Review: Taking Shelter by BJ Bentley
Let's just hit the ground running with this review, shall we? Noah and Emma Jean are absolute perfection. Their love story is far from perfect. But their devotion, commitment and hot as heck chemistry fills in all of the imperfections left behind from time and an awful husband. From start to finish, Taking Shelter took my breath away. I laughed, I cried. And I swooned. Hard.
Story Line: Emma Jean and Noah go back - way back. Like high school way back. He's her best friend Tally's (Medicine Wheel Book #1) older brother. Noah missed his chance to make Emma his all those years ago. And what happened? She married the schmuck he made his move first. Fast forward to present day and Emma Jean has left the beast. Trust me when I say this - beast isn't a strong enough word for the man she married. But, collective sigh of relief here, she's free. She's protected. And now it's time to heal. Physically as well as mentally. The things Emma went through are what scary movies are made of. It's every woman's worst nightmare come to life. Reading about what she endured is what brought on the waterworks. My heart felt like it was being squeezed to death. Seriously. Her previous home life was described with such detail and emotion, it was impossible not to feel like I was living Emma's life too. But Taking Shelter isn't just about this strong as Hades woman showing the world just how strong she is. No, it's about a second chance at true love. And THAT'S why Emma Jean and Noah's love story perfection.
Interaction: Oh Noah. Just saying his name has me swooning at my keyboard. Noah makes his feelings for Emma Jean clear from the get-go. But he has an underlying gentle element to his he-man personality. I guess what I'm trying to say is he's a big ol' teddy bear. He's tough, he takes change, gets what he wants, but when it comes to Emma Jean? Total softy. He knows after everything she has been through, he can't just jump into bed with her. But he also pretty much tells her they are going to be a "thing" whether she likes it or not. Now, before you say, wow that's pretty alpha, let me set the record straight. He tells her they're together - however, he then tells her they're going to take things as slow as she wants. See? Teddy Bear. Bottom line? Noah just made my top 5 favorite book boyfriends list.
Laundry: Obviously, Noah and Emma Jean don't get down and naughty on page 1. Their chemistry sizzles in this slow burn until they ignite like a dang forth of July show. Noah is everything you ever wanted in a book boyfriend. He knows when to be sweet and he knows when to be downright naughty. MMMMmmmm. So delicious.
Depth: Emma Jean's previous home life brings so much depth to their story. Even after walking away from her low life jack wagon of a husband, that pain he caused her doesn't just go away. It lingers in every sense of the word. Which then makes her healing process take even longer. Now, remember this is a country themed book, so Tally's horse farm is visited and a certain part of this book made my heart sing. BJ references Emma Jean going to the barn to visit - however for me it was so much more than that. Equine therapy is real and in college I was privileged enough to volunteer at two barns that offered it. I'm a firm believer in the healing powers of these magnificent 1000 pound animals. And I adored that Emma used animals in her healing process. It was beautiful.
There are so many reasons why you should read this book. Add it to your TBR now and make sure you pick it up on release day - 01/08/19!