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Friday, April 30, 2010

Savage Healing by Moira Rogers

Temple of Luna 4: Savage Healing by Moira Rogers
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

For years, Celine has ruled the Savage Temple as the high priestess of Luna, one of the most powerful women in their world. She gave up everything for her position, including the only man she's ever loved. Free now of her duties, she's ready for a second chance -- until she stumbles into a trap guaranteed to wake Karim's dark side.

Karim gave up on love the day Celine chose her goddess over him, but a bruised ego can't keep him from coming to her aid when she calls for help. Rescuing Celine from her captors might be easy, but controlling his slide into protective, feral warrior is not. Capable of breaking her body as surely as she broke his heart, his only chance is to trust her to tame his beast, even if it means falling in love with her all over again.

Can a priestess become “just a woman”? After years of serving as the high priestess at the Savage Temple, Celine relinquishes her position to a younger woman. Kidnapped and held prisoner, she gets word to the only person she trusts to save her: the one regret she has in her life. Celine gave up everything to attain her position in the Temple of Luna, including Karim, the warrior she loved. It is Karim she sends for when the enemy captures her. Can Karim pull off the perfect rescue? Can they recapture the passion of their youth or has too much gone between? Can a priestess become a lover and find true love?

Moira Rogers has created a world torn apart by the war between the wolves and men. The Savage Temple is a place of solace and healing. For years, Celine was the High Priestess in charge, but has finally turned her post over to a younger priestess. Celine is smart, strong and determined, but finds herself betrayed by her own people. I liked Celine’s sense of her own abilities: she knows she needs to hold on as long as she can so that the one she sent for can get her out of her predicament. I enjoyed watching her overcome her self-doubt and learn to be the loving woman she once was. I loved that she was smart enough to use her skills to heal the warrior in Karim without losing the lover in him.

Karim is the consummate hero: not the handsomest of men, but imposing. He is scarred, as a warrior would be, but his worst wounds turn out to be those no one can see. He is afraid that he will never be enough for Celine, but knows he has to help her survive her ordeal.

These characters are wonderfully depicted: not young and beautiful, but mature and marked by their life experiences. I enjoyed the journey back to love that these two take, and I hope there are more stories to come from the Temple. I would recommend this for those who want to know that love and passion is not just for the young, but for all of us.

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