Friday, May 3, 2013

Review: Voodoo for Two by Elle James

Amazon Product Description:

Be careful what you wish for…

Determined to marry the most eligible bachelor in the parish to save her family, Lucie LeBieu turns a “love bug” loose to cast its Voodoo spell. What she doesn’t count on is hitting two targets—the golden boy congressional candidate and her Cajun-hot ex. To set things right, she must undo the spell before she falls into bed—and back in love—with a certain down and dirty heartbreakin' cop or breaks another man's heart.

Undercover investigator Ben Boyette is back in Louisiana on special assignment when he runs across his old flame, brewing up trouble as usual. But when hometown threats turn deadly, Lucie's life is on the line. Determined to protect both her and his politician assignment from falling victim to a murderer, Ben finds that he's the one who's falling hard for the irresistible bayou temptress.

My thoughts:
This is the second Elle James book that I have read.  I fell in love with her characters and writing style with the first book, Voodoo in the Bayou, and was looking forward to this next installment.  I recieved both books from the author in return for honest reviews.  I didn't read the blurb beforehand - so I was surprised by the love triangle that we have in this story, even though the title is a giveaway on that idea. 

Elle James has once again created characters that a reader can really invest in.  I feel in love with Ben Boyette as soon as I met him and so I got frustrated with the love triangle more quickly than normal.  Eric too is a great character, but all truly hopeless romantics want the girl to go for the man she is head over heels for instead of the "perfect" guy.  The idea of true love and what you are willing to give, give up on, and give up for are ones we all think about - or at least should.

I enjoyed the story, but felt it dragged at times.  I had a hard time with a couple things:
First, Lucie searching for and finding (more than once) her love bug - it seems to me that it would be much harder to locate a specific lady bug in the bayou. Second, the return of Lucie's mother - I was expecting more expansion here, but the explanation that we get is complete and realistic enough.

All in all, I truly enjoyed the story.  I loved the characters, I was thrilled with the ending, and I can't wait for more books from Elle James.   This book is well worth the read. 

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