15 November, 2010

Book Review: Undertow by Moira Rogers


Published: October 2010, SAMHAIN PUBLISHING

I received this book from the author, Moira Rogers for free, in exchange for an honest review.

From Good Reads:
Victor left behind a life of crime to focus on a new vision--helping his alpha build an island sanctuary for werewolves. Harsh experiences prepared him for the hardships involved, except when it comes to dealing with the young female refugees of the brutal Boston pack--especially Simone, who rouses his inner wolf like no other...
Born to wealth and privilege, Simone lost everything when she fell for the seductive whispers of the textile heir who turned her. Once adrift, now she is fired by a new sense of purpose--the chance to broker peace between werewolves and European wizards..
...when a winter storm traps them together during a full moon, she breaks through his walls so easily and completely, the question is no longer how he'll stay away, but how he'll let her go.

My Review:
I just discovered the awesome writing that comes from the hands of the two authors known as Moira Rogers. In the past three months I have devoured almost their full body of backlist works. I am a convert. I say all of this in the beginning of my review in case it starts to get a bit gushy and fan-girlish. But truly, I can't get enough of their RED ROCK PASS series.

Recently, Rogers went back to the beginning of the sanctuary idea and ideals that are spelled out in the RED ROCK PASS books. Basically, there are werewolves that have been living under oppression and subjugation to some evil-type Alphas. But, some other werewolves, who abhor the ill-treatment of their bretheren, (and women; good golly are these rough-and-tumble males protective of their women!) have created different communities that offer sanctuary and benevolent Alpha leadership to any who wish to escape their current situation.

UNDERTOW is the second book in this BUILDING SANCTUARY series. Victor and Simone are both new residents to the island sanctuary, where many of the females- Simone included- have been brutalized by their former Alpha. What always astounds me about Rogers' work, is that the stories are always so intense and layered, even the books that come in at short of novel-length. I am always left wanting more, but it's because the writing is so consuming, with complex characterization, fantastic stories, and great world-building.

UNDERTOW delivers the same punch as the previous book in the series, A SAFE HARBOR. But this time, instead of pulse-pounding danger, and the wolfy wars that mark the RED ROCK PASS series, Victor and Simone receive a more mellow tale. Though the two are not in the midst of a war, they are not without hurdles that need to be overcome, in order for them to find happiness with each other.

I really liked the change in pace, and being able to watch one of the relationships unfold, without threats of immediate death hanging over their heads. The isolation that Victor and Simone find themselves in, is a great setting for two people who are not alpha wolves, but still have strong personalities. Moira Rogers' exceptional storytelling is showcased perfectly, and UNDERTOW is an fantastic addition to the BUILDING SANCTUARY series.

5/5 for plot
4.5/5 for characters
4.5/5 for language

My Rating: 14/15 Must Read

Visit the links below to find out about Moira Rogers and books:
Moira Rogers website
Twitter-- Bree half
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