‘Shelter’ by Ashley John #LGBT #Review

Sam reviews ‘Shelter’ by Ashley John. Self Published on October 11th, 2015 and is 312 pages.

A complimentary copy was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.





Fresh from his fourth stint in rehab, Elias James doesn’t have much to live for. His relationship with his family has never been so strained and with no real life of his own, he has nothing to live for. His overachieving twin sister and his ruthless mother’s political success as Mayor of Havenmoore has left him empty. Getting high started as an act of rebellion but the addiction soon controlled his every waking moment.

Aspiring writer, Caden Walker, thought he had the perfect life until he discovered his boyfriend in bed with his best friend. Leaving everything behind in New York, he returns to Havenmoore to re-evaluate his life from his parent’s guest bedroom. When his mom offers him a job working for the charity she runs, helping people struggling with addiction, he’s not in a position to turn it down.

Caden never expected to find what he did, but when he is assigned to work with Elias, a reluctant attraction quickly blossoms into something deeper. Can Elias find in Caden the one thing he’s always searched for or will his addiction drag him under once again? Is Caden ready to let go of his New York dream to take a chance on something unexpected? Both men are faced with difficult times of change, but can they make it through the storm to find the shelter



This was such a great book about two men who are struggling in different ways. Elias is drug addict. As a teenager he started using cocaine as a way to cope with a family that basically shunned him his whole life. Eventually the drugs overtook his life. Elias has been in and out rehab multiple times. This last time it was court ordered or he’d face jail time. After completing the detox program he is released but has to complete an aftercare program. This is where he meets Caden.

Caden is a writer. He has recently moved back home from New York. He left the life he always wanted when he caught his fiancé cheating on him with his best friend. Not sure how to move on from the last several years he take a job his mother offers to counsel recovering drug addicts till he can find something else or find the desire to continue writing.

When Caden shows up at Elias apartment to start his aftercare counseling both men were thrown off-balance. The attraction is instant but they both know it’s nothing that can be acted on. It doesn’t take long for a bond to form between them and lines to be crossed.

Could they each be what the other needs to make them feel whole?  What will happen when others try to interfere in their lives? Will they be strong enough to make it?

I really enjoyed reading about Elias and Caden’s journey to find themselves and each other.   My heart broke for what Elias endured all his life.  Then to eventually see the joy he was able to find once he met Caden, was amazing to watch unfold.  The support and healing wasn’t one-sided, Elias was able to help Caden understand what true love felt like and that what he had before was dull in comparison. Even though their story is a standalone, I hated for it to end.  I hope that maybe sometime in the future we will get to see how their journey continues on.

Shelter may be the first book I have read by Ashley John but it will not be my last.  I can’t wait to experience what other amazing books he has written.

pot of gold

10/10 Pots of Gold

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Ashley John is a 21 year old author, from the North of England. His writing journey started in June 2014, when he left his job at McDonalds to write and self-publish his first novella, The Secret. The Secret quickly went to the top of the Gay Novella chart on both sides of the Atlantic, cementing Ashley John’s place in the genre. Two more novellas followed after The Secret (The Truth and The Fight), forming the popular George & Harvey trilogy.

His writing grew from strength to strength and his honest and passionate style developed with each book he published. Lost & Found, his first full length novel, was self-published in September 2014, making it to the top of the UK Gay Romance charts (and the top 5 in the US). Lost & Found was to become the first book in the Surf Bay series, the series most of his fans know and love him for.

He writes romance as it is in real life. Difficult. His stories are often described as heart-wrenching, drama filled and emotionally draining, but that’s what his readers love about him. Each of his stories have a deep and emotional core, running through them, which will never fail to tug at your heart strings. For Ashley John, writing is a free form of therapy, because he puts so much of himself and his life into his books.

Ashley John lives with his finace, Reece, and their two babies/cats, Jeremy and Jinx. Ashley’s creativity doesn’t just stop at his writing, because he is also a keen artist and designer. He uses his distinct style to design all of his own book covers, and he also loves to draw and paint (when he has the time!).


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