Moonshell Beach by JoAnn Ross

Title: Moonshell Beach

Series: Shelter Bay bk 4

Author: JoAnn Beach

Genre: Contemporary

He no longer believed in anything.
But she believed in him.

J.T. Douchett has returned home to shut out the world and escape the memories from his final mission as a Marine that haunt him. When he reluctantly agrees to provide security for a town event, the last thing he expects is to experience unbidden feelings for Irish movie star Mary Joyce.

Mary has surprised everyone—including herself—by accepting an invitation to a film festival in Shelter Bay. The Oregon coastal town immediately charms her, and an even larger surprise is encountering the stoic man who could be everything she’s dreamed of.

As J.T. struggles to keep Mary at arm’s length, Mary reminds herself that she’s never been attracted to the strong, silent type. And having known so much sorrow, he’s wary of getting close to anyone. But in Shelter Bay, even the most strongly guarded heart is no match for love.

I absolutely love this book. It has everything I look for in a contemporary romance. A hero I wish to know in real life, a heroine who understands where the hero has been and instinctively gives him what he needs when he needs it without him knowing she’s doing it. Oh and a great cast of secondary characters.

J.T. had one of the hardest jobs in the Marines, that of being the one who had to let the families of fallen shoulders know that their loved one wasn’t coming home. By the time he got out, he was emotionally and mentally exhausted. The last thing he wants to do is play bodyguard to a movie star.

There is so much about this book that I love, that it’s hard to put all in a review. From the moment I started reading it I couldn’t put it down and wanted more of JT and Mary. The only thing I can say is that if  you love small towns, a fabulous hero and a heroine that is strong and knows who she is, with a great secondary cast you will love this book.

Oh there is also a secondary story line that is just as good as the main one, and I can’t wait to see how it is resolved.

Grade A

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