Book Review: Shelter Me by Allyson Charles

With a successful veterinary practice and a big, close-knit family up in each other’s business, the last thing Sarah Martineau wants is a new relationship. Her work, the non-profit she’s launching to save Shelter Bay’s feral cats, and a burgeoning relationship with her biological father keep her busy enough. Dating is the farthest thing from her mind.

Until she meets James. He’s blunt, bossy, and won’t be around long. He gets under her skin faster than a dog sniffs out cheese. He’s wrong for her in every way…but he makes her think maybe she doesn’t want to be right.

James Marshall wants to be anywhere but California’s Lost Coast looking after his sick father. The man wasn’t there for him growing up, and only duty brings James here to help him convalesce. The only thing interesting in Shelter Bay is the sweet little vet, and James is determined to make their time together count.

But with three fathers cramping their style, finding time for romance isn’t easy. Add in an eccentric local activist trying to sabotage her cat rescue and a built-in expiration date to their relationship, and this romance might be over before it’s even begun.

But when they get news that changes everything, will tragedy bring Sarah and James together, or drive them farther apart?
I really enjoy reading books by Allyson Charles. She writes small-town romances well. I really enjoy her characters. She puts a lot of humor, love, and sexiness into her books and you will want to read them all. 

You'll really like Sarah. She shows you that no matter how smart you are you can have a blind spot. For Sarah, it's her finances. She has big trouble keeping her money. She is too nice for her own good even when it ends up harming her. She wants to make both of her fathers happy and to be real she only owes one of them anything. One was there for her the other not so much. 

James is a likable guy even though he's a bit uptight. Sarah needs to financially help others drives James crazy. He knows she wants to start a non-profit but also knows that the way things are going she's not going to be able to do it. 

These two are fun to read about and I enjoyed the way they fell in love. It takes them a bit to figure out what is important to each other but they finally do. 


  1. I think I have seen Allyson Charles around, glad this turned out to be such a solid small town romance for you!


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