Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on April 9, 2019
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Erin Nicholas has been on my list of authors to try for some time. When I saw this book on FB I knew I had to try it! A bad boy from the bayou charms a sweet vet with no filter. These two fit like worn in gloves. Acceptance for who a person goes a long way and makes for extraordinary fun times.
I will admit I get a lot of my books based on FB ads. As someone who hates FB ads, this is sad for me to admit. So when I saw an ad for this book, I just had to grab it as I have wanted to try Erin Nicholas’s books for some time. Boy am I glad I clicked on that ad!
The story opens up with the two main characters attempting to make it to a bar on Bourbon Street where they met a year ago. Josh Landry worked as a bartender at the time when Tori Kramer sidled up to the bar for a beer. Sparks flew between these two instantly as they flirt back and forth. Josh is a bayou boy and Tori is a vet back in Iowa. The two know things can’t go far, but the chemistry is off the charts.
“We’ll give it a year. And then, if we’re still thinking about each other and want to see each other again, we’ll both show up at Bourbon O on Mardi Gras. If we’re both there, we’ll know.”
Now a year later, Josh making his way down to Bourbon O every two hours through crowds looking for Tori. For her part, she is at a bachelorette party not having a good time only to be sent on a mission to Bourbon O….where she mistakes her best friend, Andrew – the groom, for Josh and kisses him. To be fair, they both have beards, and Andrew is wearing a mask. The bride-to-be, Paisley, witnesses and it gets very uncomfortable from there. Josh and Tori never meet up, but now more than ever, Tori needs to find Josh to show everyone she isn’t in love with her best friend. Off Tori goes to bayou country to find the man who has been in her dreams for the last year.
This starts a wonderful story of love and acceptance for a person for who and what they are and will become. Tori almost immediately meets Josh’s family, who accepts her almost immediately stating she is the girl he has been mooning over for the last year. Elie the unconventional grandmother steals the book at times with just how much she loves life and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. The family owns a bayou tour business and across the street is a shack/bar where everyone gathers for good food and friendship.
Josh knows right away Tori is the woman of his heart. When a Landry finds his soul mate, it is instant and true. He spends the time to get to know Tori instead of rushing her to bed. Delighting in her stories, he accepts her impulsive actions as passionate about what she believes. Grand gestures are made when you are in love with this family and Josh goes about making smaller gestures that he doesn’t even know he is making.
Tori is torn. Normally she is passionate about everything in her life, but her father was often embarrassed by what she did to show her love to him or even to show her outrage over animal cruelty. When Andrew became her best friend, he took on the mantle to curb her impulsiveness. In a way, I was very angry at these two men for not accepting Tori for who she was and instead tried to stifle her personality. She hates cruelty to animals and often would do outlandish things to get make people realize the consequences of their actions. Taking in animals who have special needs is something she doesn’t think twice about.
But Iowa is a long way from the bayou and Andrew is constantly trying to curb Tori’s actions with Josh. Josh and Tori may have fallen hard and fast, but they have to figure out what is really stopping them from being happy.
The quirkiness of all the side characters makes this especially fun to read. Everyone is a character, says what they mean and accept love without any deception. This story brings a good time, high spirits, and a need for everyone to find love.
Reading Challenge #136
Review Writing Challenge #41
Bad Boys of Romance Challenge #14
Literary Pickers #37 – Tux
Books ‘N’ Tunes #24 – Goin’ Down the Bayou
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 - Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
- 2020 - Books N Tunes Challenge
- 2020 - Literary Pickers Challenge
- 2020 Review Writing Challenge
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