Another great instalment from the Moira Rogers writing team! The fifth instalment in the Southern Arcana series and this time the lead characters are Sera and Julio. If you remember Julio was brutally tortured in Cipher, protecting Kat. This book sees him coming to terms with those events, and also understanding his place on the werewolf council following the political coup led by Alec in Deadlock.
Julio is an alpha werewolf with pre-cog skills. Super alpha and super dominant, but he also had this kind of laid back style I really liked. Sera is a coyote a dying out, shape-shifter breed, she’s also a submissive. It’s really easy to think submissive equals weak, and I nearly fell into that trap at the beginning of the book, but Sera is a survivor and a while she needs to submit she also is strong and determined to make her own decisions. Since Deadlock we’ve seen her trying to stand inner own two feet after escaping from her abusive marriage. Of course, as you know in books, abusive husbands always come back to bite you on the arse! Impulse is no exception.
In an attempt to come to terms with their pasts, and escape their surroundings, Sera and Julio go on a road trip. Cue, smoking hot chemistry and some interesting, kinky sex. Although perhaps not as kinky as erotic romance readers are used to reading ;-). I would say, don’t read submissive and dominant and think this book is about BDSM, because while it touches on it, I wouldn’t say that is really what this book is about.
I found it interesting how Sera balanced her need to be submissive in the bedroom, yet tried to fight against her coyote nature to submit to Julio in real life. It added an extra dynamic to their relationship as Julio had to fight the opposite desires.
Their road trip takes us deeper into the werewolf community. We see and begin to understand the implications of the werewolf rule and how it has impacted people outside of the New Orleans cast featured in the series. From poverty to deep resentment. We also encounter horrible bigotry as Julio and Sera try to carve their way for a new leadership and a new way of thinking, when others are determined to keep things how they are or were.
Politics play an important part once more and that’s one of the things I really enjoy about these books. The political manoeuvrings, almost like werewolf chess, but also the twists and thrills as each characters are delivered blows or developments you never really saw coming.
Patrick is fast becoming a character who really intrigues me, he might be human but he most definitely has a few tricks up his sleeve and I really can’t wait for his and Anna’s book (they better be getting one!).
I perhaps didn’t love this book as much as Cipher, but I think that’s more that I just loved Kat and Andrew more than there was any deficiency in the story. The Rogers writing team aren’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects and Impulse faces domestic violence, bigotry and poverty head on, all delivered in a sexy package. A really enjoyable read.
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