Series Review: The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle Casey

Series Review: The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle Casey

Posted July 8, 2021 by Whitney in Books / 0 Comments

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Back in 2017, I discovered the book community. My first ever book review was written because of this series. You can still find it on my Goodreads account. Click here if you are interested in seeing that review. I am still pretty proud of it. It’s not embarrassing – and I cannot say that for all my earlier reviews. *hides face* So yeah, The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle Casey are pretty near and dear to my heart. It houses some sentimental and nostalgia feelings for me.

About the Series:

The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle Casey are light and fluffy rom-coms that sometimes miss their mark. Don’t fret, however, because they are still highly entertaining reads. I found that there was a nice balance between laugh-out-loud moments and those eye-rolling character quirks. More on that later. . . Every book features a different trope and, in my opinion, that really made for a well-rounded standalone series.

The premise revolves around a band of misfits that have run a security firm in New Orleans. Each book features a love story that ties into this firm. You could also say that this series offers a little action alongside of the humor due to their type of employment. I happened to really enjoy this aspect of the books.

I should also mention that these are free with kindleunlimited with the option to read and listen for free.

Book Breakdown:

Wrong Number, Right Guy

Series Review: The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle CaseyWrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #1
Published by Montlake Romance on September 22, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
Pages: 351
Format: Audiobook
Source: KindleUnlimited
Goodreads

When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she’s nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble—she’s wearing pink espadrilles, she’s got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she’s in the middle of a shootout.

After tall, muscular Ozzie comes to her rescue, May has no choice but to follow him to safety. At the headquarters of his private security firm, the Bourbon Street Boys, she finds a refuge for the night—and the offer of a job. But it’s not long before a gun-toting stalker isn’t the only complication in May’s life: the more time she spends with Ozzie, the less she can deny that they’ve got some serious chemistry. A wrong number got her into this mess…Will it also get her the right guy?

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Rating Report
Couple/Protagonists
three-stars
Steam Level
two-stars
Supporting Characters
four-stars
Plot
three-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: three-stars

This book follows May and Ozzie.

May is lured into a dangerous biker bar shoot-out after receiving a SOS text she assumed was from her sister. Ozzie is onsite working undercover when he spots slot gacor hari ini May dressed in head-to-toe pink with her tiny Chihuahua in her designer purse. He rescues her from harm and puts May under his protection. May quickly finds herself working beside Ozzie and his Bourbon Street Boys to solve their latest case. But once it is over, will she be able to leave her hero behind?

Tropes Include:

  • Opposites attract; girly girl falls for rough-and-buff man
  • Forced proximity
  • Slow burn

What didn’t work for me was the author’s attempt to distinguish just how different May is from Ozzie. Ozzie was way to standoffish for my liking while May was overly quirky and silly. I really wanted May to take her dangerous situation seriously instead of being completely oblivious to everything. I also thought the author missed a perfect opportunity to make standoffish Oz a little more caring about his damsel in distress.

I gave this a generous 3 stars.


Wrong Place, Right Time

Series Review: The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle CaseyWrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #2
Published by Montlake Romance on May 10, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
Pages: 370
Format: Audiobook
Source: KindleUnlimited
Goodreads

Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.

When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.

Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?

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Rating Report
Couple/Protagonists
three-half-stars
Steam Level
three-stars
Supporting Characters
four-half-stars
Plot
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

This book follows Jenny and Dev.

Jenny is May’s older sister who is a single mom. With three kids to support due to her flakey ex, Jenny sometimes takes on freelance work as a computer engineer. May offers Jenny a temp job with The Bourbon Street Boys, but Jenny is skeptical because she knows May’s line of work can be dangerous. She reluctantly agrees and quickly finds herself trapped in a panic room with the most gorgeous man she has ever seen. Jenny is thinking she made a grave mistake by putting herself in danger; her kiddos need her. Dev, on the other hand, is determined to show Jenny that being a parent doesn’t mean she can’t have her own life.

Tropes Include:

  • Single parent
  • Forced Proximity

This book is what showed me that this series had promise. I loved how Jenny and Dev complimented each other – unlike May and Ozzie. The underlying message about parenting was impactful as well.

I gave this one 4 stars.


Wrong Question, Right Answer

Series Review: The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle CaseyWrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #3
Published by Montlake Romance on August 23, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
Pages: 338
Format: Audiobook
Source: KindleUnlimited
Goodreads

As a member of the Bourbon Street Boys private security firm, Antoinette “Toni” Delacourte is one strong woman, but despite her reputation for being tough as nails, she is haunted by her past mistakes. Now they’re catching up to her, and throwing her for a loop.

Ten years ago, Toni kissed Lucky, her brother’s best friend. Worried it would break apart the group she’d come to see as family, she walked away—straight into the arms of Charlie, and an abusive relationship.

For the past decade she’s tried to keep her feelings for Lucky platonic—he’s her friend, her colleague, and he’s got his own past to deal with. Free of Charlie but unable to shake his memory, Toni finds herself feeling vulnerable and unable to deny her attraction to Lucky any longer.

She’s always thought that kiss was her first mistake, but now she’s wondering whether the real mistake was running away.

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Rating Report
Couple/Protagonists
four-half-stars
Steam Level
four-stars
Supporting Characters
four-stars
Plot
four-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

This book follows Toni and Lucky.

Toni and Lucky are both employed by Ozzie – making them apart of The Bourbon Street Boys. Elle Casey throws her readers for a loop when, at the beginning of the book, Toni turns down a random guy at the bar yet completely melts when Lucky approaches her. Toni doesn’t welcome male attention after her last relationship turned abusive. Then it is revealed that Lucky and Toni kinda-sorta had a thing back in junior high and it all starts to make sense. Lucky and Toni’s relationship is super ironic as Toni feels like she destroys every she loves while Lucky feels like he loses everything he loves. Fate intervenes with this couple, forcing them to stay together. But will they actually listen to fate time around?

Tropes Include:

  • Second Chance Romance
  • Brother’s Best Friend
  • Workplace Romance

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I went into this completely blind as I was determined to finish the series thus not realizing who Toni’s love interest was going to be. Toni and Lucky’s love story was my favorite of the series!

I gave this one 4 stars!


Wrong Turn, Right Direction

Series Review: The Bourbon Street Boys by Elle CaseyWrong Turn, Right Direction by Elle Casey
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #4
Published by Montlake Romance on March 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
Pages: 350
Format: Audiobook
Source: KindleUnlimited
Goodreads

Tamika Cleary takes a wrong turn up a one-way street—and straight into Thibault Delacroix’s leg as he steps into the road. But Mika’s in a hurry, and she certainly doesn’t have time for a guy who can’t even look both ways before crossing, even if he does have a cute face, a body to die for, and the darkest, thickest eyelashes she’s ever seen.

Unfortunately for Mika, fate has other ideas. When she’s threatened by her employer, a Russian mafia boss known as “The Thief”, she’s forced to accept Thibault’s help. As the co-owner of the Bourbon Street Boys security firm, he believes he can keep her safe. But Mika has a whole load of trust issues—and the pushier Thibault is about helping, the more stubbornly she tries to resist.

Mika may have taken a wrong turn the day they met, but will she finally let someone steer her in the right direction?

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Rating Report
Couple/Protagonists
one-half-stars
Steam Level
two-half-stars
Supporting Characters
three-stars
Plot
two-half-stars
Cover
two-stars
Overall: two-stars

This book follows Mika and Thibault.

Mika and Thibault have a chance meeting. Thibault sees a woman in trouble; however, Mika sees a man she cannot trust. Thibault puts his career and safety on the line to help Mika overcome what she has gotten mixed up in. The Bourbon Street Boys aren’t exactly supportive of Thibault’s decision nor do they enjoy Mika’s lack of trust in Thibault. He can’t put his feelings aside for Mika and can only hope she will come around.

Tropes Include:

  • Damsel in Distress/Superhero
  • Single Parent
  • Mafia-ish

I really wanted this series to end on a high note, but unfortunately this one fell flat for me. Mika’s character was very similar to May – over-the-top. She was too naïve and paranoid for my liking. I did appreciate Thibault’s superhero tendencies but I feel like they were wasted on Mika. His biggest flaw, however, was choosing Mika over his found family. The author’s choice of placing a wedge between Thibault and his family in the last book of the series was a bad one. The majority of this book felt rushed and open-ended. I didn’t feel like I received any closer about any of the characters that I came to love. It was disappointing.

I gave this one 2 stars.


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About Elle Casey

Author Elle CaseyElle Casey, a former attorney and teacher, is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling American author who lives in France with her husband, the youngest of her three kids, and several horses, dogs, and cats. She has written more than 40 novels in less than 5 years and likes to say she offers fiction in several flavors. These flavors include romance, science fiction, urban fantasy, action adventure, suspense, and paranormal.

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