Former model Chalise Boudreau returns to Louisiana after ten years and faces an uncertain future. Watching her budget, she’s living with her mother and plans to open a luxury salon, but she fears the community sees her homecoming as a failing, and she knows any malicious gossip will jeopardize her success.
Once bad-boy, now entrepreneur Chaz Riboucheaux is home and trying to rebuild his old reputation. He believes one of his companies, the Magnolia May, a pirate ship, can make Ascension a tourist destination, but the mayor refuses to grant him a lease at the city’s dock.
Chalise and Chaz come face to face at a Twelfth Night party. Years ago, he stood her up and left her brokenhearted. Now her brain is at war with her heart, but her body has a mind of its own. As Chaz leads her across the dance floor, he knows when the music stops it won’t be the end of their waltz. He has questions only she can answer, and he won’t stop until he gets what he wants.
This author was new to me, but I love EVERYTHING about Mardi Gras & New Orleans, so I gave it a try. I wasn’t disappointed.
Chalise is a woman who had her heart broken by a boy she planned to spend forever with. As she left New Orleans to pursue her modeling career, she ran from the hurt and hardened her heart toward him. Until she sees him. Until she moves back home and he’s there, making nice with the locals and providing for the town. Chas was the town bad boy, looked down upon and future secured as a criminal. He wasn’t there for Chalise when she needed him, but now he seems to want her back — he seems to never have stopped wanting her.
For me, I loved the disconnect between the two. So many tangled lines between them, missed chances, misunderstandings, and so many feelings. At every turn they seem to be at war with each other, because they each hold a different piece to the story. It seemed that every time I thought I had the whole story, someone revealed more.
I also became engaged with the town itself. I loved the characters, Chaz’s friends and the locals. Everyone seemed to hold a story that you have to dig to get to the heart of, and nobody was simple. A great story if you enjoy second chances, missed opportunities, and a little intrigue.
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Linda Joyce is an award-winning and Amazon best selling author who writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them in her Fleur de Lis series and Fleur de Lis Brides series. Linda’s a big fan of jazz and blues. She attributes her love of those musical genres to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. If you walk-through several New Orleans cemeteries you’ll find many of her people buried there. She penned her first manuscript while living in Japan, the country where her mother was born and raised. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and four-legged boys—Beau, Jack, and Renior—who think she’s their pet. www.linda-joyce.com
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