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Posted July 26, 2013
The books opens up with a bang as Holly is at the killer’s mercy. This implies that this story will be a darker one than the first one was, and it certainly lives up to expectations. The villain is a real twisted bastard that you just ache to see get what he deserves. The investigation and conflict as a whole felt like I was reading an episode of Criminal Minds or something, which I thought was actually really cool. Despite occasionally seeing from the awful villain’s POV (which thankfully never gets very graphic), I really enjoyed the case in this book.
I really loved seeing characters from the first story. It lends a sense of continuity and familiarity to the series and just draws you in and hooks you. That being said, you do not need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, though I definitely recommend it to fully appreciate the significance of certain details.
The romance had a bit of a buildup rather than a lust at first sight kind of deal, so the teasing in the early phase of the relationship is titillating and just as toe curling as the love scenes later. It was a great combination of sweet and sensual.
Even better than the first, this sequel grabbed my attention from page one and never let go. You’ll be holding your breath and on the edge of your seat throughout and will be unable to put this book down. I definitely think that Cry Sanctuary is a must read!
Posted October 11, 2012
Cry Sanctuary continues the suspensefulness that the previous book Hounded gave us amidst a world of shifters and reunites us with some familiar faces as well as introducing us to some new ones. The villain in this story is just as nasty as the previous and his taunting of the heroine throughout the story adds an extra umph of emotional impact.
Holly Lawrence isn't your typical heroine...she's got some curves and doesn't dress to impress. She's also the one who got away. Her survival has weighed heavily on her and it's lead her on a non-stop hunt for the killer just as he hunts her. Holly is an extremely likable heroine who you can't help but admire and I hated how much guilt she carried over things beyond her control. Her interactions with her family were realistic and gave her some rare moments of peace. The slow and sensual burn between her and alpha werewolf Caine Morgan also brought her moments of happiness and some steamy sexual interludes to us readers amongst the tragedies The Hunter is causing shifters.
Caine Morgan is extremely sexy and dependable. As alpha he has the protection of his entire pack to weigh on him and when The Hunter goes after them guilt starts weighing on him too. Guilt forms a bond between him and Holly and working with her on this case brings them closer together emotionally and physically and gives them both someone to count on. Even though he's alpha he trusts Holly's abilities and lets her take the lead which made me like him even more.
The identity of The Hunter is learned very early on and seeing the differences in his personality between killer and average Joe makes him even scarier. These scenes are well-paced, intense, with moderately graphic kill scenes and reiterate his cruelty. The reasons behind his deeds emit a moment of sympathy but his actions quickly make you forget and the heinousness and bloodiness sticks with you long after the story's conclusion.
Cry Sanctuary was a truly enjoyable story that had my emotions on a roller coaster as I went from grisly scenes of death to a touch of humor to the seductive pull of the relationship between Holly and Caine. With some wonderful secondary characters, at times there were almost too many that I lost track of who was who, and the satisfyingly slow burn of Holly and Caine's romance I was fully immersed in this story from start to its pulse pounding conclusion. And while I don't feel that it's entirely necessary to have read the previous book in this series why wouldn't you with such an exciting and unique premise? Here's hoping that more stories from this world are on their way soon!
Posted December 1, 2013
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