by Macy Beckett
Series: Dumont Bachelors #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal
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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?
In ninety-nine years none of the Dumont men have ever married and the folks in Cedar Bayou, Louisiana will tell you a voodoo hex was cast upon them by the Mauvais family. Yeah baby! When I read the synopsis to Make You Mine, the first book in the Dumont Bachelors series, by Macy Beckett, I knew I had to read it. Voodoo, southern charm, pastries and forbidden romance made this tale positively delightful.
Coffee Date with Make You Mine:
First date: Beckett had my attention from the very first pages as she introduced us to Allie Mauvais. We are inside her pastry shop, The Sweet Spot, and the smells are heavenly. Allie is a curiosity with her curly hair and mismatched eyes. She is a kind soul, but there is a loneliness and longing to her. People are wary of her and yet, compelled to seek her out. Allie’s great-great grandmother is rumored to have put a hex on the Dumont men. Then there are all those strange and crazy mishaps that happened to men who dumped her. Cawinky-dink or Voodoo? Allie does not believe in voodoo, but that does not stop her from helping people. She bumps into Marc Dumont outside of her shop and woozier is he still looking hawt! She has not seen Marc since he broke her heart in high school. She begins to think maybe she should heed her own advice. Ooo, I can sense the attraction between these two, and something else. Marc is now the captain of his family’s riverboat and determined to turn the business around. After doing renovations he is preparing for their first two week cruise. Last minute issues leave him without a pastry chef and Allie offer to fill the position. Wahoo…things are about to get interesting. Beckett does an excellent job of setting the tone and making the tale seem very real.
Second date: We are on board the riverboat, and I am slowly meeting the other Dumont siblings. What a hilarious crew they are turning out to be. Beckett gives us little side stories and hints at future books in the series. The air around Allie and Marc is sizzling. Mishaps, pranks and mischief have me wondering if the hex might indeed be real. The romance feels genuine and oh lord can Beckett make my toes curl without going into too much detail. I am enjoying the stolen moments and heat as these two begin to tango!
Third date: Grab your gris-gris bags. Marc’s convinced the hex is true; Allie thinks he is afraid of commitment and family members all have opinions. History, graveyards and airplanes added just the right amount twists and turns to keep me reading just “one more chapter” late into the night. I giggled, sighed, shook my head and demanded my happy. While there was predictability, Beckett’s character, humor and well-paced plot had me ending this date with a smile.
Make You Mine was delightful from the characters to the heated romance. I loved the southern charm, the sibling’s interactions and the humor. The overall story ARC to the Dumont Bachelors series is unique and I am looking forward to reading them all! Make You Remember the second book is due out in November, 2014. Make You Blush (Dumont Bachelors 0.5) tells the story of Joy and Ryan, a couple we meet aboard the riverboat in Make You Mine and is available now.