Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on May 7, 2019
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Back in the bayou with the Lawry family felt at once familiar and exciting. Getting to know each of these family members is delighting me to no end. They play hard, work hard, and love hard. The stories are easy to read and you become immersed in a world you wish you could be a part of.
In My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding we got an introduction to the Landry Family through Josh, part-owner of the family bayou business started by his grandfather, Leo. Leo and his best friend started the tours on the bayou business, but when they grew older, they gave majority interest to their grandsons, Sawyer Landry and Tommy Allain. Tommy is killed in a tragic accident and now Madison Allain, his sister, has inherited 35% of the Boys of the Bayou tour company. This sets the stage for Madison to return home as she can’t sell her portion of the company without jumping through some hoops first.
Madison Allain was born and raised on the bayou, growing up with her older brother, Tommy, and the Landry clan of Sawyer, Josh, Owen, and Kennedy. A wild child, her and Owen Landry fell in love over a burning shed, a beat-up boyfriend, and the death of her mother along with the incarceration of her father. With the weight of everything on her shoulders and the fear she would ultimately be wild enough to hurt someone, she moved to California with her maternal grandparents to work the crazy out of her life.
Her life is quiet, peaceful. She paints the bayou from her memories as her moods flow. Her brother’s death brings back all the feelings she had when living in the bayou and the monthly checks don’t allow her to forget that part of her life. Making a tough decision, she wants to sell, but there are some requirements she must meet before she can, like spending 30 days working the business on the bayou.
Back on the bayou, Madison starts to feel satisfaction working to help the business. Along with those feelings she goes from knowing the old impulsive Owen to the grown-up Owen who loves his family fiercely, even taking the blame for things just to assuage his cousins fear losing another member of their family. Maddie’s fear of turning into her mother though keeps her from fully embracing the life on the bayou she so desperately needs and doesn’t know it.
Owen Landry loved Madison down to his soul, but everyone around him wants him to be civil and polite to the girl who left him to live in the city. His laid back life is going to be tested. He owns part of this company he loves and he doesn’t want some billionaire coming in to change it. So he must make nice when all he wants to do is lay Madison out and have his way with her. Now he must show her that they both have grown up, matured. What they did as teenagers doesn’t define them as adults even if they are teased about it.
This story was both sweet and sexy. There are a lot of underlining things going on with everyone dealing with Tommy’s death that cause everyone’s true personality to show even if you don’t really know what to look for. Working together on the bayou though, you have to have trust or someone could get hurt.
Wowza! I loved this story so much. I am not a bayou girl as I don’t like creepy crawlies, but this story makes me want to run down the bayou and sit in Ellie’s bar (Owen’s grandma). Drink some sweet tea that Cora has made (Madison’s grandma) and watch firefly’s from the porch swing. Oh, and listen to Ellie. She may not be what you expect in a grandma, but she has some life lessons that would challenge a psychiatrist! This family has me laughing, crying, and wanting to be part of the passionate group of the bayou. Another great story from Erin Nicholas!
Reading Challenge #137
Review Writing Challenge #42
Bad Boys of Romance Challenge #15
Literary Pickers #38 – Porch swing/rocking chair on porch
Books ‘N’ Tunes #25 – Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
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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