Fourteen months ago, Kat Gabriel's life changed forever when she used her empathy as a weapon. Now she can't escape the weight of those deaths--or the loss of the easy friendship she and Andrew once shared. Obsessed with her mother's violent past, Kat is determined to learn the truth of her inner-darkness by understanding her legacy.
Since the attack that turned him into a wolf, Andrew Callaghan has done everything possible to make himself stronger. More capable of protecting Kat--both from the supernatural world that forced her to kill, and from their own volatile connection. Pushing her away hurt them both, but he's finally made himself into the protector she needs. As Kat's quest leads her into the darkest underbelly of the psychic world, Andrew is determined to be at her side. But every step forward reopens old emotional wounds and shakes their control. For a dangerous alpha and a deadly psychic, distraction could be fatal--especially when the greatest threat they pose is to each other.
Cipher is one of those books that I was unsure how it was going to go but was oh so desperate to read it. And I’ve read it twice since I received my copy from the author. I could read it another dozen times too before I memorised it or even became bored of it. There is so much sadness and emotion in Cipher due to what Kat and Andrew have been through and what they have to overcome but they do overcome it. Cipher is so beautifully written; you can’t but help but fall in love with the story and have such hopes for Kat and Andrew that they can be the people they want to be together. Finally. And they do, they really do. Each time I read Cipher I found something new that I hadn’t remembered from before, I realised new things about the couples that were mentioned in Cipher other than just Kat and Andrew, although Kat and Andrew are the primary couple in Cipher, Moira Rogers doesn’t let us down with the set-up of possible new couples and how their stories may unravel. Which is great stuff! I’m super excited for the next book due out in 2012 however I’m getting ahead of myself we’re talking about Cipher. Kat and Andrew have really changed and grown as people but they have never truly been whole without having each other in their lives and until this point that just hasn’t been possible for them. I loved how Cipher brought some redemption for Kat mother and her behaviour and how with Andrews help Kat gets some of the answers she wanted. I really did feel such an emotional pull with Kat and Andrew’s story possibly because I’d been rooting for them through all of the books and the sexual build up between these two is intense. I felt most of the book was a huge build-up for Kat and Andrew again because they had really changed from the people they once were. Kat is or has been trying to get a job but it wasn’t really what she wanted to do with her life and in doing so acted up and tried to make it impossible for the interviewers to want to employer her and she sees the last clue she might get about her mother to be her last bid before she decides to grow up and buy a suit and join the real world but with help from Andrew Kat releases she wants to do more with her life and with what she can do. Andrew in comparison feels a little like he’s more settled into what he’s doing with his life and but that it doesn’t feel that it fit’s him as well as it should until Kat becomes part of his life again and he seems to embrace it more fully. One of my favourite parts of Cipher is that Kat keeps pushing herself and Andrew to admit the truth about what happened in their past with each other and whether they can forgive each other and start something new I think without Kat doing this Andrew would have left many things unsaid which would have left a pink elephant in the new relationship Kat and Andrew were forming and in doing so that may not have lead them to where they end up.
With it Cipher brings a start of new relationships with some new and some not so new people to the series and takes us back to revisit relationships from previous books that I immensely enjoyed!
"So, you don't want to punch me with your brain." He blinked. "A surprisingly weird thing to say out loud, actually."
Her gaze shifted back to the fight, and her mouth softened. "For him, I have even learned more English. What will you learn for Katherine?" A simple answer, despite how long it had taken him to come up with it. "Everything."
“She was past broken, careening into deadly. And maybe the woman torturing them knew it. This time, when she put away her knives and turned to face Kat, that triumphant little smile slipped away. Kat didn't need empathy to see uncertainty in the woman's eyes or fear in her too-quick steps as she retreated to the door.”
“And there it was. The answer to the question she hadn't dared to ask all those endless days ago. The reason he'd learned first aid and weapons and fighting. Everything. Andrew didn't want to be a hero. He wanted to be her hero.”
Overall another truly brilliant addition to the Southern Arcana series and it really drew me in to what may happen next and who the next couples with be! Exciting stuff. Recommended read.