Friday, December 10, 2010

Deadlock


Title: Deadlock
Author: Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60928-325-4
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Shape-shifter
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Carmen Mendoza’s life isn’t a bed of roses. She and her siblings were abandoned by their wolf-shifter father, leaving her psychic human mother to raise them. Now an adult, she’s moved to New Orleans where she works in a clinic dealing with the emotional and physical needs of the people in the supernatural community. The job is enjoyable but it doesn’t fill her own personal needs and her long string of unsuccessful shifter boyfriends proves it. Up until now, Carmen has avoided her father’s power-obsessed family but when they decide to use her as a pawn in an arranged marriage, all bets are off. That means someone is willing to use a witch and a dangerous, unstable spell to awaken her inner wolf. Carmen’s only hope is the one man capable of soothing her inner beast.

Alec Jacobson was once heir to all his family held dear but he fell in love with a human artist and walked away from the shifter world. His wife paid with her life when his cousin killed her. Now he lives at the edge of shifter society, serving as the unofficial Alpha of New Orleans, protecting its supernatural residents against its old fashioned caste system. When Carmen is attacked, Alec helps her but in doing so helps himself, by opening his heart to love. The problem is that Carmen is the niece of his worst enemy and the battle between them could turn the streets of New Orleans to blood.

Deadlock is the third release in the Southern Arcana series by Moira Rogers and while it’s not imperative that you read the first two releases in the series, I think you’ll have a better grasp on the richly developed world inhabited by the characters if you do.

Once again Ms. Rogers quickly pulls the reader into the politically charged world she’s created for this exciting and fast-paced series. Carmen is a dynamic and strong-willed woman stuck in the middle of a power struggle she doesn’t have any interest in. She’s hardworking, loving and kindhearted, and putting her together with her cold, power hungry family was a nicely constructed counterpoint. Alec is all Alpha male...determined to keep those under his protection safe. He’s a dominant, aggressive, no-nonsense kind of man but at heart, he’s still a deeply wounded hero with enough painful emotional baggage to sink any new relationship. The creation of his physical, mental and emotional attributes is the perfect winning combination and I can’t imagine that Ms. Rogers could have done a better job with him.

There is a return of the characters from the previous releases and they play a small, but important, role. Carmen’s family is the new additions to the plotline and they play varying degrees of importance depending on which side of the conflict they stand. The villainous ones, in the form of her uncle and father, are devious and easy to dislike, making it painless to wish them an unsavory end.

If you’re looking for a paranormal romance with lots of intrigue, passion and action, I think you’ll find this new Southern Arcana release will work nicely. The next book in the series, Cipher, is slated for release in September of 2011 so watch for it.

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