Bayou Dreaming: Butterfly Bayou, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Best-selling author Lexi Blake’s heartfelt contemporary romance set in Louisiana’s Butterfly Bayou.
Roxanne King left the big city looking for a simpler life, but after years of proving herself on a SWAT team in New York City, being deputy in a sleepy Louisiana parish is something of an adjustment. She’s settling in, but she knows she made some mistakes in the beginning - Zep Guidry being the worst of them. Zep drifts through life on his looks and Cajun charm. Roxie learned the hard way that he’s not for her.
Zep is a man who knows what he wants, and what he wants is Roxie. He’s just not sure how to get her. They spent one hot night together a year before, and now all the lovely deputy seems interested in doing to him is arresting him. He’s not used to a woman he can’t charm, but Roxie seems immune. He’s determined to win her back by any means necessary - including becoming the kind of man she desires.
And when Roxie’s past comes calling, it might be the opportunity Zep needs to show Roxie that the town bad boy might just be the man of her dreams.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 19 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 01, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #87,743 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6,727 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#49,235 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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Lexi Blake is a must buy, must read author. This stand-alone is easy to follow and difficult to put down. No editing errors, gratuitous violence or drag-you-down drama,
This storyline focuses on dreams and public faces. Be open to adapting your dream and look beyond public face of people. Realistic procedures, actions and reactions. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and memorable dialogue.
‘Animals didn’t judge a man on anything but how he treated them. Animals didn’t care about a man’s past or who his family was. They didn’t care that he didn’t come from money or didn’t seem to have much of a future.’
‘I’m going to stop pretending like this is a stopover. Papillon was always the destination.‘
I will re-read this story and always look forward to, pre-order when possible, new works by this author.
I did try hard to suspend judgement and not to compare. This series does have some fascinating characters, and the Parrish itself is wacky as all get-out. But the main characters just seemed kind of soft focus. They didn't display the same kind of passion for life. They were a bit blurry, if that makes sense.
The H was well defined. Zap has long been a player in a small pond. As he's matured, he's found that small-town memories tend to become fossilized. That makes it hard to evolve. At the same time, his aimlessness makes him a bit frustrating. He doesn't appear to have a path in mind until he meets Roxanne, the h. Her character is also well sketched out, with quite a bit more depth. Their chemistry is strong.
But their relationship still seems a bit weak. Most of this has to do with the sex. And that I truly don't get.
Lexi Blake writes amazing, white hot sex scenes. But in this series, she doesn't. The sex is more general, less detailed, and for me, much less passionate. There's a lot missing here. The connections between the H and h doesn't have the intensity of her other books. This 3rd book has even less true passionate connection. The H says the right things, but the intensity is just missing.
This series really feels like it's been built for a different romance market. Perhaps I just need to find one that works better for this reader.
I always liked Zep Guidry in previous Bayou books. He was a charmer with good looks and a ready smile. But, in Bayou Dreaming I absolutely fell in love with him. He proves time and again how well he knows Papillion and its people, his generosity of spirit and his love of all forms of critters. Deputy Roxanne King is one tough cookie and seemingly remains aloof just doing her job. She doesn't realize how important and accepted she's become to Papillion. Now she and Zep are thrown together and they, well she, gives into her feelings. He's always been there. Does their relationship bloom or never get off the ground because it has an end date?
Zep has always put his family first instead of his wants. People think he is not too bright and just a good time guy. He really had plans to attend college to work as a Wildlife Ranger, but he's needed at home.
Roxie answer a call and Zep shows up since he is the resident animal tamer. Zep starts working with Roxie to determine who is sneaking around town.
Roxie has been avoiding her family in NYC until they show up in town for her birthday and have the whole B&B booked for a week. She enlist Zep to be her boyfriend for the week.
I have read all the Butterfly Bayou books and just love them.
I am hoping for many more in this series.. She has combined great characters, interesting stories and fantastic humor that lightened my heart and kept me up way too late trying to finish - just the next chapter!
Slightly different from her other series' - and I have them ALL!! These should be widely shared with anyone who loves a great story with romance added! We met some of the characters in previous books, but you don't need to have read those for these to capture your heart.
Thank you Lexi.. once again a terrific read! Can't wait for the next one...
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No potential triggers.
Lexi Blake has created a town that wiggles it's way straight to the heart and populated it with characters so well crafted they feel real.
This book in the series is no exception, in fact it just cements it deeper.
The Bayou series is so very different from the world of M&M, it's gritty and overflowing with the love of everyone around the main characters, and of course, Otis. Papillion wouldn't be the same without Otis.
As ever, bottom line, Lexi Blake has delivered another cracking story.