Friday, July 15, 2011


Title: Cipher
Author: Moira Rogers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-523-4
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal/Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Some might consider Kat Gabriel’s empathic ability a gift, but she learned during a vicious attack that it was an unwelcome gift that could end life. Now, over a year later, she’s still haunted by the deaths of those she killed and the loss of the long friendship she shared with Andrew Callaghan. Using her power might have saved their lives but it wasn’t in time to keep him from being turned into a werewolf.  

The attack has affected them both deeply. Andrew works to become strong so that one day he can protect her, while Kat seeks to discover what happened to her mother and to understand her family’s psychic legacy. Unfortunately Kat’s search leads them both into more danger than she and Andrew expected, threatening their control, growing love and their very lives.  

Cipher is the fourth and latest release in Moira Rogers’ Southern Arcana series and begins a few months after the last book left off.  

The author has created two interesting personalities in Kat and Andrew but due to circumstances, both are deeply troubled and wounded. Their attraction is obvious immediately; it simmers below the surface but for a great deal of the story, fear and angst is allowed to control their actions.  Their emotional pain is so intense that at times it nearly vibrates off the page but it also goes on for so long that it became exhausting. For the characters yes, but for me too…I wanted that part of the story over and for it to move on. 

When Andrew and Kat get together, it’s sweet, sexy and endearing as they try to find a safe way through the minefield of danger. But after the long periods of fear, with a little help and explanations from a few friends it was almost too easy for Kat to learn what she needed, so the quick resolution didn’t seem to fit with all the previous build up and anxiety. 

The action packed scenes are well scripted and believable, pulling characters in from previous releases, giving a good view on how everyone interacts. Here you’ll also find kidnapping, violence, death, and pain. These are the best portions of the story and they lead into an emotionally satisfying ending for Kat and Andrew.

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