Bayou Beauty by Lexi Blake

Title: Bayou Beauty
Series: A Butterfly Bayou Novel
Author: Lexi Blake

Bayou Beauty, an all-new intriguing and sweet small-town standalone  romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake is now available!


Love returns to Louisiana’s Butterfly Bayou in a new small-town contemporary romance sure to charm hearts, from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

Sylvie Martine was prepared to take Washington D.C. by storm, but she put that dream on hold when her beloved hometown of Papillon, Louisiana, needed her most. Now Sylvie’s the mayor of the tiny town on the bayou that holds her heart. But for Sylvie, this can only be a pit stop on the way to bigger and better things. The last thing she needs is an old love to resurface and threaten her goals.

Rene Darois’s whole life has been about serving his family—no matter how much it hurts. He’s used to sacrificing for his large extended family and the company his grandfather created. But he can’t believe the latest demand: he needs to find a wife and quick or he could lose it all. It would be a horrible situation. But he has just the solution: his high school sweetheart. Sylvie is everything he wants in a wife—smart, funny, and caring—and he planned to woo her anyway.

Now he just has to convince Sylvie that their love is worth it all, or he and the bayou will lose her forever.


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I am absolutely in love with the small-town of Papillon, Louisiana. So I was beyond excited to get my hands on Lexi Blake’s newest Butterfly Bayou romance, Bayou Beauty.

There is just something about this whole series that has me wanting to pick up and move to Papillon. I want to hang out with the colorful characters from this parish. I want to open my door to see Otis just chilling outside on my porch — you must meet Otis, Papillon’s alligator friend! Each book in this series is its own standalone romance centering on a different couple. You do not need to read the series in order to enjoy each book. You will not be lost or missing anything… but if you are like me, you will want to go back and read the books because the cast of characters in this series is so strong.

Sylvie has had a massive crush on Rene for as long as she can remember. He was best friend’s with her brother, Andre, and so he was always around. Sylvie thought something would happen between them when they were both in college and studying together, but Rene walked away before anything could really happen. Rene went off to learn the family business, and Sylvie headed to DC to work in politics.
Fast forward to now, and Sylvie and Rene are back in their hometown—Sylvie as Papillon’s mayor and Renee as the head of his family’s business. They have managed to pretty much avoid each other until Rene comes to Sylvie with a proposition—be his pretend wife! And well, you know that is ALWAYS a recipe for falling in love!

I loved watching Rene and Sylvie come to terms with how they felt about each other. How they both learned that it can be ok to ask for help. They are both people who like to take care of others, who want to be able to go in and be the fixer. Watching them learn to lean on each other was so great. And seriously, Rene is such a romantic! He may not realize he is, but all of his little gestures show just how well he knows her and how important she is to him. Seriously had me swooning!
And their friends and families are FANTASTIC! They just make me laugh and smile. I would love to be a part of THAT family dinner! There is no doubt it would be entertaining.

Bayou Beauty is a sweet, heartwarming, second chance romance that I just didn’t want to end!
I can’t wait until we get to return to Butterfly Bayou and hopefully get Andre’s story next! I definitely want more of him; he is a trip!!




New York 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 that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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