Shelter for Adeline

Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes
Narrated by: Erin Mallon
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.6 out of 5 stars (492 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Susan Stoker (P)2017 Susan Stoker

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Love Adeline

Was so glad to see that the latest Susan Stoker book was finally released on audio! I have all of her books on kindle version as well as audio. I like to read the book as soon as it's released, then check for the audio version weeks later. To save money and credits, I normally wait until the price drops to $1.99. Today I happened to have an extra credit burning a hole in my account, so I grabbed Adeline the second I learned that it was available.

Like most of her female heroine's, Adeline is not perfect and meets her male hero in an unexpected way. It is another great Stoker book with the perfect amount of alpha man sexiness (fire fighter!) And good plot to lose yourself in for a couple hours. Hide from the kids if you are on the last few chapters and don't want to be interrupted.

I highly recommend that you read the books in order to get the maximum enjoyment.

Narrator does a good job reading the book and keeps the listener engaged. I tend to listen to Stoker's audio versions while doing stuff around the house or on long car/plane trips.

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I loved it!

Crash - aka Dean - is a man in the right place, at the right time. When Adeline who suffers from epilepsy is left in a tight spot when her blind date leaves her stranded minutes before dog, Cocoa, alerts her that a seizure is gonna hit.

From that moment on Adeline has a friend and a man that wants to know who she is, know all about her illness and a man that wants to take care of her. They have an instant connection that takes time to work itself out fully. As with any new dating prospect, Adeline is unsure at first. Though she is comfortable with Dean, she still worries.

His alpha male tendencies bother her at times but not enough to put her off. When things with her boss get to a place that is uncomfortable it's Dean and his friend and brother in arms, Chief who step in to help.

When the unthinkable happens Dean has to make a choice, one that puts him and Adeline on a different path in life. But, that's a good thing.

Happiness waits, if you know when and where to jump onto that train. Everything good in life is worth fighting for and Dean proves that with his actions, and his devotion to Adeline.

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Two Out of Three

I enjoyed two of the three main characters in Shelter for Adeline and particularly the first chapter when they all met in a café. Although the author is obviously talented, I thought the book needed an experienced editor to correct the inconsistencies

1. Coco the heroine's Lab service dog stole the show. Who doesn't love a canine who assists his "human" cope with a disability and gives unconditional love?

2. Sexy and good-hearted Dean (32), firefighter and paramedic, was a refreshing change from the sadistic, selfish alpha jerks so popular in recent romantic fiction. Dean was protective without being domineering, and sincerely liked & respected women.

3. While sympathetic to her medical condition, I thought Adeline (34) was an uneven and confusing character. She stood up to rude, bigoted restaurant employees (great scene) yet did not report her boss for sexual harassment and erratic, unprofessional behavior.

I am curious if the author's depiction of epilepsy is accurate. How could Adeline have a driver's license or never have a seizure at work? Why didn't Adeline have a medical alert bracelet or contact someone (friend/family) when Coco signaled an impending seizure, considering that she would be vulnerable to rape, robbery, etc..

Unfortunately, I was distracted by too many things that just didn't make sense, keeping me from enjoying this book as much as anticipated.

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LOVED

Wow! Such a great story about real people with real challenges. I love that Adeline wasn't the typical body and job. I love the Dean wasn't the answer to all of her challenges but her partner and support. Such a great story that made me tear up a bit too. And of course, Coco was the best!

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Love it

I love this book as well as the author and the series. This is an amazing series.

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Seriously???

Seriously, what is it with the women in these stories. Always biting their lip. In every story they bite the lip. 😕

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loved it

I really enjoyed that the audio the story taught me a lot about epilepsy that I didn't know and about service dogs as well as being a touching story and other characters from previous books. I recommend it. I went on to get the next book in the series. (a character who was very important in this book/audio even though it is standalone.

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Recommended

Another winner. I didn't think much of this series to begin with but it has gotten better and better as it has gone on. Dean & Adeline make a terrific couple. Erin Mallon did another fabulous job narrating.

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Five stars are not enough

Every time I read or listen to a Susan Stoker story, my wallet weeps. Well. How can I not get a hold of her books, both in e-book format and audio? This one, the story of Crash and Adeline, was another home-run for me, making me fall in love with another of her Alpha men and their women. Especially knowing that as usual, Susan Stoker brings another topic and center, and that is epilepsy. Every time this author shines a light on a particular subject, she makes it easier for us, her readers, to appreciate and understand life's little quirks and nuances. This time, she teaches us how we can help when we see someone having epileptic seizures, and what we can do to help them be as comfortable as they can during the event. She also tells us to respect service or guide dogs. Yes, they may be cute as heck, but they are there for a purpose, and that is to save their human's life. If we see someone with a service dog, let them be. Or, if we see someone distracting a service dog--let us do our part in educating them of the folly of doing so. Erin Mallon did a great job narrating Shelter for Adeline, and am eager to start her next narration of Sophie's story.

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Lovely

A romantic/sensitive alpha with a wicked sense of humor and a lover of dogs (a woman’s dream), throw in a crazy creepy bad guy and you have one suspenseful tale. A gentle & touching ending.

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  • Jane Lloyd
  • 06-02-17

Doesn't Everyone

Would you listen to Shelter for Adeline again? Why?

Yes - loved the story-line

What did you like best about this story?

Would love to have a man like that!

What does Erin Mallon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brings the book to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Loved it, I now want to know what Penelope's story is after returning home.

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  • TheNameless
  • 10-02-19

A great story

I absolutely loved Adeline and Crash. She's got the strength to stand up for herself and make her own way, not allowing her epilepsy or the ignorant hold her back, while he's so protective and caring that my heart melted. Coco was adorable and amazing; he really showcased the difference service dogs can make to someone's life.

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  • karen grave
  • 01-11-20

yet another great read

Ms Stokers writing and my taste just click . I really prefer the mission based stories over the domesttic stories. but I'll be reading a lot more. Erin mallon superb male voiceover. one of the best narrators ever