Undertow by Moira Rogers (Building Sanctuary #2)
October 5, 2010
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want you”
Victor has been many things in his long life. Farmer, thief, mercenary, smuggler. But now he’s has a new job-helping his alpha build an island sanctuary for werewolves. A harsh life has prepared him for the hardships ahead, but not with dealing with a pack of young brutalized females who have escaped their monster of an Alpha. Especially Simone. Simone calls to him on all levels but Victor does not want to be like every other man who only takes from Simone.
Simone’s family cast her aside when she fell under the spell of a textile heir who’s seductive whispers became her bonds of captivity. Simone is now free of her cruel Alpha and is given the chance to do something worth while; go to Europe and help broker peace between the werewolves and wizards. Yet her wolf is drawn to Victor and refuses to let go.
When a supply run turns deadly for Victor and Simone and they are trapped together during a full moon, Simone completely breaks through Victors reservations and claims him for her own. Soon it becomes apparent that it’s not a question of when he will let her go…but if he can.
I am a HUGE fan of the Moira Rogers Red Rock Pass series. I was thrilled when they announced they were writing a series that would start at the beginning. I am a prequel junkie. Undertow does not disappoint. We first meet Victor and Simone in the first book of the series-Safe Harbor.
Victor is a beta who’s strength and determination is a fine foil for his Alpha. He would follow Seamus anywhere and proves it when he helps rescue the traumatized women and takes them to the island for safe keeping. But Victor has issues in his past that makes it hard for him to get close to the women. Especially Simone. He feels that his wolf commands her wolf and that any emotions or feelings she is based on the need to feel safe. He wants her to want him for himself.
Simone is a strong determined woman who is unsure of her own worth. Feelings of guilt ride her hard over what happened with her Alpha. She feels she needs to make atones for her “crimes” and thinks that going to Europe to broker peace will help.
I fell in love with Victor and Simone. Watching these two strong yet vulnerable people work their way towards love was exciting to watch. The chemistry between them is electrifying and the physical interludes are very satisfying. Internal conflict sand sexual tension sends the emotional aspects of the story into almost unbearable territory and I found I was hard pressed not to race to the end to make sure what I wanted to happen did. The story line is fast paced with no unnecessary fillers or padding to upset or delay the telling of it.
The ending is a masterful in how it leaves us with the possibilities of a HEA and the promise of more to come concerning Victor and Simone. They are a work in progress and Moira Rogers leaves us with hope for their relationship.
While this can be read as a stand alone since the storyline primarily revolves around the couple’s relationship, I do feel you miss out on the evolution of the over all arc by not reading the first one-Safe Harbor.
This series includes:
A Safe Harbor