Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
I finished this novel as Hurricane Isaac made landfall, which seemed appropriate. Royal Street takes place in New Orleans during the hours, days, and weeks immediately following Katrina. The storm and levee breaks have damaged not only the physical landscape, but the barriers that hold back the Beyond, the realm of the preternatural creatures such as the fae, the vampires, and the historical undead (those who are dead but so well loved/hated/revered/remembered
There's a lot going on in this novel, but what impressed me was that not only did Johnson manage to juggle these plot threads, she deftly wove them together in such a manner that they came together into a cohesive tale of mystery, magic and family secrets. There is romance here, but it’s not the focus, so I wouldn’t classify it as such. Still, because of the style of writing and character development, I highly recommend this novel to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romantic fiction.