Also by this author: Dream a Little Dream of Me, A Kiss to Build a Dream On
After a disastrous love affair with a Hollywood bad boy, Hannah is left with nothing but a hardened heart.
Now that she’s returned home to Savannah, Georgia, her days are filled with all work and no play. That’s until she decides to go to New Orleans for the Voodoo Festival, accompanied by the company photographer…who also happens to be a dimpled, Cajun man with the potential to cause a lot of complications.
Hannah tries everything to keep her distance from Julien, but seems to fail every time. It’s as if something—or someone—keeps on pushing them closer together.
Is it the allure of the sultry South? The romance of the Crescent City? Or can it be something more…otherworldly?
No matter what forces are at work, the question is…will Hannah’s fear of heartbreak keep her and Julien apart? Or will the mysterious Chateau Rouge work its enchanting spell on these two lovers?
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Hard Hearted Hannah was a fun book to read. I’m really coming to enjoy the world Jolie St. Amant has built within Chateau Rogue. The new characters we are introduced to are always guarded to some degree in the sense that they have been hurt in the past and are mostly unwilling to let their guard down out of fear of it reoccurring. It’s fun to watch the onion-like layers peeling away from both new AND old characters through each book.
In the first book we were introduced to much of the staff of the Chateau Rogue, so we have a basic idea of where to start with each of those characters. In the 2nd book, we are introduced to Hannah and Julien. As Hannah’s story unfolds, we learn bits and pieces here and there about some of the characters we met in the first book and it makes them even more likable than previously. Even though the storyline is primarily about the new characters, the old characters are up front and giving the reader a cast of familiar faces, which, in my opinion, makes the story that much better and feel more like a place we already know and love.
There are times in this book where I would like to punch Hannah in the head for being so stubborn. As the story goes on and she starts to let her guard down, she becomes a much more likable character. At first, she comes off fairly abrasive and cold. I most definitely would not have wanted to be on a trip with her. She does eventually warm up to things, but I’m still not totally sure I love her.
I did find the reference to the set of “cousins” who guide the tour around the Quarter that go by the names of “Samuel and Dean” kind of funny. They sure sound a lot like a set of brothers by that name who know a lot about the Supernatural lol.
The story does take place in one of my most desired places to visit, as I’ve still not made it there, New Orleans, in case you missed that. I’m hoping when I do go I can find a place like this to stay at lol.
Overall, I really enjoy this series so far. The romancey plotline type of stuff really isn’t my thing and can feel a bit predictable at times, but I think the way this author adds the paranormal elements to it helps it to keep my interest. If it were just a normal romance, there is no way I would be able to read the whole thing just because I don’t really like romance.
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