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.
Blake (the Courting Justice series) takes a break from romantic suspense with this sweet and spicy small-town contemporary series debut. After a traumatic incident in a Dallas, Tex., emergency room, nurse practitioner Lila Daley pursues a low-stress lifestyle running a clinic in small town Papillon Bayou, La., where her younger sister lives. Lila's first interaction with sexy sheriff Armie LaVigne, during which he writes her a speeding ticket on her way into town, ignites an attraction. But independent Lila is haunted by her past and isn't sure she's ready for a relationship, especially when she realizes getting the townsfolk to trust her medical skills is going to be more difficult than she'd thought. Lila's strength and vulnerability are balanced by Armie's intelligence and humor, making them an easy couple to root for. Blake captures the flavor of her colorful Southern town with a vividly drawn cast, including conspiracy nut Gene, lazy alligator Otis, and a slew of ladies determined to keep Armie to themselves. This charming series opener hits all the right notes.
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I loved this story. The cover grabbed me, the butterflies and the adorable dog. But the characters! Lila is a Nurse Practitioner who survived a tragedy that cost the life of her best friend. She left Austin for the little town of Papillon, Louisiana, taking over a practice from an aging Dr. who wants to retire. Her sister and husband run a little bar and grill, so she would have family. Lila is strong, outspoken and an excellent practitioner, but the small town outside of
New Orleans is not open to fancy strangers. The local sheriff, Armie, tall dark and handsome, has a teenager who is confined to a wheelchair, and makes the mistake of giving Lila a ticket for speeding, thanks to Otis, the town’s ornery alligator. The story is funny, suspenseful and oh so sexy. Can’t wait to grab Bayou Baby, the next in the series.
Lots of Heat in the Bayou
I started this book at 9 pm and couldn't put it down until I had finished it. A great set of characters in a Bayou town that made me feel like I was back in Louisiana.
I adored this book, I loved how it had the signature humor of Lexi Blake's Master's and Mercenaries series and all the emotions. I loved how she was able to make a character that I didn't like in another books into a character that I adored. The main character was portrayed in a different book as a snob and too good for others and yet this book I was able to see why she was that way, what made her the way she was. Lexi Blake did a fantastic job of making me root for her and make me feel what she was feeling.
The sheriff, whoa! He was someone I adored at the beginning of the book and, yet again, the author was able to make me so angry at him. When it was all said and done, I couldn't get enough of these characters, and all the characters from the Bayou.
I am anxiously awaiting for the next book in this series because it feels like it comes from the heart and I can't wait to see what these characters have in store for us next!
This book has me so excited that it's a new series. I just love small town romances. It was pretty funny how this small town reacted to the city slicker nurse coming to take over the town clinic. I grew up in a small town, so I could see some of this actually happen which just had me completely entertained.
I loved the main couple just as much as all the side characters in the Butterfly Bayou. Lila was a little hard to connect with at first but the more you learn about her, the more you understand her. Then once she meets and gets closer to Armie, the real Lila started to shine through. I actually really admired her. She showed how important it is to love despite the risks and to love without fear. She was awesome.
Armie was a very easy hero to love. He's a single dad who you could actually feel how much he loved his daughter. Then the way he saw Lila and wasn't scared to go after her? Well, I just love a man who knows what he wants. It doesn't mean he doesn't mess up, but I even liked that as well. The author just handled everything about these two in such a way that the ending was so completely satisfying.
I really can't wait for more in the Butterfly Bayou series.