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River's Recruit (New Adult Shifter Romance: Book One) (The Sanctuary Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Abel
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Book Description

Best Selling Author introduces a 'new adult' paranormal romance.
Book 1 of The Sanctuary Series

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.

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About the Author

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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  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481004719
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6JI9D0
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lot's of teasing but all for nothing... March 2, 2013
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Werewolf girl from a werewolf cult meets an outsider who challenges everything she believes in.

What drew me into this book is the way that one becomes a werewolf in this book's world. I have never read this take on the myth before. It's quite original and I'd encourage other authors to do similar things. Instead of the tired old thing where you have to get bitten by a werewolf and have no choice but to become one, I like this story's idea that you have to choose and commit to the thing.

The ceremony scene to become a wolf was quite amazing. You should read the sample book just for that scene, it's worth your time.

The rest of the book, on the other hand, may not be worth your time or your money. There are a lot of issues that you may have with this book.

My issues were with the fact that IT DOES NOT END. This book just stops. It builds and builds. It teases you like it's going somewhere then all of a sudden puts a "to be continued" at the end of it.

I understand that this is a series, but you should at least put some emotional closure at the end of it. Harry Potter is a series, but each book ends by resolving issues that it started with. Yes, it also left some questions unanswered in each volume, but at least it resolved enough story points to give it's audience some closure. Lord of the Rings does the same thing. Yet at the end of each book you feel like you have enough information about the characters and their situation to make a conclusion to the overarching story. But you continue to buy the succeeding books to find out what actually happened.

You don't get much of anything at the end of this book except the need to buy book 2. It's the only way to get closure.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously??!! March 1, 2013
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I'd like to say that this is the first time I've ever written (or even wanted to write) a review for a book. But I'm so mad that I just have to. I had a feeling when I was about halfway into the book that it was moving really slow and I should just stop reading it. But I kept on going cause I kinda knew where it was going and wanted to see if I was right. When I was about 80% into the book, I kept wondering why nothing was really happening. Then the book just ended. THAT'S IT. Ended right when it got to a climatic point. It was like the author decided to write one whole book, cut it in half, and made the first half this book. I'm so mad that I don't even want to get the 2nd book when it comes out. I felt like I just wasted a huge chunk of my time...

I understand that other people like it and whatever. But this is my personal opinion and I like my books with a beginning, middle, and end.
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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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Wow, what an amazing ride. On the edge of your seat, bite your finger nails amazing. Was up late into the night reading this, like 4 am! I could not put it down, especially after the halfway point.

I absolutely loved this book, the emotional connection you get really got to me, you can feel Jonathan's desperation like it was your own, in your bones, and made me cry. This story hooked me in and never let me go. Charlotte is truly a gifted writer, and I will be reading more of her work.

I was able to get into the book pretty quick; it didn't take me too long to figure it all out, like how River's world is so different from ours. I did get that cult type feel of it like Jonathan did, but not as much, as I know they are a tribe of shap-shifters, and need to keep that part of their life secret. I enjoyed learning how primitive they lived, but yet with some genius creations too, like Reuben's farm, the way he made the pipes (he is a blacksmith) run under the whole cabin and barn, to carry the thermal water from the hot springs, to warm the house and barn, and how it has been designed to be changed in the summer, to bring the mountain cold water instead to help keep the place cool. The log cabin is build into the side of the mountain, and sounds so pretty, like a lodge at the ski resorts.

This book takes place in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which is where I grew up, so really enjoyed that part, as so much of the descriptions I could easily picture as I could relate. I think of them old mining towns nestled into the mountains.

I really loved River and Jonathan. River is a strong and courageous girl. I really could connect with her. She is a bit naive, but that is to be expected with the way she was raised.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining, A Must Read! November 13, 2012
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I had the honor of receiving an ARC of this book to Beta-read for Charlotte Abel; and what an honor it was! This is the third book that I have read from this author and her stories have the ability to make me so absorbed in the story, that I don't want to stop for air!! The world's that she create's are enchanting and her characters are so endearing and so very easy to relate to. They are so real, which makes it so that I can identify with them and I become fully invested into what happens to them in the story.
This particular story is about a place that nobody is aware that exsists deep in the Sawatch Mountain. There is a community of shifters who live there and are quite primitive in their ways and behaviours. River is coming to an age where she will be expected to mate with one of her kind because her "merge fever" is fast approaching. She is not happy to discover who is being picked for her and she ventures off. She comes across a young man in trouble and ends up saving his life. Jonathan has escaped his life of tragedy and sorrow to go on an expidition. Not only has he lost his hand in the war but also his twin brother. Things at home just haven't been the same since his brother was killed and Jonathan has so many feelings he just can't seem to cope with. When he lands himself in hot water and has this intriguing girl save him, he immediately feels some spark of life return to him. River takes Jonathan on as her "recruit" as this is the only acceptable way to keep him around without losing him. This begins a journey of introducing a young man who is used to the current way of the world learning how to cope with this new life which is so primitive and beyond anything he has ever experienced before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative!
I stayed up late reading this. Very enjoyable and I want to read the next book. Creative story line and character development.
Published 2 days ago by Danielle Rastetter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 days ago by SANDY NUSBAUM
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
A shifter tale with an interesting twist. If you like shifters you will like this. I didn't like the ending but am waiting to read part two and see where it goes.
Published 5 days ago by Jerilynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolfed this book down & hope to read the whole series.
I really enjoyed this 1st in a series book for melding of modern human values in contrast to a nature worshiping group of people. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amanda, RN
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book well written
Love the book well written. You will love it. If you like fantasy with shifters and all you will love this,
Published 6 days ago by Angela Gray
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Started off good. But then I got annoyed with the main characters. They didn't "grow". I skipped ahead to see how it ended up, and it was like I didn't miss anything. Read more
Published 7 days ago by T. Ainsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginning
A solid story with entertaining and believable characters who are not clearly good or evil. Rather than having a protagonist who is perfect and a clear antagonist who is all bad,... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Victoria Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Amazing story line, from multiple points of view! Well worth the read. Could have been longer, no real complaints though...
Published 9 days ago by Breanna Marie McKinnon
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Cliffhanger ending
I was enjoying this book until I got to the cliffhanger ending. As cliffhangers go, this is a pretty good one, but I'm so annoyed (and I'm really thinking a stronger word) that it... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Dorothy Kuhlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am an older woman.
Published 12 days ago by Barbara Wright
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More About the Author

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!)

The final book of The Channie Series, "Finding Valor," is now available!

Look for "River's Remorse," the second book of "The Sanctuary Series" in 2014


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Great read!
There will be at least three total books in The Sanctuary Series, probably four.
Aug 27, 2013 by Charlotte |  See all 5 posts
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