Make You Mine by Macy Beckett
Series: Dumont Bachelors #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Format: eBook, 352 pages
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For ninety-nine years, every man in the Dumont family has remained a perpetual bachelor. Residents of Cedar Bayou, Louisiana, whisper about a voodoo hex cast upon the family, sabotaging each man’s chance at marriage. In truth, the Dumont men have their own player personalities to blame, and Marc is no exception. As captain of his family’s riverboat, he’s broken hearts up and down the Mississippi. That is, until his high school crush strolls onboard...
Allie Mauvais rocks the boat when she fills in as pastry chef. She hasn’t seen Marc since senior year, when rumors flew that her great-great-grandmother was the one who cursed the Dumonts. After two weeks on the water, neither can deny the attraction that still burns between them. But to truly reach Marc’s heart, Allie must show him that the hex is all in his head and it’ll take more than her mouthwatering sweets to prove it. Will Allie’s love be enough to finally make Marc hers?
I was all set to say that this was the first book I’d ever read by Macy Beckett, and while that’s true in theory, it turns out this is a pen name for Melissa Landers. I read and loved one of her young adult titles earlier this year, so it’s not entirely surprising I enjoyed this one as much as I did.
Make You Mine was just a whole bunch of sweet and sexy romantic fun. I absolutely loved the setting, the cast of characters and the story. The voodoo-juju hex was a new plot device to me and I just loved the premise. The story was well-executed and kept me hooked from the start right until the very last page. Macy’s descriptions of the Belle made me feel like I was right there on the bayou with them. The characters were multi-dimensional and relatable.
Allie and Marc have a past and, thanks to the curse that her great-great-grandmother supposedly put on the Dumont men. They’ve known each other for years and battled their attraction for nearly as long. When Allie accepts a job on the Belle, Beau’s family’s riverboat, they find themselves face-to-face in close quarters. That’s when the real fun begins. I loved these characters so much. Allie was smart, sassy and unafraid of a challenge or going after what she wanted. Marc was smoking hot, but a bit too much of a playboy. Flawed or not, I still adored him. And in the end I realized just how sweet he really could be.
Allie and Marc have a difficult time fighting their attraction, but they sure tried. The beginning of this book has a great build-up of sexual tension. I loved the dynamic between them. Their chemistry leapt off the pages and it was easy to tell just how much they truly cared for each other as time went on. Of course, things are complicated and it’s not all hearts and flowers and puppies. But, the drama wasn’t overly angsty or overdone.
Since this book is the first in a series of standalones featuring the same family, we get a great look at the other Dumont brothers and let me just tell you, I know I’m going to love each and every one of them in time. Beau, Nicky and Alex already made a mark on me in Make You Mine, so I can only imagine how much I’m going to enjoy them when it’s time for their own story. I can’t NOT mention Marc’s half-sister, Ella-Claire, and Allie’s sister, Devyn. I know both of these ladies will get books of their own and I am ridiculously excited to read about each of them and their leading men.
I have a new favorite author in the guilty-pleasure contemporary romance genre. I don’t read a lot of books like this one, ones that have more sweet than sexy. I’m far more inclined to gravitate towards a Brazen book when I’m in the mood for a break from young adult or new adult. This book made me rethink my preconceived notions and I can definitely say I’ll be checking out more books by Macy, and similar authors, soon. Make You Mine was sexy, just maybe not as blatant as a lot of the books I read. And that’s not a bad thing. This was pretty close to being the total package.