Moira Rogers
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Samhain Publishing
Release Date
January 2010
Book 1 of Southern Arcana
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

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

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.

Warning: This book contains devious schemes, epic battles, forbidden love between a shapeshifter and a spellcaster, nosy secondary characters, furniture-endangering sex and a woman fighting to choose her own destiny.

Book Review by Literary Cravings
Oct 19, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
Mostly everyone knows who they are and where they come from, being able to trace their families generations to generations. But what if everything you knew to be true was in fact a complete and total lie, from your family all the way down to your name and DNA?

That is only a piece of what Mackenzie, the main character in Moria Roger tale "Crux", is going through as we find her in New Orleans on the run from a crazed would-be suitor Marcus and working at a bar. Little does she know her past would quickly catch up with her and that her boss and friends would play a bigger part in helping her save her life as well as introducing her to a new supernatural world. Plus the instant connection she would have with her boss Nick's loyal customer and friend, private investigator Jackson Holt who was not all he was said to be.

This story is filled with action and the supernatural that it kept my attention from beginning to end. Finding out who Mackenzie really was and if she could escape her estrange stalker with his hired goons and on top of all that try and control the building sexual chemistry she was having with Jackson made for an interesting read.

All in all, this was a good start to what could be a great series. All of the characters were interesting and brought new elements to the story, filling it with shapeshifters, Seers and Spell Casters. Though the story was filled with drama, danger and romance, I felt that there could have been even more between Mackenzie and Jackson. The chemistry between them was there and when they were together, they lit up the page but I wanted more intimate momments where they got to really know each other and growing to love each other. The drama, suspense and characters drove the story and I felt that the romance was overshadowed a bit. Still, it was a good story and I felt that Moira did a great job with her characters and I would like to read more of the series.
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