Release Date: November 4, 2014
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.