Review of Beauty and the Bayou

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Beauty and the Bayou, an all-new sexy, small town, opposites attract rom com from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas, is available now!


Beauty and the Bayou

Erin Nicholas


August 13, 2019

Blurb:  Sawyer Landry knows he’s been beastly to be around for the past few months. But he can’t seem to remember how to be fun-loving and friendly. Until he sees Juliet Dawson on his boat dock… and realizes that hip waders are, apparently, one of his turn-ons. But despite the beauty in the boots, the last thing he needs right now is a city girl in his way for the next two weeks.

But he’s not really getting a vote. Juliet is determined that her little brother rebuild the dock he and his idiot friends smashed. She’s quirky, klutzy, independent…and possibly an even bigger pessimist than Sawyer is. He’s incredibly drawn to the cynical fish-out-of-water, who seems to be the one person who isn’t intimidated by his growling.

The big, gruff boat captain is the first person in a long time to want to watch out for her and Juliet finds that hotter than his grandma’s jambalaya. Well, that and his sexy scar, his emotional baggage, and the sense of humor and fun that is buried deep.

But Sawyer doesn’t need any more people to worry about long-term and the things that make him feel protective of Juliet aren’t going to go away. So, this two-week adventure can’t be anything more than a fling. With Juliet down on the bayou, there’s an even bigger threat than alligators and hurricanes. There’s the very good chance of someone ending up with a broken heart.


I expected to love Erin Nicholas’ Beauty and the Bayou after reading the hilarious and sexy Sweet Home Louisiana (see my 5 butterfly review), but it didn’t happen. While the parts were good: characterization, story, location, they just didn’t come together for me the way they should have.

We met Juliet, a lawyer at the end of Sweet Home Louisiana when she arrived to plead her brother, Chase’s case after he stole an airboat and destroyed one of the Landrys’ docks. As the blurb suggests, Juliet is a fish out of water, but that pretty much describes her everywhere, except perhaps in a courtroom, because of something that happened when she was a kid. She plans and prepares.

Ever since the death of his best friend, Tommy, Sawyer hasn’t been the same. He’s been grouchy, dark, and unpleasant to be around, until Juliet arrives on the scene bringing about a massive change in Sawyer.

I liked the characterization. There was enough reason as to why the characters behaved the way they did. I loved that the author put so much thought into it.

Unfortunately, not much happens for much of the novel. Sawyer and Juliet have sexy banter and then sexy times. It’s not until the last quarter of the novel that something happens and then there’s another missed opportunity at the end. I could go with not much happening if this was the rom-com that the previous novel had been. Make me laugh and I’m with you. But the laughs are much fewer. I’d have to call this novel and much of what it does: cute. Sawyer and Juliet are cute.

Now, Juliet has a lot of fears. One of the more irrational ones was black widow spiders in south Louisiana. These spiders are everywhere, even in Alexandria, VA where Juliet comes from. So why the focus on them?

Also, I want to know how a pregnant gray wolf ended up in Louisiana. That was some trek for that lady! And the story  line including her is too-far-fetched for anyone who knows anything about wolves.

I wish the Landry family had been as evident in Beauty and the Bayou as they had been in Sweet Home Louisiana. I guess I just wanted more of what had made the previous novel so enjoyable to me.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



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About Erin Nicholas

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.

Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).

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