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.
New Orleans is the fourth destination in as many months for Mackenzie Brooks, a woman on the run from a deranged stalker. After all, any man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her destined lover has more than a few screws loose. But crazy doesn’t explain why he always finds her no matter how far she runs.
When her well-meaning boss puts a PI on her case, Mackenzie comes face to face with the incredible truth: magic is real, and whatever spell has kept her hidden and separate from the paranormal world is rapidly deteriorating.
With time running out, she has no choice but to trust Jackson as he struggles to uncover the truth of her past-and her destiny.
I picked this up for a couple reasons 1) I've like Rogers work in the past, and 2) it was FREE and really who's gonna pass that up? My willpower is just not that strong. I've also been on the fence about whether I could read Impulse without any knowledge of the series whatsoever, and I figured this was as good as a universal sign as I was gonna get.
For the most part I don't have any complaints. The romance between Holt and Mackenzie was sold, with its progress believable in this world of unbelievable happenings. The sparks are there right from the start but I'm happy it took some time before they jumped into bed together - it just felt right. And I guess it's a compliment that the anachronistic/chauvinistic werewolf world annoyed me? There's not even a lot of it in this book (it's mostly set up for the next two it seems) but I still found myself scratching my head a bit in a 'what the hell' fashion.
In the end I'd say this book was good but it didn't wow me. Is that a negative though? No, I wouldn't say so. Good books are hard to come by, especially in an increasingly over-saturated genre.
Overall Feeling - B
Series - 1) Crux (free through Aug 15!) 2) Crossroads 3) Deadlock 4) Cipher 5) Impulse (on sale for $3.85!) 6) Enigma (October 2013)