Book Review: M/M ~ Shelter by Ashley John ~ (5 Star Book Review)
Author: Ashley John
Release Date: October 11, 2015
Length: 312 pages
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Fresh from his fourth stint in rehab, Elias James doesn’t have much to live for. His relationship with his family has never been so strained and with no real life of his own, he has nothing to live for. His overachieving twin sister and his ruthless mother's political success as Mayor of Havenmoore has left him empty. Getting high started as an act of rebellion but the addiction soon controlled his every waking moment.
Aspiring writer, Caden Walker, thought he had the perfect life until he discovered his boyfriend in bed with his best friend. Leaving everything behind in New York, he returns to Havenmoore to re-evaluate his life from his parent’s guest bedroom. When his mom offers him a job working for the charity she runs, helping people struggling with addiction, he’s not in a position to turn it down.
Caden never expected to find what he did, but when he is assigned to work with Elias, a reluctant attraction quickly blossoms into something deeper. Can Elias find in Caden the one thing he’s always searched for or will his addiction drag him under once again? Is Caden ready to let go of his New York dream to take a chance on something unexpected? Both men are faced with difficult times of change, but can they make it through the storm to find the shelter?
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
My thoughts on this book are, it was different, yet similar compared to what I'm used to from Ashley. Different in that most of the time the romance doesn't happen until the very end of the story. The main characters of Ashley's books usually spend most of the story running from one another. I was happily surprised to see Caden and Elias' sparks fly quite quickly. And sparks there were, actually more like explosions. These guys were HOT together, and the chemistry was electrical. I loved that both these men were sweet, loving and supportive of one another.
I will be honest and say, when I read the synopsis I was expecting a dark and gritty read. I sat down ready to have my stomach in knots. I was waiting for an angst filled, heart pounding read. What I got was a kind of light and fluffy read, especially compared to what I'm used to from Ashley. It had angst, just not "Ashley angst". Don't get me wrong, it was an amazing read, just surprising.
Yet this book was similar, in that it takes place in small town USA, with the angst coming from small town politics.
This was a great read with well developed characters. Like all the rest of Ashley's books, this was well written and flowed well. The characters were likable, and you couldn't help but root for them, and there was even some steamy sex along the way. Another 5 star read from the highly talented young man!
About The Author:
Ashley John is a young gay author of gay romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiance and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you're living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.
Find ashley john at ashleyjohn.co.uk
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