Author: Lexi Blake
Expected Publication Date: May 5, 2020
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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 gator, finds herself in the middle of golf cart wars, and unwittingly adopts a scruffy dog, but Lila remains undaunted. She’s focused on running the town’s medical clinic, but fitting into the quirky community is harder than she imagined.
As a single dad, Sheriff Armie LaVigne embraces routine. But there is nothing routine about the town’s newest resident. Lila is a gorgeous fish out of water and he’s ready to catch her. In fact, in no time at all, Armie knows Lila is the woman for him and he plans to win her heart. But when the past threatens their happiness, Armie will have to decide if he has the courage to trust Lila enough to find a true happily ever after.
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 and so judgemental. I know that she went through something traumatic but up until about 30% on the book she was so unbearable. So what changed? The more she began to trust and get into a deeper relationship with Armie, we got to see a softer side to her. Soon, I began to see that she was too good for him. The best part about her character was that she loved hard and she knew her worth and what she deserved.
Armie. *deep sigh I started off enjoying his character. A sheriff single dad with a disabled daughter who was easy to like. He pursued Lisa and I couldn’t help but be smitten. However, when put in an uncomfortable situation he became a coward. I was shocked at how much his character changed and how he talked to Lisa. He lashed out and would stoop so low to hurt her just because he felt hurt or cornered. I really don’t think I’ve been this upset with a love interest in quite a long time. I don’t think that he wanted to be in a relationship, he just liked the idea of being in one.
I know that my review is solely based on characters but this book is really character driven. I can’t recommend it, However, if you are a fan of small towns and this author’s previous works then you might enjoy this better than I did.
I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.