- File Size: 1226 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Historical (July 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2015
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0111JLTL2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Haunting Desire is a compelling paranormal, historical, romantic-suspense set in New Orleans in 1902. Julie Mulhern's sensuous, almost lyrical prose draws you into a world of shadows and suspense, where ghosts whisper clues and death waits around every corner. It opens with the lines: "Go to Marie Leveau's tomb. Find the woman who can tell you about voodoo. She has what you need." The pace is steady and suspenseful.
Someone is killing men in Storyville, the red light district.
Trula Bourdeaux runs the classiest whore house in town. A strong and worldly woman with a heart, she takes good care of the people who work in her establishment, but she doesn't let any man touch her body or her heart. Growing up in a long line of courtesans she believes there are rules that cannot be broken. She quotes her grandmother, "Ladies had the luxury of loving. Courtesans did not. A courtesan who fell in love was a fool."
As the violent murders draw closer to her house, she must find the murderer. Unfortunately her best chance of success involves teaming up with the drop-dead-handsome Yankee , Zeke Barnes, who's "whiskey rough" voice is "dark and tempting and forbidden." Not to mention the rest of him. He creates a hurricane of feelings within her she doesn't want to deal with. Not now. Not ever.
Zeke Barnes is the man who reaches and captures Trula's heart. He's been sent to New Orleans, because he specializes in cases involving the occult. Trula's beauty, strength and character draw him like a magnet and he can't resist her.
Neither believe they can have a future as a couple, but their love and their passion tell a different tale. The intensity of their steamy romance takes them both by surprise.
Together they set out, with the help of a few ghosts, to unravel the mystery of the murders.
Mulhern's rich language, vivid imagery and complex characters flavor a well plotted story perfectly. A great read.
My Two Favorite lines:
"Until he caught the murderer, he couldn't leave, couldn't escape this ghost infested, mosquito-ridden swamp masquerading as a city."
"There was something prowling in the approaching night, something dark and hungry."
If you like mysteries set in New Orleans like I do, you'll love Julie Mulhern's, Haunting Desire.
The book is set in the early 20th century in Storyville, which was historically the city's red light district. Our heroine is Trula Boudreaux, a madam of the most prestigious brothel in Storyville. While Trula is considerd the most beautiful woman in the city, she is also a tortured heroine from a long line of courtesans who was forced into the life as a girl. I really liked Trula, she had a huge heart and tried to do the right thing and be a good person. She took in strays of all kinds and made life better for those less fortunate. And even though she was a madam, she protected her girls and treated them well. Unfortunately their livelihood is being threatened by a long string of gruesome murders happening in the district. This is how our hero comes into the picture, Zeke Barnes, an investigator of the occult.
Zeke is the tall dark and handsome stranger who inspires lust in Trula for the very first time. He is just as drawn to Trula as she is to him. I did not have as strong of a connection to Zeke - I felt like we didn't know much about him except for what we learned about Bess. Zeke was extremely conflicted about his feelings and future, which lead to him treating Trula as a lesser person sometimes. I hated that he was blind to the effect his careless statements had on her. He also needed to do a little more to redeem himself in my eyes as well.
The mystery that played second fiddle to the romance was interesting and factored in the city's voodoo legends. This aspect of New Orleans history is so interesting that I would have liked to see a little more focus on the voodoo and ghosts, but it was still intriguing and kept me guessing. I didn't guess the killer's identity until almost the very end. The author did a great job bringing the demi-monde to life in Storyville, and the touches of voodoo that were present were spot on from what I have learned while living in New Orleans. I was actually surprised that the author was not a Nola native herself!
I received an advanced copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars / 3 flames.
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I am in LOVE with this book. There is someone... or something... killing men in New Orleans.Read more