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Blood on the Bayou

(Annabelle Lee #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,336 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
The second book in a new urban fantasy series featuring mosquito-sized fairies with poisonous bites that drive humans insane.

It's only been three weeks since Annabelle helped solve the murder of Grace Beauchamp, and in the process, she discovered a secret world of invisible, magic-working people who have decided she might have what it takes to join their ranks.

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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

Why do we love dysfunctional characters?

Is it because we can relate?

Is it because we believe that if THEY can survive, maybe we can?

Is it because we are warped and like to see other people suffer with life?

Who knows!

Annabelle is VERY dysfunctional. She has low self-esteem. She drinks too much, she loves too hard, and the monsters she battles in her real world don’t compare to the demons she battles on the inside! Regardless, I love Annabelle.

In Blood on the Bayou, Annabelle’s love life
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
But is it really cheating if you're not officially together? Does an invisible man count as a man? If a penis you can't see falls in the forest is it really a penis at all?

So everyone that knows me is all too familiar with my instant love with a fascinating new dark and gritty series about killer fairies called Dead on the Delta. Therefore when the opportunity presented itself to read and review the second installment called Blood on the Bayou I was elated with joy and devoured that book in one
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
The emotional tornado that is Annabelle's life continues in Blood on the Bayou. This book was just as painful and gut-wrenching to read as the first one, Dead on the Delta, and even more so because I was already familiar with Annabelle and felt her more strongly this time around.

Without a doubt, the best (and at times, worst) part of this series is Annabelle's character. The one word that most adequately describes her is "complex". You can't simply hate or love her; there's a world of gray betwe
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL lovers of UF and snarky, intelligent writing
I smile just a little. He’s a mess, but I have a soft spot for messes. I have to. My self-image depends upon it.

Intelligent, witty, edgy, intriguing, articulate, crisp, eloquent, stylistic...the list can go on and on. You can see my fan girl squealing how much I respect this author.

If you haven’t read Stacey Jay’s Dead on the Delta, RUN to the nearest bookstore and buy yourself a copy. If you have, then you need to immediately read her follow-up, Blood on the Bayou. You will not be disappointed.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Rating* 4.0-4.5
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Blood on the Bayou once again takes us into the world of Stacey Jay, and her heroine Annabelle Lee. It has been 3 weeks since the events of Dead on the Delta and Annabelle is as dysfunctional as they come still with her pill popping, and heavy drinking.

It's been related that Annabelle and Stacia Kane’s Chess Putnam could be best friends. In fact, it would be awesome to have a crossover short story featuring the two of them together solving the world’s
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

(Please Note: This review contains several spoilers relating to characters, but not to the overall plot.)

While Blood on the Bayou had a really neat plot and some engaging minor characters, it really, really let me down in terms of its main character, Annabelle Lee.

I am a very character-driven reader. Plots and world-building are awesome, but even then, unless I'm reading a book about the exciting adventures of a planet or plot-point, I need something else to g
Jen Davis
I am one of those people who judges a story based on how I feel when it's over. Yes, I value the journey, but if I'm not satisfied with the destination, the whole thing is damn near ruined. This book is a perfect example of a story destroyed by an unsatisfactory conclusion. I really enjoyed it. I was invested 100% in the characters and the outcome. And then the last chapter happened, prompting me to curse out loud and then stalk Twitter for someone to listen to me vent.

I'll start at the beginnin
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one.
In all honesty, this book deserves 1.5 stars. Barely. But I'm felling generous today so 2 stars it is.

Where to start? It feels like Ms Jay wasn't even trying, like she didn't care about the characters and the series anymore. Almost like she phoned it in, drunk. There are so many typos it got my eye twitching right off. There's even a 'your're' where a 'your' should be, I kid you not. And our little MC, Anna-Belle Lee, is so inconsistent, so bi-polar, she's not even recognizable. One minute she
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
In some ways I really liked this book but it also bothered me somewhat. I really like the setting and the whole unique spin on the fairies. I like the fact that the minority now makes up the majority of the population and vice versa. I liked finally getting a brief glimpse of the Big Man and getting a little bit more information about Tucker. I liked that Annabelle decided to take some initiative regarding Deedee.

What I didn't like so much was that there were just too many love interests. I didn
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
Bad Moon Rising
Life in Donaldsonville, Louisiana may have settled down in the three weeks since Annabelle Lee to speak...who had killed a child and left her body in the bayou, but that doesn't mean that Annabelle's life in any way resembles what it had been before the revelations, losses, and painful realizations bulldozed her body, heart, and mind during that investigation. Hey, at least she still has the booze. Thankfully, she still has the booze.

Her relationship with Cane is s
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Fearless Series Every UF Fan Should Read

Being immune to Fairy venom should be awesome, but for Annabelle Lee it's really been a curse. Once again called to duty helping investigate a murder she winds up once more tangled in between the man she once loved and the one she's still trying to figure out. But Annabelle can barely take care of herself, or keep Gimpy, the cat she's unwittingly adopted, from getting into all sorts of dietary disasters let alone settle down. With her new-found powers
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Well, I tried.
But I can't. I can't love this book as much as everyone does.
So I guess I am one of the minority. *shrugs*

I have zero tolerance for low self-esteem characters who continue not to show much growth.
I have zero tolerance for messy love triangles.
I have zero tolerance for friends who overstep the boundaries.

In other words, this book is a mess to me.
It messed up my head, it messed up my feelings, it riled up my anger and I really hate the messy love triangles.

My rules:
1) You don't mixed
harlequin {Stephanie}
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this one.

With all good things there be a catch! We get a butt load of relationship drama that takes away from enjoyment of the plot & characters. It seems so unrealistic. Now she has three men that are hopelessly devoted to her. For reals?

Even though one has a baby on the way and the other has the equivalent of a latin super model pining for his attention, complete with two kids that he desperately wants. I am sold on Tucker. Shame on me for being weak.

Annabelle, please cle
Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify)
Review coming a bit closer to release date, but I absolutely LOVED this book!!! It had everything I wanted and more and I adored every twist and turn!!! <3
I still really like this series a lot. This one wasn't as dark as the first one in some ways. People who had issues with Annabelle and her imperfections (i.e. drunkenness) might be more comfortable with her this time around because she is trying to clean up her act a bit. But I like this imperfect woman and her struggles are a big part of what make the series interesting and different for me and I hope she doesn't become too idealized too quickly. Her struggles and imperfections are what I relat ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Annabelle Lee is one of the 5% immune to the venom that comes with a fairy bite. Annabelle works for the FCC (Fairy Containtment and Control) collecting fairy samples in the bayou. After being suspended by the FCC, Annabelle agrees to help her FBI ex-boyfriend, Hitch with finding and shutting down an undercover drug operation in the bayou. Annabelle not only has to deal with the unresolved feelings for her ex but also her new powers and the cannabalistic fairies who are hellbent on kill
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wasn't completely sold on Annabelle in Dead on the Delta, but this book has changed that! Annabelle was much more nuanced and self-actualized here than she was previously. She was kicking ass through the whole book. I really enjoyed the mystery and some of the closure aspects that were presented. I didn't enjoy the way the book ended, especially if Stacey Jaye won't be writing another. I have to know what happens to Gimpy!

Annabelle & Hitch - I liked that she finalized things with Hitch and
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2012
There is a lot to love about Stacey Jay’s Annabelle Lee series, not the least of which is Annabelle herself. The worldbuilding is fantastic and the supporting characters are nearly as wonderful as Annabelle. My only real complaint about this series is that the books seem to be a tad overlong. Maybe it’s just me, but with this book and the first one I found myself wanting to skim so I could get closer to the action, but I didn’t and perhaps that is why I feel like I completely get Annabelle and h ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Dark, gritty urban fantasy doesn't get much better than this.

After discovering my newest obsession with the series debut, Dead on the Delta, I had very high expectations for Blood on the Bayou and not for one second did Jay disappoint. Within the first few pages, I was hooked.

It was full of dark, sometimes twisted, humor and I can't recall laughing quite this much during Dead on the Delta.

My favorite characters continued to play significant roles and characters who were briefly mentioned are exp
Amber I. (AwesomeSauce Book Club)
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads

Wow, what an amazing follow up. Seriously if you have not started this series yet you must go now and read Dead on the Delta! These 2 books will totally suck you in. I love when I can say the second book is as awesome if not more awesome then the first.

Poor Annabelle really has no idea who she can trust. It seems everyone around her has their own secrets and her poor world is tearing apart. Then there are the surprises the fairies throw her way! One fairie in particular starts haunting her dream
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Annabelle Lee, a Fairy Containment and Control agent with immunity to fairy venom, is once again out in the bayou investigating a murder. This time it’s at the request of her former lover Hitch, to lend her assistance to an off the books investigation of a secret chemical weapons lab that he’s desperate to resolve. In this fantastic sequel to Dead on the Delta, we see the changes Annabelle’s going through after her adventures with killer fairies, cranky kitties, invisible people and agents of th ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is incredible, what is not to like? The heroine is quick tongued, and the men… where do I start? *Drool*. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with a spiraling events, and Annabelle’s newly acquired telekinesis skills and healing abilities. You can expect an all species of faeries is introduced.
Suspended from her job and relationship, helping her ex-love with a murder case, all while trying to get the hang of her new powers. Hutch figures out he’s was wrong about Annabelle and they g
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fae, magic, read-in-2014
So this one takes everything you learned in book 1, what you learned at the start of this book and then shakes it all up! Who to trust, who to love, and most importantly WTH is Annabelle going to do to come out on top! From my understanding there is not a book 3 in the works, which let me tell you is a TRAVESTY! I absolutely have to know what happens to all of the players. Downside fans, you need to read this. I've not come across any books that are even remotely close to the Downside works but ...more
Brianna Harmon (Pearl Bayou)
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
Lee-Lee didn't quite do it for me this go 'round like she did in Dead on the Delta but I still loved every minute of it. The fact she's TRYING to be less self-destructive and grown is sort of endearing - although, I felt like all kinds of miraculous maturity got rushed/thrown together @ the end. The men...well...I have my favorite but I know better than to assume anything. Loved the new elements introduced with the fairies/the Big Man, the addition of DeeDee's child-sarcasm, and additional info ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The creativity and imagination of this author are highly entertaining. I love the flawed characters, and I have to admit to enjoying the drawn-out anticipation of finding out just who the 'bad' guys are in the story as opposed to the 'good' guys. It might not be exactly who you expect in these books, and I find I enjoy that very much in her books. Definitely give these books a try, they are well worth your time. I can't wait until the next one.
Jamie ~ Bad Boy Inspector

I could not put this book down. Every time I tried I would get to a spot that just demanded my I think this series just keeps getting better and better and I can't wait to find out what is going to happen next!!

As far as the love triangle goes Hitch had my heart from the start but Tucker just came in and stole it from him in this book so I am curious to see how that plays out.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cruise
Officially done with this series. It is silly but it has an interesting idea. Unfortunately it also has a love triangle that is now a love square. This leads to much angsting over pretty boys (which all love our druggy, commitment-phobic MC) while in the midst of real danger. Blech. DONE.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorite new series last year and I loved this follow up..can't wait for the next installment.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great book in the Annabelle Lee series. It was exciting and Annabelle is great and it has so much potential to be a top UF series. The only thing that annoyed me was the author's approach to the romance aspect. We now have three suitors for Annabelle and I'm not sure who we are supposed to root for. I always hated Hitch, and I loved Cane in book 1, but now the author seems to not care about Cane anymore and introduced Tucker as the main love interest. I feel bad for Cane, but at the same ...more
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Fairy Containment and Control agent Annabelle Lee is back and has more trouble than ever. Her current boyfriend, Cade, has put their relationship on hold after catching her with her exboyfriend Hitch. Her gifts seem to be having some bad side effects that are only alleviated with a special drug. A drug that places her squarely in bed with the Big Man. Tucker, the Big Man’s gorgeous enforcer, can’t seem to make up his mind if he wants t
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Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can't think of anything she'd rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real ...more

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