Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: Easy Charm by Kristen Proby

Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a Bed and Breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy and her family. She meets new people every day, and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she’s also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone. Until Rhys O’Shaughnessy walks through her door, brooding and wounded and the sexiest thing she’s ever laid eyes on.

Rhys has been at the top of his game as a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs for more than ten years. Baseball is in his blood. But when he tears his rotator cuff and has to sit a season out, he retreats to Inn Boudreaux at the recommendation of his cousin, Kate, to heal and work toward building his shoulder back to perfect shape with only one goal in mind: to return to the game he loves. But he didn’t plan on being utterly charmed by a devastatingly beautiful woman and her baseball-loving son.

When Rhys’ shoulder has healed and he’s given the chance to return to his team, will he leave the family he’s come to love behind, or will he stay with Gabby and Sam?

4 Easy Stars!

Review by Lisa Kane

Rhys O'Shaughnessy is getting some rest for his torn rotator cuff. He's been a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs for the last 10 years, but he won't be joining the team until the Spring. He never thought he would play forever, but he wants to go out when he is ready, not because he is benched from an injury. His cousin, Kate, is now in New Orleans and encourages him to stay at her boyfriend's sister's inn. She tells him it is perfect for rest and relaxation.

Gabby Boudreaux owns and runs the inn. She's a single mom to her son Sam. The douche bag sperm donor, Colby, ran off when she told him she was pregnant and signed away his rights to his son.

"If you think I'm going to ruin my life because you can't keep your legs together you have another thing coming."
"Excuse me?" I jump to my feet and bury my finger in his chest, royally pissed off now.
"There were two of us there, Colby. I'm no slut. You were my first."
"So you said." 

Between running her business, cooking, baking and taking care of her son, she has little free time. And by free time I mean men. Her last lover was years ago-her son's father. So when Rhys comes into her life-it's like a whirlwind.

Both feel that attraction, but Gabby knows his stay is temporary. No sense setting herself up to fall again. But that doesn't make her want him like crazy.

And now I have a sexy, single man living under my roof for God knows how long, being nice to my son, tucking my hair behind my ear, and I'm going to die from sexual frustration. 

But Rhys is just smitten with her and it's not just her-he is crazy about her son Sam. Of course, the fact that Sam idolizes Rhys doesn't hurt.

Rhys is a good guy, but Gabby has reason to doubt that he would be interested in anything permanent with her. And she's not alone. Her brother Beau is protective of her and butts in a few too many times.

"I've done nothing but what I'm supposed to. I am a damn good mom, and I'm damn good at running this inn, and damn it, if I want to kiss a man, I'll damn well do it."

It's going to take a lot of time and kisses and support for Rhys to convince Gabby he's here to stay. Especially when he needs to leave unexpectedly and Gabby thinks he's running scared.

"Men leave." I raise my head and look him right in the eyes. "Men leave. I don't trust that any man is going to stick around for any significant length of time, Rhys. Because they don't."

Can Rhys convince Gabby that he's the real deal? Or will she think this player is playing her?

"When you smile in that sweet way you do just for me, I swear I can see the next fifty years of my life."


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular 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. Visit her at KristenProby.com.

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