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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Author: Moira Rogers
Page Count: 270 pages (digital)
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review sent by the author in anticipation of an honest review
Back Cover Summary:
Her submission can heal him. His dominance can free her.
Southern Arcana, Book 5
Sera Sinclaire is a New Orleans rarity: a submissive coyote trapped in a town overrun by dominant shapeshifters. Worse, she lacks the willpower to deny the alphas-in-shining-armor who need her soothing presence, even when their protectiveness threatens to crush her hard-won self-reliance.
The only shifter she doesn’t want to push away is Julio Mendoza, a wolf so dominant he’s earned a place on the Southeast council.
Julio doesn’t have the luxury of indulging in the vacation his psychic shrink insists he needs. He can't turn his back on responsibilities he’s beginning to wish he’d never shouldered. When an obsessive ex endangers Sera, though, instinct drives him to get her out of town. Watching her come to life outside the city makes him feel like he's finally done something right, and her touch ignites desire he doesn’t want to ignore.
But soon, lighthearted flirting becomes a dangerous game of seduction, where every day spent falling into each other is another day avoiding the truth. Sera's ex isn't the only one who’d disapprove of their relationship. There are wolves who would kill to get Sera out of Julio's life—starting with his own blood kin.
Contains endless summer road trips, family drama, redneck werewolves, sexual power games and a taboo love affair between a submissive coyote who’s among the last of her kind and a dominant wolf who loves his heroine’s ass. Literally.
Well! This was an anticipated book for me since I'm a big fan of this series. The events leading up to those included here are broad, so I don't recommend picking up the series here just because I wouldn't want you to miss out! Instead, I would start with the first book (Crux) and enjoying the whole journey from page one.
Anyway, this is Julio and Sera's story, and it's a spicy one, with plenty of getting over old issues and moving forward into the future and all the good stuff that makes for a satisfying story. Sera is dealing with a creepy, abusive ex-husband and the issues with finding her own way as an individual when she's never really been an individual before; Julio is recovering from a traumatic injury and trying to feel his way around being a Council member and all the responsibilities that go with it. By all accounts, neither is really ready or looking for a relationship, but this is Romanceland, which means a relationship is exactly what they find.
Sera and Julio are perfect for each other, but unfortunately for them a lot of other people don't see it that way. It's hard to get too detailed without spoiling previous books in the series but suffice it to say that if there was ever any confusion about Julio's extended family being full of prejudiced morons, that confusion is thoroughly resolved here.
My favorite part of this story was definitely the road trip- by not having anyone else to talk to or any other distractions, both Sera and Julio have to confront their issues and decide if dealing with the obstacles and headaches that would be their lives together are worth the gains. Julio also gets to see firsthand that the Council has really not been leading in an efficient way and that there are a lot of marginalized people who need to be represented and supported. Winning the challenge to become a councilor was only the beginning, and Julio really didn't understand that until mid-road trip.
Like I said, I wouldn't start this series here, because way too much has happened in the previous books that's important to enjoying this one. That's not a bad thing, just something to be aware of, but don't say I didn't warn you.
Posted by Emily at 3:13 PM