I received this book for free from Audiobookworm Productions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blue Bayou by Jiffy Kate
Series: French Quarter Collection #1
Narrator: Loretta Rawlins, Eric Michael Summerer
Published by Tantor Audio on April 30, 2019
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Audiobookworm Productions
The road to self-discovery leads Maverick Kensington deep into the heart of New Orleans. The colorful characters, beautiful scenery and a hot mess of a woman he finds along the way offer him the perfect place to reinvent himself.
The French Quarter and Blue Bayou are exactly the change of pace he’s looking for, helping him escape the soul-sucking work he does for his father’s company.
Carys Matthews is young and inexperienced. Having her family’s hotel dropped in her lap after her mother’s untimely death, she’s struggling to keep her head above water and keep the hotel’s doors open. She doesn’t have time for relationships, but Maverick Kensington is worth an exception. Besides, his stay is temporary and a fling never hurt anyone, right?
His passion and business know-how is exactly what she needs.
Her carefree spirit is what he wants.
Their whirlwind relationship is one for the books until truths are untold and assumptions are made. Everything comes to a screeching halt just when they were getting to the good part.
There’s always been a saying around the hotel: eventually, everyone comes back to the Blue Bayou. Will Maverick be the exception?
Maverick Kensington – https://images.app.goo.gl/NW4YtaEEah3zr2AK6
Carys Matthews – https://images.app.goo.gl/e6gxpRA7XJkTV5LV8
One of my favorite parts of this story was the way it made me feel as if I was back in the middle of one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. So much about this made me long to be there, even with the sweltering humidity, I was reminded of the wonderful food and the lively people and atmosphere that makes the city such a unique and fun place to visit. The characters were ones that made good romantic interests for each other, and had their own personalities that were a perfect fit to make their match.
At times the writing made such wonderful use of descriptive language that I was itching to pick up my own novel I’ve been working on and try to see if I could come up with my own vivid imagery. Once or twice though, it seemed to be a bit more of telling than the showing that is recommended for fiction. And some of the storyline was a bit predictable, but then again, so many romances use those same types of situations to create the drama, so I can’t really fault the story for that, just because it is a pet peeve of my own. It’s these things though that kept my rating to a 4 star instead of any higher.
But back to the food! I was reminded of my love of beignets, I could almost taste the sweet powdery sugar fried pastry as I listened to the story. And then the description of the special Blue Bayou flavored macaron made me actually want to give these cookies another try, even though every experience I’ve ever had with them has been a negative – dry and bland.
And finally, the cast of characters was great, and as I finished up, I was hopeful for stories of the two that I know are coming up in the other two books of the series that work at the bar called Come Again, and the coffee shop called Neutral Grounds.
Oh, and I have to also talk about the narrators, because I really liked both of them! Although I did get a little annoyed with how the female narrator got about saying macaron, other than that she had the perfect voice for this character. And the male narrator is one that I know I’ve heard before, and I really like him as well.
Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman. They’re co-writing besties who share a brain. They also share a love of cute boys, stiff drinks, and fun times. Their first published book, Finding Focus, was released in November 2015. Since then, they’ve continued to write what they know—southern settings full of swoony heroes and strong heroines. You can find them on most social media outlets at @jiffykate, @jiffykatewrites, or @jiffsimpson and @jennykate77.
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