Shadow’s review ~ Bayou Beloved by Lexi Blake

Posted March 27, 2023 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Shadow / 0 Comments

Shadow’s review ~ Bayou Beloved by Lexi BlakeBayou Beloved by Lexi Blake
Published by National Geographic Books on March 28, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
Format: ARC, eBook, Paperback
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4.5 Stars

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.

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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Posted March 27, 2023 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Shadow / 0 Comments