Review: Impulse by Moira Rogers

Sera Sinclaire is a New Orleans rarity: a submissive coyote trapped in a town overrun by dominant shapeshifters. Worse, she lacks the willpower to deny the alphas-in-shining-armor who need her soothing presence, even when their protectiveness threatens to crush her hard-won self-reliance.

Impluse Moira RogersI have been wanting to read a Moira Rogers book for a long time so when Impulse was offered I jumped at the chance.  Impulse is the fifth book in the Southern Arcana series and I have not read the first four.  I think jumping into the middle of this series might have been a bad idea.  There are so many characters and on-going plots that I was a little lost for most of the book.  It was not like things weren’t explained well enough it was just that I always felt I was late for the party.  If that makes sense?

Sera, being one of the few remaining submissive coyotes, is being stalked by her ex-husband.  Members of the species have overwhelming desires to mate with each to continue the species so even though he is her ex he will not leave her alone.  Sera is surrounded by dominant wolves that are there to protect her- Julio being one of the most dominant.

One of the things I liked most about Sera and Julio together is Julio wants her to do things on her own.  He is clearly the dominant personality but he doesn’t use that to override what she wishes.  He pushes her to stand up for herself in ways that include using weapons.  Also because he is of another species Sera feels the desire to submit to his dominance but not the need.  With her ex the submission was almost more of a need or a forced submission and not something that she chose to do.  I was very much turned off by the way her submission to her ex was talked about.  It made Sera seem like a very weak and unlikable person.

Julio is pretty yummy.  From the story I learned that he had been captured and tortured in a previous book.  The time he spent there clearly marked him.  He is very much an alpha but also with a sensitive side that needs soothing.  I think his experiences made him a perfect match for Sera because he was able to understand her emotions and react appropriately.  We can’t forget to mention the man is pretty hot in bed.  Yummy and wowzer and all the good stuff that goes with that.  There were some hot scenes!

Fans of this series will like this new book because it brings in previous characters but also adds some strong new ones.  I think I am going to have to go back and pick up the first couple of books simply because there are some other interesting people that I would like to know more about!  Final Grade- B

Favorite Quote:

Sitting back, she glanced at Julio.  “You know everyone thinks we’re headed to the nearest motel to fuck ourselves stupid for the next week, right?”

He threw back his head with a laugh.  “My fault, sweetheart.  People think I can’t keep my pants on.”

“Who says I can?”  Sera twisted on the seat and grinned at him.  “That’s the awesome part about the twenty-first century.  Girls get to love sex too.”

Rating: B
Impulse by Moira Rogers
September 4th 2012 by Samhain
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  1. says

    You should definitely read the other four books. It sets up a lot for Impulse in a good way. There’s a lot of world building, well-done, but Julio and Sera very much play into that. Relationship wise, they were amazing in playing into strengths, not tearing down. Sera gets the chance to move on from the fear and Julio finds some peace. And I loved how playful they were.

  2. says

    I read and enjoyed this one but I was uncomfortable with the way the submissive thing was described, too. The continued political development was cool but I would have liked it if the h/h wouldn’t have fallen for each other quite so easily. I wanted more internal conflict.

    My favorites were the first two books so I definitely recommend backtracking!

    • says

      I actually liked the way the submissive thing was, in relation to Julio. While I was a bit ick at first with the species imperative, I actually thought it made sense. Fear and instincts can make a bad situation much worse. And I liked that Sera was much more…adaptable in her own mind, her own description versus someone else. I had to remember that Sera was very, very young when she left with her ex, too.