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Branna Lind's self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her "wedding of the decade," though she isn't saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal. College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women areBranna Lind's self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her "wedding of the decade," though she isn't saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal. College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire--Branna. Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his "type"?...

Title : Bayou Born
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ISBN : 9781612178219
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Number of Pages : 310 Pages
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Bayou Born Reviews

  • Arlene
    2019-06-21 09:15

    Not my "type"Interesting story line, Branna, made me crazy... Her constant freaking about "types" and "labels" made me feel like I was reading a political Dick and Jane reader..

  • Jo Ann Reinhold
    2019-07-09 09:22

    This book is the first in a series by this new author. Like all first, there were some problems but by the end of the story they were mostly worked out. At first I had some problems with the characters and where the author was going with the story. I didn't understand some of her choices but as the story moved forward things picked up and I began to like the characters better and understand where their points of views were coming from and why the author used certain characterizations in their development. I do plan to read the other two books in this series to see how Linda Joyce develops these stories as well as her personal growth as an author.

  • Rita Kunselman
    2019-06-29 09:08

    I loved the book! It was so Southern! It made me feel like I was right there with the feel of the heat, the smell of the Gulf and all of the delicious food! I was born in CO and after I married moved to Fort Worth, then Galveston & now I am in So. Cal . But, when I lived in Galveston I used to travel to Lafayette frequently. Linda took me back to that time and her characters were great. So, Southern! The way of speaking and I could see GG and even Branna's Aunts. I'm sure I must have met her mother before and if not it was how well she described her and of course, I could see James whole family and just can't wait to see them again! I loved his Dad & Grandpa and of course, his Mom with her hands on her hips plus the Grandma and her biscuits. I definitely enjoyed this book and got it because, of the Bayou and it is one of my favorite books now! It did not let me down! Thank you, Linda.

  • Sara
    2019-07-12 11:02

    DNF. Stopped at 25%. Horrible writing. Story was super repetitive.

  • Ruth Haven
    2019-07-01 12:57

    I enjoyed the book. It kept my attention I will be reading book 2 I just hope it start where 1 left off.

  • Pernette
    2019-07-15 10:14

    Linda Joyce has a way with words and her characters. Branna Lind has just broken her engagement and left her home and friends and moved to Florida. In Florida she keeps accidentally running into a mysterious man. Little does she know that it is the same "redneck" she saw when she was out looking at houses with her realtor much less her mentor at the community college where she will be working. James Newbern is her assigned mentor and he is definitely not looking for a relationship much less with a colleague. Funny how life doesn't always turn out like we plan it.

  • Nana
    2019-07-09 09:56

    Making a move to another town turns out to be more than she imagined. ined m A new job causes a change in career and decisions to be made. New professor adds to the choices, plus an ex.

  • Melissa Levine
    2019-07-15 07:14

    Minus the numerous mistakes (very annoying!), this was a okay read. The boring was kind of boring, but something kept me going with no real complaints. The sex scenes were a joke though. The characters didn't really draw me in either.Questions/Comments:Why did James refer to his father as 'Sir' but his grandfather as 'Papa?' Why was a 31 y/o man still living with his parents? And how old was Branna (Not a fan of that name) suppose to be?Was was Branna so mad at James when she found out that he was her mentor? I didn't understand that. And why did he wait so long before he told her that the guy that drove the rusted white truck, was him?James and Branna's sexual 'interactions.' "She slid and straddled him. His hardness settled inside her." Um...I don't know about anyone else but that had to have been the calmest? description I've ever read when it came to two people having sex? Or getting ready to. Or the "he carried her to the top of the cliff of pleasure..." hahahaWhen Branna caught her ex fiance cheating, why didn't she notice the extra car out front of his house? I mean she assumed he was busy working. The fact that she didn't tell anyone why they broke up was kind of stupid. I get people gossip and whatnot. I mean she could have just kept it within the immediate family. Then they would leave her alone about it, the questions that is. But she didn't. At one point Branna states that "None of her family would dare talk to him (Steven)..." Then when she talks to Steven he informs her "All of your family still talks to me. As long as they don't talk to you about me, I'm fine." Why else would her family talk to him? And the part where she states that she "never lies." Um, technically she did tell a lie, at least to her family about why her and Steven broke up.Pan. "How many think this word means something you put butter on in the morning after you've toasted it?" Am I the only that that doesn't really make sense to? I get what she's trying to say, but the way it is...doesn't sound right.The plane crash. Okay so "Where to go? Not to the right-into the plane. Trees loomed on the left." Instead she ends up crashing into a tree on the side of the road. Um...why didn't she just step on the crash and continue forward? Or did I just not understand how the road was?"We're lovers." Sorry but that is such a cheesy term to me. I mean James refers to himself as Branna's lover? Couldn't he have just said they were dating or something? Or in a relationship? When I think of being someones lover, it makes me think it's just a sexual relationship. And it's not like you need to go around letting everyone know that you're specifically having 'only' sex with a certain person.Where was James heading to when he came upon Branna's accident? Was he just following her or something?The handgun. "Thankfully not a rifle. Or an automatic weapon." Honestly would it have really mattered? I mean either way someone could have been hurt really badly. And where exactly were they? We're told in the 'somewhere' like the middle of nowhere. And there are gangs in this area? IDK, but the gang thing didn't fit into this story.I was not a fan of the ending. It didn't feel complete. James says he loves Branna and 'The End.'

  • Sherry Bledsoe
    2019-07-05 15:14

    CuteCute book cover, cute characters, cute plot, cute dialogue. Fast read and it isn't a "big thoughts" type of read but it was entertainment.

  • Jan Keeney
    2019-06-28 08:01

    No contentThis was a fast read....with too many unresolved story lines, I suppose the purpose of which is to get you hooked to read the next one. I will not be reading the others as they probably would be repetitive and not resolve issues from this book. It was weak.

  •  Gigi Ann
    2019-07-08 14:16

    Branna Lind's self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her "wedding of the decade," though she isn't saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal. College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire--Branna. Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his "type".My Thoughts...This is the first book I've read by this author, Linda Joyce. I'm kind of on the fence about what I feel about it and the characters. James is what I thought was suppose to be a nice southern gentleman, and a professor....however, on a non-date with Branna he took her to a honky-tonk hole-in-the wall kind of joint. Branna got a little tipsy on an over-sized drink. However...what followed, (and this is only my opinion) took away the "southern gentleman" title from what I thought of the 'nice' James. Well that is as much as I can say about that situation, without giving away to much of the story.It was a normal boy meets girl story, with a few hurdles to jump before we reach the happily-ever-after ending. I was surprised at the "Hey was that the ending?" until I realized this was the first book in a 3 book series. It was a stand-alone book however, so no cliff hanger ending. This book is a part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 Bayou falling stars.

  • April Hollingworth
    2019-06-28 14:15

    Review Courtesy of April HollingworthBayou Born (Fleur De Lis #1)is the first book in what promises to be a breathtakingly wonderful new series. I loved this book so much. It felt like I was breathing the air the characters breathed, while walking the streets with them. So beautiful and enjoyable, Bayou Born is a must read book, I can't wait to read the next book in the Fleur De Lis series.The Review:After breaking off the wedding of the century and telling no one why, Branna finally decides to do what is best for her, move away from the safety net of her family, live on her own and be the teacher she's trained to be. She's determined to live her life her way, picking up the pieces of her self esteem that were scattered all over the Mississippi, and finding out where they fit is just a start. Branna figures out she's stronger than she thought, now if only the past would leave her alone, she might have a chance at moving into her future.College professor James Newbern is a bachelor who likes to know where people fit. After being badly hurt, he's determined to prevent another beautiful woman from doing so again. Meeting the beautiful Branna he's determined to stay away from her, after all, he's dealt with her type before, except, she just won't fit into the 'type' he places her in. Being asked to be her mentor, by the college professor, James begins to find out that there is more to Branna than just a beautiful face. With a flaring attraction sparking between then, are James and Branna brave enough to realize they're perfect for each other, or will the hurt and betrayal in each of their pasts, prevent them from realizing they're each others perfect type?

  • Mary Kerwin Jean
    2019-07-20 06:54

    Good plotInteresting twists and turns in the plot. But, the grammar and sentence structure need some improvement.A southern modern belle.

  • Stephanie Zuiderweg
    2019-07-10 08:15

    Too rushedMostly enjoyable, but the book suffered from a few major issues.1) the love between the h and H developed quickly and without a sufficiently obvious justification for the speed2) the background of the cheating ex Steven is inconsistent, especially in regards to the involvement of the h's sister3) lots of critical events, or events believed to potentially be critical, are sort of blown over quickly--at 93% things with Steven and car gift weren't resolved, the black car isn't resolved, no confessions of love had happened--I was seriously antsy expecting a cliff hanger ending that fortunately didn't happen.Overall okay and well written book, but needed some work.

  • Pamela Bennett
    2019-07-19 09:57

    Bayou BornI have to say this book was a pleasure to read. Captivating I couldn't put it down after I started reading it. Highest recommendation for an easy pleasurable read

  • Heather andrews
    2019-07-02 13:04

    This book was an okay read James didn't really have the characteristics that I normally want my men in the book to have, well he was slacking in a major one for me and that's the alpha assertiveness. I mean the boy was still a man and appreciated a good view especially if that view was Branna's a**, "okay, one more dance. Are you a glutton for punishment or what?" Branna giggled. She glanced at his feet pityingly and shook her head, then maneuvered through the crowd. He followed, admiring the view." I mean he seems to want to take care of her after certain activities, "Branna, are you okay? I can make breakfast or I can take you out to eat. What's your desire?" James called through the bathroom door." Branna that girl has a hard head on her no matter what she's been through she has an idea in her mind that girl will just not let it go, "I'm fine. I promise," she whispered near his ear. Reaching for his shirt again, she planned to show him just how ready." I really wished James was more assertive and alpha, I probably would have enjoyed the book more.

  • Barbara Kroon
    2019-06-26 11:00

    This is a book that took me out of my own contemporary world into the contemporary world of the new Southern belle. It took me a while to begin to identify with the heroine, someone who has been brought knowing her role someday will be the "Keeper" of Fleur de Lis. That kind of responsibility doesn't mesh with my Midwestern background, where even family farms are no longer always passed down from family member to family member. Once I got past my background, I began to root for Branna in her quest to live her own life, at least for the next two years. Bayou Born reeks of Southern charm through its description of life in small town northern Florida, the bayou area, Branna's "new" experiences and the ladylike way she interacts with James, the hero, Sadie, and her students. Nice start to a picturesque three-part series.

  • Barbara Hackel
    2019-06-20 06:57

    Bayou Born by Linda Joyce is the first book of the Fleur de Lis series, and is about Branna Lind.I enjoyed Bayou Born and look forward to more books in the series. I felt that Branna was an interesting young woman-at times almost shy and other times a lot bolder than I would be! She obviously was a devoted daughter torn with conflict. Equally obvious is the fact that she is an excellent teacher and happy with that career. I like how she wasn't afraid to step out of her comfort zone and try new things. Her internal conflict about becoming the keeper for Fleur de Lis makes me want to read more books to see how it is resolved, as well as "see" Fleur de Lis for myself.Ms Joyce has created an enchanting story filled with love and family, and hints to happily ever after!

  • Steph McVicker
    2019-07-09 09:05

    Bayou Born had a lot of potential to be a really good book, but a whiny heroine and rushed, barely sensual sex scenes didn't draw me in. I started off thinking this might be a fun read w/ some cajun heat & a bit of danger. While there was a spark between Brenna & James, it was less lightning and more static electricity. There were opportunities for Ms. Joyce to capitalize on the suspense elements that she set up nicely, but unfortunately they just didn't go anywhere, which was really disappointing. I thought for sure some of them would culminate into an overall dramatic way, which could've made this a really excellent read. Overall, it's not truly a BAD book, just rather unexciting.

  • Coline Harmon walther
    2019-06-23 12:21

    You 'll cheer for James and BrannaI really liked this book, the first one in the series. One of the many things I like about these books is the way that author Linda Joyce mentions the characters from the other books in the series, Biloxi and Camilla--this helps to tie the series together, and shows how important family is to Branna, as they are always on her mind. In this story, both Branna and James have to learn to look past stereotypes and first impressions in order to really get to know the other person. There is a larger social lesson here, and it brings a great depth and complexity to the novel.

  • Sharon
    2019-07-13 14:02

    I felt the story line started off a little slow to start, but when it did pick up it took off like a shot and took me with it. I loved Branna and James and wanted to yell at them to open their hearts to the sizzle that burned between them every time they touched. Branna and James are still hurting from betrayal and loss. They must learn to open their hearts to let love in. They have lots of ups and downs with their emotions, but in the end love finds a way to make it into their hearts so they can make a life together. Linda Joyce has done it again. I gave it a 5. Looking forward to the next book. I received this book free to review.

  • Dena
    2019-06-26 11:55

    WTH?!?! You know we have such double standards if a girl says I love you and the guy doesn't then we say he is a douche and all this stuff but when the girl doesn't say it it is like overlooked. I get why the book ended suddenly apparently this is a series but hey the last line could have been "I Love You" I mean geez...The story was good and I liked it but there was stuff missing to make it interesting. The James character was not someone I even cared about or would I want to read about him. I felt disconnected from him and that is pretty sad for him being a main character. I hope the rest of the books are good or at least better.

  • Betty Bolte
    2019-06-29 15:18

    Linda Joyce's debut novel is an engaging story and well worth reading. Unfortunately, the numerous typos and formatting issues (my Nook book showed it had 900 pages when in fact there's only a few more than 300) were distractions. But if you can overlook those flaws, the characters are worth getting to know!

  • Laura Templeton
    2019-06-30 14:59

    Linda Joyce's debut novel was an enjoyable weekend read! Joyce's take on a heroine escaping--for her own reasons--the expectations of her family and the responsibilities of managing an historic southern estate was refreshing, and the romance between Branna and James was satisfying. I'm looking forward to learning more about Fleur de Lis in her next book.

  • Crystal Cope
    2019-07-01 11:53

    "Bayou Born" is Linda Joyce's first book in her Fleur-de-Lis Series is full of Southern charm. Branna is broken hearted and looking for a new start while battling family obligations. James, the confirmed bachelor, has left love behind. Join them on their journey to overcome the past and learn to love again. Linda Joyce should be on your list of authors to watch!

  • Linda Rimer-Como
    2019-06-29 11:12

    First in the Fleur de Lis series by a very talented author. I was drawn in from the start and could not put this book down. The characters are interesting and the story moves along nicely. This is a growing love story and I enjoyed watching Branna and James on their journey. Can't wait for more.Received copy for review.

  • Kathy Kieff
    2019-07-04 13:57

    A slow starter, but picks up, piques your interest, and turns into a really great first book.I got to know the characters, and their lives. They seem an unlikely fit, will need to read, to find out more..

  • Mary Woodruff
    2019-07-14 13:19

    I liked the southern charm of this story. I think James could have been a little bit more assertive as a dom. Loved Branna and how she progressed thru the love story. I usually read erotica but did come to like the characters. I would highly recommend it others and have done so...

  • Nicole Laverdure
    2019-07-14 10:03

    Bayou Born is a great introduction in the Fleur de Lis Series, written by Linda Joyce. A fun romance with charming characters! Just follow the journey of two broken people who get a second chance for loving!

  • Jatana
    2019-07-11 09:03

    I really loved this story. From the very beginning I was hooked on the main characters Branna and James and watching their romance grow. This is book one of a series and I can't wait for Bayou Bound to be released. Linda Joyce really wrote a very fine novel and I can't wait to read more.