Thursday, July 9, 2015

Easy Charm (Boudreaux #2) by Kristen Proby: Release Day Launch w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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 Boston Red Sox 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?

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“Your skin is so soft.” One hand drifts down her belly and under the elastic of her panties, my fingertips lightly grazing over her smooth pubis, making those hips shift. “I love the way you sound. Move. Smell.

“Smell?” She chuckles softly and shifts her hips so I can guide her panties down her legs. “How do I smell?”

“Like you want me inside you.” Her eyes flare. “Like you want me to move in and out of you, and make you come like crazy.”

“The smell is right.” Her eyes are wide, watching me, wondering what I might do next. But I don’t want to make this wild and crazy. I want to keep it slow and lazy. Sleepy.


Because for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m making love to a woman. I’m not fucking her. I’m not having sex.

This is way more intimate than that.

“You’re so much more, Gabby.”

“More?” She sighs as my fingers slide lower into her folds, massaging them lightly. “More than what?”

“More than anything.” I tug her nipple back in my mouth and press one finger into her sopping wet center and grin happily when those hips come up off the bed and she grips onto my shoulder.

“I’m gonna come.”

And that’s my cue to slow down. “Not yet.”

“Party pooper,” she pouts, sticking her bottom lip out.

She’s fucking adorable.

I bite that lip and smile down at her. Why does my face feel different when I smile at her compared to when I smile at anyone else?

It’s the damndest thing.

About Kristen Proby:

Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling 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.

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Review by Yvette:

While in most cases, I don’t have a particular strong opinion about insta-love, when it comes to Kristen Proby's books, I just can't seem to get enough. The protagonists in her books have this quick and intense connection, leaving ample time for readers to get to know the characters as a couple. In the author’s latest release, Easy Charm, I love Rhys and Gabby's instant attraction and the familiarity that's established between them almost upon first sight. Their chemistry is so apparent that you know it’s only a matter of time before Gabby’s bumbling efforts at flirting and Rhys’s suave skills of seduction turn into something more. Heavy on the romance and light on the angst (just how I like it), Easy Charm is the perfect light-hearted read with protagonists I was undeniably compelled to root for.

A single mom running an inn might seem worlds away from a professional baseball player, yet Rhys and Gabby are thrown together when Rhys visits her inn while recovering from a shoulder injury. Within moments of them meeting, there’s a spark that ignites between them, evoking that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling of a new crush. I was smiling widely at Rhys and Gabby’s sweet but sexy banter, and silently screaming at Gabby to quit stalling and jump Rhys’s bones already. As far as romance heroes go, you can't get much more charming and swoon-worthy than Rhys, whose every word and every action is designed to make women lament the fact that he’s a fictional character. Their romance is a whirlwind and I devoured the book in what seemed like no time at all. I did, however, take the time to appreciate all the details that made their relationship so memorable – a fun game of catch, using kisses as a workout incentive, etc. – because it built a familial type of bond between Rhys, Gabby, and Gabby’s son, Sam.

Family is the most important aspect of Proby's books in general so I enjoyed the sense of intimacy created not just between Rhys, Gabby, and Sam, but between the entire Boudreaux clan. This is a tight-knit, supportive family and I liked that fact that, even in the midst of Rhys and Gabby's story, Kristen Proby took the time to flesh out every single supporting character. Getting to better know these characters just helped me to become more emotionally invested in them and even more eager to read their upcoming books. There are so many little details about the narrative that I love (three words: guys’ night in), all of which add up to one amazing story. Easy Charm had me feeling blissfully content from start to finish, reaffirming exactly why Kristen Proby has become one of my go-to authors.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. I have stayed in TWO bed and breakfasts, both in the last 3 years. I love the homey feel of the room, and the breakfast, of course! Thanks!

  2. I have never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast. I have always wanted to I would love the peace and quiet having tea looking out at the scenery

  3. I have never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast. I have always wanted to I would love the peace and quiet having tea looking out at the scenery

  4. I haven't but I wouldn't mind doing so. It looked fun on Gilmore girls :)

  5. I haven't but I would like to so I could enjoy some piece and quiet and read a book. :)

  6. I haven't but I would like to one day stay an B&B

  7. I haven't ever stayed in a B & B, but think it would be like having the comfortableness of home without having to do the work, like fixing meals! Thanks for the giveaway!