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Blue Bayou

(French Quarter Collection #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  577 ratings  ·  158 reviews
The road to self-discovery leads Maverick Kensington deep into the heart of New Orleans. The colorful characters, beautiful scenery and the hot mess of a woman he finds along the way offer him the perfect place to reinvent himself.

The French Quarter and Blue Bayou are exactly the change of pace he’s looking for, helping him escape the soul-sucking work he does for his fat
ebook, 274 pages
Published August 30th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services (first published August 2018)
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Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The idea of the story is promising. A rich hero, on so much needed vacation, meets with damsel in distress. Plus with the background of New Orleans, it seems a sure thing. The beginning of the story is really promising. The hero desperate for his father approval. His father treating him like any other employee. Then when the story progress, it becomes downhill.

The conversations on this book is looks like being cut and paste from other books so making this book lack of originality. The character
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars.
Official review coming... just heading to a family outing.
Anne OK
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Who doesn't love a book set in New Orleans with all its colorful ambience? New to me authors offering a "hot mess express" and one that took me on a wonderful ride through a story full of new and sizzling romance and a cast of characters guaranteed to steal you heart.

Carys and Maverick had chemistry in spades. And I loved the strength and character each upheld. The "family" ties and the old Blue Bayou hotel were such a nice addition to this story as well.

My only complaint is that the ending lef
Bex |
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, vacation-lovin
My first Jiffy Kate experience and it was lovely! Loved the New Orleans location and attention to history. Great writing and enjoyable main (and secondary--Jules was hilarious!) characters.

{full review to come}
Oct 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Melinda Knight
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

WOW! This book! I am going to cut to the chase and just tell you, YOU MUST READ IT! This story not only takes place in New Orleans, but the characters are just perfect!

Maverick Kensington comes to New Orleans to escape his everyday life. He needs to get away from his job, his father and figure himself out. When he stumbles upon a quaint, historic hotel he has no idea that it will completely change his life. Maverick meets the hotel owner, Carys Matthews and is totally thrown for a loop.

Danielle S.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just a NOLA girl loving this NOLA world!

Carys Matthews & Maverick Kensington are a match made in heaven!

Mav needs a break from his overbearing, heartless father so he escapes to New Orleans. Forgoing his normal routine of 5 Star ritz, he stumbles into the lobby and the owner of the Blue Bayou. A quaint little hotel on the brink of closure, being run by Carys now, since her mother and grandfather are no longer living.

Obviously, the sparks start flying. The UST (unresolved sexual tension) is pa
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Cranky Stars

First off let me get this off my chest. I’ve been singing this song since I picked up this book.

Ok now let me get this off my chest as well. Tom Cruise isn’t my favorite, but this is an iconic movie.

Maverick Kensington wandered into Blue Bayou when he decided he needed a break from his life with his overbearing greedy father. He was drawn to the building and once he was inside he was drawn to the charismatic owner. He knew she was flustered but he had this genuine need to help he
After her mother passed away, Carys Matthews inherits her family’s hotel in New Orleans, the Blue Bayou. Knowing nothing about finances & running a hotel, Carys wings it, with the help of the hotel’s two best employees, George & Mary, who have worked there from the start. But now a couple years later, Carys’ lack of business knowledge is starting to catch up to her, especially now that the hotel needs updating and is losing business due to lack of marketing. Then in walks Maverick Kensington, wh ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jiffy Kate had another winner on their hands. Blue Bayou was nothing but perfection. Seriously soon as I started I couldn't put it down. When I was finished I almost wanted to start it over again cause it was just that good. Its like if Hallmark movie was book it would be the Blue Bayou. So many feels while reading this book. 
Carys Matthews is doing her best with what she has even though her best really isn't that great. After her mom untimely death she is left to take over the family business T
Cass the Moody Reader
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the setting in New Orleans and great characters!

Jules was my favorite 😂
Stacey Gomez
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh so good! I loved this book the banter of Carys Mathews and Maverick Kensington is delightful, charismatic, smooth, care free. I received this book as an ARC for my review. The characters feel all realistic and relatable. This book wants me to go back to the Nola and to feel the family closeness and carefree attitude. My mouth is drooling for the beignets. I digress, I love the dialog banter between Carys and Maverick. The chemistry is off the charts between this two, I had to fan myself or ju ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming visit to New Orleans all wrapped up in a wonderful story of two souls in need of each other

Maverick is dying inside working in his father’s cut throat world and runs off to New Orleans and smack dab into Carys who is just trying to keep her family dream alive

Full of awesome UST (that even explains UST) and plenty of colorful character that bring you all the way to the Quarter from your favorite reading nook

The book feels like a light, quick read but the story is deep and powe
G (heartbooked)
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 & 1/2 ⭐️s...

First of all... I finished this book a day ago and I’m still singing the song today! A plus for this is because the ‘setting place’ is on my bucket list to visit.

If anyone wants a sweet romance story, then this is for you. You know in every romance there’s bound to be something happening that makes you question your feelings. It wasn’t over the top drama but believable. Get to know Maverick the handyman sweetheart. And witness the progress of Carys’ character.

I’m a reader who love
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 Stars**

I have seriously enjoyed every Jiffy Kate book I have read, and Blue Bayou was no exception. I absolutely loved Carys' strength and determination, even in the midst of everything falling apart around her.

Carys and Maverick had that instant spark and attraction, and their chemistry was palpable throughout every page of this book. The authors wrote with such description I felt as though I were in New Orleans myself. Another very enjoyable read from Jiffy Kate!
Kat Tammen
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
JiffyKate weaves descriptive magic that puts the readers right in the middle of the settings in their stories. This particular ride delivered me directly to New Orleans. The colorful buildings, sounds of music in the air, scents (both good, and bad) were all written in a way which made me feel like I was visiting the area. I literally felt like a guest at the Blue Bayou. And yes- I will come back to visit again.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Right from the start this books captures your attention. I honestly accomplished NOTHING the day I read this because I didn’t want to put it down. You’ll instantly fall in love with Carys and Maverick and all the Chaos Of their story. It’s beautiful, realistic and makes you want to visit New Orleans! I love that you see the Landry family and I’m all about a Shep book now!
Michelle Groover
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! So well written - can easily picture the city, the Blue Bayou, and smelling the food.

I could picture myself in New Orleans which made me miss the city and all it has to offer...including beignets. Like every couple Maverick and Carys have their ups and downs, but they are perfect for one another. It’s hard not to see yourself in some of the situations Carys finds herself. Bth she and Maverick are relatable. Also love the cameos from the Landry’s.
Tricia Bartley.  #AuthorStalker
Love this cover!!!
Love the name of the book!!!
Love the story!!!
Love Jiffy Kate's writing!!!!
And Love saying the title, it just makes me want to sing Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt...actually I really want to belt it out!!! lol

"I feel so bad I've got a word in mind,
I'm so lonesome all the time
Since I've left my baby behind on Blue Bayou.
Saving nickels, saving dimes,
Working 'till the sun don't shine
Looking forward happy times on Blue Bayou

I'm going back someday, 'to Blue Bayou!
Where we sleep all day
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Completely adorable book about one of my favorite places, New Orleans! Jiffy Kate does an awesome job of drawing you in to the story, characters, the amazing life of New Orleans and Blue Bayou. I feel like I went for a visit! (Minus all the calories!)

Maverick Kensington needs a break, a break from his life - a life he didn't choose - but mostly he needs a break from his bully of a father. As a Kensington, it's a foregone conclusion that he'd go into the family business but Mav would rather do it
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4 stars

Completely adorable book about one of my favorite places, New Orleans! Jiffy Kate does an awesome job of drawing you in to the story, characters, the amazing life of New Orleans and Blue Bayou. I feel like I went for a visit! (Minus all the calories!)

Maverick Kensington needs a break, a break from his life - a life he didn't choose - but mostly he needs a break from his bully of a father. As a Kensington, it's a foregone conclusion that he'd go into the family business but Mav would rathe
Ankita Kaul
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A place I definitely want to visit... and revisit!

Short review: I loved it. It’s awesome. Mav is swoony, and Carys is the best hot mess ever. I think I’d like to adopt Jules...And move into the Blue Bayou.
Longer review: so, yeah... the thing I loved best about this book is the way it made me feel. I could feel the nostalgia and the history of happiness that was such an essential part of the BB, and that, more than anything else, made me want to root for it.
The story is sweet and simple, but h
Hot KU Romance-Dani
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blue Bayou by Jiffy Kate!! This is the first book I’ve read by this great duo and I have completely fallen in love! I’m a Louisiana girl so reading this story and having the feels of NOLA really drew me in. Not only did they nail the feels but the story line was fun and inviting!

Carys, that girl made my heart hurt. She’s so young with so much responsibility because of all the loss in her life. She’s inherited this sweet historic hotel in the heart of New Orleans called the Blue Bayou! With dete
Jennifer Pierson
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The dynamic duo that makes up Jiffy Kate has penned another great story in Blue Bayou. The story starts out with Maverick Kensington becoming fed up with his overbearing father, and taking off for time away, when he lands in New Orleans at the Blue Bayou. It's a small hotel, not his normal 5 star digs, and it's where he meets Carys Matthews, who throws his world in a tailspin. Carys is trying to keep the family business running, but she's in over her head. She doesn't have time for relationships ...more
Clara Martinez Turco
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blue Bayou is one of those books that fills you with wanderlust. It's impossible to read it and not wanting to go to New Orleans, where it takes place. Simply put, it's a refreshing and perfect summer read.

Maverick Kensington, the son of a Dallas real estate mogul, takes a last minute trip to NOLA to escape the demands of his imposing father and to rethink his life. Walking around the French quarter he stumbles onto the Blue Bayou, a quirky and off-the-beaten-path hotel run by Carys Matthews, a
Nicole Guerrero
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blue Bayou is Maverick and Carys story. Maverick is struggling with his father and the ethics behind the work they do. So he takes a vacation to escape. Carys is struggling and stressing about keeping the Blue Bayou afloat the only thing of her family she has left. They meet by chance and there's instant chemistry. Maverick wants to help her, but she's a little cautious. But then their Journey Begins and it's a beautiful story. I love Maverick he's so charming and sweet. Carys she's beautiful in ...more
Ashley N Stephens
Love in the Big Easy

Once I realized this book was set in my all time favorite city of New Orleans, it easily sucked me in. This was a sweet story of two lost people trying to navigate their way in life. Carys was a hot mess that was much stronger than she gave herself credit for. Maverick was a man with a heart of gold trying to break free of his tyrant father. The two of them together help each other to be their best selves. Enjoyed this Jiffy Kate story.
E.J. Frost
I enjoyed this taste of love "on the bayou." It reminded me pleasantly of time spent in New Orleans.
The setting aside, the story didn't draw me in as much as I would have liked. The heroine is a hot mess (by her own admission). I had trouble sympathising with her and didn't like that the hero had to "save her" from her own lack of competence.
There was real chemistry between the hero and heroine but it got buried in the constant observations of how hot they were. I'd much rather feel the heat th
Aug 04, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a good read. Maverick hates working for his dad. He is visiting New Orleans and meets Carys. They hit it off right away and things are going great. Until she sees something and gets mad. Of course it's not what she thinks and things get messy. Thankfully in the end it all works out and they get their happy ending. ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Jiffy Kate book full of southern roots - I adore the characters they write, they are flawed, yet kind and well-rounded. The stand out character to me in this book wasn't even the main characters - it was Jules, the part time Blue Bayou employee! He stole this book for me! I need a Jules in my life!

Maverick and Carys are strangers who had an immediate connection - he's running from the life he's been forced to live and she's running herself ragged with the hotel she inherited. It's a bea
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