Series: Fusion #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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?
Can anyone PLEASE tell me why I’ve not read more of Kristen Proby’s books?! Believe it or not, this is only my second and I’m totally kicking myself for not having read ALL of her books. Listen to Me was absolutely glorious. It was sweet, funny, sexy and full of feels.
After a string of bad relationships with “bad boy” musicians, Addie is done with them. Until, that is, Jake Keller walks through the door of the restaurant she owns with four of her closest friends. She’s had a crush on him for years, back when he was a big music star, and having him play live in her restaurant might be good for business, but it’ll probably be bad for her heart. What she doesn’t know is that Jake isn’t the same guy he was before, when he was into all the “perks” of the rock star life. When they first meet, she’s determined to push him away, but he’s just as determined to break down her walls and earn her trust. You just can’t fake the kind of connection they have.
I LOVED Jake and Addie, together and separately. He was all kinds of charming and sexy and she was strong and spunky. I loved spending time inside each of their heads. I loved their banter. Jake and Addie just FIT together. They have wicked chemistry and when it all explodes, it’s HOT AF. Jake has a delightfully dirty mouth and their sexy times are amazing. And, as scorchingly hot as the lovin’ is, it still wasn’t my favorite part of the book. The characters were. I adored them. The romance made me smile. Don’t get me wrong, they had their issues and there was drama, but I never once doubted they were the real thing. Watching each of them deal with their issues and grow as people, as well as become a stronger couple, was one of the things I loved most about this book.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the secondary characters in this book. I’m a little bit in love with Addie’s friends and business partners already. I love the friendship they share. It’s the real deal. And, most of all, I love that this series shows a variety of strong and successful women. We learned just enough about each of the ladies to make me REALLY excited to continue this series and get their full stories. I can’t wait to see where Kristen takes them… and us.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
“I love music too. But the quiet is where the truth lives.”
“Your pussy is so pink,” he whispers as he lowers his face and gently swipes the flat of his tongue from my opening, over my lips, to my clit.
“And you smell like you can’t wait for me to fuck you.”
“It’s accurate then.”
“You have no idea how fast my heart races when I look at you,” I whisper, my lips mere inches from hers. “You turn me inside out, Addison.”
“Well, aren’t we just two scoops of bitchy in a bowl full of grouchy this afternoon?” Cici says. “What crawled up your ass?”
“I fell so hard for him! Most of the time I don’t give any fucks. Not one. But this time I gave a lot of fucks,” I say to Cami, who nods with wide eyes. “I gave lots of fucks, Cam. I’m a prostitute of feelings.”
I’ve admitted I’m relatively new to Kristen’s books.
I want to tackle her backlist and I need some help.
If you’ve read her, which do you suggest I read next?