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Crux (Southern Arcana #1)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  4,014 Ratings  ·  394 Reviews
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.

ebook, 394 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Samhain Publishing
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Lady Heather
What can I say... this book had the makings of a fantastic story, one that would have kept me an avid fan. The writing, characters, and story line were brilliant, but somewhere along the way it just 'died'.... It seems like the author came to a point in her writing and just said "Ok, lets tie up all the loose ends and finish the book" and along with it the characters lost their depth.

I'm sorry to say that I've been spoiled with strong, kick-ass heroines lately, and Mackenzie didn't cut it for me
Crystal Starr Light

READ STATUS: DNF (Did Not Finish)

LAST PAGE READ: 10%, end of Chapter 3

SUNMARY: Mackenzie flees a mysterious guy and takes up a job bartending where nick is the owner and Jackson is the sexy investigator that patrons the bar. Nick thinks Mackenzie may have a secret - she is a shifter.

REASONS FOR DNF: This book is clearly paranormal romance and not urban fantasy. Reviewer is willing to read new genres, but this book was filled with cliches. Pace was slow, too many question
Feb 20, 2016 rated it did not like it

I'd rather a book just be bad from the start than to tease and entice me before leaving me high and dry.

Sampling this book WILL NOT help you determine if you'd like to buy it or not.

At First...

Storyline is interesting & suspenseful.

I'm enjoying the para plot of the FMC running from a 'stalker' claiming to be a her fated para mate.

We begin the story with her on the run. She heads to NOLA and gets a job at a bar. Her new shifter boss is concerned about her skittish behavior and calls in
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Mackenzie Brooks is scared. She has been running from her ex-boyfriend, Marcus through five states, and no matter how many times she dumps her car or hides out, his people always seem to track her down. She has ended up in New Orleans, and has taken employment at the local bar, in desperate need of money. While working, she craves normalcy and desperately just wants to fit in. However, she is so scared of the men chasing her and their crazy ideas about magic and other unbelievable things that sh ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I was interrupted in the midst of reading this and found it really hard to come back to. I actually persisted another quarter of the book, but found myself wishing I were reading something else. So I did.

The thing is, the characters are interesting and I wouldn't have minded spending more time with them. Mackenzie was a little hard to like at first, even though she had my sympathy from the first. Jackson is immediately engaging, though, and I warmed up to Kenzie through him. Their relationship g
Aly is so frigging bored
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Actual rating: 3.5*

Crux was a great start to a new series. We are introduced to this universe co-existing with our own through the eyes of the heroine, Mackenzie. She is running away from a stalker[Marcus] convinced he’s her destined mate, father of her magical babies… Unfortunately all isn’t what it seems.

On the run, Kenzie gets hired in a bar in the French Quarter, New Orleans. Nicole, Nick, her boss, has one of her friends fallow her to find up if she really is living ok or if she’s in troub
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars. Read this a few days ago and saying I was disappointed is putting it nicely. I've been blowing through the Rogers short stories and ebooks and I had very high hopes for my first full length novel. The premise is excellent and the writing is good but most anything pleasant I have to say ends there.

There were too many secondary characters. This confused me and actually left me pretty bored. The story layout was predictable, especially the ending, and I could barely tolerate the sickl
D.B. Reynolds
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started this series because I was desperate for a "Kit Rocha" fix while waiting for the next book in the terrific Beyond series. What I found was a whole new wonderful series, the Southern Arcana. Moira Rogers is another pen name for the writing team of Donna Herren and Bree Bridges, and they sure know how to create a fascinating world. I love the Southern Arcana just as much as I do the Sectors. This series is werewolves and other shifters, plus witches and telepaths and empaths and pretty mu ...more

4 stars

Read January 2014

I enjoyed this one! Loved both hero and heroine. Great sexual tension/chemistry between them. Liked the secondary characters too. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mackenzie is running scared, trying to escape from a crazy stalker who seems to be able to find her no matter where she goes. Running out of options she finds herself a job in a bar to try and build up her dwindling savings and although she finds herself wishing she could stay in New Orleans she knows she must be ready to leave at a moments notice. Her new boss Nicole is worried about her, she knows Kenzie is hiding something and fears for her safety so she asks her friend and PI Jackson to inve ...more
Fangirl Musings
(Smuttastic Coven Group Read: August 2012)

This book is complicated, not so much in its essence, but more in my reflection. Overall, I liked the book (I think)...but holy crap on a cracker, it has some problems.

The novel's plot was pretty cut-and-paste of most standard fiction tropes; crazy powerful bad guy hunting down the innocent heroine. The antagonist of the story, ironically, shared a lot in common with the protagonists...Shocking, right? This statement finds itself more along the lines of
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
I have been in a reading "funk" lately. Almost everything I have been reading is just "O.K." So, when I read the description for Crux, I thought I might have stumbled upon a new series with the promise of truly being good. Unfortunately, it did not deliver for me. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, I just did not love it.
Mackenzie Brooks has been on the run for over a month from an insane stalker, Marcus who believes she is destined to be his wife and the mother of many supernaturally gifted babie
I'm really impressed with Moira Rogers so far. I really enjoyed the world and the two main characters, along with all the secondary characters.

Mackenzie was thrown into a new world it was hard for her to accept. Giving her several months of "wondering" if what she'd heard was true made her adjustment once she found out the real truth much easier to take. Although she got hit with an information overload, I think she dealt with it well.

Jackson was a sweet good-ole-boy. I really liked him and the
I loved Ms. Rogers’ Sanctuary series and I knew I’d love this new series. I just didn’t know how much. I absolutely adored the world-building (who would’ve thought—shapeshifters, witches, spell-casters, psychics...but no vampires), and the initial cast of characters, who I have on good authority will continue appearing in future books, made me literally itch for more.

Wonderful pacing, great plot and suspense, amazing characters (the heroine didn’t annoy me, the hero made me drool, their friends
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A gut twisting tale of destiny versus free will, love versus duty, and fighting for individual rights compared to the greater good.

Opening Sentence: ”Nicole Peyton, as I live and breathe.”

The Review:

Crux is about a woman unknowing of her past and her destiny. But Destiny is a funny thing: Is it our fate to follow this pre-ordained series of events or do we have the free will to start down that path to begin with? Mackenzie doesn’t know about
~* 2.5 Stars *~
The Crux of a Different Matter Altogether

Mackenzie Brooks is on the run from a crazy stalker. For a month she's fled from city to city, forced to survive in ratty motels, burning through her meager savings, haunted by confusing dreams and desperately trying to stay ahead of the threat chasing her. When she ends up in New Orleans, her financial situation demands she takes a job as a bartender to try to bolster her funds. The owner of the bar, Nicky Peyton, knows something isn't qui
Danielle Khaleesi of Reading
This was a decent read... Was I blown away by it.... not at all. A solid three stars and desire to read the next book.


The world that Moira Rogers creates is really interesting. You have shifters, magic users, magic using shifters, and persons with mental abilities (empaths, seers, etc.). The story is also based in New Orlwans how can you go wrong there? I liked MacKenzie (our heroine) and Jackson (our hero). A sign that i like a book is the fact that I root for my couple. If I feel ind
Heather C (Darkly Reading)
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Crux we meet Mackenzie Brooks who has been on the run for months from a crazy stalker that seems to find her no matter where she goes and is willing to go to any extreme to get her. After months of running, she ends up in New Orleans working at Mahalia's which is run by Nicole Peyton, a shapeshifter that comes from a world Mac knows nothing about. Nick enlists her friend Jackson Holt, a private investigator and spell caster, to find out more about Mac and to possibly help her out. Jackson get ...more
Heather in FL
This was a group read or I might not have chosen it. It's PNR, and I've been moving away from that. This was very interesting, though. I thought it was interesting that there was this underground shifter/witch/magic-users society, but they didn't think vampires existed. Makes me wonder if they're going to pop up in a future installment of the series.

I can't imagine growing up thinking you're human and then this gorgeous guy shows up on your doorstep talking to you about shifters and destiny and
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I had heard a lot about this series and author on twitter and I just to check it out. I am so glad I did. The Southern Arcana series has become entered my radar and are simply an automatic buy for me right now. She is on the run from a man that claims that they are meant to be together. He is also a shifter and they are supposed to be destined for each other and save their race from extinction.

Mackenzie is a shifter that doesn’t know she is a shifter. She has all this power within her that she
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

I have heard good things about these books so I wanted to give them a go. As for the genre, I am a bit unsure again because it felt like a mix.

Mackenize was a nice heroine, she is running from a crazy stalker who talks about magic and shapeshifting. She is strong, and resourceful. The hero of the book is Jackson Holt, a private investigator who helps her out. And Jack is all nice and sweet. Him I certainly liked. There is a nice romance building up between them too, and some hot pass
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Mackenzie has been on the run for the past month from a stalker, intent on kidnapping her to fulfill some crazy-sounding destiny. So far he’s chased her through 4 cities. Now in New Orleans working in a bar, this place and the people she’s met feels like it could be home and she’s forced to accept that the crazy stuff her stalker talked about--shifters, witches and magic-- is real. And for Mackenzie it’s instant lust when her eyes fall on Jackson, a private investigator who is best friends with ...more
Amanda The Book Slayer
This book had it all. Shifter's and magic users and I am sure Vampires just might make an appearance farther in the series. I loved Jackson. Who doesn't love a private investigator that can take on most people because he is a bad*ss with magic abilities. Let's not forget his partner in crime, Alec. If he has a story I am sure it will be a hot one.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. If you are looking for a great, easy read in the Paranormal Romance area give this one a
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
3.5 Stars

Well this wasn't my favorite book by Moira Rogers, I did enjoy the chemistry between Jackson and Mackenzie. At times I thought the action was a little slow, but overall it was a good book that inc. many aspects of the paranormal world.
Mrs. Badass
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
Quick read with engaging characters. I liked Makenzie and Jackson, and the secondary, but still prominent other characters. the climax was a bit rushed, and could have been drawn out a bit better. good UF story, lighter on the romance, if you are so inclined. Steamy enough when it happens tho ;)
Aug 02, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2015
DNF at 35%. I didn't really care for Jackson.
intriguing, but wanted more world-building
An Excellent Start

Action, suspense, romance, a few laughs here and there... this story has all of that. I thoroughly enjoyed the buildup of suspense... and that climax didn't disappoint too much either.

The characters (the good guys) were nicely fleshed and very easy to commiserate with, while the bad guy (also well written) was one of those that one would love to hate (dude was beyond coo coo for coco puffs).

This is one series I'll be returning to. The other books have already been add to my inc
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