by Moira RogersPublished by: Samhain Publishing Publish Date: February 2010 Genre: Paranormal Romance Series: Book 2 Southern Arcana Source: E book provided for review by author My Rating: Book Blurb from Goodreads: He’s the last man she should ever want. She’s the last woman he can ever have.Southern Arcana, Book 2Coming from a family with psychic gifts, Derek Gabriel was aware of but separate from the dangers of the supernatural world, until a rogue wolf shifter stripped away his humanity. The change he barely survived didn’t drive him insane, but the cultural bias against him as an inferior transformed wolf might. And it doesn’t help that he’s fallen for the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.
Almost from the moment she was born, Nicole Peyton started planning her escape from the strict confines of elite shapeshifter society, an old-fashioned world where women are valued only for their bloodlines and bank accounts. In New Orleans she has a bar she loves, friends in decidedly low places, and a smoldering sensual tension with an incredibly attractive and deliciously unsuitable man.
Their forbidden longing erupts into unbridled need—until Nick’s sister burns into town with a strike team hard on her heels. Saving her means Nick has to play by the Conclave’s rules…and give up the man she is growing to love.
Unless Derek does something completely crazy—issue a challenge that could shake the foundations of their world.
Crossroads is book 2 in Moira Rogers Southern Arcana series, and I loved this book. Crossroads is a paranormal romance story centered around werewolves and people with magical abilities. As far as shifter/werewolf book series go, the Southern Arcana series is amazing. In book 2 the main heroine is Nick, the alpha’s daughter, a strong female werewolf trying to escape her birthright as the heir to the North America werewolf pack. Derek is a recently turned werewolf trying to control his inner wolf and find balance in his new life. Derek and Nick have always been attracted to each other, but Derek must overcome his apprehension over his new wolfish status and Nick must figure out a way to defy the leaders of the werewolves and lead the life she wants, instead of the life that is expected of her.
Normally, I am not a fan of supernatural politics, but in Crossroads, it works for the story. The politicians in this book are the North American werewolf council, and they are heinous, bigoted, out-dated fools. The council looks down on wolves that are bitten, they are supremely sexist, and they are very afraid of whatever they can’t control, which includes Nick’s seer, werewolf sister Michelle. Michelle gets herself in BIG TROUBLE with the council, and Nick has to step into to help her sister. The rest of the New Orleans gang jumps in to help as much as they possibly can, but events spiral out of control and Nick has to face giving up her life, and Derek, to save her sister. This is where I really come to love Nick, she is a tough, strong, beautiful character who has to deal with bias and chauvinism even though she is a modern girl living in America. She is very loyal and caring, and she handles the tough situations better than most women would. Derek is a fantastic character as well. He is a dominant male, but he is willing to put Nick’s needs first and not act like a jerk when circumstances turn south. Nick and Derek are strong characters, they are easy to relate to, and I was fully engrossed with their story, rooting for them the whole way.
Crossroads is extremely well written, the plot development is strong and the character development is even better. While Nick and Derek are the primary focus of the story, the secondary characters get plenty of attention as well. The side stories surrounding the secondary characters in this book give the book more depth, and the foundation set with book 1 Crux is developed even more. I am now very attached to this Southern Arcana world. Also, I would like to note that the story does not just end, Moira Rogers takes time to wrap up loose ends and set up future stories at the same time. When I finished Crossroads, I was very satisfied with the novel, and also very much looking forward to book 3 in the series.
To sum up why I love Crossroads; with a world of shifters, magic, romance, amazing characters, and political unrest Crossroads is a satisfyingly well-developed and well-written paranormal romance novel. Paranormal readers, if you are looking for a new series, I am calling the Southern Arcana series by Moira Rogers a “MUST-READ” series.
About the author: You can learn more about the authors (Moira Rogers is a writing team) and this book series at www.moirarogers.com
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