REVIEW: Crux by Moira Rogers

Crux (Southern Arcana #1) by Moira Rogers
Samhain Publishing (March 2009)
Ebook, 239 Pages
 | Paranormal Romance

This is one of those books that I have had sitting on my ereader for quite a while now but have never quite got around to reading it. Then as soon as I started it, I wondered why I’d left it so long as it was thoroughly enjoyable. Moira Rogers is the name for a writing team of two ladies, Bree and Donna, in their words: “a former forensic science and nursing student obsessed with paranormal romance and … a computer programmer with a passion for gritty urban fantasy.” And a great writing team they make too.

Our heroine is Mackenzie, a frightened woman on the run from a crazy stalk who claims they are destined to be together. A man that wherever she runs to seems to eerily be able to find her. His pursuit of her is violent, unrelenting and terrifying and she has nowhere left to turn.

Ending up in New Orleans, working in a bar, she has stumbles upon a supernatural underground she didn’t even know existed. As her crazy stalker’s behaviours escalates it appears that she needs to find out about her past and where she fits into this world.

This book is like a cross between a paranormal romance and an urban fantasy novel, kind of sitting on that wavy line between the two genres. There’s darkness, horror, mystery and preternatural creatures as well as a warm and sexy romance. The action in the book keeps the pages moving and there are enough plot surprises to keep you guessing.

While Mackenzie is frightened and vulnerable, there is a tough core to her which made her likeable. It would have been very easy to make her a simpering female overwhelmed with her supernatural discovery, and I’m so glad this wasn’t the case. Scared yes, but willing to stand on her own two feet and learn to fight too.

There was something about Jackson I just couldn’t help but like. A rugged, supernatural PI, with a nice hint of gentlemanly manners. He accepts Nici’s request to investigate Mackenzie as a favour, but protects and helps her out of honour and of course as the book progresses a growing attraction between them.

This book has created a world of supernatural beings which were rich and fascinating, and I felt as though we hadn’t really scratched the surface of where the story could take it. The politics and the hierarchy system of the shape shifters alone left me intrigued and we were introduced to many characters I would like to read more about. I would go as far as to say the secondary characters were as interesting as the two main leads.


A great book that will appeal to shape shifting fans. If you’re not normally a romance fan, but love urban fantasy, I would urge you to give this a go as I think you will enjoy it. It’s a romance book with a bit more grit in it and a great start to new series.


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  1. Crux
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A self-confessed bookworm who's favourite genres are urban fantasy, horror and a good love story with a sexy supernatural beastie. Also has a bit of a handbag fetish… actually, let's not mention the handbags; they seem to be breeding!


Book Chick City March 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

This sounds good – I've read quite a few books recently that sit on the wavy line between PNR & UF – most of the time it annoys the hell out of me, but if the book is well written and filled with amazing characters (such as Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series) then I can cope with it LOL Love the cover of this one too.


Jules March 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

This sounds good and from an author I don't think I have heard of.


Laura Summers (BCC) March 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

@Bookchickcity I don't mind as long as books are classed as PNR or UF. I hate it when you expect UF and get PNR if that makes sense? But as I look both genres, I generally don't mind. I think you've spoken before about the trend to class one as another when they're clearly different.

@Jules I hadn't heard of this author before, but the book is very good :)


Jo (BCC) March 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

This sounds like a great book, and Moira Rogers has been on my to-read list and I'm definitely bumping it up :)

Fantastic review, Laura!


Fiction Vixen March 24, 2011 at 12:48 am

I think Moira Rogers consistently blurs the lines between paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I thing of their Southern Arcana series as romantic urban fantasy. I really enjoyed this on but the next book, Crossroads is my favorite.


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