Review: Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

It took me a little while to get into this book. It starts off a little slow and I wasn’t really sure where Hailey Edwards was going with it. And then I met Cole. Which, for me, is where the story really started to get interesting. Then it got more interesting. And more interesting. And by the end, I was ready to stalk the author on Twitter and beg for the next installment.

The story takes place in Canton, Mississippi. I have actually lived right outside of Canton and it was fun to get a few shout-outs to places that were a little familiar. However, it did not feel like the Canton I knew. For what it’s worth, the whole bayou southern feel was never one I got from living there. But this is fiction, so I just tucked that away and refused to let it interrupt my suspension of disbelief.

Anyway, the story centers on Luce, a 25-year-old cop with an unusual history. She was discovered in the bayou at 15 years old. No one knew who she was, herself included. She was a wild child. And oddity. And even 10 years later, she is treated a bit like a sideshow freak. She has unusual metal bands on her arms which cannot be permanently removed and she gets strange cryptic calls every year on her birthday from a mysterious man who manages to get through to her even without a working phone line. Her adoptive father is wonderful, but she has 1 million questions about who she is and where she came from. So when another woman appears in the same swamp with the same markings, Luce is all about trying to make a connection.

I really don’t want to give too much away. The unwrapping of the story is part of what makes it so awesome. But I will say that Cole is part of a security force that helps Luce rescue the mystery woman and ultimately protect her. He is big and gruff and his dynamic with Luce is fantastic. It wasn’t until the book was over that I realized there were actually no love scenes between them, but Edwards did such a fantastic job building the tension and pull between them that I still felt blazing heat.

There was a great mystery. That there is lots of action. There are fabulous side characters. I want to know more about Thom and Matthew… and of course Ezra. I know you have absolutely no idea who these people are, but that is why you need to go read the book.

One of the things I really like is how different this book. It’s paranormal, yes, but this is not vampires and werewolves. It’s creative and fascinating. The writing just has this way of creeping up on you and wrapping tendrils around you so that you are completely ensnared before you even realize it.

Again, it starts off slow. But if this review intrigues you at all, give the book to try and stick with it. You’ll eventually see what it is that is making me rave.

Sorry to be so cryptic. I just don’t want to spoil the fun for you. Would definitely recommend.

Rating: B+/A-

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

Bayou Born
by Hailey Edwards
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Piatkus

Comments

  1. Thanks for your review, Jen! I JUST read about this book releasing on another blog, in a comment actually about a UF recommendation discussion, and was like, “eh, maybe”. But now I’m thinking, “ooh, I’m definitely intrigued!”. I DO prefer some smexy scenes, and can never read a UF book without also having an erotic PNR to dive into, but if the author can make you not realize that there weren’t any smexy scenes after all, that’s pretty darn good writing! Thanks again, and I’ll be adding this to my TBR mountain for sure.

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