Thursday, April 6, 2017

Easy Magic (Boudreaux #5) by Kristen Proby: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

The Boudreaux Series. Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

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?


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Excerpt:

I pull my phone out of my pocket to call Beau Boudreaux, who also happens to be my landlord.

Of course, there is no answer.

The man lives upstairs, directly above this shop. Can’t he hear the water? Does he sleep like the dead?

Or maybe he’s not home.

I frown and open my mind, searching the building.

He’s home. I can feel his presence.

And he might be naked.

I immediately slam the psychic door shut and walk outside, up the wrought iron steps to his loft, and bang on the door.

“Wake up,” I mutter. “And put some pants on.”

I raise my hand to bang again, but the door is flung open and there’s Beau, rubbing sleep from his eyes, a frown on his handsome face.

He’s pulled some sweatpants on.

Thank God.

“What’s going on?” he demands.

“I have a leak,” I reply and swallow hard, willing myself to keep my eyes on his face, and not the sculpted muscles of his torso. I’ve met the man exactly twice, including right now, but what he does to my libido is ridiculous.

I’d forgotten that I have a libido.

Which is a sad statement all on its own.

“You had to wake me up at four-thirty for a leak?”

“I have three inches of water on my floor,” I reply and turn to stomp down the stairs. “Come look!”

I don’t look back as I wade back into my store. A few moments later, I hear Beau come clomping down the steps and look back as he fills the doorway with his wide shoulders. He’s tall, pushing six-and-a-half feet. His hair is dark, and his eyes are like old whiskey.

Those whiskey eyes survey the space, frowning when he sees the amount of water on the floor.

“Do you know where it’s coming from?”

“The bathroom,” I reply and lead him to it.

“The fucking ceiling fan?” He exclaims and shakes his head. “I was expecting the toilet to be overflowing. Old plumbing is unpredictable.”

“I was expecting the same, but here we are,” I say and cross my arms over my chest. He glances back at me, and his eyes drop to my cleavage for just an instant before he looks me in the eye.

I don’t uncross my arms.

“I’m going to shut off the water to the building.”

“Good idea.”

He rushes back outside and a few moments later, the water slows to a small trickle, and then fast drops.

He comes back inside and looks up. “Must be a broken pipe.”

“Are you a plumber as well as a billionaire mogul?” I ask, unable to resist.

His lips twitch. “I’m good at a lot of things.” 
Oh, I just bet you are.

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:

I can’t say that I wholeheartedly believe in ghosts or the existence of magic but I do watch more paranormal investigation shows than I’d like to admit to (at least in public) and I may have channeled my inner Hermione Granger a time or two by waving a toy wand through the air. This is why when I started Easy Magic by Kristen Proby, I was intrigued by Mallory’s character and storyline, which marks this author’s first foray into paranormal territory. Like previous books in the series, Easy Magic delivers a sizzling hot, impossible-to-put-down, feel-good romance. Unlike its predecessors, it just so happens to have a fantastical element, which admittedly seems apropos for the New Orleans setting. Fun and flirty and just a tad bit spooky, Easy Magic is a story guaranteed to make your pulse race and keep you smiling non-stop.

Light angst, plenty of steam, and a guaranteed happy ending? That's pretty much my idea of a must-read romance, especially when it involves the kind of instant attraction and off-the-charts chemistry that’s between protagonists, Beau Boudreaux and Mallory Adams. If you’ve read previous book in the Boudreaux series, you know those Boudreaux men are smooth-talking charmers and Beau is no exception. The eldest Boudreaux sibling is nothing if not efficient and, once he sets his sights on his tenant, Mallory, he focuses on romancing her with a single-minded determination. What's not to love about a hero who's charming and swoon-worthy, and upfront about his thoughts and feelings? He's so sure of himself – confident without being cocky and commanding without being forceful. He's the perfect mix of sexy Alpha male and old-fashioned gentlemen, drawing the more closed-off Mallory out of her protective shell.

With Beau, what you see is what you get, although the same can’t be said about Mallory, who has a secret that causes her to build a wall around herself. The quirky herb shop owner is psychically gifted – a fact with which she struggles to come to terms. It’s the playful, easygoing rapport she has with Beau along with their overwhelmingly potent attraction to each other that gradually break down Mallory’s defenses, paving the way for their own happy ending. Easy Magic is a love story about two individuals finding that one person who balances them and makes them deliriously happy, but it’s also about Mallory’s journey of self-discovery.

As much as I enjoyed Easy Magic for Beau and Mallory’s love story, what made me so excited to read this book is knowing how much the Boudreaux family is involved with each other's lives, which means they continue to make appearances in each book. Not only is it comforting to be ensconced within their tight-knit group, but getting to see so many faces I've gotten to know and love throughout the series has me reminiscing about reading their individual love stories. Essentially, it's like revisiting one swoon-worthy romance after another, only it’s even better because we get to see how their lives and love have progressed (like I hope we get to experience with Mallory and Beau in the next book).

Heart-meltingly sweet and fan-your-face steamy with a paranormal twist, Easy Magic is an intriguing new installment in Kristen Proby’s Boudreaux series that *might* just have you believing in magic.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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1 comment:

  1. Haven't been to New Orleans, yet, although I've read some books that were set there and I'd love to go! I think a book series set in San Francisco would be awesome. I've been there once and LOVED it!

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