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Review and Excerpt: Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby

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Kristen Proby does it again with EASY KISSES, the sexiest new addition to her Boudreaux SeriesEASY KISSES is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novel and is the 4th book in Kristen’s New York Times bestselling The Boudreaux Series. This book is available now so be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 -ABOUT EASY KISSES –

 

The Boudreaux Series. Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

Easy Kisses - coverSimon Danbury, an internationally sought after motivational speaker, helps women from all walks of life with love, self-esteem, dating and career building skills. Handsome, witty and wealthy, Simon seemingly has everything a man could want.

But appearances can be deceiving.

While Simon may have the answers for millions of women all over the world, when it comes to his own love life, he’s a giant, sexy mess. Divorced, and convinced that he’ll never love again, the very last thing he expects is one Charly Boudreaux.

Charly doesn’t want to be at this seminar in the middle of nowhere, but her sister made her go. She’s the one who has her life together. Great career, amazing family, nice home, and loyal friends. So what if she doesn’t have a man? She doesn’t need one. If she’s learned anything in her almost thirty years, it’s that men are more trouble than they’re worth.

And they have a nasty habit of breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces.

So she’ll sit through all of Simon’s touchy feely crap and go home and get on with her life. Except Simon isn’t really spouting crap, and when he smiles at her, the butterflies are ridiculous.

Never mixing business with pleasure, Simon finds Charly, a bright spot in a universe that’s been dark for too long. But will he be able to resist her?

And why would he want to?

– EXCERPT –

 

“Tired?” Simon asks with a knowing smile.

“A bit,” I reply with a nod. “And the view is incredible.”

“No kidding,” Shelly says with an annoying giggle, and I realize she thinks I’m talking about Simon.

For fuck sake.

“Actually, I was talking about the mountains,” I add, stifling a laugh when Heidi knocks her knee against mine. “The views here are unreal. When I saw that the conference was to be held in Montana, I just figured we’d be in the boonies, on a dude ranch or something with no wifi and hunting and gathering our food ourselves. I had no idea that this existed.”

“It’s one of my favorite places in the world,” Simon replies with one of his insane Easy Kisses - RDL Teaser 1smiles. Seriously, he smiles and the room lights up. He’s changed into a casual blue T-shirt that hugs his shoulders and reveals the sleeve of tattoos down his left arm. In all of his public appearances, he wears long sleeves, covering the ink. It’s sexy as hell, not to mention the lean muscle there. His dark hair is disheveled from pushing his fingers through it all day, and his eyes look a bit tired, too. “Where are you from, Charly? Is that the South I hear in your voice?”

I grin. “Louisiana,” I confirm. “I’m from New Orleans.”

“Another of my favorite places,” he replies with a wink.

“Oh, I love it there too,” Shelly says. “What do you do there?”

“I own a shoe store.” I grin at the waitress as she fills my water glass.

“Well, that wouldn’t suck,” Heidi says and glances down at my feet. “I admired your shoes all day.”

“Thank you.”

Easy Kisses - RDL Teaser 2“How long have you done that?” Simon asks, listening intently.

“Six years,” I reply. “But I’ve lived there all my life.”

He nods, and I can see in his eyes that he has more questions, but he shifts the focus to someone else, to my relief.

“And where are you from, Heidi?”

“Arizona,” she replies and begins telling us about her business raising assistance dogs. She pulls her phone out to show us photos, and I melt.

“Aww, what a sweet baby,” I croon when she shows me the yellow lab puppy she’s working with now. “Puppies are the best.”

“I think so too,” Heidi agrees. Dinner is surprisingly fun. We spend the next hour chatting about our homes, what we do, and things that interest us. Simon is funny and charming, easily deflecting Shelly’s blatant flirtations.

He’s professional. I assume he comes down and has dinner with a different group of women from the retreat each night. It’s a nice touch.

I wonder how many he sleeps with.

 

– REVIEW –

 

Simon Danbury is a Henry Cavill look alike who is a world-renown self-help expert on relationships.  His work takes him around the globe, and he’s a regular face in the media giving out advice to those in need. One of Simon’s specialties is a two-week empowerment seminar for women called “Lift”. It is at a Lift seminar in Montana that he meets one of his attendees, Charlotte “Charly” Boudreaux.

Charly has been egged into attending this seminar by her siblings. She’s a workaholic and she hasn’t had a vacation in years. As owner of the popular Head Over Heels shoe store located in the French quarter of New Orleans, Charly has been leading a mundane life. She has a ten-year, ongoing FWB relationship with her friend, Ryan. Prior to her departure for the seminar, Charly discovers that Ryan’s been neither exclusive about their relationship nor honest about his feelings towards her. She calls off the relationship and leaves for Montana.  Charly, nearing thirty, has some serious thinking to do about the direction of her life.

When Simon spots Charly, the attraction is instant, but he’s bound by the ethics of the situation — he’s supposed help women discover their own power, not chase after them for sex.  Charly feels the attraction, too — the chemistry is definitely percolating between the two of them. Simon has to have Charly, and violates his own code by approaching her. Burned by Ryan, Charly takes Simon up on his offer of an affair for the duration of the weekend. But what happens after they part ways?

Simon can’t get Charly out of his mind, and eventually heads to NOLA. Both recognized what happened between the two of them in Montana wasn’t just a fling.  But life is never this cut and dried.  Both of these people have issues with betrayal, and as they fall into deeper emotions with one another, those issues make themselves known.

Easy Kisses is the fourth installment in author Kristen Proby’s Boudreaux Series, and is a stand alone novel. It’s always a pleasure to be around the Boudreaux family, and that is true of this story as well. Charly is a sweet, caring soul, still mourning the death of her father. As a Boudreaux, she’s fiercely loyal to her family and friends, generous and respectful with all other people. Her character was well written and likeable.

As for Simon — eh — this reader had some issues with him. His behavior, at times, seemed to be inconsistent with that of a professional life coach. Even taking into account his strong feelings for Charly, his initial interactions felt slightly predatory (not to mention unethical). (Note: Simon is not written as an Alpha male, insta loving character.) After a few serious bumps, and with the aid of the Boudreaux gang, Simon redeems himself.

The plot moves along pretty well, and the energetic and passionate sex scenes between Charly and Simon reinforces their story line. The secondary characters are all well written, some familiar and always a pleasure to encounter.

Author Proby’s writing is consistent, and her story (as have some others in the past) is embedded with wisdom and advice for her readers:

“I want you to remember that no matter what, your physical and mental health are the most important thing. That is not being selfish; that is protecting yourself, so you can participate in healthy relationships. Cutting Toxic people from your life is necessary for your own personal health and growth.”

Simon Danbury

Easy Kisses

Kindle Loc. 2812 of 4314

Sage words to be heeded not only by her characters, but by all of us.

A generous and entering author, Kristen Proby’s Easy Kisses is easily worth the read.

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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And don’t forget to grab the first three books in the Boudreaux Series on sale for a limited time only!

 

Easy Love - cover

EASY LOVE

 

Easy Charm - cover

EASY CHARM

 

Easy Melody - cover

EASY MELODY

 

 

 

– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –

 

KRISTEN PROBY

 

Author Pic - Kristen ProbyNew 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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