If you haven't figured it out by now, I absolutely love New Orleans. The culture, the food, the music...everything about it is magical, and it makes the perfect backdrop for a sizzling romantic story. Like Trish in my upcoming release, Love & Ghosts, says, "This city is a living, breathing entity, and it has to be experienced fully before you settle down."
New Orleans really is a character in itself, and I love reading stories set here because the city seems to take on a life of its own. I've wrangled up 10 fantastic romance stories set in the Big Easy, and I hope you'll check them all out. Some are paranormal, some are not, but they all share the magic of New Orleans in their setting. Enjoy!
Letters from the Vieux Carré by Haden Hudson
Can love return what death has taken away?
Completely devastated after losing the love of her life, Anna Bailey wanders the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Following a mysterious encounter, Anna is sent falling back in time to the nineteenth century and into the arms of a man who bears a striking resemblance to her deceased fiancée.
Feeling alone and confused over her uncontrollable attraction to Gabriel, Anna begins writing letters to her mother, letters scheduled to be delivered over one hundred and fifty years later!
Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne
When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.
Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?
Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.
As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.
Love & Ghosts by Carrie Pulkinen
She refuses to believe in ghosts.
He makes a living on their existence.
Love in the Big Easy shouldn't be so hard…
Trying to add some excitement to her life, Emily Rollins accepts a dare to kiss a masked stranger at a charity ball. Fireworks ignite with that simple kiss, and she longs to learn more about the enchanting man. But Emily has lost so much of her heart already…
Succumbing to his charm will turn her world inside out.
Sean LeBlanc is a medium who runs the most popular haunted tour company in New Orleans. When Emily shows up on his ghost tour, with no idea he’s the mystery man from the ball, the long-buried emotions she unearthed in him are rekindled, and he’s convinced he can learn to love again.
The problem is Emily doesn't believe in the supernatural.
Just as Sean begins to open her mind to the existence of spirits and the possibility of love, a mysterious wooden box with a sinister power arrives on Emily's doorstep, threatening her sanity and her life.
If Sean can't convince her ghosts are real, her disbelief will doom them both.
Stormy Weather Collectors Edition by Selena Blake
In The Cajun's Captive, Alpha Sebastian has a blast from the past when he comes face to face with the woman he thought would be his other half. Now he'll do anything to win her back, even tie her to his bed.
Then his younger brothers meet a wildlife photographer in the heart of the bayou in Bitten In The Bayou. With a hurricane baring down on them, they'll offer her shelter but will Jules lose his heart to the beautiful strawberry blonde or will her past catch up with her?
Just a month later, in Seduced by a Cajun Werewolf cousin Laurent is wondering what's in the water when he sees a ghost. The love of his life is alive and well and trying to kill him!
Brother Andre is in Savannah on business in Mated to a Cajun Werewolf when his past catches up with him. Nothing is what it seems and once again mother nature is showing her teeth. Even though Juliette broke his heart, he can't help but protect her. But who will protect his heart?
Cousin Burke runs away from all the bayou craziness in Stranded with a Cajun Werewolf. There is definitely something in the water down there so he heads north to his cabin in New Hampshire. A near miss with a crazy driver turns out to be a woman in grave danger, a woman he can't resist. A fierce early season snow storm will strand them together just long enough to unravel all their secrets.
Don't miss this fan favorite paranormal romance box set.
Hungry Like a Dragon by Tami Lund
One steamy afternoon with the smokin’ personal chef to the leader of their dragon colony left Petra in seriously hot water. Now she’s two thousand miles away from home, with a newborn baby, and she hasn’t told the father he’s, well, a dad.
When Noah finds out Petra’s in New Orleans with his infant daughter, he drops everything and heads straight there to see for himself. Starting a family wasn’t in his life plan, but hey, he doesn’t have much of a choice, now, does he?
Except Petra isn’t interested, thanks to her family history. Noah can relate, but they still need to do what’s best for their daughter.
Right after they save her from kidnappers, that is.
Fallen Star by Susannah Nix
The second he walked through the door, she could tell he was trouble.
Grace knows better than to fall for a Hollywood bad boy like Scott Deacon. An arrogant movie star with a troubled past and a big honking chip on his shoulder? No, thank you. He may be sex on wheels, but beneath the charming facade he’s just another cocky jackass destined to make her job more difficult.
The more time they spend together, the hotter the fire between them burns. With every flirtatious smile and brush of his hand, she feels her defenses crumbling.
She wants to hate him, but instead she’s in danger of losing all control.
That Voodoo That You Do by Jolie St. Amant
Three love stories. One enchanting weekend in New Orleans.
The Chateau Rouge Hotel in New Orleans is rumored to be a haunted hotel. It hides secrets and stories within its walls, tales that lure guests from all over the world.
It seems this enchanting hotel is still up to its old tricks, igniting the flames of romance while subtly nudging reluctant lovers to fall into the hands of fate.
Will Josey’s love survive the test of time, despite being doomed from the start? Can Julien melt Hannah’s cold heart, allowing her to see that love is right in front of her? And will Chloe find the home and love she’s been looking for all her life?
Wild Lilies by Angel Nyx
"Pick a mate or I'll do it for you."
Unwilling to sacrifice her dreams of loving the man she commits her life to, Lily makes a drastic decision and disappeared into the night. For six years her life was untouched by her old pack, but all of that changed when he walked into Gathering Grounds, the coffee book shop she worked at.
He wasn't looking for a mate. He'd lived a hard life, there was blood on his hands, no woman would be able to handle the darkness that tainted his soul. When his Alpha hires him to track down his missing daughter he thought finding her in New Orleans would be the hard part. He had no idea she would be the woman who could bring him to his knees.
Savage Collision by Gwyn McNamee
He's everything she didn't know she wanted. She's everything he thought he could never have.
The last thing I expect when I walk into The Hawkeye Club is to fall head over heels in lust. It’s supposed to be a rescue mission. I have to get my baby sister off the pole, into some clothes, and out of the grasp of the pussy peddler who somehow manipulated her into stripping. But the moment I see Savage Hawke and verbally spar with him, my ability to remain rational flies out the window and my libido takes center stage. I’ve never wanted a relationship—my time is better spent focusing on taking down the scum running this city—but what I want and what I need are apparently two different things.
Danika Eriksson storms into my office in her high heels and on her high horse. Her holier-than-thou attitude and accusations should offend me, but instead, I can’t get her out of my head or my heart. Her incomparable drive, take-no-prisoners attitude, and blatant honesty captivate me and hold me prisoner. I should steer clear, but my self-preservation instinct is apparently dead—which is exactly what our relationship will be once she knows everything. It’s only a matter of time.
The truth doesn’t always set you free. Sometimes, it just royally screws you.
Unbreak Me by Michelle Hazen
What could two troubled souls from different walks of life have in common? Maybe everything.
Andra Lawler lives isolated at her family’s horse ranch, imprisoned by the memories of an assault in college. When she needs help training her foals, she hires a Haitian-Creole cowboy from New Orleans with a laugh as big as the Montana sky.
LJ Delisle can’t stand the idea that Andra might be lonely—or eating frozen TV dinners. He bakes his way into her kitchen with a lemon velvet cake, and offers her cooking lessons that set them on the road to romance. But even their love can’t escape the shadow of what they've been through. Despite their growing friendship and his gentle rapport with the horses, LJ is still an outsider facing small-town suspicions.
Before they can work through their issues, LJ is called home by a family emergency. In the centuries-old, raggedly rebuilt streets of New Orleans, he must confront memories of Hurricane Katrina and familiar discrimination. And Andra must decide if she’s brave enough to leave the shelter of the ranch for an uncertain future with LJ.
New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind
Falling for your surly boss is a rotten idea.
Letting him saw you in half is even worse...
Beatrice Baker may be a struggling artist, but she believes all hardships have silver linings...until she follows her boyfriend to New Orleans and finds him with another woman. Instead of turning those lemons into lemonade, she drinks lemon drop martinis and keys the wrong man's car.
Now she works for Huxley Marlow of the Marvelous Marlow Boys, getting shoved in boxes as an on-stage magician's assistant. A cool job for some, but Bea's been coerced into the role to cover her debt. She also maybe fantasizes about her boss's adept hands and what else they can do.
She absolutely will not fall for him, or kiss him senseless. Until she does. The scarred, enigmatic Huxley has unwittingly become her muse, unlocking her artistic dry spell, but his vague nightly activities are highly suspect. The last time Beatrice trusted a man, her bank account got drained and she almost got arrested. Surely this can't end that badly...right?
I know...I promised you 10, but I gave you 11. Consider it a little lagniappe from me to you! I can't get enough of New Orleans, and my TBR pile just got a lot bigger. I hope you enjoy getting a taste of the Big Easy!
If these books piqued your interest, be sure to check out my other lists while you're here:
- 10 Contemporary Romance Books with a Touch of Magic
- 10 Paranormal Romantic Comedy Books to Make You Laugh Out Loud
- 10 Psychic Paranormal Romance Books That Are Actually About Psychics
- 10 Ghost Story Paranormal Romance Novels That are Actually About Ghosts
- 10 Angel Paranormal Romance Novels That Are Actually About Angels
- 10 Werewolf and Shifter Paranormal Romance Novels Worth Checking Out