Shelter the Sea
Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends arent considered real adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be ...more
Today I took my kids to a hot springs. It was busy, on account of it being spring break, and there were kids everywhere laughing, running, splashing.
I had my Kindle with me in its awesome waterproof cover and was rereading parts of Shelter the Sea. I am very good at tuning out the world when I read. But there was one child I couldn't tune out. He was 7 or 8, hanging with a young man no older than 20 who I assume was his older brother or maybe an uncle (they looked alike).
The boy rocked. ...more
Carry the Ocean is a book that I can barely talk about without getting choked up. It had a deep, profound affect on me, and it changed my scope of romance novels and who romance novels can be about forever. It has a very special place in my heart, and I was... scared when I saw that a sequel was coming out with the same two MCs. One of my biggest pet peeves ever is when an ...more
3 stars for the story
It was ok, but i didn't feel the zing of book 1, it felt too political but that is just me.
Emmet and Jeremey will forever be on my best couple list.
I didn't have to shelter the sea. I had to find the way to let the sea shelter me.
As you can see below by my thoughts before reading, I had some reservations about this book. Based on the blurb, I was worried this was going to be all about politics and not enough about romance. Well, I'm here to tell you that I was right and wrong.
This book isn't A romance, but it is a book WITH romance.
The romance isn't the central plot of this book, but it is a key component.
Anyway. I do admit I think ...more
Damn, that was beautiful. First, I want to say thank you to Ms. Cullinan for not introducing relationship angst into Shelter the Sea. Emmet and Jeremey went through so much in Carry the Ocean that I was loathe to see them struggle like that again. But she didn't do that to us, or to Emmet and Jeremey, so thank you. Thank you.
While we definitely see Jeremey struggle with his anxiety and depression and Emmet struggle with how to best help him, Shelter the Sea is mostly a political story. ...more
A strong sequel showing just how much Emmet and Jeremey are tackling their challenges despite some setbacks but also with many wonderful wins.
Cullinan is typically never without a social message, so if you know that going in, this was no different. Admittedly, this was heavy handed at times, showcasing what is probably reality for many people who are not deemed normal, who have personal struggles and disabilities that make it difficult to live fully realized and fully deserved lives.
I was so excited about this follow-up story about Emmet and Jeremey, but I have to admit, I was also a bit worried. Book 1 left me with an amazing feeling when I was finished and I was a bit nervous this book would mess that up for me.
I shouldn't have worried though, because this book left me feeling even happier, than book 1 did.
Before I continue this review, I would like to point out, that this is not a stand-alone. You should read book 1 first and if you haven't, you are missing out big time ...more
Iggy Toma rocks this! He is fantastic, the narration is damn near perfect, and such an absolute joy to listen to.
Dual POV from Jeremey and Emmet, no messing with the established HEA, just more feels and more love.
I loved it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Audio review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
I do not disguise the fact the Carry the Ocean is one of my favorite books of all time. Emmet and Jeremey are two of the most ...more
I am so happy that I decided to read both Carry the Ocean and Shelter the Sea. Emmet and Jeremey are two people I will not soon forget.
I adored their love story. It was wonderfully simple. The barest form of love.
I was sadden a bit by the journey they had to take to be together, to live independently and to be surrounded by those who meant the world to them. But as things came full circle I was equally happy by what came to be. ❤
Life if a journey no matter who you are. One ...more
Tag Team review with Adam!
..there was a man named Emmett who loved a man named Jeremey. These two men had to fight the mean King who wanted to take away their home and their friends happiness. Even though everything seemed to be against ...more
so did my husband and he didn't even read it...not really. But I was so taken with this story that I did something I don't often do, I rambled perpetually about it to him and because he's patient and loves me, he sat and listened.
'Shelter the Sea' is Heidi Cullinan's follow up story to 'Carry the Ocean' and like 'Carry the Ocean' it's a story that is touching and burrows its way into your heart but it's also a story with such an important message...a message ...more
At first I was a bit scared it would be too political, because this story starts out with a lot of healthcare talk. But I was happy to see it was only at the start. The rest of this book was filled with so many emotional moments that I couldn't stop crying. I usually don't cry with my books, so the fact that this book moved me to tears several times really expresses how much I loved it, and what a wonderful writer Heidi Cullinan truly is.
In this Emmet and Jeremey have ...more
Carry the Ocean was my book of 2015, and Heidi's problems in bringing this sequel to her readers have been well documented, but at last it's here and it was worth the wait, although for me, not quite as good as its predecessor. Hardly surprising as CtO was such a stunning story and a huge success.
Yes I cried, yes I laughed (although not as much as with CtO), and chapter 16 just about wrecked me emotionally. I love Emmet to bits, and we now have some new Roosevelt Blues Brothers to fuss over. 4.5 ...more
I dont know about the rest of you but I get nervous whenever authors write sequels to stories I consider epic, outstanding, unforgettable etc. I bit my nails down to quick, nervous they may make a disastrous misstep and ruin these phenomenal characters that they created. That's kinda crazy when you think of it, Afterall; they created these awesome characters that I love right? So, who am I to question their brilliance when they thought up these guys? ...more
..Yep, had to go back to this one as well :)
Roosevelt Blues Brothers to the rescue
After reading this book I was honestly a bit disappointed. I had been looking forward to this book ever since I finished Carry the Ocean, but I feel like this was a bit of a let-down. Maybe thats just me having too high hopes who knows?
When reading Carry the Ocean I fell in love with Emmet, Jeremey and eventually I came around to liking David as well and couldnt wait to find out ...more
1) FUCK RJ King
2) I seriously do not understand how US of A is considered the "greatest nation on earth"?!
I cried a lot of tears in this one. The hope is still present in the end, and Emmet is probably one of my all-time favourite MCs.
But the struggles and the heartbreak, had me gripping my Kindle and cursing the callousness of big business.
Just... I love Emmet and Jeremey, and I cannot wait for David and Darren's stories (even if David's end up being MF... Shocker I know:-). ...more
A continuation of Emmet and Jeremy's story, this one focuses on the plan Emmet and his ...more
I've been waiting, hoping and wishing for this book for a long time. I loved Carry The Ocean and I couldn't wait to get to revisit Emmet and Jeremy. These two young men are so special and Heidi didn't disappoint with their follow-up story. Emmet and Jeremy are so different and they have such unique and distinct personalities and traits, and it just absolutely amazes me that both of these characters are written by just one author.
The love that Emmet and Jeremy share continues to grow ...more
This series is so important. This book is so important. This series gives you a glimpse into the way lives differ for those that dont fall under our screwed up umbrella of neurotypical. Not only is it eye opening and informative, but its a lot of fun as well.
When I read the first book in this series, I was really worried that is would portray mental illness and autism in a way that ...more
My son is autistic but he also suffers from severe anxiety, and Executive Function Disorder. That means his memory isn't good at all. There's a lot to say about it but that's not why I'm mentioning it in my review. I'm mentioning it because every day I see the struggles he faces and I see how ...more
Shelter the Sea is such a good follow up to Carry the Ocean. Loved seeing Emmett and Jeremey's love continue to grow.
This book was much lighter than book one. Not saying that the guys didn't have difficulties, but I am so ecstatic that Heidi didn't torture our guys apart to give us a story. This was a lot more realistic then book one if you want to say that. This book dealt with the difficulties of living with a mental illness. This was such an eye opener for people who don't seem to...more
Although I cannot say I've loved it as deeply and thoroughly as Carry the Ocean, it still made a very good impression on me and it felt like an important book, more political than the first in the issues it tackles (care for the disabled, the importance of a working and fair public health system, etc.).
To recycle an old way of saying from the 1960s, in Shelter the Sea 'the personal is ...more
They went through so much in Carry the Ocean to be with each other, to have that right to live their lives with each other. And though there were personal battles to fight here, it was amazing to see them support and love each other. They were strong together, and being so gave them courage to fight for others that couldn't fight for themselves. It was exciting and inspiring ...more
Heidi Cullinan, wow, Just Wow. I Literally don't even know what to say about this Amazing book... This book is so phenomenally well written, same as the first book "Carry The Ocean" you can tell how much effort was put into these books, and into making these characters who they are, and bringing them to life, and making Us feel so deeply for them and ...more