Welcome to the final discussion in the Southern Arcana Read Along. We’ve had three great chats (Crux, Crossroads & Deadlock) leading up to Cipher, Kat and Andrew’s story. YAY!! Finally we get Kat and Andrews story!! Let’s get started.
Since this is a discussion there may be spoilers
The Hero: After Andrew Callaghan was turned in a vicious attack, he distanced himself from Kat. He was out of control and dangerous and he spent their time apart training trying to adjust to his new shifter nature. He worked hard to learn control and skills to be able to protect the woman he loves. Now he has begun to find his place in his new life as a shifter and he has never stopped loving Kat.
The Heroine: Kat is a powerful empath. When Andrew was attacked and nearly killed she lost control of her powers and destroyed Andrew’s attackers. She was totally devastated and felt responsible for what happened to Andrew. When he left her broken hearted she focused on learning how to control her empath powers and trying to make sense of her life. Now she has received information about her mother and the cult she was involved in and Kat has called on Andrew to help her investigate.
Summary: A year ago, Andrew and Kat had feelings for each other – they wanted a relationship. But that was until the one fateful night Kat lost control of her empath abilities, and as a result, Andrew was turned into a shapeshifter. Both in a bad place, they drifted apart. Kat went to her mentor Callum, to learn control and discipline with her extremely strong empath abilities. Andrew went to fellow shapeshifter , Alec to learn how to lead his new life. How to protect the ones he loves, and use his shifter abilities to take down those that try to hurt his friends.
Now a year later, these two have awkward, stilted conversations. They both feel it is their fault for what happened all those months ago. When Kat learns of information about her mother and the cult she was involved in years ago, the only person around she can turn to is Andrew. Forced to take a road trip, they have lots of time to be together, and talk about the past. As Kat digs deeper into the psychic world her mother tried to protect her from, she discovers there are those that want to harm her, and now Andrew and herself are put to the test.
Mandi: The love scenes in this one are very intimate and sexy. I always say Moira Rogers writes good sex, and they don’t disappoint in this book. I also enjoyed the overall mystery with the cult and I think the ending conflict/action scene is done really well.
My main sticking point with this book is the lack of tension and conflict in Andrew and Kat’s relationship. In previous books, the tension between these two is so strong, when we finally get their book, they take on an exhausted, almost defeated tone. They get together way too easy in my opinion – I wanted them to have to work a little harder to become a couple. I feel like there is something lacking between them and this book doesn’t work as well for me as the previous ones in the series.
Sophia: I love second chance romances and I really loved that after a separation and attempts at other relationships Andrew and Kat were able come together and reconcile. I really liked the conflict in this one and I like that the author(s) have created world where not all supernaturals are playing for the same team. Although Kat is human, she is gifted and fits in more with the supernatural world. However she has much to fear in this world as well.
I had problems with Kat’s self loathing and guilt. Although both Andrew and Kat feel guilt for what happened in the attack, Kat’s self loathing became too much for me at some point because it was so extreme. Even after she and Andrew had begun to reconcile, Kat she held on to the guilt.
Nicole: I always love the friends to lovers stories, and the fact that after EVERYTHING Kat and Andrew had been through, they were finally able to put aside their fears and guilt and just be together, as they always wanted to be… sigh
Honestly, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. The plot moved quickly and advanced the overall story arc, the sexy times were smokin’ hot and I thought the romance was on par given their history. I guess the only thing that grated on my nerves was the fact that they both had such a hard time forgiving themselves (and honestly, each other) for that “dreadful night”
“Except you’re warm. And surprisingly cuddly, for a big mean council member.”
“That’s exactly what it says on my business cards.”
Reached up and framed his face with her hands, and shivered at the texture of his beard against her palms. I will never be afraid of you, Andrew Callaghan.”
“You’re my thing. Wanting you is the only thing in my life that hasn’t changed.”
What did you think of the romance between Kat and Andrew? Do you feel they finally got the romance they deserve? Did they come together too easily.
Do you think Kat should have gotten over the guilt of the attack quicker than she did?
There have been many more characters introduced. Who are you most looking forward to reading more about?
Callum is an intriguing character. He is Kat’s mentor and has taught her how to deal with her empathy well. He’s described at “stuffy and proper”, but surely he’s a bad-ass right? What are your thoughts on him?
What did you think of the bad guys this time? Did they seem more evil than the previous Southern Arcana villains?
“She’d dreamed of pirates. The sexy, swashbuckling kind with ambiguous sexuality and a historically improbable lack of STDs.” <—where can I read about these kinds of pirates? waggles eyebrows