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Crux by Moira Rogers
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3.5 Stars

Mackenzie Brooks is on the run from a deranged stalker convinced that she is his destined mate. When her new boss asks PI Jackson Holt to keep and eye on her, Mackenzie is suddenly exposed to the reality of magic and supernatural beings, and must learn to trust Jackson if she is to discover the truth about her past and her destiny.

Action packed and entertaining with some strong world building.

The characters are engaging but the relationship between Jackson and Mackenzie is too sugary sweet. Mackenzie is initially characterized as a scared and naive innocent with a strong inner core that eventually comes to the fore. Nevertheless, she never transitions into my preferred kick-ass heroine as she needs to be rescued too often and some of her behavior is contradictory (view spoiler). While Jackson is sexy and protective, his personality and backstory are underdeveloped and he comes across as quite bland.

While the story is well written and the villain suitably fanatical, he is missing that diabolically evil vibe that would make him truly threatening, and the final showdown is anti-climactic.

Despite these problems, the creation of the supernatural world is particularly compelling. The secondary characters are intriguing and have a wide range of abilities. There is also a certain hierarchy within the social and political structures of the various magical groups that has incredible potential and will hopefully be expanded on in future books.

Overall, a solid beginning to the series and I will be reading the next installment.
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Reading Progress

June 10, 2011 – Shelved
October 26, 2011 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
March 16, 2012 – Started Reading
March 23, 2012 –
21.0% "very promising start"
March 24, 2012 – Finished Reading
October 6, 2012 – Shelved as: kick-ass-heroines
November 9, 2012 – Shelved as: new-orleans
January 29, 2013 – Shelved as: magic-and-witchcraft
February 19, 2013 – Shelved as: feline-shifters
January 25, 2014 – Shelved as: southern-comfort
May 9, 2016 – Shelved as: kindle

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