Apr 252015
 
Review: CruxCrux (Southern Arcana #1) by Moira Rogers
Published by Samhain Publishing on Mar 3, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Free Download
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

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.

Urban Fantasy can often be very steamy, and this book is definitely hot. It didn’t cross into explicit, but there was a lot of very fun tension running through most of the book.

The book mostly revolves around Mackenzie, but I’m not entirely sure I like her. She undergoes a lot of change and growth in the story, but it almost felt like too much. She went from super scared in the beginning, to quite confident near the end, and it just felt a little too rushed.

I did love the supporting characters though. There was a camaraderie between them that was sheer fun to witness. The ribbing and joking and obvious love everyone had for each other was a nice change from most urban fantasy stories, where the hero is mostly by him/herself. It was refreshing and heartwarming to see so many non-sexual, positive relationships.

Overall, this was a fun paranormal story that mostly featured shifters and magic. The ending felt a bit rushed, and the big climatic end fight was seriously short, but the overall story was steamy and entertaining.

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