Author: Moira Rogers
Page Count: 256 pages in print (I read the Kindle version though)
Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Copy for review was from my personal library
50 words or less: On the run from a psycho stalker who wants to make her his baby momma/factory, Mackenzie Brooks is down to her last dollar and pretty much out of luck. When circumstances put private investigator Jackson Holt in her path, she's about to get an education likes of which makes her current problems look like seriously small potatoes. Seriously.
It's getting to the point where the creative minds behind Moira Rogers' stories could write ads for the phone book and I'd not only preorder the damn thing, but salivate all over it once it arrived. Crux is another fun, engrossing offering from this dynamic duo that doesn't disappoint.
One of the things that most books that I really enjoy have in common is a really thoroughly detailed, really believable world that serves as the setting, with rules that make sense and are "enforced" consistently. Crux doesn't apologize for being the first book in a series at all; instead, a lot of time and pages are devoted to explaining how the world works, what the supernatural elements are and how they work, and why the super bad guy is a) super bad and b) just what exactly his aims and goals are anyway. The bad guy here's goal is to preserve Cougar shapeshifters at all costs, and what would otherwise be a relatively normal seeming goal is twisted into something seriously creepy.
There are some standard elements from PNR here that seem to show up everywhere; Mac is completely unaware that she's a Cougar and therefore is completely unaware of just why she's being pursued so doggedly. The hero, PI/spellcaster Jackson Holt, has to save the day and the lady by tapping all of his supernatural powers. Of course there's a supporting cast of characters who have to be available to save the day, and the setup for the next book is done well.
I really enjoyed the realism that was infused into the characters; Mac was incredulous about the supernatural woo woo that was the source of all her problems but not to the point that it slowed down the story, and Holt was reluctant to act on his feelings for Mac because of the obviously bad timing and the fact that he figured she'd need some time to process things before getting involved with him. When the time came, though, there were no hurt feelings or stupid misunderstandings; they were two adults, making adult decisions in an adult way.
If you're into shapeshifters and magic, romance and adventure, and writing that rolls with the punches, then I definitely recommend this book to you.
Overall Grade: A
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