Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review: A Safe Harbor (Building Sanctuary #1) by Moira Rogers

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
During the bite of the Great Depression, sole female dominant Joan Fuller struggles against the rise of cruelty among her alpha counterparts. The men tolerate her interference--until she breaks from the pack and allies with a witch and a vampire. Now the Boston alpha intends to bring them all forcibly back into the fold--and teach her a lesson she may not survive.

Seamus Whelan and his werewolf bootleggers intend to retire from smuggling and savor their fortune, but first they must do a favor for an old friend: escort some female wolves to safety. An easy job, if their leader wasn't a prim ex-debutante with enough power to challenge Seamus himself. Chance makes them allies; powerful need makes them lovers.

Together, they have the opportunity to build a sanctuary for their kind, but first they must free themselves from Joan's past, and the powerful man who would see her destroyed.
My Thoughts: Alright.  So Moira Rogers was the recipient of my very first Spotlight On post and I pretty much love anything written by her/them.  Oh, and this whole pronoun thing confuses the hell out of me so I'm just going to go with HER and leave it at that.  Do you hear me, Bree and Donna?  You've confused me and now I have to make a judgment call on pronoun usage.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of historical-type books.  Sure, I read historical romances on occasion but I prefer my supernatural creatures to be set in the here and now.  So when I say that this book impressed me, you'll have to factor that in.  And I was impressed.  My one wish was that I could have had more book to read.  Come to think of it, I had the same reaction to Cry Sanctuary.  I wanted more as soon as I got to the end of that book but by the end of the series I was extremely satisfied.  Since Undertow just came out I do get my wish of more bootlegging werewolves.  Do you see how that works out?

Joan and Seamus are very sweet together.  Their attraction is immediate (although Joan has a hard time facing it) and undeniable.  I liked getting a look at Adam's role in these events.  We were told about them in Sanctuary Unbound but being told is different from seeing Adam's reactions filtered through the eyes of a werewolf who lived through it.

I really liked seeing how Seamus' plans to build a safe place for his men was already in motion before he met Joan and her battered wolves.  It gave Seamus a bit more depth than I think he would have had if he had made the decision to start up the sanctuary only because Joan needed a place to stay.

Although I had a little trepidation going in, I should have trusted the fact that I always enjoy Moira Rogers' writings and the worlds she creates.  *thumbs up*

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