Published by National Geographic Books on March 28, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Women
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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.
A charming town, eccentric characters and a wonderful story. ~ Shadow – Simply Love Books
This is a charming addition to the Butterfly Bayou series.
When Jayna Cardet came back to Papillion after losing her job and her husband, she started trying to put the pieces back together. She isn’t helped by the fact that no one remembers her, including her high school crush, Quaid.
Quaid may not remember her from high school but everything in him sits up and takes notice of the beautiful woman she has become. But the two of them are the only two attorneys in town and they keep finding themselves on opposite sides in court.
Once again, we see the charm of the little town and the eccentricities of the characters. Can Quaid convince Jayna to stay in the town she once fought so hard to leave? And can Jayna overcome the feeling of being from the wrong side of the tracks and deal with both her mother and Quaid’s?
It’s fun to catch up with some of the characters from earlier books in the series. Otis is mentioned, but we don’t see him in this story-but we do meet Brian the Bandit Raccoon and we still need to learn his fate.