Review/Giveaway – River’s Recruit by Charlotte Abel

Welcome to my stop on the River’s Recruit book tour which has been brought to you by SupaGurl Tours. Here you can read a summary of the book, an excerpt and learn a little more about the author Charlotte Abel. There is a tour wide giveaway running too so don’t forget to enter! Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

Title: River’s Recruit
Author: Charlotte Abel
Series: The Sanctuary Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: October 2012

Book Description

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.

My Review:

What can I say but ARGH!! I was hooked to this book and its amazing storyline!! I kept flipping the pages, then BAM end of book!! OMGosh!! What will I do until the next book comes out? I need to know more now!!

Anyway, let me explain a little more of the amazing journey that I went on. River is a wolf shifter who has been living with Rueben outside of the Sanctuary, since the death of her mother 5 years ago. The two wolf clans all follow very strict rules in their day to day lives, where the tiniest infringements come with harsh penalties, eg. you many have your finger removed for taking an apple from your families rations.

River is eager to merge with her wolf and to be mated. While she is out tracking a herd of goats she comes across Jonathan in the woods. River maybe a petite girl for 18, but she has a big heart and a bigger mouth, she is not one for holding back and standing up for what she believes in.  She gives the men around her a run for their money!! She is very passionate about her work and family and would give her life for them if she could.

Jonathan has had a courageous journey up until this point. He has been through so much in six months and there were times that I cried with him because it would be so hard to deal with what he has. And to feel the rejection of one of his parents is just sad. All the what if’s….. What if I didn’t go…or What if Franklin lived… We aren’t able to change the past, so Jonathan has to deal with his feelings and try and move on. I really like Jonathan, he is an amazing man and I fell for him from the very beginning. He is willing to put himself into danger to protect others. It is probably why he was a good soldier in the army.

After Jonathan stumbles across River in the woods, his priorities start to shift and he is able to open up and start to care about someone else. River is unable to tell Jonathan about her heritage, he needs to try and figure it out for himself. Jonathan thinks that River is part of a cult who all live a very primitive life. He wants nothing more than to take River and break this cult down. But, of course, there is a Prophecy that is starting to unravel around them, which is slowly building up.

Charlotte captured my attention from the Prologue and I found it difficult to put the book down. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride in the beginning and then we move into the relationships of the characters; Jonathan befriends River’s family and both Jonathon and River need to deal with their attraction to each other. The plot was amazing and I loved how she developed her own way of how shifters are created, it was a breath of fresh air to read a new concept in the shifter world. The book did end quite abruptly, just when I was getting right into the drama!! I really want to know what happens and I will be eagerly waiting for the next book!!


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," should be available by Christmas.



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  1. Hey, Naomi, I just wanted to thank you for participating in the blog tour for "River's Recruit" and for your lovely review!

  2. Anytime Charlotte!! I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what happens next!!

  3. I have Enchantment and Taken and would really like to read River's Recruit. It looks like a taste of a little something different. Thank you for sharing your review with us today and participating in the tour :)

  4. Thanx Denise!! I really enjoyed it and can't wait for more!!

  5. the books look really good have added them to my TBR list

  6. They certainly do look good!! Thanx you for the visit!!


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