Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: One Summer - 2nd in the Shelter Bay series
Author: JoAnn Ross
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Shelter Bay
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
JoAnn's Website/Blog: www.joannross.com
Shelter Bay is a beautiful town by the shore where everyone knows everyone and life is calm, relaxing, and beyond enjoyable. One morning, a man by the name of Gabriel St. James is standing staring at a huge wedding crowd. This is a man who is a retired Marine and is known for his amazing work as a war photojournalist - a man who has won a Pulitzer Prize and is known for living the life of a loner. He is a guest at the wedding because he promised one of his Marine buddies that he would take the ultimate snapshots of his wedding (Semper Fi). And once the "job" is over with, Gabe will hit the road and finish his project - a book of photos of the United States.
At the wedding, Gabriel runs into a beautiful woman by the name of Charity. Charity is a local veterinarian who takes care of the animals in Shelter Bay and finds homes for the orphans. Coming from Chicago, Charity ran out on a wedding ten minutes before it was about to occur, abandoning her future with a Forbes Magazine "Most Eligible Bachelor." Charity has a big heart, but she comes from a serial-marrying mother and has had many, many stepfathers along the way…so, suffice to say, marriage just isn’t something she believes in anymore.
When she meets up with the cynical Gabriel, who likes to be left alone and travel cross-country in his motor home, Charity feels the passion stir inside her soul. In fact, they each know in their hearts that the other one is truly dangerous, and they try desperately to stay away from each other. When a small puppy is abandoned on the road and Gabriel saves the poor abused dog, he takes it to Charity for her to cure and find the animal a home. What Gabe doesn’t realize is that his life is about to be turned upside down - the sworn loner is about to fall head-first into responsibilities he never thought he would have.
Add in a young man who has lived in foster homes forever, who heads to Shelter Bay for the summer to reunite with his little sister; as well as a woman named Adele who is suffering from a case of dementia, and this story becomes a plot that involves everything from love, kindness, fear, friendship, and souls who want nothing more than to live each and every day to the fullest.
JoAnn Ross’s "Shelter Bay" is truly lovely. The romances are unforgettable, and the location, itself, is absolutely the place you want to live. I, for one, want nothing more than to live in the sunny yellow with white trim Victorian, where Charity has her veterinarian practice. I want to have a coconut-lemon cupcake from "Take the Cake," and be greeted by a Great Pyrenees named Peanut. In essence, Charity has the life that people long for, and when Gabriel St. James becomes a part of it, this story turns from a dream into sheer and utter perfection. My advice? Race to Shelter Bay as fast as possible. You won’t be disappointed.
Until next time, Amy
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