Review: Butterfly Bayou by Lexi Blake

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.
I've never read Lexi Blake on her own but I have when she's written with Shayla Black, but never on her own. So when I saw the cover of her new series I had to try it. I've been in a small-town binge for a bit now. 

Plus I just loved the cute cover and hoped it would be a series I'd enjoy. 

I will tell you the book starts out with a bang and you have to wonder where it's going. I didn't read the back of the book so I went in with no clue what it was about. I often do this because I like the surprise I get when I'm reading the story. Sure I knew it was going to be a small-town romance just from looking at the cover. Or I guessed it would be. So I didn't go into it totally blind, just somewhat.

I was glad that I did. Like I said the beginning was so good. It lest me wondering for a second what was going to happen and then we got into the meat of the story and I can say that I really enjoyed it. 

I wasn't shocked that the town acted so badly to Lila. She's from out of town and doesn't really fit in there. Some of the people in town are so funny. They can't handle a new doctor in town. In this case a nurse practitioner. The way they treated her was pretty horrible, I did think that her sister had a clue to how they'd treat her but still let her sink money into a pit of a home and business. 

You will get a chuckle on how Lila and Armie met. I really at times liked Armie but I also didn't agree with him about some things. You'll have to read the story to understand where I'm going with that comment. You need to read it for your own and judge. 

I also really liked Armie's daughter. She had so much personality. A great addition to the story. I will say that life with a kid is never easy and Armie had it even harder but handle most of it very well. I didn't care for how he treated Lila at times because of his fears but in the end, they worked it out. 

Much more happens but you need to read the story to truly enjoy it. This was a great start to this new series and I can't wait for more to come. I have a bit of a wait but I can't wait for Zep's story. What to you meet him. By far the best character in the story. 

Have any of you read her before? 


  1. Sounds great. I have read her books both on her own and with Shayla Black. And really love her work. I am very intrigued to see how she handles this very different setting.

    Great review.


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