17 February 2010
Review: Crux by Moira Rogers
Southern Arcana #1
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.
When I started reading this book I was expecting a lot of romance. It was nice to be wrong, this book had action, mystery and fantasy. Mackenzie is a woman who is running from a man who wants to use her. When she ends up in New Orleans and starts working in a bar, she meets new people and makes friends. The owner of the bar is worried about her, so she asks her PI friend to find out what is wrong. This results in Mackenzie finding out the truth about herself, her family, and also love with the PI, Jackson. This story is the beggining of a series, and in it we are introduced to several characters: the bar owner Nick and her twin sister Michelle, Derek and his cousin Kat, Jackson's partner Alec and Mackenzie's stalker, Marcus.
The worldbuilding was great, I liked how the packs were structured and the positions some members took in the pack, specially Michelle, were fascinating.
The romance between Mackenzie and Jackson didn't felt rushed. They took their time and I think that worked in their favour. One of the things I liked the most was Michelle, I liked how nice and sweet she was and at the same time how almost everyone was scared of her. I'm hoping we get to see more of her on the next book. This story is the beggining of an arc, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next one, specially with Nick and Derek as protagonists.
In short, I found this book entertaining, with a nice balance of mystery, action and romance in it; I would recommend it to paranormal romance fans.