Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t 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 forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.
In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.
He only hopes there isn't a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.
A moving sequel to one of my all time favorites, Carry the Ocean, Heidi Cullinan hits high notes again with Shelter the Sea.
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 author gives two MCs a perfect, happy ending and then RUINS it with a second book. Thankfully, Heidi didn't do that with this one (it would have CRUSHED me!). Just the idea of anything happening to Emmet and Jeremey's relationship gives me heart palpitations, FFS.
Shelter the Sea is more or less a continuation of Emmet and Jeremey's story. It has the same alternating POVs as the first, and it contains about the same level of angst as the first. It isn't a romance-y romance, where the two MCs are falling in love and getting their HEA, but it is sort of what happens after they get their HEA. It is HEA, 2.0.
This book is about love, drive, and perseverance. While it didn't blow me away as much as Carry the Ocean, it felt like an important read, if you know what I mean. It had important messages and it felt powerful, and I loved getting to see the MCs and side characters again.
A touching and well-done follow up to Carry the Ocean, Heidi Cullinan's fans won't be disappointed. Keep pushing those boundaries, Heidi!
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Enjoy, my friends!