Review: Sanctuary by Moira Rogers

Filed in Moira Rogers , Review , The HEA Lover Posted on May 6, 2010 @ 6:00 am 2 comments

Format Read: Ebook
Number of Pages: 296 pages
Release Date: April 2010
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Formats Available: Ebooks, Paperback Purchasing Info: Good Reads, Author Website, Amazon, Book Depository

Additional InformationSanctuary contains book #1 and 2  in the  Red Rock Pass  series by Moira Rogers. Cry Sanctuary and

Sanctuary Lost are also available for individual purchase in Ebook format

Cry Sanctuary

Book Blurb:

Keith Winston is tired of fighting. The war between werewolves and wizards rages on in Europe, but he’s come home to Red Rock, Montana in hopes of finding a bit of peace. Instead he finds more strife as he struggles against the pack’s dictates that he resume his place as the alpha’s right hand man.
When he rescues a new wolf on the run, he knows his instant attraction to her could cause trouble. What he doesn’t expect is to find himself embroiled in another battle that goes against all his instincts—and his heart.
Abigail Adler learned about the existence of werewolves only when she became one. With her life is threatened by a corrupt alpha, she flees to the only sanctuary she knows: Red Rock. While she’s grateful for the pack’s protection, she chafes under its unbreakable rules of conduct—except when it comes to submitting to the passion Keith stirs in her.
Then her tormentor kidnaps her sister in an attempt to lure her out of hiding. To save her, Abby and Keith must be willing to do the very thing that could get them all killed—break all of the rules.

My Thoughts:

This book is a novella (or short story? I never know the difference), and I think it’s difficult to write a good story in so few pages…but Moira Rogers (Bree and Donna) did an amazing job at creating a new world and making us crave for more. This is the first book in the series so we are still discovering everything. Red Rock Pass is a sanctuary for werewolves who need a place that is safe. The Alphas in this sanctuary helps those who need it.
Cry Sanctuary is about Abby who was turned against her will by an abusive Alpha in Helena. She escaped with the help of a friend (Dylan…such a cute character!) and asked for sanctuary in Red Rock Pass. We learn with Abby what it means to be a werewolf, she’s still very newly turned and knows next to nothing about what it means and all the rituals that must be done. Abby needs a Guide to help her through the full moon and she needs to choose who it will be.
Then there’s Keith…ahh Keith, he is back in town after 5 years abroad. We learn that he left after something terrible happened and he’s still haunted by this event. Keith and Abby are attracted to each other (I can’t blame her seriously!!) , he agrees to help Abby through her Initiation and let me tell you it is very hot!
I loved the fact that it’s not only about Keith and Abby getting together, there’s a more complex story, there’s drama and there’s action! Abby’s sister (Brynn) is kidnapped by the Alpha of Helena, he wants her back and he won’t hesitate to torture her sister to get what he wants.
We meet Brynn and Joe (another werewolf from Red Rock Pass *wipes drool*) and I was glad to learn that the next book was about them. But back to Cry Sanctuary, in less than 200 page we are introduced to a new and very interesting world when it ends you want more and that is amazing. This is a very good start for a series. It’s always difficult to set up a new world in a novel it’s even more difficult in a novella, Moira Rogers did it perfectly!

I’m giving 4 bookies to Cry Sanctuary

Sanctuary Lost

Book Blurb:
If there’s one thing that Brynn Adler hates, it’s feeling helpless and vulnerable in unfamiliar territory. Three weeks ago, life tossed her into a just such a world. A world of werewolves she never knew existed-until she found out her sister is one of them.

The pack seems determined to hurry her back to the normal world of humans. But after everything she’s witnessed, she’s not sure she wants to go-especially if it means leaving not only her sister behind, but the one man who makes her forget her life is falling apart.
Now all she has to do is convince him to agree to a plan to force the pack to let her stay. Joe Mitchell has been battling his protective instincts since he rescued Brynn from her kidnapper. Getting involved with her is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. She’s on shaky emotional ground, and a supernatural war is no place for a human woman. He’s not about to let her make a hasty decision, one that will only bring her pain and regret.
Now all he has to do is let her go.

My Thoughts:

As I said previously, we meet Brynn and Joe in the first book. Sanctuary Lost takes place a few weeks after the end of Cry Sanctuary and we are thrown into the action from page 1! Brynn is human and she feels helpless, she’s worried the alpha from Helena will find a way to take her back and change her in order to torture her endlessly. Brynn wants to be able to fight, she wants to become a werewolf, but this decision is not only hers to make. Joe is worried this hasty decision is made for the wrong reasons…and once it’s done, there’s no coming back.

Joe usually helps new werewolves through their Initiation but he never gets close to them (He’s got a past as you can imagine!). I loved the fact that there’s a lot of Werewolf politics at stake here. Again it’s not only a story about 2 characters falling for each others, it’s a fast-paced book, filled with actions. I was shocked at some events in the book, because I really didn’t see them coming and while it was an intense read, I really enjoyed being surprised.

I’m usually always complaining about how short novellas are, well this time I will not! It was just perfect in my opinion, I love the story, I loved the characters and it never felt rushed or anything.

I think what made it different is that everything is not magically right in the end, and for once I think it’s a good thing (yeah I surprise myself every day) . It felt realistic (lol listen to me talking about werewolf story being realistic ). I think I loved this book even more than the first one because the world was already known to me, so I can only hope that next book will be even better (even though that means rethinking my whole grading system *wink*).

I love Joe…I just love him to pieces and it was a pleasure to read about him and Brynn…I’m just going to say that Joe is a bit into BDSM (Hot Hot Hot). We also get to see more of Keith and Abby in this book, this is always a perilous affair to find old heroes as secondary characters again but this was very well done. We see a different side of Abby here. This book deals with very dark stuff and I was a bit shocked at some events happening, it’s a cruel cruel world we’re dealing with.

I give Sanctuary Lost 5 bookies. It was a real pleasure to read this book and I cannot wait to start Sanctuary’s Price.

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • SusiSunshine May 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I really can't wait to start these books. I so loved their writing in the Southern Arcana series.
    Great review hon!

  • pattepoilue May 6, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Ohh yes Susi, I'm sure you're gonna love them! *g* I have the Arcana series waiting to be read after my exams! I cannot wait!

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