Sunday, December 12, 2010

Review: Undertow (Building Sanctuary #2) by Moira Rogers

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
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. A woman he must resist, or risk becoming just the latest man to make demands on her.

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. Yet even as Europe beckons, her instincts--the same ones that led to trouble before--keep drawing her back to Victor.

During a sailing trip to the mainland for supplies, Victor finds it impossible to hold himself aloof from the warm, engaging Simone. And 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 Thoughts: Oh, man.  If I was ever to be stranded on an island with a hunky, ex-smuggler of a werewolf, let it be Victor.  Please?  Within the first few pages, you felt the pull Victor and his wolf felt toward Simone.  He wanted her, his wolf wanted her wolf.  She was drawn to him.  Yet he pulls back repeatedly because he feels that the only reason she's turning to him is because his wolf is strong enough to protect her.  It kills him to have to stay away but he wants all of her- heart, body and soul- and won't stand for anything less.

Victor honestly captivated me from the beginning.  He's fighting so hard against his instincts because he needs to give her the chance to heal.  For a criminal, he's pretty darn moral.

Needless to say, I think that Moira Rogers has once again given us a well-rounded, well plotted story.  The characters come alive from page one and while I admittedly have a bit of a kink for a couple forced to spend time together against their will the entire situation felt very real and organic.  As the second book in the Building Sanctuary series, I do recommend reading them in order just so you can see the events that led up to this unconventional group of people to try to make a go of it on a blustery island.

I really, really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more stories set in this world.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: A Safe Harbor

More books by Moira Rogers

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