Sea Glass Winter (Shelter Bay Series #5)

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He was used to getting what he wanted. And what he wanted was her.

As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, Dillon Slater had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Now, he’s enjoying the pace of life in Shelter Bay, where he teaches high school physics. He still gets to blow things up, but as the school basketball coach he also gets to impart leadership skills. His latest minefield: fifteen-year-old Matt Templeton—and Matt’s ...

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Overview

He was used to getting what he wanted. And what he wanted was her.

As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, Dillon Slater had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Now, he’s enjoying the pace of life in Shelter Bay, where he teaches high school physics. He still gets to blow things up, but as the school basketball coach he also gets to impart leadership skills. His latest minefield: fifteen-year-old Matt Templeton—and Matt’s irresistible mother…

Claire Templeton moved her troubled teenage son to the small town of Shelter Bay to escape the bad influences at his school in L.A. But when his attitude earns her a visit from the handsome basketball coach, she wonders if this role model might be too much of a temptation—for her. Because though she isn’t looking for a relationship, she can’t seem to resist Dillon’s playful charm. But what she doesn’t realize is that Dillon isn’t playing games—he’s playing for keeps…  

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Dillon Slater is retired from the military and now a high school science teacher and basketball coach who loves his work. His latest challenge, though, is Matt Templeton, a petulant basketball star recently arrived from Los Angeles and totally resentful of being in Oregon. Yet Matt's mother, glass artist and jewelry designer Claire Templeton, knew the move was necessary, and she is determined to make things work. Smart, pretty, and concerned for her son, she attracts Dillon's interest, and although she resists, he interests her, too. VERDICT Beautifully descriptive and gently paced, this heart-warmer captures coastal small-town flavor perfectly and nails the high school vibe. A perfect read for a long winter's night. Ross (Moonshell Beach) lives on the slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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A fast-paced novel about romantic relationships, parent-child relationships and teacher-student relationships. In addition to demonstrating an impressive grasp of the psychology of these relationships, the author spices up the various stories with interesting facts gleaned from an impressive knowledge of the glass-blowing art, culinary arts, physics and the game of basketball, as well as the business of finding and defusing bombs in Afghanistan. She appears to have firsthand experience, or perhaps has listened carefully to people who have had firsthand experience, with every kind of highly specialized activity her characters perform. The primary story involves the romance between Claire Templeton, an artist and single mother of a budding basketball star, and Dillon Slater, an ex-Marine who returned from Afghanistan, entered a program called Troops to Teachers, and began teaching high school physics and coaching basketball. Woven into this main story are the equally interesting and authentic subsidiary stories of the women Claire meets in the small Oregon town of Shelter Bay, where she moves with her son from Los Angeles in order to remove him from bad influences there. One woman has escaped an abusive husband with the help of an underground group dedicated to helping battered women. Another character runs the no-kill shelter for dogs where Claire eventually adopts a couple of canine companions, much to her son's delight. The descriptions and dialogue seem absolutely real. The narrative voice has a humor and rhythm that is fun to read; the teenagers walk the walk and talk the talk of real teenagers, and the conversations among the adults are witty, kind and meaningful. Dillon Slater, who possesses a high level of ethics and intelligence and a completely charming humor, is easy to fall in love with.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451238931
  • Publisher: Signet Select
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Series: Shelter Bay Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 269,863
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JoAnn Ross lives with her husband and three rescued dogs in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    In Joann Ross' latest installment from Shelter Bay, readers of t

    In Joann Ross' latest installment from Shelter Bay, readers of the series will enjoy catching up with residents we met earlier and seeing some storylines come to completion. Unfortunately, this keeps our main characters from being as engaging as they could be. Much of the drama and conflict we've come to expect from characters finding their peace in Shelter Bay are missing.

    After meeting and loving soldiers fighting the demons from past battles (ghosts of fallen comrades, a frozen heart after too many death notifications, etc.) and women battling their own issues (an adulterous husband, forging new relationships with mothers), I expected more depth in Dillon's and Claire's back stories.

    Readers who already have spent time with Shelter Bay will enjoy catching up with old friends. Readers new to the series will find Sea Glass Winter a heartwarming romance, but should definitely read the first four books in the series before moving on.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    JoAnn Ross delivers another emotional journey in Sea Glass Winte

    JoAnn Ross delivers another emotional journey in Sea Glass Winter. A wonderful installment in her Shelter Bay series.

    Tech Sergeant Dillon Slater left his high stress job in the military as a bomb specialist for the quieter life in Shelter Bay. He teaches high school physics and is the basketball coach. Dillon has his work cut out with the team, that hadn’t had a winning season in years. Seems a basketball phenom has just moved into the district and every thinks he is the answer to the teams prayers. That may be true but Dillon can’t keep his mind off Matt’s tempting mother.

    Claire Templeton moved her teenage son from LA to Shelter bay hoping to keep him on the straight and narrow. She is hoping he will find the direction he so needs in his life. Claire hope that the basketball coach can be a positive influence on Matt but Dillon seems to be having a totally different effect on Claire. Dillon’s charm and good looks are melting the walls Claire has around her heart.

    As Matt is finding his way around a new school, his mom is spending more time with Dillon. Dillon’s calm and steady influence is having an effect on both mother and son.

    Claire and Dillon keep running into each other and a friendship develops. That friendship slowly grows into an attraction that neither can ignore.

    Sea Glass Winter is a book that will stay in your heart and mind for a long time. The family and friends connection just makes a wonderful book even deeper. Claire and Dillon’s relationship is built on more then just their physical connection, its deeper because of their respect for each other. It was really a treat for me to revisit past characters and to catch up with them. I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a book and a series more then the Shelter Bay series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    It all comes together

    As it does in any team sport, Dillion is determined to get a score. He goes after Claire like any man that is sunk and gets what he wants. Side point both Kara and Phoebe have their babies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Hoorah

    What a great series. Action, romance, suspense, even sex. Start with the firdt one, you will enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Great read

    Enjoyable book, can't wait for the next one!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Simbakit

    Meh

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    Posted February 18, 2013

    Spottedleaf and kits

    A tortiseshell she-cat with green eyes pads in. Beside her is a goen tabby with green eyes, a gray she-kit with purple eyes, a black tom with white spots and green eyes, a ginger tom with black stripes and a golden shekit with black spots." Im Spottedleaf. These r my kits, Simbakit, Cloudkit, Crowkit, Tigerkit, and Cheetahkit. May we join?"( do need rpers for Crowkit and Tigerkit. I rp Cheetahkit and Cloudkit. Someone else rps Simbakit.)

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Good read enjoyed the story

    Would read another by this aith

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    ok.

    exciting & ok at the same time!

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    To lilyfur

    Sure.

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