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During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Jean Lafitte was a privateer, pirate and an American hero. Lafitte was well-educated and a very savvy businessman. Lafitte operated his very profitable privateering business from Barataria Island in Louisiana. His primary commodity was slaves, who were sold to sugar and rice plantations in America. He became a national hero during the War of 1812, when he used his tactical knowledge of the bayous to defend New Orleans and defeat the British. According to legend, upon his death he left behind a great treasure hidden in the bayou.
Two centuries later, Snail Cali and his family are enjoying an end of the school year cookout, when his father Carmine announces that he and his wife Elaine are retiring and will be heading to Louisiana to assist in rescue efforts brought on by an early-season hurricane. A week after they leave, Snail and his girlfriend Teri decide they are going to join them and set off for Louisiana. Fortunately, Snail and Teri meet up with NCIS agents Moki and Kopi, friends from Hawaii who are in New Orleans on assignment. They help them locate Snail’s parents in the bayou.
Meanwhile, Carmine and Elaine are experiencing a series of unusual events. They rescue a black panther caught in a bear trap, who is about to give birth. Carmine thinks he sees an apparition, and while diving, he encounters a vicious bull shark. What they do not realize is that their long-time nemesis Mr. Chang has reappeared a year after everyone thought he perished in the Great Dismal Swamp while fleeing from police in North Carolina. Chang recruits some locals in the bayou to help him scare the Cali family. Chang is also interested in finding Lafitte’s lost treasure. However, he meets his match when he attempts to manipulate a Voodoo Bokor, a woman with exceptional powers.
Published: AuthorHouseBooks on Jul 31, 2014
ISBN: 9781496927996
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I had purchased a copy of this book before the opportunity to review was presented by the author. As always, I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

First in the "Voodoo Love" series, and it starts off the series with every element checked off with panache. Elizabeth is a character with a skewed sense of humor that very much reminded me of Evonovich's Stephanie Plum. The book proceeds with rapid fire dialogue, with funny nearly slapstick, portrayal of the scene around her.

At the heart of the story is the curse around the hidden treasure of Jean Lafitte, and just why Elizabeth has a coin from the treasure. Just how much she remembers beyond the drowning of her lover Juan, and just why he is in her living room.

Combining action, humour, some really sexy scenes and the myriad of beliefs that are common in the bayou country of Louisiana; the story rolls from one highlight to the next. Characters are well developed and their interactions are believable. There are a few nice twists that fit well into a serialized story - while this section is neatly wrapped and tied with a bow; there are no complete ends to any of the intermingled stories. A great start off for a series that hopefully, will center on Elizabeth and her new Louisiana roots.read more
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I had purchased a copy of this book before the opportunity to review was presented by the author. As always, I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

First in the "Voodoo Love" series, and it starts off the series with every element checked off with panache. Elizabeth is a character with a skewed sense of humor that very much reminded me of Evonovich's Stephanie Plum. The book proceeds with rapid fire dialogue, with funny nearly slapstick, portrayal of the scene around her.

At the heart of the story is the curse around the hidden treasure of Jean Lafitte, and just why Elizabeth has a coin from the treasure. Just how much she remembers beyond the drowning of her lover Juan, and just why he is in her living room.

Combining action, humour, some really sexy scenes and the myriad of beliefs that are common in the bayou country of Louisiana; the story rolls from one highlight to the next. Characters are well developed and their interactions are believable. There are a few nice twists that fit well into a serialized story - while this section is neatly wrapped and tied with a bow; there are no complete ends to any of the intermingled stories. A great start off for a series that hopefully, will center on Elizabeth and her new Louisiana roots.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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