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Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review - Sea Glass Winter: A Shelter Bay Novel by 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…

I really enjoy JoAnn Ross' Shelter Bay series, and was so delighted to find this latest installment - Sea Glass Winter. 

With the story of the struggling high school basketball team (a sport I actually understand!) in the background, I really enjoyed the romance between glass artist/jewelry designer Claire and the high school basketball/former soldier Dillon. Plus JoAnn catches her readers up on the lives of the residents of Shelter Bay, who weave in and out of each other's lives like the good friends they all are.

I was also fascinated by the blown glass work that JoAnn describes throughout the book. Through her highly descriptive words, I almost felt like I was right there with Claire as she created her works of art.

If you like heartwarming contemporary romances, and especially serial romances, I highly suggest JoAnn Ross' Shelter Bay series, and Sea Glass Winter.  You'll be so glad you dropped in for a visit!

JoAnn press photo— Having worked in journalism and advertising before turning to fiction, New York Times best-selling author JoAnn Ross has written ninety-eight novels. So far.
— Currently writing for NAL Signet, her books have been published in 28 languages; a few of those foreign covers can be found on her diversions page. One romance novel cover in the mid-80s, for some inexplicable reason known only to the Japanese publisher's art director, featured nothing but trucks.

— JoAnn has had two novels excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine, which, she occasionally reminds her husband, makes her an official Cosmo Girl.

— Her first job, at age three, was skating in a roller skating follies in which her mother was a chorus line skater (sort of a Rockette on Wheels).

— Born in Santa Monica, she grew up in Oregon's ranching country, moved to the Arizona desert as a teenage bride (where she cried the entire first year because she was so homesick for the color green!) and is now blissfully settled in the rolling and oh-so-emerald foothills of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains with her two little rescued mix-breed dogs and her high school sweetheart husband, whom she married twice.

Be sure to check out JoAnn's website at www.joannross.com

I purchased this book for my personal library.  I was not compensated for my opinions.


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