Wednesday, October 30, 2013

***Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway*** Villere House by Leslie Fear and C.D. Hussey

College senior, Lottie Boyd, expects to drink too much while on spring break in New Orleans. What she doesn't expect is to be haunted. Or fall in love. But that's exactly what happens.
It starts with strange, vivid dreams about a 19th century widow so desperate to save her sick little girl, she's willing to do anything--even if it involves the black magic of Voodoo. It doesn't end there. Voices, ghost sightings, familiarity with things and places she couldn't possibly know. All leading her to the Villere House of Voodoo and the young Creole owner, Xavier Villere.
Xavier is compelled to help and is drawn to Lottie in a way he's never known, but skepticism of his family's century-old link to Voodoo and the occult keep her at arms length. If he can only come to terms with his heritage, he might be able to help solve the mystery of the widow plaguing Lottie's dreams. And maybe even find love in the process.
Note: Villere House is an adult romance and not suitable for readers under 18.

Xavier continued to stand there, trapping her in the bathroom. His eyes lingered on her and he looked like he wanted to say something. Lottie wanted to ask, but her words were as trapped as his.

Finally, he pushed off the jamb. "Well, I guess I should let you try to get some shut-eye."

She could only nod and follow him back into the bedroom with the massive, gorgeous bed.

"Need anything?"

A couple of silk scarves tying her wrists to one of the posts.

"Bourbon?" He prodded.

"I think I'm good. Thanks."

"I won't be far, so if you change your mind..."

It was possible she was imagining it, or hopelessly optimistic, but she thought she saw a glimmer of her own desires reflected in his dark brown eyes.  He was lingering...

Lesley's Review:

Voodoo, Haunting ghosts, New Orleans….Need I say more. With Halloween right around the corner, I was in the mood for a spooky read. Now, I don’t like horror and this was the perfect book for me. It had just the right amount of creepy to set mood.
Charlotte has arrived in New Orleans with her friends for spring break fun. Not long after she arrives she starts to have vivid dreams and hear strange voices. She’s blames it on the alcohol. HA! The alcohol always gets the blame. It doesn’t take long for the weird to get weirder. She soon finds herself wondering aimlessly and drawn into a voodoo shop where she meets Xavier Villere. She’s immediately captivated by Xavier and it’s reflected in the way Xavier acts as well.
“She felt crazy for even thinking she might be haunted. Crazy she could justify.”
Charlotte soon finds herself in a trance following a ghost.  This ghost leads her into dangerous streets and has her doing strange things to herself. She dreams of a strange dead Voodoo Queen and strangers from the past. She’s not even going to play like it’s no big deal. She may be going crazy or she may be in danger. Lottie turns to the only person who may be able to help, Xavier.
“‘A chicken foot? …….A Talisman of protection.’”
These two join forces to figure out what is after Lottie. Working together they set out to put the pieces their ancestors are leaving them. While solving the mystery it seems their hearts are falling for each other. Or are they? Are they so involved in the past that it’s clouding their futures? After all there is more than just one connection.  You have to read to find out and step into the French Quarter and take a trip down memory lane with a Voodoo mystery.
“The love between them…I couldn’t let you deny it. And it’s still in me, just like it’s still in you. I can feel it. I know you do too.”
I rate this one 4 mysteriously haunting stars. It’s a quick easy read. I absolutely loved the magical and historical elements coming into play with this one. I can’t forget the Romance that is woven in to the past and present. How bitter-sweet it is. Lottie and Xavier’s adventure was a thrilling and entertaining one. I’m glad that everything works out in the end, or did it?  I’ll be waiting to read the sequel “Bayou Grise” to find out what’s going to happen next.

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