Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Series: Southern Arcana #1
Edition: Ebook, 256 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
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To find her destiny, she must trust him with her life…and her heart.
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.
Warning: This book contains devious schemes, epic battles, forbidden love between a shapeshifter and a spellcaster, nosy secondary characters, furniture-endangering sex and a woman fighting to choose her own destiny.
Crux is a quick read that takes us to New Orleans and also directly into a world that most don’t even know exists, the paranormal. We follow Mackenzie as she learns the truth about the world, herself, and those who are after her.
Crux is a combo of paranormal romance and urban fantasy and has the best of both genres; the mystery, the supernatural, and the steamy romance. The underground supernatural community has a cool little twist, while there are magic users and shifters no one believes in vampires! I find that to be rather cool, and one can’t help but wonder if they are actually out there or if they simply don’t exist. Either way I enjoyed the change of pace. The ‘bad guy’ in this is a pretty cold and calculated guy, byt I personally would have loved to see more about him or have a bit more build up.
Mackenzie is a pretty good herione with a rough life. She’s on the run from what she thinks are some rather insane men and after her whole ordeal she finds herself to be a jumpy, meek and skiddish woman. Mac’s growth from the first page to the last is enormous, and while I liked seeing her become more confident in herself it did feel a tad quick. Jackson is a yummy southern gentlemen, with a great sense of humor and a protective streak. Also he can cook! *fans self* I loved the two together but I wanted more of the relationship development to be seen instead of mentioned, it would have adds some needed depth and given the romance a good boost. I’m really interested in seeing Nick and Derek’s stories because while we get a taste of who they are, we don’t get a whole lot of Derek in this one.
Overall I think this was a pretty quick and if you can get past the slow start it’ll make for a great summer sun kind of read. It only took me about 3 hours to polish this one off and I’m hoping to see more in the second book.