January 12, 2010

Review: Crossroads by Moira Rogers


Derek Gabriel was born human in family of psychics, aware of the supernatural world but never a part of it...until a rogue shapeshifter took humanity from him in a vicious attack. He's spent two years struggling to adjust, not just to a change that's driven many insane, but also to the prejudices of a culture where transformed wolves are considered inferior. A serious struggle, indeed, when the woman who attracts the man and the wolf inside him is the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.
For Nicole Peyton, nothing is more important than escaping the stifling 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 she cares for, and a smoldering, unspoken tension with an unsuitable but incredibly attractive man.
Neither could predict how quickly forbidden longing would erupt into burning need, but Nick and Derek have more than themselves to think about when Nick's sister arrives in the city with a shapeshifter strike team hard on her heels. The only way Nick can save her sister may be to play by the Conclave's rules--but it will mean giving up the man she's falling in love with, unless he's willing to risk everything in a challenge that will shake the foundations of their world.(author's website)


In Crossroads we finally get the chance to see Nick and Derek becoming closer.
In Crux the tension between these too build up and I was so curious about them both.

Nicole is the daughter of the alpha but she tries to stay out of all the political stuff that goes on in the supernatural world. She likes her life the way it is. Being a bar owner suits her and Nicole likes to decide for herself what to do and who to love. She is independent but also caring for the ones she loves. Nick finally has enough of all these back and fourth between herself and Derek. She decides to take the initiative  and pursuits him. But as always in life nothing is as easy as it seems. Her sister is in deep trouble and Nick has to save her, no matter what!

Derek is a turned werewolf. He struggled for years to get control over his new urges and his strength. His life wasn't easy before the attack. He fosters his cousin, an empath alone and always knew about the supernatural world. But being young and alone with a girl in her teens is not easy at all, count in the attack and you can imagine that his whole life got chaotic. Even worse is that he now is one of the unaccepted made-ones. The turned werewolves aren't worth anything in the eyes of the most other wolves. He has to stand his own to survive and with each time he gets challenged he gets stronger. His attraction for Nicole is nothing he can ignore for a long time. He is fascinated by her and can't keep his eyes from roaming her body. He knows that for Nick having a made werewolf partner could become a great problem. She's one of the most watched and most powerful woman in the wolf society and in the eyes of the majority she should only consider a high-standing full-blood for this role. That so not good for the male ego.

These 2 have serious chemistry going on since the first day they met. That hasn't changed after Derek's turning into a werewolf, okay perhaps the attraction got even more unbearable. It was such a salvation to see these two finally getting together and it was exceptional hot! After this long waiting they really knew how to sate their desires. *wink* It was even more sad for me that all this happened at a so inconvenient time.

I really loved Crux but I have to say Crossroads blew me away. This book is full of action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Love, family and obligations play a big role and they seem so real that I just couldn't put this book down. The plot is heartbreaking but never too hard to stomach and the mix with funny witty conversations makes it into one of the best urban fantasies I ever read.
I recommend this series to everyone with at least a bit interest in urban fantasy. You will not regret this! Moira Rogers is definitely one of my best discoveries so far!

Crossroads will be released as an ebook on February 9th and the print release is November 2nd.
To learn more about Donna and Bree (the author duo behind Moira Rogers)  and their books please visit the Moira Rogers website

The Southern Arcana Series:
1. Crux: my review, reviews @goodreads, buy @amazon
               buy the ebook @fictionwise
Crossroads: reviews @goodreads, preorder @BooksOnBoards


Wendy January 12, 2010 at 1:30 AM  

Cue facepalm. I haven't even read Crux. Fab review, Susi! :)

SusiSunshine January 12, 2010 at 6:35 AM  

@Wendy So hurry hon! Thanks!

Smokinhotbooks January 12, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

This is a sign. Everyone has read Crux except me *cries* I need to read this series ASAP.

Great review hon!

SusiSunshine January 12, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

@K.C. Go and get your copy hon! And thankies!

Blodeuedd January 12, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

High praises :D
She does sound good, will keep my eyes open

Leontine January 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

Susi, you really got me with that last paragraph hon, that mix of elements if what makes me go "hubba hubba, me wants now" Both books are on my TBB list and I look forward to starting this series ;)

Mandi January 12, 2010 at 1:33 PM  

Awesome review!! I just keep hearing the best things about this series!!

Silver @ TRR January 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

Makes me want to read this too! Great review!

MrsMixx January 12, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

ohhh why haven't i read Crux already??? i must read it and this one too! This is an amazing review Susi, you make me wanna read it.
I just have to ask the question...do you think it too emotional for me? lol I need to ask because you said it was heartbreaking. And what you can stomach is probably more than what i can.

SusiSunshine January 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

@Blodeuedd Please do. I think many people will love that one.

@Leontine I can imagine that you will like this series!

@Mandi Thanks hon and I can't believe that someone won't like that one!

@Silver You would love it! Thanks!

@pattepoilue It is really sad at some parts but I never thought about stopping to read. It's a great mix of emotion. I laughed out loud too. So I think it wouldn't be too much for you. You would love it! And thankies sweets!

MrsMixx January 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

@Susi perfect! It's just that, you know...i love HEA! lol ;)

Janna January 16, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

I bought me Crux the other day and after reading your wonderful review of Crossroads (with the "blew me away" quote) you really made me looking forward to this series!

JoAnne Kenrick February 6, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

Saying I loved Crux would be a major understatment. It was a read that hooked me in, and wouldn't let me go until I'd finished. I have to say, I'm psyched for the release of Crossroads - Moira Rogers has quickly become a favorite author of mine. I'd happily buy anything she wrote now, based on how much I loved Crux, and the Red Rock Pass series.
Squeeeee not long to wait now. And it's a good job, as I'm itching to read it even more now, after reading how much you loved it.

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