Sea Glass Winter
JoAnn Ross

Heat Level: Sensual

He was used to getting what he wanted. And what he wanted was her.

As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, Dillon Slater had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Now, he’s enjoying the pace of life in Shelter Bay, where he teaches high school physics. He still gets to blow things up, but as the school basketball coach he also gets to impart leadership skills. His latest minefield: fifteen-year-old Matt Templeton—and Matt’s irresistible mother…

Claire Templeton moved her troubled teenage son to the small town of Shelter Bay to escape the bad influences at his school in L.A. But when his attitude earns her a visit from the handsome basketball coach, she wonders if this role model might be too much of a temptation—for her. Because though she isn’t looking for a relationship, she can’t seem to resist Dillon’s playful charm. But what she doesn’t realize is that Dillon isn’t playing games—he’s playing for keeps…


Claire Templeton has recently lost her mother and now her teenage son is acting out in school. She decides a new start in Shelter Bay is the perfect way to bond with Matt and help him through this difficult stage. The one thing Matt still shows passion for is basketball. With the help of his new coach, Dillon Slater, Claire is determined to get Matt back on track.

Dillon Slater knows all about being a bad ass. He worked as an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) specialist in the military. Coaching and teaching the kids at the Shelter Bay High School is an easy task…except now Dillon is helping a troubled teen and he can’t stop thinking about the boy’s mother.

This story is seriously lacking in the romance department. At 50 % into the novel there is no real interest demonstrated. By this point in any book, I expect the main characters to have shown they are into one another or have been intimate. Even if there is no intimacy, there should be some sexual tension, etc.  Ross doesn’t do this until about 70% to 80%. At this point, I’ve forgotten about Claire and Dillon as a couple, but wanted to learn more about Claire’s son and the rest of the characters from the series’ previous books. Because I loved revisiting Shelter Bay and the other characters we have come to love. The author just doesn’t dedicate enough time to the main characters, Claire and Dillon.

The real highlight of Sea Glass Winter comes from reading about Matt’s growth. He starts off very angry and hurt. He is arrogant and struggling to fit in his new environment. He is paired up with the residential geek, Amy, and finds her to be charming even though she doesn’t fit in with the athletes and popular kids. Matt and Amy’s friendship is whole story in my opinion.

While I did enjoy this book, it is not my most favorite romance. For those who have read the previous books in this series, you will still enjoy reading Sea Glass Winter. I can’t wait to know what happens to Matt and Amy.

Reviewed by Samantha