Review: Cry Sanctuary by Moira Rogers

This cover matches the story perfectly!
Cry Sanctuary by Moira Rogers
Book 1, Red Rock Pass Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Year: 2008
Book Blurb from Moira Rogers' website

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.

Warnings: Hot werewolf sex, violence, explosions, and a heroine wielding a makeshift implement of destruction.
My Ramblings:
I won an ebook of Cry Sanctuary this past May over at Moira Rogers' blog, I didn't read it right away because I didn't have an ereader and do not like reading ebooks on the PC. Well, now that I have a Sony Reader that's all changed and I'm really enjoying the portability of my ereader. Cry Sanctuary was my first read on my ereader.

Cry Sanctuary was an exciting fast read for me, I enjoyed watching the relationship dynamics between Abigail "Abby" and Keith play out from the action packed start to the explosive ending. Abby and Keith neither tried to fight their physical attraction for the other. They both went with their instincts instead of trying to deny them. They just had self-doubts as to whether one would accept the other more on an emotional level because they were both trying to overcome issues from their past. But when the opportunity presented itself to show how they each felt, they each went with it, more like what you would see in real life, I think. This to me was refreshing.

The secondary characters were individuals you could relate to, they only added to the story without overtaking it and made me want to read more about them. I especially liked the sexy and charismatic Joe, he has a devil may care attitude that I just loved but underneath all the bluster you can tell he's a great guy by some of the decisions and advice he hands out throughout the story.

This is something I found very fascinating, in this world of werewolves, females can also be alphas. I've never read a werewolf story before that had this aspect part of their world. I absolutely loved that!

After finishing Cry Sanctuary, I went back to Moira Rogers website to get the link to purchase the next book in the series, I found a prequel to the Red Rock Pass series, Becoming which is a free download. I went ahead and read Becoming and you know what? It gave me a better understanding of Sammie and Gavin, the leader alphas at Red Rock Pass and the realities of the werewolves in this world, rounding out the storyline for me. I just wished I had read the prequel before reading Cry Sanctuary, then I wouldn't of felt like I was missing a little backstory in a couple of spots. I highly recommend reading Becoming before reading Cry Sanctuary.

Cry Sanctuary satisfied my need for the paranormal while heating up the pages with the sizzling but sweet romance of Abby and Keith. The paranormal world of magic and werewolves created by Moira Rogers was done in such a way that everything seemed believable with a strong edge of realism.  I'm so glad I finally started this series and I'll be reading the next book Sanctuary Lost.

Moira Rogers' Web site | Twitter | Excerpt for Cry Sanctuary

Red Rock Pass Series - Reading Order:
  1. Becoming - Prequel, free download
  2. Cry Sanctuary
  3. Little Things - free download
  4. Sanctuary Lost
  5. Sanctuary's Price

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Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good and yes I totally understand the not reading cos of no e-reader thing. I hate reading on my PC

Holly said...

I completely agree about this book, especially that I wish I'd read Becoming first. This story made so much more sense after reading that one.

Overall I was impressed though. Moira Rogers has become a favorite new author for me.

Mandi said...

Well then - Becoming it is! Thanks for the sounds great!

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

This series sounds great - I'm a bit short on shapeshifter reads at the moment, this should do nicely!

Donna said...

Blodeuedd - Yep, I was the same way about reading on the pc. I'm soooo happy with my ereader.

Holly - I enjoyed the Cry Sanctuary but after I read the prequel, a lot of things just made better sense. And same here, I'm definitely going to keep up with this series and give Crux a try.

Mandi - Yes, read prequel first. It takes the story up to a whole other level.

Patti - This is a quick satisfying read. Give it a try. :)

Leontine said...

I did e-read on the pc a couple of times, besides the wooden ass (dutch translated phrase :) it took me about 6-7 days to read a isn't my thing and slows my reading down by half. I have got enough UF to try out for the moment but your review does pique my interest Donna :D Especially the warning of hot werewolf sex...

SusiSunshine said...

Sounds great! I'm heading over to get Becoming now. Thanks for the review!

Donna said...

Leontine - Same here, just too uncomfortable to read at a computer for hours. Oh, this isn't a UF it's actually a Paranormal Romance. :)

Susi - Hope you decide to check out Cry Sanctuary.

Jam Lebrilla said...

Oooh...thanks for the heads-up on this. I like the trend Moira Rogers' books are going. Not too deep, but entertaining, I'd expect.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I've never heard of Moira Rogers before-I'm going to have to check out her website. This book looks like it's a good one. I'm not a big fan of e-books on my pc-but am working on getting over that b/c of all the great authors I'm missing.

Kimberly Swan said...

Great review Donna, sounds like you're really enjoying the series. :)

Carolyn Crane said...

I recently solved some ereader issues and having that thing in full swing is opening up my reading world, too! Also, thanks for this tip on Becoming. I want to read some moira rogers.

I wouldn't have seen this review if not for your header action. So cool!

Donna said...

Jam - I'm enjoying Moira Rogers' books, they are fast entertaining reads.

Colette - I hope you do! Check out the free stories, see if you like. :)

Kimberly - These series has kept me entertained, I'm onto book 3.

Carolyn - You like that header don't you? LOL!

Moira Rogers - Bree said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Donna! :)

Donna said...

Moira - Yes, I enjoyed reading Cry Sanctuary. I'm so glad I won a copy, it turned me on to a new series. You have a new reader in me. Thank you for stopping by!! :D

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

I ended up reading Crux by Ms. Rogers and really liked it - I'm waiting for her to say when Book 2 of that series is coming out. I've added her Red Rock series to my TBR - I'm sure I'll love it!

Moira Rogers - Bree said...

I don't know if you'll be coming back by, Patti, but if you do, the sequel to Crux is due out in February! :)

Sophia (FV) said...

I've read several e-books by Moira Rogers including Becoming, Cry Sanctuary & Sanctuary Lost. I won Sanctuary's Price on the blog and will be starting it soon. Bree andDonna do know how to write some hot paranormal. :) Great review.

Donna said...

FV - I just finished Sanctuary's Price, each book just gets better and better. I really, really enjoyed the last two books in the Red Rock Pass series. I just want to say Joe is just - Yum!

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