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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Beauty and the Bayou (Boys of the Bayou #3) by Erin Nicholas

A Review by Wendy
5 Meeting Your Perfect Match Stars
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Spoiler Free

I am just going to start by saying this series has been one of the most fun reads I have had in a very long time. PERIOD. Each entry has been a huge winner and consistent in the way it has brought all the characters together and maintained the true core of what the Bayou Boys brothers with a sister who are part of an extended family of people you would love to know and share time with. On the surface, it would be very easy to discount this idea as some fluff to enjoy and then move on...

But don't think that for one moment because Ms. Nicholas has spotlighted emotions and fears we all have had at one point or another. She has us think about recovering from a deep loss and how to handle it. She also gave us something to ponder and understand with how an illness during childhood can impact how everyone around you will see you. How their fears can color how your life is lived going forward. Important stuff...don't worry, it is all done with humor, sexy times, pure joy and cajun heart.

Sawyer Landry has been difficult. No really, he has been a giant pain in the Bayou Boys Tours Ass. He can't seem to help himself when he takes anyone out on a tour. These people don't want to listen to all the things that could happen to them if they don't buckle up and keep their hands inside the boat.
He also doesn't want to do the kids' tours because he is afraid he will scare them with the scar he has on his face. So things have gotten to the level of DEFCON 2 and something must be done. All of this stems from the loss of his best friend and co-founder of the Bayou Boys. Sawyer just is having this hard time and everyone knows something has to give.

Juliet Dawson is determined to stop her younger brother from turning into an indulgent, arrogant, entitled Asshat. He has been hanging out with his frat bros and they did something which was so wrong! They were kicked off a tour with Sawyer and then came back at night, took one of the airboats out and then wrecked the dock endangering people and impacting the company's income.

Well, Juliet was not going to let Chase get away with cutting a check and walking away. Nope, she and Chase were going to take 2 weeks and rebuild the dock. Do either of them know how to do it- No, but that never stopped Juliet from doing anything.

You see Juliet had to learn very early on how to compensate and figure out how to do things without any type of possible negative outcome. She learned the What If concept. This way she always had everything she would need so that she was protected with whatever tools needed. This learning to be overprepared did cause her to be left behind many a time...and it was hurtful. But being the strong person she was, she chalked it up to the way things were and got over it...

Sawyer finds himself watching a woman leaning over a ledge talking to someone on a cellphone and is stunned. When he comes up and asks her what the hell is she doing, she drops the phone and now is trying to reach for it. This compact vision has a life jacket and hard hat on and OMG Sawyer is seeing this amazing apple ass leaning over the ledge and he becomes alive. He questions himself as to whether the safety equipment wrapping up this feisty woman has become a fetish for him...

What happens next is the exchange of two people stunned by the underlining attraction each has to each other. They are talking and OMG sort of flirting about the perils and need for safety and they both agree on it! But then Sawyer learns of why Juliet is here and how she and Chase are to build the dock and he is having none of it. When he confronts the family and then realizes they have been so worried about him, he decides to go along with the plan.

This story was such a gem. Sawyer has been having such pain and Juliet in her determined way showed him how to break out of it. He was the perfect man for her as he understood her fears and brought her the ability to let go a bit. Together they were literally made for each other. Their chemistry was a wonder and who knew talking about safety vests could be so damn hot...

We also were able to see growth with the main characters as well as the brother. The best was the teasing hints about where the next entry is going to take us...The sister Kennedy is going to have her hands full and I Cannot Wait. Bring it on!

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

Erin Nicholas is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

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