Title: Shelter From the Storm
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: August 20, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, MM Romance
Length: 154 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
A healer and a warrior fight to survive the winter . . . and each other.
Grif is tired of life as a mercenary—tired of life, period. So he heads off into the mountains, not much caring whether he lives or dies. But when his indifference leaves him unconscious in a snowbank, a stranger finds him and insists on dragging him back from death.
Kiernan doesn’t really have time to nurse a stranger back to health; he’s on an important mission. He doesn’t know why the message he’s carrying is significant, but he’s determined to deliver it, even if it means risking his life in the winter mountains. Still, he can’t just walk away from a fellow traveler in need.
Grif didn’t want to be saved, and he sure as hell doesn’t want to be stuck with an annoying, naïve do-gooder. But since when do the mountains give men what they want? The snow is too deep to travel. Food is scarce. Grif and Kiernan learn to depend on each other, and eventually to care about each other. Neither of them wanted it to happen. But sometimes the mountains don’t give men what they want; sometimes, the mountains give men what they need.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This read to me as slice of (fantasy) life, part of bigger and all-encompassing story. It was fun, enjoyable, even heart-warming despite the freezing vibe throughout the story. But as much as I loved Grif and Kieran, the full story seemed to elude me.
“Shelter from the Storm” recounted the journey of Grif and Kiernan, two total strangers with contrary backgrounds, purposes, and personalities. A fantasy set in fictional Whitetooth Mountains on early Winter, the story followed the men’s first meeting (or as I first to say: finding) to their bickering the whole time they were trying to survive the Winter in the mountains and (then) fulfill their mission(s). Grif was an ass of the highest order (Kieran dubbed him as the Highly Annoying Man) yet turned out he had a soft spot for Kieran. Grif was forever tricking and provoking Kieran with outrageous statement or behavior, then doing something that ease the hurdle they faced while shouldering most of the hassle himself.
Now, I loved opposites attract and redeemed rake tropes as depicted by Grif and Kieran here. However, I felt this story was lack of full situation and closure on both men. I got bits and pieces from Grif’s and Kieran’s POVs when they thought back on their life, but not enough to fully comprehend it. Mostly, I just guessed or assumed. As I pointed out earlier, this made it as if the book was part of something more. I don’t know if there will be sequel to this book or not, as far as I know “Shelter from the Storm” is a standalone. I’m keen if the author write sequel/series following this, for sure.
To summarize, I enjoyed Grif’s and Kiernan’s adventures, their silly arguments, the gradual affection they had for each other but I just wish the story could be tweaked so that I could know more. All I can say to underline my thought is to quote what Kiernan told Grif.
”I’d never know. About Vin, and why he sent me on this mission. I’d never be sure exactly what he was thinking.”
Ditto, Kieran. And wouldn’t we want a story on that… *wink wink*
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.