Sea Glass Winter: A Shelter Bay Novel
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
This is the latest entry to a series of contemporary romances set in Shelter Bay. The locale is gorgeous, the town is filled with hot former military guys who have had their stories told in previous books, and the main characters in this book are good solid decent people with great chemistry. What's not to love. JoAnn Ross is an excellent writer whose descriptive turn of phrase leads you to vividly picture the people and places and events in the book. There is a small amount of conflict in this book, no huge drama or torment just a nice romance. We do catch up with some favorites from previous stories which is always fun. A heartwarming story which can be read as a stand alone although is probably more fun if you have read the other stories in this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
JoAnn Ross delivers another emotional journey in Sea Glass Winter. A wonderful installment in her Shelter Bay series.

Tech Sergeant Dillon Slater left his high stress job in the military as a bomb specialist for the quieter life in Shelter Bay. He teaches high school physics and is the basketball coach. Dillon has his work cut out with the team, that hadn't had a winning season in years. Seems a basketball phenom has just moved into the district and every thinks he is the answer to the teams prayers. That may be true but Dillon can't keep his mind off Matt's tempting mother.

Claire Templeton moved her teenage son from LA to Shelter bay hoping to keep him on the straight and narrow. She is hoping he will find the direction he so needs in his life. Claire hope that the basketball coach can be a positive influence on Matt but Dillon seems to be having a totally different effect on Claire. Dillon's charm and good looks are melting the walls Claire has around her heart.

As Matt is finding his way around a new school, his mom is spending more time with Dillon. Dillon's calm and steady influence is having an effect on both mother and son.

Claire and Dillon keep running into each other and a friendship develops. That friendship slowly grows into an attraction that neither can ignore.

Sea Glass Winter is a book that will stay in your heart and mind for a long time. The family and friends connection just makes a wonderful book even deeper. Claire and Dillon's relationship is built on more then just their physical connection, its deeper because of their respect for each other. It was really a treat for me to revisit past characters and to catch up with them. I can't remember when I have enjoyed a book and a series more then the Shelter Bay series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
Northwest author shows us what small town living is like in coastal Washington state.

Dillon Slater was a Tech sergeant who has spent time in Afghanistan defusing IED's. After his tour, he signed up with the Troops to Teachers program and recently started a job teaching high school physics and coaching the boys basketball team in the idyllic town of Shelter Bay, Washington.

Claire Templeton is a jewelry designer who lived in Beverly Hills until recently, and is now a citizen of Shelter Bay. After her mother died her 15 year old son seemed to go through a troubled stage, so she picked up and they moved north.

Claire's son Matt was recently a star basketball player for his high school and is not happy with the move. He knows that the Shelter Bay team has had a losing season for many years. Matt may not be happy he is here, however the town is ecstatic, as they know all about the phenon who is moving to town.

As Claire and Matt settle into small town living, Dillon makes his presence known to both Claire and Matt; he is attracted to Claire and wants Matt to succeed. He also is very interested in the team and wants them to work together whether they win or lose, much to the dismay of the citizen's who want to win.

As the season progresses they have some success and some failures which results in the team doing exactly what Dillon wants, they start to mesh. Dillon and Claire also grow closer, even though she fights her attraction; Dillon is a determined man who always gets what he wants.

This is an engaging fun light romance centering on small town living where people often help fight your battles and share your successes. This is the 5th in a series and can be read as a stand-alone however since it is a small town, characters from other books reappear and share their continuing lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
Claire Templeton and her son Matt moved from the bright lights and shining stars of L.A. to the small town of Shelter Bay, Oregon to start over when Matt got into some trouble in school. Matt is a basketball phenom, and the town's looking forward to him taking their losing team to a championship. Dillon Slater was an ordnance disposal specialist in the military before he became a high school physics teacher and basketball coach in Shelter Bay. Matt's having trouble adjusting, and Claire is determined to not fall for Dillon, but Dillon has other ideas. He's used to getting what he wants, and what he wants, is Claire.

I was wary of starting the Shelter Bay series with book five, but I didn't feel I missed a beat. While the main protagonists are Dillon, Claire, and Matt, secondary characters fill the gaps, and I felt like just the right amount of back-story was given on each to make their stories complete. Joanne Ross provides a lot of fact with this heart-warming, fictional story. I got a few history lessons, learned about glass making, the dangers ordnance disposal specialists face, and indulged in one of my favorite subjects, basketball, to name a few. Sea Glass Winter is a down-to-earth adult romance that also has a teen's perspective on respect, responsibility, and first love. Matt and Aimee's story would be a wonderful Shelter Bay novel. They are endearing characters, and I'd love to read about them later on in their lives. (Assuming they end up together!) Sea Glass Winter is a satisfying, heartfelt read.

Nannette for Joyfully Reviewed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
I enjoyed this book, and only realized I'd read another in this series when I was two or three chapters along. This book is about the challenges faced by a single mom and her teenaged son when they move from LA to a small town on the Oregon Coast. Each has to learn to fit in as they make new friends and begin to make a new life for themselves and find their places in an close-knit community. The son has conflicts with the established pecking order when he is the youngest player to make the varsity basketball team. The mom has to step up to the task of turning her art glass creations into a viable way to earn her living. The characters are wholesome, and their problems believable. I liked them, and liked the book. I'll look for another in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
Sea Glass Winter is centered around small town life, and readers are taken to a place where neighbors are friends and friends are like family. Life in this quaint, close-knit community is a delight to experience in this heartwarming, romantic, and sexy story. Fans of Ms. Ross's "Shelter Bay" series are in for a treat with this installment, and those who've not tried the series but enjoy contemporary romance, are also sure to be pleased!
Mallory Lane at Affaire de Coeur
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2013
I got to admit Ms. Ross's Shelter Bay is a must read for me each time there is a new release in the series. In this new installment, we meet some new faces in Shelter Bay as well as revisit some old ones which is what I love the most about the series. The story of Dillon, Claire and by extension her son, Matt was wonderful, heartwarming and emotional. The romance between Dillon and Claire was sweet and enjoyable. I look forward to more Shelter Bay stories in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
This book enthralled me!!! I couldn't put it down! It had such a great story line, romance and real life! I have read the other books in this series and it was nice to catch up with previous characters! I can't wait to see how these ones are doing in a few months! Dillon and Claire are menat to be together, but can Claire admit this and make it work? Read this book and find out! Shelter Bay is a place I would absolutely love to be!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
love JoAnn Ross I have read as many of her books as I can keep up with as they come out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
When I began the novel, I was really taken in by its premise and its characters. The main character's occupation as a jewelry designer was interesting and her son's love of basketball, a sport I really enjoy, made for a wonderful beginning to the book. It seemed as though it would be an enjoyable read but about a third of the way in, it started to sound like every other "romance" novel I've ever read. The characters seemed like stock personalities, the plot line was predictable and the description of the blossoming romances among the characters was awkward. I completely lost interest in the book and, truthfully, didn't finish it.
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