Friday, 10 December 2010

Review: Crux - Moira Rogers

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.

Southern Arcana Series:
Crux
Crossroads
A Peyton Family Christmas (free short story on Moira Rogers' website)
Zola's Pride (free short story on Moira Rogers' website)
Deadlock
Two Weddings (and One Near Funeral) (free short story on Moira Rogers' website
Cipher
Impulse
Enigma

Visit Moira Rogers' website for more information

Review:
Mackenzie is running scared, trying to escape from a crazy stalker who seems to be able to find her no matter where she goes.  Running out of options she finds herself a job in a bar to try and build up her dwindling savings and although she finds herself wishing she could stay in New Orleans she knows she must be ready to leave at a moments notice.  Her new boss Nicole is worried about her, she knows Kenzie is hiding something and fears for her safety so she asks her friend and PI Jackson to investigate.  Jackson finds out more than he bargained for and Kenzie soon discovers a whole supernatural society that she had no idea existed.

Crux is a book I purchased ages ago and I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get around to reading it - I wish I'd started it sooner but the good news is that book 2 (Crossroads) is already available and I only have to wait until January to get my hands on book 3 (Deadlock).  I won't be leaving it too long before I read both of those because I thoroughly enjoyed Crux.

Mackenzie is a great heroine, although she is scared of her stalker and then shocked when she discovers this whole supernatural world she doesn't whine and complain the whole time.  She isn't a wimpy character and she is prepared to help herself rather than just sit back and wait to be rescued.  Having said that I also liked the fact that she is willing to accept advice from those who know more about the situation she finds herself in than she does.  Although she is wary of Jackson and Nicole at first she feels instinctively that she can trust them and is grateful for the help and support they offer her.

Jackson is a man who would be easy to fall for, a bit of a player he certainly has the charm and the looks but he also has a more sensitive and caring side and he cooks a mean Italian too.  Although he is protective he doesn't act in an overbearing way which is something I really liked about him.  Jackson and Kenzie together have fantastic chemistry and I loved the sexual tension between them.  There is something more fulfilling about a relationship where the characters don't immediately jump into bed together and believe me it is well worth the wait with these two.  I also loved the banter between them and would have been happy to spend more time with the couple.

Although this is a paranormal romance it is one that straddles the lines with urban fantasy and has plenty of action and an interesting plot to back it up.  There is a great cast of supporting characters and although there are a few different names to remember we got to know enough about each of them to make me want to spend more time with them.  Each of the characters have their own distinctive personality and I didn't find I had any problems remembering who was who. 

I was impressed with the world building and am looking forward to spending more time with these characters.  Crux was a great start to a series which has left me itching to start reading the next book and I'm sure this series will only get better. I'd definitely recommend Crux to fans of both paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!  If you haven't tried anything by Moira Rogers (writing duo Bree and Donna) yet then you're missing out and this would definitely be a good place to start.

Source: Purchased

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't read anything by Moria Rogers, but this read sounds amazing. Don't get me wrong, I love a good sex scene, but what I love more is all the sexual tension that leads up to it. This sounds like something I need to put on my must read soon list :)

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  2. I love Moira Rogers! Just read A Safe Harbor and loved it.
    So I entered for this giveaway too!

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  3. I have several of her books and I have not read this yet. I somehow have missed it. Thanks for the great review.

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  4. Great review !!! I love Moira's book have read several. Havent yet read this one but after your review Id love to ... Thanks for posting and for the comp;)
    Kat
    kittee_cat@bigpond.com

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  5. Very nice review! I have not read this one yet or even heard of it but it's great to hear about new (to me) authors!

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  6. Everyone has said such good things about the Southern Arcana series. Your review seals the deal: I need to make time to start this series.

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  7. I hadn't heard of this book until I read your review, it sounds great, so now it will be added to my long list of must read books.

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  8. @ Jolene - like you say I love a good sex scene but I enjoy the build up & sexual tension even more & Crux definitely had that in spades :o) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :o)

    @ Lucy - I really liked A Safe Harbor but Crux was even better so I'd definitely recommend it :o) I'm sure you'll love this one!

    @ Tiana - If you like other stories by Moira Rogers you should definitley give this one a try - I loved it :o)

    @ Katrina - I'd definitely recommend this one :o) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did

    Kelli - I'm sure you're goin to enjoy this one, congratulations again on winning the giveaway :o)

    @ Vampire Book Club - I've been wanting to start the Southern Arcana series for ages so I'm glad I finally got around to giving it a try. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series faster now :o)

    @ Natalie - I'd definitley recommend adding it to your list, it's well worth reading :o) I have the same problem with a massive to read pile though lol

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