Shelter Me: A Shelter Novel (Shelter) by Stephanie Tyler #mf #review


There are ghosts in my past–ghosts I can’t recognize.

My painting heals me, but Lucas Caine has made me come alive. My past could take both those things away forever. What started out as an undeniable need to create was quickly turning into danger as my longing for memories fed the rough canvases I filled.

Falling for Lucas will force me to revisit my lost memories–and possibly lose myself, my art, and him in the process.

And now he has me skating the thin edge between desire and fear as I use a past I don’t remember to leverage a future I’m not sure I want.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Ruth's Reflections TAG

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the premise sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a try. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Both Ryn, the heroine, and Lucas, the hero, are strong and complex characters. They both have mysterious pasts that are really only hinted at throughout the book. Ryn doesn’t even remember most of her past, and Lucas is extremely tightlipped about his. Most of all, the chemistry between these two is hot, hot, hot. From the very first moment they meet each other, sparks fly.

Ryn is an intriguing mix of strong and vulnerable. She is an up-and-coming artist who struggles with panic attacks and feared she might be crazy yet she’s also surprisingly bad ass and isn’t afraid to defend herself with her fists or a blade choose one. Lucas is a dark and mysterious alpha male who is a security expert. Woven in the midst of their passionate relationship, there is the mystery of Ryn’s past and a possible stalker. Then there’s Lucas’s secretive career, and Ryn’s sleazy ex-boyfriend who used her life as material for his best-selling novel. The story skillfully lays out many threads and leaves the reader wanting answers.

Unfortunately, the book doesn’t deliver those answers. It ends very abruptly. It’s written in serial format which means the story continues throughout the series so that you do not get the entire story in any one book. That’s a very popular format for authors currently, but personally is not one I’m a fan of. I feel like a book should tell an entire story, not just break off in the middle with a cliffhanger like this one seems to do. If you don’t mind that format then you will enjoy this book. If you’re like me and would rather have the whole story, you might want to wait until the entire series is finished. It has a lot of potential, but as it stands right now, this story alone doesn’t deliver on all that potential.


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