Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Fate sent Mackenzie to New Orleans. After five states and a month of running from an ex and his goons, she lands a job at a bar for a pint-sized sweet woman who can’t help but worry about her new hire. Quickly Mackenzie finds a couple werewolves and one very sexy mage offering to keep her safe.
Local P.I. and resident mage Jackson Holt wants to protect Mackenzie, but while he tries to convince himself it’s just a job he’s quickly falling for her. His werewolf buddies sense shifter from the woman, but no one can tell for sure — and she’s acting clueless.
As you might guess, things go crazy as Mackenzie discovers her true nature, fights the magic holding her shift at bay and discovers those trying to kidnap her have some serious thoughts about her destiny. The best part is her real support through all this is Jackson. While he can control magic, he’s not a shifter. And I think that’s part of why their relationship balances so well. In addition to him being incredibly respectful to her, he knows about shifters but can still discover new things with her.
Crux is remarkably suspenseful. First we don’t know what’s happening to Mackenzie. Then we don’t understand why these people are after her. Then she’s damn near in heat, but doing anything about it could kill her (which results in hilarious dialogue with Jackson). Then kidnappings. Turned allegiances. And, well, you get the idea.
The romance is equally sweet and heated. These two fall in love and we sense it in every interaction. Just beautifully wrought tale of accepting trust without caveats. As Crux is the first in the Southern Arcana series, our desire for more can be immediately sated with Crossroads.
I’ve read novellas by Moira Rogers before, and liked them but never was blown away. So I’m immensely pleased to say I’m in love with the novel-length Crux. (It also makes me think maybe I just like Rogers’ longer works, because I love the character depth that builds in this one.)
Sexual content: Sexual references. Amazing kisses and a sex scene.