Review – Engaged Off Boubon Street by Deanna Chase

Title Engaged Off Bourbon Street (Jade Calhoun #3.5)

Author Deanna Chase

Description from Amazon

It’s Christmas time, and newly engaged Jade Calhoun and her fiancé Kane are having a party at Summer House in Cypress Settlement. The tree is decorated, the mistletoe is in place, and the crab puffs are to die for. Nothing can spoil this celebration…except for some wayward magic and a pesky ghost who crashes the party.

Release Date December 13, 2014

Initial Thoughts

I was looking for a quick read one afternoon and I stumbled upon this novella. The last book I finished in this series is book 3 so it was perfect timing to read 3.5.

Some Things I Liked

  • Holiday setting. I love a holiday side story. Given that this series has a lot of side characters, I liked getting to see them in a fun holiday party setting.
  • Character development. I liked that we learned about a lot of the side characters. It’s the worst when a side story feels like it doesn’t add to the main plot at all. This felt like it did. While I don’t think the information gained here won’t be reiterated in book 4, I liked that I felt like I was learning new things about the world and characters of the series.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Cheesy. There were aspects of the story (and the series in general) that are a bit cheesy. It’s a short story so I can’t really say what without spoiling it but, I think some of the antics were a little silly and the characters acted a bit immaturely.

Series Value

I like this series. I’m not rushing to finish it but I enjoy these books. They’re a little cheesy at times but I like the themes. Furthermore, this book is not really needed for the series. The reader gets some extra side character info that I’m sure can be gleaned from going straight from book 3 to 4 but this was a fun side story.

Final Thoughts

This was a cute holiday story for a series that I’ve been working on reading. Is it necessary? No. Is it fun? Yes.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Southern Magic by Amy Boyles – if you liked the southern setting as well as the witches element, try this series by Amy Boyles. Similar to the Jade Calhoun series, there are several books in the series.
  • The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – if you liked the setting, magic, and drama but are looking for something with a historical fiction element, try this duology by Renée Ahdieh. The sequel is hitting shelves in October 2020.
  • The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith – if you like stories about witches, definitely read this series by Luanne G. Smith. It’s set in France but the story is fantastic.

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