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Friday, August 19, 2011

Cipher by Moira Rogers

Cipher by Moira Rogers
Southern Arcana Book 4
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (199 Pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Holly

Their desire could be their destruction...or their greatest strength.

Southern Arcana, Book 4

Fourteen months ago, Kat Gabriel learned a brutal truth. Under the wrong circumstances, her empathic ability is no gift. It’s a deadly weapon. Now her soul bears the inescapable weight of those deaths—and it aches for the loss of the easy relationship she once shared with Andrew Callaghan. Unleashing her power saved his life, but she couldn’t save his humanity.

Since the attack that turned him into a werewolf, Andrew’s sole focus has been to make himself stronger. Pushing her away hurt like hell, but Kat doesn’t need a friend. She needs a protector strong enough to shield her from the supernatural world that forced her to kill. Strong enough to resist their volatile connection.

As Kat’s quest to understand the violent legacy of her past leads her into the darkest underbelly of the psychic world, Andrew is at her side. Yet every step forward rips open old emotional wounds and shakes their control. Where they’re headed, distractions of any kind can be fatal—especially when the greatest threat they pose is to each other.

The Southern Arcana series by Moira Rogers just keeps getting better. I have been waiting for Kat and Andrew’s book and it certainly was worth the wait. The New Orleans of Southern Arcana is wonderfully detailed, inhabited by the most intriguing supernatural community, a diverse and interesting group of shifters, psychics and many more too numerous to mention here.

Katherine “Kat” Gabriel and Andrew Callaghan have been tiptoeing around the elephant in the corner for fourteen months. That is when the past and politics combined to interrupt the budding love between them, causing Andrew to become the wolf he now is, and leaving Kat to deal with the guilt she feels for using her mind to kill the rogues who attacked them. Both have wondered what might have been, but then Kat receives information on a plot so terrible it caused the death of Kat’s mother when she was young.

Now Kat and Andrew, and their mutual guilt society, are on a road trip together, to meet with an informant to learn more. What they uncover could ruin the lives of supernaturals around the world, so Kat and Andrew, and a small band of friends set out to stop this threat once and for all. Can they take care of the threat to keep everyone safe, all while dealing with the elephant sitting squarely between them? Can they find the way back to the relationship, and love they had? Or will their lives be forever shadowed by events from the past?

Kat is determined to get past the events that changed her life fourteen months ago. I enjoyed watching as she honed her talent, her empathy, to better protect herself and those around her, while learning to deal with what happened in the past. Kat is a strong character, but she doesn’t realize her true strength isn’t physical, and I liked seeing her realize what was important in her life.

Andrew is the strong alpha wolf, created in the attack on him and Kat fourteen months ago. He has guilt issues and lots of anger, but one thing never wavered-his love for Kat. He is loyal to his friends, and protective of those he loves, especially Kat. I enjoyed seeing him come to terms with his feelings, and find his way back to Kat’s side.

There is a cult of supernatural people determined to control the psychic community, and use them as weapons in their goal to take over and rule the world. Kat and Andrew take on the challenge to stop them, and recruit a small band of helpers along the way.

There is a lot of danger and some very sad moments, but this is Moira Rogers. There is a lot of hot passion, but in a very unique and surprising manner. When Kat and Andrew finally resolve their issues, things go to a whole new level. I also enjoyed catching up with many of our old friends from earlier books.

This is the best of the Southern Arcana series so far, in my opinion, and I look forward to the next one.