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

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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Audiobook Review: Throb by Vi Keeland

Throb by Vi Keeland

Throb by Vi Keeland
Series: Life on Stage #1 (full reading order below)
Audiobook Publication Date: July 7th 2015
Length: 7 hours and 47 minutes
Narrated by: Sebastian York & Molly Glenmore
Links: Audible • EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest review

The rules:

No dating.
No sex outside of the game.
No disclosing the terms of the contract.

Rules were made to be broken, right?

Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. One that seemed like a good idea at the time. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed. There were some rules though. Lots of them actually. Follow the script, no dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal. After my self-imposed moratorium on men the last year, it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain… so I thought. Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil… and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.

Hurray, this is my first audiobook review on the blog!! I only recently started listening to audiobooks a couple months ago – I never thought I’d enjoy them very much, but I do! Although it might be because the first audiobook I ever listened to was Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren and Sebastian York’s delicious LOVELY voice was narrating it. He’s also one of the narrators in this audiobook, Throb, so I couldn’t not love listening to this because of him.

The heroine, Kate, is a contestant on a new reality TV show that’s similar to The Bachelor. She agrees to the terms of not being with any man other than the bachelor, Flynn, during the show in order to win the prize money and help out her family financially. She finds herself actually caring for Flynn, but… then she meets Cooper. Kate and Cooper have such a hot, intense chemistry that no man can compare with him, sadly for Flynn.

I’ve never read a book by Vi Keeland before, but I really enjoyed Throb. It had great characters, the story was unique and fun, and the audiobook itself was easy to follow. I adored the hero, Cooper. He’s sexy and alpha and domineering, but also sweet and tender to Kate. He falls for her deep and hard, so it’s hard not to love the way he loves Kate and takes care of her and her family. Kate was also a good heroine – she’s likable and cares so much for her family. They were two characters with hot chemistry and I was rooting for them from the beginning.

I LOVE Sebastian York, so of course his narration is my favorite part of the Throb audiobook. His voice is just so nice and dreamy to listen to! I really liked Molly Glenmore’s voice too, though it took me a bit in the beginning to warm up to it. I really liked how she narrated the male dialogue though. I’ve come to realize that I prefer both male and female narrators in the audiobooks I listen to, because I love getting both POVs and listening to the male POV. Throb definitely made me happy with its dual narrators.

If you’re a fan of The Bachelor, I highly recommend giving this book a try. I liked the sexy, forbidden aspect to the story, since Kate, as a contestant on the reality TV show, can’t be with anyone during that time, but Kate and Cooper make their way around that rule 😉

Throb overall is an enjoyable, sexy book with great narrators. It was so much fun to listen to – I’m hoping the sequel, Beat, will also be available as an audiobook!

4 hearts

Reading Order: Life on Stage series

Throb by Vi Keeland Beat by Vi Keeland

#1 ~ Throb: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Beat: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads

Here’s an audio excerpt from Throb!


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