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Curse of Passion (Deadly Legends #2)

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Curse of Passion (A Deadly Legends Novel) by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe worl
ebook, 250 pages
Published August 12th 2013 by Entangled: Ignite
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Kat Morrisey
One of my favorite genres, or sub genres, of romance is suspense. There is nothing like a good romantic suspense novel to get my blood pumping in a variety of ways. I like the guessing game, the who done it aspect of it, and of course, the romance.

In this book I found a good balance of this. The story begins with the reader being introduced to Johanna Rios and over the next few chapters we learn a lot about her background, as well as her sister's. We learn about the tragic childhood events that
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Rating 4.5 Stars

I happen to really enjoy Melissa Bourbon Ramirez's Deadly Legend series. In the first book, Sacrifice of Passion, she took the legend of La Chupacabra and made her on little twist. Well, she has taken another hispanic legend and made her own little twist in Curse of Passion. This time we will be looking at the legend of La Llorona (The Weeping Woman).

For those who don't know the legend La Llorona, there is a young woman who believes that the only thing
Aug 12, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
Welcome to small town San Julio, a place of secrets and dark legends.

Johanna has lived her life believing in the legend of La Llorona...that she is destined to be alone, no man will ever stay with her. Her own mother, crazed in her belief of the legend, even tried to drown a young Johanna and her sister Carmen in the river before taking her own life in it. "They all leave, Joey. Every last one of them. no man will stay with you. You're cursed." Since then, Johanna has made sure to keep herself a
Aug 13, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
Full review on my blog, Becky on Books.

Can I just start by saying that no high school principal I've ever seen looks like the guy on the cover of this book? Granted, given the excessive hormones flying around any place that teenagers congregate, this is probably a very good thing, but still….

Curse of Passion had a really strong start and a decent ending. Unfortunately, the middle meandered a bit from the taut narrative thread that the book began with.

From nearly the first page, I was drawn right
Aug 13, 2013 Merisha28 rated it it was amazing
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Curse of Passion by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Print Length: 199 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Ignite (August 12, 2013)
Sold by: Macmillan
I received this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest unbiased review!

OMG! How I love love the colors on the cover. I am swooning over the hot man on it to! Just seeing this cover makes me want to delve in and devour the pages!

My Review~
OMG what a book!!!!! This is the first book that I have ever read by this author. I loved it! It was a thril
Eli Yanti
Aug 13, 2013 Eli Yanti rated it really liked it
This book tells the story about Johanna’s family especially her mother who believed that their family had been cursed from their ancestors to descendants. They are bound to the legend of La Llorona, a legend based on a real woman who live 500 years ago. And because her mother believed in La Llorona ghost, when Johanna and her sister – Carmen were young their mother drowned them in the San Julio River but Johanna and Carmen survived from the tragic and her mother deciced to drown herself because ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
Curse of Passion is a well written romantic suspense novel that centers on a string of murders that have been based on the legend of La Llorona - a 500 year old ghost story/legend about a women who has been the cause of drownings based on her heartbreak over losing her man.

Johanna Rios, a high school teacher, has experienced the effects of the La Llorona legend - her own mother was so obsessed with it that she herself became a victim of the river when she attempted to drown Johanna and her litt
Romancing the Book
May 06, 2015 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
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Review originally posted on Romancing the Book
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I loved this book! I could not put it down. I have never read anything by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez before and I was pleasantly surprised.

We’re introduced to some great characters. Johanna is a a teacher who has been tortured all of her life by the legend of the La Llorona and her mother’s belief in her. Believing that she is cursed and that no man will stick around, Johanna does what she can t
Suzanne Critelli
Aug 18, 2013 Suzanne Critelli rated it it was amazing
Curse of Passion takes place in a small town in Texas. There is a legend called La Llorona, The Crying Woman. High school teacher Johanna is very curious about the legend of La Llorona, believing her family is cursed by this legend. Her mother was obsessed with the legend, believing she is real. She doesn't have much luck with men and feels she may be destined to be single.

Ray is a man she has known since childhood. He was away serving in the military and now back as the school's principal. Joh
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Aug 12, 2013 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
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Johanna Rios was just a little girl when she saved her sister from being drowned by their own mother. Johanna and her sister Carmen were the only family they had. No man ever stayed with the Rios woman. Their mother believed they were cursed by La Llorona, the crying woman. La Llorona was an old Mexican legend of a woman who drowns her children. Still haunted by this legend, Johanna finds herself stuck in the middle of a murder case and she could be the next victim.

I enjoyed this book. I loved h
Rosemary K
Aug 14, 2013 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing
Johanna Rios is trapped by traumatic childhood memories. Her mother's belief in the legend of La Llorona made her try to kill her daughters but only resulted in her own death. Johanna survived her past and is now a teacher. However, the past is not done with her. Someone in San Julio is killing woman by using the curse of the Crying Lady and wants her as their last victim. Ray Vargas, the school principal, who cares deeply for her, becomes her protector. Will they be able to stop this monster? ...more
Patricia Steens
Aug 15, 2013 Patricia Steens rated it liked it
It's a nice, quick read.
I liked a lot of things about the story....
Johanna as a main character is the typical older sister, always in control and taking responsibility of everything while Carmen is the typical younger sister, which is only interested in herself and enjoying life. This sounds so cliche but it is so truth...
I liked that there is a mix with mexican culture, supersticions, even nicknames and words that are being used on daily basis (eg m'ija.... that is such a mexican endearnment!
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Aug 27, 2013 Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews rated it really liked it
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so I didn't realize this was the 2nd in a series...but the great thing about this type of series is that it is definitely more of a stand alone and you don't feel like you are missing anything by not reading the first book. Anyway, I'm used to her dressmaker series so this was a nice diversion. I have to admit it took me a bit to get into it because of the type of book I'm usually used to reading by here...but not too long! I loved the book was centered around a "curse" and one woman's belief ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Bobbie rated it really liked it
The suspense in this book is fantastic. The story line kept me guessing thtough out. The love interests were strong independent characters. The supportin cast were just as interesting. If you are looking for a thriller read, this book is for you.
Aug 12, 2013 Therese rated it really liked it
I thought that "CURSE OF PASSION" is a very well written story .It kept me glued to the book, from beginning to end. The whole idea of the story was interesting and believable. I would look foward to reading more of her books.
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Full review to come! But can I just say that this was A-freaking-MAZING!
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Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enou ...more
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