April 4, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & EXCERPT: Easy Magic (Boudreaux #5)

Kristen Proby is back with another Boudreaux sibling's story, and this one is magically delicious. Check out my review and an excerpt from the book!

Easy Magic (Boudreaux #5), by Kristen Proby
Publish Date:
April 4, 2017
Publisher: Ampersand Publishing
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author and Inkslinger PR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4.5 STARS

(Synopsis) Family. Responsibility. Stability. 

As the co-CEO of Bayou Enterprises, and the eldest of the Boudreaux clan, Beau is the epitome of these. Now that his baby sister Gabby is happily settled down, Beau has moved into the company loft in the heart of the French Quarter to be closer to his office while his own home is built. He doesn’t have time for anything but the family he adores and the company that drives him.

If only the bewitching owner of the herb shop downstairs from Beau’s loft wasn’t so damn tempting.

Mallory Adams is living the life. The good life. The best life for her. After years of hiding who she is, and the gifts she’s been cursed with, Mallory opened her little shop in the French Quarter, offering herbs and lotions for anything from soothing a sunburn to chasing those pesky ghosts New Orleans is known for out of a client’s home. Some call her eccentric, and some say she’s simply odd, and that’s okay with her. She is a bit odd, but in her experience, all of the best people are.

When an old pipe bursts in the loft above her store, flooding her storeroom, Mallory comes face to face with Beau Boudreaux, and she doesn’t need the clairvoyant abilities that have been passed down through generations to know that she’ll never be the same. Beau is her exact opposite; serious, straitlaced. He wears suits for Pete’s sake and probably wouldn’t know the difference between arnica and flaxseed if his life depended on it. But when he touches her, the electricity is through the roof and she’s smart enough to know that a chemistry like theirs doesn’t happen every day.

Can two people so very different possibly find their way to happily ever after?

I've read so many Kristen Proby books that by now I didn't think she could surprise me. Who knew that she could do paranormal so awesomely?! 

We've known all along that Mallory was a little... different. We've caught glimpses of her in previous books, and she always seemed like a sweet, quirky girl. I really loved getting to know her better and learning about what makes her tick. 

We've also seen Beau in previous books - all of them, actually. He's the eldest Boudreaux sibling and the co-CEO of the family shipping company with Eli. It was hard to get a bead on what kind of guy he was before. I knew he wasn't stoic and serious like Eli, but he wasn't creative and light like Declan either. Beau always seemed somewhere in the middle. But, when he meets Mallory, he became anything but ordinary. 

I mentioned the paranormal aspect to this book - Mallory has... abilities. She can see dead people, she can talk to them, and she can read people's thoughts and feelings by touching them. I loved watching her use her powers and I also loved that there were clearly drawbacks to them as well. She didn't love all the aspects that came with them, particularly when dating. But, right from the beginning. Beau was different. She couldn't read him, but instead felt calm and settled when he was near. It reminded me of Bella and Edward from Twilight a bit. 

Being touched by Beau is like being touched for the first time in my life, and I never want him to stop.

Throughout the book, Mallory slowly opens up about her abilities to the Boudreaux clan. It took her some time to trust them with the knowledge, as one would imagine. So, we see Mallory dealing with managing her abilities and using them in helpful ways. But, there was also a bit of a mystery as an evil force kept messing with her, and police kept contacting her to ask for her help on a murder case. It was an interesting side story that kept me glued to the pages. The hot steaminess between Beaux and Mallory helped with that too. 

And with the close of this story, there's only one Boudreaux sibling left. It feels like we've been waiting for Savannah's story for EVER. I can't wait for her and Ben to finally get together!

Honestly, I think Kristen Proby has this paranormal stuff in the bag. I would read the crap out of that book. It was fun and interesting and just plain cool. 

I turn to look at him and he’s leaning against the door jamb, watching me with lust written all over his face.

I don’t have to be psychic to see it.

He wants me.

He slowly pushes away from the door and moves toward me, his shoulders broad in the white button down shirt, his arms hard where the shirt is rolled to his elbows. His jaw tightens as he gets closer, towering over me because he’s so damn tall, but I’m not afraid of him in the least.

He doesn’t say a word as he lifts his hand to cup my cheek, his thumb brushing under my eye. I wrap my hand around his wrist and lean into his touch, soaking up his warmth. God, I’ve missed being touched.

Being touch by Beau is like being touched for the first time in my life, and I never want him to stop.

He lowers his lips to mine, brushes them lightly, nibbles the corner, and then sinks in for the kiss of my life. He gently urges my mouth open, and licks my lips, and devours me. His hand dives into my hair, and the wall is suddenly at my back as he continues to explore me in ways I didn’t even know existed.

He braces his free hand on the wall above my head, and I fist my hands in his shirt at his sides, holding on for dear life.

Finally, he pulls back, breathing hard, his eyes bright and dilated.

And in the moment, I know. His touch is safe. I can trust it. Him. I’m not bombarded with someone else’s emotions, and I am free to simply feel my own while being intimate with him.

“So that’s what all the hoopla’s about.”

He smirks, and I realize I spoke aloud again, but I’m not embarrassed. Not in the least.

He takes a deep breath and drags his knuckles down my cheek.

“I want to keep you here all night,” he murmurs before kissing my forehead. “So I’d better take you home.”

I smile. He could talk me into staying. But he’s not. And I’ll be damned if that doesn’t make me like him even more.

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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