What Worked For Me:
Warning! Warning! Before you pick up this book make sure you have plenty of drinks and snacks. Order In pizza. Put on a diaper so you don’t have to go to the bathroom…ok that may be taking things a little far but seriously make sure everyone is settled before you start reading Listen to Me because once you start, you absolutely will NOT want to stop. This book is purely, 100% addicting! I loved it. There is not one single thing I can say negative and so many amazing things, there aren’t enough words in the human language to adequately describe how much this book ROCKS! Addison, our heroine, is a strong and independent women who runs a restaurant with her best friends. She got some issues but this woman knows how to keep her head up despite it all. She has a history of picking bad-boy rockers who leave her high and dry so when our hero, legendary rocker Jake Knox comes into her restaurant to provide some live entertainment, she does not make getting to know her easy. Jake is sex on a stick personified. He is so delicious I just want to dip him and chocolate and eat him up. He is flabbergasted and confused about his instant attraction to Addison, but rather than fight it, he decides to go with the flow and see if he can get to know her. The banter between these two is hilarious! They go back and forth and it is pure entertainment. It doesn’t take long before getting to know one another turns to friendship, which in turn becomes something neither one of them ever expected. I loved the slow build-up between them because when they finally come together….WHEW!!! It is mind blowing. He is a gentleman in public but behind closed doors….he is most definitely a bad boy in a very good way. Their chemistry is so hot it will melt your clothes right off your body! But, despite the slow build-up and the raw passion, these two have issues that they must work through in order to get what they both now want more than anything, a future together. Helping these two on their path to happily-ever-after are Addison’s best friends, one crazy cool spa technician, one of Jake’s bandmates, and Jake’s best friend, Christina. All these secondary characters make this book even richer and more decadent. They are fun to get to know and pumped me up even more for the next book in this series. The plot was fresh and fast-paced and kept me entertained from the first word until the very last. There is a little bit of angst to keep you on your toes and enough emotional elements to require a tissue or ten. Trust me when I say that Listen To Me will be one of the best books you will read this entire year. Kristen Proby is an author who knows how to enthrall her readers and her books should come with a warning label….one that reads Highly Addictive!
What Didn’t Work For Me:
I have no negative issues. The book was perfect from characters, to plot, to editing.
Would I Recommend This Book:
Yes….to every single reader I know
Final Star Rating:
Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. In her brand new series from William Morrow Paperbacks, Fusion, she will seduce readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance, LISTEN TO ME, in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you this first book in the Fusion Series. Available now, LISTEN TO ME finds a hot former rock star looking for a steady gig at the restaurant, but he’ll have to convince the prickly front-of-house manager to take a chance on him—with her business and her heart.
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“Listen to Me is a phenomenal start to a new series
that will hook the readers to the point of no return.”
In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.
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?
“The story is fresh, the characters are hot, the chemistry between
Jake and Addison is through the roof, and the picture that
Ms. Proby paints is vivid and energetic.”
-Literati Literature Lovers
It’s quiet in here now, and the silence is too loud. He’s staring down at his drink, his eyes a deep green in the low light of the bar. A crease forms between his eyebrows in a frown, and then he shakes his head, just a tiny bit. Jake sips his drink, and I can’t help but wonder what he’s thinking.
And I’m a woman, so I ask.
Because who ever heeded the whole, don’t ask the question if you don’t want the answer warning?
“What are you thinking?” I ask softly.
He chuckles and shakes his head.
“You don’t want to know.”
He swivels in the stool, facing me, and rests his hand on the arm of my own stool, leaning into me, and it takes everything in me not to back away. His eyes lower to my lips.
I lick them, and watch his eyes dilate.
This is a very bad idea.
I swallow hard as he continues to watch my mouth.
“It’s quiet in here,” he says evenly.
“I was thinking the same.”
“Are you comfortable in the quiet, Addie?”
I frown and feel my nipples pucker when he reaches up and tucks my hair behind my ear. His fingers are warm.
And when he’s this close, I can’t help but breathe him in and enjoy the scent of him.
“Why shouldn’t I be?”
“Some aren’t. Some need chaos, noise. The quiet makes them nervous.”
You make me nervous.
I lick my lips again.
“I don’t mind quiet. You?”
“I love the quiet.”
I smirk. “You’re a musician.”
“And I love music too. But the quiet is where the truth lives.”
I blink once, twice.
“Where the truth lives?” I’m whispering now.
He simply nods. “There’s no distraction. No way to deny what is. It’s honest.”
“And you claim to be honest?”
“To a fault,” he confirms. “I’d also love to hear more about this sexcation you’re scheming.”
I feel my cheeks flush and turn away, taking another sip of my wine.
“I was simply being silly with my friends, Jake. Drop it.”
He doesn’t answer. Damn the fucking quiet.
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. Visit her at KristenProby.com.
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