A fun and sexy contemporary romance
I was pulled to this book by the title - it's fun and immediately makes you curious. And I'm really glad because this was a fun read. Frustrating at times, which I'll explain in a moment - but fun and ultimately satisfying.
Four Weddings and a Swamp Boat Tour by Erin Nicholas is part of her Boys of the Bayou series. Now some might say that you can read each as a standalone - but this was my first journey into the world she has created, and I was a bit confused. There are a lot of characters and I wish I had been introduced to them earlier so I could keep everyone straight. That being said, they certainly are a fun bunch. But I can see how Paige could be overwhelmed. Paige is just trying to do her own thing - she's actually trying to escape her own meddlesome family. So when she shows up at Mitch's door - a guy she had a quick fling with (twice) while he was visiting her hometown, she is not expecting to be on display for his large and extremely nosy family. Mitch feels very strongly about Paige - so strongly in fact that he is imagining her in his future. But he understands that if he comes on too strong, he'll push his commitment phobic girl away. So, despite what he truly wants (which is to marry her and tie her and her five cats to him for life), he agrees to just be friends with benefits. For now.
Mitch is so great I was sometimes frustrated with Paige for keeping him at arm's length. I had to remind myself that she was only 22 and deserved a bit of freedom before settling down. But honestly, anyone in their right mind would have scooped him up and held tight. He is dreamy. But it was satisfying to see him slowly break down her walls and wiggle his way into her closed off heart. I definitely enjoyed reading their romance, and I am definitely going to go back to the beginning of the series so I can get a proper introduction to all the fun and colourful characters. Erin Nicholas is a great writer and she makes you want to be a part of her crazy Louisiana clan.
Thank you to the author and to SocialButterflyPR for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Keep scrolling for purchase links and an excerpt!
Four Weddings And A Swamp Boat Tour, an all-new swoon-worthy Boys of the Bayou Gone Wild series standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas is available now!
She’s been proposed to five times.
She even said yes to one of them.
And then broke his heart when she called it off. Not to mention her mother’s heart. And her grandmother’s. And his mother’s. And…you get the picture.
Paige Asher has now officially sworn off all dating. Diamonds give her hives.
All she wants is to be a yoga-doing, cat-collecting, vegetarian in peace. Away from her marriage-crazy family and all their expectations.
So when her weekend fling turns into a real friend and offers her a place to escape, she finds herself on his doorstep in Louisiana. And right in the middle of not just one family wedding, but three. Of course.
Charming, sexy bayou boy Mitch Landry gets stuff done. Whatever anyone needs. From alligator-sitting to getting a buddy drunk to showing a woman a good time to fixing a swamp boat, he’s the man. No problem. No drama.
But he wants a hell of a lot more from Paige than a temporary friends-with-benefits arrangement. He wants to take care of her. And her five cats. He also really wants other men to stop asking her to marry them.
But if a roommate and a few orgasms are all she wants, that’s what he’ll deliver.
He can just be her friend and not commit the greatest sin of all…asking her for forever.
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“Goodnight, Paige,” he finally said.
They still just stood looking at each other.
“You need to go to your room,” he said, his voice a little tight.
“I will. You too.”
“Yeah, but—” He sighed. “You’re right by my door.”
She looked at the closed bedroom door again. And smiled. “I guess I am.”
She didn’t want to torture the guy. He was trying to be noble. Or something. But she wouldn’t deny that she liked that resisting her would be difficult.
“You need to move away from my bedroom door, Paige.” His voice was a little gruffer.
“You’re in my way of getting to my bedroom too,” she pointed out.
“But are you tempted to throw me over your shoulder and say to hell with all of your good intentions? Already? Within twenty minutes of deciding you even have good intentions?”
She laughed even as warmth filled her. Not just heat. Not lusty heat anyway. But a feel-good warmth that she didn’t quite understand. But she liked it. “Kind of.”
He swallowed hard. Then said, “Go to bed, Paige.”
She moved to the right, away from his door. As he came forward, she playfully pressed her back against the far wall.
He smiled, in spite of himself, and went to his bedroom door. He twisted the knob but paused and looked over at her.
She inched her way toward her bedroom, still against the wall. When she got to her door she reached for the knob and shot him a smile. “Goodnight, Mitch.”
“And I’m just right here if you have any night time needs. Bad dreams.” She paused. “Good dreams.”
“Stop what? Just being a good friend.” She grinned.
“My dreams might include white dresses and tuxes,” he warned.
Again, no sense of oh shit. Instead she tipped her head. “You’re pretty good at bringing all of that up without asking the four-word question.”
He didn’t comment on that. “See you in the morning.”
“Okay.” She gave him another smile, then slipped into her room, feeling his eyes still on her until the door shut.
She slumped against it, pressing her hand to her stomach.
Dammit. She really liked him.
It was really too bad they weren’t going to kiss anymore.
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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