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Villere House (Blood of My Blood #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
"This epic tale spanning past and present will have you on the edge of your seat. Set in a world of Voodoo, spirits, and the historic locale of New Orleans, Villere House is deliciously spooky and romantic." ~ Tracey Garvis Graves, author of the New York Times bestseller, On The Island and Covet.

College senior, Lottie Boyd, expects to drink too much while on spring break i
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published November 10th 2013 (first published October 10th 2013)
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in which karen gives urban fantasy/paranormal romance another shot!!

with much the same outcome: i can see the appeal and it's fun but i will probably never become one of those people who reads it regularly. but i do like dipping my toes in every once in a while, to keep those readers' advisory skills moist.

for me, this genre is like the sophisticated version of monsterporn. although please to be noting: the relationship in this book is purely human-on-human with some ghostly assistance, but the
Jan 17, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review

4.5 “Ghosts & Voodoo” Stars!


Villere House is an enthralling ghost story written collaboratively by Leslie Fear and C.D. Hussey and also the first installment in their Blood of My Blood series. This is a tale that traverses between the past and the present, stretching beyond our earthly realm and set in the beautiful, culturally diverse and historical locale of New Orleans. A lovely romantic story laced with voodoo, ghosts, evil spirits, revenge and vampires. It is delectably spooky and creep
5 Voodoo stars!!!

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Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t do scary. I like dark and twisted reads with broken people, but anything spooky you can count me out. It’s safe to say anything about ghosts, spirits, voodoo etc. wouldn’t be my type of book. Normally, I wouldn’t give this type of book a go, but I’m so glad I did. Full of suspense, mystery, romance and all kinds of paranormal things. Was it a little creepy? Yes. But it wasn’t too scary for me. I would classify it more like a paranormal/suspens
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ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review
Duchess Nicole
What a kickass book. This author had an interesting way of telling this story...switching back and forth between the past and present. Sometimes, it bothers me to go back to the past because I'm too interested in the present story, but with this book, each time period was equally fascinating. I loved being either place.

To be quite honest, the idea of Voodoo squicks me out. I don't know if I believe in it or not, but the evil spirits that seem to accompany any Voodoo story scares me much more tha
Aug 01, 2013 Ian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of voodoo and ghost stories.
Disclosure: I am both a Facebook and a Goodreads friend of the author.

When Lottie arrives in New Orleans she is fully expecting a few days of drinking too much and partying. But an evil spirit and a centuries old curse are hanging over her head. With the help of Xavier, the owner of a shop selling voodoo souvenirs to tourists and a French speaking ghost who visits her in her dreams, she begins to unravel the mystery. But the voodoo queen won't easily surrender what she has and the price she de
Jennifer Kyle
3.5 Stars

”The world is rarely what we expect. There are many things beyond…of a past life… ”


This story's back drop is the fascinating city of New Orleans. The authors gifts all the magic and mystery for their readers in this story. Our main character is on spring break from college with her friends and slowly the authors take the reader back in time through Lottie’s dreams. In the present, Lottie struggles with the fact that her dreams are showing her the past love affair of Elise Cantrelle an
Casey ~Kaleidoscopic Killer of the Deep~
3 rounded up to a 4 because Voodoo.
^it's my review I can totally do that

I am waaaayyy overdue to write this review but I still remember all of my feelings about it. I snagged this one up after reading Karen's review of the second book in the series. Karen is a review master and pretty much all I had to read was "...gothic romance, all full of new orleans voodoo and possession and sweaty passion..."
and I was like what's that amazon? you need me to confirm my one click?


So I start reading th
Laura Gelinas
Oct 14, 2014 Laura Gelinas rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS for Villere House!!!

Have you ever had that weird déjà vu moment? You know.. The one where you could've sworn you had been there or seen something so familiar, even though you'd never been before?

Meet Lottie. A pretty blonde college girl who has come to party with friends in New Orleans on Spring Break, only to find that she is having more of those déjà vu moments than she wants to. Here she meets sexy, dark and exotic Xavier, a local with a lot of history in the city, and plenty of se
JJ----from The Book Bosses
Sep 20, 2013 JJ----from The Book Bosses rated it really liked it

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

So I usually don't read Paranormal. I just don't. Not sure why......well, I'm a bit of a 'fraidy cat really. So that's likely why, LOL. Once in grade 10, my BFF made me read a Mary Higgins Clark book. Wigs still scare the CRAP outta me. ( don't ask...**shiver, shiver** )

I loved the setting. New Orleans. Such a rich, culturally diverse background.....not to mention, deliciously spooky. These ladies paint a gorgeo
Jan 26, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
***4.5 Stars***
This is not a book I'd normally read. I loved it! I I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for more books in this series! Oh, and there is NO cliffhanger ;-)
Sep 17, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Written by a Goodreads friend of mine and it was great. A perfect mix of mystery, romance and vodoo in Na Lawns (New Orleans). Thanks Leslie. Looking forward to Graveyard Watchman!
I received an ARC of the book for an honest review.

4.5 Love That VooDoo That You Do So Well Stars

New Orleans. Beads. Cajun. Creole. Hurricanes (the drinks not the weather). Funky Bars. VooDoo. It's all there and here too. In this book...The VooDoo. The Mystic. The Cemetery Tours. Vampire Bars. Hot Guys and Ghosts. All right here. You don't even have to get on a plane to experience the fun, mystery and romance of New Orleans.

Lottie is a college sophomore. She is on her own having lived most of h
Feb 02, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing


When spending college spring break in New Orleans, there is always the possibility of encountering a ghost or two. After all, NOLA is the capital of preternatural experiences; rich in the culture of Voodoo and the occult. But when Charlotte “Lottie” Boyd visits the Big Easy, her life is upended when mysterious supernatural dreams, spirit possessions, and unexplainable visions of the dead drive her into the arms and protection of a city native, Xavier Villere. Nothing makes sense and Lottie is c
Aug 14, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I love books that create wonderment in my mind and make me think is it possible? Could it happen? That is what Villere House was for me....that special book that reaches beyond this earthly realm and touches that possibility of contact with those who have gone on centuries before. Villere House is a beautifully written novel combining Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance. It is laced with voodoo, ghosts, and vampires while set in one of the most haunted cities in Amer ...more
Oct 25, 2013 ALPHAreader rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list
Lottie Boyd is a college senior enjoying Spring Break in the City of Mystery – New Orleans. Almost immediately after arriving in the city, Lottie starts having vivid dreams of Élise Cantrelle – a 19th century widow who sacrificed all for forbidden romance and to save her sick child.

When Lottie’s dreams start melding with reality, she is lead to the The Villere House of Voodoo and its current owner, Xavier Villere. For sacrifice or salvation – only time will tell.

‘Villere House’ is the first bo
Jan 28, 2014 Jennifer☠Pher☠ rated it really liked it
Yeah, I am a sucker for ANYTHING in New Orleans, especially with ghosts and voodoo and history and family connections so yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The book was written well, I was fully engaged in the story and enjoyed the characters. Lottie had some moments where I wanted to shake her but you know, she has issues. Very glad that I saw this come up on my feed and I took a chance.
Jan 07, 2014 TashNz rated it really liked it
Villere House (Blood of My Blood) is an intense and highly captivating paranormal type story featuring Lottie, a college student on her spring break with a couple of other friends. While in New Orleans Lotties mates are only intersted in going out drinking while Lottie finds herself inexplicately drawn to Villere House of Voodoo. Lottie's also having vivid dreams about Elise Cantrell, a 19th century widow doing anything she can to heal her very sick daughter.

When Lottie is drawn to the The Ville
Aug 21, 2014 C-Money rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wanna hear a story? No, well STFU, I'm going to tell you it anyways.

I am a cover whore and cover snob. I will buy a book just for the cover. I won't read the blurb, I won't read the reviews. I will just buy the book.

But I will also not read a book if the cover is horrible. I mean come on GROSS covers are such a turnoff.

I am obsessed with SKULLS. I mean my wedding ring is a skull tattoo. OBSESSED. So I'm wandering around the book signing in Texas this past weekend and I see Villere House. I see
Anne OK
Aug 01, 2013 Anne OK rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I am not, nor have I ever been, a big fan of fantasy or paranormal stories. Every once in a while a situation comes along that drags me kicking and screaming into the foray (and I mean that literally). Once it was under the power of a challenge, another time it came clothed in a friendly buddy read, and then like here, an author piqued my curiosity period. I never say never but . . . even good writing and a very intriguing storyline, along with authors who did a commendable job in bringing New O ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
I grabbed Villere House because my go to fellow book loving friend said you must read this and when she says that I know I have to follow her instructions. She has yet to let me down.

The first thing I noticed was the cover. Love love love so much! Add in New Orleans (bucket list!) and voodoo and I was in.

I loved this book so much. The story line was fast paced, went from past to present and back smoothly, had tons of suspense, a bit of heat, and some Voodoo that your mama warned you to stay away
Kat Bastion
Sep 16, 2013 Kat Bastion rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story and writing in many ways. I also ventured into a genre far outside my norm, and as such, likely didn't connect with the story or characters as much as I would otherwise have done. Yes, I'm a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to ghosts and creepy ilk.

My personal preferences, and fright issues, aside, there were many enjoyable aspects of Villere House. I learned quite a bit about the culture and history of NOLA, as the authors wove it expertly through the story line. I absolut
Melissa Brown
Aug 01, 2013 Melissa Brown rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book VERY much and am looking forward to the next book in the series. The plot was really unique and different. I had trouble putting the book down and the authors did a great job of writing seamlessly. I didn't see a different in writing styles between chapters, etc.

I adored Xavier---he was wonderful. I would have liked to know more about Lottie, I feel like I had the basics about her, but just wanted to connect with her on a deeper level so that I could "get" her.

The flashbacks
Erica Alyson
Oct 27, 2013 Erica Alyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranomal
This cover drew me in. I am obsessed with skulls and the color pink so I knew I had to read it. Then I read the back of the book and I was hooked. I really liked this book a lot. The plot and the story line. I love NOLA books. The setting and vibe was great. Can't wait for the follow up book!
Kimberly Lauren
Aug 01, 2013 Kimberly Lauren rated it it was amazing
Review to come!

This book is just wow! The writing is amazing! I want so much more Lottie and Xavier. Seriously he is totally dreamy.
This was a great start of this new author. The flashback dreams drew me in. I also enjoyed the mystery in the story.
May 09, 2015 Maki rated it liked it
Perhaps one of my most sacred rules in reading is this: "Do not read books set in New Orleans."

This sentiment extends a bit to the South, in general, especially when the author doesn't live where they're writing about. I ran into a terrible string of media set in the South when I was younger, where Southern characters were just a series of Southern tropes, and the entire setting was just ruined for me.

(I mostly grew up in the South, so I hate, hate, HATE Southern caricatures. You have no idea ho
Oct 22, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
During a Spring break trip to New Orleans, Lottie begins having the most vivid and detailed dreams she's ever had. In the dreams, she experiences events as Elise, a 19th century widow.

Lottie is a college student visiting New Orleans for Spring Break with a couple girlfriends. Xavier runs his family's Voodoo shop, located in a house that has been part of his family since before the Civil War. The characters meet and both are immediately drawn to the other, though neither can figure out why the d
Tammy  Zautner
Oct 21, 2013 Tammy Zautner rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Our blog was asked to promo Villere House by a fellow blogger friend, and after finishing the book, I am glad we signed on. Villere House is a quick enjoyable read, one that held a sense of mystery and intrigue.

What's not to like about a blurb that entices you with voodoo, New Orleans, ghosts, historical periods, oh and a super-hot hero? Villere has all this and more.

I used to really enjoy paranormal, but as of late not so much. Therefore, I was on the fence when I started this book, since I wa
Aug 01, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it
Villere House blew me away!!!! Brilliant story and brilliant writing! This book was nothing like I expected...FABULOUS. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for more than a romance. Because Villere House is not your typical romance. I think I need to make a trip to Louisiana soon!

I will admit that I've had Villere House on my Kindle for quite sometime. Something always got in the way of me starting it. I'm now kicking myself that I didn't start it sooner. Romance... The occult... Brilliant a
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