Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo, #2)
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Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo #2)

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"An eye for an eye is never enough.”

Kallie Riviere, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Pocket
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Tori  smexys_sidekick
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “I can find you anywhere. Anytime. Yo’ heart be mine Kallie Riviere, hoodoo woman.”

At the end of Black Dust Mambo, Kallie learned a lot about her family and none of it good. She has a black loa in place of her soul, her aunt stole someone else’s identity and they want it back, and her favorite cousin has vanished. Now spells are backfiring, wards are failing, and a category five hurricane is heading towards New Orleans. Kallie fears that Doctor Heron may have...more
So amazingly awful.

1. Truly unlikable characters
2. Cringworthy reverse sexism throughout. I was flinching every time another female character referred to a man in the room as a "fine piece of ass" just revolting. Sexism is not okay.
3. Characters with little or no emotional depth.
4. Unimaginative plotting
5. Confusing back stories - she was pretending to be her and that one was pretending to be her... ad nauseum
6. patronising use of cajun slang in the written form. We all have accents that deviat...more
At 416 pages, it says an awful lot that I wanted this book to continue. I didn't want it to end. As much as I enjoyed Black Dust Mambo, I liked Black Heart Loa more.

BHL begins immediately where BDM left off. Kallie, Belladonna, Gabrielle and Divinity are still in Bayou Cypres Noir, dealing with the events of BDM. Jackson, Kallie's hot pirate cousin, is missing and his mojo bag is discarded on the floor. Kallie knows there is something wrong, and sets out to find Jackson.

Layne, who had been drivi...more
Wow. That was fun....

Black Heart Loa is the second book in Adrian Phoenix's Hoodoo series. The book picks ups immediately after the events of Black Dust Mambo and works up into an exhilarating pace as it continues the story of Kallie Riviere, a young hoodoo who carries an unknown loa inside her. If you've read the first book, you couldn't have possibly missed the fact that Kallie spent nearly 75% of that book in her underwear. Well, in this book, she is more suitably attired - well, at least 75%...more
Black Heart Loa RATING: 1 stars (regrettably, because the concept wasn't half bad...)

What a mess of a book. Kallie Rivière is supposedly the main character but after two books there is almost zero development. Why? Because everyone and their uncle has a POV in the damn book: Kallie, her aunt, her friends, her crush, random witches, hoodoos and the likes, villains, magical beings, even, I kid you not, a dog (although I rather liked the dog, actually). Inside each POV you have multiple flashbacks...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

While I knew BLACK DUST MAMBO was going to be a hard act to follow, my surprises in reading BLACK HEART LOA had nothing to do with those high expectations. LOA was a different breed of book all together, as the story line changes from the human villains of BLACK DUST MAMBO to the more amorphous magical threats. It took me a few chapters to change gears, but despite that slow start I devoured the last two thirds of this book.

One of the changes that took...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
This is one of those awkward books where we find ourselves having differing opinions about the series – however we believe this is one of taste than impressions or fails – more a case of your mileage may vary. Still, one of us is quite happy to read this series, another would rather clean tile grout.

Keille Riviere, hoodoo and persistent user of a right hook to solve all problems is still facing the fall out of the events of Black Dust Mambo. Doctor Heron's misplaced crusade of revenge still cast...more
Layne Layne are so sexy, even when you are unconscious for half of the book.

This book was fantastic, it picks up right where book one ended. Jackson is missing so it's up to Kallie and Bell to find him. But they are delayed by two gun toting idiots demanding Jackson's 'stash' of goodies. Then Kallie is attacked by a Loa of Death, on top of that magic is backfiring and they need to figure out why because it's causing wards to malfunction and act as a magnet for hurricanes. Kallie has...more
Have you ever read a book that failed to keep you interested for about 80% of the time, but you still were determined to finish? That's exactly how I feel about this series...and for that reason, I do not know how to rate this book.

The start did not pull me in like the first book in this series, but I still wanted to continue because I was hoping more of a romance would be developed...too bad it never does, but there is a new love interest. The middle dragged, much like it did for me in BLACK D...more
Jenna Howard
I rather enjoyed this one. A lot more than the first one. Mostly because a lot of questions I had were finally answered.

Though really...this book needed more Dallas. Mmm...Dallas.

Yes there was still a lot of the lusting over everyone in this book. The new character of Devlin is, while fun, feels to me like it's just a way to force a love triangle. Please. God. No.

I'm not entirely sure how I like Layne as a counterpart to Kallie. He doesn't seem to do much but be a vessel for Augustine who makes...more
Fast-paced, (which I love in a book)excellent descriptive narrative, interesting characters. Adrian sucks you into her world and keeps you on the edge and wanting for more. Black Heart Loa is the follow up from Black Dust Mambo. A fiery Cajun hoodoo woman who likes to emerse herself in serious life-threatening problems that nearly kills her and everyone in near vicinity.
This book picks up 24 hours after Black Dust Mambo finished. Kallie Riviere finds her cousins mojo protection bag that was han...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Paranormal Romance

*Review Later*

First thoughts..

I dislike having so many character story lines and points of views.

I enjoyed the interaction between Belladonna Brown, Kallie and Jackson. Some really good lines and quotes coming in my full review.

Obviously, there must be a third book in this series because there are still a bunch of unanswer questions including why did her own mother force a loa into Kallie's body? Who else was working with Sophia when she put the loa in Kalli...more
Black Heart Loa is the continuation of the story started in Black Dust Mambo. Unlike other series, the first book had very little in the way of resolution; Black Heart Loa is probably more like part two of Black Dust Mambo. I enjoyed Adrian Phoenix's writing a bit more in this one...I think her dialog has gotten a little more authentic. The action is non-stop, and I found the hoodoo and voudou aspects interesting. It's a fast little paranormal read, and the end provides a sense of satisfaction....more
I have found a new local author to add to my fave list.

The Hoodoo series is the first I have read by her and I really like it. I had randomly picked the the first book up at my local used bookstore because the cover was interesting. The first book left me wondering what was going to happen next that I went to my local library to get the next one right away. Now I need to find the 3rd book. :-)

I especially like the setting and character voices. At times I swear I was reading with a Cajun accent.

Paranormal Haven
“….dis ain’t just a house full o’ women. Dis be a house full of hoodoos”……. (My favorite quote)

Kallie is a headstrong hoodoo apprentice, but what lies beneath the surface may be a ticking bomb. When Kallie was a little girl her mother removed her soul and replaced it with a sleeping loa. If finding out how to remove this loa without causing her own death was not enough, Kallie must struggle to survive the revenge Doctor Heron has brought upon her family. She already escaped him once, but not wit...more
Now don't get me wrong, I do like this series, but I'm having a hard time believing that Kallie is the main character. Honestly "sassy comeback line" or "smelly smells of something smellygood" seem the likely candidate of the main... nevermind.
After two whole books I really don't know as much as I would like to know about well.. a lot. And I hate unanswered questions that are left open just for the purpose of having a next book. It leaves me grumpy and unsatisfied. The book I read before this...more
Black Heart Loa is the second book in the Hoodoo series.

This book picks up (literally) where Black Dust Mambo leaves off.

Kallie Rivière has just returned home to Bayou Cyprés Noir. All she really wants is some sleep and answers to questions that her Aunt has promised to provide. Before any of that happens, she finds her cousin Jackson’s mojo bag in the grass near the front of her Aunt’s house. She knows something is terribly wrong. Thus starts part duex.

The second book in the series and it is...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Review posted here:

Black Heart Loa picks up immediately after Black Dust Mambo. Kallie is on the search for her cousin, Jackson, who has been kidnapped. It is up to her to find out by who and why. She has a feeling it is connected to Doctor Heron, but there is a lot more going on than anyone knows. While being robbed by two idiot robbers named Cash and Kerry, they find out that Jackson is in bigger trouble...more
After reading this book I find myself with a bit of a problem, because now I'm not sure which Adrian Phoenix series I like better, Maker's Song or Hoodoo? There's worse things to worry about, I'm sure, so this seems like a decent problem to have, and I never really mind having an abundance of excellent books. Black Heart Loa is another stellar example of writing at its finest, and this is one of the best Urban Fantasy worlds I've sampled. I was absorbed from start to finish!

One of the things tha...more
Great Book!!

Black Heart Loa begins immediately after Black Dust Mambo ends and it starts with a bang.

Kallie is at her aunt Divinity’s place in the bayou with her best friend and the women Divinity stole the identity from (Gabrielle), when the action begins and it does not stop until the end.

Kallie is still looking for her cousin Jackson who has been missing since the first book and two men (Cash and Kerry - love those names) come bursting into the house to find things they believe Jackson stol...more
Midnyte Reader
Black Heart Loa starts at the exact moment that Black Dust Mambo ends. There are many problems that the main character Kallie Riviera and her friends and family experience in the first book and they have to deal with the aftermath of those original issues along with some new ones: Finding her cousin Jackson, taking care of her love interest Layne, dealing with secrets and a hurricane that is on it's way to Louisiana.

I feel that this book is a bit more focused than the first and the points of vie...more
Adrian Phoenix's Black Heart Loa was a great followup to Black Dust Mambo. I'll admit to be a tad lost for the first few pages. Having read read Black Dust Mambo so many books ago, but I was quickly brought back up to speed. For Black Heart Loa takes place mere hours after the ending of the previous book.

There's no true villain this time like we had previously, Doctor Heron is dead and gone, but problems for Kallie are still at large. Her cousin is still missing, she still has a loa trapped insi...more
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

Black Heart Loa is the much-anticipated second book in Adrian Phoenix’s Hoodoo series, and picks up immediately where Black Dust Mambo ends, with the characters sitting in Divinity’s living room. Kallie Riveiére is a Hoodoo, meaning she handles juju and potions and medicines. Her best friend Belladonna is a mambo-in-training. Kallie’s aunt Divinity is also her hoodoo teacher and sits near the real Gabrielle LaRue who is a mambo, or voodoo priestess, and...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Originally reviewed on Romancing the Darkside:

A strong and never-dull sequel that tops its predecessor!

Kallie, a hoodoo in training, is back with even more chaos in her life, in the sequel to Black Dust Mambo. While searching for her missing cousin Jackson, Kallie learns that the evil she's trying to be rid of keeps coming back to haunt her. In the midst of her journey to find her cousin she learns the protective wards surrounding New Orleans are compromised, creating an imminent natural disast...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

Black Heart Loa picks up about 24 hours after the start of Black Dust Mambo with two gunmen bursting in on Kallie and the gang. Keep in mind, some super explosive secrets have JUST been revealed to Kallie about her past, and now her cousin Jackson has been abducted and buried alive, so time is of the essence. Kallie, Belladonna, and crew aren’t about to take this invasion lying down, but if they don’t get to Jackson in tim...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Hoodoo urban fantasy series that revolves around Kallie Rivière, her family, and her friends. This one takes place in the Louisiana bayous.

My Take
I'm a little bummed that this wasn't as good as Black Dust Mambo . It was, however, still a good read. The stupidity of the two home invaders was pretty funny with some scary moments.

Hmmm, I did wonder if Basil would give up being in Layne's body. It's just too much fun having him in there! I also enjoyed Cielo's thoughts with her "Daddy'...more
Overall, I like Adrian Phoenix. Her stories don't always follow the usual and expected patterns for UF stories. In this second installment for the series, the fast paced action continues (in fact, it picks up right where the first book left off and continues on with a "new" - but related - problem). We finally get to find out what happened to Kallie's cousin and there is a whole new story waiting to develop there as well. The relationships Kallie has wih most of the other characters (paticularly...more
I don't think it's fair to say that the first book was stronger than the second. Not really. What throws people off the track is the change of pace and accents on different issues.

I love Adrian Phoenix. She is one of the best in urban fantasy, and one of the most underrated authors. You should read Her Maker's Song series, they are superb! Although Hoodoo series take place in the same sort of area, they are inherently different.

As in book#1 all the action happens within 24 hours. There are...more
A strong second book, I was really pleased with this book. I liked the first one more than I expected to & I liked this book a bit more than I anticipated also. I've read Adrian's Maker's Song series & find it addictive but not nearly as good as I'm finding the Hoodoo series to be. I really love the banter between the characters, Belladonna/Kallie/Layne were having me actually laughing at parts. The comedy keeps the the slow between parts moving very well & lightens an otherwise very...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Black Heart Loa, Book #2 of the Hoodoo series
Author: Adrian Phoenix

“An eye for an eye is never enough.”
Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling...more
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