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Bayou My Love

(Bayou #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Louisiana gets a whole lot hotter in this spellbinding story of secrets, betrayal, and seduction.

When Enza Parker inherits her estranged grandmother's house, it dredges up a haunting mystery—and puts her in the path of the most alluring man she's ever met.

For Enza, Bayou Sabine means pain and heartache: a mother who left her and a father whose lies have caught up with
Paperback, 2, 370 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Blue Crow Books (first published March 7th 2016)
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Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense, erotic read.
I liked this book a lot, one thing though, the heroine was a bit neurotic for me. The hero was swoony. Sigh...
Big ex-drama
Voodoo ...
Sep 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Louisiana gets a whole lot hotter in this new adult saga of romance, mystery, and suspense from Family Circle Award-Winning Author Lauren Faulkenberry.

Thirty-year-old Enza Parker is at a crossroads. To prove herself to her overbearing father, she takes on an ambitious project that brings back painful memories—and puts her in the path of the most alluring man she's ever met. As a child, Enza spent her summers in little Bayou Sabine, Louisiana with her
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, dreams
The words that come to my mind after reading: unexpected love, mystery, voodoo, action, romance, thriller, fire, old house, swamps, revenge.

Story of Enza who went to Bayou to renovate and sell an old house standing near swamps she inherited from her grandmother. But what seemed to be easy, quickly turned out to be more difficult than Enza would ever imagine.

I loved the setting and the mystery, I even got the creeps a few times. The book is full of action, it’s impossible to get bored. Great
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bayou My Love is set in the hottest part of Louisiana. The main protagonist, Enza, must decide what she will do with her grandmother's home in the bayou - flip it or keep it? The house comes with an unexpected and handsome tenant, Jack. While trying not to get mixed up in a complicated relationship and yet being drawn in by an unknown family history, Enza must decide the journey she will take. Continue being a stomping ground for her overbearing father or begin a new life in the Louisiana bayou? ...more
Donna Huber
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, romance
While the plot was predictable for a romance novel, I did like the characters. Faulkenberry did well developing them. I would have liked to have seen a bit more tension between the adversaries but again this is a romance novel and not a thriller. There are a few subplots that I would have liked to have seen more resolution for, but perhaps there will be a sequel. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads
Jennie Goutet
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A light, fun read where the girl gets the guy (or the guy gets the girl). It takes place in New Orleans and involves some danger and an old fixer-upper house. I liked both of the main characters a lot. If light, fun, romance sounds good to you, you'll like this one.
The best parts about this was the suspense and the voodoo elements. I did like that, while a romance, there was so much more to the story, too.
Lauren Masse
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this through LibraryThing and greatly enjoyed it. I'm a sucker for romance and old houses; this mixed the two perfectly for me.
Jana Williams
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Just Finished Reading "Bayou My Love" from Lauren Faulkenberry and I Want to Thank Lauren & Goodreads for Allowing Me to Win This Amazing Book in a Giveaway! I Will Keep This Short & Sweet, Without Giving Away Too Much! I Absolutely Loved This Book and if I Could Have Given it More than 5 Stars than I Absolutely Would Have! This Book is the Sweetest, Most Passionate Book I Have Read in a Very Long Time and it Held My Attention the Whole Time b/c There Was Also Some Mystery & ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Bayou My Love is fun. It is full of hot romance. It is also a very well-written and enjoyable read.

"As I opened the last moon pie I'd smuggled from the motel, I was hit with a flash from years before. Vergie and I were sitting on a quilt in one of the old cemeteries, back in a corner under an oak tree with limbs that undulated along the ground like tentacles. She was telling me ghost stories while we had tea and beignets, the powdered sugar clinging to our noses. We sat still as tombstones while
The Blonde Bookworm
Before I even finished the first chapter, I knew I was going to love this story. The way Lauren describes her characters… it was perfect! She described the characters with wonderful detail, but not too much detail. I appreciated that because I always love to use my imagination and make the characters my own. Enza and Jack are authentic characters and easy to relate to. I adored reading more about them and found myself unable to put the book down.

This story was about much more than just a simple
Debbie Hughes
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given book for an honest review.

This book feels so good. Enza is a strong women who finds herself and her life when she goes to Louisiana to flip her grandmothers house. Enza isn't looking for anything and she finds everything. This book is just a great read. It feels so real, and the characters come to life. I was so anxious to find out the "who" in who's doing what.
I may study up on voodoo....

While reading I could hear the accent in the writing. And as she describes Jack I can see him coming
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, 2016
Bayou my love is full of voodoo, mishaps and revenge. Truthfully, I couldn't put the book down and read it in one evening. I was fascinated and anxiously awaited each eloquent sensual and seductive action in the Bayou. I felt amid elements of Louisiana, and all the small town characters that make that click and work perfect together. The past and present meet bringing lovers and haters together. I look forward to reading the additional books. I give this book 4 stars. I was advanced a copy of ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I enjoyed Enza and truly loved jack..felt bad they had so much to deal with starting out with a fresh relationship. .But that makes you many problems to deal with...crazy exes, horrible family members, arsonists. But how to deal..well my friends read the book to see the outcome, because they did have good friends to stand by them..given for honest review
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Suspense, erotic read.
I liked this book a lot, one thing though, the heroine was a bit neurotic for me. The hero was swoony. Sigh...
Big ex-drama
Voodoo ...
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and the entire Bayou Series. Jack is hot and infuriating and hot. The Louisiana setting is spot on (my family is literally from here), and the main character has some real struggles that she works through in ways that make you cheer her on. This is a great book and the start of a great series.
Janice Somers
I enjoyed reading and the bayou suspense. It was dirty, hot, sexy, fun and the manipulation of the characters. There are TRiGGERS.
Reviewed on Musings and Ramblings.

This was a new to me author, one who contacted me about reviewing her book. After reading the blurb, it sounded like something I would like so I decided to give it a try. I didn't realize going in that this wasn't a typical HEA book - more a HEA For Now kinda story. The next book will continue Jack and Enza's story. But that is okay, because there was no big cliffhanger, and the ending was at a good stopping point.

I really liked Enza. She was hard headed and
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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I had read the prequel to this story, Back to Bayou Sabine, a while back so I had a pretty good idea of the background to this story. Enza is tired of her father giving her all the crap parts of the job of flipping houses and none of the responsibilities. She’s good at what she does, and it’s time that good old Dad lets her tackle one on her own – and she’s already picked it out. The house she inherited from her grandmother, the one where she had spent childhood
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, new-orleans
Enza Parker is headed back to New Orleans ... or the area just outside it ... to "flip" her aunt Vergie's house after that lady's death. Unbeknownst to Enza, local firefighter Jack Mayronne has been staying there. He agrees to help Enza get the house ready for sale.

Complicating things is an old girlfriend of Jack's, who shows up periodically. She may or may not be the one leaving voodoo love charms all over Enza's yard.

And then there's the arsonist who is keeping Jack's station busy. The
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this advanced copy from Library Thing. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the sequel. I've found a new author I love.
Romance Rehab
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Full review and other fun stuff on the Romance Rehab blog:

I was sold on reading this book when I saw that it was a renovation romance. (Even though the title is a little lame) That’s all it took. I have an almost unnatural fascination with home remodeling shows. I’ve lost DAYS to HGTV binges. I’m not proud of that, by the way. I’m just letting you know how much I adore the idea of renovation romance novels. And this one started off strong, too. Too bad it didn’t
Sarah Stuart
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enza is a feisty heroine who “fixes things” – houses for a living, and live-in boyfriends before they move on. She has one chink in her armour – her hard-headed businessman father. She works for him, and he’s tougher on her than the rest of his staff. When she inherits a house deep in the Bayou swamps, she digs in her heels and persuades Dad to provide the money for its makeover and to give her six weeks and a free hand. Enza isn’t expecting to find a man in residence. Will Jack’s DIY skills ...more
J. Marie
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspense, voodoo, and a little bit of love, Lauren Faulkenberry gives us all the ingredients to a great story and delicious page turner. Enza is a house-flipper, who convinced her father to let her go to the Louisiana bayou. A house inherited from her grandmother should a be a quick and easy flip, or so she thinks....... I loved the setting and the mystery. Faulkenberry provides us realistically flawed characters and beautifully captivates the human side of relationships. Will Enza let go of her ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enza is a thirty year old single woman that works for her father flipping houses. She has inherited a house from her estranged maternal grandmother in the bayou of Louisiana . Hoping to prove herself to her always disapproving father she strikes a deal to flip the inherited house in six weeks with a budget of $8500.00. When she arrives she finds her Grandmother had rented the house to a man named Jack with an iron clad lease prepaid several months ahead. Jack is the least of her worries.
Christine Hayes
Good read
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
just enough of everything. Love it! ...more
Kate Dobson
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really like books set in the "Bayou", the french language, the laidback style and I enjoyed this until about halfway, and then just lost it's way completely.
I liked Enza and Jack's story. It was sexy and mysterious and just plain fun. Looking forward to reading the next book.
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Lauren Faulkenberry is author of the novels TROUBLE IN BAYOU SABINE and BAYOU WHISPERS, the novellas BACK TO BAYOU SABINE and JUST THE TROUBLE I NEEDED (all from Blue Crow Books), and the children's book WHAT DO ANIMALS DO ON THE WEEKEND (Novello Festival Press). She is a contributor to the anthology HUNGRY FOR HOME: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas With More Than 200 Favorite Recipes.


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