Title: Finding Shelter (Rock Bay #3)
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon
Length: 204 pages
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: A nice and heartwarming romance, but the gay for you part of it wasn’t quite believable.
Justin Foster has nineteen 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. And for the first time in his life, he finds himself captivated by a man—by Justin.
Justin is attracted to Logan too, but he’s also wary. Physically, Logan reminds him a bit too much of the closeted jerks who used to beat him up after school. But after one awkwardly amazing kiss, he’s smitten, despite how his past and insecurities continue to haunt him. Logan’s love, faith, and stubbornness are just what Justin needs to believe their love is worth fighting for.
This is the third book in the series. The previous books would give you background on the supporting characters, but this could be read as a stand alone.
In the past, Logan has always hovered in the background as Mason’s best friend. He was the guy who supported and defended Mason throughout high school and college. Anyway, his longtime girlfriend dumped him right at the end of the school year. He thought that was the girl he would marry, so he was devastated. He needed to get away from her and the life they had shared, so he picked up and moved in with Mason for the summer. He also got a temporary job, which he loves, working at Lex and Tally’s coffee shop. Not only does he love the work, he has also met some great people. The move, which was supposed to be temporary, is starting to feel like home.
Justin is Travis’s cousin, who moves into town to get away from his abusive father and indifferent mother. Travis works with Logan at the coffee shop and is really good friends with Tally and Lex. They’ve heard about Justin’s situation and want to help, so they offer him a job at the shop too. The basic connection throughout the series has been this fantastic group of friends. They look out for one another, but show their love through constantly teasing and giving each other a hard time. Relationships like that are comfortable for me, so I like reading about them.
Sparks fly the minute Justin and Logan meet, but neither of them know how to deal with it. Justin has never had any type of healthy relationship. Friendship is almost more than he can process at this point, so he is nowhere near ready to deal with a romantic relationship. He is terrified by his attraction to Logan and the vulnerability it brings on. Logan is surprised by his attraction to Justin. This is his first time he has ever had a crush on a guy, but that doesn’t phase him. His only concern is how to get closer to a very prickly Justin. Their initial interactions are awkward and uncomfortable for everyone. They have to work together, so they decide a tenuous friendship is the way to go.
This was my favorite book of the series. It was so close to being perfect, but I had one big issue with it. I had a really hard time believing that Logan could have gone his entire life without ever having the slightest inkling he might be attracted to men. I wasn’t buying it, and that hurt because I really like Logan. His easy acceptance of suddenly being gay never made sense to me. I had to just ignore that point and move on. I was able to enjoy the romance after that. The pace of their relationship was perfect. Justin was slow to warm up to strangers, but Logan was determined enough to stick it out. Seeing them tiptoeing around one another, afraid of pushing the other, was almost more than I could stand. How they could both be clueless to the other’s feelings for so long was beyond me! Logan has always been one of my favorites, so it was great to see someone appreciate him. Logan has been stuck in a nice guys finish last type of cycle, and I loved seeing finally get what he deserves.
I absolutely recommend Finding Shelter to fans of the series, but it would be a good read for anyone who can enjoy a bit of angst and doesn’t mind a gay for you romance.