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Friday, May 29, 2009

Crux by Moira Rogers

Crux: Southern Arcana Book One by Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary; Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (274 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

To find her destiny, she must trust him with her life…and her heart.

Southern Arcana, Book 1

Jackson Holt makes a decent living as a private investigator in New Orleans, home of one of the largest underground supernatural populations in the United States. He and his partners have never met a case they couldn’t crack…until a local bar owner asks him to do a little digging on her newest hire.

New Orleans is the fourth destination in as many months for Mackenzie Brooks, a woman on the run from a deranged stalker. After all, any man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her destined lover has more than a few screws loose. But crazy doesn’t explain why he always finds her no matter how far she runs.

When her well-meaning boss puts a PI on her case, Mackenzie comes face to face with the incredible truth: magic is real, and whatever spell has kept her hidden and separate from the paranormal world is rapidly deteriorating.

With time running out, she has no choice but to trust Jackson as he struggles to uncover the truth of her past—and her destiny.
Mix one spell-caster with one cougar shifter who has no idea of her abilities. Add an off-balance cougar shifter who wants to use the powers to create a super being. For a little sizzle, add sex. For some spice, add danger and deception. What have you got? Crux by Moira Rogers.

Rogers writes a fantastic novel. The characters are unique in their own way while fighting to rid the world of Charles Talbot. The scenes are rich with detail and emotion. It’s like you really are there, fighting off the evil alongside the hero and heroine.

I liked that Jackson, the hero, had doubts – not about how he felt about the heroine, but what needed to be done. As much as he was a spell-caster, he was also very human. We all know what we have to do in the clinch, but it’s relatable to see someone else who isn’t totally sure it’ll work. I also liked that the heroine, Mackenzie, was tough and stood on her own two feet. Many times the heroine is weak, but not in this novel. She kicks butt and makes no bones about doing so. Great to see such a powerful and independent heroine. I also liked that passion drive them. The passion to do the right thing, but also the passion they shared.

If you want a fast-paced shifter novel that’s different in great ways from the norm, then Crux is the book for you. I give this novel 4.5 books.