Author: Charlotte Abel
Release Date: November 12th 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Series: Sanctuary #1
Jonathan McKnight lost everything in Afghanistan. His left hand, his identical twin, his self-respect and his naive belief that good always triumphs over evil. Burdened by grief and guilt, he searches for redemption on a solo backpacking trip into the remote Sawatch Mountains of Colorado and discovers a secret tribe of shifters.
River, the beautiful young shifter that rescues Jonathan has been promised to a man she despises. A man that does not desire her and only wants to use her to achieve his own political goals. Jonathan is more than a romantic rival. He’s a threat to those goals.
The only way to save Jonathan’s life is for River to take him as her recruit.
As Jonathan learns more about the horrors of River’s cult-like society, he becomes even more determined to escape it, until he learns that River is responsible for everything he does and will be executed if he succeeds.
Escape is not an option—unless Jonathan can persuade River to leave with him. And if she refuses? Well, then, he’ll just have to kidnap her.
It really did surprise me from how different the setting of this book took place. Most books I read take place in a modern setting, in a city or town. This book feels like it's in an older time, in a rural setting. I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed this book. From start to finish ‘River’s Recruit’ intrigued me. They're not werewolf shifters, but rather they have a way of life that is different from any other book. Almost like a cult. Main character River keeps telling Jonathan that it’s not a cult. (In some ways it’s a cult, in other ways it’s a way of life. Either way I don’t believe her.)
'River’s Recruit' takes place in Sawatch mountain, in Colorado. It's in a secluded area, where no one ever travels too. Another way of life hidden in those mountains sound so mysterious I loved learning about Sanctuary and the place where River lives in those mountains.
The plot is great. Jonathan, an outsider, come across River. He runs into River, who was being stalked by a Cougar, and he tries to get the cougar's attention. When the cougar suddenly attacks River, Jonathan tackles the animal and is attacked instead of her. Jonathan soon scares off the cougar. Or it decided to find a meal that wasn't going to fight back. Its gets amusing when River thought Jonathan had lost his hand to protect her, when it wasn't there to begin with. As a snow storm hits, River saves him by bringing him back to a place where it can be dangerous for anyone who isn’t from New Eden (a secret Tribe of Shifters). She takes that risk and brings him into her world as a recruit. (A recruit is a human who wants to leave the normal modern human world. They have to give up electronics, cars, anything modern, even certain different types of food. He has to go through a bunch of tests to see if he can become someone like River.) She has to teach him the ways of her Tribe, such as what they are, how they live, what the rules of the places is. It must be hard on Jonathan though, to have to change his way of life so suddenly just to make sure he isn’t killed. Oh yeah, about that. If they find out he actually doesn't want to be a recruit, and is just trying to get home, he would be killed because he found out about River and how she lives in the mountains. Good plan, River. At least he’s brave and knows how to stand up for himself and River. A big twist happens and I got excited for this because I didn’t expect Jonathan to be that big of a deal, but he is, it. It left me shocked, and I liked that about this book. 'River’s Recruit' has two different point of views, River's and Jonathan's. The different views both contrast and compliment each other very well, showing how different their worlds are.
River is an 18-year-old woman of contrasts. She gives attitude to the people she doesn't like, but is shy to the people she does like. She doesn't want people she likes to be hurt for her mistakes. It's a relatable trait. Who would want someone to be hurt for something they did? She's like an Eve in the Garden of Eden, walking around naked with no shame. It's when she and Jonathan get close that she begins to feel modesty and the need to cover herself. If i had to explain her life, it's a place where women are below men like in olden times. They have no say in matters, and risk being killed or being turned into a servant or town whore if they make one small mistake. River had her mother killed because River was almost raped and her mother killed the man. She was then bought by her uncle. He's a kind man and wants whats best for River. She always thought that she would someday become her uncle concubine, and have his children (in her mind this is what was the right thing to do). She learns something from him that can turn her life upside down. River does all she can to follow the rules and make sure her family is safe.
Jonathan seems to be your typical macho guy. He didn't really care for his pre-army girlfriend, only wanted to get to third base (oral sex) with her. When it became clear that wasn't going to happen, he went into the army. His life changed when his twin brother died, and he came home. He blamed himself for his twin's death, even though he's told that he wasn't to blame. Meeting River changes his life by showing him how to love someone, and how not everything is what it seems in her world. Jonathan's military background gives him the knowledge how to stand up for himself. He knocked Eli in place quite a few times, showing off and such. He’s also a bit slow to take in information on the shifter world. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, since he is new to everything, but if your girlfriend is on the verge of dying, YOU BETTER OPEN YOUR EARS MORE.
If you had to describe Eli, it would have to be a brat. He whines and moans over the littlest thing. Also he thinks he’s all on top of the world just because he’s the grandson of a important person in New Eden. To me, I dislike him. He’s a brat and can’t do anything for himself. Doesn’t help that the life he lives in, women are the ones who do all the work and the men sit back and act all tough. I can also see why River hates him so much and doesn’t want to have anything to do with him.
4 out of 5 Howling Wolves
4 out of 5 Howling Wolves
The final book of The Channie Series, "Finding Valor," should be available by Christmas.
Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married.
She's in love with "real" life and paranormal romance. When she's not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she's never shot at anything other than a target!)
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