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Curse of Passion (A Deadly Legends Novel) by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And ...
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Curse of Passion (A Deadly Legends Novel) by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.



Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.



With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer...and heal their wounded hearts...?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622661961
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/12/2013
  • Series: Entangled Ignite
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 559,251
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.



She is the Marketing Director with Entangled Publishing, is the founder of Books on the House, the co-founder of The Naked Hero, and is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. Sacrifice of Passion is her first contemporary romantic suspense novel, and book one in the Deadly Legends trilogy.
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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    I happen to really enjoy Melissa Bourbon Ramirez's Deadly Legend

    I happen to really enjoy Melissa Bourbon Ramirez's Deadly Legend series. In the first book, Sacrifice  of Passion, she took the legend of La Chupacabra and made her on little twist. Well, she has taken another hispanic legend and made her own little twist in Curse of Passion. This time we will be looking at the legend of La Llorona (The Weeping Woman).

    For those who don't know the legend La Llorona, there is a young woman who believes that the only thing holding her back from a certain man is her children. So, she decides the only way to get her man would be to get rid of her children. She ends up drowning her children and man still doesn't want her. After losing her children and the man, she decides to drown herself. Plus, there are different version of the story that contain: a harlot, a virgin, a witch, and a siren.

    With that said let me share my thoughts on the story:

    Johanna Rios has always been haunted by the story of La Llorona, because her mother had such a strong belief in the story that she tried to drown her two  daughters one night. Fortunately, Johanna and her sister, Carmen, were able to escape before their mother ended killing them both. Years later still scarred from the past strange things start to happen San Julio that make her start to truly believe in La Llorona legend. One by one there is a young woman marked as one of types of La Llorona legend and need to figure out before more girls are taken. Things start to get a bit more hairy and Johanna turns to her friend Ray Vargas.

    I love how Melissa Bourbon Ramirez has taken this legend and made a fantastic thrilling read. You get a strong sense of danger as one by one girls are picked out dress like in the La Llorona story. Johanna can't seem to let go of the fear that she might end up like her mother, so by not finding love she figure she could keep no existing children safe. However, the murder takes former students and use them as bait. Definitely a sicko there.

    Ray is the principal of the school Johanna works out. He has a hard keeping the fine line between Johanna and him when Johanna's life is endanger. He has had feelings for her, but always afraid to cross those boundaries between boss and co-worker. However, he realizes life is unpredictable, especially when it comes to love ones. Sometimes it all boils down to a choice.

    Overall, a thrilling read. I find myself enthrall with Deadly Legends books. I can't wait to see wait legend comes up next. I think Curse of Passion is a fantastic book filled with mystery, intrigue and definitely suspense. So, if you are looking for a story with a legend and suspense, I would suggest to grab a copy of Curse of Passion. 

    Rating 4.5 Stars
    Copy provided by publisher

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    Johanna Rios is trapped by traumatic childhood memories. Her mot

    Johanna Rios is trapped by traumatic childhood memories. Her mother's belief in the legend of La Llorona made her try to kill her daughters but only resulted in her own death. Johanna survived her past and is now a teacher. However, the past is not done with her. Someone in San Julio is killing woman by using the curse of the Crying Lady and wants her as their last victim. Ray Vargas, the school principal, who cares deeply for her, becomes her protector. Will they be able to stop this monster? Melissa Bourbon Ramirez has written a powerful book that is filled with heart pounding suspense. The action is non-stop and the danger grabs you and won't let go. The legend of La Llorona is true and increases the tension. The characters are passionate, resilient and very human. I couldn't stop reading. I had to know what happened. This is a perfect sequel to Sacrifice of Passion. This book is a keeper.

    In exchange for an honest review I received a copy of this book.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    A Romantic Suspense MUST READ!!! When I was given the opportuni

    A Romantic Suspense MUST READ!!!

    When I was given the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in lieu of an honest review, I took it because the premise really appealed to me. Ms. Ramirez is a new author for me and Curse of Passion did not disappoint.

    From the very first page, I was drawn to her well developed, very likeable characters and edge-of-your-seat storyline. While there were many clues as to who the killer(s) might be, there was enough doubt thrown in to not make it entirely predictable. I found it difficult to put the book down, even as my eyes were glazing over from exhaustion and the pages suddenly became blurred. My only critique is that I wanted Vic and Delaney, the main characters from Sacrifice of Passion to have a more prominent part, rather than just being peripheral. I enjoy reading about previous characters in all my genres, and I believe it really adds depth to the storyline when the author does this. So, my rating is a solid 4.5, and an enthusiastic must read!

    Johanna Rios is a woman trying to bury a painful and frightening past. The legend of La Llorona holds the Rios women in its maw, and though she wants to believe its only legend, she can’t seem to break away from it. She and her sister, Carmen, live with this curse hanging over their heads and both would like to see it buried for good. Her childhood friend, Ray Vargas, has returned to San Julio and is bringing to the surface an array of feelings Johanna long thought had no place in her life. But this strong, sexy man is proving to be very hard for her to ignore and stay away from.

    Ray Vargas has come back to his hometown of San Julio after 2 tours in Afghanistan to take a position as Principal of San Julio High School. He is trying to make a good life for himself and his daughter, Eva, but his ghosts keep encroaching upon him. Johanna is now a teacher in his high school and though she heats his blood and makes his body respond like no other woman has, his sense of honor and position as Principal keep him in check. The more he sees her, however, the more his control is tested.

    While staving off their attraction to each other, a serial killer begins his macabre murders, following the legend of La Llorona and bringing into sharp clarity Johanna’s fears for her sister Carmen and herself. As more girls turn up dead, including her best friend, she and Ray begin to work with the police to try and solve these heinous crimes. When it becomes clear that the killer is after Johanna, the control which Ray has kept a tight leash on snaps and his instincts take over. He will not let her out of his sights and as they are thrown closer together, the attraction they have toward each other will no longer be denied.

    Will they be able to stop the killer before he murders another innocent, before he gets to Johanna? Come along for the ride and find out!

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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    Can I just start by saying that no high school principal I've ev

    Can I just start by saying that no high school principal I've ever seen looks like the guy on the cover of this book? Granted, given the excessive hormones flying around any place that teenagers congregate, this is probably a very good thing, but still….




    Curse of Passion had a really strong start and a decent ending. Unfortunately, the middle meandered a bit from the taut narrative thread that the book began with.




    From nearly the first page, I was drawn right into the story. Past family drama—check. Mystery of a murdered girl—check. Two adults who believe they must fight their attraction due to the nature of their jobs but who are finding it increasingly difficult to do so as they spend more time together—check, and check.




    Somewhere just past the fifty percent mark, though, things got…murky. Too many things were going on all at the same time, and they didn't all feel completely necessary to the overall plot. A few potentially important scenes were mentioned in passing after the fact (often by a character thinking about them) instead of being shown to the reader as they happened. Other fairly complicated elements seemed to be added just to give the character an excuse to be in a certain place and time when a simpler reason could have been given instead. Jo, Ray, and Carmen spent a lot of time inside their heads, and by the end of the book much of the conflict they had going on in there still hadn't been resolved.




    The whodunit wasn't obvious—I did have a guess about who might be implicated early on but wasn't entirely sure. The motivation, though, remained a mystery—and as it was further explained through the narrative, it still wasn't entirely clear...it's pretty involved and somewhat convoluted. It ended up feeling contrived, like the characters were trying too hard to justify what they had done.




    Ramirez pulled everything together at the end, though, for a fairly satisfying conclusion. There are some issues left unresolved and strong hints of a future relationship, which together make the next book in the series look promising.




    In a nutshell: really strong beginning, but it lost steam toward the middle when the plot became a bit messy. Still, the series has promise. C rating.




    I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    Curse of Passion by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez Print Length: 199

    Curse of Passion by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
    Print Length: 199 pages
    Publisher: Entangled: Ignite (August 12, 2013)
    Sold by: Macmillan
    I received this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest unbiased review!

    Cover~
    OMG! How I love love the colors on the cover. I am swooning over the hot man on it to! Just seeing this cover makes me want to delve in and devour the pages!

    My Review~
    OMG what a book!!!!! This is the first book that I have ever read by this author. I loved it! It was a thrilling ride from the start to the last page of this awesome read. This is one of my most favorite types of genre! It was dark enthralling captivating read!Once I started this book I couldn't put it down! Wonderful romance with the twist of paranormal. This book kept me guessing until the end. I love the writing style and the believable characters. I love the banter between the characters. Did I say that I adore the hot hot male? This is an awesome read that will have you believing in curses and ghost stories. I just loved the legend of La Lorona. I give this thrilling romance a 5 star review!


    Amazon Book Description~
    The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.

    Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.

    With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer...and heal their wounded hearts...?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    This book was really intriguing. Johanna believed in the La Llo

    This book was really intriguing. Johanna believed in the La Llorona curse. Her mother tried to drown Johanna and her sister Carmen when they were younger, but ended up drowning herself. Johanna has always been scared the curse will happen to her and her sister, so she keeps everyone at arms length. Johanna has secretly been crushing on the her boss, the high school principal, Ray Vargas. Ray is raising his daughter alone after his wife left him.

    After a former student is murdered and Johanna is sent a box of books and has some other mysterious things happen to her. The Deputy Sheriff, Ray and Johanna realize that someone is trying to bring the curse to life and Johanna is somehow involved. Ray feels so strongly for Johanna that he can't resist trying to keep her safe. While trying to find out who is trying to bring the curse to life Johanna and Ray get close.

    Ray was a stand up guy. He cared for his daughter and took his responsibilities as principal seriously. He refused to get involved with Johanna even though he was attracted to her. Johanna had never had a serious relationship for fear the curse would come true. Johanna didn't want to be like her mother, so she never let a man get close or take care of her so she didn't get hurt. Johanna's sister, Carmen was more like their mother and wanted a man to take care of her, but had a hard time finding a guy.

    I enjoyed learning about the La Llorona legend. It was interesting learning about another culture and their beliefs. This was well written and kept my attention the whole way through. I thought I had it figured out towards the end, but their was one last twist that I didn't expect. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

    I received and ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    I have found that if I am looking for a great read to look no fa

    I have found that if I am looking for a great read to look no farther than Entangled Publishing. I couldn't put this book down!  Even though I wanted to smack the hero upside the head and ask him why he had to wait for a murder to admit he has feelings for the heroine, I would still recommend this book.  I can't wait to read more from this author.  : ) 

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    If you are looking for a thriller and suspenseful read, this boo

    If you are looking for a thriller and suspenseful read, this book is for you. This book kept me guessing through out the end. The two love interests were both strong and independent charaters. The supporting cast were interesting in their own way as well. Kept my attention from beginning to end.

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    Curse of Passion is a dark and captivating story that will make

    Curse of Passion is a dark and captivating story that will make you believe in ghost stories! Jo is a school teacher that’s childhood was steeped in stories of the ghost of la Llorona. Her own mother believed the stories so much she tried to drown her own daughters. With her traumatized past Jo’s heart is wounded. When Ray Vargas shows up and becomes the principal of her school, she is breathless. This man is gorgeous, intense, and kind. But he has shadows in his heart that he cannot forget.

    Ray is home after his last tour of duty. When he took the Principal position he did not expect to run into Jo. The girl next door has grown into a sensual and beautiful women that captivates him, seduces his senses, and makes him wish for things he has never thought he deserved.

    When killings start happen mimicking the Llorona ghost, Jo is edgy and scared. Especially when she becomes a target of the killer. Ray will not let anything happen to Jo. Anyone wanting to hurt her will have to come through him first.

    I was drawn right into this story. I was devastated for Jo and the trauma that she endured because of her mother. Even though bad things happened to her, she is not a fragile wallflower. She is fierce, smart, and compassionate. Ray is sexy, intense, and brooding. They both compliment each other very well, and their romance will curl your toes! I was riveted to the point that I devoured this story in one night!

    The passion, desire, and romance will seduce you, while the suspense will give you chills! Fall in love with this haunting story…

    I was given a copy of this book by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    One of my favorite genres, or sub genres, of romance is suspens


    One of my favorite genres, or sub genres, of romance is suspense. There is nothing like a good romantic suspense novel to get my
    blood pumping in a variety of ways. I like the guessing game, the who done it aspect of it, and of course, the romance. 
    In this book I found a good balance of this. The story begins with the reader being introduced to Johanna Rios and over the next few
    chapters we learn a lot about her background, as well as her sister's. We learn about the tragic childhood events that shaped who
    Johanna and her sister became, as well as her unrequited crush on her boss, the school's principal, Ray Vargas. Throughout this,
    we also learn of the nefarious threat that is stalking our heroine. Someone is out to get her and is using former students to do it. 

    In addition to the main story, and in a way wrapped up right along side it, we get to see what Carmen, Johanna's sister is going through
    as well. She has a new boyfriend and a huge secret which she doesn't spill to anyone. I wanted to smack her a few times and tell her
    what an idiot she was being but I resisted the urge. :)  Also, her reactions and emotions made sense given her situation so I cut her a
    bit of slack. 

    I will note that some of the clues scattered throughout the story were obvious. However this did not detract from the story. Instead it left
    me with a sense of trepidation about when the baddie was going to strike and just who was the next target. I do wish the story had a bit
    more when it came to the resolution. We found out who the killer was and everything wrong had been righted, and there was even a
    very short epilogue, but we didn't get any questions answered about the main couple moving forward. What was going to happen when
    Ray and Johanna had to go back to work? And what was the deal with their work anyways? It seemed that, after the first victim of the
    killer, neither went back to work. Maybe I missed it where it said the school was on break or something? And I would have loved to see
    Ray's mom meet Johanna. And what about Johanna finding out Carmen's secret? Perhaps there is going to be another book after this,
    to focus on Carmen, but the way things ended in this book, there was a lot left as unknown. 

    All in all a solid read and I hope this author writes more romantic suspense in the future. If she does, I'll definitely look forward to
    reading it. 

    *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    Johanna Rios was just a little girl when she saved her sister fr

    Johanna Rios was just a little girl when she saved her sister from being drowned by their own mother. Johanna and her sister Carmen were the only family they had. No man ever stayed with the Rios woman. Their mother believed they were cursed by La Llorona, the crying woman. La Llorona was an old Mexican legend of a woman who drowns her children. Still haunted by this legend, Johanna finds herself stuck in the middle of a murder case and she could be the next victim.

    I enjoyed this book. I loved hearing the Mexican legend of La Llorona. It was an interesting, but scary legend. The characters were true to life, co workers afraid to show feelings, father daughter relationships and friendship. Once I picked the book up it was hard to put down, the story keeps you interested and wanting to get to the truth. I like this book, especially for a fall read. A bit of a scary legend is always a fun fall read. I would highly recommend.

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat Rating: Mild/Hot

    Reviewed By: Rae

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