WLP Reviews: River Road by Suzanne Johnson

9780765327802Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327802
  • List Price: $24.99
  • Buy at: Amazon

I have to be honest with you, I kind of hopped off the Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance bandwagon in the final months of 2012. I couldn’t find anything that captured my attention for longer then a chapter, so I went back to the Contemporary Romance genre for awhile. When River Road came in the mail one day, I honestly put it on my TBR bookshelf and went about reading anything but UF.

A week later, I had run out of CR novels, so I browsed the books I needed to read and picked out River Road because I loved Royal Street (the first book in the series). River Road brought me right back to my love of all things paranormal. Suzanne Johnson has a way of telling a story that sucks you in and spits you out hours later, you need to have a sign handy that says “Do Not Disturb” because you won’t move until you finish this novel.

As I said, this is the second book in the series. Dru is a Wizard Sentinel for the area of New Orleans, she keeps the area safe and running for all the supernatural beings in the area. But there’s a problem, wizards are dying and mer’s are getting sick. It’s up to Dru and her sexy partner Alex to find out what connection there is and how to stop it.

Again, Johnson has a helluva way with words. They flow and keep you on your toes for the entire book and let me tell you, the final chapter had my mouth dropping open. Damnit, I hate endings that make me want more IMMEDIATELY. Alex is sexy as all hell, but the story really revolves around Dru and how she’s coming into her own since Hurricane Katrina took place. Really, don’t wait go buy this book I need someone to talk to about it!

If you are looking for an action packed thrill ride, River Road is the book for you. It’s already one of my favourite reads of 2013!


  • Rain Maiden Jen January 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I just picked up Royal Street and look forward to reading it. I can’t force myself to read something I’m just not in the mood for. I have a bunch of zombie reads on my TBR pile and I’m all zombied out. 🙂

    • Wicked Lil Pixie January 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      I’m so the same, but you have to read them they are so different from what we are used to.

  • Lee January 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I recently finished this and totally agree. I love this series. I love this book. It was definitely my favorite of the two. DJ is a great character and the world-building is unique – historical undead? Brilliant. 🙂

    • Wicked Lil Pixie January 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      I love that, Louis Armstrong was my favourite in Royal Street

  • JenM January 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    As it happens I read Royal Street and River Road back to back over the holidays. I rarely do that because I find that I often get tired of the author’s style if I read to much of it. However, that was not the case here. I really like Suzanne’s voice and both books kept me engaged. Plus, I like that although DJ has a couple of potential love interests, she’s not just hopping right into bed with anyone.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie January 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      I love that about DJ, other characters would have bedded both already

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