Sexy, romantic and so crazy fun.â€
— Maria Luis, Amazon bestselling author
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!
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.
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Excerpt:â€œI guess when we need relief from the heat, we go, you know, into the actual shade.â€ He looked amused. â€œAmong other things.â€ â€œOther things?â€ It wasnâ€™t so much that she needed to know other ways to keep cool. But she really liked the way he looked when he was mildly amused. It was a very good look on him. â€œLots of water and sweet tea,â€ he said. She gave an involuntary shudder. His amused smile grew. â€œNo to sweet tea?â€ â€œNot my favorite,â€ she admitted. â€œBut donâ€™t tell Ellie,â€ she added quickly. He chuckled at that. â€œI would never.â€ Yeah, the chuckling was nice, too. â€œIâ€™ve got the water covered though,â€ she said. â€œGood.â€ â€œAnything else?â€ â€œWell, when we get hot there area couple of other things we do,â€ he said. Had he moved closer? Juliet swallowed. â€œLike what?â€ â€œWe take clothes off,â€ he said. Yeah, his voice was definitely deeper now. â€œI gueâ€”â€ She cleared her throat. â€œI guess that makes sense, but there are bugs and sunburn to consider.â€ He gave her a nod. â€œSunscreen and bug repellent are important. Cora makes bug repellent thatâ€™s amazing.â€ Huh. Homemade bug repellent. She might have to give that a try. These people intrigued her, she had to admit. â€œWhat about the flying debris?â€ Sawyer glanced at the boards behind her. â€œYeah, well, I guess we do take some risks down here.â€ Ah, ha. â€œIâ€™d rather be a little hot than dealing with an infection from a piece of wood imbedding itself in my skin and muscle tissue.â€ Sawyer paused, then shook his head, almost disbelievingly. â€œOkay, girl. Then that only leaves one other thing to do when you get too hot.â€ â€œWhatâ€™s that?â€ â€œSwimming.â€ For a moment, looking into Sawyer Landryâ€™s eyes, for the first time since sheâ€™d been ten years old, Juliet wanted to take her clothes off and jump into a body of water. That lasted about twelve seconds. But that was twelve seconds longer than sheâ€™d considered doing it to that point. â€œI donâ€™t have a swimming suit.â€ â€œYou donâ€™t need one. The fewer clothes the cooler you get.â€ â€œSkinny-dipping?â€ she asked. â€œSkinny-dipping,â€ he confirmed. â€œYou actually skinny-dip?â€ she asked. â€œOf course.â€ Sawyer Landry naked. She just took a few seconds to relish that thoughtâ€¦and the images that went with it. Skinny-dipping with Sawyer might be the one way she would ever even possibly consider any of that. â€œDo you have a private pool with lots of chlorine and a maximum depth of three feet?â€ she asked. She wondered if being naked but with a life jacket on still counted as skinny-dipping. â€œDonâ€™t need a pool when Iâ€™ve got a whole bayou in my backyard.â€ She shuddered. â€œThere is no way Iâ€™m jumping in there. Clothes or not.â€ â€œSo, the naked part of skinny-dipping isnâ€™t the problem?â€ Sawyer asked. â€œItâ€™s the water?â€ â€œItâ€™s absolutely the water,â€ she said. It was actually all water, but water where she could see the bottom, touchthe bottom, and that was pumped through a filtration system was tolerable. Maybe. For a short period. With plenty of floatation devices within reach. â€œI mean, other than just the dirt, there are snakes and alligators and fishâ€¦and fish and alligator poopin there.â€ She frowned. â€œDo snakes poop? I mean, they probably do, right?â€ Sawyer blinked at her. â€œIâ€™ve never really thought about it.â€ She nodded. â€œThey almost have to. And they probably do it in that water, too.â€ She shuddered again. â€œNo, thank you. There are just places I do notneed dirty bayou water.â€ â€œItâ€™s the poop thatâ€™s keeping you from skinny-dippinâ€™?â€ Sawyer asked, clearly trying not to laugh. â€œYou are really thinking about the wrong thing when it comes to beinâ€™ wet and naked, darlinâ€™.â€
About Erin Nicholas
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as sheâ€™s been reading them. To date, sheâ€™s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as â€œtoe-curling,â€ â€œenchanting,â€ â€œsteamy,â€ and â€œfun.â€ 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 â€œshockedâ€ by the sex scenes in her books).
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