Elizabeth Parkins lived through a nightmare come true-getting kidnapped by a serial killer. Seeking a fresh start, she moves to Texas, but escaping her demons proves impossible when she's too terrified to leave her own apartment. A small, accidental fire sparks a coping method she'd never expected, and brings an amazing man to her door.
Firefighter Cade "Sledge" Turner's idyllic life ended the day his sister was kidnapped. Now he knows firsthand that tragedy can befall anyone, at any time. Meeting Elizabeth on the job was a gift. Cade can envision spending his life with this woman. He understands what she's been through, is willing to help her heal...though even Cade is unaware of Beth's new secret obsession.
As Beth takes steps to help herself heal, and Cade attempts to earn her trust and prove his own, they're both about to be tested-in a way that could see everything they've worked for go up in flames.
* Shelter for Elizabeth is the 5th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
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If you've read the SEAL of Protection series by Susan than you're familiar with Elizabeth's role in Protecting Summer, book four. In this book, we're reunited with her. If you haven't read that series, I recommend it as it will give you more of Beth's story prior to her move to Texas. Three years ago, Elizabeth, Beth, was in the wrong place at the wrong time, resulting in tragedy and it's left scars on her in more ways than one. However, she is talking with a support group and has made a best friend, Penelope, who also struggles with some demons of her own. (Yes, this is Penelope from Protecting the Future, book 8 in the SEAL of Protection series.) Beth meets Cade, a firefighter and Penelope's brother, when a small fire erupts while cooking.Thankfully, Cade can see the struggle she's having when she's told she needs to go outside to get checked out. He's able to help ease her out of the start of a panic attack and they're both surprised by the connection they each feel. As Cade and Beth slowly explore where this connection could lead, Cade helps her as she continually struggles with the aftereffects of her attack. See, Beth has become somewhat of an agoraphobic, preferring the safety of her apartment over the unknown of the outside. She can go out, but she needs a support system, a buddy, which is usually Pen, as they tend to support and help each other. Cade wants to be that person she relies on and realizes he wants his role in her life to be permanent. But they both have some things they need to work through before they can get their HEA. For one, it seems Beth has found a new coping mechanism. One that doesn't sit well with a firefighter, yet he knows he loves her and wants to help. Beth knows she needs to stop and wants to be, in her eyes, a woman that's worthy of Cade. As certain circumstances cause things, hurtful things, to be said, Beth knows she needs to take the necessary steps to heal, to be the person she wants to be. Cade, heartbroken over his part in all of it, wants her happy, and preferably with him. Will Beth get the help she needs to be at peace, as much as she possibly can at least, with her past so that she can have a future with Cade? Will Cade be able to accept that Beth will have good and bad days? Can he give her what she needs? Can they move forward together or will their differences be too great? While I'll never understand completely what those suffering from agoraphobia live with, what I experienced while reading this story just the glimpse of the daily struggle that I did see was heartbreaking. I pray that every day greater strides are made in treating it and I pray for those who suffer from it. As I previously stated above, I highly recommend any book from this author. I've been hooked since reading Protecting Caroline and my love and appreciation for her talent has only grown with each subsequent book. One-click this book now, and honestly, all of her other books as well. I believe you'll love them as much as I do.