Author: Moira Rogers
Publication: Samhain Publishing (January 5, 2010)
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: This was a fun paranormal mystery/romance. Mackenzie is a rare cougar shifter only she doesn't know it. She is on the run and terrified. She has stopped to gather some funds by tending bar. Her boss happens to be a well-connected wolf shifter named Nick. Nick asks her friend Jackson who is a magician to see if he can find out why Mackenzie is so scared and who's chasing her. They uncover a can of worms.
Mackenzie is on the run for a very powerful cougar seer named Charles Talbot who wants to use Mackenzie to breed baby cougars who will be able to convert humans into cougar shifters since their breed is dying out. Seers are so powerful that they frequently go crazy and this one is well over the line. He has already killed her parents because they disagreed with her goals. He also killed Marcus's parents and raised him to believe that he must marry Mackenzie.
Jackson, his partner Alec, his mentor Mahalia, and Nick and her family all get involved in trying to keep Mackenzie safe. Meanwhile, Mackenzie and Jackson fall in love. When Mackenzie is kidnapped by Charles they all mobilize to try to save her.
This was a great paranormal romance. I recommend the series and the author to lovers of romantic books about shape shifters.
"No," she retorted, annoyed by his dogged friendliness. She could see the marks her teeth had left on his neck, yet he seemed completely unbothered by the fact that she'd hurt him.
He shrugged and reopened his book. "Maybe you need more sleep."
It was infuriating. "Sleep is supposed to make me feel better about being kidnapped?"