A heartwarming contemporary romance set in Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake. Seraphina Guidry loves Butterfly Bayou. A young, single mom, she’s trying to find a place for herself in the town she cherishes, but past mistakes have made her wary. She adores her son but has sworn off men. She's dedicated herself to restoring an historic house and building her own business. A quiet life is all she wants.
Harrison Jefferys never expected to find himself in small-town Louisiana, but he has a job to do and a family to reconnect with. After years in the Army, he’s happy to spend time with his Aunt Celeste and his cousins in such an idyllic spot. When he meets Seraphina, he starts to think Papillion might be a great place to call home. But a secret from Sera’s past rears its head and threatens to tear the community apart. Caught between the woman he’s coming to love and the only family he has left, Harry knows he has to follow his heart and with the help of the crazy, loving, meddling locals find a way to keep them both.
Bayou Baby (Butterfly Bayou #2) by Lexi Blake
Series: Butterfly Bayou #2
Published by Berkley on August 25, 2020
Genres: 2 Flames- PG Closed Doors, 3 Flames: Rated R, Fantasy, Romance, Small Town Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
BAYOU BABY by Lexi Blake
Bayou Baby by Lexi Blake, book two in Butterfly Bayou series is a wonderful and enjoyable story, depicting the good and bad of small town life.
Seraphina Guidry is a young, single mom, trying to make a life for herself and her son in the town of Papillion, Louisiana. Learning from past mistakes, Sera has sworn off men. Inheriting a historic house has given her a purpose as she dedicates herself to restoring it and turning it into a badly needed Bed and Breakfast.
Harrison Jeffreys has been a bit of a nomad, moving around from job to job, since coming home injured while in the Army. He never expected to land in Papillion but he has family to reconnect with and a job to complete. Harry enjoyed spending time with his Aunt Celeste and his cousin, but once he met Sera he was a goner. He was head over heart in “like” with her, finding ways to spend time with her and help with repairing her inherited house; making it habitable.
A secret from Sera’s past accidently gets revealed, resulting in the community getting all up in arms. Harry is torn; having to choose between the woman he’s falling in love with and the only family he has left. What’s a man to do but follow his heart? With the help of a couple of crazy, loving, meddling locals, he just might find a way to keep both.
I enjoyed watching Seraphina’s growth throughout the story. Her confidence was building and she was no longer allowing herself to behave or be treated as a victim. Harry was one of the best heroes I’ve read in awhile. He was talented, caring, and passionate in connecting with Sera. Aunt Celeste was the one character who changed the most; and for the best. Witnessing her insightfulness as she recognized that she no longer needed to conduct herself and follow the rules established by her rude and snobbish mother-in-law and her chauvinistic husband. She could do as she pleased; even become CEO of the family company.
Ms. Blake wrote an emotional, sexy, and wonderful story that should definitely not be missed. She provided a tale that sizzled with magnetism, scorch the sheets chemistry, witty banter, and memorable characters keeping me flipping the pages of this intense and emotional romance. I totally enjoyed and highly recommend Bayou Baby to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.