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Review: Shelter Me by Mina Bennett

Shelter Me (New Adult Romance) - Mina Bennett

Release Date: October 10, 2013

Author: Mina Bennett

Genre: New Adult

Publisher: N/A

Rating: 3.5/5

Buy: Amazon


Summary via Goodreads:


He's the only thing she has left to believe in...

Marissa was the first person to break Jacob's heart. When they were children, she made it very clear that she wanted nothing to do with him. She didn't mean to, but her mother had ordered her to stay away from her Sunday school crush: "He's a nice boy - don't you ruin him." So she kept her feelings hidden, telling herself that no matter how sweet he seemed, he'd still end up turning on her, like everyone else did.

Jacob never loved anyone like he loved Marissa. He knows he should try to forget about her, especially now that he's engaged and she's happily married - or so everyone says. Even though they've grown and gone their separate ways, in their tightly-knit community, that still means seeing each other at every Sunday service, church picnic and backyard barbecue. He swears that her eyes still have that sad, haunted look, but he manages to keep his distance.

Until one night, when everything changes.

With Jacob's relationship in shambles and Marissa pushed to the breaking point, they're drawn together by an unstoppable force. Temptation is irresistible. Giving in is unthinkable. But it soon becomes clear that nothing - neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation - can keep them apart.

Upon reading the blurb I got really excited about reading this story. I love when friends fall in love and love seeing how it plays out in the plot. Also it sounded really ominous which intrigued me. Sadly, I feel like I was promised one story but instead got another. The main problem I had with this book was the pacing and the characters. 

I really liked Jacob. He was sweet and endearing. Seeing how much of a crush he had on Marissa was cute but I didn't feel any chemistry there. It made it hard to believe they where in love. They hardly interacted and when they did their scenes felt a little flat for me. 

I would have liked it if the author took some time to develop the relationship not only with Jacob and Marissa but Marissa and Mark as well. I also felt confused as to why Marissa is an outcast. Yes, she's quite and introverted but why was she considered an outcast?

Overall I liked the story but felt it would have been better with a little character development.

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