoming an invaluable member of the Shadows Security. She moved on to a marriage that becomes a nightmare. She can only turn to Walker for help. He’s the only one who would know how. His feelings for ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
It's like a rollercoaster

First book was fine, second had issues, third was ok. This one ? Kind of boring to be honest. Even the climax when you think the bad guy is gonna something was actually lame. As in it didn't really happen. I felt like we really had no idea who Ellie was, what she did after she left her husband. Her marriage was odd and the way he was basically an afterthought, even after a 16 yr marriage didn't work for me. Walker on the other hand - no wait, he wasn't much different.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With every Shadows book released, you know that you are going to meet a new player to already fantastic mix of characters. Ellie is no exception and she adds a new layer to what I already considered perfection.

It starts with a phone calls that starts to tell the journey of Walker and Ellie story both together and apart. They have to let go of past hurts and trust in each other which can be easier said than done. Their story has twists and turns, ups and down in a way that keeps you hooked
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read and loved all the Shadows Security/DAMC books but I think this is one of my favorites. This love story was really wonderful. I loved the characters history and connection. Even after all the time apart you could feel their connection, love, passion and heartache right thru the book. It was some of Jeanne's best work!!! Walker and Ellie were young and in love but both made big mistakes. Now they have a second chance to make things right between them and its clear they were made only ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hang on for one epic roller coaster ride of raw emotions, regrets and secrets as Walker and Ellie's story unfolds. This is a slow burning second chance romance that will honestly wring every single emotion it can out of you. There is so much pain and baggage that stands between these two that at times it feels almost like an insurmountable wall. My heart ached for both of these characters as they struggled to overcome their past, deal with the present and learn to let go, so they could finally ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A second chance at love and happiness is found in the pages of this book! It is not your typical second chance love story though! Walker and Ellie have so much to overcome but years and life lessons bring these two crashing back together. I love all of Jeanne’s books but this one hit me hard in the heartstrings. I could not put this book down from start to finish. It was forgiveness, peace, passion, and strength all rolled into one fantastic book! Being able to still get my doses of the other ...more
Kelly Williams
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better. I love a good second chance romance and this one didn't disappoint! Ellie and Walker have history (without spoiling it) and it didn't end well. You can really see both sides of the coin in their history too. I really loved this story.

Walker has a secret too. Once that kind of lets you know whey he is the way he is. I love when they start off he's so cold but then bam they take off from there. You hear all about Ellie's time without Walker. The story
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this story.

The action is packed into the beginning and it is super delicious!!

Walker is sexy as all hell and I loved his insatiable lust towards Ellie from every step.

Ellie is sweet, intelligent and a little naive yet super strong and resilient.

I treasured getting the whole story from past to present, beautifully written and I loved watching them fall in love again.

This wasn’t so much a slow burn this was more like a blazing heat that eventually blew up and burned even
Reva Parks
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of all Jeanne St.James' fantastic books (and I've read them all), this one stole my heart. I read her reviewers telling which were their book boyfriends but never participated until I read Trace Walker's story! What a tearjerker! Went through a small box of tissues and fell in love with Walker! So handsome, so brave, so loyal and true; he always knew Ellie was meant for him! He waited for years: to take her virginity and again years to make his future with her! I thought Mercy and Hunter were ...more
Susan Hancock
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A face from his past asking for help to get out of the trouble that her husband has dropped her into has Walker coming to the rescue. In this story we find out what his secret is, and how the team all come together to help Ellie.
Walker is a book that has it all! Badass alpha male? Second chance romance? Heroine in trouble? Appearance of our favourite cast of sexy security guys?
This book has all of this and add in the emotional scenes it makes for an read that you just can't put down!
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JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She was only thirteen when she started writing. Her first paid published piece was an erotic story in Playgirl magazine. Her first erotic romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages. Want to read a sample of her ...more

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