Blog Tour and My Review: Listen to Me by Kristen Proby

Blog Tour and My Review:  Listen to Me by Kristen ProbyListen to Me by Kristen Proby
Series: Fusion #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis

Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy...exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.

Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.

Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

Listen to me by Kristen Proby is book one in the Fusion series. It’s a contemporary romance story that will capture your heart.

Jake Knox was once an American heartthrob. He had it all, the money, the fame, the ladies. Addie had her time in the limelight too. But that time has ended and now they are both trying their hands at new things and finding great success in almost all parts of their life, except relationships. They discover each other in a rather unusual way more than once, and we see the sparks begin to flicker, setting us up for a firework display hotter and more beautiful than those seen on the Forth of July.

Told in dual points of view, Listen to Me was my introductory book to Kristen Proby, and with that she gained a new and enduring fan. First, I have to talk crazy cover love. It’s what drew me to this book. It was so charming and eye-catching, I was literally afraid to read it for fear that the inside would not match the beauty of the outward picture. But, this was such a GREAT book. I didn’t have to sort through lots of angst or twisty roads to find an abundance of love and satisfaction in every page. Don’t get me wrong, Jake and Addie definitely were not open books. They had their own issues and hardships that added to the progression of the story, but made me fall harder for them. Every time Jake called Addie “baby” my knees got weak and my want-meter clicked up another notch. Turn for turn they could keep up with one another. There was no doubt that there’s was a forever kind of love. They also had these great forever friends who were there to protect, guide, and give their uninhibited advice.

I cannot wait for more in this series, I’m hooked.

Excerpt

“It is a shame,” Chris says.

“Don’t start, C.” I toss the bacon on my plate and push it away.

“All I’m saying is –“

“The same thing you’ve been saying for years. I don’t want to live a public life anymore. It just fucks thinks up.”

“You don’t have to live a public life to play music.” She shakes her head, cutting me off when I would speak. “Just listen. Kevin took me to a new restaurant the other night. It’s awesome.” She leans in, her brown eyes shining with excitement. “It’s sexy.”

“The restaurant is sexy?”

“Yes, and it’s amazing. So, these women have opened this place in downtown Portland called Seduction. There are aphrodisiacs on the menu, sexy music and atmosphere, amazing wine cellar. Did you know that asparagus is an aphrodisiac?”

“I had no idea.”

“Me either! Until we went there. It’s so great for couples, and it looks like it’s making quite a name for itself.”

“What the fuck does it have to do with me?” I ask mildly and sip more coffee.

“There was a sign in the window advertising for a weekend musician.”

I stare at her, blinking.

“So?”

“So you should go apply!”

She slaps her hand on the table and leans back with a satisfied smile, proud of herself.

“Fuck no.”

“Why not?”

“Jake Knox doesn’t perform anymore.”

“Jake Keller could.”

I tilt my head, suddenly intrigued.

“You don’t have to go in there and be a rock star, you know. You could just go in with your guitar and play music. You don’t have to do the old Hard Knox stuff, unless you want to try some acoustic arrangements. You could just do covers, if that’s what you wanted. Or new stuff you’re writing.”

Suddenly the yearning in my gut is so intense I can barely breathe. I love producing and writing music. Hell, I spent a month up in Seattle last fall cowriting and producing with Leo Nash, an old friend of mine, for his band’s new album. It’s fulfilling.

But fuck me, how I miss performing. And it’s really not about the screaming women, the lights, the louder-than-fuck music.

It’s just the music itself. Performing and watching the crowd sing along.

There’s just nothing like it. And the other night, when I sat on that stage and sang, it was like visiting an old friend.

But I gave it up on a rainy night five years ago when Christina was almost killed and lost her leg, all because of me.

I shake my head and clench my jaw. “No.”

 

4.5 Stars

About Kristen Proby

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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