Series: Dumont Bachelors #1
Author: Macy Beckett
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Paranormal Romance
Blurb: For ninety-nine years, every man in the Dumont family has remained a perpetual bachelor. Residents of Cedar Bayou, Louisiana, whisper about a voodoo hex cast upon the family, sabotaging each man’s chance at marriage. In truth, the Dumont men have their own player personalities to blame, and Marc is no exception. As captain of his family’s riverboat, he’s broken hearts up and down the Mississippi. That is, until his high school crush strolls onboard…
Allie Mauvais rocks the boat when she fills in as pastry chef. She hasn’t seen Marc since senior year, when rumors flew that her great-great-grandmother was the one who cursed the Dumonts. After two weeks on the water, neither can deny the attraction that still burns between them. But to truly reach Marc’s heart, Allie must show him that the hex isn’t real, and it’ll take more than her mouthwatering sweets to prove it. Will Allie’s love be enough to finally make Marc hers?
Thoughts: Allie Mauvis grew up in the shadow of her great great grandmother, Juliette Mauvis, who was rumored to have cursed the Dumont men ninety-nine years ago. Juliette was feared by the townspeople for her work with voodoo and people still feared the Mauvis family all these years later. Allie didn’t believe in spells though, even though many of the people who came into her bakery were seeking them. She found that may people just needed a push in the right direction and some basic psychology and observation skills could help her point them in that right direction…under the guise of it being from the spirits. I made for lonely life for Allie, though, especially when the guy you wanted crossed the street to avoid you.
Marc Dumont had it bad for Allie in high school, but he ended up with boils the one time he got up the nerve to kiss her. That was enough for him to know that the curse her great great grandmother placed on his family was real and he needed to stay away from Allie. Nine years later, she still made his blood boil, but that didn’t stop him from crossing the street to avoid her. The curse Juliette placed on the Dumont men all those years ago said that they would never get married and that was A-OK with Marc. The one woman he loved was the ‘Belle of the Bayou’, his riverboat. It’s been in his family for generations and now that his dad was about to have his sixth child, he’d given it to Marc. He couldn’t be happier.
Right before the Belle’s debut 2-week cruise with Marc as captain, though, his pastry chef came down with a strange disease and his head chef couldn’t find a replacement. He’s called a temp agency and Allie was the only one that could make it. As uneasy as it made the Dumonts having a Mauvis on board, they didn’t have much of a choice.
Being in close quarters with Allie, Marc couldn’t deny his attraction to her. Added to that, he kept seeing the sweet side of Allie that he was incredibly drawn to. She wasn’t like anybody he’d ever known. Allie knew that the only way they would have a chance together was if she could convince him that the curse wasn’t real and Marc was starting to question it. Even if the curse was real, it wasn’t Allie’s fault. The problem was that odd things just kept happening when Allie was around.
By the end of the trip, Marc knew he didn’t want to let Allie go. He wanted to ask her to move in with him, but something kept stopping him. Was it the curse? Then it got worse. He tried to call her and the call never connected. He showed up at her shop and she had just left.
By the end of the trip, Allie knew she was in love with Marc. He’d acted so strange afterwards though. As much as he denied believing in the curse, she knew that he did deep down.
Is Marc right? Is the curse real? Is there anything he can do to get past the curse? Is Allie right in thinking Marc’s just had bad parental role models and there is no hex?
I really enjoyed this book. It definitely kept me on my toes. Every time I was convinced that there was a curse, something would happen to make me question it. Marc and Allie were adorable. Marc was smitten from the very beginning, but he fought it. Allie knew she wanted Marc, but was surprised at how quick and hard she fell for him. She was sweet and supportive the entire time, but she was also strong and honest and she was easy to like. Another cute aspect was the introduction of Allie’s sister and the Dumont family. We get to meet the entire clan in this book and Allie isn’t the only one with a connection to the Dumon clan. I’m definitely interesting in reading the other books in this series.