Audiobook Review: Easy Melody by Kristen Proby

Easy Melody by Kristen Proby

Easy Melody by Kristen Proby
Series: Boudreaux #3 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Length: 7 hours and 31 minutes
Narrated by: Sebastian York & Rachel Fulginiti
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of. And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?

Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous, and funny and makes him yearn for something he never has before…commitment.

But when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms?

Sebastian York is probably my favorite male narrator ever, so every time I listen to an audiobook he narrates, I know I’ll enjoy myself. His and Rachel Fulginiti’s narrations were fantastic in Easy Melody, easy to listen to and distinguishable between dialogues, so I had a great time with this audiobook. Kristen Proby’s story is sweet and sexy, so overall Easy Melody is a well-rounded audiobook that I highly recommend!

Callie Mills has come back to New Orleans, a place she never wanted to return to, in order to take care of the bar her late father left her. The Odyssey is pretty much in shambles, but Callie isn’t one to easily give up and soon enough turns the bar into something much more successful. But she never could have done it without tall, dark, and handsome Declan Boudreaux.

Declan is a musician whose skills and fame help Callie attract customers to The Odyssey. But Declan also has skills in the bedroom, and he’s determined to get the sexy bartender to go out with him. Callie doesn’t give in easily, since Declan has a bit of a reputation, but the sparks between them can’t be ignored and the chemistry between them grows hotter than ever when they fall into bed.

What I loved most about Callie and Declan’s relationship was the way they also built a friendship along with their intimate relationship. They really got to know each other as they fell in love, so I wasn’t bothered by the insta-lust. Kristen Proby’s books are always perfectly sexy and sweet, with charming heroes and strong, independent heroines. If you’re looking for a romance that’s light-hearted, sexy, and fun, I definitely recommend Easy Melody, especially since the narrators are amazing as well!

4 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Boudreaux series

Easy Love by Kristen Proby Easy Charm by Kristen Proby Easy Melody by Kristen Proby 

#1 ~ Easy Love: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Easy Charm: My Review • EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Easy Melody: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Easy Kisses: Goodreads (June 21, 2016)
#4.5 ~ Easy for Keeps: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (May 24, 2016)

Here’s an audio excerpt from Easy Melody!


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Audiobook Review: Easy Charm by Kristen Proby

Easy Charm by Kristen Proby

Easy Charm by Kristen Proby
Series: Boudreaux #2 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: July 8th 2015
Length: 7 hours and 31 minutes
Narrated by: Sebastian York & Rachel Fulginiti
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a Bed and Breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy and her family. She meets new people every day, and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she’s also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone. Until Rhys O’Shaughnessy walks through her door, brooding and wounded and the sexiest thing she’s ever laid eyes on.

Rhys has been at the top of his game as a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs for more than ten years. Baseball is in his blood. But when he tears his rotator cuff and has to sit a season out, he retreats to Inn Boudreaux at the recommendation of his cousin, Kate, to heal and work toward building his shoulder back to perfect shape with only one goal in mind: to return to the game he loves. But he didn’t plan on being utterly charmed by a devastatingly beautiful woman and her baseball-loving son.

When Rhys’ shoulder has healed and he’s given the chance to return to his team, will he leave the family he’s come to love behind, or will he stay with Gabby and Sam?

I’ve never read a book from Kristen Proby before, but now I’m thinking I should, because I was taken away by how sweet Easy Charm was. And, of course, Sebastian York is one of the narrators, so how could I not enjoy this audiobook? I may not have completely loved this book, as I didn’t connect with the story as much as I wanted to, but the sweetness of the romance and fantastic narrators made up for it and I ended up enjoying listening to Easy Charm very much.

As each book in the Boudreaux series can be read as a standalone, I didn’t need to read Easy Love before getting into Easy Charm. This second book features Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux siblings. She’s the darling daughter of the family, so she’s very much loved and protected. So when she finds herself pregnant, and the father not wanting anything to do with her and their child, she has the support of her family. Now, she’s a fierce woman, a protective mother, and the owner of a successful inn. I didn’t really connect well with her character, but it didn’t stop me from liking her as a person. I really admired Gabby as a mother, and I adored her son Sam. He’s so sweet, and Gabby is the perfect loving mother to him.

Rhys O’Shaughnessy is a famous baseball player who’s been injured, so he needs to take a break to heal his wound. His cousin recommends he stay at Gabby’s inn, and when he shows up, he’s immediately taken by her. There’s an intense chemistry between them, and Rhys is sweet and determined in his seduction of Gabby. He intends to win her and her heart, but what he doesn’t expect is to fall for her son, too. Rhys is such a good guy. He’s charming, protective, and utterly smitten with Gabby and Sam. He was a bit too flawless for my taste, but I could still see how perfect he was for Gabby.

Easy Charm is an easy, angst-free, fairly predictable book, but the narrators certainly made it enjoyable. I loved listening to Sebastian York’s voice, and Rachel Fulginiti did a great southern accent. They were both just really easy and nice to listen to. I’d listen to anything Sebastian York narrates, of course, but Rachel Fulginiti really took the spotlight in the book for me.

I’m rating 3 hearts for the story, and 4 for the narration, so 3.5 hearts for Easy Charm!

3.5 hearts
lacey


Reading Order: Boudreaux series

Easy Love by Kristen Proby Easy Charm by Kristen Proby Easy Melody by Kristen Proby 

#1 ~ Easy Love: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Easy Charm: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Easy Melody: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Easy Kisses: Goodreads (June 21, 2016)
#4.5 ~ Easy for Keeps: EbookPaperback • Goodreads (May 24, 2016)

Here’s an audio excerpt from Easy Love, also narrated by Sebastian York & Rachel Fulginiti!


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Release Blitz + Excerpt: Easy Love by Kristen Proby

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Blitz for Kristen Proby’s EASY LOVE! EASY LOVE is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novel and is the 1st book in The Boudreaux Series!

Easy Love by Kristen Proby

Easy Love by Kristen Proby
Series: Boudreaux #1
Release Date: March 3rd 2015
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Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

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excerpt

“I do like you,” he repeats. When I would look down, he catches my chin with his finger and tilts my head up. “But this is a bad idea.”

“What is?” I whisper, hating the shakiness in my voice.

“This.” He lowers his face to mine and sweeps his nose across my own, gently. His lips haven’t touched mine yet, but they’re tingling, already yearning for him. His hands glide up my bare arms to my neck, his thumbs gently draw circles along my jawline as he places a light, barely-there kiss on the corner of my lips. I hear a soft moan, and would be mortified to know that it came from me if I could find my brain cells.

This man is dangerous. Everything about him screams RUN! but instead I grip onto his lean hips and tug him closer. He needs no further invitation. He slips those amazing lips of his over mine, licks my bottom lip, and when I gasp at the fission of pure lust that moves through me, he moves in for the kill.

His tastes like the after-meal peppermint we both ate and the light one or two day scruff on his chin rasps against my skin in the most tantalizing way. I can’t help but wonder how it would feel on other parts of my body; behind my knees, between my breasts, between my legs.

Holy shit, I bet he would feel amazing between my legs.

I grip onto his biceps and realize that the one arm he’s slung around the small of my back is the only thing keeping me upright. My knees no longer exist. We’re both breathing hard as he drags his fingers down my cheek and pulls back, nibbling the edge of my lips once more and then he’s gone, staring down at me with shining whiskey eyes.

“That. That’s a bad idea.”

about the author

Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.

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