(Southern Arcana #5)
by Moira Rogers
ebook, 270 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Her submission can heal him. His dominance can free her.Goodreads
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.
Product WarningsContains 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.
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Crystal L's Thoughts:
Moira Rogers is one of the authors I turn to when I want to read a shifter book. Her latest book in the Southern Arcana series, Impulse, is #5 and still manages to bring her standard strong world building with its mix of interesting characters. This book focuses on Julio, an Alpha wolf shifter who is one of the three wolves residing on the Southeast council. However, recently Julio was the victim of torture when he and his human friend Kat were kidnapped. He doesn't want to do any ridiculous counseling, and he really wishes everyone would stop staring at him as if they are trying to analyze what's going on his brain. But no matter whether he wants to admit it or not, Julio is still suffering from nightmares and such from the ordeal.
Our heroine is Sera is a submissive coyote shifter, who escaped an abusive marriage approximately a year earlier from her much older coyote shifter husband. Sera battles with herself on a few levels. First she battles her coyotes instincts because the coyote shifter race is on the verge on extinction. If she gave into her animal she would find herself back in the grasps of her abusive ex-husbands clutches and actively working to breed a coyote pup. Secondly she battles her natural submissive tendencies that unfortunately, will often lead her to be the person that mean dominant shifters love to push around. Her submissive status does have perks though, in the fact that when in the company of dominant shifters who are not sadistic, and treasure her for what she is, then she has the ability to be what they need in the terms of the natural tendencies to want to please and soothe riled up dominants. Thirdly, Sera is battling the aftereffects of abuse. She hates the impulses she has to run and hide when there is a big bad dominant storming around her. She wants to be stronger. Maintain the ability to take care of herself, rather than others taking care of her. All of Sera's problems tell her that Julio would be bad, bad, bad news for her since he is one of the most dominant Alpha shifters in the Southeast. However, that doesn't prevent her from drooling over him whenever he is in the vicinity.
One day, Julio and Sera decide they're taking a vacation to get away from her stalkery ex-husband and the people who keep watching Julio, waiting for him to crack under pressure. So naturally when they are all alone, with nothing to stop them from lusting on the other, animal attraction ignites. I thoroughly enjoy Moira's world in this series. All the first few books still seem to be my favorites, this book was still pretty good to. So kick back, clear your mind, and let Moira take you away with hunky Julio and loveable Sera as they go on a vacation that ends up not being much of a vacation. This is a 4 wine glass salute!
Rating: 4 Wine Glasses