Bayou Vows – ARC review

Bayou Vows
by Geri Krotow
Release Date:  January 8, 2019
Publisher: Lyrical Caress
Book #3 in the Bayou Bachelors series
Number of Pages:  192
Kindle Edition
Source:  ARC from Net Galley
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 1/6/19 to 1/7/19

Jeb DeVillier has a lot of explaining to do. True, he did steal millions from the sailboat business he ran with his partner, Brandon, and disappear to South America. But Jeb has a good reason—Brandon’s sister, Jena Boudreaux. A decade ago, she broke his heart when she chose career over their relationship. Still, when he learns she’s being held for ransom by drug dealers, he doesn’t hesitate. He’ll save her life, no matter what the danger.

When Jena called Jeb out of the blue, it was to ask him to give her last words to her family. She knew the risks when she took one final mission for the CIA. Suddenly, Jeb’s riding to the rescue like her own personal Cajun knight. Yet now that they’re both safe in New Orleans, he refuses to give her a second chance.

That’s not good enough for Jena. Because when you find someone crazy enough to risk everything for you, the only sane thing to do is to hang on tight.

I’m finally throwing in the towel. As I mentioned in my review of Bare Devotion, I’m frustrated with this series.  I have a hard time leaving things unfinished and, it seems to me, this is the last in the series, so I can quit this author.  There is just so much potential in her stories.  She has wonderful concepts and storylines.  The execution is just not there for me.  I’m not connecting with the characters on the level I should be, especially in this book.

I had actually been looking forward to the story of Jeb and Jena.  To this point we have heard about them both but not met either one.  It was intriguing that Jeb was a lifelong friend of the Boudreaux family yet stole millions of dollars from his best friend, and somehow it was a forgivable offense by the end of the first book.  What exactly happened? Why did he take off with the money?  Although we knew some of these answers, we hadn’t yet gotten the whole story.  We get a lot of answers here, but for some reason I couldn’t be made to care very much.  I think, in part, it was the repetitiveness of the story.  How many times does the reader have to be told that Jena was in the CIA and had to keep secrets, or those secrets made her feel guilty? How often do we need to be reminded that Jeb and Jenna have been best friends since childhood? For that matter, did we have to be constantly told that Jena and Jeb had secretly had a relationship with each other numerous times in their adult lives?

Which brings me to another issues…inconsistencies.  At first, it really seemed as though Jena’s family was fully aware Jeb and Jenna had dated in both high school and college.  Then it was some big secret. Although they went to prom together??? Jena’s whole endeavor after becoming a “civilian” back in New Orleans had nothing to do with her father, Hudson.  As far as I could tell, her brother Brandon was the backer and had the suggestion.  Then, about 75% into this book, everyone started referring to it as Hudson’s project. It made no sense, he had absolutely nothing to do with this project…that was moving at warp speed, by the way.

Here’s the thing, I’m not here to bash the author or this story.  I feel as if that’s what this review is becoming.  Please know that it’s only because of my frustration level.  If I felt this author was terrible or this story idea was the pits it wouldn’t bother me, I’d say it’s a bad book and be done with it.  The problem (now I’m being repetitive) is that I feel this author has huge potential and her ideas are solid.  I really wish her team of friends, editors, and publishers would help her to reach that potential.  She could truly shine if they did.

Unfortunately, I think I’m done with this author.  I have to many other wonderful authors and books on my TBR list to keep beating my head against the same wall.

2 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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