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(Southern Arcana #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,448 ratings  ·  116 reviews
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
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Published February 9th 2010 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published December 17th 2009)
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Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have to start with my favorite quote - “That was making love, dirty style.” Is there any other way?

Derek and Nicole, or “Nick” Peyton have been attracted to each other for a long time but life always seems to get in the way. Two years ago, Derek was attacked by a rogue werewolf and now he is also a shifter. Dealing with his extreme heightened senses, snarls that haphazardly escape and his overwhelming instinctual need to protect those that matter to him has taken some adjustment. He is afraid
*4.5 Stars*

I ended this book positively seething. I was so mad. Not about the writing or the characters, but about the hateful council and they way they can ruin your life. The way they can control certain people, and the impossible situations others are put in because of it, fills me up with futile anger because I can't change it. I get so angry when it's a small group against a whole society. It's almost impossible to win when everyone is against you, actively or otherwise.

The book moved me,
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was just as exciting and dramatic as the last but didn't capture me like the last. I liked the h and H separately and as a couple but it felt like they didn't really spend much time together. The world building I'd hoped to see was almost nil: Wolf hierarchy is apparently sexist which is no surprise but there also werent really any actual examples of it. Apparently Nick's father is the leader of everyone but specifically the SE council...which is based out of Ny...i guess. And despite ...more
Getting better! This one did not drag at all, but I still found myself rather uninvested in the characters. It felt like Nick and Derek were just in a holding pattern off stage, waiting for their book to hit "go." Incredibly angry about poor Michelle, both that her romance was off screen and had such heartbreaking results. It seems like werewolf politics is included just to tick me off, too bad there's so much of it... ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I happened to get the first book in this series for free, it was so good I bought this second book and I have to say I'm loving how the series is opening up. The characters are a little crazy at times, in a good way.
I can't wait to find out how Michelle and Luciano's marriage goes and will Andrew and Kat finally get together.
I highly recommend this series.
Tiffany Danner
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I should knock on wood or something. I have had a string of really great books and keep waiting for one to let me down! Crossroads continued my lucky trend of great books and exceeded my expectations. I am hereby declaring Moira Rogers my favorite discovery of 2009.

Nicole Peyton is a werewolf. She also happens to be heir to the very rich and powerful Alpha of the United States pack of werewolves. We first meet Nicole in book 1 of the series, Crux. What makes Nicole so endearing is th
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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

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.”

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 st
Vlerë Krasniqi
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, shifters, magic
I had a few issues with this book:

1. No character building whatsoever I mean, these people had so much potential and then it's just meh. Nick's character got more of a boost in the first book than this one. Derek's character ... what character man?
2. Romance was very meh. Like seriously meh. There was no actual deep connection between the characters and the relationship felt rushed. Like trying too hard to be the "be all end all" kinda relationship, and failing.
3. I feel like the author really
Book Utopia
Mar 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: het, romance, paranormal
Though the writing and world building is solid, and the action continuous, I failed to really get involved in this second book of the Southern Arcana series. All of the conflict occurs to the secondary characters for too much of the story, leaving Nick and Derek to simply react. They race back and forth between checking on the people who really are in danger (Michelle and Aaron, Kat and Andrew), or waiting for the danger to other people. When they finally do start getting involved, i ...more
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hey-i-know-you
damnit, this one made me cry. A lot.

which means I loved it even more!!
D.B. Reynolds
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. You can see my review of the first book here ... ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-books
Nicole Peyton has been half in love with Derek Gabriel for years, but she’s a wolf princess, and he’s a bitten wolf; so low on the social scales they can’t be together. Not that Nick entirely obeys her father, but she’s the heir apparent. Other wolf families jostle below them on the ranking tables. The Conclave rules them all.
In book 1 a couple of characters told Nick that Derek was interested in her, but he was so aware of the social restrictions he was avoiding her for the right kind of reason
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Bleak at Times, But Stronger than Crux

Two years ago, Derek Gabriel was attacked and stripped of his humanity. Nicky Peyton was born that way. Derek comes from a family of psychics who, besides his cousin, are all dead. Nick is the daughter of the Alpha wolf of the country and leader of his people. Derek's considered a mutt among the elitist snobs in Nicky's culture - and Nick's considered a princess more valuable for her womb than her personality. There love is primal, instinctual
As I suspected - much like the Beyondverse set, Book 2 of Southern Arcana worked better for me than Book 1 did.

For a start, I resonated with Nick far better as the female protagonist than I did with MacKenzie. And maybe because the authors didn't need to spend nearly as much time time on worldbuilding explanation, I felt like we got to know far more about who she was as a person - what she cared about and why - as well as seeing far more from Derek's viewpoint than I remember getting from Jacks
Leigh Kramer
Jan 21, 2021 marked it as dnf
DNF at 92%

I know. This was a so-so read and I was basically trying to finish to see how it ended but then a wonderful secondary character was assassinated which provided a convenient loophole for the heroine and hero to be together and I JUST DON’T CARE ANYMORE. (view spoiler)
Elena Johansen
Seeing two "alpha" personalities have at each other was fun for a few minutes, but it got old fast. And most of this book wasn't even about Nicole and Derek? Her twin sister Michelle is arguably the central character of the book, and her pregnancy the prominent conflict that throws everyone's lives into turmoil. In terms of the world-building, it makes sense (once it's explained, at least) but it really draws so much of the story away from the romance.

Which is of the "finally it's happening" typ
If you like your paranormal crammed full every sort of paranormal there might be, this series is for you. Warning, the volumes in this series must be read in order as all the world building takes place in the first volume and then each story flows from the one before.

I really loved these. Complicated plots, full of unexpected twists and turns, well-developed characters.

Something I especially appreciated and something that is not common enough on the part of series writers is that the author did
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
The series is interesting and a different take on PNR. Too bad it was all politics and no character building , NOLA flavor or romance. I expected a lot of passion between Nick and Derek after Book 1 but it was...meh. Jackson and Mackenzie were meh too but at least they spent time together. Then Michelle's romance was off page but I have a feeling she's going to end up with Alec eventually. I'm looking forward to Kat and Andrew and hope there's more romance and passion or I'm done with the series ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Moira Rogers team is fantastic! I find myself continually drawn into their worlds and caring about their characters to such an extent that I actually cry and feel for them. And the romance is steamy hot! If you love sexy, engaging stories with strong heros and equally strong heroines plus a HEA, I highly recommend any of their books! (Though I am partial to the Bloodhounds series... C'mon, yall - give me some more books, please!) ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
I really like the crew in New Orleans, but a lot of this book takes place in New York with the werewolves conclave. Nicky's sister, Michelle shows up on the run with Aaron and is pregnant. This drags Nicky back into her father's world of werewolf politics just when she and Derek finally got together. I hope the next book stays in New Orleans with the gang.

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Lassarina Aoibhell
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not usually much of one for shifter romances, but I loved this one. I really liked Nick carving her own way, and Derek, and the connection between the two of them. I loved the intricacies of werewolf dynastic politics and the tension between the "civilized" structures and the pack/challenge dynamics. There were parts of this book that were just incredibly brutal and hard, but I loved reading it and got much more into the world and its intricacies than I had with the previous book. ...more
Güera Pineda
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Muuuch better than the first book, perhaps because now we have a clearer idea of the world they live in. More action, a lot more emotion and weres instinct behavior 👏🏻👏🏻 And I love that they dont just write about the main couple, but you get to know other characters and their story as well. I love Kit Rocha and Im starting to like Moira Rogers a lot.
Amber J.
Book 2 in this series does not disappoint! It was suspenseful, thrilling, sexy and romantic. A super hot Alpha male who is willing to literally lay his life on the line for his super strong and sexy woman.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance
As I have said before, Moira Rogers is another pseudonym Kit Rocha used for some of their earlier work and it shows. It has much of the same feelings of community and found family, but this has a lot less of the polish.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
World building and political situation are very interesting. The build of the central relationship really happens before the book starts, so that takes a backseat to the plot.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I really love the worldbuilding in this series, but the plotting and the romance pacing aren't quite enough to make it an all-time favorite. ...more
Apache Flower
i am soooo loving this series!!!!
Derek and Nicole (Nick) have both had feelings for each other for a long time now but the time has never been right for them to act on it. Derek was turned into a werewolf after a vicious attack a couple of years ago and since then has been trying to deal with his new supernatural abilities. It hasn't been easy for him to come to terms with his inner wolf and he has always been afraid of losing control and hurting Nick. Nick's father is an Alpha and also the head of the Conclave which is basical ...more
Lady Rogue
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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