Hurricane 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.
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!