by Moira RogersPublisher: Samhain Publishing Publish Date: January 5, 2010 Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: Southern Arcana book 1 My Rating (3.5 of 5 stars) Blurb from Author Website: 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.
*3.5 of 5 Stars*
Crux kicks off the first book of the Southern Arcana series by Moira Rogers. In Crux, the setting is primarily in New Orleans where the characters are a mix of supernatural beings, mostly shape shifters and witches. Mackenzie Brooks is running from a stalker who claims that he and Mackenzie have a destiny together, to make magical babies. Convinced her stalker is completely crazy, Mackenzie is constantly on the run, until she finds a job as a bartender in New Orleans and meets an attractive stranger. When Mackenzie’s new boss asked Jackson to investigate the new hire, Jackson never thought he would find so much trouble, or be so attracted to the new girl. Jackson his friends need to help Mackenzie before it’s too late.
I enjoyed the story, from the start there was excitement. I was curious to see what Mackenzie was running from, and how she fit into the magical world. The New Orleans crew are definitely interesting characters, set in a new intriguing world. The Southern Arcana world is not an all or nothing world, there is a lot of magic and paranormal elements to the story, but no vampires. The shape-shifters and spell-casters make up the paranormal element, and their interactions and politics are distinct.
It was easy to understand the world, and to get caught up in the story. The story itself is well-written and developed, and it makes sense. There are no loose strings to be tied up, but there is plenty of room for future stories. I would say that Crux sets a very solid foundation for a book series, and I am looking forward to reading more Southern Arcana books in the future.
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