Saddled with a job she hates and a detestable boss she likes even less, Adeline Reynolds could use a break. It doesn’t look like she’ll get one today. Her service dog, Coco, is alerting her she’s about to have an epileptic seizure—and her frustrated blind date has left her to deal on her own. Enter firefighter Dean Christopherson, who escorts her to the nearby fire station, where she can suffer through her ordeal safe from injury and prying eyes.
Dean—known as “Crash” to his friends—didn’t expect to find The One in a diner during his lunch break, but he’s blindsided by the beautiful, brave Adeline. She brings out his every protective instinct—along with the carnal ones. As they get to know each other, Dean’s feelings for Adeline grow fast, as does his irritation with her boss, whose behavior is suspicious at best.
As much as he wants to protect Adeline from the world, Crash has to tread carefully. His overprotectiveness could push her away…and leave her vulnerable to a man whose obsession has reached the boiling point.
Fortunately Dean aka Crash a paramedic from Firehouse 7 is there. He doesn’t think twice about it and brings her across the street to the firehouse. I fell in love right then, but even more in this scene after her seizure.
“Stay,” Crash immediately protested. “At least for a while.”
“I’m really all right,” Adeline said softly. “Unfortunately, I’m used to the seizures and they don’t wreck me like they used to.”
Crash sat on the couch next to her. He felt exactly like he did the first time he’d asked a girl out in the seventh grade. Nervous and hopeful at the same time. “It’s not that, I…damn. Okay, if you’re sure.”
“What is it?” Adeline asked, looking concerned now. “Did something happen while I was out of it?”
“No,” Crash protested immediately. “Nothing like that… Are you seeing anyone?”
She looked taken aback at his question, but Crash was relieved when she answered immediately without looking away from him. “No. Why?”
“The guy at the diner wasn’t your boyfriend?”
Adeline wrinkled her nose adorably. “No. First—and last—date.”
“You never got to eat. Want to go back across the street and grab something…with me?”
“Are you asking me out?”
“Yes. Obviously very badly, since you have to clarify,” he said sheepishly.
“Oh…well…you don’t have to babysit me. I’m okay. Honest.”
“I don’t want to babysit you,” he said immediately.
The fact of the matter was he did want to keep his eye on her for a while to make sure she was okay after the seizure. But it wasn’t just that. He was nervous…which was out of character for him. Asking women out usually didn’t faze him. But for some reason, Adeline had gotten to him.
“I’d like to get to know you,” he told her honestly. “And you have to be hungry.” He added the last bit to try to cajole her.
“You don’t care that I have epilepsy?”
“Or that I have a dog?”
“No. I love dogs.”
She considered him for a long moment, then finally nodded. “Okay. Then yes, I’d like to have lunch with you.”
“Thank God,” Crash breathed out and pantomimed wiping sweat from his brow.
Crash stood and held his hand out to her. “Lunch awaits.”
Taking his hand, she stood as well. He kept hold of hers as he led the way to the door. Feeling her small, smooth fingers around his as they walked made Crash smile. There was just something about her that made him feel as though he could do anything.
Maybe he was an idiot. Maybe Adeline was a horrible person. But as stupid as it seemed, for some reason, Crash felt as if he was taking the first steps toward his future.
Stoker, Susan. Shelter For Adeline (Kindle Locations 171-194).Kindle Edition.
As their relationship develops she meets his other teammates as well as the law enforcement friends from this series. Including Penelope and the wives that readers love so very much.
Adeline is looking for a new job, her boss is an arse who steals credit for everyone’s work. He’s always trying to get her to have lunch with him to discuss her ideas for his clients. She really dislikes him and tries to be pleasant. Dean hasn’t met him and doesn’t like him and I was with him in that opinion. I don’t know if I would have been as nice as Adeline.
Lots of love, compassion and some pretty steamy sex as we watch Dean and Adeline’s attraction become more. Love is never too quick to surface when the pairing is right.
As always there are situations that bring to light the issues faced when one has a disability. This one gives a glimpse of a few of those specific to service dogs.
We also get to know Roman aka Chief, in this one. I love this man, but Susan has someone picked out for him…as we find out at the end of this book.
Once you start reading be prepared to finish the book, you won’t want to put it down for anything.
5 Contented Purrs for Susan!
Coming August 2017
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.