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Friday, April 23, 2010

That Voodoo That You Do by Ann Yost



That Voodoo That You Do by Ann Yost
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (258 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern


After catching her fiancé and a bridesmaid in a tete-a-crotch, Jessie Maynard vowed to renounce men forever. Or at least until Christmas. She figured she’d hole up for the holiday in her late Aunt Blanche’s sleepy southern town. But the residents of Mystic Hollow weren’t so much sleeping as dying and her aunt’s witch hat house was already occupied by a sexy, green-eyed sorcerer who knew just how to make a girl change her mind.

Luke Tanner’s ex-wife had turned his heart to ice, so spending five days with a feisty runaway bride was no threat, at least not until Jessie entangled him in a murder investigation of a philandering minister and locked him in a coffin. Luke’s plans for a hot little affair with Jessie did not include marriage, until his ex-wife showed up gift wrapped, and he had to make a choice: the past or the future?

That Voodoo That You Do is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging story with twists, turns, mystery, suspense, humor, and just about everything else you could possibly imagine -- including a dash of magic.

When Jessie Maynard catches her fiancée cheating on her just before their wedding, she decides it’s time to reevaluate her life, and there is no better place to go than Mystic Hollow. However, when she arrives at her Aunt’s home, she discovers she is not alone. Her Aunt's foster son, Luke Tanner, is also in residence. Although he doesn’t admit it, Luke has come to keep an eye on her. It was her aunt’s final request before her passing and Luke is determined to see it through.

As Jessie attempts to settle in and deny her growing attraction to Luke, she finds herself investigating two deaths in the town. Each clue uncovers something new, but even more than that, draws her closer to Luke. When they begin sliding the pieces of a mystery together, they’ll find a whole lot more than a murderer in their midst.

I was hooked from the very first page of That Voodoo That You Do. Jessie is feisty and smart and you can’t help but fall in love with her. Her heartache isn’t so bad, as she didn’t love her fiancée, but you hurt for her just the same. I couldn’t wait to see her emerge from her shell and discover love for the first time.

Luke is also fantastic as the lovelorn hero who suffered through a divorce and still loves his wife. As he slowly warms to Jessie and begins feeling something for her, you’ll hang onto every page. He’s determined not to touch her out of respect to her aunt, but can’t deny his attraction. While I wasn’t sure how it would pan out for him and Jessie, I was pleased with the progression, pacing, and the outcome.

The murder/mystery will certainly keep you guessing. Just when you think you know who the killer is, you’ll be thrown for a loop. It’s not until the ending that you learn everything and when you do, it’s a whammy! The town has a lot of secrets, which are revealed throughout. Each one adds to the story and provides a better insight into the characters and their motivations.

That Voodoo That You Do is a definite must read. The writing is tight, the characters are sharp, and the varying subplots will ensure you don’t want to put this one down.

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