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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.
Pain and heartache are the only things waiting for Lila Daley in Dallas. Determined to put it all behind her, Lila packs up everything and heads to Papillon, Louisiana. The bayou is the perfect place for Lila to find a new lease on life. What wasn’t expected was that ‘new lease’ would come in the shape of the local Sherriff.
Thanks to the local gator in town, Sherriff Armie LaVigne found the woman who has been haunting his dreams. Lila was the fish out of water that tempted this Sherriff with each snarky comment that came out of her mouth. Now all Armie can think about is finding a way to keep the woman of his dreams from fleeing the bayou.
Butterfly Bayou is the first book in a brand new series by Lexi Blake. The small town feel of living in the bayou shines through each chapter of the book. Starting over in Papillon was an interesting concept to this book. Lila wasn’t exactly looking for love, but it certainly found her. The first half of the book was very good. I found myself rooting for Lila and Armie. Then things began to become too ‘hard’ for either to work on building the foundation of a relationship. There came a point in the story where I didn’t really care for Lila or Armie.
As the ending approached, I found there was a huge push for a ‘happily ever after’ that didn’t really jive with the push and pull in the plot of the novel. So – this one ended up landing in the middle of the road for me. I liked the story, but at the same time I found myself annoyed. I will definitely try again with the second book in the series to see if things improve!!