This book was slightly annoying. The romance was cold, the plot line convoluted and the characters were not very likable. I did appreciate New Orleans as a character and the eccentricities of many of the characters who lived there. Nessa Dahl has worked for a NO bank for a very long time, never getting promoted. Jeremiah MacNaught, bank owner, travels from Philly to NO to investigate a series of tame robberies- Nessa is his prime suspect. Yet, he can't help being attracted to her. The culprits were obvious and as I said, I had a hard time liking the main characters.
The plot was unique, the characters quickly recognizable, a twist at the ending, but the dynamics between Nessa and MacNaught left me cool. Not cold mind you, but not as emotionally attached.
This was very good book. I finished it in 2 days. The aunts had me laughing out loud. Christina is a great author.
Lots of information about New Orleans and Mardi Gras. A fun book to read that won't take you long to complete.
Another nice series for Chistina Dodd. However, make sure you read her Lost Texas Heart series first as it ties in with this series. Especially in book 4.
Mac MacNaught is the arrogant, domineering and unyielding self-made CEO of Premier Central Bank. A large, muscular man, his face and body are mapped with scars and he will never be called handsome but he oozes a raw sexuality that captivates women of all ages. He hates liars and thieves and is furious that two bandits have had the audacity to rob his bank during every Mardi Gras for the past four years. From his office in Philadelphia he obsessively watches the video screens of daily operations in his New Orleans bank and, specifically, the actions of the Assistant Manager, Miss Ionessa Dahl, the woman who fascinates him even though he suspects her of planning the Mardi Gras robberies.
Nessa Dahl was orphaned at the age of five and raised by her great aunts, Hestia and Calista Dahl, impoverished but much beloved doyennes of New Orleans society. Because of their financial straits the sisters have been forced to open their Garden District home, The Dahl House, to boarders but still reign supreme as the hostesses of the Mardi Gras party nobody in New Orleans wants to miss. Nessa, liked and admired by the people of New Orleans and the staff and customers at her bank, is primarily responsible for the bank's success but, because of a mistake made seven years ago, has never been given the promotion she yearns for and deserves. She remains under the thumb of Stephanie a/k/a "Stephabeast", the bank manager who is reviled by employees and feared by customers but has the approval and support of the bank's reclusive CEO, MacNaught.
As another Mardi Gras approaches and the man Mac sent to New Orleans to investigate Nessa returns to Philadelphia having clearly fallen under her spell, Mac decides the time has come to take matters into his own hands. Posing as an insurance investigator, he travels to New Orleans to investigate Nessa himself and put a stop to the bank robberies once and for all. The intense sexual attraction between the brash Yankee, Mac and charming Southerner, Nessa is instantaneous and he is relentless in his sexual pursuit of her as they work together to identify the bandits, even as he continues to investigate her and is certain she is the brains behind the robberies, bless his heart.
like this series keep me on my toes