Title: For By Grace, Fallen From Grace, Grace Through Redemption (Spirit of Grace #1, 2, 3)
Author Name & Publisher: Adrian J. Smith (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date: June 1, 2014, June 1, 2015, December 1, 2015
For by Grace
Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.
While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.
That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.
Fallen from Grace
Parables and riddles can’t undo the confusion Deputy Grace Halling experiences after her close call with death. Each morning she wakes up, puts on a uniform that feels far more like a target, and goes out to enforce the laws and protect the innocent. While her comrades in blue are murdered one by one with each passing month, Grace pushes for a call to action from her Captain. Her worst fear has become a reality.
Grace doesn’t know if she’s next.
Grace through Redemption
Learning to trust herself again wasn’t easy. Deputy Grace Halling is back patrolling, and after a few months of quiet, murders of her comrades in blue begin again. Scared and determined, Grace follows every lead she can until she finds herself face to face with the barrel of a gun, only this time her finger is on the trigger.
This third book in the “Grace” series continues the investigation into multiple, seemingly unrelated, cop killings in Grace’s area. Various familiar characters appear fleetingly in the story and I was interested to find out if they were to have a major impact on the main theme. I was surprised at how important certain people turned out to be.
Grace has to deal with unbelievably awful happenings on a daily basis. When she is advised to think about applying for detective after 10 years as a beat officer I was so hoping she would go for it. I felt that the effect on her mental health and physical well-being was too much to go on as she was.
Grace’s relationship with Amya, the station Chaplain, changes for the better in my opinion. I liked the way it was heading and hoped that nothing would get in the way. I wanted a deeper, more loving and out-in-the-open relationship as I have grown to love these characters over the course of the three books.
I can honestly say I was shocked at some of the revelations in the book but totally satisfied at how it turned out. I can’t praise this series highly enough and this third instalment is a winner!
This is the third book in this series that I have read and I have to say this one is once again a brilliant read. I found this book quite transcendent compared to the previous two novels.
Grace is a very complex character, at times she makes me want to scream at her at other times I found her pompous but at no time did I find her uninteresting and certainly not boring. I guess this is due to the author portraying such a “real” character, one that you can relate to on many levels.
The plot is an intricate one interwoven with the day to day encounters that have to be met by our heroine. This gives the novel a very edgy and realistic feel. Running along side this we are regaled with Grace’s personal life. Obviously in love, Grace has difficulty in handling the complexities she sees in this deepening relationship. Told along side each other and totally interlinked, the plot and the love interest, make this novel totally fascinating and enthralling.
I am not sure if the author gained inspiration for the books title and the novel from Romans, but I certainly found this a very inspiring novel.
: (From Grace Through Redemption)
Opening her eyes, she was thoroughly disappointed. The guy, with his dark, curly hair and olive complexion was probably dream of a looker for any straight woman or gay man. He had his dick hanging out of his pants and his fist firmly wrapped around it. Grace held her breath high in her lungs and knocked on his window.
When it rolled down, she glared. “Sir—”
“Yes?” he cut her off.
She wasn’t even sure what to say. She balked and swallowed, trying to start over. “Sir, what’s going on?”
He at least had the grace to blush. His mouth opened then closed twice before he shook his head, his hand still wrapped firmly around his dick.
“Sir, I pulled you over because you were driving erratically. Over the speed limit, then under it, then over again, and you couldn’t stay in a lane.”
Grace shook her head. That wasn’t the excuse for poor driving she normally got. Normally there were excuses thrown at her, the number one being, “I had to pee, Officer!” She blanched and put her hands at her sides.
“I need to know why.”
“I—I was having some issues.”
“What kind of issues?”
“Well, I…” he trailed off and looked down at his dick.
Grace was impressed with the fact he still hadn’t stuffed it back into his pants. She tried to look anywhere except down at his lap, but her gaze kept being drawn in that direction. Of all officers to get that call, why couldn’t it have been a man? She sighed and looked at his face again. He hadn’t looked at her since he’d first rolled down the window.
“I was masturbating, okay?” He sounded exasperated and completely embarrassed. His cheeks flashed redder than they had been before, and Grace snickered. He did need to blush. At least that meant he had some emotions going on under his mask of “what the hell is going on.”
She shifted onto her left foot and more snow melted down the side of her boot. “Sir, you can cover yourself up.”
“Oh good.” He slid his dick into his slacks and zipped them closed.
Grace shuddered. What guy would need permission to cover up when pulled over by a cop? She shook her head, not wanting to answer her own question. She bit her lip, trying to figure out where to go with the situation next. In all of her nine years as a beat cop she’d seen some extraordinary and embarrassing things—this one had to top it all. She licked her lips.
“You were driving erratically,” she repeated.
“I couldn’t—I couldn’t get off, and it was getting hard to focus.”
“Sir—why were you jerking off while driving a motor vehicle anyway?”
His mouth opened, but Grace put her hand out to stop him.
“Wait. Don’t answer that. I don’t want the answer. Give me your license and registration please.”
For by Grace
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Fallen from Grace
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Grace through Redemption (pre-order only until 12/1)
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