Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Butterfly Bayou by Lexi Blake

New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake is back with an all-new heartwarming, small-town contemporary romance series set against the spicy southern backdrop of Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou.

Life in Dallas took a tragic turn for nurse practitioner Lila Daley. In need of a fresh start, she retreats to Papillon, Louisiana, a tiny town on the bayou. Sure she's greeted by a gator, finds herself in the middle of golf cart wars, and unwittingly adopts a scruffy dog, but Lila remains undaunted. She's focused on running the town's medical clinic, but fitting into the quirky community is harder than she imagined.

As a single dad, Sheriff Armie LaVigne embraces routine. But there is nothing routine about the town's newest resident. Lila is a gorgeous fish out of water and he’s ready to catch her. In fact, in no time at all, Armie knows Lila is the woman for him and he plans to win her heart. But when the past threatens their happiness, Armie will have to decide if he has the courage to trust Lila enough to find a true happily ever after.

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/F Romance
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Lila is recovering from a tragedy where she felt helpless. But with that experience, she grew stronger. Now in a small town closer to one of her siblings, Lila is learning that sometimes, you can’t change those around you, you can only control your reaction to them.

This story made me laugh, cry, and feel frustrated. You can’t help but relate to Lila. She’s strong, tenacious, and sometimes so stubborn. But she also only knows one way to love – with her whole heart.

Sheriff Armie seems like a stand-up character at the beginning. As the story moves along, he becomes less and less the stand-up guy and more and more the scared, guilt ridden father. His daughter will charm you, but also has a stubborn streak that will drive you mad. Armie is clueless as a father and while he was a good sheriff, it made me very frustrated to watch his interactions and preconceived notions when it came to his parenting style.

You’ll fall in love with these two, despite being frustrated beyond measure. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I hope that we get to revisit some of these characters too.

This is the first book in a new series, and I loved it. It has all the zany characters that one expects from a somewhat cut-off, independent kind of country town, all the animals and bad behaving residents of the Deep South, all the loyalty and family values that one could wish for, and also an acknowledgement that life is far from perfect and we do the best we can when faced with what we have.

I thought that Lila was a fascinating person from the beginning, and as we get to know her better and care more about her, one can only really wish her good things... even if she doesn't feel she deserves them, or that anyone is really inclined to offer them. So Armie is an interesting foil to her – he is all about keeping everyone else safe, or even cocooned, and that applies most strongly to his daughter.

There is plenty of chemistry, plenty of drama, and a happy ending... plus an abandoned dog called Peanuts – really, I do not need to tell you more. Grab a copy and thank me later! I am really looking forward to future installments.

If you are after a book with a strong female lead, this is the book for you. Lila moves to small town Louisiana after watching one of her closest friends get shot and die right in front of her. She takes over the town's general practice but it doesn't go as she hoped as the townsfolk don't trust outsiders.

A whirlwind romance with Armie, the town's sheriff helps Lila adjust to life in a small town and more importantly, helps her deal with traumatic events of her past, giving her a safe space to let go of her emotions. But her relationship with Armie is turbulent and it is when things go wrong between them and Lila puts it all on the line for what she believes in, we really see how amazing she really is.

This story is an emotional rollercoaster and it had me crying my heart out. I never really cared much for Armie. He was a decent enough hero, sheriff, single dad, good looking, but I never really clicked with him. There are times he doesn't cover himself in glory and I didn't have much sympathy for him. But Lila loves him, so that is really what matters. For me, this story is all about Lila, she is my new hero.

I love small town romance and Butterfly Bayou is a lovely example. The town is full of crazy, interesting people, both good and bad, and made a great backdrop for romance. I recommend Butterfly Bayou to any romance reader.

Lexi Blake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Courting Justice novels, including Order of Protection, the Lawless novels, including Ruthless, Satisfaction, and Revenge, and the Masters and Mercenaries series, including Love Another Day, For His Eyes Only, and Submission is Not Enough. She is also coauthor with Shayla Black of the Perfect Gentlemen series, including Big Easy Temptation and Seduction in Session, and the Masters of Ménage series, including Their Virgin Mistress and Their Virgin Secretary.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Butterfly Bayou (Butterfly Bayou #1) by Lexi Blake to read and review.

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