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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Undertow by Moira Rogers

Undertow (Building Sanctuary Book Two) by Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (87 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Being needed isn’t half as desirable as being wanted.

Building Sanctuary, Book 2

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.

Staying silent can build walls not easily torn down. This is especially true when the two people involved want the same thing, but don’t realize it.

Simone believes that Victor hates her, because he turns away from her. What she doesn’t know is that Victor wants her with everything in him, but doesn’t think he is deserving of her, and believes she loves James, the wizard. It is when they spend time together that the walls finally come down, and they are able to share their inner feelings. When a sudden storm strands them together on a small island, what blooms between them is more than lust; it is a true and lasting love that is more than either could have expected. Will their love survive being rescued? Can these two keep the lines of communication so necessary to them open? Will they accept the roles so necessary for the success of the Sanctuary being established?

Moira Rogers has always captivated the reading audience with the richly detailed worlds created in her books about Sanctuary. This book carries on in the tradition so well established. The setting of the Great Depression, when times were hard, has been shown in marvelous detail. The effects that the time had on wolves as well as humans is well detailed and not glossed over. Times were tough, and this gives the reader a sense of being there, with all the hardships and deprivations inherent in the time. But it also showcases the strengths of those determined to survive, no matter what.

Simone is my favorite character for this series. She is strong, but gentle, helping all of the girls “turned” by the evil and twisted Edwin from book one of this series. She feels guilty for not protecting them, but does what she can to help them survive. I loved watching her discover herself and her strengths while she was learning how to bring Victor out of his shell. And I cheered when she was finally able to take what she wanted from life and accept that she was not to blame.

Victor has been many things in his life; a scoundrel, a killer and a criminal. He believes that his past makes him unworthy of a woman like Simone, and yet, he wants her more than life itself. I loved watching him grow and open up to become the man he was meant to be, the mate he was destined to become.

I loved the slow buildup of emotion between these two, and the very explosive union once they came together. This is a story that exposes the inner secrets of two people meant to be together, and the searing passion that finally lays all of their fears and ghosts to rest, freeing them to live and love together. This is a riveting story, and a fantastic addition to the Sanctuary world as a whole.