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A heartwarming contemporary romance set in Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.   Seraphina Guidry loves Butterfly Bayou. A young, single mom, she’s trying to find a place for herself in the town she cherishes, but past mistakes have made her wary. She adores her son but has sworn off men. She's dedicated herself to restoring a his A heartwarming contemporary romance set in Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.   Seraphina Guidry loves Butterfly Bayou. A young, single mom, she’s trying to find a place for herself in the town she cherishes, but past mistakes have made her wary. She adores her son but has sworn off men. She's dedicated herself to restoring a historic house and building her own business. A quiet life is all she wants. Harrison Jefferys never expected to find himself in small-town Louisiana, but he has a job to do and a family to reconnect with. After years in the Army, he’s happy to spend time with his Aunt Celeste and his cousins in such an idyllic spot. When he meets Seraphina, he starts to think Papillion might be a great place to call home. But a secret from Sera’s past rears its head and threatens to tear the community apart.   Caught between the woman he’s coming to love and the only family he has left, Harry knows he has to follow his heart and with the help of the crazy, loving, meddling locals find a way to keep them both.


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A heartwarming contemporary romance set in Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.   Seraphina Guidry loves Butterfly Bayou. A young, single mom, she’s trying to find a place for herself in the town she cherishes, but past mistakes have made her wary. She adores her son but has sworn off men. She's dedicated herself to restoring a his A heartwarming contemporary romance set in Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.   Seraphina Guidry loves Butterfly Bayou. A young, single mom, she’s trying to find a place for herself in the town she cherishes, but past mistakes have made her wary. She adores her son but has sworn off men. She's dedicated herself to restoring a historic house and building her own business. A quiet life is all she wants. Harrison Jefferys never expected to find himself in small-town Louisiana, but he has a job to do and a family to reconnect with. After years in the Army, he’s happy to spend time with his Aunt Celeste and his cousins in such an idyllic spot. When he meets Seraphina, he starts to think Papillion might be a great place to call home. But a secret from Sera’s past rears its head and threatens to tear the community apart.   Caught between the woman he’s coming to love and the only family he has left, Harry knows he has to follow his heart and with the help of the crazy, loving, meddling locals find a way to keep them both.

30 review for Bayou Baby

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    I inhaled this book, I loved Sera and Harry, the small town of Papillon, and the transformation of a bitter woman. When Harry and Sera meet for the first time you can tell there were sparks but it took a while for the flame to build, which I loved watching. This story was one of secrets, patience, friendship, love, growth, and forgiveness. I loved that this story had much more of the small town feel than the first book did and Otis is always a fun addition. In addition to the Romance between Ser I inhaled this book, I loved Sera and Harry, the small town of Papillon, and the transformation of a bitter woman. When Harry and Sera meet for the first time you can tell there were sparks but it took a while for the flame to build, which I loved watching. This story was one of secrets, patience, friendship, love, growth, and forgiveness. I loved that this story had much more of the small town feel than the first book did and Otis is always a fun addition. In addition to the Romance between Sera and Harry we have the feud between Celeste and Sera which in all honesty is a major point of this story. Celeste detests Sera and considers her beneath her which is why she hated when her son Wes was friends with Sera and blamed Sera for Wes joining the Army, which is where he was killed by an IED. You can read my full review along with an excerpt here: https://bit.ly/NBReviewBB **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** You can find me here:  https://linktr.ee/NadineBookaholic

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)

    "He and Sera had heat. Whether or not that was enough to build a fire, he couldn't know if he didn't spend more time with her." I'm loving the Butterfly Bayou series. The colorful characters are so much fun, even Otis the gator. The delicious anticipation of waiting for Harry and Sera to finally build that fire that was burning between them was so satisfying. I giggled and sighed and laughed and raged my way to the end. At times I was wishing for a voodoo doll to poke pins in and at other tim "He and Sera had heat. Whether or not that was enough to build a fire, he couldn't know if he didn't spend more time with her." I'm loving the Butterfly Bayou series. The colorful characters are so much fun, even Otis the gator. The delicious anticipation of waiting for Harry and Sera to finally build that fire that was burning between them was so satisfying. I giggled and sighed and laughed and raged my way to the end. At times I was wishing for a voodoo doll to poke pins in and at other times I was a puddle of goo on the floor. I've totally fallen for several other characters as well that I hope to see featured in future books in the series. I highly recommend this small-town romance that is guaranteed to check all your boxes for an enjoyable read. I can't wait to get my hands on Bayou Dreaming. The line forms here...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ang (Sizzling Pages)

    4.5 stars! I'm totally in love with this small town series and could not wait to revisit Papillion, Louisiana. Found within the pages of Lexi Blake's Bayou Baby is a heartwarming, moving story with all the feels. Sizzling passion, angst, scandal, relationship drama, an adorable little boy, a German Shepard that occasionally stole the spotlight, and a cast of memorable characters - captivated me from beginning to end. There's so much goodness to savor when a sassy, down on her luck single mom, Se 4.5 stars! I'm totally in love with this small town series and could not wait to revisit Papillion, Louisiana. Found within the pages of Lexi Blake's Bayou Baby is a heartwarming, moving story with all the feels. Sizzling passion, angst, scandal, relationship drama, an adorable little boy, a German Shepard that occasionally stole the spotlight, and a cast of memorable characters - captivated me from beginning to end. There's so much goodness to savor when a sassy, down on her luck single mom, Seraphina Guidry, falls for the ex-military hottie, Harrison Jeffreys. Sparks fly when this couple comes together in this eloquently written romance. Facing many challenges while raising a toddler on her own, Sera's life is riddled with complications, including the inability to hold a steady job. Her luck begins to change when she finds herself the beneficiary of her late aunt's historic mansion and a small inheritance only to be used towards the repairs. To save Sera time and money, the sexy out-of-towner Harrison, a relative of Butterfly Bayou's wealthiest family, offered to lend her a hand. With an awkward beginning and a bumpy road towards love, this couple's experiences truly touched my heart. What I adored most about Sera was her spirit. Regardless of her difficult circumstances, and bearing the brunt of Harry's wicked aunt's ire, this heroine managed to persevere. Throughout this read, she carried a tremendous amount of responsibility, secrets, and guilt. I admired Sera's courage in taking a faithful leap, opening her heart and life to Harry. There's were times his actions created more complications for poor Sera, but in the end, he was an enormous source strength and her perfect soulmate. I immediately fell for big-hearted ex-army soldier turned handyman, Harrison. He's a drifter, a traveling man of sorts, who's temporarily in town to help with and attend his cousin's wedding. Meeting Sera was an unexpected game-changer - turning his world upside down while giving him the hope to settle and become a part of her family. However, there were so many obstacles for this couple to overcome. Secrets from the past, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings between Sera and his family, added loads of drama into this storyline, which had me on edge. There were times Harry's stubbornness frustrated me, but all in all, I adored this gentle hero for the way he loved Sera and the relationship he developed with her son Luc. Another fantastic sexy yet emotional romance from Blake that I highly enjoyed and looking forward to the next installment Bayou Dreaming. ARC received courtesy of publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    I inhaled this book, I loved Sera and Harry, the small town of Papillon, and the transformation of a bitter woman. Seraphina has lived in Papillon her entire life and as a young single mother who refuses to name the father of her child the people in the small town think the worst of her. This makes things difficult for her but when her great-aunt passes and leaves her her beloved home Sera believes she can fix it up and sell it so she is able to move and make a fresh start for her and her son. Ha I inhaled this book, I loved Sera and Harry, the small town of Papillon, and the transformation of a bitter woman. Seraphina has lived in Papillon her entire life and as a young single mother who refuses to name the father of her child the people in the small town think the worst of her. This makes things difficult for her but when her great-aunt passes and leaves her her beloved home Sera believes she can fix it up and sell it so she is able to move and make a fresh start for her and her son. Harrison Jerfferys is in town to help his Aunt Celeste with his cousins wedding. He spent years in the Army and now that both of his parents have passed he is looking forward to reconnecting with his mothers side of the family in the beautiful small town. Harry When Harry and Sera meet for the first time you can tell there were sparks but it took a while for the flame to build, which I loved watching. This story was one of secrets, patience, friendship, love, growth, and forgiveness. I loved that this story had much more of the small town feel than the first book did and Otis is always a fun addition. In addition to the Romance between Sera and Harry we have the feud between Celeste and Sera which in all honesty is a major point of this story. Celeste detests Sera and considers her beneath her which is why she hated when her son Wes was friends with Sera and blamed Sera for Wes joining the Army, which is where he was killed by an IED. If you enjoy Small Town Romances, Military Romances, Single Mom Romances, or are just looking for a good read I would definitely recommend this book to you. Happy Reading!!! **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    I find my self just loving this small town that Lexi Blake has created. All the characters, the quirky things, and the couples she matches up. It just all works and works really well. I'm from a small town myself so I can relate to what I see happening. Sera was such a great heroine. I liked how the author showed that even beautiful people don't have it easy. I felt outraged on Sera's behalf with some of the judgments and misinformation that was spread about her. She handled it way better than I I find my self just loving this small town that Lexi Blake has created. All the characters, the quirky things, and the couples she matches up. It just all works and works really well. I'm from a small town myself so I can relate to what I see happening. Sera was such a great heroine. I liked how the author showed that even beautiful people don't have it easy. I felt outraged on Sera's behalf with some of the judgments and misinformation that was spread about her. She handled it way better than I ever would have. That made me like her even more. She just handled things with grace. Harry was just as great. He's also one of the beautiful people but also with a rarely seen beauty from the inside. He wasn't an arrogant man most good looking men portray. He was humble, respectful and just all around nice guy. Plus he had an awesome German Sheppard. Great book, and so far great series!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    Seraphina Guidry is more than a little shocked when her Great-Aunt Irene leaves her the rundown home that has been in the family a long time and money to help fix it up. Sera was always kind to her aunt who definitely gave off the “cold pricklies”. Sera is a single mom with a young son to consider. The task of restoring the house seems more than daunting until she meets Harrison Jeffreys. He volunteers to help her as much as possible. Harry is part of the richest family in the small town of Papilli Seraphina Guidry is more than a little shocked when her Great-Aunt Irene leaves her the rundown home that has been in the family a long time and money to help fix it up. Sera was always kind to her aunt who definitely gave off the “cold pricklies”. Sera is a single mom with a young son to consider. The task of restoring the house seems more than daunting until she meets Harrison Jeffreys. He volunteers to help her as much as possible. Harry is part of the richest family in the small town of Papillion, near New Orleans. Harry spent several years in the Army and lost a leg, but he wants to spend time with his Aunt Celeste and cousins and start a new phase of life. Harry is attracted to Sera right away, but she doesn’t want a relationship. The two of them start working together on the house and form a bond. Can Harry win Sera over or will the past from both families stand in the way of happiness? I love that author Lexie Blake made Harry a wounded warrior. Too often, in real life and fiction, the hero is supposed to have a perfect body. This story goes beyond the shallow view of things.Sera has made mistakes and kept secrets, but she is loyal and loving. Her family has some real “characters”, but they all support each other. Celeste starts out as a woman you love to hate, cold and critical. Her past is slowly revealed and the reader sees there is hope for her, despite all she has said and done. Although Bayou Baby is a romance at heart, it is also a wonderful and charming story of family in many forms. The cover is very sweet and colorful. The dog pictured on the front matches the description of Shep, Harry’s faithful companion. Bayou Baby is the second in a series, but I had no trouble reading it on its own. I look forward to another novel in this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed by Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... If you follow me then you know that I really enjoyed the first book in the #ButterflyBayou series. I couldn't wait for this one and when I started it I was all in. Then I met Celeste and she was enough to make me not want to go on. I really can't stand the women. I really loved both Sera and Harry. They are so perfect together right from the start. Most often I go with love at first sight in a book because who am I to Reviewed by Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... If you follow me then you know that I really enjoyed the first book in the #ButterflyBayou series. I couldn't wait for this one and when I started it I was all in. Then I met Celeste and she was enough to make me not want to go on. I really can't stand the women. I really loved both Sera and Harry. They are so perfect together right from the start. Most often I go with love at first sight in a book because who am I to judge, but I don't often believe it. With these two I did. They just seemed to work. You heard wedding bells as these two first meet. I felt for Harry that he couldn't see what his aunt was like until it was almost too late. But sometimes we have to have it shoved in our faces before we believe. In the end, he did. Celeste's hatred for Sera is out of this world. She never had a reason to dislike her but couldn't see that. Sera is so sweet and caring about everyone and lived for so long with the fear that Celeste could ruin her life. I loved how her family and Wesley's brother and sister tried to stand for her too. Thankfully she had people at her back. These two might have had a hard road to travel to be able to show their love openly but when it all came down to it and they got their heads on straight they found the perfect medium and worked through their issues. I might have almost put this story down because I couldn't deal with the nastiness but I'm so happy I pushed on. I ended up crying at the end and was so happy. Now I can't wait for Zep's story. Talk about a character. His book will be something. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    Bayou Baby is the second book in the Butterfly Bayou series by Lexi Blake. Each story is stand-alone and some of the characters might be familiar from the first book. I liked the first book, so I was eagerly waiting for this one and in the end, I was a little disappointed. What bothered me the most is that this book felt more like Seraphina and Celeste's book rather than Seraphina and Harry's. I could have sworn that we got more chapters from Celeste's point of view rather than his. Heck, I even Bayou Baby is the second book in the Butterfly Bayou series by Lexi Blake. Each story is stand-alone and some of the characters might be familiar from the first book. I liked the first book, so I was eagerly waiting for this one and in the end, I was a little disappointed. What bothered me the most is that this book felt more like Seraphina and Celeste's book rather than Seraphina and Harry's. I could have sworn that we got more chapters from Celeste's point of view rather than his. Heck, I even felt like Harry's dog got to interact more than him with Luc, Seraphina's son. Seraphina and Harry were both great characters with strengths and weaknesses. They might not be perfect, but there was something about them that couldn't make me dislike their actions. Harry caused a lot of trouble but it really was accidental and he thought that he was doing something right. Seraphina stood her ground for so many years and she is a devoted mother and I couldn't ask for anything more. Celeste is the most complex character and to be frank her journey was not the most convincing. The change in her character was too rushed in my opinion. Zep's book is next and I cannot wait for it. We have been teased about him and Roxie since the first book and soon it will be time to see this player getting tamed. The secondary characters are one of the book's strongest selling points. I liked Seraphina's family and Harry's cousins and I hope they will get a happy ending too. Bayou Baby was not the book I was expecting to read, but on the other hand, it wasn't bad either, so I will remain neutral on the recommendation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Amazing! The Butterfly Bayou series is absolutely amazing! Lexi Blake is a genius storyteller. This series is one of her finest. Bayou Baby is the second book in Ms. Blake's Butterfly Bayou series. The characters make me want to get to know them in person. Lexi Blake did an extraordinary job of redeeming the character I greatly disliked at first. I am very impressed with that feat! The storyline flows beautifully and is filled with emotion and some great family dynamics as well as a very dysfunct Amazing! The Butterfly Bayou series is absolutely amazing! Lexi Blake is a genius storyteller. This series is one of her finest. Bayou Baby is the second book in Ms. Blake's Butterfly Bayou series. The characters make me want to get to know them in person. Lexi Blake did an extraordinary job of redeeming the character I greatly disliked at first. I am very impressed with that feat! The storyline flows beautifully and is filled with emotion and some great family dynamics as well as a very dysfunctional family. This book had me turning the pages quickly to see what was going to happen next. Then again I was so happy in Papillion, Louisiana I didn't want the story to end, meaning my stay there would be over. I am really really looking forward to the next book in this series, Bayou Dreaming.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tina Christopher

    I am not really in the mood to read contemporary right now and have been re-reading all my paranormal books (please publish more!!), but I love Lexi Blake, so I wanted to give Bayou Baby a go. It was a solid, one-sitting read. My biggest struggle was that the romance didn't feel like the core of the story, but more like an aside. The main focus was on this inter-generational relationship between Seraphina and Celeste. I enjoyed Celeste's journey of finding herself, but both Seraphina and the love I am not really in the mood to read contemporary right now and have been re-reading all my paranormal books (please publish more!!), but I love Lexi Blake, so I wanted to give Bayou Baby a go. It was a solid, one-sitting read. My biggest struggle was that the romance didn't feel like the core of the story, but more like an aside. The main focus was on this inter-generational relationship between Seraphina and Celeste. I enjoyed Celeste's journey of finding herself, but both Seraphina and the love interest Harrison seemed to be static and did not grow throughout the book. The black moment in the romance seemed more grey and the steamy chemistry I'm used to from Lexi's books was mostly missing. There were sparks (fun banter), but not what I was looking for. If you're looking for a contemporary romance that leans more towards women's fiction this is the book for you. Thank you to Berkley and Netgally for the ARC.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This one went much better than I expected. I really disliked Celeste at the start, hated how she looked down on everyone, including her own children. So seeing that she hated Sera wasn't a big surprise, but the lengths to which Celeste went to sabotage her made me want to stab her in the eye. Sera was nice, a great mom, sister, daughter and friend to her son, was just trying to live her life. Harry was interesting. I thought Celeste would treat him more like the "help" than a family member, espe This one went much better than I expected. I really disliked Celeste at the start, hated how she looked down on everyone, including her own children. So seeing that she hated Sera wasn't a big surprise, but the lengths to which Celeste went to sabotage her made me want to stab her in the eye. Sera was nice, a great mom, sister, daughter and friend to her son, was just trying to live her life. Harry was interesting. I thought Celeste would treat him more like the "help" than a family member, especially when Harry represented all that she left behind basically without a glance. Now Harry and Sera together were great! They really worked and I loved how Harry was all in with Luc. But he did piss me off when it came out who Luc's father was. That stirred up an epic shit storm, they all had to weather. In a way it was a good thing, words got said that needed to and things changed for the better. By the end of the book I liked where all of these characters were, happy living their lives on their own terms.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dar

    There is a certain comfort in reading a book and knowing right from the start the issue that is going to cause all the strife and problems. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the build to that moment, and I bawled like a baby when it happened and the aftermath. Lexi can seriously rip your heart out and stomp on it, and she did it exceedingly well here I loved the strength and resilience of the female characters in this story. Sera, Celeste, Angie, and Delphine, along with their friends and family There is a certain comfort in reading a book and knowing right from the start the issue that is going to cause all the strife and problems. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the build to that moment, and I bawled like a baby when it happened and the aftermath. Lexi can seriously rip your heart out and stomp on it, and she did it exceedingly well here I loved the strength and resilience of the female characters in this story. Sera, Celeste, Angie, and Delphine, along with their friends and family, had such inner strength, something uniquely theirs, and they learned and grew from each other. Whether intentionally, from mother to daughter, or unintentionally, fights and disagreements, they took something away and made it work for them. Of course, Harry saw all the wonderfulness that was Sera well before she did, and he was a man dedicated to getting that woman. Sera led him on a chase for awhile before deciding to let herself be happy. The heat and chemistry between them sizzled, but the depth of their emotions is what made it work so well. Throw in a cute toddler and a faithful German Shepard, and even all the forces working against them, couldn’t keep them apart. We get glimpses of the townsfolk, including Otis the gator in a last minute appearance, and previously met characters, and this story only whetted my appetite even more for Zep’s story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cassie May

    I have no idea how Lexi Blake manages to change my mind about the side characters of previous books so completely when they get their own books, but she does. Seraphina previously appeared as airheaded, slightly flighty girl who does not manage to hold a job for long. I was looking forward to her book, expecting a nice and easy, kinda simple book... Well, I did not get that. I got a strong and sassy woman, a hero with the biggest heart ever and of course an adorable dog and child combination tha I have no idea how Lexi Blake manages to change my mind about the side characters of previous books so completely when they get their own books, but she does. Seraphina previously appeared as airheaded, slightly flighty girl who does not manage to hold a job for long. I was looking forward to her book, expecting a nice and easy, kinda simple book... Well, I did not get that. I got a strong and sassy woman, a hero with the biggest heart ever and of course an adorable dog and child combination that was just so sweet. Add to that the drama of who the father of Sera's child is and a completely disfunctional family that has its fair share of baggage and needs to cope with it somehow. It. Was. Glorious. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sera's story and I never wanted it to end. It was just so good and Sera's character development was one of the best Lexi Blake has ever done. I loved to see her shed the shell and become the beautiful butterfly she was always supposed to be. It's one of my favorite Lexi Blake novels now. Just loved it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Avid Reader

    Bayou Baby (Butterfly Bayou #2) by Lexi Blake 3.5 stars M/F Romance Triggers: Death I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Seraphina loves living in her little town. Despite some hiccups in living there, she's happy. And, while she hasn't quite found her place, she knows that if she keeps trying, she will. Her son is adorable and she knows that she has to do what's in his best interst. When she sees the new guy in town, she warns him right away that her mother will try and set th Bayou Baby (Butterfly Bayou #2) by Lexi Blake 3.5 stars M/F Romance Triggers: Death I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads. Seraphina loves living in her little town. Despite some hiccups in living there, she's happy. And, while she hasn't quite found her place, she knows that if she keeps trying, she will. Her son is adorable and she knows that she has to do what's in his best interst. When she sees the new guy in town, she warns him right away that her mother will try and set them up - she's not intersted and doesn't think it's a good idea. Harrison isn't used to living in a such a small town. Everyone knows everyone else's business. Rivalries are rampant and his aunt is right in the middle of one of the biggest. Harrison knows his own mind and despite appreciating his aunt's willingness to help him in his time of need, it doens't give her carte blanche over his decisions or life. When Harrison and Seraphina need to work together, their attraction is something out of a fairy tale. Sera knows she's walking a fine line. She's been at odds with Harrison's aunt, Celeste for years. Nothing she does will ever be OK in Celetes' eyes and Seraphina knows why. While Harrison is falling more and more for Seraphina, Celete is working hard to ensure that Seraphina doens't stay on the property that was willed to her. Loyalties will be tested, family dynamics will change drastically, lessons are learned and love is found. This is a sweet story that has a lot of drama. When the dust settles, everyone will know the truth and the truth will change everything.

  15. 5 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for BAYOU BABY on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Sarah – ☆☆☆☆☆ Property porn, delicious family drama, and a gorgeous veteran turned contractor? So many of my favourite things in one story. This is a different side of Lexi Blake for me and I absolutely loved it. Single mum Sera is a great leading lady. She’s a bit of a mess, has made a few big mistakes but she’s loyal, hardworking. and easy to love. Harrison is an equally perfect hero. If anything, he’ Check out our full post for BAYOU BABY on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Sarah – ☆☆☆☆☆ Property porn, delicious family drama, and a gorgeous veteran turned contractor? So many of my favourite things in one story. This is a different side of Lexi Blake for me and I absolutely loved it. Single mum Sera is a great leading lady. She’s a bit of a mess, has made a few big mistakes but she’s loyal, hardworking. and easy to love. Harrison is an equally perfect hero. If anything, he’s a little too perfect. He’s a blue collar veteran who feels more than a little out of place with his aunt’s wealthy family. He’s quiet and gentle and good – and hooked on Sera. I love the way he slowly earns Sera’s trust as he works to rebuild her home. Theirs is a quiet romance, a connection between two people who are both a little bit jaded by life. As much as this is Sera and Harrison’s story, it is also the story of Harrison’s aunt. Villain or victim, the relationship between her and Sera is possibly more interesting than the one between Sera and Harrison. And then there’s Sera’s own mother, and the aunt she inherits her house from. In all honesty, it is the women who really shape this story and I think I enjoyed the themes of female fortitude and resilience as much as I enjoyed the romance. This is a great book from a favourite author. Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆ This is the second book in the series, and I think I would suggest you read them in order, as there is inevitably some world building in Butterfly Bayou, but you could read this as a standalone and love it too. This story centres around two people who find themselves on the opposite sides of 'proper,' even though they are very similar and it is the interference of others which is at fault. Harrison has come to help his aunt prepare for his cousin's wedding by rebuilding a wooden gazebo. Since he returned from war, less one leg, he has been happy travelling around the country doing carpentry jobs for friends, and he expects to be moving on again after the wedding. His widowed aunt, Celeste, lives in the big house with her two surviving adult children, and lords it over the community. But really as he learned from his mother, her sister, her origins were humble, and her superiority complex is not from her past. He is, however, tolerant. The son that died was the favoured one, and the fallout from this is still felt now. Seraphina, single mum who will not say who the father of her son is, who is bequeathed a giant of a house, right in the backyard of Celeste and family. I loved her being so strong, yet accepting that she needed help, that her son deserved the best. That he came first and yet she was prepared to consider that her happiness affected his too. And knowing that Harry really did want her, not just for a short while, but for keeps. It is the perfect set up for a complicated two-family storyline which plays out in the full view of the gossips of Papillon. I love that although Harry and Sera was central to the romance, there were lots of other issues playing alongside and vying for our attention. There are so many characters who could be the focus of future stories, I am really excited to see what happens next! Veronica – ☆☆☆☆ Bayou Baby is the second book in Lexi Blake’s Butterfly Bayou series but it can be read as a standalone. Sera Guidry, our heroine, is a young single mum living in her hometown with her family and her three-year-old son. She inherits an old house from her aunt but only on the provision that she uses money left to her to do it up. Enter love interest Harry, a gorgeous single contractor who has come to town to help his Aunt Celeste, who hates Sera with a passion, and helps Sera out with her house. This is a lovely romance and I like the way that Sera and Harry click. Sera is a good woman and a great mum and Harry is an honest, upstanding hottie. But this story is about more than just their romance. Harry’s Aunt Celeste, a most unlikeable woman, plays a big part in this story. She has a long-standing hatred of Sera and when Sera and Harry start dating, she has to make some choices about her life and her long standing views. Parts of the story are told from Celeste’s point of view and it adds another lay of depth and emotion to the story. Some parts of Bayou Baby are fun and playful, some are romantic, and others are upsetting and heartbreaking. I went from loving Harry to hating him to loving him again. I’m still not sure how I feel about Celeste, but I can say Sera is one understanding and forgiving woman. I felt a wide range of emotions reading this book and at one point I even had a good cry, but like all good romance stories, the happily ever after was worth the tears. Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆ 3.5 stars M/F Romance Seraphina loves living in her little town. Despite some hiccups in living there, she's happy. And while she hasn't quite found her place, she knows that if she keeps trying, she will. Her son is adorable, and she knows that she has to do what's in his best interest. When she sees the new guy in town, she warns him right away that her mother will try and set them up – she's not interested and doesn't think it's a good idea. Harrison isn't used to living in a such a small town. Everyone knows everyone else's business. Rivalries are rampant and his aunt is right in the middle of one of the biggest. Harrison knows his own mind and despite appreciating his aunt's willingness to help him in his time of need, it doesn't give her carte blanche over his decisions or life. When Harrison and Seraphina need to work together, their attraction is something out of a fairy tale. Sera knows she's walking a fine line. She's been at odds with Harrison's Aunt Celeste for years. Nothing she does will ever be okay in Celeste's eyes and Seraphina knows why. While Harrison is falling more and more for Seraphina, Celeste is working hard to ensure that Seraphina doesn't stay on the property that was willed to her. Loyalties will be tested, family dynamics will change drastically, lessons are learned, and love is found. This is a sweet story that has a lot of drama. When the dust settles, everyone will know the truth and the truth will change everything. Triggers: Death Mary Jo – ☆☆☆☆ 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. This book is the second of the series and I would definitely suggest reading the first book in the series so that you will have a better understanding of the players in the Bayou. The romance starts off slowly between Sera and Harrison. Each of them brings their own set of baggage to the relationship, including secrets that would devastate the families involved. This was a good book, but at times, it seemed to drag for me. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Sera is a young mother, still grappling with decisions she made years ago and living life in a very small town. Harry is in town to reconnect with the only family he has left, and is still trying to find his place out of the military. They don't seem to have much in common at first glance, other than a lot of chemistry, which is just what Sera does not want in her life. As old secrets start to bubble up, the two of them have to decide what they are really looking for. Set in small town Louisiana Sera is a young mother, still grappling with decisions she made years ago and living life in a very small town. Harry is in town to reconnect with the only family he has left, and is still trying to find his place out of the military. They don't seem to have much in common at first glance, other than a lot of chemistry, which is just what Sera does not want in her life. As old secrets start to bubble up, the two of them have to decide what they are really looking for. Set in small town Louisiana, this is a loosely connected series that can be read as a stand alone. Fun secondary characters, including Otis the gator.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series, and I think I would suggest you read them in order, as there is inevitably some world building in Butterfly Bayou, but you could read this as a standalone and love it too. This story centres around two people who find themselves on the opposite sides of 'proper', even though they are very similar and it is the interference of others which is at fault. - Harrison has come to help his ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series, and I think I would suggest you read them in order, as there is inevitably some world building in Butterfly Bayou, but you could read this as a standalone and love it too. This story centres around two people who find themselves on the opposite sides of 'proper', even though they are very similar and it is the interference of others which is at fault. - Harrison has come to help his aunt prepare for his cousin's wedding by rebuilding a wooden gazebo. Since he returned from war, less one leg, he has been happy travelling around the country doing carpentry jobs for friends, and he expects to be moving on again after the wedding. His widowed aunt, Celeste lives in the big house with her two surviving adult children, and lords it over the community. But really as he learned from his mother, her sister, her origins were humble, and her superiority complex is not from her past. He is however tolerant. The son that died was the favoured one, and the fallout from this is still felt now. - Seraphina, single Mum who will not say who the father of her son is, who is bequeathed a giant of a house, right in the backyard of Celeste and family. I loved her being so strong, yet accepting that she needed help, that her son deserved the best. That he came first and yet she was prepared to consider that her happiness affected his too. And knowing that Harry really did want her, not just for a short while, but for keeps. It is the perfect set up for a complicated two family storyline which plays out in the full view of the gossips of Papillon. I love that although Harry and Sera was central to the romance, there were lots of other issues playing alongside, and vying for our attention. There are so many characters who could be the focus of future stories, I am really excited to see what happens next!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Bayou Baby is the second Book in Lexi Blake’s Butterfly Bayou series but it can be read as a standalone. Sera Guidry, our heroine is a young single mum living in her home town with her family and her three year old son. She inherits an old house from her Aunt but only on the provision that she uses money left to her to do it up. Enter love interest Harry, a gorgeous single contractor who has come to town to help his aunt Cel I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Bayou Baby is the second Book in Lexi Blake’s Butterfly Bayou series but it can be read as a standalone. Sera Guidry, our heroine is a young single mum living in her home town with her family and her three year old son. She inherits an old house from her Aunt but only on the provision that she uses money left to her to do it up. Enter love interest Harry, a gorgeous single contractor who has come to town to help his aunt Celeste, who hates Sera with a passion and helps Sera out with her house. This is a lovely romance and I like the way that Sera and Harry click. Sera is a good woman and a great Mum and Harry is an honest, upstanding hottie. But this story is about more than just their romance. Harry’s aunt Celeste, a most unlikeable woman, plays a big part in this story. She has a long standing hatred of Sera and when Sera and Harry start dating, she has to make some choices about her life and her long standing views. Parts of the story are told from Celeste’s point of view and it add another lay of depth and emotion to the story. Some parts of Bayou Baby are fun and playful, some are romantic and others are upsetting and heartbreaking. I went from loving Harry to hating him to loving him again. I’m still not sure how I feel about Celeste but I can say Sera is one understanding and forgiving woman. I felt a wide range of emotions reading this book and at one point I even had a good cry but like all good romance stories the happily ever after was worth the tears.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Jo

    This review is only an excerpt. For the full review and more go to my blog Ruby's Books We're back in Papillon, baby! I've been so excited for a new book in the Butterfly Bayou series, and I'm very happy to end my summer reading with this book. It's one of the most heartwarming books I've read lately. Yes, I did cry, because this is a Lexi Blake book. Are you really shocked by that? No? Okay then. Really though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Let me tell you all about it! Bayou Baby is the story This review is only an excerpt. For the full review and more go to my blog Ruby's Books We're back in Papillon, baby! I've been so excited for a new book in the Butterfly Bayou series, and I'm very happy to end my summer reading with this book. It's one of the most heartwarming books I've read lately. Yes, I did cry, because this is a Lexi Blake book. Are you really shocked by that? No? Okay then. Really though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Let me tell you all about it! Bayou Baby is the story of Seraphina Guidry, Remy and Zep's sister, and Harry Jefferys, Celeste Beaumont's nephew. I don't even know where to start expressing my feelings about Sera and Harry, honestly. I have a lot of them, and most of them have me wanting to either swoon or cry. Or both at the same time. Sera is a girl who hasn't had a lot of luck in her life. She's young, she's pretty, and unfortunately she's hated by the scariest woman in town: Celeste Beaumont. I liked Sera's story. She is a strong woman, one who loves her son deeply and wants what's best for him. And she's a good person in general, and her great-aunt saw that, which is why she left her everything she had. The transformation Sera goes through in this book is just wonderful. She goes from being scared of making waves, because of Celeste, to standing up for herself and not bow in front of that woman. Strangely, her strength also came from Celeste.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    The theme of many of Lexi Blake’s books is creating a family from the people around you, and that is part of this book, but not the main theme. Instead the theme is more about connecting with your past and overcoming the expectations placed on you. While the love interest in the story is Seraphina Guidry and Harry Jeffries, the secondary part of the story is Celeste Beaumont, the reigning society queen of Papillion, La. She hates Sera because she blames her for causing her son Wesley to joining t The theme of many of Lexi Blake’s books is creating a family from the people around you, and that is part of this book, but not the main theme. Instead the theme is more about connecting with your past and overcoming the expectations placed on you. While the love interest in the story is Seraphina Guidry and Harry Jeffries, the secondary part of the story is Celeste Beaumont, the reigning society queen of Papillion, La. She hates Sera because she blames her for causing her son Wesley to joining the army, where he was killed in Afghanistan. The attraction between Harry and Sera is immediate and intense, but both have reasons to avoid the other. Harry was warned away from Sera by Celeste, and Sera is keeping a huge secret from everyone but a special few people, but especially from Celeste. As they work together on the house Sera inherited from her aunt, Harry and Sera fall in love and Harry falls in love with Sera’s son, Luc. But when Sera’s secret comes to light, can Harry protect her from his family? Because of the secondary story about Celeste, this book is more in depth than most of Lexi’s stories, and it makes it an even more enjoyable story. Some of the other side characters were delightful. We see a better side of Sera’s brother, Zep, and her mother, Delphine. The animals were a welcome addition, both Shep and Otis. Overall this was a totally wonderful, five star read. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Well, it's no secret that I absolutely love anything that Lexi Blake writes. This series, though, has such a different feel from some of her other ones. Somehow, LB has been able to do a fantastic job creating the wonderful world of a small Cajun town in Louisiana and then went ahead and filled it with lovable, albeit extremely crazy...people! I do want to say that it is not very often that I do not like a narrator. This was one of those times. There was nothing wrong per se, but her voice and st Well, it's no secret that I absolutely love anything that Lexi Blake writes. This series, though, has such a different feel from some of her other ones. Somehow, LB has been able to do a fantastic job creating the wonderful world of a small Cajun town in Louisiana and then went ahead and filled it with lovable, albeit extremely crazy...people! I do want to say that it is not very often that I do not like a narrator. This was one of those times. There was nothing wrong per se, but her voice and style of reading really rubbed me the wrong way. The accent was just way off for me - or maybe off-putting - not sure which. It got to the point that I ended up reading the last three quarters of the book . Again, sometimes these things are subjective, as there was not really anything wrong - it just didn't work for me. I liked this story because it was very different from the couples we've met so far. Actually each of the stories have been unique. This time we are seeing Sera Guidry (and little Luc) deal with a long buried secret and then we meet Harry - who is thrown into this crazy world of Papillion and seems to have no problem because he is SUCH a nice guy:) It is interesting to get a look into Wes' family....what an interesting dichotomy. There seems to be lots to learn for everybody. So, another fun book to read. Looking forward to the next one. Looks like Zep is up next. Can't wait.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    After a career ending injury Harrison has exchanged his military career and is now runs his own construction company. He finds himself in town to help out his family by undertaking on a project for his cousin’s wedding, but he had no intention of staying until Sera came into his life. Certain people in town already have two strikes against Sera which are that her past actions have caught the ire of one of the town’s most powerful people, who also happens to be Harrison’s aunt and that she is a si After a career ending injury Harrison has exchanged his military career and is now runs his own construction company. He finds himself in town to help out his family by undertaking on a project for his cousin’s wedding, but he had no intention of staying until Sera came into his life. Certain people in town already have two strikes against Sera which are that her past actions have caught the ire of one of the town’s most powerful people, who also happens to be Harrison’s aunt and that she is a single mother. She is still trying to find her niche in life but now that she has inherited her aunt’s house she is hoping that this will allow her to give her son the best life that she can. She needs to renovate the home and who better than Harrison for the job. They are drawn to each other despite the fact that Harrison’s aunt would not only disapprove but that she would go to any lengths to keep them apart. This is an emotional story about healing from the past as when secrets are exposed Sera and Harrison have to decide if the reward of being together is worth the risk and if their love is strong enough to overcome all the obstacles they must face.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Property porn, delicious family drama and a gorgeous veteran turned contractor? So many of my favourite things in one story. This is a different side of Lexi Blake for me and I absolutely loved it. Single mum Sera is a great leading lady. She’s a bit of a mess, has made a few big mistakes but she’s loyal, hardworking and easy to love. Harrison is an equally perfect hero. If anything, he’s a little too perfect. He’s a blue colla I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Property porn, delicious family drama and a gorgeous veteran turned contractor? So many of my favourite things in one story. This is a different side of Lexi Blake for me and I absolutely loved it. Single mum Sera is a great leading lady. She’s a bit of a mess, has made a few big mistakes but she’s loyal, hardworking and easy to love. Harrison is an equally perfect hero. If anything, he’s a little too perfect. He’s a blue collar veteran who feels more than a little out of place with his aunt’s wealthy family. He’s quiet and gentle and good - and hooked on Sera. I love the way he slowly earns Sera’s trust as he works to rebuild her home. Theirs is a quiet romance, a connection between two people who are both a little bit jaded by life. As much as this is Sera and Harrison’s story, it is also the story of Harrison’s aunt. Villain or victim, the relationship between her and Sera is possibly more interesting than the one between Sera and Harrison. And then there’s Sera’s own mother, and the aunt she inherits her house from. In all honesty, it is the women who really shape this story and I think I enjoyed the themes of female fortitude and resilience as much as I enjoyed the romance. This is a great book from a favourite author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Talie

    Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Romance for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lexi Blake does it again in this second book of the Butterfly Bayou series! I loved revisiting Papillon, Louisiana with all its quirky characters. In Bayou Baby we get the story of Serafina Guidry and Harrison Jefferys. Sera is a single mom who has recently inherited her deceased aunt's home. Harry is contractor in town to do some work for his aunt, who happens to greatly dislike S Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Romance for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lexi Blake does it again in this second book of the Butterfly Bayou series! I loved revisiting Papillon, Louisiana with all its quirky characters. In Bayou Baby we get the story of Serafina Guidry and Harrison Jefferys. Sera is a single mom who has recently inherited her deceased aunt's home. Harry is contractor in town to do some work for his aunt, who happens to greatly dislike Sera. I really love the characters in this series. Sera is a single mom doing her best to make a life for her son. Harry is disabled veteran who is at a crossroads in his life. I love these two characters together. I also really loved Sera's friends and family. This book could be read as a stand alone, but starting from the beginning would give you a little more insight into the town and the Guidry family.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase

    With the death of her aunt, Seraphina Guidry ends up with the run down Guidry house to revamp, but the only thing this single mother knows amount construction is what she has seen on HGTV. Contractor and new to the area, Harrison Jeffries is just the person she needs. An instant connection happens but will Sera be able to keep the secret she has been keeping from his family while at the same time staying involved with him? Lexi Blake has a unique way of storytelling that makes the reader feel li With the death of her aunt, Seraphina Guidry ends up with the run down Guidry house to revamp, but the only thing this single mother knows amount construction is what she has seen on HGTV. Contractor and new to the area, Harrison Jeffries is just the person she needs. An instant connection happens but will Sera be able to keep the secret she has been keeping from his family while at the same time staying involved with him? Lexi Blake has a unique way of storytelling that makes the reader feel like they are part of the family. With beautifully written characters and a storyline filled with heart and understanding this was a great read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 stars. This book is the second of the series and I would definitely suggest reading the first book in the series so that you will have a better understanding of the players in the Bayou. The romance starts off slowly between Sera and Harrison. Each of them brings there own set of baggage to the relationship, including secrets that would devastate the families involved. This was a good book, but at I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 stars. This book is the second of the series and I would definitely suggest reading the first book in the series so that you will have a better understanding of the players in the Bayou. The romance starts off slowly between Sera and Harrison. Each of them brings there own set of baggage to the relationship, including secrets that would devastate the families involved. This was a good book, but at times, it seemed to drag for me. ~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Delight Back on the bayou with all the quirky and wonderful people I got to know in Butterfly Bayou. A wandering man. A single mom. Two people who understand more about each other than their family can understand. Review Bayou Baby is the story of Seraphina Guidry and Harrison Jefferys. Two people without a home, looking for something both don I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Delight Back on the bayou with all the quirky and wonderful people I got to know in Butterfly Bayou. A wandering man. A single mom. Two people who understand more about each other than their family can understand. Review Bayou Baby is the story of Seraphina Guidry and Harrison Jefferys. Two people without a home, looking for something both don't know they are looking for. A single mom, Seraphina has sworn off men. When she inherits a house in much need of love, she decides to put all her resources into renovating it and starting a business. No one thinks it will end up happening as Seraphina hasn't mastered any job she has taken on. But her son is the one she is doing this all for and plans to put all her heart into it. Harrison Jefferys is visiting his Aunt Celeste and helping to build a wedding trellis for his cousin. His plan is to stay through the wedding and then continue to travel the country doing odd jobs. A simple life is all he needs and wants. While his family wasn't rich, they were rich in love.  Helping Seraphina restore the house feels like the right thing to do and that is what he is good at doing. Little by little he starts to realize maybe it's time to settle down. The story is full of colorful characters who bring you to tears, laughter, and even some anger. Characters redeem themselves when you don't feel there is any redemption left. Not everyone is made to be a billionaire or to even want what so many material things. The story is about family, love, and being part of a community. Old secrets raise their heads along with old hatreds that threaten to destroy what Seraphina is building for her son. Harrison is in the middle, unafraid to speak his mind but also part of a family that may destroy what he has found. Not only does Seraphina have love Harrison, but she also has a secret that could end everything she has worked to accomplish. The one thing she does have is family. The family that will stick by her through everything. This is a slow broiling story that leaves you wanting more of this small town. The hopes and dreams of characters make you want to follow along and help. While the story did come to an end, the characters still play in my mind keeping me happy until I can go back to Butterfly Bayou. Challenges Met Reading Challenge #67 Review Writing Challenge #40 Literary Pickers #36 - Toolbox Books 'N' Tunes #23 - Louisiana Bayou by Dave Matthews Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tenPR...   This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

    3.5 Stars! Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkey via NetGalley Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Part 2 of an ongoing series My Bayou Baby Review . . . We first meet Seraphina Guidry in Butterfly Bayou as she was Lila's brother-in-laws sister. We still have some of the great quirky characters but now we also have Harrison Jefferys and the Beaumonts. In Butterfly Bayou we knew that Sera was a single mom but didn't know who the father was. In Bayou Baby we finally learn the identity of the 3.5 Stars! Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkey via NetGalley Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Part 2 of an ongoing series My Bayou Baby Review . . . We first meet Seraphina Guidry in Butterfly Bayou as she was Lila's brother-in-laws sister. We still have some of the great quirky characters but now we also have Harrison Jefferys and the Beaumonts. In Butterfly Bayou we knew that Sera was a single mom but didn't know who the father was. In Bayou Baby we finally learn the identity of the father. The Beaumonts are in a league of their own but they also don't play well with others. Celeste Beaumont hates Seraphina with a passion and the last thing she wants is for her nephew Harrison to get involved with her. I adored Seraphina's character and her quit strength. My favorite part was the email and text banter between her and Celeste. Even though this book revolved around Harrison and Sera we also got so much more with watching the evolution and the thawing of Celeste Beaumont. Celeste and her family also had a lot of growth and hurdles to wade over and while this was happening Harrison and Sera got closer. I immediately liked Harrison's character and I kept liking him more and more throughout the story. I feel all the quirky character and hijinks of this small town are what truly make each story so far in this series. Now I can't wait for more where we finally get Roxie and Zep's story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    An absolutely beautiful sweet novel with the right amount of soulful sassiness. I really enjoyed reading about Seraphina and her romantic aspirations with Harry. The Papillion town is still as ever fired up and always gossiping but that doesn’t stop Sera from remodeling her Aunts bayou home. But will her secrets stay in the shadows or will they eventually be set free? Causing the bayou waters to stir. This side of Lexi’s writing is all consuming. The wittiness, lustrous romance between the chara An absolutely beautiful sweet novel with the right amount of soulful sassiness. I really enjoyed reading about Seraphina and her romantic aspirations with Harry. The Papillion town is still as ever fired up and always gossiping but that doesn’t stop Sera from remodeling her Aunts bayou home. But will her secrets stay in the shadows or will they eventually be set free? Causing the bayou waters to stir. This side of Lexi’s writing is all consuming. The wittiness, lustrous romance between the characters, the storyline with the side characters were so captivating it made me want more. I am most definitely looking forward to the third novel in the Butterfly Bayou series. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/b... Bayou Baby Butterfly Bayou, Book #2 By Lexi Blake Author Website: LexiBlake(.)net ISBN: 978198480658 Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: Seraphina Guidry loves Butterfly Bayou. A young, single mom, she’s trying to find a place for herself in the town she cherishes, but past mistakes have made her wary. She adores her son but has sworn off men. She’s dedicated herself to restoring an historic house and building her own business. A quiet life is all sh https://openbooksociety.com/article/b... Bayou Baby Butterfly Bayou, Book #2 By Lexi Blake Author Website: LexiBlake(.)net ISBN: 978198480658 Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Summary: Seraphina Guidry loves Butterfly Bayou. A young, single mom, she’s trying to find a place for herself in the town she cherishes, but past mistakes have made her wary. She adores her son but has sworn off men. She’s dedicated herself to restoring an historic house and building her own business. A quiet life is all she wants. Harrison Jefferys never expected to find himself in small-town Louisiana, but he has a job to do and a family to reconnect with. After years in the Army, he’s happy to spend time with his Aunt Celeste and his cousins in such an idyllic spot. When he meets Seraphina, he starts to think Papillion might be a great place to call home. But a secret from Sera’s past rears its head and threatens to tear the community apart. Caught between the woman he’s coming to love and the only family he has left, Harry knows he has to follow his heart and with the help of the crazy, loving, meddling locals find a way to keep them both. (Goodreads) Review: In this second installment of the Butterfly Bayou series, Lexi Blake has created a masterpiece of fiction in Bayou Baby. The characters were engaging. as was the story and all of its twist and turns. I loved the evolution of the characters in the book, their personal growth was a pleasure to watch. The depth of the main protagonist, Seraphina Guidry, was evident throughout, she is a strong woman (though I am certain that in the beginning, she did not believe herself strong) with a good belief system and loyalty to her family and friends. All excellent traits! And a loving mother to her toddler. I loved one particular passage where Harrison is thinking of Sera: “In fact, it dialed his attraction up a few notches because she was so real and raw. Because she wasn’t holding back. There was something about this woman that called to him, and he didn’t even want to think about all the reasons he shouldn’t be here.” Harrison Jefferys is a strong, principled man who has fallen for Seraphina, even though his family history surrounding Seraphina dictates this is a bad idea. Especially since his Aunt Celeste blamed Sera for the death of her boy, Wes. Harrison’s dog is also a great addition to the cast of characters… especially when he bonded so quickly with Sera’s son and looked after him the way only a dog can. Another character I really liked was Celeste as she showed much personal growth. Her character is the classic wife demonstrating the problems that arise when they think they must do and say whatever is dictated by their husbands in order to be a good wife and mother. Additionally, what happens to the whole family unit when they remain in a marriage with an abusive spouse (whether it be physical or psychological). However, I did find her lack of attention to two of the three children she had not a great mothering strategy. Luckily, she finally realized she had it all wrong and the change was very entertaining to watch. The love story is predictable – families opposing Harrison and Sera getting together. They believe this too, but the attraction is so great, it is decided to risk the wrath of their families. They are great together and the relationship seems effortless. Until the secret gets out. Now if they can get over this hump…. they may be able to have their happily ever after (HEA). Overall, I found the characters we were introduced to (either initially or from the first book in the series) had sufficient depth, sense of humor, and baggage to make for an entertaining story. And we did get to see Otis again. Gotta love that gator! Bayou Baby was an easy, entertaining, heart wrenching love story and great addition to the Butterfly Bayou series. I can hardly wait for book 3 – Bayou Dreaming. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

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