Friday, 2 July 2010

Review – Sanctuary © Cassidy Hunter

Sanctuary

Author: Cassidy Hunter
Genre: Shape-shifter Paranormal Ménage (Erotic)
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC

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Kimberlyn is a were at odds with herself. She longs to express her true nature, but she's not sure what that is. What she knows is that she needs lovers who can satisfy her needs for rough sex and submission. What she doesn't know is that as the only Healer of her kind, she's incredibly valuable to the pack that can claim her.
Pack Alpha Logan and his partner Andrew need a third to solidify their pack and protect it from the Bears who want to take over. They know Kimberlyn's their girl from the moment they lay eyes on her. Now they just need to convince her they can fulfill her darkest desires. And to keep her away from the Bears.

The shift wasn't easy. She'd denied it for so long. Because she'd restrained herself to only changing when she had no choice, each lengthening of bone, each twisting of sinew and stretching of skin was an agony.

She tried to anticipate each step and be ready for it, but the pain clouded her mind and soon she writhed on the ground, moaning.

But at last, it ended. The wolf got to its feet and stood for a moment, head low, as the hurt faded. She looked up at the world, a world with muted colors and scents so heady and strong she could have taken a bite of it.

She ran through the woods, freed from the restraints of big-city society. Heady freedom brought with it a loosening of caution, and Kimberlyn the wolf cavorted like an innocent pup who'd long been caged.

Pausing to drink from a cold, crystal clear stream, she stared at her reflection. Water dripped from her muzzle, and golden eyes shone, mysterious and untamed. White face surrounded with bluish grays, her coloring and beauty fascinated her.

She was such a girl. She lowered her mouth to the water, drinking her fill. Her stomach growled, and her thoughts turned toward the wild bounty the woods offered a hungry wolf.

Then her attention was caught by something much more important than her stomach—a long, musical wolf howl that undulated through the quiet night air like the call of a siren to a hapless sailor.

She stood frozen, unable to so much as breathe. Wolves. There were wolves in these woods

© Cassidy Hunter

My thoughts

When Kimberlyn moved to Wolf’s Grove she immediately feels the flow of the land, the rightness of the place and ultimately a sort of peace within herself that she has never felt before and she wants to run.

Run wild in the woods behind her new home and run she did because she was a wolf shifter that feels like she had come home.

On her first night out she encounters the local wolf pack and their natural territorial instinct kicks in and they are not happy that she is there. Despite this however they have more pressing matters at hand – their alpha is dying, literally before their eyes. Kimberlyn couldn’t understand why the whole pack was watching their alpha deteriorate when they could do something to help him.

She could and this starts a nightmare situation for her, because not only has she become the most valuable property in the immediate shifter world, but her mates have found her and they intend to not let her go.

I have been hearing good things about this one and I loved the cover so I gave this book a go.

The book is set in a remote country area that is more or less populated by a big shifter population. Although Kimberlyn is new there, she feels the call of the land and was prepared to start a new life and just try to find herself. Within a few pages in she was embroiled in shifter angst and this more or less carried on through the book with surprises coming at every turn.

Logan and Andrew are the local wolf shifter Alpha and his partner and they are living a life of secrets and lies. When Kimberlyn crosses their path they know she is the one that will complete them as well as the one that will give them an edge over the other shifter race. Logan is willing to do anything to save his pack and is prepared to make some harsh decision even hurting the ones he loves to get his point across.

Ms. Hunter puts her own spin on the shifter world and this was a nice touch and one of the things that really made me carry on reading SANCTUARY. Other than that I like the rugged terrain that the book is set in, while no world building of any sort is done, this is a first book so it will be one area to look forward to seeing unfolding in future books.

I ended up liking the first part of this book a whole lot more that the rest of the book, because it was full of suppressed rage and just that feeling that something is about to happen, the smexing wasn’t bad either. Lavish description flowed in those first scenes as well.

The rest of the book didn’t pan out for me unfortunately as there was too much left unsaid and neither the cast nor the plot itself was developed enough for me. The fact that new players and new scenarios were constantly being introduced without any sort of logic at least to me any how was also another factor.

SANCTUARY is my first time with this authors style and despite the unsaid and underdeveloped areas there is enough here for me to want to go back and see what she makes of this world. Not a bad read all in all. 

**There are ménage scenes and exhibitionist related sex play in this book**

4 Speak To Me:

Chris on 2 July 2010 at 13:47 said...

Not sounding like my thing. :) You are not surprised!

Blodeuedd on 2 July 2010 at 14:51 said...

A nice start, and then not so good, still it did make you want to read more :)

Cecile on 2 July 2010 at 15:26 said...

Very honest review Ms E! I enjoyed it. And since this is the first... it was nice that there was kinda not a whole lot of world building and remembering who was what and where and how and all that. And you are right... I am dying to read her next book. She did shake my books by the Alpha having a male lover.... That was a new twist to me - at least.
I loved her dividing into a world and making it her own! Great job Ms E!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Cassidy Hunter on 9 July 2010 at 19:24 said...

Thanks for reviewing Sanctuary EH :)
I'm glad that all in all you liked the book. Have a great day! :)