Series: Shelter Bay
Author: JoAnn Ross
He was used to getting what he wanted. And what he wanted was her.
As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, Dillon Slater had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Now, he’s enjoying the pace of life in Shelter Bay, where he teaches high school physics. He still gets to blow things up, but as the school basketball coach he also gets to impart leadership skills. His latest minefield: fifteen-year-old Matt Templeton—and Matt’s irresistible mother…
Claire Templeton moved her troubled teenage son to the small town of Shelter Bay to escape the bad influences at his school in L.A. But when his attitude earns her a visit from the handsome basketball coach, she wonders if this role model might be too much of a temptation—for her. Because though she isn’t looking for a relationship, she can’t seem to resist Dillon’s playful charm. But what she doesn’t realize is that Dillon isn’t playing games—he’s playing for keeps…
JoAnn Ross’s Shelter Bay is fast becoming one of my favorite series. One of the things I really enjoy about this series is that while each book has a central story and couple we get to catch up with the other couples in town who we’ve already met.
Claire and Dillon come from different worlds. Dillon comes from a large family, while Claire is an only child. Claire has lived a relatively easy life with the exception of having a child at 18, and raising him on her own. Dillon dismantled bombs (think the Hurt Locker) and is now a teacher. The one thing they do have in common is they both want to help her son Matt.
I loved the story between these two and how Claire was all about making sure that Matt came first. I also loved Dillon’s tenacity in having a relationship with Claire and Matt.
There was only one thing I wanted to see that I didn’t and that was the resolution to a couple of things regarding Matt I’m hoping that they’ll be resolved in a future book, much like Phoebe and Ethan’s story took place over several books.
This is a nice sweet romance, and everything I expect from JoAnn and her stories.