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Peek Inside Bayou Moon

For madam Trula Boudreaux, having a killer roam the streets of New Orleans is bad for business. But Zeke Barnes, the charming, would-be savior, might be worse. Caught between his duty to protect the city and his clear-as-day desire for Trula, Zeke sets about capturing Trula's heart—or at least a place in her bed. Now the investigation into the haunted city doesn't just threaten their hearts...it threatens their lives.

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New Orleans, 1902

A killer walks the streets of New Orleans, eviscerating men and leaving them in the streets, and for madam Trula Boudreaux, it’s bad for business. Trula needs help but she’s not prepared for Zeke Barnes, the charming would-be savior who darkens her doorway-or the yearning he awakens. For while Trula knows well the delights of lust, she avoids love at all costs…

Investigating the killer was one thing, but Zeke can’t help but be enchanted by the gorgeous mystery woman who runs an exclusive brothel. Caught between his duty to protect the city and his clear-as-day desire for Trula, Zeke sets about capturing Trula’s heart-or at least a place in her bed. But with every moment Trula resists, Zeke falls into greater danger.

For his investigation into the haunted city and madam doesn’t just risk his heart but both their lives.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753846
Series: Haunting Desire, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 28, 2015
Page Count: 366
Imprint: select historical
Genre: historical
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, overcoming odds

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By Mei July 23, 2015

A very, very nice mystery/romance with a touch of paranormal!

I really enjoyed the ambience and the demi-monde surrounding! Also the glimpse of the crude world of brothels.

Nothing that makes you gag, but still you'll cringe while reading what happened to all those poor woman that were forced in th... ...more

By Jo-Ann September 07, 2015

Voodoo, ghosts and murder... Need I say more?

A Haunting Desire is a compelling paranormal, historical, romantic-suspense set in New Orleans in 1902. Julie Mulhern's sensuous, almost lyrical prose draws you into a world of shadows and suspense, where ghosts whisper clues and death waits around eve... ...more

By Sarah August 12, 2015

Sensational book that transported me to historical New Orleans--the sultry, exotic atmosphere as well as the back alley horror. A unique story line I have not encountered before, so it left me guessing and scrambling to turn the page. LOVED the voo doo and evil spirits. This is a real winner! ...more

By Denise July 27, 2015

Come take a trip back in time to one of the most magical places there is, where magic is everyday. This author takes you to New Orleans where murder indeed is afoot and the killer seems to be not of this world. Zeke does just that investigates the unusual and he has been sent here were only a sel... ...more

By Eleanore July 31, 2015

New Orleans, 1902, and someone is eviscerating men in the streets and leaving their bloodied bodies behind for investigators like Zeke Barnes to find and solve. Zeke's getting more than a little tired of all the bodies in his life, even if he is an occult specialist in the law enforcement field.... ...more

By Bambi July 28, 2015

I absolutely loved this book, the setting, the time period, the legends/mythology, all of it. I think that residents/natives/fans of New Orleans will enjoy it as well. For those who are not as familiar with New Orleans and its history, you may not feel as connected to the story. But you should be... ...more

By Angel July 29, 2015

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars

If you have read my reviews before, then you know that New Orleans is one of my favorite settings for a book. That wins brownie points with me straight from the start. Added to the mix is: a mystery,... ...more

By Jenna November 21, 2015

They say you always want what you can't have and that's certainly true for Zeke and Trula. He's a federal special investigator sent to New Orleans to find a dangerous killer. She's a stunningly beautiful and wholly unattainable madam of one of the red light district's most popular houses. They ar... ...more

By nikkia July 09, 2015

thanks Entangled Publishing, LLC and netgalley for arc.

I'm from south louisiana so I love reading books set in new orleans. This book has to be the perfect paranormal historical romance. Loved the hot hot yankee and madame together. Buildup was just right to the end. Can't wait tor read more from... ...more

By Caryn Watson August 13, 2015

Well written story that drew me in I was not expecting half of it but throughly enjoyed the story and recommend Otto those who love the supernatural and a good romance ...more

By Nicole October 08, 2015

5 Fantastic Stars

I am in LOVE with this book. There is someone... or something... killing men in New Orleans. Zeke Barnes is sent to town to help solve the mystery, but no one is talking. He meets the most beautiful lady and can't keep his mind off of her. And he's pretty sure she knows what is g... ...more

By wrecked_life July 16, 2015

Haunting Desire is a suspenseful novel. A murderer is prowling the streets and no one knows how to catch him. He is targeting men near whore houses. That is bad for business hence madam Trula takes it upon herself to solve this mystery of brutal killings. But will she able to catch culprit or jus... ...more

By April July 28, 2015

An usual Historical Romance/Mystery with Paranormal element. a Gothic type read, to me, but very enjoyable. Fast paced, action filled, but not for the faint of heart. Well written, with vivid descriptions, engaging characters and a unique storyline. A very enjoyable read to be sure. I look forwar... ...more

By Erika August 27, 2015

"Trula opened an eye, judged the afternoon, and found it lacking. Her lid fluttered shut." This is Julie Mulhern's writing right here. She just nails it--and makes you smile. Her book plunged me into a wholly unfamiliar and fascinating world. Her writing style is highly evocative, steeped in mood... ...more

By Diane Nardine August 02, 2016

Loved this book!

Interesting characters, great setting. A perfect summer read. I always know I am going to enjoy a book written by Julie Mulhern. ...more

By Holly November 13, 2015

I had so much fun reading this novel. I was intrigued as soon as I saw the tour announcement from Me, My Shelf and I, and knew I wanted to take part. When I was growing up, in my teen years (which were quite some time ago, I’ll admit), I DEVOURED historical romance. I believe I’ve read every book... ...more

By Melody September 29, 2015

My first Julie Mulhern novel, I love a twisted mystery along with some romance. Ms. Mulhern brings it. I will admit that I got a bit confused with the terminology she used - very period driven, southern gothic confused me and jumbled the beginning around for me, but please give it a chance. It is... ...more

By Kristen November 02, 2015

I don't read a lot of historical, but with this book having paranormal elements AND being set in New Orleans, I was intrigued. I was definitely not disappointed.

A Haunting Desire is set in 1902 New Orleans. It is a southern gothic type mystery with a touch of paranormal and romance. I liked how t... ...more

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Julie Mulhern

About the author

Julie Mulhern

Julie Mulhern is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. Her first romance was a finalist in the 2014 Golden Heart contest. That book, A Haunting Desire releases July 28, 2015. Julie also writes mysteries. The Deep End (available now) is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award. Look for book two, Guaranteed to Bleed, in October, 2015.

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