*Double Review* Cursed by Lizzy Ford
The Red Man is coming …
Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse … the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?
The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations — a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn’t believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he’s compelled to for more reasons than her beauty.
He’s not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.
Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil’s siren song
As you all can probably tell I am a huge Lizzy Ford fan/addict, I will read each every and all of her books. My favorite thing about reading her books is you never know where she is going to take you and she did not disappoint with this book. The cover alone is enough to make you want to read this book.
I went with 4 stars for one main reason and then a few small reasons. The main issue I had was unlike any of Lizzy’s other books it took me until about Chapter 5 before I felt invested in the story. What made this difficult was there are a lot of characters and many different secrets and beliefs and at first you are not prepared for them. Once you grip the storyline you will fall in love with the characters and become super intrigued by the whole “voodoo” belief.
The story surrounds a curse from many generations past and it is all coming down to Addy and Jayden in making things right. Unfortunately there are people trying to keep this from happening, mainly it’s the southern lifestyles and stereotypes that are harming these two characters from figuring out what is going on. Addy is from the wrong side of the tracks who has moved to New Orleans to live with her father so she can attend a private school and receive coaching of her singing. Jayden is a young man who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth but at the same time his mother came from the wrong side of the tracks.
Addy’s has a firm belief and respect for the “voodoo religion”, while Jayden is driven to distractions and embarrassment by his mother’s families belief in “voodoo”. Addy and Jayden are drawn together even though her father has forbidden the relationship as well as Jayden is keeping Addy a secret from his father. Then you have Jayden’s crazy ex-Kimmie who I promise you will want to punch before the end of the book and quite possibly want to strangle by the last page.
You get to met Jax who is scary as all heck, but once you start to learn more about his story you see that he is a man that has lost something/someone that means everything to him. Jax’s character is very confused and I am looking forward to seeing where the story is going to take him. Then there is Rene who is Jax’s younger brother and I would call him the reluctant warrior. Rene is also going to be another character I can’t wait to see what happens as the story continues to unroll.
There really is a lot that happens in this book, I promise by the time you finish you are going to be dying to know what is going to happen to all of these characters. Lizzy did a wonderful job in exploring this new topic. If you like a little bit of dark mystery with a side of who will save who and who will end up with who this is definitely a book for you.
I love Lizzy Ford’s books. This is the first book I have ever given a 4 star rating too. This book was different then her normal style. At the beginning it was confusing for me with all the different things going on. The change of character also made it a bit confusing at times. I confused Jax for Jayden a few times. Then the chapter came that sucked me in and nothing else mattered. I couldn’t put it down and had to know what next. There is a cliffhanger but not as bad as some of her other books have had. To me it was a tolerable cliffhanger. 😀 I loved Jayden, Addy, Rene, Candice and Tara. I could not stand Theresa and Kimmie. I am told that I should like Jax but I am not sure about him yet. I will stay 50/50 until I see what happens with him. There is a part dealing with Jayden and Kimmie that actually made me gag. Just a heads up. lol. I think this is a great book and worth the read. I can’t wait to see how things play out with this story. Who ends up with who and what happens.
About the Author
Lizzy Ford is the author of over twenty books written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.
Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.