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My Best Friend's Mardi Gras Wedding

(Boys of the Bayou #1)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Josh Landry is one of the hottest bartenders in New Orleans. He’s shown many a female tourist that things are definitely big and easy down here.

And he’s now been celibate for a year. Because he finally met her.

Yes, her. The One.

But, after nothing more than a hot goodnight kiss and a promise to meet up again next year if they’re both still interested, she went home to Iowa.
ebook, 235 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by EN Fiction, Inc.
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Erin Nicholas
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My Best Friend's Mardi Gras Wedding (Boys of the Bayou, #1) by Erin Nicholas
I'm so excited that Tori and Josh are almost here! I can't even tell you how much I love this little town in Louisiana and this crazy-but-loving family! This series has been in my head for a couple of years now and this story has been with me since last summer with all of the details coming together last October during a retreat with Erin McCarthy and Mari Carr. I feel like I've known and loved these people forever! And now it's finally here!

I'm telling you, Tori is one of the most likable her
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys....just wait until you read about Josh and Tori. I didn't put this book down...I started and finished it in one long sitting!

When I say this story is's Bayou in summer hot. Josh meets Tori at the bar he works at on Mardi Gras and there is an immediate connection. After some steamy kisses, Josh reluctantly sends Tori back home but tells her that if she still thinks about him and wants him after a year that they should meet back at the same bar on Mardi Gras. Well of course Tor
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Somehow I always forget just how good Erin Nicholas books are until I start another one. Ms. Nicholas just whaps me upside the head with how wonderful her stories are! This story is steamy, it's romantic, it's laugh out loud funny and just so much fun to read that I could have stayed in the world of Erin Nicholas forever!
This is the first in a new series (even if it is a spin off), so how can ALL the characters be so well developed that you think you actually know them? Josh's family is so extr
Nicole Westmoreland
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Victoria (Tori) Kramer, a veterinarian from Iowa, met Josh Landry, a bartender at Bourbon O’s in N’Awlins, neither of them expected the sparks they experienced that amazing night during Mardi Gras. They both felt something, but knew there was no way it could go anywhere because of the distance, life, and responsibilities. So Josh asked Tori to meet him the following year if they were both still single and still interested.

“We’ll give it a year. And then, if we’re still thinking about each
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this first look at the Landrys. The Gator Boys were my favorite secondary characters in the Big Easy.

I love wacky Tori and that Josh gives her the freedom to be who she is! Can't wait to see the rest fall!
Shannon Ferguson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tori and Josh might be one of my favorite fictional couples. They are fun, different, and their chemistry is off the charts. I completely adore Tori’s quirkiness. She’s one of the most relatable heroines I have read. And Josh. Omgah that man is AMAZING. He’s not pushy. But don’t underestimate his drive of going for what he wants.

The secondary characters were beyond entertaining. I want to be an honorary Landry. They are fun, have no problems giving each other crap, yet are the first to stand up
Courtney Kinder
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome start to the Boys of the Bayou series! It made me laugh, cry and swoon.
Josh Landry is a bartender in Louisiana and Victoria "Tori" Kramer is a veterinarian in Iowa.
They meet in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and decide to meet up again in a year if they are still single.
Tori comes back for her best friend's wedding. There is a mistaken identity mishap with the groom and Josh comes to the rescue.
What happens and will Josh and Tori get their Happily Ever After?
I loved that Josh lets Tori
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I read a Nicholas book, I know I'm in for a hilarious, fun-filled good time that's rounded out with steamy chemistry and heartfelt romance. After meeting these boys of the bayou in the Boys of the Big Easy Series I was already crushing on them a little, but I'm now full blown in love with all three generations of the Landry clan. If you’ve ever wanted a family who loves hard, teases mercilessly, accepts unconditionally and always has your back, it's the Landrys. And for Tori, who has on ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! Not matter what I write, I can’t do Josh & Tori justice! Tori was in New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras & met Josh in the bar he was working at. The chemistry & attraction was hot, steamy & instant! Tori doesn’t trust it so Josh has to quickly come up with a plan. He convinces her to meet back there next Mardi Gras if they still feel the same. A year later, Josh is frantically looking for Tori. Tori is there looking for Josh but they just miss each other. Tori really did ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves way more than 5 stars!

A sexy playboy New Orleans bartender who waits a year (a year!) for the love of his life. A gorgeous (slightly awkward) vet who collects random pets. A fake relationship that never really felt that fake. Yup, I loved every single thing about this book.

Josh and Tori have so much chemistry but it was Josh's total acceptance of Tori's...quirkiness that stole my heart. I know I will be rereading this one soon and can't wait for more from the Landry family.
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One of the many things I’ve always loved about Erin Nicholas is her ability to make you feel you are a part of her books and friends with her characters and she managed that big time in her latest release, the first book in her Boys of the Bayou series, My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding. I loved everything about the quirky heroine, the swoon worthy hero and their romance in this book and I loved the hero’s family with all my heart, but man she wrote a couple of antagonists I wanted to dump in
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erin Nicholas has done it again. The Boys if the Bayou is a spinoff of The Boys Of The Big Easy. Don't worry though, you don't have to have read any of the 'Big Easy' books to live this one.

Tori came from Iowa to New Orleans last year to visit her best friend, Andrew. When Andrew gets caught up in what his girlfriend, Paisley, wants to do, Tori is left on her own. It's Mardi Gras. She wanders into a bar and is immediately attracted to the hot bartender, who starts flirting with her. They make a
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
My Best Friend's Mardi Gras Wedding is filled with steamy chemistry, lots of wonderful family moments, and NOLA history/information I now feel like I could visit and know exactly where to go. I loved this story from start to finish.

Tori and Josh met the year prior during Mardi Gras. It was a connection that neither could exactly put a finger on, but one where Josh made Tori promise that she would meet him in that exact spot a year later if they were both still single. A romantic notion, yes, but
“𝘿𝙤𝙣’𝙩 𝙜𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙖𝙯𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙚𝙡𝙨𝙚. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨, 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨.”

Fans of Erin Nicholas’ 𝐵𝑜𝑦𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐵𝑖𝑔 𝐸𝑎𝑠𝑦 series, you are in for an AMAZING treat. The 𝐵𝑜𝑦𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐵𝑎𝑦𝑜𝑢 series is here and we are starting off with Josh and Tori’s story in 𝗠𝘆 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱'𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗶 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝘀 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴. I enjoyed the hell out of their journey. From the very start, there is incredible chemistry and an undeniable connection between our main lovable characters. Then we get that juicy but light angst factor that pu
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Recommends it for: Erin Nicholas Fans, Romance
Oh, Erin Nicholas, YOU ARE THE WOMAN...
You send me Newsletters Taunting me and Teasing me about Bayou Men...

The first taste had me panting for more...
A sexy, hot bartender who has never needed to work for it...
He meets a sweet Iowa gal and


A Kiss, A Promise and a Date a year from now...
Would he be serious, think about her and hold true...

Hell Yeah, A Golden Iowa Angel...
Held out, Was True for a Whole Year hoping his Angel comes back...

She does come back But everything goes sideways...
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I pick up a new Erin Nicholas book, I know I'm going to have a new favorite story, a new keeper, a new book boyfriend, a new "you've GOT to read this!" My Best Friend's Mardi Gras Wedding is no exception.

Victoria Kramer, known to her friends as Tori, and Josh Landry meet in a bar during Mardi Gras. He's been working as a bartender, she was there to kill some time before she returned home from vacation. They enjoyed a couple hours of conversation and a sweet kiss, neither wanting to ad
Princess Thuy
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You ever read a story that just makes you feel oh so good? Well, My Best Friend's Mardi Gras Wedding is definitely that story. I swear I had a permanent grin on my face throughout this story. Josh is an absolute doll. I love him so much. He's my new dream guy. And Tori was so adorable. And together they were just sigh worthy. And don't forget smoking hot! Erin Nicholas totally transported me into this story. I felt like I was living every word. I can't wait to read more about these sexy Boys of ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
4.5 stars

I really, really liked this! Josh and Tori had me smiling. They were awesome together. He was so focused on getting to know Tori, and making her happy. I loved it!
Kari Hansen
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tori, a veterinarian in Iowa, is in New Orleans where she meets Josh who is a bartender. They have an instant chemistry and connection, so they agree to meet each other in the same place a year later if they still have feelings for each other.

They have both thought of each other during the year so when Tori’s best friend is having his wedding in New Orleans she decides that it will be the perfect opportunity to see if Josh feels the same way. When things become complicated with her best friend,
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG....what a fun read!! This story hooked me from the very first page with Josh walking through the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras to meet up with a woman he met a year ago and can't forget. Tori who is back in New Orleans for her best friend's wedding shows up to meet Josh but ends up kissing the wrong guy. The wedding party sees her mistake and won't believe her when she tells them about Josh--so she sets out to find Josh to be her doting boyfriend for the wedding festivities. Josh ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, be prepared to read the whole book in one sitting! Tori and Josh were amazingly perfect for each other. Their chemistry was unmistakable, and talk about hot! Ms. Nicholas always makes the seemingly impossible possible with her couples. I’ll never get enough. And now I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next Boys of the Bayou...
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author through Booksprout, in exchange for an honest review.

Erin Nicholas has outdone herself with this book! I have at least 20 of her books under my (literary) belt and I must say that this one was by far my absolute favorite!!! It is a spin off from her Boys of the Big Easy series that is its own starter book of the Boys of the Bayou series!

This is an absolute must read! Tori is a hoot! She made me laugh so much! I wanted to punch Paisley and
Heather Nobbs
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book in a new series and it was fantastic! You just can’t go wrong with an Erin Nicholas book. I loved Josh and Tori as a couple. They were fun and you could feel the attraction they had for each other. Tori is in New Orleans for her best friend, Andrew’s wedding. Andrew is quite a jerk and you just can’t wait for Tori to realize this. But because of this wedding Tori is able to meet up with her Mardi Gras crush from the year before, Josh.
I loved the scenes with Josh’s family.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erin Nicholas has outdone herself with this book. Whenever I read a Erin Nicholas book, I know I'm going to get an hilarious, fun-filled good read combined with steamy chemistry and heartfelt romance. My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding is steamy, it's romantic, it's laugh out loud funny and just so much fun to read.

I loved Josh and Tori as a couple and I loved their story. They’re attraction they had for each other just pours from the pages and they’re chemistry is insane and electric. The two
Sassy Southern
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Cow!!!! This was my first book from this author, but it will not be my last!

This is book 1 in the Boys of the Bayou and I am dying to get my hands on the next book. Once I started reading I was hooked and could not tear my eyes away. Even when I had to stop reading for a moment, my mind was still thinking about this book and what I thought was going to happen next.

Tori and Josh had such amazing chemistry and I absolutely fell in love with both of these characters as well as Josh's entire f
Flo Grugel
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh I loved this book!
My Best Friends Mardi Gras Wedding is a really sweet, fun and easy read. I loved Josh so much! From the first chapter I knew he was going to join my list of fictional boyfriends.. he was so sweet for Tori and literally would do anything for her. I still don't know how to feel about our groom Andrew..he was a major part of the story but man I didn't like the guy. He could have ruined everything!
Fab 5 star read looking forward to more of this series I especially can't wait to
Donna Smith
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is something special about the people that Erin Nicholas creates. They are people you could get to know and be friends with. This new series has more of the same but funnier and hotter than Hades characters. This first book has all the great parts of classic movies such as An Affair to Remember and My Best Friend's Wedding. Josh and Tori meet in a New Orleans bar during Mardi Gras. They talk for two nights and there is something there but Josh doesn't want to spoil what might be the one. T ...more
Britt Franks Red Hatter Book Blog
This book is hands down one of the sweetest in the world. An instant connection, a beautiful once in a lifetime kind of love, a perfect dash of drama and some seriously great laugh out loud humor all rolled into one unforgettable story. That’s what My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding is. I don’t think I’ve ever swooned as hard as I did while reading this.
Josh is the absolute swooniest, sweetest, most romantic southern man in existence. Every time he said or did something that made my heart leap
Jennifer Petrilla
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding is my new favorite book from Erin Nicholas. I haven’t fallen in love with a book series since her Sapphire Falls series concluded. I will definitely be reading this one over and over again!

Tori is a small town veterinarian from Iowa and Josh works two jobs in New Orleans. It is love at first sight for the duo. They met while Josh was bartending on Mardi Gras. It would take them a year for them to reconnect. They have some obstacles to overcome along the way b
Shelly Farar Stephenson
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning: You will stay up way too late just to finish this book! Josh had me at “I’m a bayou boy.” I couldn’t put this book down.
Josh is irresistible with his sexy accent and southern charm. Tori is an adorable veterinarian in town for Mardi Gras when they meet at the bar where Josh is working. After a few hours of flirting and a few HOT kisses, they agree to meet up again. Same place, same day…a year later but only if they are still interested. Josh hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her.
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Erin Nicholas is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes i ...more

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“He kissed her long and hot, drinking in her taste and scent. Her hands went to his hips, her fingers hooking through the belt loops on his khaki shorts. She pulled him against her, arching her back, the fly of her jeans against his.
Josh sucked in a deep breath and finally, reluctantly, lifted his head.
“I’m so damned glad to see you.”
“I’m so damned glad I got on that bus,” she said, her voice breathless, her smile wide.
“I hope you’re planning to stay for a while. Like all day. And night. And then the next. Four or five.”
Her eyes widened. “The next four or five days?”
He lowered his head, brushing his lips over hers. “I was thinking more like months.”
She laughed softly, her breath hot against his mouth. “So everything I remember feeling last year is still here.”
“Definitely still here,” he agreed. And stronger. Absence did make the heart grow fonder. He also knew it made memories fade and fantasies grow. But it seemed that neither of those things had happened in regard to Tori.
He remembered everything—the freckles on her nose, the length of her eyelashes, the reddish-gold highlights in her hair, the way her laugh punched him in the gut and made him hard as steel.
“Thank God,” she said softly.
“So that’s a yes to the four or five months?”
She laughed again. “Part of me is a very definite yes.”
“That’s the part I want.”
“Well, I can definitely offer you a chance to hang out with me for a few days.”
“You don’t even want to know what for?”
“Doesn’t matter.”
“Wow,” she said again.
Josh brushed his thumbs over her cheekbones. “That’s what I was thinking.”
She blew out a little breath. “So how do you feel about weddings?”
“Are you proposing?”
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