Savage Sanctuary

Savage Sanctuary

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by Jacqueline Barbary
     
 

Sexy bad boy shapeshifter Michael O'Dare grew up on the streets. When government soldiers finally captured and imprisoned him, he became a lab rat and a collared slave, never again allowed to be human. His escape allowed him to return to human form and head for freedom in the Western Territories.

Robert Hamilton-Scott had lived by the code "You're careful, or

Overview

Sexy bad boy shapeshifter Michael O'Dare grew up on the streets. When government soldiers finally captured and imprisoned him, he became a lab rat and a collared slave, never again allowed to be human. His escape allowed him to return to human form and head for freedom in the Western Territories.

Robert Hamilton-Scott had lived by the code "You're careful, or you're caught" for too long to take chances now. The one risk he takes in his carefully controlled life is offering temporary shelter to shifters on the run like Michael.

Robert knows it's definitely not safe to want the sexy renegade he's giving sanctuary to—passion is dangerous for a shapeshifter. As the soldiers close in he must choose between the careful life he's built or life on the run with the man who has captured his heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426890215
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
133,073
File size:
466 KB

Read an Excerpt

"Why are his hands tied?" Robert Hamilton-Scott shouted over the wind that drove stinging rain against his face.

"Because I value my life," Trevor Hardy yelled back. The leader of the resistance wasn't a cautious man. Hardy was a bear even though he was one hundred percent human. Six feet three and at least two hundred twenty pounds, he dwarfed the other resistance fighters beside him.

His words caused Robert to squint his eyes against the weather to get a closer look at the fugitive shape-shifter Hardy and two others hauled to his front door.

Tall and muscular, the shape-shifter male they supported was also worse for wear. His jeans were mud-splattered, torn and dark with moisture. Pale skin flashed through them in many places. Of course, he could also see much more skin elsewhere, because the man's torso was bare. His shirt, if the scraps of material hanging from his arms had been a shirt, was shredded almost beyond recognition, leaving the ridges of his abdomen to channel the streams of rainwater as if they were rapids.

Robert tore his gaze away from those ripples to help get the man inside. His home was a safe house among hundreds of others in a network that formed a trail from the United States to the Free Western Territories. Inspired by Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad, the Network provided aid and shelter to shape-shifters escaping government research.

This shifter was barely conscious. He stumbled and shuffled his feet as two men and one woman pulled him up the porch steps to the door of Hamilton Croft. Even with his head down and his shoulders slumped, sturdy rope around his wrists and three people holding his arms, the man was threatening—savage enough to give Robert pause.

"He's been in the labs for a year or more," Merry Bridges gasped, explaining when the others didn't. She didn't let go of the big arm she held with both hands, though her grip threatened to slip on bare skin grown slippery in the downpour.

They all stopped, finally sheltered under the porch roof. It wasn't the sudden respite from the torrential rain that caused them to pause. Robert could see his horror mirrored in the others' eyes. They all knew what it meant for a shape-shifter to be in scientists' hands for so long.

The scientists had less respect for shape-shifters than they had for lab rats, and the experiments they implemented put captured shifters in a living hell.

A bioengineered species was product not people.

And shifters were a product that had yet to yield maximum benefits for their creators.

Meet the Author

After many years as a suburbanite whose only experience with the wilderness was in braving outlet store sales, Jacqueline Barbary followed a seductive devil into the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There she spends her days immersed in passionate stories as dark and lovely as her surroundings, with only an occasional foray into civilization for mint cappuccino and shoes.



PS—the seductive devil was worth it

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Savage Sanctuary 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
What is it about bad boys that entices us? In "Savage Sanctuary", one particular bad boy not only entices Robert but threatens his control as well as his virginity. Michael can tempt anyone to his dark side. The once-gangster-has-been was imprisoned so long he no longer knows who he really is. I think Michael's personality is one that any bad boy lover would find themselves drawn to. He knows he is no longer the gangbanger he used to be and is trying to find out who the new Michael really is. But while you can take the man out of the gang, you can't take the gang out the man. He takes what he wants and refuses to take no for an answer. He knows he will get Robert in his bed eventually - introducing the virtuous Robert to the riskier side of life is just too much of a temptation for him to ignore. Robert and Michael are not only learning about each other but they are also learning a few things about themselves. Michael has always viewed himself as a bad guy: first when he was forced to live on the streets and join a gang for survival then once again when he was captured and tested like a lab rat. With Robert he is finally able to discover his worth and who he wants to be. Robert has lived a sheltered life to a certain extent. He was taught to control his emotions and shift at a young age so that it does not control him. I relished the development of both characters on a personal level. It was a great demonstration of what relationships should be like - two individuals helping each other grow into better people together. The plot was unique even for a shifter story. While many stories do feature a time period when shifters' existence is known by humans, this story adds a twist since all shifters are considered fugitives of sorts and the government rounds them up and runs tests on them. This part of the plot really fascinated me since the reality is that if shifters did exist I could see something like this happening since humans tend to fear what they do not understand. I just hope the author continues this as a series and hopefully the shifters will be left alone if not accepted by the human race. This was a very good read that I am happy I discovered. I am not sure if the author has other similar stories but when I finished this one I made sure write her name down so I could remember her. There is something refreshing about an author that can surprise you in a genre that some may feel has become overpopulated and jaded. I can genuinely say she is an author I would like to see more from. Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
Paradeus More than 1 year ago
This book was fun. It was sentimental but that can be forgiven in light of the very likeable main characters and the very interesting setting: a divided America that has forgotten the Bill of Rights and has created a unique race and then that race overcame its creator's control. A good, short read with some steamy scenes that some may find way too hot or way too explicit. For the latter group I say grow up! A good story is a good story.
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stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
1st book I've read by this author. I will try another one of her books.
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