Novel Review: Crux by Moira Rogers

I put out a call last month for recommended reading. The response from my twitter buddies: Crossroads by Moira Rogers. Crossroads? Isn’t this a review about Crux? you ask. Yep. Thing is, I’m a serial reader. Crossroads is book two, Crux is book one of the Southern Arcana series. So, here we are. 🙂 I ordered this book, but didn’t get around to it until a week ago. After participating in the Kindle throw down contest, I thought I better see what those two ladies were up to. First off, the teaser from their 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.

One thing for sure, I liked the writing. The style was such that it pulled me into the story. It was fast paced, and the plot quickly escalated into a whirlwind of all hell breaking lose.

I have to admit, I liked the first half better than the second. The authors (yes authors as in plural–Bree and Donna) did a wonderful job of character building. Moira Rogers gave just enough to keep me in the know, but not so much as to bore me with minute details. As far as specific characters, I connected with Mackenzie and sympathized with the fear she experienced. She went from a scared mouse, scurrying from the meanies wanting to stomp her to a determined woman, willing to do anything to live a life of freedom. I love strong women! Her sidekick, Jackson, was a little less developed, in my opinion. Other than wanting to do the horizontal mambo with Kenzie, I never really found his motivation. Even so, I found him charming.

This book was a bit different than my normal reads as it wasn’t heavy on romance. Yes, the chemistry was there, but it didn’t drive the story forward. Instead it revolved around keeping Kenzie out of the clutches of evil. Did that bother me? Not at all! It’s nice to have a novel which wasn’t heavy on the love-hate relationship like so many other works of romance. Kenzie and Jackson started together and wanted to stay together. The key was how they would accomplish that goal.

So I mentioned I liked the first half better than the last. Why? For two reasons. First, I thought this novel could have ended a bit sooner. In all honesty, I hit page 200ish of 253 (trade version) and wondered why there still 50 more pages to go. After continuing, I saw Moira Rogers wanted to tidy up one very important piece, which I expected to be in the next novel. But alas, Moira Rogers had other plans. For those readers who look for closure after each novel, that might be a good thing. For a serial junkie like me, giving me something to look toward would have drove me that much more to purchase the next in the series.

Last, the plot was there, but I would have liked a bit more world building. Exactly what were the rules in this world? Some individuals seemed so powerful, I couldn’t understand what their limits were. Other times it seemed like things just happened, and voila there was another rule, or maybe not so much of a rule. I don’t know. Crux seemed to lay a skeleton foundation to the Southern Arcana world. Now that it’s there, I’d be delighted to see more of it. Hopefully Crossroads will feature someone more involved in the paranormal world and answer all the questions I have.

Anyway, my favorite lines:

  • Jackson: “This isn’t going to be like the time during Mardi Gras when I had to explain to that cop why I was carrying a half-naked woman on my back, is it?
  • Stephen: “Unless you’re wearing something very tight, changing forms is not going to produce dramatically ripped clothing. More likely, you’ll just look absurd while you wiggle out of it. A cougar stuck in a pair of boxer shorts isn’t a very intimidating sight.”

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