Series: Dumont Bachelors #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Signet on 6 May 2014
What happens when you mix together a family curse, star-crossed lovers, a generous helping of humour, a splash of old-fashioned voodoo, cakes (nom, nom, nom) and a river boat cruise? A really sweet and enjoyable contemporary romance of course. Allie Mauvais has had a thing for Marc Dumont ever high school even though he dumped her unceremoniously. Marc is pretty wary of Allie’s voodoo heritage especially since it was her great-great-grandma that cursed his family in the first place. Fate throws them together when Marc needs a pastry chef that can delight his guests.
Allie’s cakes and pastries are to die for but it is her side business of voodoo that brings in most of her customers. Allie doesn’t believe in the love charms she sells but she genuinely believes she is making people’s lives better by steering them away from bad decisions like forgiving dirt-bag boyfriends. She was sweet and loyal but definitely not a pushover when it came to the overbearing chef she had to work with.
Marc is the captain of the Belle of the Bayou river boat that has seen better days and is riddled with family members. His dad might not have got the marrying part down pat but he managed to father six kids by five different women. Marc was similar to him in the sense that he was used to moving from one woman’s bed to another with ease and he valued his family pretty highly even though he often tried to keep that under wraps.
Most of the humour comes from the disasters that spring up whenever Allie and Marc start to give into their desires. Marc’s family immediately blame Allie for their woes and beg Marc to get rid of her. The rational part of Marc’s brain argues that the family curse which stops all Dumont men from marrying is ridiculous but even he finds it hard to forget the blisters he discovered “down below” the day after a date with Allie.
My only regret is reading this book so soon after it came out as I now have to wait until November to enjoy #2.