Monday, June 14, 2010

Review: Red Rock Pass series by Moira Rogers

Cry Sanctuary 
(Book 1 of the Red Rock Pass series)
Author: Moira Rogers
Publication: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 21, 2008)

Description: He is tired of fighting. She has nowhere to run.

Book 1 of Red Rock Pass series 

Keith Winston is tired of fighting. The war between werewolves and wizards rages on in Europe, but he's come home to Red Rock, Montana in hopes of finding a bit of peace. Instead he finds more strife as he struggles against the pack's dictates that he resume his place as the alpha's right-hand man.

When he rescues a new wolf on the run, he knows his instant attraction to her could cause trouble. What he doesn't expect is to find himself embroiled in another battle that goes against all his instincts-and his heart.

Abigail Adler learned about the existence of werewolves only when she became one. With her life threatened by a corrupt alpha, she flees to the only sanctuary she knows: Red Rock. While she's grateful for the pack's protection, she chafes under its unbreakable rules of conduct-except when it comes to submitting to the passion Keith stirs in her.

Then her tormentor kidnaps her sister in an attempt to lure her out of hiding. To save her, Abby and Keith must be willing to do the very thing that could get them all killed-break all of the rules.

Warning: Hot werewolf sex, violence, explosions, and a heroine wielding a makeshift implement of destruction.

Sanctuary Lost
(Red Rock Pass, Book 2)
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 9, 2009)

Description: She's ready to fight at his side. He's fighting for the strength to let her go.

Red Rock Pass, Book 2

If there's one thing that Brynn Adler hates, it's feeling helpless and vulnerable in unfamiliar territory. Three weeks ago, life tossed her into just such a world. A world of werewolves she never knew existed-until she found out her sister was one of them.

The pack seems determined to hurry her back to the normal world of humans. But after everything she's witnessed, she's not sure she wants to go-especially if it means leaving not only her sister behind, but the one man who makes her forget her life is falling apart.

Now all she has to do is convince him to agree to a plan to force the pack to let her stay.

Joe Mitchell has been battling his protective instincts since he rescued Brynn from her kidnapper. Getting involved with her is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. She's on shaky emotional ground, and a supernatural war is no place for a human woman. He's not about to let her make a hasty decision, one that will only bring her pain and regret.

Now all he has to do is let her go.

Warning: This book contains violence, a war between werewolf packs, hot, primal sex and sexual power games with a badass ex-Special Forces alpha who will do anything to keep his lover safe.

Sanctuary's Price
(Red Rock Pass, Book 3)
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 27, 2009)

Description: He's only been surviving. Her magic can show him how to live.

Red Rock Pass, Book 3

After a decade under a corrupt alpha's thumb, Dylan Gennaro is still reeling from the changes in his life: a new home, a new alpha, a pack at war. Even normal things like an ending relationship. Still, when he's asked to work with an outcast witch, he agrees without hesitation. Maybe by protecting her, he'll rediscover his own inner strength. If, indeed, it exists.

Sasha Wallace lost her mentor in a vicious attack that left her scarred in spirit as well as body. While she's grateful for the refuge offered by the Red Rock alpha, it's tough living with the pack's suspicion. Even though-or maybe because-she's willing to use her powers to help them fight their war. Except for Dylan. When she's finally free to find a new home, he'll be the only one she regrets leaving behind.

Their attraction is a balm to their wounded hearts, until their journey for knowledge brings them face to face with a terrifying vampire. Neither has the strength for this fight-but if they can let go of their pasts and trust each other, they might just be able to do it. Together.

Warning: Contains dangerous magical binding spells, a flannel-wearing vampire lumberjack, paranormal road-trip hijinks and a quietly brilliant werewolf willing to defy his society and his past to protect the witch he loves.

Sanctuary Unbound
(Red Rock Pass, Book 4)
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 1, 2010)

Description: They've been hiding from the past. Now it's time to fight for their future.

Red Rock Pass, Book 4

New England is ideal for vampire Adam Dubois. His cozy home in the Great North Woods reminds him of a happier time when werewolves and witches were stuff of legends, and he was a simple lumberjack.

Hiding from past failures has worked for over eighty years, but a life debt owed to the Red Rock alpha has forced him to leave his retreat-and come face to face with a woman who challenges and tempts him on every level.

Hiding secrets is a lonely business, and Cindy Shepherd is lonely with a capital L. Red Rock isn't exactly crawling with available men, but her interest in the mystery-shrouded new vampire in town seems mutual. After all, it's only sex-there's no danger he'll dig deep enough to unleash the demons of her past.

Casual flirtation turns deadly serious when Adam discovers that the vampire plaguing Red Rock is using his mistakes as a road map. When it comes to his life, he knows Cindy has his back. But in order to secure the future, they both must trust each other with more-even if it means sacrificing themselves to save everything they hold dear.

Warning: This book contains epic werewolf battles, mystical vampire blood bonds, unexpected sex on the kitchen floor and a dangerous attraction between a secret-burdened werewolf and a vampire lumberjack.

Short Stories from Red Rock Pass
Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Description: BECOMING: Prequel to Cry Sanctuary.

Meet Red Rock's alphas in their (relative) youth as Samantha discovers peace and a new mission in Gavin's dream for a safe haven for werewolves.

THE LITTLE THINGS: Prequel/Vignette.

Part One: Set forty years before the start of Cry Sanctuary, as Gavin continues to court Samantha with patient care.

Part Two: Set between Cry Sanctuary and Sanctuary Lost, as Keith proves he knows how much the little things matter.

My Thoughts: These were a bunch of really entertaining and sexy werewolf romances. I liked reading them in a series because the main problem - keeping Red Rock Pass safe from alphas who are arrogant abusers - was threaded through all the books. Each one had a hot romance with characters who were strong and damaged by bad relationships in the past. I liked all the characters and all the romances. I have a special fondness for Gavin and Samantha who were the alphas of Red Rock Pass. Their relationship set the standard for what good relationships should be.

The first book talked about the relationship of Keith and Abby. Abby had been forcibly turned into a werewolf by the corrupt alpha of Helena. Dylan, a subordinate wolf in Helena but Abby's friend, helps her escape to Red Rock Pass where they are rescued by Keith and Joe. Abby and Keith's relationship is one of adjustment between two alphas. They have to rescue Abby's sister Brynn who has been kidnapped and turned by that same alpha.

In the second book, Brynn and Joe are the main characters. Brynn is not an alpha but Joe is. Brynn has been forced to turn on the full moon which means her wolf is much harder to control. Joe agrees to be her Guide but isn't so sure about developing a long-term relationship with her. 

Dylan gets his romance in the third book. An apprentice wolf named Sasha comes to Red Rock Pass for protection but is treated with fear and suspicion by the wolves. Dylan is one of the few wolves she is not afraid of. They gradually learn to love and trust one another. They have to try to battle a vampire who has taken over the new alpha in Helena.

The fourth book has Dylan, Sasha, Joe and Brynn travel to New England to find a vampire who is a friend of Gavin's to try to get the information they need to defeat the vampire who is controlling Helena and threatening Red Rock Pass. Adam agrees to help because of a debt owed to Gavin and comes to Red Rock pass where he meets Cindy, the town doctor, and begins a relationship with her. Both are damaged. Cindy has had bad experiences with another out-of-control alpha and hasn't fully recovered. Adam is afraid that helping the wolves will bring on the same bad results that occurred the last time he fought another vampire.

These books were all very good. I would recommend devoting time to reading all of them for the fullness of the story. Each romance is complete in one book but the overall problem with keeping Red Rock Pass safe is only resolved by reading all of them.

Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, 2010 E-Book Reading Challenge 


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