Danielle Dupree didn't really want to go home - there were too memories there. Memories of falling in love with Jack Callahan, the town's bad boy, getting pregnant, Jack leaving her and having her baby girl die at birth. Memories of her father, the hard-as-nails Judge Dupree, tried and imprisoned for something that he didn't do. Memories of her ex-husband, who only saw her as a means to the White House. But those memories were quickly replaced with new ones as Dani discovered, to her shock and dismay, that Jack had bought her old home, Beau Soleil, and she still loved him.
Jack Callahan had never stopped loving Dani, the town's own princess, he only left her because Judge Dupree, her father, forced him to. He tried to forget her while he was an undercover drug agent and attempted to purge his bad memories by created bestselling fiction based on his adventures. His writing brought him fame and riches, but it did not bring him Dani's love. When he sees Dani, he falls in love all over again and Jack seems willing to forgive anything to be a part of her life, but Dani just cannot bring herself to tell Jack about his baby - the one she lost. All her friends warn Dani that she should tell Jack before someone else does, but who else could possibly know Dani's secret?
Blue Bayou is a fun, sexy romance with a little bit of suspense and mystery thrown into the mix. Jack Callahan is your typical sexy-as-all-get-out Cajun bad boy who is in love with the beautiful blonde princess who lives in a tower up on the hill. I have always loved those tall, dark and handsome men who just refuse to take no for an answer! Anyway, Dani's son, Matt, is also a cutie and adds his own charm to the plot, as does Dani's irascible father when he gets released from jail. If you have enjoyed any Southern/Cajun romances, this one is sure to delight!
This report prepared by Debbie
Pocket, Apr 2002, 6.99, 400 pp.
After spending years away from her beloved BLUE BAYOU, Danielle Dupree, accompanied by her eight-year-old son, is coming home to serve as the librarian. Her father, a former judge jailed for corruption, will live with his daughter and grandson once he is freed from prison. However, instead of Beau Soleil, the Dupree clan has fallen as they will live in an apartment above the library. However, a fire that looks like arson somewhat ruins the apartment and the library. It looks like someone wants the Dupree brood not to return home.
Bad Jack Callahan, a successful author, now owns Beau Soleil and has begun a renovation to restore the home to its former glory. Jack and Dani also have a history as they shared a torrid summer, but he left town before learning she was pregnant with his child. Doubly burned by males from her time with Jack and a marriage to a rat of a Congressman, Dani tries to avoid her former lover even though both still experience deep feelings for one another.
JoAnn Ross has written a wonderful contemporary Bayou romance that readers who relish heat and distrust in their lead characters will enjoy. The subplot involving driving the Dupree family out of town takes away from the prime story line though it adds plenty of suspense. Ms. Ross turns BLUE BAYOU into a strong and powerful tale, due to strong characterizations, which includes a well-rounded support cast. This is the first in a trilogy starring the three Callahan Brothers novels and it demonstrates that the author is a born storyteller
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner