October 2, 2010

Review: A Safe Harbor by Moira Rogers

Find out how it all began...

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.

A Safe Harbor is the first book in Moira Roger's new series Building Sanctuary. This series is a prequel to their Red Rock Pass Series but I can assure you, you don't have to read these books before diving into this one. I haven't and I loved this book nonetheless.

Joan is a strong woman even though she had a rough life. She escaped her cruel alpha and allied with a witch and a vampire- very uncommon for those to be seen together without killing each other. She build their own little pack with other fragile female wolves she rescued from a life of violence and hatred. She feels deeply responsible for those in her care and she ponders every move she makes to be sure to not hurt them more. She wants to bring them peace and perhaps a place to call home. Joan really touched my heart. She's a wonderful person even though she doesn't often show her "nice" side to those she doesn't know or trust. She's a fierce alpha for her little pack and would do anything to keep them safe. When she meets Seamus she is concerned about her priorities. She doesn't want to lose focus of what she thinks is the most important thing. She would prefer to be unhappy to risk the lives of her girls.

I loved Seamus. He's an alpha like I never saw one before. He's not one of those guys who takes what he wants, no questions asked. He really wants to take care of his people. He wants what's best for them and tries to do this with so much care- it just melted my heart. I loved how he handled Joan. He was so careful to do everything right, to give her space and not to rush her. He took small tiny baby steps with her and he conquered my heart on the way. It was surprising to see how he never turned into something less than alpha for me even though he was so considerate with everything he did. You always feel his strength no matter what he does.

The side characters in A Safe Harbor all have their own cross to carry. They are unbelievable fleshed out and I, for my part, could really imagine them interacting with each other. I already have some favorites to see again in future books. Moira Rogers really knows how to grab your interest with a small tidbit thrown into the story here an there.

In A Safe Harbor we get a wonderful mix of romance action and thrill. I was glued to my seat and I enjoyed the whole ride we live through with Joan and Seamus. The author duo behind Moira Rogers really knows how to put the right amount of world-building and characterisation in their books, no matter the length. You won't see me say that often about a novella but Moira Rogers did it exactly right- I'm completely in awe of their writing. I never felt overwhelmed with the amount of information and you won't find the common overloading with world-building of a first in a series in this one.

 I highly recommended A Safe Harbor to all Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy lovers. This book is a real treat and won't leave your heart untouched.

To learn more about Moira Rogers please visit their website here.

Building Sanctuary Series:
1. A Safe Harbor
2. Undertow (release date October 5th)


Blodeuedd October 2, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

Great review :D
This is one of the books I would want if I had that blasted e-reader

SusiSunshine October 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

@Blodeuedd It would be totally worth it hon. It'S an awesome book. Book 1 and 2 will be release in a paperback edition next year though. So you might get you chance.;)

Buriedbybooks October 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

Great review! Sounds like I'll be adding yet another Moira Rogers book to my virtual TBR. Love their writing!

SusiSunshine October 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

@Buriedbybooks thank you! Me too. They really know what they do.

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