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Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her e Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her ex still fresh in her mind, she’s constantly looking over her shoulder. Then a surprising, and lucky, tip from a diner regular puts yet another target on their backs. At the request of a friend, medical examiner Calder Stonewall has been looking for Hope and Billy for weeks. When they unexpectedly show up at the scene of a crime, his interest soon becomes personal. He’s amazed by the beautiful, brave woman and her resilient son. He’s also surprised by his growing need to take care of them both, although winning Hope’s trust won’t be easy. But when a tragedy thrusts the couple together, Calder quickly proves he’s a man Hope can rely on. Which is a good thing…because she’ll need all his support, and love, to get through a threat they never saw coming.


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Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her e Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her ex still fresh in her mind, she’s constantly looking over her shoulder. Then a surprising, and lucky, tip from a diner regular puts yet another target on their backs. At the request of a friend, medical examiner Calder Stonewall has been looking for Hope and Billy for weeks. When they unexpectedly show up at the scene of a crime, his interest soon becomes personal. He’s amazed by the beautiful, brave woman and her resilient son. He’s also surprised by his growing need to take care of them both, although winning Hope’s trust won’t be easy. But when a tragedy thrusts the couple together, Calder quickly proves he’s a man Hope can rely on. Which is a good thing…because she’ll need all his support, and love, to get through a threat they never saw coming.

30 review for Justice For Hope

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erth

    JUSTICE FOR HOPE by Susan Stoker. This tale tells the story of Hope, Calder and Billy. Hope and Billy, mother and son, haven't had an easy go of it as of late and Calder, being the alpha male he is, does all he can to swoop in and save the day. Yet, Hope is independent and strong willed. It was enjoyable to see these two navigate their relationship and to watch Hope give in to her feelings, despite her fear. And to watch Calder recognize that he has met the One! The first half of the book moves JUSTICE FOR HOPE by Susan Stoker. This tale tells the story of Hope, Calder and Billy. Hope and Billy, mother and son, haven't had an easy go of it as of late and Calder, being the alpha male he is, does all he can to swoop in and save the day. Yet, Hope is independent and strong willed. It was enjoyable to see these two navigate their relationship and to watch Hope give in to her feelings, despite her fear. And to watch Calder recognize that he has met the One! The first half of the book moves along at a leisurely pace and we get to know each character and where their heart and mind is at. There isn't much happening except for the journey of the love story and then BAM! Ms. Stoker certainly knows how to throw a curveball to any relationship. This story has a little bit of everything - a touch of humor, sweet love, the beauty of youth and even a surprise or two along the way. Oh, and did I mention a little bit of suspense and mystery too. As seems par for the course, Ms. Stoker even made me tear up - her ability to put down in words the heartfelt emotions her characters feel simply touches my heart. I highly recommend reading JUSTICE FOR HOPE. Yes, this is book 12 of the series, but can easily be read as a standalone, although many characters from the previous books make appearances. On that note, I also encourage you to read the other stories in this series as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    Despite Hope and Billy in a not great situation this has a feel good feeling. I was glad that Calder was on the look out for Hope and Billy. When he stumbled across them Hope was doing better than she was last time Blythe saw her, yet there was room for improvement. I loved how Calder slowly started to insert himself into Hope and Billy's life. It gave him the foot in the door to more. When things were able to really change for the better for Hope, Calder was right there with her. I loved how Ca Despite Hope and Billy in a not great situation this has a feel good feeling. I was glad that Calder was on the look out for Hope and Billy. When he stumbled across them Hope was doing better than she was last time Blythe saw her, yet there was room for improvement. I loved how Calder slowly started to insert himself into Hope and Billy's life. It gave him the foot in the door to more. When things were able to really change for the better for Hope, Calder was right there with her. I loved how Calder gave her advice that would let Hope stand on her own feet, yet still let her know that Calder was very much still interested in her as a man. Later when drama came up Calder once again showed how important Hope and Billy were to him. He gave them a safe place, surrounded by people that cared about them and gave good advice on ways to avoid bad people. I loved that at the end Calder and Hope found the HEA, they deserved it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Avid readers usually have there 'go to authors'. The author that EVERY book they put out you love. Although, admittedly there are times when there might be a book that just doesn't do it for you. It just seems "off". Thankfully for me, that has NEVER happened with Susan Stoker. EVERY book that I have read has been outstanding. The heroes are ALWAYS kick-a$$. The heroines ALWAYS have substance. And the story ALWAYS flows perfectly. Justice for Hope does not disappoint. If you've read the BoH seri Avid readers usually have there 'go to authors'. The author that EVERY book they put out you love. Although, admittedly there are times when there might be a book that just doesn't do it for you. It just seems "off". Thankfully for me, that has NEVER happened with Susan Stoker. EVERY book that I have read has been outstanding. The heroes are ALWAYS kick-a$$. The heroines ALWAYS have substance. And the story ALWAYS flows perfectly. Justice for Hope does not disappoint. If you've read the BoH series, then Dr. Calder Stonewall and Hope Drayden are not a mystery. They have been in the background now for a couple of books. Now we finally get their story! And it's pretty fantastic! Dr. Stonewall has watched each of his friends find the love of their lives. A little envious, he was coming to think that would never happen for him. Until he's asked to find a homeless woman and her son by a friend. Intrigued by her description and circumstances, he's eager to find and help this woman get back on her feet. Little did he know that by doing that, she was going to knock him off of his. Hope Drayden is finally getting her life back together. After escaping from an abusive ex, having her son kidnapped by a madman, she has picked herself up by her bootstraps and getting her life back on track. That is until she and her son run across a situation that puts her right in Dr. Calder Stonewall's path. He says he wants to help but she's learned the hard way that law enforcement doesn't always hold up the laws. Will Calder be able to earn Hope's trust and finally have the HEA that his friends have? The great thing about Justice for Hope is that it's a slow build. The anticipation rises with each chapter you read. You get to fall in love with the characters and visit with old friends. Ms. Stoker once again shows her wonderful ability to spin a tale that is heartfelt with touches of excitement and enough steam to keep the reader hooked until the last page. I love this book. I love this author. I bet you would too. This book is awesome. The series even better. This is an author you want to have on you 1click list. Add her. You will come to thank me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    These books are still enjoyable, but honestly, they are kind of trite. It was really obvious to me who was stalking Hope. Calder is all in love with Hope, Hope is all in love with Calder but still thinking this can't be true... same old stuff. However, I still read these books every time they come out so there is something about them I enjoy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shanna Caudle

    I knew I would like this book! Hope has had a hard life. She is a single mom, no family, no help from her sons father and she has a ex that is a cop that she is in hiding from. She has been living on the streets (you may remember 😉 from other books) but her life is coming together now. She has a job in a diner with an owner who has basically adopted Hope and her son. This is when medical examiner Calder Stonewall finds her. He wants to help her and protect her. Its kinda insta love for him. Hope I knew I would like this book! Hope has had a hard life. She is a single mom, no family, no help from her sons father and she has a ex that is a cop that she is in hiding from. She has been living on the streets (you may remember 😉 from other books) but her life is coming together now. She has a job in a diner with an owner who has basically adopted Hope and her son. This is when medical examiner Calder Stonewall finds her. He wants to help her and protect her. Its kinda insta love for him. Hope has a lot of trust issues because of her past but nothing like a bit of drama lottery winning, a fire and kidnapping to show you, who you can count on.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Take the Cinderella trope mixed with It Could Happen to You all with a darker edge and you have Hope Drayden's story. Grief, pain, struggle...there's only so much you can take when you're on the run. But Hope has her little boy with her and she's determined to survive for him. When she meets Calder Stonewall she's reluctant to trust him. He's law enforcement, big, awkward, imposing...and yet she's surprised to find that her son and a small part of her soul trusts him. Calder is determined to cre Take the Cinderella trope mixed with It Could Happen to You all with a darker edge and you have Hope Drayden's story. Grief, pain, struggle...there's only so much you can take when you're on the run. But Hope has her little boy with her and she's determined to survive for him. When she meets Calder Stonewall she's reluctant to trust him. He's law enforcement, big, awkward, imposing...and yet she's surprised to find that her son and a small part of her soul trusts him. Calder is determined to create a place for himself in her life, to support, encourage, and to love her. But an unknown enemy threatens everything they're building. Calder has a quiet strength about him that I enjoyed quite a lot. I found his bumbling endearing when he would overshare, babble, or say those slightly disturbing things that didn't make it through the filter. I would have liked it if his endearing quirks were consistently present throughout the story instead of pretty much ending right after he shows up at the diner. Most things go away with the ease of comfort he finds with more time with Hope but the things that made him so very unique seemed to be lost and set aside in favor of his declarations of intention. I loved that he wore his heart so clearly on his sleeve for Hope, and especially Billy, but in and amongst all those heartfelt, direct, fierce statements I wanted a little more of his brand of unique. Hope was straightforward in her character. A fierce mother, a kind mother, an alluring woman with a spine of steel and an open heart. I'm glad she wasn't so determined to do everything on her own that it was to her detriment, that she didn't allow her stubborn will to usurp her good sense. Because when she opened her mind she also opened her world to the amazing community Calder brought with him. That when she needed help in a big way, she had friends and adopted family at her back and in her corner. While the dramatic element was expected, the villain was not. It was a surprise that both dropped the severity of the moment while at the same time making it scarier. When we don't have a name for the enemy it has you jumping at any and all shadows and threats. The resolution was sweet and triumphant. Where family is everything, this story made sure to keep that love as a focus throughout. Love, healing, relief, support...when you have a family surrounding you with those things what you really find is freedom.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    5 Sweet, Heart-Warming Stars!!! I was given this book in turn for an honest review. Calder Stonewall was determined to gain the trust of Hope Drayden; now he’d found her, he had no intentions of letting her slip through his fingers. Can Hope let Calder in to protect her, or will her instinct to run, destroy their chance at happiness. Another captivating, brilliant book from Susan Stoker; I seriously love her writing and can never get enough. Another great story and more characters for me to love an 5 Sweet, Heart-Warming Stars!!! I was given this book in turn for an honest review. Calder Stonewall was determined to gain the trust of Hope Drayden; now he’d found her, he had no intentions of letting her slip through his fingers. Can Hope let Calder in to protect her, or will her instinct to run, destroy their chance at happiness. Another captivating, brilliant book from Susan Stoker; I seriously love her writing and can never get enough. Another great story and more characters for me to love and adore. I honestly feel, Susan Stokers characters are like family. They take a hold of my heart and never leave; thankfully I have enough love to go around for everyone. I adored both Calder and Hope, both characters were strong, caring, loving and always put the care of others before their own wants, and needs. Calder did everything he could to care for, and support Hope, he would do everything in his power to protect her, and her son. Hope felt like a burden, and it took some convincing to get her to see how deep his feelings for her ran. Justice for Hope is a story that shows, optimism, love, happiness and reminds us to never give up. It also shows the extent some people will go, to destroy a person’s happiness, and that as long as we are open, and honest, they will never come between you and the person you love. Justice for Hope is a wonderfully sweet, heart-warming romance, that will leave your heart bursting with love and your eyes streaming with happy tears.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marie Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)

    Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review: I have been dying to read this book since I read Shelter For Blythe and I have to confess, Susan Stoker just gets more spectacular with each new release! Justice For Hope was one sweet as pie, tender, passionate and utterly dreamy romance with just a smidgen of suspense. Exactly what I adore with a Susan Stoker read! I really liked Hope. I admired her strength and her will and her independence. And Calder is one of my top favorite heroes! He is handsome, kind, pa Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review: I have been dying to read this book since I read Shelter For Blythe and I have to confess, Susan Stoker just gets more spectacular with each new release! Justice For Hope was one sweet as pie, tender, passionate and utterly dreamy romance with just a smidgen of suspense. Exactly what I adore with a Susan Stoker read! I really liked Hope. I admired her strength and her will and her independence. And Calder is one of my top favorite heroes! He is handsome, kind, patient, caring and so incredibly romantic. His protective streak made me swoon and how he treats Hope and Billy made me tear up. This story gave me such FEELS! It was SO what I needed to read. Susan Stoker ALWAYS delivers THE PERFECT ROMANCE with some of the BEST heroes imaginable and VERY LIKABLE heroines too. You just can't get anything more satisfying than a romantic suspense by Miss Susan Stoker. Once you pick up Justice For Hope you will be ALL IN from start to the very finish and still crave MORE. Justice For Hope gets a ROMANTIC AND SUGARY SWEET FIVE GLORIOUS STARS!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    Homeless after leaving her abusive ex, Hope Drayden made her first appearance in Justice for Milena, when her son was kidnapped by an evil killer. Since then, she's found a job at a diner and is working her way back up after hitting rock bottom. She doesn't need help from anyone, and isn't ready to trust anyone, even if medical examiner Calder Stonewell is a friend of a friend. Calder persists, befriending her son and doing what he can to help Hope, especially after her son Billy is kidnapped ag Homeless after leaving her abusive ex, Hope Drayden made her first appearance in Justice for Milena, when her son was kidnapped by an evil killer. Since then, she's found a job at a diner and is working her way back up after hitting rock bottom. She doesn't need help from anyone, and isn't ready to trust anyone, even if medical examiner Calder Stonewell is a friend of a friend. Calder persists, befriending her son and doing what he can to help Hope, especially after her son Billy is kidnapped again. There's a clever misdirect on who the villain really is, and what happens to Billy after he's kidnapped, as well as nice relationship growth between Hope, Calder, and Billy. Overall a very good book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    Justice for Hope was more Happiness for Hope and Billy and really the Justice part was all about Billy oh who am I kidding this story was totally about Billy, there was no Hope and Calder in it at all..... lol Action packed and with the best superhero of them all 'Billy' he saved himself, found himself a dad and found his voice again oh and his Mom Hope was along for the ride to.... This story was fantastic, I love how Calder never gave up but he was also a total gentleman as well he knew what he Justice for Hope was more Happiness for Hope and Billy and really the Justice part was all about Billy oh who am I kidding this story was totally about Billy, there was no Hope and Calder in it at all..... lol Action packed and with the best superhero of them all 'Billy' he saved himself, found himself a dad and found his voice again oh and his Mom Hope was along for the ride to.... This story was fantastic, I love how Calder never gave up but he was also a total gentleman as well he knew what he wanted and he was willing to put in the time to show Hope and Billy he was truly there for them no matter what. I have to say I also love Joseph 'Popop' as a character he is a wonderful addition to this series and I hope has visits in future stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S

    4 stars ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 18, 2018 Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her ex still fresh in her mind, she’s constantly looking over her shoulder. 4 stars ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 18, 2018 Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her ex still fresh in her mind, she’s constantly looking over her shoulder. Then a surprising, and lucky, tip from a diner regular puts yet another target on their backs. At the request of a friend, medical examiner Calder Stonewall has been looking for Hope and Billy for weeks. When they unexpectedly show up at the scene of a crime, his interest soon becomes personal. He’s amazed by the beautiful, brave woman and her resilient son. He’s also surprised by his growing need to take care of them both, although winning Hope’s trust won’t be easy. But when a tragedy thrusts the couple together, Calder quickly proves he’s a man Hope can rely on. Which is a good thing…because she’ll need all his support, and love, to get through a threat they never saw coming. ••••••••• REVIEW: JUSTICE FOR HOPE is the twelfth instalment in Susan Stoker’s contemporary, adult BADGE OF HONOR: TEXAS HEROES romantic suspense series. This is forty-year old medical examiner Calder Stonewall, and thirty-two year old diner waitress/single mother Hope Drayden’s story line. JUSTICE FOR HOPE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Hope was first introduced in SHELTER FOR BLYTHE book #11. Told from dual third person points of view (Calder and Hope) JUSTICE FOR HOPE follows the building relationship and romance between forty-year old medical examiner Calder Stonewall, and thirty-two year old diner waitress/single mother Hope Drayden. Single mother Hope Drayden and her seven-year old Billy are on the run from an abusive ex who isn’t above threatening our story line heroine. With no friends or family to whom to turn, Hope finds herself in the town of San Antonio, Texas where she struggles to earn enough money to support her small family. Several months earlier Billy Drayden was kidnapped by pedophile Jonathan Jones, and in the ensuing time has not spoken a word or communicated verbally. But the recent death of a homeless veteran finds our heroine face to face with her future in the guise of medical examiner Calder Stonewall, a man sent to look for Hope by her friend Blythe Coopman. What ensues is the slow building relationship and romance between Hope and Calder, and the potential fall-out as jealousy and betrayal attempt to destroy Hope’s precarious hold on life. As a waitress, Hope depends upon the generosity of customers but the jealousy of fellow co-workers threatens Hope’s hard fought need to stay one step ahead of her abusive past. Calder Stonewall has been attracted to Hope from the very start but our heroine is reluctant to trust any man with her heart as well as the safety of her son. The relationship between Hope and Calder is slow to develop as Calder bides his time with the woman who has stolen his heart. The limited $ex scenes are passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters, many of whom cross over from the author’s other series. We are introduced to Hope’s boss, and diner owner Joseph Roberts who takes Hope’s son Billy under his wing; as well as fellow co-workers and waitresses Donna, Audrey, Hannah and Tori. The world building focuses on the building relationship and trust between Hope and Calder, and the struggles of a single mom trying to make it on her own. Most if not all of Susan’s heroes are impossibly perfect, and the women in their lives have physical and emotional issues that have left lasting scars. JUSTICE FOR HOPE is an engaging, entertaining and romantic storyline. The premise is touching; the romance is intimate; the characters are real and tender. Copy supplied for review www.thereadingcafe.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Di

    Oh WOW once again for this author who knows how to write a story with a man who is a protector of the woman he falls for. Calder and Hope meet when he finds her in an alley with her son, Billy. He’s been looking for her and Billy when Blythe asked everyone to find her to make sure she is safe. Hope has been living on the streets with her son after running away from her abusive ex, and now has a job as a waitress and lives in a seedy motel, but she is thankful it’s a roof over her head and she’s Oh WOW once again for this author who knows how to write a story with a man who is a protector of the woman he falls for. Calder and Hope meet when he finds her in an alley with her son, Billy. He’s been looking for her and Billy when Blythe asked everyone to find her to make sure she is safe. Hope has been living on the streets with her son after running away from her abusive ex, and now has a job as a waitress and lives in a seedy motel, but she is thankful it’s a roof over her head and she’s working to get herself and her son out of the bad situation they are in. As soon as Calder meets her, he knows she’s the one and will not give up until she is his. Calder worms his way into her heart, he’s great with Billy and Billy takes to him right away...she just has to finally let go and go for it...can he convince her ? An amazing amazing read with steam, sensuality, funny moments, suspense and some intense moments. I LOVED these two but then again I have LOVED all of this author’s characters as they are all genuine and so real that they worm into my heart each time. Calder the handsome alpha man with his quirks and saying things that get taken the wrong way and Hope, a strong, compassionate, giving woman down on her luck, who fights for her son and wants to give him the world. At first I was a bit frustrated with Hope, her stubbornness for accepting help from Calder made me want to shake her at times, but when she finally accepts and accepts Calder, she’s all in...LOVE IT. I love how little to no drama is between them, there is enough all around them to keep the story flowing beautifully and to keep me on the edge of my seat. I admire and love this author’s style of writing, the depth and heart she gives the characters and how no gimmicks, no over the top drama, no jealousies, no misunderstandings, enter into the story and once the two are in, they are all in to the end. Only thing I have to complain about is only 5 stars are allowed to rate it, wishing I could give more. *I voluntarily read an advanced copy and expressed my honest opinion*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Fantastic book I have wondered who would be Calder's woman for awhile and am.so glad that Hope and her son Billy would be the family Calder has always wanted. But with the help from the firefighters, Beth, and all the previous Badge of Honor men and women will come together and help each other. Calder Stonewall has watched all of his friends find their lady loves so when Blythe gives him Hope and Billy's photo with hopes that he could find them. When he's sent to collect a body he never expects to Fantastic book I have wondered who would be Calder's woman for awhile and am.so glad that Hope and her son Billy would be the family Calder has always wanted. But with the help from the firefighters, Beth, and all the previous Badge of Honor men and women will come together and help each other. Calder Stonewall has watched all of his friends find their lady loves so when Blythe gives him Hope and Billy's photo with hopes that he could find them. When he's sent to collect a body he never expects to find Hope and Billy at the scene (They first appeared in Justice for Milena) he knows that Billy hasn't talked since being kidnapped and being homeless has both of them very leery of men. When one of Hope's regular customers give Billy a lottery ticket that is a winner everyone wants a share. But he needs to assure Hope that he's a patient man and when she's ready he'll be there for her and her son. When the diner where she works at is torched plus the owner severely beaten Calder is there to keep both of them safe and a place for the owner to recover from his injuries. When Billy is kidnapped every friend they both have will be there to help find him before it's too late. Hope Drayden and her son Billy have been running from her abusive ex-husband and after being homeless she's is finally able find her way back with a job and a place to stay. It doesn't matter that its a seedy motel it's a roof over their heads. One morning on their way home they find that one of their homeless friends has been killed, they meet Calder at the scene. She's very distrustful of anyone and little does she know that he'll soon start coming in every morning slowly showing them he's interested in both of them. It will take Billy going missing to show them that support of friends, family and Beth came come together to find him before the kidnappers do. Calder will show them both that they can be a family.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CarolKat

    While all Susan's female characters are put through a lot of harrowing situations, Hope's is different in many ways. She was homeless with her son and after the incident in Justice for Milena, she left the area she where once sought shelter. The area she's moved to has fewer shelters, but she got lucky. The owner of a diner, Joseph hired her, checked her and Billy into a motel and even let Billy stay in his office while she worked her shifts. Calder has promised Blythe (Shelter for Blythe) to kee While all Susan's female characters are put through a lot of harrowing situations, Hope's is different in many ways. She was homeless with her son and after the incident in Justice for Milena, she left the area she where once sought shelter. The area she's moved to has fewer shelters, but she got lucky. The owner of a diner, Joseph hired her, checked her and Billy into a motel and even let Billy stay in his office while she worked her shifts. Calder has promised Blythe (Shelter for Blythe) to keep his eyes open for Hope and Billy. He'd been unsuccessful until he was called on an investigation. As one of the Coroners he was frequently called to the scene of a crime. When he saw the woman and child who'd made the call huddled together, he knew he'd found her and the reason he hadn't before. She'd found a job and was off the streets. Now Calder has what I would call perpetual foot in mouth disease. The poor guy just can't seem to have anything he says come out the way he really means it to. Calder continues to pursue Hope by having breakfast at the diner where she works. A somewhat stressful environment for Hope, where the waitresses are mostly snippy and a patron leaves lottery tickets as tips. Things take an interesting turn in many ways when Eli gives Billy the lottery ticket and cash to his waitress. That ticket, a million dollar winner, begins a cycle of events that will have you turning the pages to see what happens next. I love the way Susan portrays the life changing factors, the slow build of Hope and Calder's relationship and the twist that brings them closer than ever. It was great to see all the Badge of Honor crew as they gather to congratulate Hope. I shed more than a few tears over this book. I really can't wait for the next book in this series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gibbs

    I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and Calder and Hope's story was no different. I loved it. Hope is a strong character much like Blythe from the previous book in this series. How they ended up on the streets is very different but they became friends and that friendship lead her to Calder Stonewall. Can she trust him because of her past experiences with men in law enforcement? Well if you have read any books in the series you already know the answer to that question. Hope is very stron I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and Calder and Hope's story was no different. I loved it. Hope is a strong character much like Blythe from the previous book in this series. How they ended up on the streets is very different but they became friends and that friendship lead her to Calder Stonewall. Can she trust him because of her past experiences with men in law enforcement? Well if you have read any books in the series you already know the answer to that question. Hope is very strong and she struggles to raise her son and provide a roof over their heads. She is very protective of Billy and the way Ms. Stroker writes about these characters makes them seem real. They are relatable and face everyday problems. Her son Billy is mute by choice after a kidnapping but he is a strong little boy who deserves to have a childhood. He steals the book in my opinion. He is sweet and kind and very loving despite what has happened to him in his 7 years. Calder is just as alpha male as the heroes in the other stories. He is very patient and attentive to what Hope and Billy need. He is a bit awkward but it only makes him more sexy. I really enjoyed this story and there were a few twists and turns. I know I need to read Ms. Stroker's books on the weekend when I can read them straight through but it's so hard to wait. I didn't want to put this book down. I was hooked when we met Hope and Billy. I am looking forward to the next in the series but I am also sad because I know there aren't too many books left in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    JUSTICE FOR HOPE by Susan Stoker. This tale tells the story of Hope, Calder and Billy. Hope and Billy, mother and son, haven't had an easy go of it as of late and Calder, being the alpha male he is, does all he can to swoop in and save the day. Yet, Hope is independent and strong willed. It was enjoyable to see these two navigate their relationship and to watch Hope give in to her feelings, despite her fear. And to watch Calder recognize that he has met the One! The first half of the book moves JUSTICE FOR HOPE by Susan Stoker. This tale tells the story of Hope, Calder and Billy. Hope and Billy, mother and son, haven't had an easy go of it as of late and Calder, being the alpha male he is, does all he can to swoop in and save the day. Yet, Hope is independent and strong willed. It was enjoyable to see these two navigate their relationship and to watch Hope give in to her feelings, despite her fear. And to watch Calder recognize that he has met the One! The first half of the book moves along at a leisurely pace and we get to know each character and where their heart and mind is at. There isn't much happening except for the journey of the love story and then BAM! Ms. Stoker certainly knows how to throw a curveball to any relationship. This story has a little bit of everything - a touch of humor, sweet love, the beauty of youth and even a surprise or two along the way. Oh, and did I mention a little bit of suspense and mystery too. As seems par for the course, Ms. Stoker even made me tear up - her ability to put down in words the heartfelt emotions her characters feel simply touches my heart. I highly recommend reading JUSTICE FOR HOPE. Yes, this is book 12 of the series, but can easily be read as a standalone, although many characters from the previous books make appearances. On that note, I also encourage you to read the other stories in this series as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    We originally met Hope and her seven year old son Billy in Shelter For Blythe when her son was abducted and he is still feeling the after effects of the trauma. She is on the run from her abusive ex and with no one to turn to she is just grateful to have the job at the diner and be able to put food on their table and have a roof over their head. She is trying to stay under the radar as the last thing she wants is to attract unwanted attention. Calder is the medical examiner who was asked by his We originally met Hope and her seven year old son Billy in Shelter For Blythe when her son was abducted and he is still feeling the after effects of the trauma. She is on the run from her abusive ex and with no one to turn to she is just grateful to have the job at the diner and be able to put food on their table and have a roof over their head. She is trying to stay under the radar as the last thing she wants is to attract unwanted attention. Calder is the medical examiner who was asked by his friend Blythe to keep his eyes open for Hope and Billy but the last place he expected to find them was a crime scene. From the moment he sees Hope he knows that she is the one for him but now he has to convince her that not only can she trust him, but he will be there for her. When Hope receives a tip from a customer it may be a life changer for her and her son but at what cost? I loved Calder and Hope together and I also loved how Calder was with her son Billy. Hope has been through so much and it is only made her stronger and Calder loves so deeply and is willing to be patient and wait for her to realize that they belong together. This is a great addition to the series and the next book can’t come soon enough. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Reggie

    I am yet to read a book in this series that does not grab and hold my attention! This is Hope and Calder's story...whom we caught a glimpse of at the end of Blythe and Sawyer's story. Calder has spent months searching for Hope and her 7yo son, Billy, ever since Blythe shared that they were homeless, but without success. Imagine his surprise when he arrives at a crime scene and the witnesses are non other than Hope and Billy. It was cute and hilarious to see how the 40 yo ME became a blithering i I am yet to read a book in this series that does not grab and hold my attention! This is Hope and Calder's story...whom we caught a glimpse of at the end of Blythe and Sawyer's story. Calder has spent months searching for Hope and her 7yo son, Billy, ever since Blythe shared that they were homeless, but without success. Imagine his surprise when he arrives at a crime scene and the witnesses are non other than Hope and Billy. It was cute and hilarious to see how the 40 yo ME became a blithering idiot around the beautiful single mom. Calder learns that Hope is a waitress at a diner and has been living in a seedy motel. Calder also becomes a regular at the diner and soon wins over Billy, who has been mute since he had been kidnapped (in another story). Over time, Hope becomes comfortable with Calder and lets him into her life. We know that Hope is on the run from an abusive ex, who happens to be a cop, so that took some doing. She and Billy have found an ally in the elderly, widowed owner of the diner, Joe. Her coworkers though...not so much. There is so much going on in this book but I don't want to give spoilers so I will just say that we have a patient, sexy dude, his awesome supportive friends, bad guys and a good balance of sweet romance and suspense. Another great HEA to wrap up the story. Now I need Quinn and Driftwood's story...*tapping foot impatiently*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    With Justice for Hope, Susan Stoker has another winner on her hands. We first met Hope and Billy in Justice for Milena. Billy was the little boy that was kidnapped by the villain in that story. Hope and Billy have gotten off the streets, barely, when Calder Stonewall finally finds them. Life has taught Hope that nothing lasts and that trust can hurt. Fortunately, Calder has an abundance of patience. His interactions with Billy are nothing short of swoon-worthy, especially since the boy no longer With Justice for Hope, Susan Stoker has another winner on her hands. We first met Hope and Billy in Justice for Milena. Billy was the little boy that was kidnapped by the villain in that story. Hope and Billy have gotten off the streets, barely, when Calder Stonewall finally finds them. Life has taught Hope that nothing lasts and that trust can hurt. Fortunately, Calder has an abundance of patience. His interactions with Billy are nothing short of swoon-worthy, especially since the boy no longer speaks (as a result of the aforementioned kidnapping). When an unexpected event completely upends Hope’s life, Calder is there to love, support, and defend her. Calder is an unlikely hero – a 40 year old medical examiner who is, by his own admission, nerdy, and awkward around women to whom he’s attracted. But that is part of his appeal. And when Calder loves, it is with his whole heart. That’s evident by his deep friendships with the other heroes of this series, in his relationship with Billy, his opening his home to Joseph, and his steadfast support of Hope. While Hope is on the run from an abusive ex, it is Billy who is put into danger. The big question is - from whom? And that answer … well, read the book and find out.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Denise H

    Finally, we get Hope and Calder’s story. If you follow the author and read her Badge of Honor series you know that Hope and Calder make appearances in a couple of her other stories with hints of what will come. But here, we finally get to visit them up close and personal and follow their courtship from beginning to end. And what a story it is. Stoker is one of my go-to 1click authors because she always writes great heartwarming stories with endearing alpha men and resilient women who stand by th Finally, we get Hope and Calder’s story. If you follow the author and read her Badge of Honor series you know that Hope and Calder make appearances in a couple of her other stories with hints of what will come. But here, we finally get to visit them up close and personal and follow their courtship from beginning to end. And what a story it is. Stoker is one of my go-to 1click authors because she always writes great heartwarming stories with endearing alpha men and resilient women who stand by their side. Stoker pulls at the heartstrings with her heroines rising from bad situations to stand on their own, push back and grow in self-confidence and strength. Her stories always highlight everyday circumstances and she handles all the situations with care and respect. And they always hold a wonderful balance of excitement, drama, suspense and slow burn romance with a HEA. Justice for Hope will pull you in from the beginning and hold your interest until the end. The characters are fun, witty, strong, determined, resourceful, and entertaining. They will easily capture your heart. Hope and Calder’s journey is definitely a heartfelt read that will you will enjoy. Hope and Calder are dazzling and their story is a great addition to the Badge of Honor series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Helen Williams

    We came to know of Hope and Billy from reading Shelter for Blythe and how she desperately wanted to find them. Sharing her concerns with Calder and telling him all about Hope and her son Billy made him want to find them even more. So when he gets called to a scene and he sees a woman and a little boy huddled together he knows he has found Hope and Billy. He approaches them and tells Hope that he is a friend of Blythe and that she has been desperately been trying to find them. Hope and Billy have We came to know of Hope and Billy from reading Shelter for Blythe and how she desperately wanted to find them. Sharing her concerns with Calder and telling him all about Hope and her son Billy made him want to find them even more. So when he gets called to a scene and he sees a woman and a little boy huddled together he knows he has found Hope and Billy. He approaches them and tells Hope that he is a friend of Blythe and that she has been desperately been trying to find them. Hope and Billy have been through so much trauma and are reluctant to trust him. Their recent trauma was so bad that Billy now does not speak. Calder is patient and is able to make Billy feel comfortable. His constant patience and persistence finally wins Hope also. But they will be challenged on a number occasions that will test this budding relationship. Whenever you pick up a Susan Stoker book you know it will be good!! She has a wonderful writing style with some of the strongest women you will ever read about and she pairs them with their perfect partners.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jara Beaubien

    I honestly wish I could give you more then 5 stars, I loved this book as much as I love all you books. Hope Drayden and her 7 year old boy are hiding from an abusive ex, and being out on the streets homeless and no money is as bad as running from her ex. All they have gone through does not prepare her for the abduction of her son. But with a bit of help Mother and son a reunited again, she even manages to find a job a place to sat at, and with a bit of luck a and a tip from a regular in the resta I honestly wish I could give you more then 5 stars, I loved this book as much as I love all you books. Hope Drayden and her 7 year old boy are hiding from an abusive ex, and being out on the streets homeless and no money is as bad as running from her ex. All they have gone through does not prepare her for the abduction of her son. But with a bit of help Mother and son a reunited again, she even manages to find a job a place to sat at, and with a bit of luck a and a tip from a regular in the restaurant she work in changes her life. Calder Stonewall has been looking for Hope and Billy for weeks. He finds her by accident at a scene of a crime, he finds himself amazed by this beautiful woman and as he gets to know them he finds him self falling in love with her. But are they both ready for what is to come, for what will happen. It also was great to see many other characters in the story, ones that one has grown to care for and love.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alphas Do It Better Book Blog

    5 Stars Hope and her son Billy have been through so much together. When we meet them again in JFH they are finally getting on their feet turning things around. Calder has been trying to find them for months so Blythe can stop worrying about her friend and is relieved when he finally comes across them at a crime scene. What follows is a heartwarming, sweet and sexy story of a man who doesn’t always say the right things and a woman who is learning to trust again. Calder is absolutely adorable, a sw 5 Stars Hope and her son Billy have been through so much together. When we meet them again in JFH they are finally getting on their feet turning things around. Calder has been trying to find them for months so Blythe can stop worrying about her friend and is relieved when he finally comes across them at a crime scene. What follows is a heartwarming, sweet and sexy story of a man who doesn’t always say the right things and a woman who is learning to trust again. Calder is absolutely adorable, a sweet and sexy nerd of you ask me, is an alpha hero I can get behind! I love his patience with both Hope and Billy and how the relationship grows over time, at a pace that works for everyone. Of course we have suspense and action but in the end no worries, they get their happily ever after. Now the snippet we get of Quinn and John is H-O-T HOT! Bring on February so we can get the next amazing couple from this series! Cara - Alphas Do It Better Book Blog

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon A.

    I loved Calder and Hope! Beautiful! That’s all I can say! Love overcomes all and Karma is a b/+(¥! I’ve had this book in my TBR pile and completely missed the fact that I hadn’t read it yet! I remedied that situation today! I couldn’t put it down! Calder is adorable! From the way his mouth gets him in trouble for saying the wrong thing to his absolute devotion to Hope and Billy! I have a huge amount of admiration for Hope! Not only did she get her and her child out of a bad situation, she was rai I loved Calder and Hope! Beautiful! That’s all I can say! Love overcomes all and Karma is a b/+(¥! I’ve had this book in my TBR pile and completely missed the fact that I hadn’t read it yet! I remedied that situation today! I couldn’t put it down! Calder is adorable! From the way his mouth gets him in trouble for saying the wrong thing to his absolute devotion to Hope and Billy! I have a huge amount of admiration for Hope! Not only did she get her and her child out of a bad situation, she was raising an amazing seven year old boy! Due to the fact that he was kidnapped (in another five star story) Billy didn’t talk. This didn’t stop him communicating. He was very good at getting his point across. Poor Hope and Billy haven’t had much good luck, but once Calder is in the picture, things change! Thank you Susan Stoker! You made my day when I found one of your unread books!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna Ferriola

    Justice for Hope This was an amazing story about true love when Calder finally convinced Hope that he loved her and admired her dedication to her son. She had come a long way from living on the streets with her son to winning a lottery ticket for a million dollars. People were jealous and wanted her to share her winnings even though they were not entitled to any and went to violent ends to force her to by trying to kidnap her son and burning down her bosses restaurant after beating him up. Calder Justice for Hope This was an amazing story about true love when Calder finally convinced Hope that he loved her and admired her dedication to her son. She had come a long way from living on the streets with her son to winning a lottery ticket for a million dollars. People were jealous and wanted her to share her winnings even though they were not entitled to any and went to violent ends to force her to by trying to kidnap her son and burning down her bosses restaurant after beating him up. Calder proved they could handle anything together and even went to confront her ex husband that she ran from to make sure he was not involved. It was amazing how their love story evolved and they became a family even Jim becoming PopPop. It was a very sweet romantic story and I forward to the next release in this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barb Shuler

    Eeeeeep!!! I’ve been waiting to get down my list to this one! I’ve loved Calder and I’m so dang happy he finally got his girl! This story as with the others was full of craziness and of course drama. The drama wasn’t as intense or as bad as some of the other books. However, the intensity of the events that unfold had me on the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried (ugh, yes, the woman made me cry) and enjoyed this story immensely! Hope and her son went from living on the streets to a motel, then C Eeeeeep!!! I’ve been waiting to get down my list to this one! I’ve loved Calder and I’m so dang happy he finally got his girl! This story as with the others was full of craziness and of course drama. The drama wasn’t as intense or as bad as some of the other books. However, the intensity of the events that unfold had me on the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried (ugh, yes, the woman made me cry) and enjoyed this story immensely! Hope and her son went from living on the streets to a motel, then Calder found her. Their lives started to move in the right direction. As usual though, when things go bad, they really go bad. Thankfully it works out, but not without a lot of heart wrenching antics.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elise Hargreaves

    Another memorable, sweet and emotional read from Susan Stoker! I fell in love with Calder, Hope and Billy from the first few pages and I could not put this book down! What an emotional ride Stoker took us on with this one and I certainly shed a few tears as Calder, Hope and Billy became a true little family and navigated their way through the threats against them with their trusty friends at their back. I loved that Calder was masculine yet so sweet and sensitive and who couldn't read about his g Another memorable, sweet and emotional read from Susan Stoker! I fell in love with Calder, Hope and Billy from the first few pages and I could not put this book down! What an emotional ride Stoker took us on with this one and I certainly shed a few tears as Calder, Hope and Billy became a true little family and navigated their way through the threats against them with their trusty friends at their back. I loved that Calder was masculine yet so sweet and sensitive and who couldn't read about his growing bond with Billy without getting a little misty eyed? Hope and Calder had some great chemistry and this was a perfect romantic suspense to seek my teeth into! 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Looking forward to Driftwood & Quinn's story next!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Radaker

    I always enjoy this authors books so much and single parent is my favorite genre. She did not disappoint with this one. Hope is strong and independent and a great mom who would do anything for her son and just needs a break. Calder is a medical examiner and sees Hope and her son and wants to help them. In doing so he also falls for them both and will do anything to protect them. I loved watching him with Billy and how patient he was with both of them and getting Hope to trust him. Calder is not I always enjoy this authors books so much and single parent is my favorite genre. She did not disappoint with this one. Hope is strong and independent and a great mom who would do anything for her son and just needs a break. Calder is a medical examiner and sees Hope and her son and wants to help them. In doing so he also falls for them both and will do anything to protect them. I loved watching him with Billy and how patient he was with both of them and getting Hope to trust him. Calder is not alpha in the traditional sense of the word but he is very much an alpha male with Hope. Their story is sweet, steamy, romantic and of course has suspense that will keep you guessing. Another awesome read from Susan Stoker.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Bromley

    I want a Calder to. Yet another great book by this author. What more could we expect from Calder but a possessive, caring, loving and willing to do anything. Hope was homeless due to an abusive ex she was running from. Along with Billy, her son, she found a job, a place to live and was happy. Calder p, the local ME has been looking for Hope for his friends girlfriend who was homeless with her. A great book about trusting again and trying to do the best you can with the life you can. When Hope wi I want a Calder to. Yet another great book by this author. What more could we expect from Calder but a possessive, caring, loving and willing to do anything. Hope was homeless due to an abusive ex she was running from. Along with Billy, her son, she found a job, a place to live and was happy. Calder p, the local ME has been looking for Hope for his friends girlfriend who was homeless with her. A great book about trusting again and trying to do the best you can with the life you can. When Hope wins on a scratch card, Billy's life is our in danger. Can Calder and his friends find Billy in time? A great read. I love Calder even though he could be a bit accidental with the cast he spoke.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Spence

    Well Susan Stoker continues to impress. Her stories are amazing. I love the interconnections within the series and how the characters are each other families. This story is about Calder, a 40 year old Medical examiner. He's single but he's planned for the future. The future he wants is Hope and her son Billy. Hope is struggling in her life, running from her abusive ex, and supporting her 7 year old son. It's not easy, especially for a Stoker character, as my favourite author always puts her char Well Susan Stoker continues to impress. Her stories are amazing. I love the interconnections within the series and how the characters are each other families. This story is about Calder, a 40 year old Medical examiner. He's single but he's planned for the future. The future he wants is Hope and her son Billy. Hope is struggling in her life, running from her abusive ex, and supporting her 7 year old son. It's not easy, especially for a Stoker character, as my favourite author always puts her characters to the test, and I mean every test possible. The story is real, the love is wonderful and the journey is as awesome as the connection between these two main characters. I highly recommend Ms. Stoker and any of her books. She is my one click author, no matter what.

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