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Posted July 12, 2013
I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review. Funny and sweet read! This is the third installment of Elle James’ Cajun Magic but can be read as a standalone. Ed is on the job protecting an important witness in an upcoming case. His partner Ben grew up in Bayou Miste and believes it is the perfect spot for them to hide out. While there, Ed is renting a cabin from Ben’s mother and is allowed the chance to me Ben’s eighteen other siblings.
Alex is the oldest Boyette daughter and since their father passed away a few years ago, feels it is her duty to help her mother take care of her younger brothers and sisters. Needless to say her life is chaotic and she is certainly not looking for love. Her friend Lucie gives her a little Voodoo magic to help her find love and the adventure begins.
A wonderful quick read that is very funny and entertaining. The characters are charming and the voodoo aspect is hilarious. The Boyettes are a wonderful family to spend the afternoon with.
Posted July 11, 2013
4 1/2 stars
“Deja Voodoo” by Elle James is the third novel in the entertaining ‘Cajun Magic’ series and returns the reader to picturesque Bayou Miste. Edouard (Ed) Francois Marceau is working undercover and attempting to keep a key witness under protective custody. His partner, Ben Boyette, hasn’t quite informed Ed that he has 18 siblings in all, including Alexandra (Alex) Belle Boyette, who has helped raise her 8 younger siblings. Lucie LeBieu Boyette gifts Alex with a voodoo bag which turns her world upside down and complicates her attraction to the reticent Ed. A dog named Sport figures significantly in Alex and her friend Calliope’s lives in an unexpected manner as many of the residents of Bayou MIste become embroiled in Ed’s case even as he struggles to decide what he wants out of life.
This fun paranormal romance story gives the flavor of life on the bayou even as it explores the mystical influence of voodoo which can radically change lives. The surprising effects of Voodoo queen Madame LeBieu’s interference make another great tale as more of the Boyette clan is introduced. The poignant relationship involving Sport, the danger surrounding the care of the semi-cooperative key witness and the complications of Alex’s dating life combine to make this an entertaining read. The imaginative elements showcase this author’s dexterity at combining humor and mysticism and I greatly enjoyed the glimpses of all of the Boyettes as well as the opportunity to see what was going on in the lives of characters from the previous two novels in the series. I look forward to seeing how Calliope’s issues are resolved and thought this story provided a wonderfully zany read that requires a suspension of disbelief and a willingness to be entertained by this delightfully implausible tale.
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Posted July 11, 2013
I will just come to the important part... this book was great!
You should read it!
Deja Voodoo is fast paced and has just the right amount of everything. Funny, sexy, hot guys, suspense, best friends, magic, annoying family, love... You get everything and in the perfect dose.
I liked Alex as a heroine. She is tough and independent. Although her independence can be annoying sometimes because she just drives it to the max. However I suppose it is intended like that because even her best friend gets annoyed by it.
I also liked that there was some suspense to make the story more thrilling. But the case Ed was there for never got too much in the way of the romance.
And duh... was Ed hot. This is a guy who knows what he wants and takes it. Just right for such a story.
I also loved the whole Voodoo stuff. Really funny.
But what I like the most about the book was the side story about Calliope and Sport. It never happened to me that I like the side characters more than the hero and the heroine. I even cried in the end. I won't tell you why because I don't want to include spoilers in this review. But let me tell you, it has been a while since I cried because of a book. Their story was so touching. I really hope they get their own book.
Another thing, I didn't read the first book in the series. I didn't even know there was another book but I didn't have the feeling I missed important details by not reading the first one. I think I'm going to read the first book though. So if you want to try this series, I suggest you start at the beginning. However it is not a must ;)
Posted July 10, 2013
Deja Voodoo was a splendid surprise. This is my first book by Elle James and was not quite sure what to expect. What I got was romantic story filled with laugh out loud scenes, hot sex, lots of quirky characters, and throw in a little mystery and action. Let's not forget to add a Voodoo spell that goes wrong!
In my personal opinion the best parts of the entire book is all the personalities. starting with our main two characters. Alex and Ed first meeting is probably the funniest part of the book. Nothing like chasing your 'dog' down the street to attract attention. Giggles! Their dialog was witty and the chemistry between them is just combustible. I really enjoyed all the additional characters. The all have quirky personalities you can't help but to adore. The size of Alex's family is crazy insane and the names of her siblings had me laughing out loud. There are other characters as well from author Elle James' previous books, but I felt I got enough information about them that I did not miss reading their story. But since this book was so enjoyable I'll more than likely go back and read Lucie and Ben's book.
If your looking for a something fun to do this weekend, may I suggest grabbing a copy of Deja Voodoo, some lemonade and head poolside for the afternoon.. You won't be disappointed.
I received this book from JeepDiva in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
Stars - 3.5 Flames - 3
Posted July 4, 2013
I do not normally read this type of romance. I tend to stay away from magic and voodoo. But it sounded interesting and I'm trying new genres.
This is the 3rd in a series. I have not read the other two. This book was fine as a stand alone.
I really liked this book. I read it in one sitting (had to stay up late to do it). The characters are great! I loved them all (except the ones your not supposed to). The dialogue was fun. The whole story was fun. In the midst of the craziness, suspense, and fun- the romance was hot!
I would definitely read another Elle James book.
Posted July 2, 2013
What a great fun read!
Alex is approaching thirty and her mom is determined to set her up and marry her off. So far Alex hasn't liked any of the guys that her mom keeps throwing at her that is until she meets Ed. But Ed has some secrets of his own. Will she be able to accept him after the danger he puts her in? Or will she stay single forever?
Ok so this was a fast paced read that keeps you attached from beginning to end. But the whole dog turned man thing kept me laughing out loud on several occasions and then it made me cry. I just LOVED Sport so much!! And he's just a supporting character. Alex and Ed together was HOT hot. I couldn't get enough of them. I loved that Alex is independent and struggles to stay that way while Ed and her mother are both pushing her in the other direction. Ed is strong and I loved the way he loved Alex.
Overall this was a great romance with a bit of magic mixed in that you don't want to miss.
Posted July 1, 2013
4 Voodoo infused stars!
I truly enjoyed Elle James’ Déjà Voodoo and the story the brought to life magic and love. The third installment in the series, it continued with the feel and voice of the prior two books. However, this one had a little bit more spunk to it.
Alex Boyette is the oldest girl of 19 children, successful in business, owns her own house, but her mom refuses to let her single life continue to happen. Constantly being set up at family dinners, Alex is not thrilled to follow through with the latest invite, but she can’t refuse.
Ed Marceau is in the small Voodoo town of Bayou Miste hiding the most sought after witness for an upcoming trial. Renting the Boyette cottage, he feels rude to ignore the dinner invitation from Barbara Boyette, however, he especially doesn’t want to attend after speaking with his co-worker Ben, the oldest of the Boyettes.
After formally meeting each other, Alex and Ed fight their instant attraction to each other. Alex doesn’t want to complicate life even further with a relationship, especially to a man who is only on vacation and leaving Bayou Miste soon. Ed was burned from his previous marriage and he doesn’t have time to concentrate on a fling while trying to protect his witness.
Things escalate until there is no turning back, yet danger has arrived at their door step and someone will have to be saved before they both lose each other.
Alex is a fun character who takes life too seriously, is strong, independent, and always feels the need to be in control. When her life is thrown into chaos with her dog, Sport and best friend Calliope, and her mother and Ed, she keeps pushing things away to try and handle them.
Ed is simply irresistible especially when he can’t seem to resist Alex and he lets her know it. Extremely protective yet knowing when to back off, Ed is off the charts sexy and just the man to handle Alex.
(I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!
Posted July 1, 2013
Really late last night I finished Deja Voodoo by Elle James. Part of my reasoning for wanting to read this story is that it takes place in Louisiana, which happens to be one of my favorite states. I'm actually glad I got a chance to read this story. Let me explain why:
Technically the story is suppose to be suspenseful, but it didn't get suspenseful till the end. However, I found the story humorous. Now you wonder why? Well, Alexandra Belle Boyette (Alex) is one of nineteen children. The best part of her family is that they are all named after famous people in history, which definitely makes the family unique.
Ed Marceaux arrives to Bayou Miste to safeguard a key witness in an upcoming trial. However, the Boyette clan has no clue what the real reason he's in there lovely town, but Alex's mother sees an opportunity to help her daughter catch a man. After all, she's getting up there in age (yep, 30 is old in her mom's book for not being married).
Yes, some of the book was a bit ridiculous, but highly entertaining. Especially, when you toss the voodoo magic. I was laughing out loud at some of the situation. I found the story extremely entertaining. However, if you are looking for some serious suspense, I would suggest another book. However, if you are looking for something light and fun with a dash of suspence, I would suggest checking out Deja Voodoo.
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Posted June 30, 2013
2 1/2 stars....
Deja Voodoo tries to be cute and quirky, but somehow it just didn't pull it off for me. It never felt like we truly got into any depth in the story--I had a hard time really engaging with the characters. The drama, the suspense, the voodoo magic, the romance--it all just felt like it was glancing off of the waters of the bayou without marring the surface overmuch. Earlier books and events are alluded to (Voodoo for Two, Lucie and Ben's story and To Kiss a Frog, the first in the series) but I didn't really feel as if I missed too much by not having read them, nor did reading this one make me want to run right out and pick them up. This is actually the first book I've read by this author, and at the moment I'm fairly ambivalent about reading another. If the opportunity presented itself, I'd probably give her another chance if I didn't have any pressing deadlines to deal with. There wasn't anything wrong with this one--the writing was decent--it just ultimately didn't work for me.
In a nutshell: Just an okay read. I wanted to like its quirkiness more than I did. 2 1/2 stars.
(I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.)
Posted June 26, 2013
Alexandra thinks her life is moving pretty smoothly but her momma wants her to get marry and settle down. That is not what Alex wants. She has a good business and helps take care of her brothers and sisters. Ed is in the Louisiana bayou to help keep a witness safe. He has to blend in with the locals and keep an eye out for trouble. This is an ordinary bayou. A voodoo queen likes to help the locals with their problems and is training her replacement. Magic can sometimes go a little crazy and spells don't turn out how you want. Alex gets an unwelcome present from the voodoo queen that turns her world a little crazy. Ed just happens to meet her as the craziness starts. Ed is the last thing Alex needs in her life but she can't stay away from him. Ed has a dangerous job to do and doesn't want to get anyone hurt. They try to fight what they feel for each other but they have more worries than that. Danger is coming to town and they are right in the middle of it.
Ed is a great guy even if sometimes he doesn't think it. He works hard and tries to protect the innocent even when they get on his nerves. He has never really had a family do Alex's large one is a new thing to him. I loved seeing him with all the kids. Alex is very protective and caring for her family. She has helped her mom for years and is really there for them. She is strong and and works hard to stay in shape and keep her business going. She doesn't like to get to close because she is afraid she will get hurt. Seeing her open up to Ed is great. Even in danger she tries to keep a clear head. I will say I love Sport in this book. He is awesome!
I really liked this book. While it has danger in it it still seems like a light read and one that is easy to get into. I have not read the first book in the series but was not one bit confused. You can read this just fine by itself. I love the magic in this book and the mayhem it causes. There is several funny scenes including when Ed meets Alex that will have you laughing. At times I did get sad reading it just because I'm a sucker for Sport. I like all of Alex family and the names are just awesome. There is action involved as hit men are after a witness hiding out that keeps your attention you don't know what is going to happen. If you enjoy a magical book that is a great read pick this one up. I love the chemistry between Alex and Ed and like reading their story.
Posted June 26, 2013
Bayou Miste has not changed since I last visited. Alexandra Belle Boyette is still unattached and her mother is still matchmaking. Trying to help Lucy, granddaughter of a Voodoo Priestess, sends Alex a Voodoo charm to bring her happiness. When the magic goes awry, Alex's dog becomes a man. Add to the mix Ed Marceau. He is here undercover to protect a witness. Since he is renting a cottage from Mrs. Boyette, this brings him and Alex together. The attraction is instant and hot. Neither wants a long-term commitment but they can't keep their hands off each other. A hit man appears and puts all in danger. Will the Voodoo magic play out and give them a HEA? This is such humorous and sexy story that you won't be able to put it down. The characters are a breath of fresh air and the action is non-stop. This is a perfect summer read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2013
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first book by Elle James. I truly enjoyed this one. It had some laugh out loud scenes, heartwarming moments, a little sadness, mystery, action and of course love. Although set in Louisiana with some Cajun language thrown in, I could picture the whole book in my head like a movie.
Alex and Ed had some serious combustible chemistry. It was funny when they would get together and could not keep their hands off each other. So hot. An immediate connection made and they just knew. Quite a nice thing for a hopeless romantic like myself.
The secondary characters, especially Calliope and Sport were so good. Their story was the heartwarming part for me. All the siblings of Alex's (along with their strange names) brought in the laughter.
Overall it was a lighthearted enjoyable read. I may even have to go back to read the first two in this series.
Posted June 25, 2013
I received this book from the publisher for my honest review. I enjoyed the story but felt at times it dragged a little. I'm not sure if I felt that way because I haven't read the books that came before it and felt a tiny bit lost. I think you'll find the plot to be full of love, laughter and just a some naughtiness. I enjoyed the large family aspect of it and the relationship between Alex and Ed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
I have mixed feelings about Deja Voodoo by Elle James. There were some aspects of the story that I liked and others that I could have done without. It begins as another fun and enjoyable read. Since the end of Voodoo for Two a lot has happened. Lucie is now living in Baton Rouge and she has started her life with Ben. She is back to her old antics of creating spells. Lucie sends Alex a Voodoo charm just as another undercover agent assigned to a case arrives in Bayou Miste. So if you’re a fan of Voodoo for Two, you know where this story is headed. There were moments of intense high flying action on the bayou that had me on the edge of my seat. Yet, there were action scenes involving criminals with fast-moving cars that were too similar to those found in Voodoo for Two. It was just the same actions with different people in a slightly different place at a different time. And once again we follow another Louisiana State Police, Ed, as he is undercover and pursues a love interest, Alex. Alex and Ed have an instant physical attraction, and I did enjoy their story. Alex struggles with her quest to remain independent and is rather fickle. One moment she is oh so totally falling for Ed and the next she is pulling away. The problem that I had with this book was the voodoo spell that went awry and brought a new man, Sport, into Calliope’s life. I really disliked the setting and circumstances surrounding Sport’s transformation. Calliope’s interest in Sport is overplayed. She just appears to be desperate and sells herself short. I just couldn’t connect with the whole relationship between the two of them or Calliope’s desperation to have a man. There were funny aspects of Alex’s interactions with Sport; however, the story surrounding Calliope and Sport had a profound effect on my opinion of Deja Voodoo. Rating 2.5/5-The book was okay I received a copy of Deja Voodoo from the publisher for an unbiased review. Thank You.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2013
A little magic goes a long way…
Alexandra Belle Boyette is closing in on the big 3-0 and her mama has made it her mission to marry her off. In the tiny parish of Bayou Miste, deep in the Louisiana swamps, finding suitable hubby material can be a challenge—and Alex would rather not rely on magical spells to do the trick. But there is a sexy new man in town who might fit the bill...
Ed Marceaux is in Bayou Miste to safeguard a key witness to a Louisiana Mafia murder. He must keep an eye out for suspicious characters—but the place seems to be full of them! What could be stranger than a woman dressed in a sexy nightgown chasing a naked man down the street? The enchantingly gorgeous Alex Boyette certainly makes it worth his while to find out…
Add a Voodoo spell gone wrong, and voila! madness—and love—ensues.
I absolutely love anything supernatural and, when you throw in humor, you've got me hooked. I admit, I was so caught up in the hectic goings on of the Boyette family, I actually wrote down all the names, genders, and ages (or approximates) so I could keep them straight. The family definitely entertains! The names had me in stitches ... yet for some crazy reason they all made sense. However, what I loved most about the family was the way the hero, Ed, fit right in despite his less-than-ideal family history. And, like Ed's fellow cop Marcus, I too wanted to shoot the witness just to shut her up -- no matter how funny her complaining. If you had to pick one defining moment in a book that literally left you wishing it would never end, then that moment would belong to Scout. He took my breath away with his selflessness and love for Alex. It's a shame it took a Voodoo Queen's spell to create such a perfect man.
Posted June 25, 2013
My Review: I received an ARC of Deja Voodoo in exchange for my honest review. At first I had a hard time getting into the book. I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t read the first two or not, but I continued reading and enjoyed it.
I did feel that Ed the hero and Alex the heroine fell in love with no real reason to do so except great sex and one date. So that threw me off a bit. Plus the storyline with the dog I didn’t see a point in it besides setting up the next book.
Over all it was a fun read and I really like the Boyette family. I will read the next book in the series.
Blurb: A little magic goes a long way… Alexandra Belle Boyette is closing in on the big 3-0 and her mama has made it her mission to marry her off. In the tiny parish of Bayou Miste, deep in the Louisiana swamps, finding suitable hubby material can be a challenge—and Alex would rather not rely on magical spells to do the trick.
But there is a sexy new man in town who might fit the bill...
Ed Marceaux is in Bayou Miste to safeguard a key witness to a Louisiana Mafia murder. He must keep an eye out for suspicious characters—but the place seems to be full of them! What could be stranger than a woman dressed in a sexy nightgown chasing a naked man down the street? The enchantingly gorgeous Alex Boyette certainly makes it worth his while to find out… Add a Voodoo spell gone wrong, and voila! madness—and love—ensues.
Posted June 24, 2013
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The third in the Cajun Magic series, Deja Voodoo transports us back to the Louisiana bayou, where magic and mayhem run wild!
Deja Voodoo is a really cute, fun read with a terrific blend of romance, humor and just a touch of paranormal. The main characters, Alex and Ed, aren't brought together by a voodoo spell...more by a matchmaking mama and a dose of insta-love (you'll have to read the book to find out who the spell targeted). But the chemistry between them is hot and I just wanted to see them get together so it didn't bother me.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters and just fell in love with the Boyette clan. Mama Boyette wants her children to find happiness and isn't afraid of a little meddling to make that happen, and there's a really touch scene with her and Alex near the end. Plus, I love all the kids names...they just made me giggle. Then there's Calliope, Alex's best friend, who is set up for a book of her own and I'm hopeing that there's some more Cajun Magic in the works for her!
Deja Voodoo can definitely be read as a stand-alone, that's how I read it and I wasn't lost at all. Characters from the previous two books do make appearances and there were enough hints to the previous books that I really wish I had known about this series earlier. That way I could have started with book one and not missed out on one bit of the fun. Well, guess I'll be going back to grab them too! Make sure you do too!
Posted June 24, 2013
I found this book to be an entertaining, light & fun read with just the right amount of humor , hot & steamy romance and a touch of voodoo. The setting of the story , New Orleans makes a great backdrop for this story in the Cajun Magic series.
When the hero finds himself in an unlikely situation while protecting a witness, he suddenly has to juggle his job, his attraction for his partner's sister & the bad guys.
I got quite a few chuckles when the local voodoo Priestess adds a little magic mayhem to the mix. While some of the magic may have been silly, it was fun and fit with the story and characters.The only disappointment to me was I wish it was longer, I wasn't ready for the story to end.I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.
Posted June 24, 2013
Meddling family: check
Gorgeous enigmatic law enforcement officer: check
Loyal friends: check
and of course let’s not forget voodoo priestesses: check
This book has all of this and more it is a laugh out loud romantic comedy with some criminal suspense thrown in. It will keep you guessing as to what Alex and Ed will do next. Not to mention her family and best friend. I could not put this book down I read it all in one night it hooked me from page one. Definite must read!
Posted June 24, 2013
Deja Voodoo was a concoction containing a pinch of hot sexual tension / exchange moments, a dash of magic, a hint of humor, a smidgen of family interactions, a tad bit of Cajun dialect, a dollop of suspense to create a good entertaining summer read.
This was a pretty good book, cher. Didn't read the first in series but it seems like you didn't need to for this book. Story's based in magic also peek my interest especially Louisiana based books. The secondary characters really supported the main characters. I think I got more into the storyline with Sport than the main characters. Giggles on the running in the streets after Sport was too funny. Not sure about having almost 20 kids but the names of the Boyette family gave me a chuckle. Coming from a large family like that would have made my job easier remembering. I was always waiting for a gator to come out of now where especially to bite the bad guys. Marcus should have gotten more "shooting" practice with the key witness. "Cajun speak", it helped at times to explain what the characters were saying.