June 23, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Easy Kisses (Boudreaux #4)

If Kristen Proby writes it, I will read it. It's just that simple. EASY, if you will. I think maybe Easy Kisses might be my favorite Boudreaux book yet. Read on to find out why & don't forget to enter the giveaway - Kristen Proby is giving away a pair of SHOES!!

Easy Kisses (Boudreaux #4), by Kristen Proby
Publish Date:
June 21, 2016
Publisher: Ampersand Publishing, Inc.
Format: e-ARC, provided by Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(Synopsis) Simon Danbury, an internationally sought after motivational speaker, helps women from all walks of life with love, self-esteem, dating and career building skills. Handsome, witty and wealthy, Simon seemingly has everything a man could want. But appearances can be deceiving. 

While Simon may have the answers for millions of women all over the world, when it comes to his own love life, he’s a giant, sexy mess. Divorced, and convinced that he’ll never love again, the very last thing he expects is one Charly Boudreaux. 

Charly doesn’t want to be at this seminar in the middle of nowhere, but her sister made her go. She’s the one who has her life together. Great career, amazing family, nice home, and loyal friends. So what if she doesn’t have a man? She doesn’t need one. If she’s learned anything in her almost thirty years, it’s that men are more trouble than they’re worth. And they have a nasty habit of breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces. So she’ll sit through all of Simon’s touchy feely crap and go home and get on with her life. Except Simon isn’t really spouting crap, and when he smiles at her, the butterflies are ridiculous.

Never mixing business with pleasure, Simon finds Charly, a bright spot in a universe that’s been dark for too long. But will he be able to resist her? And why would he want to?

I'm a big fan of the Boudreaux series. I'm a huge fan of the strapping male siblings and their overprotective ways. But if I'm going to be honest with myself, I'm most intrigued by the sisters. Single mother and B&B owner Gabby already found her HEA with a hunky pro baseball player. The two that are left - Charly and Savannah - those are the two stories I wanted the most.

I've been curious about what Kristen Proby would do with Charlotte Boudreaux. She seems to be the most self-assured, confident and put together of all the Boudreaux sisters. She owns her own shoe store (why is this character not real so that we can be BFFs???) and she loves all her siblings fiercely. 

As it turns out, Charly isn't quite as put together as she seems. She's wound so tight she doesn't know the meaning of the word 'vacation.' And yet, the love for her sister puts her smack dab in the middle of the wilderness at a women's retreat. It seems a little hokey, right? A bunch of females gathering in the woods to talk about their self-worth and all their wonderful qualities. Charly thinks so too, to some degree. It helps a lot that the conference director/owner/instructor is super easy on the eyes.

Oh, and he's British. Did I mention that? After listening to him speak all day, I bet that room was full of melted panties.

Simon's in a difficult position, though. He's gone over Charly from the moment he sees her, but he's there to teach women that they're worth more than just a one-night stand or a friend with benefits arrangement. And with him located in London and Charly in New Orleans, could they ever really be anything more than a hot weekend fling?

Not to mention that Simon has been burned badly in his past and trusting a woman with his heart is not something he can do easily - or at all. Charlie's fighting the same demons, so they make quite a pair.

The fact that there were all these signs that pointed to a doomed and impossible relationship was why I loved this book so very much. Despite the many obstacles - both physical and emotional - in their path, the big question was whether Simon and Charly would deem the potential outcome worth the struggle to overcome them. The many stops and starts and navigation of treacherous dating waters was what kept me deeply engrossed in this story.

Well, that and the hot sex.

And the awesome writing.

Gah - there's just so many awesome things about Easy Kisses.

Be on the lookout for big brother Beau's story up next. It appears that Kristen Proby is going to make me wait for Savannah's story last. Which is okay, because I'm thoroughly enjoying the ride. 

“Hi there, handsome.”

“Well, hello, love.”

“You know,” I say as I lock the door behind him, then walk to my counter to close out the till and get ready to leave. “I’ve discovered that since you’ve been here, you’re very bad for my productivity.”

“How is that?” He leans on the counter and braces his chin on his fist, watching me.

“I’m closing the shop early, for one.”

“I do believe the sign in the window says you close at six.” He checks his watch. “And look at that, it’s six.”

“I haven’t actually closed at six since…well, I don’t remember. I usually chat with customers, redesign displays, shop for new stock. But most of that has been set aside because I seem to be spending most of my time with a certain sexy Brit. It’s a good thing you’re cute.”

He raises a brow and stands to full height, taking my breath away. His ink is on display again in a simple black T-shirt, stretched over wide, muscular shoulders.

Where did my knees go again?

“Cute, am I?”

His accent gets even thicker when he’s turned on, and it’s on full blast now.


He slowly circles around the counter and leans into me, pinning my hips against it. His lips are inches from mine.

“I don’t think a man is supposed to be cute.”

“No?” Oh, God, I can’t breathe right when he’s this close to me. His hands are on my hips now, his fingers under the hem of my blouse, and then gliding up my skin and over my bra to cup my breasts.

“We shouldn’t do this here.” Is that my voice? I sound breathy and turned on, which is pretty accurate.

“No one is here,” he says and brushes feather-soft kisses over my cheek to my ear. My body is one giant shiver. Thank God for the giant display I built today that blocks us from outside traffic.

As if by their own volition, my hands make their way down the back of his jeans to cup his very fine ass just as he nips my neck, making me gasp.

“How cute am I now?” he whispers, never taking his lips from my skin.

“You’re just precious,” I reply, hearing my own accent thicken along with his cock pressed to my belly.

“You make me laugh,” he says, smiling against my neck. “You make me so hard it hurts. And I’m grateful that you’re wearing a skirt.”

“Why is that?”

He reaches down and balls the material in his fists, raising it above my waist.

“You’re not wearing panties,” he says with surprise, his blue eyes pinned to mine.

“Not today.”

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with 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 lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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