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(Southern Arcana #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,414 ratings  ·  110 reviews
He’s the last man she should ever want. She’s the last woman he can ever have.

A Southern Arcana novel.

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 a
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published December 17th 2009)
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Mandi Schreiner
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dark Faerie Tales
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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
Book Utopia
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
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...
D.B. Reynolds
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. You can see my review of the first book here ...
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hey-i-know-you
damnit, this one made me cry. A lot.

which means I loved it even more!!
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, i-own
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
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
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!)
Lassarina Aoibhell
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.
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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Güera Pineda
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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  ·  review of another edition
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Heather C (Darkly Reading)
Crossroads is the second book in the Southern Arcana series, and I have to say - my favorite so far. Crossroads focuses on Nicole Peyton and Derek Gabriel who we met in Crux. Nick is basically a shapeshifter princess who was born into the ruling family of the werewolves (her father is the Alpha) while Derek was changed two years earlier in a vicious attack. Nick ran from her life in New York City to New Orleans and ended up taking over the bar, Mahalia's, from her friend. Nick established a life ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Crossroads is book 2 in Moira Rogers Southern Arcana series, and I loved this book. Crossroads is a paranormal romance story centered around werewolves and people with magical abilities. As far as shifter/werewolf book series go, the Southern Arcana series is amazing. In book 2 the main heroine is Nick, the alpha’s daughter, a strong female werewolf trying to escape her birthright as the heir to the North America werewolf pack. Derek is a recently turned werewolf trying to control his inner wolf ...more
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 enou
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Crossroads is the follow-up to Crux, and is the 2nd book in Moira Roger's Southern Arcana series. I thoroughly enjoyed Crux (my review here), and and have been looking forward to this book.

Nicole Peyton (Nick) is a bar owner in New Orleans. She's also a werewolf - not just any shapeshifter but the daughter of the New York Alpha. She's made her home in New Orleans to escape the politics of werewolf society in New York. Derek Gabriel was a regular guy with supernatural relatives until he was turne
Laura Summers
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I read 'Crux' the first book in this series back in January and really enjoyed it, but 'Crossroads' was even better! Although this book focuses on two new main characters - Nick and Derek, the storyline continues on from 'Crux' with all of the same characters, so I would recommend that you read it first.

Nick is the equivalent of werewolf royalty, daughter to the ruling alpha she is expected to marry for political gain and produce heirs. It is a fate she has spen
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, jan-2010, 2010
I got this book a while back after I threatened to kill the author's granny I wanted it so much. The Bree half of Moira Rogers loves her granny very much so she capitulated and sent me a copy. I had read the first in this series Crux, and loved it, so I was very excited.

I actually had to wait a few weeks to write anything about this book as after reading it all that would come out when I put fingers to keyboard was this.

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“That was… I don’t even know what that was.” Derek’s voice was nothing more than a rasping whisper. “That was making love, dirty style.” 16 likes
“Andrew Callaghan, put that girl down before you hurt her. No one’s going to touch her, but if you’re not going to take care of her, you can’t have her.” 12 likes
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