Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Easy Nights (Boudreaux #6) by Kristen Proby: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

The Boudreaux Series—Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

No one said change was easy…


Savannah Boudreaux knows what it is to hurt. To bleed. To be afraid that the man she’s promised to be true to until “death do us part” might in fact separate them far sooner than anyone had ever anticipated. But Van also knows what it is to survive. To move on. To live life to the fullest. With five brothers and sisters and a loving mother as her constant source of strength during the pain and the healing, Van realizes there is little else she needs.

But some things never change…
Benjamin Preston sat on the sidelines of the Boudreaux family for years, in love with a woman he couldn’t have. As the best friend of the Boudreaux brothers since childhood, Ben has seen both tragedies and joys in the family. And as a former MMA fighter and Krav Maga expert, Ben’s used to fighting for what he wants—and winning. His hands were tied when Savannah married her high school sweetheart not long after graduation, but now two years have passed since Ben found Savannah broken in her own home.

Sometimes what you need most has been right in front of you the whole time… 


Van’s convinced that happiness isn’t in the cards for her, no matter how right it feels to be in Ben’s strong arms—and his bed. Ben is determined to win her heart and fight for her trust. He’s promised to protect her, to be her friend. But more than anything, he wants to finally make her his, and this is one fight he’s not willing to lose.



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Review by Yvette:

It's always bittersweet coming to an end of a series but when the book in question is highly anticipated? It makes saying goodbye to a cast of characters I've come to know and love a little bit easier. With Easy Nights, Kristen Proby does NOT disappoint, giving readers Ben and Savannah’s story. Let’s just let that sink in for a moment. Ben and Savannah. *throws confetti in the air* FINALLY! I feel like I’ve been waiting for their story from book 1 (not an exaggeration). There's no way these two could be within the same vicinity as each other without anyone knowing they were meant to be. After reading the series and knowing some of what each has gone through up to this point made me even more eager to see some progress in their relationship. The wait? Worth it.

Two years after escaping an abusive marriage, Savannah Boudreaux is ready to move on with her life. And the one man who gives her butterflies and makes her feel safe enough to do so is her good friend and longtime crush, Ben Preston. For years, the sexual tension between them has been steadily building, and it finally gets an outlet in Easy Nights. Kristen Proby knows how to write a sensual, blush-inducing romance and that’s exactly what Easy Nights is. Savannah is taking control of her life and her sexuality and Ben, her confident, charming, and oh-so-dreamy knight in shining armor, knows to handle her with care.

Easy Nights is a sweet, sexy friends-to-lovers romance, but it’s also an empowering story about healing and surviving. While Savannah may have once been a damsel in distress, she's become a fighter through sheer determination and perseverance. Savannah is strong and fierce and I loved that she's completely open as a narrator, baring both her vulnerabilities and her optimistic look toward the future. She refuses to remain broken, instead picking up the pieces of her life and opening herself up to happiness, focusing on the good rather than dwelling on the bad. Of course, her path to a happily-ever-after isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. We wouldn’t want things to be too easy, would we? *winks*

With a swoon-worthy, heart-meltingly adorable romance, enough twists and turns to ensure you won't want to put the book down until you finish, and an epilogue that left me bawling, Easy Nights is truly an unforgettable conclusion to the Boudreaux series. As a huge fan of this series, I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect ending to not just Ben and Savannah’s story, but for the Boudreaux family as a whole.

*complimentary copy provided by author 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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Excerpt:

“Van.”

I spin at the sound of Ben’s voice, and silently cringe. I look horrible. I’m sweating like an ice cold drink without a coaster, and the clothes I wear here are skin tight, making it easier to move.

“You’re not usually here at this time,” I say and dab a towel on my face. “What’s up?”

“I had a meeting with another instructor,” he says with a smile. “Thought I’d say hi.”

“Hi.” I smile and readjust my ponytail. It’s much smaller now, but I can still pull it back. “How was your day?”

“Busy,” he replies and surprises me by letting his eyes travel up and down my body. “I like the new hair. You look great.”

“I’m a mess.” I chuckle and hook my towel around my shoulders. “You, however, do look great.”

That’s a fucking understatement. He’s in cargo shorts and a black tank top, showing off his tattoos and his muscles.

Good lord, the muscles.

“Can I show you a few things?” he asks, breaking my concentration on his muscles.

“Sure,” I frown as I follow him back into the empty classroom. “Am I doing something wrong?”

“No, I just want to go over some form things.” He leads me to the center of the room and stands behind me, looking into my eyes through the mirror.

Oh God. This is way sexier than it probably should be.

“Assume the stance.”

I follow his directions and work very hard to not react to his strong hands on my sides as he walks me through punches, kicks, and better ways to keep my center of gravity.

“You’re small,” he murmurs and pushes my legs just a little closer together. “I want you to keep your feet just a little closer together. You’ll have better balance.”

I nod. “It feels better.”

He smiles at me. I can’t keep my eyes off of him in the mirror. The way he moves, his facial expressions.

Ben has always been attractive to me, but holy shit, did he get hotter? Or was I just too broken before to see it?

Because holy shit, he’s hot.

“Van?”

“Yeah?”

“I just asked you to do the spin/elbow move.”

“Oh.” I bite my lip and will myself to stop ogling his arms.

“Are you okay?”

“Of course.” I do as he asks and spin, attempting to ram my elbow in his nose, the way I’ve been taught, but he blocks and sends me onto my ass. “Damn it.”

“You’re not spinning quickly enough.”

“I’m as clumsy as they get,” I remind him. “If I spin too fast, I’ll fall on my ass. I’ll be helping my attacker more than anything.”

“It’ll actually feel easier,” he says, helping me to my feet. “You can do this. I’ve seen it.”

“You’re taller than anyone else I’ve ever sparred with.”

“Good,” he says and narrows his eyes. “Chances are, if you ever have to defend yourself, your attacker won’t be shorter than you.”

“True.” I nod thoughtfully.

“But if you’re still not comfortable doing this with me, that’s fine. I can make suggestions for Shelly to work on next week.”

“I’m okay,” I reply, and am surprised to realize that it’s true. It wasn’t long ago that I couldn’t stand for any man to touch me, not even my brothers. But I don’t mind so much now.

In fact, I’m utterly shocked to realize that his touch is turning me on. I don’t remember the last time I had sexual thoughts toward a man. Even Ben. Which was one more thing that made me sad. But hello, long lost hormones.


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4 comments:

  1. I have never been to New Orleans, but would love to go. I'd love to see a series based in a big college town.

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  2. I have never been to new Orleans but would love to travel there some day

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  3. I haven't. Maybe somewhere in TX would be cool <3

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  4. I've never been to New Orleans, but have enjoyed series set there. I'd love to read one in a southern city - maybe Austin our Houston or even a smaller town in the vicinity.

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