Series: Badge of Honor #7
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Justice for Boone, Shelter for Sophie, Justice for Erin, Justice for Milena, Shelter for Blythe
Also by this author: Protecting Cheyenne (SEAL of Protection #5), Justice for Mackenzie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #1), Protecting the Future, Rescuing Rayne, Justice for Corrie, Shelter for Elizabeth, Rescuing Emily, Justice for Boone, Rescuing Harley, Marrying Emily, Claiming Grace, Rescuing Kassie, Protecting Kiera, Claiming Alexis, Shelter for Sophie, Rescuing Bryn, Justice for Erin, Claiming Bailey, Rescuing Casey, Claiming Felicity, Justice for Milena, Rescuing Sadie , Rescuing Wendy, Shelter for Blythe, Defending Allye, Defending Chloe, Securing Caite, Defending Morgan, Rescuing Macie, Defending Harlow
Saddled with a job she hates and a detestable boss she likes even less, Adeline Reynolds could use a break. It doesn’t look like she’ll get one today. Her service dog, Coco, is alerting her she’s about to have an epileptic seizure—and her frustrated blind date has left her to deal on her own. Enter firefighter Dean Christopherson, who escorts her to the nearby fire station, where she can suffer through her ordeal safe from injury and prying eyes.
Dean—known as “Crash” to his friends—didn’t expect to find The One in a diner during his lunch break, but he’s blindsided by the beautiful, brave Adeline. She brings out his every protective instinct—along with the carnal ones. As they get to know each other, Dean’s feelings for Adeline grow fast, as does his irritation with her boss, whose behavior is suspicious at best.
As much as he wants to protect Adeline from the world, Crash has to tread carefully. His overprotectiveness could push her away…and leave her vulnerable to a man whose obsession has reached the boiling point.
Shelter for Adeline is book 7 in the series (I can’t believe there have already been that many!) but you really can read it as a stand alone. One thing I have really loved about this series is the imperfect characters. Stoker has written characters that are not without struggle and strife. In this case, Adeline is an epileptic whose seizures are becoming more frequent. She has a boss she hates on top of it. Dean/Crash is a firefighter/EMT and falls for Adeline right away. They struggle with the typical couple issues: jobs, jealousy, over protectiveness, independence, time, etc. The story is a fascinating look into the life of someone who struggles with severe epilepsy that I found so engaging. You get insights into daily activities that people with various different struggles face (taking your service dog into a restaurant) Stoker has written books previously (in this series) that have tackled agoraphobia, blindness, and domestic abuse when the man is the victim.
Stoker’s stories are very character driven. While there is some suspense created by this ‘unknown’ person who is obsessed with Adeline, that is not the main plot of the story. I say ‘unknown’ because I (and I think most people) will figure it out very quickly, and even then, Stoker makes it clear maybe 1/2 way through the story. So, this isn’t a romantic suspense book in my opinion. If you like your contemporary romance to have strong characters that are very well developed, this series, and Shelter for Adeline, is something you need to add to your TBR.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: Honestly, I am not sure there is one…
- Triggers: none
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, no epilogue « Hide Spoiler