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November 13, 2014

Liked It: Make You Remember by Macy Beckett

Series: Dumont Bachelors 2
Format: Mass Paperback
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Signet
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
He's about to make his own luck.

Ten years ago, Beau Dumont made the biggest mistake of his life by letting his high school sweetheart, Devyn Mauvais, slip through his fingers. Now the reformed bad boy will stop at nothing to get her back. Even if it means tricking her into taking a job on his family's riverboat, The Belle of the Bayou.

When Devyn's old flame offers her a stint at the boat's day care center, she sees it as a chance to prove she isn’t just the descendant of Louisiana's most infamous voodoo queen. Besides, it beats leading ghost tours around New Orleans. Yet when it comes to Beau, Devyn's all business. She won't give the sweet-talking playboy another chance to break her heart.

But there's no escaping temptation in such close quarters, and Beau won't be satisfied with a few hot nights with the girl he's always loved. As he strives to make Devyn remember the good times, will his passion and heart be enough to regain her trust?



Ever since I read the first one, Make You Mine, earlier this year, I have become a fast fan of Macy Beckett and her crazy Dumonts. Aside from small-town romances, I do enjoy family/sibling series especially if it's value-ridden and light. Add a century-old curse in the mix and setting it in NOLA added to the appeal of Dumont Bachelors. I do love some magical realism thrown into my contemporary romance once in a while because I'm a tad superstitious (black cats, broken mirrors, etc.) so a bit of juju feeds that crazy part of me. 

Fickle love rots your family tree. None but purest faith shall set you free.

MAKE YOU REMEMBER continues the curse breaking arc that started in book 1 this time around it's Beau Dumont and Devyn Mauvais, siblings of the first couple, who are giving it a go. Now I don't usually like sibling pair ups because I find it cheesy but due to Beau and Devyn's history, they're HS sweethearts, it made this second-chance at love realistic for me. Well it's still a bit cheesy but I guess it's a given since this series is light and humorous anyway. 

There's a lot of back and forth between between Devyn and Beau, some silly some quite heavy, several rehashing of the past while alternately romping like monkeys in the cabin which made things hot and cold. What I liked best was the role reversal meaning Beau was initially more into Devyn than the other way around. Beau definitely did the work in winning Devyn back and really stood his ground and remained consistent with his intentions, it was Devyn who can't seem to make up her mind about things. In a way I can't blame Devyn for being cautious and for putting Beau at arm's length because he did hurt her in the past and self-preservation is only natural if not expected of Devyn. Can't let the same flame burn you twice, right? Naturally they worked it out but not without some pretty amazing obstacles we only usually see in movies.

Sizzling romance and swoon worthy gestures aside, I did find a couple of things that had me scratching my head a bit. I won't disclose the first one because it'll be a spoiler, suffice to say that it's questionable so I'll just share the second one and that is this "gig" for Devyn. See Devyn was in dire financial straits in the beginning of MAKE YOU REMEMBER and she was contemplating on being a tourist attraction thanks to her infamous Mauvais name, to make ends meet. I guess the racket was supposed to be her deus ex machina but as the plot took on a different turn, it just became an unnecessary distraction that did nothing for the story.

As I mentioned there was some sort of a role reversal here and though the resolution was a little too dramatic for my taste, it was still a great gesture of faith especially on Devyn's part. Oh and it was kinda embarrassing too but still entertaining nonetheless. And though I missed some of the magic that was ever present in the first one, MAKE YOU REMEMBER is still a funny and definitely an enjoyable read. The humor was a little snarky, the romance exciting and heartfelt, the smexi sizzled, and the plot flowed really well. Another great thing about this series is MBeckett introduces the next couple to be featured and I can't wait to see Alex Dumont finally man up and go after the girl of his dreams, Ella-Claire, who is Marc's half sister and is no way related to Alex. Yup, their family tree is a little wonky at this point but it sure keeps things interesting.










30 comments:

  1. Oh I am a fan of these kind of romance! I look forward to a whole lot of grovelling from the deserter! Even though you didn't quite love this one, I think I'll give a go anyway when the mood strikes. :)

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    1. For sure, it doesn't always have to intense or even great you know what I mean? Sometimes an okay read is exactly what we need

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  2. I don't mind sibling pair-ups, and second chance romances are growing on me the older I get. I like that this series has a bit of magic in it, that's the only way an author can convince me to read a Contemporary, and New Orleans is such a fun setting for a book.

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    1. Really you haven't read Contemporary Romance in a long time?

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  3. This sounds like a good series and I love second chance romances.

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    1. Carmel has a point, the older folks seem to prefer this trope over first loves

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  4. Well, you've gotten me seriously interested now! Magical realism, snarky humor and romping like monkeys? Pfffft, I wanna try this out, even if I've been in a Contemporary funk lately :D

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    1. Me too! I pitter patter between romantic suspense and contemporary romance.

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  5. A lighter more humorous romance is definitely more my style. I don't read much romance but this might be one series I'd like.

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    1. It doesn't hurt to try, Candace, I hope it meets your standards :)

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  6. I like family series too, Braine. And that this is set in NOLA is definitely a draw. I'm glad you enjoyed this one despite missing the magic and things being rushed at the end. I need to try MBeckett.

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  7. Ohhh I enjoy second chance books :D

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  8. I enjoyed this one and agree the whole tourist gig was kinda weird, but I guess it kind of spoke to how desperate she was. Great review Braine

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    1. I just wish there was more to the touristy things, at one point I even thought the dude is going to be a problem. Thanks, Kimba!

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  9. Family curse! I love the small town, family thing. I'll have to check these out.

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  10. I've never been a fan of hot and cold romances because they are so frustrating when you know they are just going to end up together! I love the way you described it though, with the role reversal between them. Although there was a bit too much drama, it sounds like you still enjoyed it. Lovely review Braine!

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    1. It was a little frustrating but ith their history together, I can't blame the heroine. She was hurt and want to protect herself.

      Thanks, Jeann!

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  11. I don't know. The first book sounds so much better. This one sounds meh.

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  12. Oh another one I have on my tbr pile. Not this one but the first one. One day one day. I think maybe book one would work better for me.

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    1. Oh I think you'll enjoy the first one

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  13. Ah too bad that there was something not useful in the story but in a whole it sounds interesting. I love curse story it's always so fun to discover them!

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    1. I'm superstitious and family curses is somewhat believable for me LOL

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  14. I already want to read the first book, so I'm sure I'll eventually get to this one.

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