Review: ALLURE (Hoodoo Apprentice, #2) by Lea Nolan

FINAL Allure Cover- Medium ResolutionAuthor: Lea Nolan
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Pages: 304
ISBN #: 9781622660223
FTC Disclaimer: Book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

**spoilers for book 1, CONJURE**

Emma Guthrie is back in Lea Nolan’s second installment of her awesome HooDoo Apprentice series. Allure picks up right where Conjure left off. This story focuses more on Cooper Beaumont and his family. The men in his family, through several generations, have been cursed to become horrible, gluttonous human beings once they reach manhood (usually around their sixteenth birthday). The Beaumont Curse was an act of revenge by the same root worker in Conjure, because Cooper’s ancestor sold her daughter to the pirates that killed her. Emma goes back to work with Miss Delia to try and find a way to break the curse. An unexpected obstacle, in the form of Miss Delia’s great-grandaughter Taneea, slows down progress. As Cooper’s sixteenth birthday inches ever closure, Emma notices that Cooper is becoming less like himself and wonders if she is already out of time. However, Emma is working against a force she never expected and she learns exactly how strong she can be.

Allure is just as stunning as Conjure. My one complaint is Cooper. I HATED his character. I know it wasn’t his fault, and it speaks to Lea’s tremendous story-telling ability, that my reaction is so strong toward him. However, every time he hurt Emma I wanted to punch him in the face just to make him feel some of the pain that he was causing her. I LOVE how, even though Emma’s heart was breaking, she was still willing to do whatever she could to save him. I also wanted to punch Taneea in the face. She was snotty and catty and just all around HORRIBLE!! I kept hoping for some redemption with her character…but there was NONE!!  Of course, its the sign of a well written villian when I kept hoping something AWFUL would happen to her. So, thank you Lea!

Can’t wait to see what comes next!!


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