Thursday, October 7, 2010

Reviews: Undertow and Styx's Storm

Undertow: Building Sanctuary, Book 2
Author: Moira Rogers
Publication: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 5, 2010)

Description: 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.

Warning: This novella contains werewolves engaged in such improbable (but legal) activities as lobster fishing and sailing during nor’easters. The breaking and entering and instinct-driven sex on every surface in someone else’s summer cottage is a little more criminal

My Thoughts: This was another interesting episode in this werewolf story. It is unusual because it is set in the Depression. Other than that it was a typical romance where the characters were misinterpreting each other and a little honest conversation could have ended the book pages sooner. I didn't feel that the romance was as steamy as the more contemporary books by Rogers. I didn't really feel that I got to know Simone very well. She was primarily characterized as suffering from guilt because she couldn't keep the other young women from becoming victims of the corrupt alpha. Victor was the more interesting character for me. He was trying to help the young women and not be seen as just another abusing alpha. He had strength and was very conscious of how he might appear to the young women. However, I felt that he underestimated their strength. 

Generally, the story was OK but not very memorable.

Styx's Storm
Author: Lora Leigh
Publication: Berkley; Original edition (October 5, 2010)

Description: To save innocent, young Storme Montague from the claws of Breed slave traders, Wolf Breed Styx is forced to claim her himself-on the condition that Storme will no longer be a virgin by night's end. And though Storme's defenses are up, Styx will free her-in ways she never expects.

My Thoughts: Ignore the description above. I don't know what book they were talking about but it was not the one I read. 

Storme has been on the run from both Breeds and the Council since she was 14. She was given a microchip by her father who was a Council scientist and also a Breed sympathizer and told to give it to the one who asked for it. Both sides want the microchip.

Now she is 24 and Styx, a wolf Breed from Sanctuary, has caught her. Styx thinks that she is his mate but the mating is not going like other Breed matings. Lots of time in the story is devoted to this "almost mating." Because Storme watched a coyote Breed kill her father and brother and because she always felt jealous of her father's devotion to Breeds, Storme has developed a prejudice against Breeds. She has a profound distrust of Breeds and everyone else. Styx thinks this is why the mating isn't normal. 

The one part of the romance that I couldn't figure out was how Leigh was going to overcome the hatred and distrust that was so much a part of Storme's character. Leigh managed to make Storme's change of heart and romance with Styx work. 

This was a nice entry in the series but not an outstanding one. 

Neither book was a favorite. Both books did add to the series that they are parts of. Read them if you are following the two series. Otherwise, these could be missed.

Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, Paranormal Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, I might give the Lora Leigh series a try. I do have Moira rogers on my tbr list already


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