Sunday, November 8, 2015

Easy Melody (Boudreaux #3) by Kristen Proby: ARC Review & Author Interview


Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.

And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?

Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous and funny, and makes him yearn for something he never has before… Commitment.

But when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms.

Releases: November 10, 2015

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Review by Yvette:

With each new release, it's getting increasingly more difficult to find a new way of conveying how much I love Kristen Proby. Steamy, lighthearted yet emotionally compelling, and hopelessly romantic, Kristen Proby's books are so engrossing that I typically devour them in one sitting. With each new release, the author reaffirms her gift for establishing an instant connection between her characters and the reader – a connection that invites readers to feel as though we are an extension of the tight-knit group of characters found in each of her series, and are therefore more invested in the outcome of each story. Proby’s latest release from her Boudreaux series, Easy Melody, is a straightforward, character-driven romance that had me giggling like a schoolgirl and mooning over the whirlwind relationship between protagonists, Callie Mills and Declan Boudreaux.

When it comes to reading a new Kristen Proby book, I love learning the idiosyncrasies that make each of her relationships unique. It's all in the details: the things the couple has in common and the ways they fit together in various aspects of their life. Easy Melody is all about the seemingly inconsequential, but ultimately distinguishable moments that turn club owner Callie and musician Declan’s relationship from strictly professional to emotionally and physically intimate. Although their chemistry is sizzling from the start of the book, their romantic relationship is more of a slow burn, which was admittedly a surprise since I assumed Declan’s smooth-talking charm would have Callie falling head over heels for him well before the halfway point. Instead, Callie is sassy, independent, and confident, refusing to settle for being another notch on Declan’s bedpost. I applauded Callie’s strong sense of self-worth, loving every minute that she made Declan work for her affections.

While I enjoy the fact that Proby’s books are typically of the insta-love variety, it was a refreshing change of pace to see the protagonists work hard at building their relationship. There may have been times when I wanted to wring one or both of their fictional necks, but then they would share a moment so sweet, so sexy, and so perfect that I couldn’t help but melt. If you read and enjoyed the first two books in the Boudreaux series, you will love Easy Melody, plain and simple. It has a similar vibe to its predecessors – a passionate, all-consuming liveliness as unique as the city in which it's set – yet it's different enough to capture your attention and keep things interesting.

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

Rating: 5 Stars

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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Interview with Kristen Proby:

Where did you get the inspiration to write the Boudreaux series? 

I was in New Orleans in early 2014 and fell in love with it. I immediately knew that I had to set a series there.

For those who don’t stalk you on Facebook, what kind of research was involved in writing Easy Melody/the Boudreaux series? 

I travel to New Orleans several times a year, which isn’t a bad gig if you can get it. ;)

Unlike previous books in the series, the romance in Easy Melody is a gradual development. Do you generally prefer writing insta-love or slow burn romances? 

Every couple, and their journey to love, is different. I just enjoy writing love stories, and I think it’s great that they’re all different.

What was your favorite scene to write in Easy Melody

I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will say that when Declan’s mama has a long talk with Callie, I was a little puddle of tears.

What was the most challenging thing about writing Easy Melody? 

They’re always challenging.

Before you start a big series such as the Boudreaux series, how much do you plan ahead in regards to the order of books and the couples that end up together? Is everything plotted ahead of time or does it change as the series progresses? 

I do plot ahead because with my series, although they can be read as a stand alone, they do intertwine quite a bit and I need to know what I’m getting myself into.

For readers who haven’t started the Boudreaux series, why do you think they should pick up this series? 

I think it’s different from most of what’s out there. The setting alone is sexy, and add in an eclectic bunch of characters, and you just never know what’s going to happen!

Can you share anything about the next book in the series with us? 

The next book is Easy Kisses, Charly Boudreaux’s story. I don’t want to give any more away than that…

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