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A small-town fake-relationship romantic comedy. 

Josh Landry is one of the hottest bartenders in New Orleans. He’s shown many a female tourist that things are definitely big and easy down here. And he’s now been celibate for a year. Because he finally met her. 

Yes, her. The One.

But after nothing more than a hot good-night kiss and a promise to meet up again next year if they’re both still interested, she went home to Iowa.

It’s been a long year.

But now it's Mardi Gras again, and he's ready for his happily ever after. If she shows up. Oh, she shows up. For her best friend’s wedding. But Tori is a terrible bridesmaid because all she can think about is her knight-in-shining-Mardi-Gras-beads from last year. Well, and because she accidentally lays a hot kiss on her BFF. A.k.a. the groom.

Unfortunately, no one believes that it was a case of mistaken identity. So now she has to convince everyone she has no intention of ruining the wedding. She's going to need a crazy-about-her boyfriend ASAP. Even if he’s just faking it.

Well there's only one other person she knows in Louisiana...Josh is all in. In fact, he's thrilled. And he's not faking anything. But the groom isn't faking his sudden case of cold feet either.

And now Tori might have a choice to make. 

©2019 EN Fiction, Inc (P)2020 Pink Flamingo Productions, Inc

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Love me some Bayou Boys!!

So I'll start out by saying I normally don't like third person books/audiobooks, but this one drew me in from the very beginning. These Bayou Boys are incredible. I love the world that Erin has built with these friends and their crazy families. Let me just say Neill's Cajun drawl was droolworthy. I loved every second of this one and am binging the rest of the series now!

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Fake Relationship? Maybe or Maybe Just Sped Up lol

So this is labeled as a fake relationship book but it’s more of a sped up relationship book lol

They are equally attracted to each other and she just asks him to fib about their relationship timeline lol


This book is adorable and hilarious and sweet!

Josh is every bit the amazing “boy” I expected after listening to him in Gabe/Logan and Caleb’s books (Boys Of The Big Easy if you found this one first lol)

Now the previous series was narrated by Ryan Wesf by himself and I thought he walked on water lol then I “met” Neill in this one. He is just as lovely!! A slow soft drawl that seems so natural and it’s lovely to listen to!

Amanda Stribling is the female narrator in this one. I have heard her do some live reads on Discord so listening to this full book by her was wonderful!

Both of these narrators are going on my favorites list!

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Welcome to the Bayou

I loved this book by author Erin Nicholas and it was a great start to the Boys of Bayou series. The two narrators were new to me and they did a great job with their performances. They brought Josh and Tori’s love story to life. I also enjoyed how they portrayed the secondary characters as well.

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Great read for a virtual vacation! Fell in love with the Landry family and can’t wait to hear more

I started reading this book on the recommendation of a friend, and I loved every minute of it. If you’re like me and really craving travel during this crazy time, this is a perfect escape!

I am just starting to fully appreciate audiobooks, but I really enjoyed both of the narrators. They brought life to the book and the crazy Landry family. I loved hearing both Tori and Josh’s perspectives and I loved how down to earth they both were.

I was asked by the author for an honest review but I truly can say I fell in love with the crazy Landry family and can’t wait to find out more about the Boys of the Bayou.

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Midwest Gal meets Sexy NOLA Man

Josh and Tori... I mean damn! Tori, a Midwestern gal who would rather spend a day taking care of animals than spending the day with people - except maybe her best friend who just happens to be getting married and she feels like she is losing him to the princess he is marrying. Josh is everything that you can imagine when you think smooth, sexy, bartender - He likes to have fun and he loves the ladies. But everything changes when they meet on Mardi Gras, neither of them can stop thinking about the other and when Tori needs a man to play pretend, she finds Josh, who isn't pretending to be into her and he isn't ready to give up on a future with her. But then as things start to go haywire, Tori is faced with a very big decision that will change her life.

I loved this book! I have put the next book on my to read list! It was a fun listen and it made me laugh, drew me in and had me rooting for my favorite couple (No Spoilers!). Amanda and Neill were fabulous, I loved listening to them and the production was fabulous :) #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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Chance Meeting

Meeting at Mardi Gras between Tori and Josh leads to them trying to find each other a year later at the same time. Tori kisses the groom and needs Josh to come to the wedding. A few days is all it takes to prove that Tori and Josh are made for each other. Throw on Josh's crazy family which I loved especially grandma Ellie and you have a great love story in the making.

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A fake boyfriend story, but how fake is it?

Victoria (Tori) Kramer is a veterinarian from Iowa in New Orleans to visit her best friend. She meets Josh Landry while he is bartending. There is some real chemistry between them but how could she possibly make a long-distance relationship work? But the chemistry… Josh and Tori strike a deal: no exchanges numbers or addresses, they will meet again at this same bar in exactly 1 year to see if the chemistry is still there.

Josh Landry is a hard-working bayou boy. He works at his family’s tour boat company in Autre, LA while bartending in New Orleans a few nights a week. Though he is a lady’s man, he has been celibate for year. His is from a family with huge love stories and he knows Tori is meant for him.

One year later, Tori is back in the Big Easy. She is not just looking for Josh, she is in town for her best friend’s wedding! Tori goes to the bar where she is supposed to meet James 1 year later. She sees him, walks up to him and kisses him! Or at least she thinks it is James. Turns out, she kissed her best friend, Andrew, in front of Andrew’s fiancée. Did I mention, Paisley, Andrew’s fiancée, dislikes Tori? This kiss is the breaking point for Paisley. Tori tries to explain that she thought she was kissing Josh, but nobody believes her. Now Tori is on a mission to find him.

When Tori finds Josh, it is obvious the chemistry is still there. Tori explains what happened and asks Josh to be her pretend boyfriend for the wedding festivities. Of course, Josh agrees! What a great excuse to stay glued to Tori for a few days and help her fall in love with the bayou. Now it seems Andrew is developing cold feet. Did Tori’s accidental kiss awaken feelings in Andrew that he has hidden for years? Is Tori’s chemistry with Josh strong enough for a relationship to last?

Narrated by Amanda Stribling and Neill Thorne. I personally love when there are two narrators. I think it helps hold my attention a little better. Neill does a good job with adjusting for different character voices. Amanda is fabulous! I am particularly fond of the snarkiness in her voice when she is portraying Paisley.

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Just as Great in Audio!

I have read this book multiple times and now have it audio! great for when I need a reread. The narration is fabulous. Tori and Josh are such an adorable couple and the fact they both held out for each other was super cute. Without giving too much away this is a great story, with fun relatable characters. Oh and there are otter!

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Accepting what is

I adore Josh and Tori! Tori is misunderstood in her life. She meets Josh on a Mardi Gras evening as they agree to meet again one year later if they were both still interested. One chance meeting leads to so many missed opportunities as they dance on Mardi Gras away from each other and so close they can smell each other. But Tori isn’t just there for Josh. She’s also there for her best friend’s wedding. Her male best friend. Andrew has been there for every milestone in her life but he is moving on with his life. Until Tori mistakenly kisses Andrew. From there it’s a whirlwind of things that happen between her and Josh. I loved the heat and understanding that happen between them. Everyone should have someone who accepts them. Josh does that for Tori like no one including her own parents have. Josh is everything Tori needs. I loved the narration and how it brings all of these characters even more to life than ever before.

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Let the Goods Times Roll

I love this story. A tourist (Tori) from Iowa meets a sexy bartender (Josh) in the French Quarter of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. They have instant sparks. But barely act on their chemistry. They decide that the distance is too much of a barrier to seeing if there could be more. But they agree to meet again a year later if they both want to. A case of mistaken identity, bad timing and some nostalgia lead to an ill advised kiss. The Bride gets mad and groom is confused and Tori needs a boyfriend for her best friend's wedding fast. Enter our sexy bartender. Let the good times roll.

I love the interaction with Josh's family and the gang at Trahan's.

The narration was great. Neill Thorne has a very sexy accent in this one. Would love to hear him whispering sweet nothings in my ear.

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  • JuttaS
  • 03-31-21

So, so enjoyable, great story, ace narration

I really enjoyed this story. It's gentle and light with some steam thrown in. It made me chuckle in several places and I was a little sad when it ended as I wanted to spend more time with the characters. Neill Thorne and Amanda Stribling did a brilliant job with the narration, in fact they were so good I kind of ignored them, and yes I'm aware how odd that sounds! So very enjoyable.

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  • 03-19-21

5 stars!

Loved this! It had perfect narration and made me smile/swoon. Also had its steamy parts. love the southern charm. can't wait to listen to the next one!

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 03-15-21

So good

Fabulous story with characters that drew me in. I love the chemistry between Josh and Tori there were sparks from the start.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 03-13-21

Just what I hoped it would be.

I have read several books by the hugely talented Erin Nicholas and have enjoyed every one, but audiobooks are different, you get to hear the words from the books but they are acted by the narrators and that can make or break the story.

I have previously listened to the impressively skilled voice acting by Amanda Stribling and Neill Thorne who both did an outstanding job narrating this fun, sexy and all round wonderful romance. They both managed to deliver the right amount of humour into the story.

I loved the plot, especially the steam and chemistry between Josh and Tori. They were sweet and I adore Josh’s family. Andrew and Paisley were both annoying but in the kind of way that I wanted them to be.

All in all, I was crazy about this audiobook and will be immediately diving in to Sweet Home Louisiana, the next audiobook in the series.

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  • S. Cole
  • 03-05-21

My Best Friend's Mardi Gras Wedding

This was a really easy listen. Erin Nicholas is a new author to me. This book had everything I expected from a southern romance with dash of crazy bayou shenanigans. Amanda and Neill did an amazing job narrating with the southern Louisiana accent.

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  • DJ (@drinkingdixy)
  • 03-01-21

AN ABSOLUTE CELEBRATORY 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

AN ABSOLUTE CELEBRATORY 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

MY BEST FRIEND'S MARDI GRAS WEDDING
(BOYS OF THE BAYOU, #1)
BY: ERIN NICHOLAS
NARRATED BY: AMANDA STRIBLING & NEILL THORNE

I immediately loved the idea that even though Josh, a sexy bartender, was totally smitten with Tori, a gorgeous vet who collects random pets he accepted that it was too soon to start something new and agrees to make a pact to meet a year later if they are both still single.
When a year passes they attempt to do just that however it doesn’t quite go to plan and Tori ends up accidentally kissing her best friend, Andrew, who is suppose to be getting married.
You can clearly see that Josh and Tori still have so much chemistry between them but first she has to prove that she has no feelings for her best friend Andrew and this is where Josh comes in to help by agreeing to a fake relationship with Tori which to be honest was never really fake.
So they go to Andrew's wedding together and encounter A few twists and turns they must
navigate but you cannot deny the spark these two is just off the scale and is only gonna lead to one thing! I absolutely loved this book the story of Josh and Tori was just simply amazing and a joy to listen to as Amanda Stribling and Neill Thorne did an amazing job of bringing these character alive. I’m certainly looking forward to more books from Nicholas!
(I received an ALC for an honest review)

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  • Megan Bell - The Flock🎧
  • 02-23-21

Sweet and Perfect!

Ah! I loved Josh Landry from the start! I loved his family and his acceptance of Tori. I loved the dynamic of his family and the way they just accepted Tori with open arms. I loved that Josh loved her for who she was and appreciated her "weirdness", Their chemistry was off the charts.

I loved Tori and I loved that she was "different", and her love for animals was so sweet and unique but made her who she was. I loved that Josh accepted her as is so readily and made her feel good about being herself. He made her comfortable enough to be herself without feeling embarrassed about who she is like she's always felt. He made her feel important, and showed her he was truly interested in all of her and that was everything to me!

Amanda Stribling and Neill Thorne did wonderful! This book was so sweet and steamy at the same time and they did a great job with all of it! I loved it!!

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 02-21-21

Romantic Comedy

My Best Friend's Mardi Gras Wedding by Erin Nicholas is a small town fake relationship romantic comedy that I listened to on audio narrated by Amanda Stribling and Neil Thorne.

This is the first book of Erin’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. I absolutely loved the relationship between Josh and Tori. I am pretty sure I had a smile on my face the whole time I was listening to this book. I can’t wait for the next book in the series Sweet Home Louisiana to be released on audio so I can get Madison and Owen’s story.

Amanda and Neill did a great job on the narration. They both really know how to bring a story to life. I look forward to listening to more of their work in the future.

I would highly recommend this book if you love fake relationships, small town relationships, or romantic comedies.

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  • Diane S.
  • 02-19-21

Loved this cute and funny story

My Best Friend’s Mardi Gras Wedding is a super fun and entertaining story! This was my first book by this author and it will definitely not be my last.
Josh only shared one evening and a kiss with Tori but after a year she is still all he can think about.
I listened to this story on audiobook and loved the narration. I really enjoyed the whole experience ... story, characters and narrators.
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  • Cashdown
  • 02-12-21

A fantastic trip to the Bayou

I read this book when it first came out; loved it, gave it 5 stars. Then I listened to it on audible and I’m wishing for a sixth star. Neill Thorne has a voice that would make the telephone directory sound interesting. Amanda Stribling manages to sound exactly how I imagined Tori would. I got so much more out of the book than I did the first time round and the switching between narrators gave it even more depth. Just one tip... if you’re listening in the car either keep your windows up or be prepared for some surprised stares because some of those scenes are scorching!

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