What took me so long to read this series? I love Moira Rogers’ Bloodhound books so much that I embraced steampunk western! I should have known that shapeshifting, magic wielding, 20-somethings in New Orleans would be a win! In the interest of full disclosure, I actually did read book 5 in this series, Impulse, and I felt the lack, having jumped into the series so late. I should have started here, at the beginning!
Mackenzie is a woman on the run from a dangerous stalker. His men find her in city after city, harming whoever gets in their way. Now she is hiding out in New Orleans. She is working as a bartender at Mahalia’s, having no idea it’s a supernatural haven, or that she is supernatural, herself. But her boss, Nick, realizes it right away. Nick is a shifter, herself, and enlists the help of her PI friend Jackson to solve the mystery of her new employee.
Jackson doesn’t need his magical gifts to figure out that Mackenzie is in trouble, and using his network of contacts, he is able to figure out who is targeting her and why. Then they must work with his team of supernatural cohorts to solve keep her safe. I don’t want to spoil too much, but suffice it to say, these two fall for each other along the way.
There were so many things I enjoyed about this book. But I have to say that the sexual tension and the extremely satisfying payoff have to be be at the top of the list. Moira Rogers can write a sex scene like nobody’s business. This has been true in every single book I have read from that writing team and this one is no exception. It is hot!
But it’s not all about the sex. I liked the story as well. The pacing is good, as is the action and unfolding plot. When bad things happened to Mackenzie, I found myself truly worried for her. And I never found the developments overly predictable or trite (as so many books in this genre are guilty of.) The world-building is good and there is a wealth of secondary characters whose stories I already want to read.
If I had any complaints, they were small. Like there wasn’t much in the way of internal conflict in the relationship development… and the degree we get to know the characters is somewhat superficial. Also, I felt that the conflict resolution was ultimately a little abrupt and a bit anticlimactic. But overall, I really did find it a pleasurable read. And I will definitely be checking out book two for Nick and Derek’s story. Woo-hoo.
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by Moira Rogers
Release Date: March 3, 2009