Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2023

Review – Bayou Beloved by Lexi Blake

Bayou Beloved; Butterfly Bayou #6
(Standalone within a series)

Publication Date: March 28, 2023

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/Small Town Romance

Author: Lexi Blake

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Bayou Beloved is hot, funny, and full of small town shenanigans. The smile never left my face the whole time I was reading this lovely small town romance.

When Jayna Cardet returns to her hometown of Papillon,LA with her tail between her legs, she doesn’t stay down for long before finding clients of her own. The residents of Papillon may not be the high paying clients she was used to back in New Orleans, since she’s now getting paid in gas, chips, and jumbalyla, but beggars really can’t be choosers, especially when Jayna isn’t the only lawyer in town. She is fully prepared to take on the long standing, and smooth talking lawyer, Quaid Harvey. The man who doesn’t remember she existed, which is bad news for him especially when Jayna is the most exciting thing to happen in Papillon in a very long time. Watch out Quaid, Jayna takes no prisoners, she’s feisty and I loved her fire.

This book is full of so much small-town charm and quick witted banter I couldn’t get enough. While I did want to toss a few mom’s out of town, the rest of Papillon is a pure joy to visit. I loved all of the courtroom; Jayna vs. Quaid fisticuffs and even the out of courtroom battles. This couple sizzled and made the return to the Bayou a joyful reading occasion.

When a woman returns home to Louisiana’s Butterfly Bayou, her high school crush finally notices she exists, in a small-town contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

Quaid Havery always planned to follow in his father’s footsteps. He went to law school and then came home to take over his dad’s legal practice. Being the only lawyer in small-town Papillon, Quaid is pretty sure he’s seen everything. After all, he was once asked to sue an alligator for defamation of character. He’s prepared for anything the town can throw at him, until he encounters Jayna Cardet. She’s gorgeous, smart, funny, and unlike any woman he’s met before….Except he has.

Jayna never thought she’d return to Papillon, but when her life gets turned around she must learn to live in the close-knit community again. She certainly never dreamed she would practice law in her little town, but she finds herself in the courtroom, and the opposing counsel is her former high school crush, Quaid. It wouldn’t be so bad if the man had developed a beer belly, but Quaid is more handsome than ever. And instead of ignoring her like he did in high school, he’s made it plain that he wants to get to know her.

Thus begins a courtship destined to end in a wedding or a war. Either way, the locals are popping some corn and eagerly awaiting the outcome.

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