Wild Man's Curse

Wild Man's Curse

by Susannah Sandlin

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Overview

The bones said death was comin’, and the bones never lied.

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of elderly Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered.

With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

From award-winning author Susannah Sandlin comes the first book in the Wilds of the Bayou series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503934740
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Wilds of the Bayou Series , #1
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susannah Sandlin is the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series and The Collectors romantic suspense series. Writing as Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and several urban fantasy novellas. Susannah was a finalist for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards in both 2014 and 2015, and she is the 2015 winner of the Holt Medallion for romantic suspense, the 2015 Booksellers’ Best Award for romantic suspense, and the 2013 winner of the Holt Medallion for paranormal romance. A longtime New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, which explains her penchant for SEC football, gators, and cheap Mardi Gras trinkets.

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Wild Man's Curse 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
miki_Lecture More than 1 year ago
The must read romance suspense with a bayou setting I was Lucky to receive an ARC from the author in exchange for an Honest opinion, my opinion was in no way influenced and no compensation was received. This story once it has caught your full attention won't let you stop until you turn the last page, the tension is simply constant and the intrigue is distilled gradually with a master hand. You want to know the culprit and even when you know who, you want the why , how and simply you want to follow the characters on their journey. I loved every moment of this book really if you love romance suspense this is one you can't miss. The atmosphere of Louisiana is depicted with justness with the weather but also , the customs, people's way of thinking ; you want to visit to get or live that experience. With a light touch of mysticism, paranormal because really what would be New Orleans and Louisiana without that particular past and blend of beliefs, the author transport us in the swamp to follow Gentry and Celestine, Ceelie, as their learn more about themselves and the investigation. I loved how they got attracted to each other but let the time ( and events) built it in something more steps by steps. Ceelie is a lovely woman, determined for sure but also not realising all her potential. To keep a promise she put her life on a path that wasn't necessarily the one she would have chosen . Now she is confronted to the truth. Retired from the special force, after an event that quite traumatized him, but not giving up on his want of Justice, Gentry applied into the LDWF enforcement....which sound even more complicated and demanding than the police is. The secondary characters are also very well built and you can get attached to them easily like Paul or Jena but the whole bunch of characters is worth discovering. I can’t recommend this book enough really you have it all: the setting, ambiance, suspense, action and romance all perfectly dosed...a perfect romance suspense!
FloriaTaylor More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Susannah Sandlin wrote this book with such great description of the Bayou that I felt I was actually there with the heat and mosquitoes! It is a great combination of suspense, twists, turns, old wives tales and a bit of romance thrown in for great balance and intense reading. I can't wait to see what she writes next in this series!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Susannah has written many books and I’ve been wanting to try one. With a setting close to home in the Louisiana bayou, this was a great choice. The story begins with the brutal murder of Eva Savoie, an elderly voodoo priestess. The family curse is not to be denied. Ceelie (Celestine) hasn’t been back to see her Aunt Eva for many years. When she gets the phone call informing her of Eva’s murder, regret rushes in. With her singing career at a dead end, she returns to her roots. Planning to only stay long enough to see justice done for her aunt and wrap up the estate, Ceelie soon becomes a target of the killer. Whatever he came looking for when he killed Eva, he didn’t find, and now his sights are on Ceelie. It appears the family curse didn’t end with Eva’s death, and being no shrinking violet, she will not be scared off. Most people think of Louisianna when thinking bayous. I live on Mobile Bay, in Alabama. A small town not far from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s only about a 20 minute drive to the boat launch on the causeway. Within minutes you are in the bayou, small tributaries branching off that take you deep into the swamp. I’ve always found it romantic and eerie. Especially when I hear things crashing through the brush, splashing around me, and nature’s song playing in the trees. The author did a beautiful job of taking me into the bayous. I could feel the heat and humidity. Smell the vegetation and swamp water. Hear all of the mysterious noises of things unseen. Is that an alligator gar rolling on the surface or the other kind? The one with big teeth? For much of the descriptions of the bayou, I drew visuals from a B movie I watched that had a lot of it’s filming done here in Alabama. Frankenfish may have been a campy horror film, but the locations oozed bayou. Many of the scenes in this book came to life for me because of the strong writing. I could practically see and hear what was happening. Here’s something that tickled my funnybone. Ceelie is talking about men in uniform, especially in law enforcement, and how and why women find them attractive. She calls it the “weapon-belt pheromone.” The characters were likable and genuine. They had flaws and vulnerabilities which made them appealing to me. And I enjoyed the rising attraction between Ceelie and a local Fish and Game officer who’s got his eye on her and vows to keep her safe. The plot is insane. The bad guy is beyond diabolical, and his relationship to a certain character really got me going. A fast paced thrill ride from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The danger is palpable, the suspense intense, and the romance just right.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A powerful, intense, well-paced, well-orchestrated Southern romantic suspense!!!! WILD MAN'S CURSE is a dramatically stunning roller coaster ride imbued with a slew of dark twists and turns by the fantastic Susannah Sandlin. Under the alternate pen name of Suzanne Johnson, she writes one of my favorite paranormal urban fantasy series, the Sentinels of New Orleans. I finished inhaling this southern romantic thriller in yesterday morning's early hours and it was nothing short of fabulous! Teeming with voodoo and Indian mythology overtones and a murderous family curse that won't go away, the mystery element within is unquestionably strong. There was also plenty of danger, history, culture and steamy romance. I couldn't put the book down even though I was terrified of what would happen next. I especially feared for the characters I'd grown fond of including our hero's cute stubby bat-eared dog and "Red," his agency partner. Taking place in Whisky Bayou, this is the story of Celestine, the sole heir of murdered voodoo priestess Eva Savoie, and Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard. While on a poacher take-down in the swamps of the bayou, Gentry spots a man leaving the cabin of Eva Savoie. He gets a short startling glimpse of a man who closely resembles his own brother - the same brother who died in a gunfight two years ago with Gentry firing the bullets that took him down. Celine's Nashville music career is on no-where street when she's summoned back to Whisky Bayou where her aunt has been cruelly slain butcher-style. Celine never expected to return to this place she escaped from years ago. Now, she just wants answers as to why her aunt was murdered and a way out. But, she wasn't taking into account a sexy wildlife agent or that the killer would target her! Susannah's writing never fails to favorably impress - no matter which name she's writing under. Her storytelling ensnared me from the very beginning and never let go until I'd read the last page. Her Cajun-speak was nothing short of enthralling and her vivid descriptions made me feel I was there: in the heat, humidity and the swamp teeming with creatures I didn't want to meet! GREAT NEWS! The author has just announced that the second book in this series has a name! It will be titled BLACK DIAMOND and it's tentatively scheduled to be released mid-October 2016! I can't wait! This is one of those books that makes you say WOW... over and over. I would not hesitate to read this thriller again - but, only once my heart slows down to a regular rhythm by thinking about it. I highly recommend WILD MAN'S CURSE to anyone who enjoys powerful, intense, well-paced, well-orchestrated Southern romantic suspense! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
Wilds of the Bayou Book One On patrol one night, Gentry Broussard believes he's seen a ghost, literally. He had shot his brother years ago in a drug bust and everyone thought Lang was dead. When Gentry sees Lang leaving the house of Eva Savoie just after her vicious murder, he thinks he must be mistaken. When he visits Tommy, Lang's best boyhood friend, he knows his sighting was truly Lang. Meanwhile, Eva's niece must come home to the bayou to claim her aunt's belongings. She isn't sure if she will stay, but she really has nowhere else to go. When she is targeted by her aunt's killer, though, Ceelie gets pulled into the investigation. If you're looking for a good 'ole Southern mystery with betrayals, suspense and chemistry, this book is for you!
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
If you love VOODOO, Suspense, Mystery, Curses with a side of romance . . . From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Wild Man Curse (Wilds of the Bayou, #1) . . . Murder. Mystery. Suspense. Oh, yeah. . . a little romance on the side. Voodoo, Louisiana, a priestess, a curse, bloody bodies, death threats, secrets, passion and damn no real jurisdiction in any of this action. Whiskey Bayou, LA has a little something brewing in its pots. Gentry has something brewing in his brain. He thinks he sees what he knows that he could not have seen but want proof that he had see what he seen. Make sense? Good. You will find more in these pages than just your everyday romantic suspense. There was depth, vivid depictions, and intense characterization. A family curse in the bayou was not uncommon the Louisianan region. There was no reason to take this one to be any different but there was something about it. Something that made it stand out. There are rich characters. Detailed oriented procedures of law enforcement and investigation. There was no half-assing it here. There was apparent attention paid to how the scenarios played out. Our hero was a first for me a wildlife officer on the hunt for poachers. He had some skills. This was most certainly a read about the man. I found the woman to be developed but more of a secondary character to her male counterpart. Celestine had a more prominent role than that of a secondary character. I just felt more focused on Gentry. **This ARC was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**