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Crossroads (Southern Arcana, Book #2) by [Rogers, Moira]
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Southern Arcana Book Two

Despite his family's psychic gifts, Derek Gabriel kept his distance from the dangers of the supernatural world--until an attack by a rogue wolf shifter stripped away his humanity. The change didn't drive him insane, but the cultural bias he faces as recently-turned shifter might. And it doesn't help that he's fallen for the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.

Almost from the moment she was born, Nicole Peyton planned her escape from the strict confines of elite shapeshifter society, an old-fashioned world where women are valued most for their bloodlines and bank accounts. In New Orleans, she has a bar she loves, friends in decidedly low places, and smoldering sexual tension with the incredibly attractive--and perfectly unsuitable--Derek.

Their forbidden longing erupts into unbridled passion--until Nick's sister burns into town with a Conclave strike team hard on her heels. Saving her means that, for once, Nick must play by their society's rules...and give up the man she loves. But Derek has another idea--work together, and they can do more than save her sister.

They can change their world.

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  • Publisher: Moira Rogers (6 November 2015)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak At Times, But Stronger than Crux 28 June 2010
By Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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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...and doomed to failure.

Just when they had finally decided to stop tiptoeing around one another and give in to all their worst - and best impulses, Nicky's twin sister and very powerful Seer shows up on Nick's doorstep. Michelle is pregnant, her magic is out of control, and Aaron, the father of her child, as well as her bodyguard and mate, has been labeled a traitor for giving in to his heart and now has a bounty on his head.

Nicky may be the daughter of the Alpha and she's at home in a world of insidious politics that makes Derek's head swim. Derek doesn't care. He knows only that Nick is his. HIS! But to save her sister, her twin...and to save the lives of her unborn child and the man that Michelle loves...requires a sacrifice that only Nicky is able to make. Nick has to give up everything that matters to her - her independence, her livelihood, her freedom...and especially her mate.

Credit is due Moira Rogers. She writes a heck of an action-packed, intense story full of impossible choices and difficult decisions. The politics of the conclave is just as destructively convoluted as it is in any nation's capitol and just as couched in bigotry and fear and history and bad habit. Crossroads truly is a study on how positively uncivilized the most civilized behavior can be. In that regard, Crossroads is a success.

Unfortunately, Rogers' writing style is so aggressive and intense, that it doesn't leave a lot of room for the more subtler skills of story telling. Everything that happens, happens big time, every scene is snapped into focus with brutal clarity. There is an almost manic quality to the grim reality of these characters lives. Michelle and Aaron are on the run...then they're being protected...then Derek's best friend and cousin are attacked...then Nick goes to New York to bargain for her sister's life...it all happens fast and furious, like being on a roller coaster with nothing but huge peaks and valleys and nothing in between...

And that's the problem I have with Crossroads, and too the first book in the series, Crux: Southern Arcana, Book 1. Any transition from one bad thing to the next, or one good thing, actually, as the plot barrels up and down the track is virtually non existent. There's not much exposition...because there's not enough time. Not a whole lot of world building, either, or character development. In fact, if you weren't already familiar with the characters going into this book, you're probably going to feel a little lost. I'd suggest starting with Crux, though admittedly, the writing style is consistent in that book as well so there isn't a significant amount of definition, character description, and exposition there, either.

Regardless of that, it's not a bad story. It's more tightly plotted and more evenly paced than the first book, and the threat and danger is definitely threatening and dangerous. There is a lot that happens, the plot is really packed in tight between the covers of the book. Not everything was necessary to the plot, and honestly, I wish some of the scenes had been cut to allow for more development between Derek and Nicky, because with everything that went on around them, their relationship was very cut and dried and very abrupt. They weren't together at all, but wanted to be...then they were together and it was intense and perfect...then they weren't together and it was hell...and so on... Like every other aspect of this story, it is all peaks and valleys - and those peaks and valleys are fine...some are even great, but for me, a book has to have more than just the highs and lows to feel like a complete story. There has to be some development of the world, some explanation of the culture, some exposition and narrative that doesn't just thrill as you soar or make you scream as you drop.

I also want to say, on a strictly personal level, that I can't think of a single shapeshifter culture in any of the many, many books I've read that include them that I would want to be a part of LESS than I'd want to be a part of the one in this book. Power struggles and political machinations I understand, but this is the second book in the Southern Arcana series and I'm still wondering what the hell good the Alpha is and what's the point of holding that position. It certainly doesn't seem to come with any perks, and in fact can't even secure the safety of the Alpha's own children without turning one into a political prostitute and the other a sacrificial lamb. There is nothing at all endearing about the elitist group of slavering sycophants and backstabbing monsters. I agree with Nicky...it would be better if they still ripped people's arms off and ate their enemies...at least it would be more representative of what's beneath the nice suits and platitudes. Creepy world.

One particular high point that I wanted to mention was how Rogers differentiated between a born shifter and a made one. There were a lot of really good moments between Derek and Nicky - some they discussed openly, some just for the reader's benefit - that allowed for a very detailed picture to form of the scope of the differences inherent with brutally going from human to shifter that made a lot of sense and provided some of the nicest touches in the narrative through the whole book. I very much enjoyed those moments. Still, I would have felt the book more complete if it hadn't been quite so action packed and instead spent a bit more time defining the world, the developing the characters, and easing into and through the relationship. And a smooth transition between scenes or plot threads or just different intensity levels wouldn't be amiss, either. 3.5 Stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Derek and Nicole 7 March 2013
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In this second book in the series, Nick and Derek finally move beyond their fears and face the undeniable attraction that pulses between them. Then Nick 's twin, Michelle, shows up at her door with her bodyguard, Aaron, and news that the Conclave is after them. There is a death sentence on Aaron. The charge is treason for falling in love and conceiving a child with Michelle, the Conclave's highly guarded seer. In spite of her desire to stay away from pack politics, Nick finds herself drawn back in to protect her sister and her sister's unborn baby. Rogers spins twists and turns to a plot that rivals any suspense thriller storyline. This book is even better than the first book in the series. Rogers has become one of my favorite authors because of the seemingly effortless flow of the stories she (they) spin to paper. They are masters at their craft.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book about shifters 16 July 2016
By Bldgdiva - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice book about shifters, romance and wolves caught in great political struggles within the community. This book was one of the better ones, although a little more editing would have been good. It was a nice loving story, and one which carries the story lines pretty well too. Characters were well defined, and interesting, although I didn't feel deeply involved with them. It was still a pleasant read with magic and paranormal woven within the more normal bounds - not entirely a fantasy world - owning a bar, a house in the woods, wanting a job, all more ordinary and easy to identify with. While the family is powerful and rich, of course, the members have ordinary enough lives, excepting for this subterranean world of other skills. Fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I highly enjoyed this book 2 October 2012
By marina - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly enjoyed this book, it's exactly the paramormal romance I like.

In Crossroads we get to watch Nick and Derek fight for their HEA and we get to know more about politics and just about how far those shifters can go their manipulative and calculating power games.

It all starts when Michel (Nick's twin sister) arrives in New Orleans with Aaron (her bodyguard and forbidden lover) and announces that she is pregnant and Aaron is accused of treason! Nick is willing to risk and sacrifice everything for her sister and her sister's happiness.

I got a feeling while reading this book that we are going to have a HEA for every Payton sister, sadly though it wasn't true. Nick is the lucky one and Michel gets a conventional marriage to insure her and her baby's safety ( I'm sure there is a lot of ground for exploration, I don't think Luciano is going to settle this easy).

All the other characters we were introduced in Crux make an appearance and I might say I'm completely intrigued by Alec and i totally anticipate Kat and Andrew's story.

Overal it is a good story with heartbreak and pain, with smut and smexy and undying tender love!

" Part of Derek was missing, the mate he'd stalked and cornered, the one he'd taken and let claim him in return. Pain tore through him, and his howl held loss and loneliness and the agony his life had become."

Note: The only frustrating thing about these books is that they use short versions of the characters names mostly in every name but they use different ones, for example Mackenzie is Mac for her friends and Kenzie for Jackson, same as Michel is Micky for her sister and Shellie for Aaron, it's totally confusing until you get who is who.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent paranormal romance series! 22 September 2010
By msorensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Book 2 in Ms. Roger's series that starts with Crux: Southern Arcana, Book 1. I recommend starting with book 1- it is a fun book and sets up this story nicely. Over all, this is a light reading paranormal romance series. The first book just flew by and left you smiling.

That said, THIS book is perhaps even better. The main characters are much better developed and it continues to draw on the BEST part of this series- the groups of friends. The relationships that are weaved into these books are fabulous. The characters are fun and exciting. They really do feel like the people you'd like to have a night at the bar with. This story has a place for our first couple, Jackson and Mackenzie, as well as Alec, Kat, the Alpha, and, of course, Nick and Derek. And it introduces more compelling characters.

The romance was well written- and it was NOT a tease. Derek and Nick don't spend time dancing around their attraction. The question is whether or not it could ever work long term. The passion is definitely hot. These two are strong characters and they do nothing in half measures. I was panting myself as I read a few sections and their longing for each other jumped off of the page. Their respective strength also suits each other and neither have to subvert, which is nice.

It is important to note that other important story lines are continued in this book- for Nick's sister Michelle, Kat and Andrew... Ms. Rogers seems to balance both love and happiness with pain and loss in her books. Be prepared for that.

After reading this book, I am now totally sold on this series. While the fictional elements are not terribly creative, you have to read this series for the characters and the passion.

ADDITIONAL READING:

Vivian Arend's Wolf Signs: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 1
Anya Bast's Witch Fire (Elemental Witches, Book 1)
Kelley Armstrong's Bitten: A Novel (The Otherworld)
Kresley Cole's A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, Book 1)
Christine Feehan's Magic in the Wind (Drake Sisters, Book 1)
Jacquelyn Frank's Jacob (The Nightwalkers, Book 1)
Christine Warren's somewhat inconsistent, but often awesome series Wolf at the Door (The Others, Book 1)

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