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Shelter by [Biest, Rhyll]
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Raw and risky, a new rural romance that explores the dark side of small towns, and the people who put everything on the line to protect them...

Kat Daily is excited to trade her Sydney airport quarantine uniform for an RSPCA inspector’s uniform and a job in the rural town of Walgarra. A fresh start in a new place, where she can make a real difference in the lives of the animals that she loves.

But Walgarra doesn’t offer a peaceful, bucolic existence. Like many small towns, the distance from urban settings — and urban law enforcement — has allowed a criminal element to set in. Kat may only be looking after animals, but that doesn’t mean she will be immune to people with sinister agendas.

The previous RSCPCA inspector was murdered, and Officer Luka Belovuk is determined to keep the new inspector from the same fate. He may have very broad shoulders, but carrying the safety of the law-abiding community just trying to live their lives has weighed him down, and one more death might be more than he can take.

Not all small towns are quaint and quiet, but they all have one thing in common: a community of people willing to protect their population with everything they have.



Praise for SHELTER:

'The story as a whole, was a stand out from its vivid descriptions, to the likeable characters that all combined in what was a great series starter from author Rhyll Biest.' — Talking Books (Netgalley)



'From the first word this book had a gritty edge and this continues throughout with lots of sexual tension....and more. As Kat's self doubting alter ego she calls Galenka would say, 'This book played with my lady bits'. This was just the book that I needed at the time. I love lots of snarky and sexual innuendo's between characters and I believe this is the first in a series, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to seek out the following books.' — Marlene Pratt (Netgalley)



'I loved the style and feel of this author’s writing. I felt I was in the moment and with the characters seeing just what they did as I read. I wrote an e-mail to my sister telling her to see if she can find this book even before finishing it – I really liked this story in so many ways. This is a new author to me and I am hooked. I look forward to looking for other books to read by her.' — Cathy Geha (Netgalley)



'This is a story that has the best one liners in it honestly the hero Luka and heroine Kat and their banter will have you laughing and smiling throughout this one. Both are in need of some love after being through so much in their childhood and what life has thrown their way so sit back and enjoy their spark filled journey.' — Helen Sibbritt (Netgalley)



'Readers be warned: if you are expecting a cutesy small-town romance, then this is not the book for you. Shelter is a gripping, gritty and affecting tale of secrets, danger and pathos that cleverly juxtaposes nail-biting suspense and heart-pounding jeopardy with humour, emotion and heart. Rhyll Biest certainly does not shy away from dealing with hard-hitting issues such as domestic violence and abuse in her novel, however, Shelter is by no means a melancholic or dispiriting read, but an uplifting, sexy, funny and riveting romantic read that you will find absolutely impossible to resist.' — Julie Bonello (Netgalley)



'SHELTER by Rhyll Biest is an unusual story with plenty of raw emotion and conflict to get your teeth into, as well as a little romance thrown in for good measure. Kat Daily is moving away from the only city she has ever known, to have a fresh start in small-town Walgarra as their new RSPCA Inspector. Hoping to leave behind her haunting childhood and do a lot of good in her new role, she is positive that this is the right move for her. But life in this beautiful countryside town is far from idyllic, where i

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1130 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 February 2017)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N32BPA7
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lily Malone TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 March 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
In 2014, this author wrote my favourite book for the year - the brilliant Unrestrained. Well folks, she has done it again. I just devoured Rhyll Biest's latest book, Shelter, and it's gone with a bullet to my best book of 2017, and it's gonna take a bit of knocking to get it off there!
What did I love about Shelter?
The setting. This is rural romance with a difference, and the blurb does tell us so... there are no rolling valleys, vineyards, sweet-smelling hay bales, mountains, mists, forests, wide-open fields in this book... and if there ARE wide-open fields, they're probably growing marijuana; and if there ARE rolling valleys, there are probably several half-starved horses dying of thirst in them...
This is rural as in rural/regional ugly towns with all the problems of drugs, underemployment, guns and crime (but also with some positive parts of the community)... and our heroine works for the RSPCA and as the book begins, Kat's the new girl in town.
Rhyll Biest does scarred heroines like I've never really seen them in romance. In Unrestrained, the wonderful character of Holly is hiding a terrible physical secret. She's prickly and guarded, and it takes the hero Stein an eon to make Holly trust him enough to let this secret out.
In Shelter, Kat takes 'prickly' to a whole new level, including a secret inner self - the character of 'Galenka' who appears in Kat's thoughts, usually if she's ever in danger of doing something soft or trusting, or showing a speck of vulnerability.
Now, I have to be honest. I could take or leave Galenka. I liked this part of Shelter, but other reviews don't, and other readers won't. I doubt it would have changed my feelings one iota had the Galenka character not been written...
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By G Penney TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 February 2017
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There are so many reasons to love this story. I'll set aside the kickass heroine with a bunch of surprises up her sleeve and the hottie cop hero for now and just say that any book featuring animals is going to be high on my to-read list. Especially rescue animals. And better yet, the heroine is the one rescuing them.

Kat is a former quarantine officer with a hilarious talent for spotting shiftiness who relocates to a country Australian town with a bunch of secrets. She's the new RSPCA officer, replacing the former guy who managed to get killed somehow. That's where Luka, our hero comes in. He knows there are bad guys out there and that they've killed his friend. He doesn't want the same thing to happen to Kat but Kat's not ready to have someone steamrolling over her efforts to succeed in her new job.

The humour mixed with sexiness and a brilliant plot with no-few surprises grabbed me and didn't let go. I absolute love Shelter and I can't wait to read the next in the series. There's a hot enigmatic RSPCA guy with some scars I want to get to know better...
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Kat kicks arse and Luka is the ultimate lust worthy hero. This is a story not for the faint hearted. It will tug at your heart strings and leave you begging for more. The perfect blend of compassion, lust and incredible kindness. Bring on more of this dynamic duo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book in 2017 for me 8 March 2017
By Lily Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In 2014, this author wrote my favourite book for the year - the brilliant Unrestrained. Well folks, she has done it again. I just devoured Rhyll Biest's latest book, Shelter, and it's gone with a bullet to my best book of 2017, and it's gonna take a bit of knocking to get it off there!
What did I love about Shelter?
The setting. This is rural romance with a difference, and the blurb does tell us so... there are no rolling valleys, vineyards, sweet-smelling hay bales, mountains, mists, forests, wide-open fields in this book... and if there ARE wide-open fields, they're probably growing marijuana; and if there ARE rolling valleys, there are probably several half-starved horses dying of thirst in them...
This is rural as in rural/regional ugly towns with all the problems of drugs, underemployment, guns and crime (but also with some positive parts of the community)... and our heroine works for the RSPCA and as the book begins, Kat's the new girl in town.
Rhyll Biest does scarred heroines like I've never really seen them in romance. In Unrestrained, the wonderful character of Holly is hiding a terrible physical secret. She's prickly and guarded, and it takes the hero Stein an eon to make Holly trust him enough to let this secret out.
In Shelter, Kat takes 'prickly' to a whole new level, including a secret inner self - the character of 'Galenka' who appears in Kat's thoughts, usually if she's ever in danger of doing something soft or trusting, or showing a speck of vulnerability.
Now, I have to be honest. I could take or leave Galenka. I liked this part of Shelter, but other reviews don't, and other readers won't. I doubt it would have changed my feelings one iota had the Galenka character not been written... I didn't feel she altered Kat that much, and she could be intrusive during the read. That said, I know why she's there - as a coping mechanism for the 'young' Kat. And it does work from that perspective.
There were wonderful scenes in this, and it felt really well researched without going over the top. In particular the scenes with Luka detailing de-escalation techniques and the de-escalation training; discussion of Kat's rather healthy fear of bugs and infection (she knows all the scientific names); and in Kat's customs background & career (animal welfare) expertise.
Yet it never felt 'preachy' to me.
The scene where Kat, Luka, Stacey and Nick all go wine-tasting - well that was just gold, especially some of their one-line descriptors of wine. In all the bleak realism - this was a scene that was pure snort-my-tea fun, and what follows later ... (well sorry, but that would be a spoiler!)
I loved the character trait of Kat that had her pegging people she came across based on what she figured she'd bust them with were they trying to steal something through customs. (e.g. he was the type who'd stuff lizards down his pants; she was the type who wouldn't declare plant-based material...)
This is really clever writing in the Ainslie Paton vein (another of my Aussie favourites)... but like Ainslie I find Rhyll Biest's is a voice you have to give a couple of chapters to. (In Shelter's case - 3 chapters). You need to let her warm you up, then you get carried away... usually by Germans (Stein in Unrestrained) or, in Shelter, it's Luka - a mountain of a filthy flirty Serb.
And did I mention, the sex is hot, cheeky, and banging good fun - but I don't expect anything else from this author.
I loved it big time and I can't wait for what Rhyll Biest does next.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another riveting story from Rhyll Biest! 4 April 2017
By LRC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. This author is a recent Find for me and I've loved everything I've read. This book is no exception. Although part of the subject matter caused me a lot of tears. I hate to see or read of animal cruelty so I will begin crying through the whole section! I will keep reading, but beware. Cruelty to defenseless people can also cause me tears but at least they can walk away (sometimes). Enough of that!! This is a slowly steamy romance set down under. The leads banter between each other as they decide whether to give in to the attraction they feel (we get to hear their thoughts).
Lots of humor keeps this gritty, raw view of small town country life, yes, country life, from seeming too desolate. Being so far away from big city law enforcement allows the criminal elements to flourish. And they do. Our h, Kat, moves from Sydney to Walgarra to be an RSPCA Inspector protecting the animals she loves. Criminals like to ship those animals or parts of those animals off to other places for money or use them in illegal sports (get the picture). Kat has come to town to replace the murdered inspector. Our H, Luka, best friends with the previous inspector wants to prevent the same thing from happening to Kat. And he gets interested in Kat and vice versa. Their snarky comments are lively fun. Enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong female and a tough male leads 22 February 2017
By cadenf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

I have to say overall I liked the romance and even the strong female lead of this book BUT…I didn’t like her having an inner voice named Galenka as that was a little frustrating and odd.

I love how Luka and Kat met and how they both described each other in their heads. You could tell they thought the other was attractive but it didn’t scream I WANT THEM. I liked that it was slower and yet you always saw that attraction. Sexual innuendos are always fun and add a little humor to the book.

I just felt it started out a little slow, even with it being about the death of the previous agent.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average small town romance! 19 February 2017
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A highly charged page-turner packed with romance, intrigue and drama, Shelter is an engrossing read you will struggle to put down.

Animal lover Kat Daily wants a fresh start and a new beginning, so she eagerly packs in her job at Sydney airport and heads off to the small rural town of Walgarra, where she is looking forward to her new job as an RSPCA inspector. Protecting the animals she loves is something that is of the utmost importance to Kat and she is looking forward to her new role, however, Kat quickly realises that her new home, far from being a rural idyll, is a hotbed of crime, deception…and murder!

Sinister agendas seem to reign supreme in Walgarra, and after the previous RSPCA inspector had ended up murdered, Officer Luka Belovuk had vowed to protect Kat from a similar fate. Walgarra might not be a bustling metropolis, but the abundance of crime has been getting to the broad-shouldered officer and another murder might just push him over the edge. As he begins to spend more and more time with Kat, Luka soon realises that his interest in the new RSPCA inspector is not merely professional and as the heat between them compels them to take their attraction to another level, they find themselves wondering whether they should grab this unexpected chance at happiness with both hands…or whether they are ready to knock down the defenses which they had built around themselves and take a leap of faith.

Readers be warned: if you are expecting a cutesy small-town romance, then this is not the book for you. Shelter is a gripping, gritty and affecting tale of secrets, danger and pathos that cleverly juxtaposes nail-biting suspense and heart-pounding jeopardy with humour, emotion and heart. Rhyll Biest certainly does not shy away from dealing with hard-hitting issues such as domestic violence and abuse in her novel, however, Shelter is by no means a melancholic or dispiriting read, but an uplifting, sexy, funny and riveting romantic read that you will find absolutely impossible to resist.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best One Liners that will make you smile 19 February 2017
By Mrs. Helen Sibbritt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a story that has the best one liners in it honestly the hero Luka and heroine Kat and their banter will have you laughing and smiling throughout this one. Both are in need of some love after being through so much in their childhood and what life has thrown their way so sit back and enjoy their spark filled journey.

Kat Daily has packed up and moved to the small town of Walgarra from Sydney to take on the job of RSPCA inspector she has many issues from her past and is pretty much a loner loves animals and will go to any lengths to protect and save them, but the previous inspector was murdered and the killer or killers have not been found so the quiet life she was looking for has not been found especially when she meets the local cop Luka and wow the spark between them could start a bushfire this is going to be good.

Luka Belovuk is a big man known as the brick because of his size is very protective and caring and has lived in Walgarra all of his life the town has changed over the years bikers moving in and the drug problem growing and of course his best friend murdered but now the new inspector is here and she is a feisty snarky female and one he cannot help being drawn to.

The heat that passes between Luka and Kat on the pages of this story is amazing so much going on both trying to push each other and their banter is just fabulous. I did enjoy this one I loved seeing them finally so happy after the lives they had as young kids and the issues that Kat needs to get over that was caused by her parents. Sit back and enjoy.

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