The third in the romantic Rock Bay series …
Title: Finding Shelter
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Narrator: Tom Vilot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Justin Foster has 19 years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal. Logan O’Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn’t take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: It can also be home.
My View – Story:
Fans of M.J. O’Shea’s Rock Bay series are familiar with the lovely New England town, Rock Bay, where a small group of gay men have made a home and found love. Justin is the 19 year old cousin of one of the young men who works for Lex and Tally’s coffee shop. As the victim of his father’s vicious bigotry and physical abuse, Justin is a physically slight, beautiful, dark haired young man filled with fear and possessing an injured soul. He meets Logan, a large and heretofore hetero jock, who also works at the coffee shop. Justin and Logan like each other immediately, but Justin is initially fearful of Logan’s size and his physical similarity to past high school bullies. Over time, the two slowly become friends, and eventually roommates.
I like a story that allows characters to naturally get to know each other, and that lets the sexual tension between characters build, and O’Shea does so in this story. The attraction and sexual tension builds and builds, but the two don’t even acknowledge to each other their mutual attraction until well into the second half of the story. I am reminded of the scene in the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life when a man sitting on his porch shouts at a young George Bailey who is wooing Mary to “Just kiss her already!”
While the story line involving Justin’s abusive father ends rather abruptly (and somewhat unsatisfactorily for this reader), the love story between Justin and Logan is tender, sincere, and sexy. Their adoration of each other is delightful, and their sexual dance around each other (including their “just friends” cuddle session on the couch!) is enticing. The reader is left with the feeling that these two young men have found within each other a forever love and home.
Overall, this is a particularly lovely story of first love, with a “Gay for You” flavor that’s irresistible. Justin is such a damaged character, and the growth of his confidence and feeling of self-worth within the security of Logan’s love is both sweet and sexy. I recommend that anyone who has already enjoyed the earlier Rock Bay stories definitely read (and/or listen to) Finding Shelter. Others should read this series from the beginning, and discover why I always enjoy a visit to M.J. O’Shea’s Rock Bay.
My View – Narration:
One of the best indications of great narration for me is, while listening to the story, I become so engrossed in the story that I simply forget that someone is narrating the story I am listening to. Tom Vilot’s narration of Finding Shelter provides one of these experiences as he easily shifts between voicing individual characters, and reading the story. His characterizations are particularly lovely, with them seeming both age appropriate, and having easily distinguishable voices. Vilot’s narration enhances the experience of enjoying this story as an audiobook!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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