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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Tour Stop: River's Recruit by Charlotte Abel

Welcome to my stop at the River's Recruit Book Tour, hosted by Heather @ SupaGurl Tours.

Title: River's Recruit
Series: Sanctuary Series, book #1
Author: Charlotte Abel
River's Recruit (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.

Jonathan tries to escape:

He led Red outside so he could walk him around and settle him down before trying again.

A fallen tree behind the barn gave Jonathan an idea. He used it like a stepping stool and climbed on from the left. Red barely twitched—until Jonathan leaned forward and gently pressed the heels of his boots against Red’s sides.

Years of gymnastics and martial arts training was the only reason Jonathan didn’t fall off. His summers in Montana hadn’t prepared him for riding bareback. The first sixty seconds were sheer terror. But when Jonathan quit trying to anticipate the rhythm of Old Red’s gait and just let his body react naturally, it was much easier. Once the cabin was out of sight, he headed northeast. He let Red pick his own pace, which turned out to be a smooth, brisk, mile-eating walk.

Jonathan had no idea how to get home, but he’d started out in the Sawatch Mountain Wilderness. If he kept traveling northeast, he’d eventually hit Highway 24.

He’d gone about five miles when a high-pitched whistle shattered the morning silence. Jonathan froze. Red stopped and turned his head towards the sound. Another whistle, long and low, had him trotting towards the forest. Jonathan tried to turn him the other way, but Red refused to cooperate.

River stepped out of the shadows. She held her bow by her side, an arrow already on the string. “What are you doing on Eli’s horse?”

“I borrowed it.”

“Why? Is Eli okay?” Concern wrinkled her brow.

A flash of irrational jealousy loosened Jonathan’s tongue. “Your betrothed will wake up with a headache and a very bad attitude, but he’s fine.”

In less time than it took to blink, River had her bow up, the string pulled back against the side of her face and an arrow pointed at Jonathan’s pounding heart.

He’d expected her to be pissed, but he hadn’t expected her to shoot him. “Lower your weapon.”

She glared at him. “Are you trying to leave?”

Jonathan wanted to dig his heels into Red and make a run for it…but those stories about ninjas dodging arrows were highly exaggerated. “I got tired of listening to your betrothed’s empty threats and decided it was time to go home.”

River slackened the string, but kept the arrow pointed at Jonathan’s heart. “I’m not betrothed.”

Jonathan shrugged, faking a disinterested attitude. “It sounds like you and Eli need to discuss the status of your relationship.”

River lowered her bow and walked towards Jonathan. She grabbed Red’s reins. “I ran into a patrol about two hours ago. If they see you out here, alone, on Eli’s horse, they’ll know you’re trying to escape and shoot you on sight.”

“I’ll take my chances.”

River’s eyes glistened. “I risked my life to save yours.”

“And I fought a mountain lion to save yours. We’re even.”

“Did you forget? If you get caught; I’ll be punished.”

“Why do you think I waited until you left for the day? I escaped on Eli’s watch so it wouldn’t be your fault.”

“You’re my recruit. Everything you do is my fault! If you lose something, I have to replace it. If you break something, I have to fix it. If you commit a crime, I have to share your punishment.”

“How are they going to know I’m your recruit? I’m on Eli’s horse.”

“I told the men on patrol that I had a new recruit. Besides, I would never let someone else take my punishment.”

“Not even an ‘arrogant jackass?’”

River shook her head.

Jonathan couldn’t help but admire her ethics. “What’s the punishment for escaping?”


A cold stone of dread settled in Jonathan’s stomach. “How long will you be responsible for my actions?”



Author Bio
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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