Sunday, June 20, 2010

Review: Sanctuary's Price by Moira Rogers

Title: Sanctuary's Price
Author: Moira Rogers
Page Count: 127 pages (.pdf format)
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: paranormal romance
Purchase Link: MBaM!
Copy for review provided by Veronica at Strictly Reviews in exchange for an honest review

50 words or less: The saga of Red Rock continues with the story of Dylan, a beta wolf with a heart of gold, and Sasha, a witch in training who has big shoes to fill, and their journey to Maine to find out what's going on in the rest of the werewolf world.

This series just keeps getting better and better. Each story adds more detail and nuance to an already engrossing world, and every time I finish one I find myself feeling kind of angsty because I need the next one. Book withdrawal is a terrible, terrible thing.

From the moment Dylan was introduced in the first book, I wanted him to get his happily ever after. Sanctuary's Price definitely delivers on every count, but also throws some new or at least less common elements into the proverbial pot.

To begin with, Dylan isn't your typical snarly, bossy boots alpha male. Fans of the shapeshifter genre might initially say "ick" upon reading this, but I'm going to challenge you to put that assumption aside. Instead of being, shall we say, a dick to the heroine, as is so often a danger in stories with strong alpha heroes, Dylan is way more in tune to what Sasha is feeling and thinking, which is good, considering the horrors she endured in Sanctuary Lost.

I really enjoy how intuitive all the characters are in this story, and how everyone works together as a team and leaves the villainry to the actual villains. Case and point: Dylan and Sasha are sent on a mission, ostensibly to check on the other packs who are supposedly on Red Rock's side in the increasingly ugly violence between the werewolf packs, but really, Gavin (leader of Red Rock) figured out that Sasha was feeling uncomfortable in Red Rock and could use a change of scene. He sends Brynn and Joe along for the same reasons; Brynn is tired of feeling like a freak and needs to get away without it looking like she's being cast out.

Well, it's a good thing this quartet traveled to Maine, because all is not well with the other packs, especially in rural areas. The authors here do a good job of creating a realistic and plausible conflict that is definitely not going to be resolved any time soon. Also, we get to meet Adam Dubois, vampire lumberjack extraordinaire. Just saying.

I went back and forth about whether or not this book merits a Scandalous Books designation, and I decided to hold off- there is adult content here, sure, but it's more in line with what one might encounter in other romance novels and most of the more graphic things referred to are things that happened in other books. The relationship between Sasha and Dylan is very physical, but that takes a definite backstage to their emotional growth and commitment to each other. If sex in a book bothers you, though, then I'd still steer clear.

I could go on and on and on about this book and the other ones in this series, so all I'll say is this: stop what you are doing and buy them. Buy them all together, so you won't have withdrawal symptoms when you finish one. You know you want to!

Book Reviewer: Emily

Strictly Reviews Note:

Book received by author for this review. Sent to and reviewed by our new book reviewer Emily. Review will also be posted at Emily's review blog here and may also be posted here as well by Emily.

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