Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Safe Harbor

Title: A Safe Harbor
Author: Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60928-137-3
Genre: [M/F] Historical Shapeshifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

The country is in the midst of the Depression and life isn’t easy for anyone - including Joan Fuller - who once lived in a world of wealth and privilege. When she rejects the attentions of a wealthy textile heir, Joan’s turned into a werewolf against her will and is forced into his pack. Being strong-willed means a continual battle to protect those pack members unable to defend themselves and in doing so, Joan is at odds with the Alpha men who rule them. It also means Joan’s willing to do whatever she must to protect those weaker than herself and is willing to join forces with a vampire and a witch to do it.

Former bootlegger Seamus Whelan and his men are building a place of safety on the tiny, and remote, Breckenridge Island but when his old friend Gavin calls asking for help moving some endangered female werewolves, he can’t say no. Under normal circumstances, the job would be easy but ex-debutante Joan is powerful and her wolf calls to, and challenges, Seamus as no other woman ever has. Then there’s the little problem of the powerful man who’s determined to get her back, no matter the cost.

A Safe Harbor is the first release in the new series Building Sanctuary by Moira Rogers. It takes place decades before the Red Rock Pass series and is set during the years of the great Depression. Both Seamus and Joan are strong Alpha wolves and Ms. Rogers did a very nice job showing their distinctive personalities and strengths. Background-wise, they couldn’t have been more different but the storyline allowed a realistic and believable reason for them to be together, allowing their attraction to grow and mature. And while I liked Seamus and would love to know more about his bootlegging past, I’d love to know about Joan’s family history even more. Both characters are strong but I found Joan particularly compelling and instead of coming across as bossy and domineering, the writing allowed her protective and caring side to shine through.

The overall plot is handled nicely, giving a good feel for the desperation the Depression put upon most of the country. The secondary characters are believable and interjected at just the right point to provide Seamus and Joan the support they need as the plot moves smoothly forward and that includes individuals already brought to light in the Red Rock Pass series. What I was disappointed in was the lack of adequate descriptions—the historical details that should have shown the reader the era in which the story look place. Yes, a few details of the Depression was discussed but distinctive tidbits of information regarding the clothes, furniture, vehicles and other facts of the time period were lacking.

I’m very curious as to what the authors have planned for these two dynamic characters and the wolves under their care. The next release in the series Undertow is scheduled for eBook publication in October 2010.

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