Blog Tour - Shelter You by Alice Montalvo -Tribue ~ Alternate POV Scene, Derna's Review and Giveaway
Title: Shelter You
Author: Alice Montalvo-Tribue
Release Date : January 14, 2014
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions
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I pull up a chair next to Mia at the dinner table, surprised that she went through the trouble of cooking at all. She’s a guest here, the last thing I expected her to do was make me dinner. We barely speak as we eat and the silence feels deafening to me, it’s uncomfortable and makes me want to crawl out of my skin.
“How was work?” I finally ask her to try and bridge the gap between us. I called in a favor from my sister’s best friend Sarah to get her a job at the daycare and I only hope that she likes it enough to stay.
She takes a sip of her soda before she looks up at me and shrugs. “It was okay.”
She stands up, picks up both empty plates and walks them over to the sink. I can hear the water begin to run as she continues. “I think Sarah was kind of shocked that I was driving your car. She was even more stunned by the fact that I’m staying here.”
She’s poking around for information, asking a question without really asking and I have to admit I’m glad that she’s questioning. The fact that she’s wondering about the nature of my relationship with Sarah means that she cares about me maybe even feels something for me but doesn’t want to admit it. I can’t explain the need that comes over me, to get closer to her, to make her understand that even though I haven’t spoken the words she’s going to be mine.
I pick up the empty glasses from the table and make my way over to the sink caging Mia in with my body; I reach over her to put them in the sink using the motion to get even closer to her. The sound of her breath catching in her lungs tells me that I’m dead on; she wants me just as badly as I want her. It’s all the confirmation that I need, I let my hand barely graze her hip and gently touch her ear with my lips.
“Mia,” I say barely above a whisper. “Sarah is my sister’s best friend, she’s my friend, there’s nothing between us.”
I say the words hoping that they’re enough to reassure her of my intentions. She shrugs my explanation off pretending that my explanation means nothing.
“It’s really none of my business.” She says, her words causing an immediate grin to form on my lips.
I reach over her again shutting the water off and dislodging the soaked sponge from her hand. I tighten my grip on her and force her to turn around so that she has no choice but to look up at me. God I’m an asshole for pushing her this far but I can’t back down now, she needs to know where this is going, the sooner the better.
“So you wouldn’t care if I told you that I did have relationship with Sarah?” Again I’m an asshole but my chest swells when I see her flinch.
“Why would I care Logan?” She asks lowering her gaze so that she’s staring at the wall of my chest.
“Look at me Mia.” I command, needing to see the depth of emotions swimming around her eyes.
“Did you?” She asks barely audibly.
“Did I what?” I know what she’s asking but I need her to say the words, need to drag her out of her shell.
She lets out a huff of air but ultimately asks, “Did you have a relationship with Sarah? Did you sleep with her?”
A smile breaks out on my face, and I must look like a wolf in sheep’s clothing to her but I can’t help it, I pull at an unruly strand of her hair and gently push it behind her ear. It’s my sad attempt at keeping us connected.
“No. I never had a relationship with Sarah; I’ve never slept with her.”
I see the relief flash across her delicate features as I let my hand stroke her cheek. I’m surprised when she leans into my hand, encouraging me to continue but I’m completely stunned when my sheltered girl actually pushes off of the counter and kisses me. That’s all it takes, one kiss is my undoing, one kiss is all it takes to seal her fate, whether she realizes it or not Mia now belongs to me.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Two weeks before her 18th birthday, Mia Reynolds gives birth to her daughter Lily. Her parents have demanded that she gives her baby up for adoption. Mia knows that she could never do this, so she runs with Lily, determined to make a new life for herself and her new baby. Mia ends up in Pennsylvania where she meets Logan Tate a police officer who wants to help.
I liked Mia, understandably, she has some trust issues, she was vulnerable, and scared at times, but she was a fighter; she is fighting for herself, but most of all for Lily. Logan was sweet, caring, and charming, with a stubborn side. I did question Logan’s intentions at first as he seemed a little too good to be true; however, I soon realized then he really was just a nice guy with a heart of gold who wanted to help Mia and Lily.
Mia and Logan have a few ups and downs, but they are sweet together. It wasn’t instant love; I liked watching Mia start to trust Logan, their attraction builds, and their friendship turns slowly into something more. I loved the way Logan was with Mia and Lily. Ultimately Logan just wants to help Mia, protect her, and make her situation better.
I enjoyed the storyline told from Mia’s POV. It was touching, and emotional and I felt for Mia and Logan at times. Jealous friends, Lily’s father, and family members added to the drama and mystery of the story. There were one or two parts that I felt were slightly unrealistic, and I did wonder if things would have really been that easy for Mia. But that being said I was rooting for her as she does try hard to forget her past and make a future for herself and Lily.
Overall, I enjoyed Shelter You. It is a sweet, romantic story. I liked the ending, and the way it does all come together. I’m a big fan of epilogues, and I liked this one especially as it was told from Logan’s POV, I wish we had more of it during the story. This was the first book by Alice Montalvo-Tribue, and I would read more.
“I’ve seen the extent of Logan’s thoughtfulness he surprised me with something else. I find my guard slipping a little more everyday and it scared the hell out of me.” ~ Mia
“I care about you, I like you, and maybe I always have. From the first day I met you, I knew there was something about you” Logan
“His fingers gently stroke my cheek and I can’t help but to lean into his touch, I’m lost in it, no longer in control of my actions or reactions.” ~ Mia
“Mia, you’re not a stereotype to me. The fact that you’re young and have a baby doesn’t bother me. I am completely in awe of you, of what you did for Lily.” ~ Logan
“And when it comes down to it, I want you, I want you both, I want you to be mine. Do you want that too?” ~ Logan
“What we’ve built in the last few days is so much more than the desire to act out on our feelings”~ Mia
“She came into my life and turned it on its axis; her presence sent me reeling, and threw me deep into uncharted territory” ~Logan
About the AuthorAlice Montalvo-Tribue lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelors degree in communications and is currently working on her masters degree. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather permits lounging out on a beach.