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JoAnn Ross
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Moonshell Beach (Shelter Bay #4)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  766 ratings  ·  72 reviews
He no longer believed in anything.
But she believed in him.
J.T. Douchett has returned home to shut out the world and escape the memories that haunt him from his final mission as a Marine. When he reluctantly agrees to provide security for a town event, the last thing he expects is to experience unbidden feelings for Irish movie star Mary Joyce. Mary has surprised everyone
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Signet Book (first published January 1st 2012)
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Anne OK

Between 2.5 and 3 Stars

The little engine is losing its steam. What started out as a promising series has suddenly taken a nosedive in my opinion. I really expected and hoped that the latest addition to the “Shelter Bay” books would be the best of the rest. However, J.T. and Mary’s story didn’t live up to those expectations.

My biggest problem with this installment is that the romance is mediocre and bland. The chemistry just doesn’t provide enough reaction for a believable and
I haven't enjoyed this series by this author much, I just haven't felt the romance that much, it has been way too mellow & this book seemed to go on and on about past characters and series of this author, so much so it felt like information dump and then there were way too many movie and surrounding discussion which felt extraneous to the story.

JT is a former marine whose time as a casualty notification officer drained him and even back at home he can't connect. The heroine Mary is a famous
This is a light hearted book about an ex-Marine who needs to get his life in order named J.T.Douchett and a screenwriter and actress named Mary Joyce who wants to get back to a simpler life. They meet at a film festival in the little town Jt grew up in and it is the sister city to The small Irish village that Mary Joyce grew up in. It is a great story of family,loss,and the great love that a couple can find without even trying. I recommend to all who love to read about Irish folklore and the hea ...more
I've been burned out on small town contemporary romance for a couple months, but Ross's novels are so well done I can't help but gobble them up. The heroine of this book is Mary Joyce, who was first introduced as a goth teen in the Castlelough trilogy. I don't think it's necessary to read that trilogy before reading this book, though it was fun having the two intermix.

Excellent book. JT is back home and still trying to escape the effects of his last job as a Marine. He isn't thrilled when Kara asks him to provide security for Mary Joyce, but he does it. He wasn't expecting to be attracted to her and did his best to ignore the feelings. Mary is in Shelter Bay, sister city to her Irish town, to participate in their film festival. She has been seeing JT in her dreams for several nights, and is stunned to see him in the flesh. As a writer she senses his inner tur ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Even the beauty of Shelter Bay cannot dispel the black cloud hanging over J.T. Douchett’s head. He has come home to regroup and come to grips with the grief he has delivered to those left behind.

Storytelling is as much a part of Mary Joyce as her Irish soul. Her ability to get those stories on the big screen has made her a star, which means she is often far from the home she loves.

J.T. is having a hard enough time shaking off the depression of his last duty as a Marine, so the last thing he need
Susannah Carleton
A 4 1/2 star book, and characters you'll love and root for. J.T. Douchett has returned to his hometown of Shelter Bay after leaving the Marines. His last assignment was emotionally draining, and he's numb. The only things that seem to break through the numbness are running and drinking, so he's been doing a lot of both. His brothers' attempt at intervention ends with them throwing him in the bay to sober him up; the sheriff, his future sister-in-law, has another idea: he will provide security fo ...more
I feel like I waited forever for this one.

Mary Joyce started our writing her selkie books because she needed to tell the stories. Coming from a long line of storytellers in the old Irish tradition she sought to carry it on through her writing. When her books began to be made into movies, it only made sense the lovely Irish actress would play the part of the Selkie queen. Now, a famous Hollywood actress Mary longs for the simpler days but if this is how she must teller her stories, she will. Whe
Annette Mardis
Shelter Bay, Oregon is like so many women's fiction-inspired towns: The locals -- family and friends -- are in each other's business, mostly in a good way; love flows as freely as the tap water; and strangers end up seamlessly woven into the fabric of the society.

In this fourth installment of JoAnn Ross' latest contemporary romance series, the youngest Douchett brother, J.T., has come home to Shelter Bay to try to shut out the sorrowful memories of his last assignment with the Marines. His broo
I love the Shelter Bay setting. Although I loved the story and the writing, there were a couple things that bothered me just a little.

JT was a really well done character. I wish Ross had explored him not feeling like a ghost anymore. That piece of his character was so well done, I'd have liked to see him share that with Mary Joyce. Instead, we get it all from her perspective, as she intuits his feelings. I loved her character in the Castlelough books and was excited this was her story. I though
Marcia Berg Haskell
"He no longer believed in anything.
But she believed in him.

J.T. Douchett has returned home to shut out the world and escape the memories that haunt him from his final mission as a Marine. When he reluctantly agrees to provide security for a town event, the last thing he expects is to experience unbidden feelings for Irish movie star Mary Joyce. Mary has surprised everyone—including herself—by accepting an invitation to a film festival in Shelter Bay. The Oregon coastal town immediately charms he
Moonshell Beach is the fourth Shelter Bay novel by JoAnn Ross. Sax Douchett's brother, JT, has retired from the marines and is kind of lost. His last assignment was delivering the news to families that their loved ones had been killed. His future sister in law, the sheriff, Kara, asks JT to be a body guard to Mary, a famous actress/film screenwriter that is coming to Shelter Bay to show part of her new movie. JT tries to be aloof but there's just something about Mary. She had also had premonitio ...more
I liked this book. It wasn't what I expected. For those who have read the whole Shelter Bay series, it is a homecoming, with updates of MANY of the people in the town. A lingering storyline is tied up, another one is continued, there is set up for future characters and we see a lot of the town people, mostly through their interactions with famous movie stay Mary Joyce who visits the town for a film festival. There is a theme of enduring love that ties together all the characters and relates to t ...more
I don’t know what it was, but I just absolutely fell in love with this story. I think because my heart went out to J.T. His last post with the military was hard, probably the hardest job you could have while serving. I could feel the pain he carried around with him every day and I loved how gruff that made him. Mary was adorable. I tried to read all of her lines with an Irish accent but I think I need to brush up on that. Even those these two didn’t really have much romance until almost 200 page ...more
Julie Barrett
Moonshell Beach by Joann Ross
Mary Joyce agrees to star in the Shelter Bay annual film show. She's an Irish actress.
JT Duchette is back from the war and is back home. He will provide security for the town event.
She has visions and many have come true. Her latest is of a warrior in a uniform...
Love catching up with the latest on the folks in the town. Love this series, it's so down to earth and inviting...
Story also concentrates on Cara, the sheriff and JT's brother Zeke who are to be married, soo
13/06 - Not nearly as good as the other Shelter Bay books. The story didn't focus on JT and Mary's story enough, there was too much time spent on wrapping up previous couples' stories and creating the beginning of new ones for future books. The romance was disappointing, not long enough and not particularly interesting. It was like Ross wasn't all that interested in writing the two very short scenes, like they were throwaway scenes - it's a romance book so it has to have a romance scene, doesn't ...more
Donna Nuce
Jun 17, 2014 Donna Nuce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: JoAnn Ross blog
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JoAnn Ross writes great feel-good romance novels. Many of her characters are returning military dealing with issues that are true to life for returning deployed military personnel. Her descriptions of the Oregon coast make we want to take a trip there.
Another wonderful addition to the Shelter Bay series. We first met Mary Joyce in JoAnn’s “A Woman’s Heart” back in 1998. This is Mary and J.T. Douchett’s story. As the attraction unfolds between these two you can’t help but cheer them on. Big, gruff marine and the firey Irish lass! It was also wonderful to revisit Mary’s family in Ireland, even though it was for a sad occasion. And having the characters from her High Risk series appear in the story for Sax & Kara’s wedding was icing on the c ...more
My wife suggested that I read this to see why she enjoyed them. And I did like this enough that I want to read the other ones in the series. Nice, light summer reading. The end wrapped things up a little too quickly, I thought. I felt like there was a lot of 'short-handing' going on. The author assuming the reader is now there with her and will let her do anything. It felt a little forced, and therefore shallow. Like the author was up against a deadline and a word-count limit. Nevertheless, havi ...more
J.T. Douchett is back in Shelter Bay, Oregon, where his family has lived for years. J.T. is still trying to find what he will do after his stints in the Marines. His last assignment as an officer giving bad news to military families still has J.T. undecided what to do with his life after the military. His older brothers, Cole and Sax, who are both former military men, are married or soon will be married and they keep telling J.T. to find a girl to settle down with. Sax's fiance Kara is sheriff a ...more
Joy Carter
Another good Shelter Bay romance. I think Mary and J.T. might be my favorite characters so far. I enjoyed reading about them.
And wouldn't I be I glad I'm almost done? Ugh. Repetive much?
♥ Nell ♥
A good romance. Loved the recurring characters.
charming and filled with stories within stories
Jesse Hayworth
This was a fun, engaging read for me. I enjoyed the details about the heroine's glass art and her relationship with her son and the hero. Ms. Ross wove the basketball details in nicely, making the hero fun to read even though I'm not really big on the whole 'live and die by high school sports' idea. This one is a solid four stars for me, missing higher only because I would have liked to see more of the hero and heroine, and a little less of the subplots.
J.T.'s and Mary's story was a good read but really nothing fantastic. I found it disconcerting that snippets of Phoebe/Ethan were inserted in this story line but they felt sorta out of place. As with all of Ross's books, I get into the story and can hardly wait to find out how the lives of the characters evolve. There were several character lines that got a closing in this book. As always, I am anticipating the next book!
I found this story fairly bland and boring. Beyond the fact that I didn't even really see the romance between J.T. and Mary, I was incredibly annoyed to read pages about secondary characters like Kara picking out a wedding dress or Sax doing something or whatever. It took away from the main characters' story and really made me want to skim to get to the end of the book.
JoAnn didn't let me down with this book....Moonshell Beach rekindles love once found in dreams...and shows you that even though you feel that your dreams are real, in reality dreams do come true. It's a must read in the series...and she also bring in the characters of the past books so help you to continue on in their journey as well.
D.B. Reynolds
Moonshell Beach continues the story of a small town with an amazing number of gorgeous military veterans living there! Where is this place anyway? :) JoAnn Ross tells a lively and loving story. This is perhaps the least turbulent of the Shelter Bay stories thus far, but I enjoyed the story and especially Ross's writing.
I really liked this book alot, been reading this series and another good book to read this summer. I like Joann Ross's book's for they are about marines's or special op's and she tells a story about family and you just fall in love with the characters. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross has written around a hundred novels for a bunch of publishers. Two of her titles have been excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine and her books have also been published by the Doubleday, Rhapsody, Literary Guild, and Mystery Guild book clubs.

A member of the Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll of best-selling authors, she's won several awards, including
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