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Butterfly Bayou

(Butterfly Bayou #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  206 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake is back with an all-new heartwarming, small-town contemporary romance series set against the spicy southern backdrop of Louisiana's Butterfly Bayou.

Life in Dallas took a tragic turn for nurse practitioner Lila Daley. In need of a fresh start, she retreats to Papillon, Louisiana, a tiny town on the bayou. Sure she's greeted by a
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Berkley
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
This book has me so excited that it's a new series. I just love small town romances. It was pretty funny how this small town reacted to the city slicker nurse coming to take over the town clinic. I grew up in a small town, so I could see some of this actually happen, which just had me completely entertained.

I loved the main couple just as much as all the side characters in the Butterfly Bayou. Lila was a little hard to connect with at first but the more you learn about her, the more you understa
Kayla Brunson
I didn’t get what I wanted from this book. From the synopsis, I thought I would be reading an easy and light hearted small town romance. While I did get the small town feels, nothing about this was light hearted. My issues with this book were the characters and how long it felt. Seriously, it could have been just because I truly wasn’t enjoying it, but it really dragged.

Characters. They did a switch on me honestly. In the beginning, I just knew that I wasn’t going like Lila. She came off bitchy
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I enjoyed this book so much! I absolutely loved the residents of the bayou. There was so much packed into this story that I don't think I took a breath the whole way through!
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read with quirky characters that really resonated with me. I loved the wit and humor sprinkled throughout the story as it helped to deal with some of the heavier topics that were being introduced.

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There was something about this hero that captivated me and I wish I could put my finger on what exactly it was. He wasn’t the typical alpha hero and yet he was very protective. Whatever this author imbibed him with, I loved it.

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The conflict between this hero and heroine was unique an
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

Butterfly Bayou was a good start to what I'm sure will be a fantastic series. Lexi Blake delivered a remarkable and riveting romance brimming with scorching hot passion, angst, light-hearted humor, and all the feels. I enjoyed my visit to Papillion, Louisiana, where the sexy sheriff and single dad, Armie LaVigne, found the perfect woman who turned his world upside down ~ Lila Daley. She comically and unexpectedly fell into this hot lawman's life, courtesy of a speed trap guarded by an alliga
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
This author is well known for her BDSM series. Haven’t read them at all and I’m not looking to read them anytime soon. This was CR and I thought I should give it a chance plus the cover has the one thing that would make me read any book. You can guess what it is.

I wanted to read it because of the dog but he wasn’t even that much in the book.

The first 30% was slow and b o r i n g asf.

First of all, I hate, hate when in books and IRL people don’t treat animals like they should be treated. Nothing
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Butterly Bayou is a delightful story, about an uptight city girl who survives a horrendous experience and decides to recover from it by moving to rural Louisiana and taking over a clinic in a small town. is a delightful story, about an uptight city girl who survives a horrendous experience and decides to recover from it by moving to rural Louisiana and taking over a clinic in a small town.

Lila Daley studied medicine as a way to overcome her crappy childhood and was happy with her fancy apartment
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Butterfly Bayou by Lexi Blake is the First book in the Butterfly Bayou Series. This is the story of Armand 'Armie' LaVigne and Lila Daley. Lila was a ER nurse is a big city but a incident happened that made her rethink her life. So, she headed to Papillon, Louisiana to work in the small town's medical clinic. But right from the start she knows she is in a different world with its corky people with their corky ways. This of course leads her to some funny situation learning about small towns. But ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
**Butterfly Bayou generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**

2 "Do you know why they call this Butterfly Bayou?" Stars

This started out really great for me. I enjoyed where our heroine, Lila Daley, came from and where she was headed very much. The scene of Butterfly Bayou and it's colorful cast of townsfolk made for an interesting escape. And the town Sheriff and his interesting, charming daughter also were two people for whom I wanted to stand behind.

Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"I wanted to kiss you the first time I saw you. Lust at first sight."

I really enjoyed my visit to Papillon, Louisiana and Butterfly Bayou. The small-town residents are a handful and gave Lila a hard time when she moved in to run the local clinic. Not only was she an outsider, but she was also a woman. It didn't matter that the retiring doctor who sold her the clinic was up in years and would rather be fishing. They trusted him...even if they sometimes shouldn't.

The only welcome she got was f
Michelle [Helen Geek]
October 2020 -- 4 Stars

This book reminded me of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I'm sure I'll read another.

Happy Reading!
Nadine Bookaholic
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Going into this story I was expecting a small town romance, which I did get, but I usually associate them with a lighter romance and this was WAY heavier than I expected. Maybe my perception of small town romances is wrong but I can only go on what I have read in the past and this one was very different.

Lila is a nurse practitioner in Dallas Texas and after a HORRIBLE event takes place she moves to the small town of Papillon Louisiana to be closer to her sister and take over the medical practice
Sherwood Smith
Mar 09, 2020 added it
Shelves: romance
It took me quite a while to read this book. I kept reading a new pages, then putting it down. Some of my reaction might be expectations. The blurb pointed in the direction of a fluffy small town romance, which given the news these days I was in the mood for.

But what we got was a story about abuse shoved into the romance, neither of them quite successful: the abuse thread seemed to take over the story, the romance seemed unmoored and even perfunctory at times, particularly as the hero weathervane
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
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Happy Reading, friends!

Special thanks to Berkley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

So, this one started out with super-strong VIRGIN RIVER vibes. Honestly, maybe a little too much like VIRGIN RIVER for a super fan like me. The heroine is a FNP heading to a small town after a traumatic event. From here, we meet the love interest, the clinic and townspeople are not ve
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:

I've never read Lexi Blake on her own but I have when she's written with Shayla Black, but never on her own. So when I saw the cover of her new series I had to try it. I've been in a small-town binge for a bit now.

Plus I just loved the cute cover and hoped it would be a series I'd enjoy.

I will tell you the book starts out with a bang and you have to wonder where it's going. I didn't read the back of the book so I
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Butterfly Bayou is a new series by Lexi Blake. I will admit, the cover totally won me over. I mean, a cute dog, in boat? Adorable! Small town romance? Great! My actual feelings on the story are much more mixed however.

Let's start with what worked! The heroine, Lila, makes some real personal growth and I love that in a character. She was kind of rude in the beginning, but I think I was able to see that as a defense mechanism. The hero is a sheriff, single dad, and a little wary of letting a
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Oh, I love a hero who admits he was wrong. And Armie wasn't wrong just once, this guy had a lot of apologizing to do. Lucky for Lila, the good people of the bayou town of Papillon made sure our single dad sheriff Armie learned his lesson. Lexi Blake created such a slyly charming, nutty Southern haven in Papillon and I can't wait for more.

But first, this is really Lila Daley's story and she may be my favorite Daley ever. Until Lila, all of Will Daley's sisters kind of blended together (so many L
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're like me, you picked up this book just because you're a Lexi Blake fan. The blurb seemed interesting so that was good. But mostly I'm a big fan of this author's writing and have pretty much loved everything she's written that I've read so far. She's basically an auto-buy author for me.

So when I heard about the release of Butterfly Bayou it was an instant yes for me. But within the first few pages I went from

'the blurb seemed interesting'


'sitting up, paying attention, I am here for t
Jackie Wright
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m ashamed to admit this is the first book I have read by Lexi Blake and I now know why my best friend has been telling me for years that this was an author I needed to read.......
This book ticked all my boxes, it’s a story with all the feels and it has characters you will adore, oh and let’s not forget you will be captivated from the first page to the last line.
Butterfly Bayou is book 1 in the new series and if this book is anything to go by this author will certainly have a hit on her hands.
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! This book is filled with lots of small town, close community care, humor with things like lawn tractor races and an alligator named Otis who assists the town sheriff's department with speed traps, loving couples and some seriously bad guys. I liked getting to meet and get to know the locals, especially newcomer, nurse practitioner Lila Daley and Sheriff Armie LaVigne and his daughter Noelle. Lila and Armie both shared some very emotional, gut-wrenching moments which added ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Butterfly Bayou is the first book in the Butterfly Bayou series by Lexi Blake. It's stand-alone and quite different in some ways from her other books. There is a bad guy, but the book, for me at least, is more fitted for women's fiction rather than suspense. It focuses on the relationships Lila and Armie have not only with each other but with many other people.

If you have a Lexi Blake fan and have read some of her other books, you might remember Lila. She appeared as a secondary character in Clo
Sandy Nikolas
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Butterfly Buyou seems to be a place where folks come to relax and regenerate. Lila has had a rough time. Armie has had a rough time. Noelle pulls at your heart. This does remind me a lot of the Bliss series. A lot of push pull. Action and drama. Lots of life lessons about ,love, family and strength.
Jul 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
New Lexi Blake series. Small town setting, something she excels at writing with so much passion. Main character named Armie? Bummer it's next year but yes please.

May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lexi Blake’s Butterfly Bayou is an irresistible small-town romance that sparkles with humor, heat and heart that is simply enchanting!

Lila Daley had worked hard for to have the life she had always wanted. Having had to raise herself and her siblings due to their mother’s lack of maternal instinct and total inability to stay out of trouble, Lila had never let the fact that she didn’t have the best start in life keep her back from making her goals a reality. With her siblings all settled with thei
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
3 Stars!

Source: eARC for Honesty Review Courtesy of Berkey via Edelweiss
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 1 of a new series

My Butterfly Bayou Review . . .

It has been forever since I read a Lexi Blake book and I am glad I requested this one. It's a sweet new series and a great quirky town in the Bayou.

Lila Daley has lived through quite the tragedy and she's now starting over in a new town to be near her sister and her sister's family. The moment she arrives in this new parish she runs into
Kari Hansen
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
After enduring a tragedy, Lila has left her career as a Practical Nurse in a fast paced hospital and purchased a medical practice in small town Butterfly Bayou to be near her sister. She was expecting to be welcomed into the community, but she is finding that her personality is rubbing some of the locals the wrong way.

Armie is the sexy Sheriff who is a single father to his teenage daughter, and she has been the only woman that he has allowed in his life for years. He is drawn to Lila and she bri
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This was interesting in that the heroine wasn't "nice". She was prickly and a little difficult and wasn't very diplomatic. I've read other reviews where she was described as a bitch. I could see why, she wasn't a comfortable person. But I didn't get 'bitch' from her. What I mostly got from her is that she was impatient with her circumstances (rightly so). I got a person who was smart, professional and expected other grown ups to act like they had more than one neuron in their brain. I l
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Butterfly Bayou is the first book in a new series by Lexi Blake. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard Lexi was writing a small town romance but she definitely put her twist on it. If you are looking for a sugary sweet small town romance this is not it. It is, however a romance story with characters that are fighting their own internal guilt and drama but in the end help each other to find the peace and understanding in order to move on from their past.
Lila was tough to like at the beginnin
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A traumatic event causes Lila Daley to move from Dallas to Papillon Bayou in Louisiana. Her youngest sister Lisa recently settled into what the locals call Butterfly Bayou, and Lila is looking to both hide away and make big changes in her life. So she moves her home, life, and career to where Lisa is. Lila survived a rough childhood, but in order to do so she had to hold herself apart and not open up to people. After a near death experience, she has reorganized her life. She wants to no longer f ...more
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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings n ...more

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