Review: Crux (Southern Arcana #1) by Moira Rogers

Sunday, January 3, 2010


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. (


I received this book as a review copy and started it in a hurry as I noticed the release date is next week. SO I put my newly loved In Death series down and started reading. So, you can see this book had no good starting point cuz I had to cheat on Roarke for it. But I can truthfully say: I so don't regret it. I really loved reading this book. 

It's a great developed urban fantasy with a great variety of supernatural beings. We have my beloved shifters: not only the werewolves but all kind of them. They all have unique talents and attributes. On the other hand we have casters: kind of witches and warlocks. With this mysterious mumbling of spells and strange things put together for a potion. And don't worry nothing like Harry Potter. LOL We also me psychics like empaths and telekinetics. It's a great variety of supernaturals but one thing they have in common: their society-rules suck even more than ours. It's full of prejudices and archaic notions. Great potential for the bad guys!

This book is about Mackenzie, an ordinary girl with a great problem. Someone chases her from one city to the next and she has no idea why this lunatic finds her again every time. She finds help in New Orleans and meets the wonderful Jackson there. She's scared half to death but she would never give up. She doesn't want to get anyone else in harms way and is awe-inspiring brave for such a young girl. She's instantly attracted to Jackson but would never risk to bring him trouble so she wants to stay alone.

Jackson is a caster and one great man. He's a little Casanova and known for attracting the eye of the fairer *snort* sex. He works as a private investigator and knows all these little tricks- ordinary and supernatural- to get the information he needs without attracting attention. He's not a super strong shifter but he knows how to defend himself and the ones he cares about.

These two have some serious chemistry going on. They want each other but they know all the reason why they shouldn't get down and dirty. The build up between them can cause you real sexual frustration but I loved every minute of it. I thought the first time they finally get going was a bit rushed, I don't mean the act itself- not at all-  but the way it came to it. Yeah, I know, that's really vague said but it's all I'm gonna say.

The plot is action packed and has a few nice and unexpected twists in it.
I like that we learn all about the world on the way together with our heroine. This way it always feels more real to me. 
The tension builds up to a certain point and the outcome was a bit too smooth for me but it didn't ruin my reading pleasure at all.

Crux is a great start for a  new urban fantasy series with the right amount of spice. Enjoyed every page and couldn't wait to start Crossroads, book 2 in this series.
The paperback of Crux releases next week on the January, 5th. The ebook is already available(for the ones who just can't wait).

To learn more about Donna and Bree (the author duo behind Moira Rogers)  and their books please visit the Moira Rogers website

The Southern Arcana Series:
1. Crux: reviews @goodreads, preorder the paperback @amazon
               buy the ebook @fictionwise
reviews @goodreads, preorder @BooksOnBoards


Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

ooooh this looks so good... I gotta read it hehe

Awesome review hun! =0)

SusiSunshine said...

@Larissa You will so love this one! Thanks!

Wendy said...

Grr! I'm not growling at you, Susi! LOL, you did a great review. I'm growling that I'd had this e-book for weeks now and have only read like 6 chapters in it. :(

I ended up printing out the first 100 pages at work (oops!) 'cause I don't have an e-reader and I HATE reading on my laptop.

Okay, rant over. Fab review, sweets!

Tiffany @ KindleVixen said...

I loved this one too!

SusiSunshine said...

@Wendy I hate reading on the laptop too. Have my handy cell phone for that! Display is really small but it's better than the laptop. Hope you can print the rest too.

SusiSunshine said...

@Kindle Vixen Had to start Crossroads right after finishing this one!

Mandi said...

Great review..this is in my tbr and I am starting it soon :)

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Susi,
Yes it does sound good, and UF is my new true love ;)

Smokinhotbooks said...

Susi hear that? {clicks to read on Goodreads}

Moira Rogers - Bree said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Susi! :)

Fiction Vixen said...

Oh I'm a Moira Rogers (Bree & Donna) fan. I have a copy of this and I plan to read it this month. So looking forward to it! Nice review.

Donna said...

I'm looking forward to reading Crux, I have it as an ebook. It sounds like an exciting take on the shifter world. Enjoyed your review.

Patti (Book Addict) said...

I loved this book too! Liked the characters and laughed through their ride to Florida ;)

Leontine said...

I'm hearing great things about this new series and I'm a sucker for New Orleans/ Urban Fantasy/Shifters and can't get enough of great chemistry between h/h. Adding it to my TBB list Susi.

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