Friday, November 2, 2012

Haunted Sanctuary

Author: Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-220-6
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Release Date 01/22/13

Jay Ancheta didn’t care for pack life in the city so he moved to the small town of Clover, where his alpha personality works well as Sheriff. He’s been crazy about Eden Green for years, but hasn’t acted on his attraction, afraid to tell her the truth. That changes when Eden gets bit by a werewolf. Now he has to deal with helping her through her change, Zack’s battered pack and defending everyone from the Memphis pack out to kill them.

Many people think the creatures that go bump in the night aren’t real but Eden knows differently. Her cousin was born a werewolf. Defending Zack against the townspeople left her feeling isolated long after he left home. Now he’s back, bringing along the rag-tag members of his pack. But trouble’s following and during a fight. Eden gets bit. It changes her life, forcing her into a world of power and danger. Can she and Jay survive and build a place of safety—a new sanctuary on her family’s land?

Haunted Sanctuary is the first release in the new paranormal series, Green Pines. It’s based in the same shifter world as Red Rock Pass but so far there’s little connection.

I guess the first thing I’ll say is that the writing duo that makes up Moira Rogers has done it again. I really enjoyed Haunted Sanctuary. The story has intriguing characters with fully developed personalities, it’s fast-paced from beginning to end, the descriptions are vivid and there’s plenty of action and danger mixed in amongst the twists and turns. Eden’s cousin Zack having a prominent role is a nice touch. It pulls in family, giving the authors a chance to scatter in pieces of Eden’s history, including her father. All of it’s handled smoothly. There are plenty of other secondary characters too, so be prepared for lots of interpersonal interaction as relationships form in the new pack.

Jay and Eden match well physically but they also complement each other in alpha power. The imagery of the emotional turmoil as Eden goes through her werewolf change and the pack/sanctuary is formed is expressed with great feeling. And I can’t forget the danger—it’s fast, intense and emotional. There are a few loose threads but that’s expected with a story arc, so I wasn’t disappointed. I can’t wait to see what happens next. 

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