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Sanctuary (The Wanderers) Paperback – October 6, 2021
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The Wanderers are a secret underground society, born to provide sanctuary for anyone who believes in free will and democratic notions. They have grown in numbers for many years and have several compounds where their citizens live in safety.
After living off the grid for all of her twenty-one years, Layla’s life has been uprooted after the murder of her parents. On the run with her nineteen-year-old sister, she’s hungry, scared, and running out of time. At her lowest moment of despair, she finally finds someone who can take them to The Wanderers.
Layla knows how to take care of herself. She can fight. She can forage for food. She has bad-ass survival skills. But she has never been this close to anyone outside of her immediate family, especially men. So many men. She’s aware of society’s inclination towards living with multiple partners, but is she ready to enter into a polyamorous relationship herself?
Jay, Gatlin, Ledger, and Nile have been living as a family unit with The Wanderers for years. When Layla shows up, they practically trip over one another in an effort to woo her. She’s young and sweet and kind and all that is good in the world. Pressuring her to choose them is strictly forbidden of course. They must be patient.
When Layla goes missing, her men will do anything to find her before she falls into the wrong hands. Losing her is not an option. They just got her. But is she really theirs?
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- ASIN : B09HJ8LWT6
- Publisher : Independently published (October 6, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 228 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8490587156
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.52 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,110,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To say that Layla has led a sheltered life is putting it mildly. Being found by a member of an underground society (literally & figuratively) becomes a life altering experience for her and her sister, in all the best ways. Free will and choice are bywords of The Wanderers. Jay, Nile, Ledger and Gatlin are a family unit in search of their "one." All it takes is one look at Layla and Jay is left speechless. The remaining three men react pretty much in the same way. Layla may be an innocent but she know what she wants and boldly goes after it even if she is a bit nervous about the mechanics. Being treated like a princess is one thing but her men quickly learn she's no pushover.
Layla and Ariel are as innocent and naive as two sisters could be in a world gone crazy. After their parents are murdered while hiding them, they set out into a frightening world where danger is all around them...
They search for Julie Imes, a woman they know of but have never met. They heard rumors of a group where women were safe and protected.
Within weeks they meet, and join, The Wanderers. One on one relationships are few and far between.
Layla has feelings for Jay and his three "brothers." She wants to be a part of their family unit. But is she ready for that kind of commitment...
This had been written about a time after the post-apocalyptic world which is a period that some authors are particularly good at and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this first book which I thought had ticked all of my boxes for a great read.
Layla and her sister have done well to survive and stay together in a time when females are sought after and Layla and Ariel are on the run since their parents were murdered, they have lived a very isolated lifestyle and continue to search for a place of safety and they are discovered by “The Wanderers”.
This is an institution where the safety of women is taken most seriously and they are taken to The Sanctuary a place where women are kept safe, remain in control of their independence and also many of them have Polyamorous relationship with the males as there are so few men to women.
The book is full of characters and personalities along with these two women that are looking for love and a life in a stable and loving relationship in a world where life and love and birth have become far more important as females are so few.
This leaves you full of suspense, and with quite a few questions and I have to say that I am looking forward to the next book so that I can discover what happens in the future to Laylah and her sister.
I assure you that you will love every moment of this book it is simply a fantastic read.
I voluntarily received and review an Advanced Reader Copy
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; keep up all the great writing.
Then it’s insta-love between Jay and Layla. And when I say insta, I mean insta: Layla talks about falling for him hours after she meets him. This stuck me as odd. Layla and Ariel lived only with their parents and hid when any visitors came by. They have little experience living in any form of society, yet Layla instantly knows it’s love with Jay?
Jay falling for her was more understandable; in Jameson’s dystopia, women are scarce, so it made sense that Jay would fall for a lovely young—and most importantly, available—woman quickly. But due to the shortage of women, polyamorous relationships are the norm, so falling for Jay also means Layla would need to live with Nile, Gatlin, and Ledger as well. And guess what? That happens really…easily.
Layla likes all the guys, and they all adore her. They do all the right things when it comes to giving her space and respecting her decisions. These men all kind of blurred for me, actually. They’re all just so nice, without much of a contrast. The sensual scenes are intense, but honestly, this many guys felt a bit smothering.
Layla and Ariel adapt to Wanderer society well, avoiding the perils that face women elsewhere. And it struck me as odd that their parents would live on their own, particularly considering the dangers women face in this world. Knowing as they do where they want Layla and Ariel to go if anything happened to them, why wouldn’t they have gone to the Wanderers earlier themselves for the same reason?
My favorite part of Sanctuary was towards the end, when Layla is threatened and has to defend herself on her own. Seeing her strong agency and action was fantastic.
Overall, Sanctuary is a nice story. I just expected more, frankly. I hope Jameson’s future books in this setting have more struggle, more differences between the guys, and more action for the women. There’s a hint of that at the end of this book, and I truly hope it comes to fruition!