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Review: Crossroads by Moira Rogers

Title: Crossroads

Author: Moira Rogers

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Southern Arcana (Book 2)

Publication Date: February 9, 2010

Format: ebook, 228 Pages

ISBN-10: 1605047058 (Samhain)

ISBN-13: 978-1605047058 (Samhain)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis

He’s the last man she should ever want. She’s the last woman he can ever have.

Southern Arcana, Book 2

Coming from a family with psychic gifts, Derek Gabriel was aware of but separate from the dangers of the supernatural world, until a rogue wolf shifter stripped away his humanity. The change he barely survived didn’t drive him insane, but the cultural bias against him as an inferior transformed wolf might. And it doesn’t help that he’s fallen for the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.

Almost from the moment she was born, Nicole Peyton started planning her escape from the strict confines of elite shapeshifter society, an old-fashioned world where women are valued only for their bloodlines and bank accounts. In New Orleans she has a bar she loves, friends in decidedly low places, and a smoldering sensual tension with an incredibly attractive and deliciously unsuitable man.

Their forbidden longing erupts into unbridled need–until Nick’s sister burns into town with a strike team hard on her heels. Saving her means Nick has to play by the Conclave’s rules…and give up the man she is growing to love.

Unless Derek does something completely crazy–issue a challenge that could shake the foundations of their world.

Quick & Dirty: In a world of politics and tradition, can love survive the test?

Opening Sentence“If you don’t get off your ass, someone’s going to snake that woman right out from under you.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I don’t know about you but a book cover can seal the deal as to whether a book will be added to my ever growing pile of “to be read” books or never even picked up off the book shelf.  This is a book that screamed “Read Me”.  The overall impression was one of a strong woman facing the world on her own with a protector waiting in the wings.  This book lives up to its cover.

Nicole “Nick” Peyton is heir apparent to the Conclave that governs the shapeshifters in North America.  However, Nick has done everything to distance herself from that world including moving to New Orleans, opening a bar and refusing to marry for tradition.  This no nonsense woman understands politics but refuses to play the game and for that I respect her.

Derek Gabriel was turned into a shifter two years ago and is still coming to grips with his new place in society.  Unfortunately for him, the fact that he wasn’t born a shifter labels him a mutt to the true bloods.  Derek has cared for Nick from the moment he met her as a human but once he was changed he struggled to gain control of the wolf within and feared even being around her.  However, he is drawn to Nick like a moth to a flame and returns to the bar often just to be near her.

The love story between Nick and Derek was a true delight.  The character’s chemistry and interactions were the highlight of this book.

But there were numerous times that the story seems to jump or leap ahead in time with no rhyme or reason for the time lost.  One minute we are sitting in a cabin with our characters and next a week has gone by which added to my sense of discontinuity.  I think that this is what can happen when you have two authors on a story and the thread that had been created is lost.

Even with the leaps in the story, I did enjoy the book and would definitely read something written by these two writers in the future because it is apparent that they are just getting into the groove.

Notable Scene:

Nick toyed with her empty glass.  “I don’t know.  My father wants me to come to New York.  He’s been after me about it for weeks.”

Kat listed a little to the side before Andrew steadied her.  “Hey, you should take Derek.  Mari said he’s taking some time off, and he’s going to be depressed if you’re not around to hit on.”

Derek glared at Kat, and a furious blush spread up his neck and cheeks.

“I’m sure he’ll find something to occupy himself,” Nick said casually, but she could feel her easy countenance beginning to slip, so she glanced over at Andrew.  “Do I need to call a cab?”

“Nah.”  He slipped one of Kat’s arms around his shoulders and laughed again.  “Up, birthday girl.  We’re being kicked out.”

“What?”  Kat let Andrew nudge her out of the booth, but she swayed a little when he urged her to stand.  “Oh, are they going to make out?  Thank God.  Finally.  Let’s go.”

Moon Shifter Series:

1. Crux

2. Crossroads

2.4 A Peyton Family Christmas

2.5 Zola’s Pride

3. Deadlock

3.5 Two Weddings (and One Near Funeral)

4. Cipher

5. Impulse

6. Enigma  (October 1, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Samhain provided me with a copy of Crossroads. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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