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Review: Tastes of Love and Evil (Bayou Gavotte series #2) by Barbara Monajem

Review: Tastes of Love and Evil (Bayou Gavotte series #2) by Barbara Monajem

by davincikittieDecember 5, 2011


TLDR recap:

Sent on a mysterious rescue mission to escort an unknown woman to the safety of Bayou Gavotte, Jack winds up being the one who needs rescuing by the very woman he was sent to meet up with.  With his ability to “camo” and blend into his environment and her potent vampire allure, Rose and Jack make the perfect team… if only they can get past their personal hangups and admit their real feelings about each other.  Entanglements and shenanigans abound in this fast-paced, cheeky, quirky tale of love, lust, fangs, and debts. Tastes of Love & Evil is a GraveTells “Must-Read”!

  • Title: Tastes of Love and Evil
  • Series: Bayou Gavotte Series book #2
  • Author: Barbara Monajem
  • Prominent Characters: Rose & Jack, Juma
  • Recommended reader age: 16+
  • Sexual content level: moderate


*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***



Rose and Jack have enough chemistry to light up the Rockefeller Center christmas tree… if only he weren’t so determined to avoid all vamp entanglements and she so caught up repressing her natural vamp allure.  Rose doesn’t know much about being a vampire but she does know how to use her allure, and hates herself for doing it. She wants Jack like she has never wanted another man, but stubborn pride keeps her at a distance.  Jack’s loyalty runs deep and pure and he is tender and vulnerable under his aggressive, save-the-day determination to settle his self-perceived debts.  He’s the kind of man you want to save from himself, to wrap up in a cocoon of love and reassurance until he snaps out of it and brings the sexy… because, sexy he definitely is.  With equally good hearts, Rose and Jack are like two halves of a whole; so well written, with such depth, wit, and strength of conviction that their story is engaging and entertaining from the start and I couldn’t put it down!

The setting, Bayou Gavotte is uniquely alluring, bedazzled with an eccentric, exotic supporting cast of characters that lends spunk and drama to it’s jazzy Louisiana atmosphere.  Sometimes the overly large cast and colliding plotlines get a little confusing, but that all seems to fade into the background when Rose and Jack are in a room together.  Instant sparks, verbal sparring, and self-loathing immediately ensue, making for some of the most vulnerably appealing scenes.

There is one slightly annoying teenager in the supporting cast but even she has decent depth… and it’s hard to stay mad at a kid who loves books even more obsessively than I do.


Memorable quotes:

Me woman, rawr!

He sat on the bed, raking his hands through his hair – thick, dark hair, which Rose wouldn’t at all mind running her own hands through.  After she slugged him, of course.  That healthy hair would be perfect for dragging him back to her cave.  Not that she wanted him in her cave, or anywhere else.  Right.


Never insult a woman’s sense of style…

“I dress like this in hopes that no one will notice me,” Rose said.  “My underwear is another thing altogether.”


Thinking is overrated…

“You know what I think?”  Jack leaned forward and dipped his tongue in Rose’s navel while his fingers slipped under her waistband.

“It’s amazing you can think at all right now.” Rose said irritably.

“I’m an amazing sort of guy,” Jack replied.


If you liked Tastes of Love and Evil of the Bayou Gavotte series…

If you enjoyed Tastes of Love and Evil for its breakneck pace and witty characters, you might enjoy the Cassie Palmer series (starting with Touch the Dark) by Karen Chance.  Cassie & crew will make you laugh, love, rail at the fates, and try to figure out just what the heck is going on with all that time travelling.  If you’re going to read Cassie Palmer, get ready for some serious high adventure, because there is never a dull moment around that Pythia!

If you liked Tastes of Love and Evil for the complex characters and relationships, you might also like Mark of the Sylph (book #2 in the Demons of Infernum series) by Rosalie Lario.  The connection between the main couple is intense and their adventures have heart, humor, and some really great sex.  Plus, it’s part of an ongoing series, and who doesn’t want the promise of more awesomeness?!


Final thoughts:

Tastes of Love and Evil, with it’s crazy complicated plot and weave of character relationships, is cheeky and not afraid to make a little fun of itself.  It doesn’t leave you hanging at the end and is perfectly set up for sequels, whether starring the main couple or any of the myriad quirky supporting ones, to tempt book junkies with even the biggest “to read” lists.

Rating: Tastes of Love and Evil



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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • Sophia Rose
    December 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love your reviews and the unique way you put your favorite quotes in- helps me get a feel for the book. Learning that there is a humorous PNR story out there with such wit that I have not read is s’marvelous!

    This one does sound good. Thanks for posting the review.

    • December 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Aww, thanks Sophia! It makes it so much easier when I enjoy the book this much. I have an interview with Barbara, Rose, Jack, and Constantine tomorrow, and it’s going to be a ton of fun! Hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

  • The Captain
    December 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I am interested, particularly by that last quote there. the one with the navel and the waistband……

    (But you knew that would be my fave, of course. I loves the smut.)

  • Kathryn Merkel
    December 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    What a refreshing review. I will definately be back to read your opinion on more books.

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    • December 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Kathryn! Welcome to GraveTells! =) I’m so glad you enjoyed the review – there was definitely plenty to like about this book. The easiest way to see the most up to date content from GT is to subscribe via email. The emails are short (you only see excerpts), have no pictures (so you’re safe to open them at work) and have links to the full posts. Here’s the subscription link:

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