Shadow’s review and blog tour ~ Bayou Sweetheart by Lexi Blake

Posted July 27, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Shadow / 0 Comments

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Shadow’s review and blog tour ~ Bayou Sweetheart by Lexi BlakeBayou Sweetheart by Lexi Blake
Published by Penguin on July 26, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
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4.5 Stars

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.

Bayou Sweetheart is a much more complex story than Lexi Blake’s usual plots, and Major Blanchard is almost an anti-hero. ~ Shadow – Simply Love Books

 

Bayou Sweetheart is a much more complex story than Lexi Blake’s usual plots, and Major Blanchard is almost an anti-hero.

He is a cop in Papillon, Louisiana, caring for his father, who has Alzheimer’s. Just about the time a new drug is helping his father, Brynn Pearson comes to town to research a role in a movie. A former child star, she needs to decide if she wants to pursue a career in film, or become an artist. While the attraction between the two is strong, the distractions are even stronger. Complications with his Dad, her Mom, co-star and sister and the town itself keep the two dancing around each other.

Can Major find a way ease up on his controlling side while letting her find herself? Can he let his father decide his own fate? Can they overcome the gossip mill, the family interference, and the nature of their professions to come together? As always, the town characters are part of the entertainment factor for the Bayou books, and the animals are integral to the story.

I wouldn’t start the series with this book, but it does provide a good tool to use to learn about the characters from the earlier books.

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“Are you still driving Harry’s truck? I only ask so I can have an idea of how many
people are going to call the station about the pretty blond car thief.”
Brynn winced. “Sorry. I didn’t think it would be a big deal. And no. Harry had an
emergency. Apparently his mother-in-law had some plumbing problems and he went out
to help. I called a car service.”
“We have a car service?” Major asked and then winced. “Please tell me Greg
Bonham isn’t still trying to make Guber happen.”
She snorted. “Yes. I heard all about his plan to create a fleet of golf carts.”
“That’s not road legal. You are not calling him to take you back.” He groaned,
though it sounded like a sexy growl. “I’ll drive you home, and I’ll have a talk with Greg
because putting twinkle lights all over a golf cart does not make it safe. So, where’s your
buddy this evening?”
“Duke?” She didn’t have another buddy. She had acquaintances. She had
coworkers. She had fans. She didn’t have buddies beyond her dog. She suddenly
realized how sad that was.
“Yes. I miss his royal disdain.”
“Disdain?”
A brow rose over Major’s eyes. “That dog does not like me. And he didn’t like Dolly,
either, which is a mistake on his part because she is delightful.”
Brynn chuckled. “That’s not what you were saying when she was wrapped around
your shoulders.”
“Well, we’ve moved on and she’s delightful again. She never met a stranger, and I
think she was hurt by Duke’s rejection of her love.”
Oh, this was an infinitely more dangerous man than the one she’d met before. Was
he flirting with her? If he was, it was working, because she was ready to throw out
everything she’d learned about him earlier in the day. “Duke takes his time warming up
to people, but once he gets used to you, you’ll find him delightful, too. He’s back at the
B and B. When I’m not able to take him with me, he usually stays with an assistant. In
this case, he’s hanging out with Shep. What has you in a good mood? Did you get to
ticket a bunch of people?”
He put a hand on his chest. “I do not enjoy ticketing people, Brynn. Especially not
people around here. They’re mouthy and very creative in finding an excuse for not using
their blinker when they turn. By the way, speaking of ticketing people, you have a lead
foot. That is not going to do you well here. The boss is always on the lookout to upgrade

the station house’s appliances, and the money from driving offenses goes straight into
his budget. He’s got two small children at home now. He wants an espresso machine.
He kind of needs it to keep functioning.”
Ah, the joys of small-town life. “Thank you for the warning. How about I gift him one
and maybe you gently look the other way?”
That jawline of his straightened, and he turned on his serious stare. “Ma’am, are
you trying to bribe an officer of the law?”
That cop voice got to her. She suddenly understood why people role-played. She’d
always thought it was dumb, but now she could see how Deputy Major doing a slow
search of her body could be sexy. In a playful way, of course. A consenting way.
Was she thinking about hopping into bed with him?

About Lexi Blake

New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband
and three kids. Since starting her publishing journey in 2010, she’s sold over three
million copies of her books. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays
and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She
likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings.

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4.5 Stars

About Lexi Blake

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are six more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, Their Virgin Secretary, and Their Virgin Mistress.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. The first nine novels, The Dom Who Loved Me, The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever, On Her Master’s Secret Service, Love and Let Die, Dungeon Royale, A View to a Thrill, You Only Love Twice, and Master No are available now, along with the novellas Sanctum, Unconditional, Dungeon Games, Cherished, Luscious, Adored, and Just One Taste. The tenth novel, From Sanctum with Love, is coming February 23, 2016, along with a new novella, Devoted, on April 12, 2016.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The full series, Steal the Light, Steal the Day, Steal the Moon, Steal the Sun, and Steal the Night, are available now on Amazon. The first two books in a spin-off of the series, Ripper and Addict, were released in 2015. Look for Sleeper, the next book in the spin-off series, to be released in Fall of 2016.

Lexi again collaborated with Shayla Black in a new series The Perfect Gentlemen. The first book, Scandal Never Sleeps, is now available. Book two, Seduction in Session, will release on January 5, 2016, followed by book three, Big Easy Temptation, on May 3, 2016.

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