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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bayou Magic by Marilee Crow

Bayou Magic by Marilee Crow
Publisher: Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary; Inspirational
Length: Short (138 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

When Baylee Mitchell's full-blooded Choctaw Indian friend is arrested for poaching, she will do anything to help him. But she wasn't counting on being in close contact with Dane Winslow, a Texas DA. Dane has come to Louisiana to help his father build a case for John Belvue. While Dane's father is recuperating from a heart attack, Dane agrees to gather information and evidence his father can use to build a case. But a Texas history teacher, Baylee Mitchell seems to be the only one who has a good rapport with the people living along the Dorcheat bayou, and John Belvue has disappeared. It's not long before Dane not only wants to gain her trust, but her love.

Like books about the Louisiana bayous? If you answered yes, you’ll love this story.

Baylee Mitchell’s photography hobby draws her into the mystique of the bayou and introduces her to the Choctaw Indians who live there. When one of her Indian friends is wrongly accused of killing an alligator, Baylee steps forward to support him. She is unprepared for the effect the defense lawyer has on her emotions. Remembering how badly she’s been hurt in the past, Baylee tries to distance herself from any involvement with the gorgeous Dane Winslow.

Dane is strongly attracted to Baylee, but he can see she’s not ready for any sort of relationship. He tries to keep their interaction on a friendly basis, not willing to frighten Baylee by revealing his intense longing for her. His good intentions are put under extreme strain when Baylee is rushed to hospital. The only way the hospital will allow her to leave is if she agrees to stay with Dane for a few days.

The mystique of the bayou and Baylee and Dane’s unhappy past experiences in the love stakes blend together to make a strong, tender and emotional connection between the two. I only found one thing to take the shine off my enjoyment of Bayou Magic. While Dane expected Baylee to trust him and accept his explanations when misunderstandings arose, he was not willing to trust or believe in her in similar situations. While this slightly irritated me, it did not stop my enjoyment of the story and I would love to read more books by this author.