Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Bayou Sweetheart by Lexi Blake


Bayou Sweetheart; Butterfly Bayou #5
(Interconnected within a series)

Publication Date: July 26, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Grumpy-Sunshine Romance

Author: Lexi Blake

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Serious tears and a whole lot of laughs while reading Bayou Sweetheart. Lexi Blake wrapped me up in all the southern comfort of revisiting Butterfly Bayou while sending my emotions on a ride.

Bayou Sweetheart brings instant chemistry with a slow burn romance and family drama that is a binge worthy kind of reading.

Major Blanchard is losing his dad to early onset dementia. A sad reality that is hitting him hard as he’s the only one left in his family now that his dad is slipping away from him little by little. This part of the story is heartbreaking and also heartwarming. How could it be both? Well….Major’s dad is a sweetheart with a kind soul and in his lucid moments I wept for the big hearted love he had for his son and the tough decisions that they both knew were coming. I’m still tearing up while trying to write what I was feeling, if that helps in conveying the big sway of emotions that Lexi brought forth in this wonderfully crafted book.

Brynn Pearson has never had the chance to be free to be herself. She’s been working as an actress since the age of five and never once took a break. Now, twenty years later, on the preprice of breaking out as a serious adult actress she experiences a taste of being herself. A taste of happiness that doesn’t stem from being a known actress. A taste of hope in being free from the poison of LA and tabloids. A taste of peace. It’s all wrapped up in the small town of Papillon and somewhat in the grumpy deputy who sees her and not her fame. Could this be her chance to walk away from her career or take this small taste of happiness and then return to her life of neverending work?

Lexi’s writing slayed me in all the best ways. I laughed, I cried and fell in love all over again with this small town. This story resonated with me in ways I will always treasure.

While this book is interconnected to others in a series, Bayou Sweetheart can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Sparks fly in Louisiana’s Butterfly Bayou when a Hollywood starlet falls for a local deputy in a small-town contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

After leaving the military, Major Blanchard moved to Papillon, Louisiana, to be with his aging father, where he’s taken a deputy position with the sheriff’s department. Now that he’s settling into life on the bayou, he’s trying out the dating scene. Every single woman in town seems to be pining after the handsome newcomer. But so far, nothing’s worked out, and he’s had some spectacularly bad dates. Major’s getting ready to give up on love when a new lady roars into town to film a movie and turns his world upside down.

Actress Brynn Pearson is trying to make a successful transition from child star to leading lady. Now that she’s landed her first lead in a major film, nothing can stop her. She’s committed to focusing solely on her work, so romance is the last thing she needs–too bad she can’t get her mind off the dreamy deputy she keeps running into. He’s gorgeous, and something about him makes her feel safe. As Brynn’s feelings for Major deepen, she starts to wonder if maybe there’s more to life than her career.

When a family crisis throws Major’s life into a tailspin, he turns to Brynn for support, and hopes their budding relationship will shine brighter than Hollywood lights.

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