REVIEW – LISTEN TO ME (Fusion, #1) by Kristen Proby

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SYNOPSIS:

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?

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Provided by Edelweiss}

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This is a brand new series by Kristen Proby that centers around five girlfriends who co-own the hottest new restaurant in Portland called Seduction. Their restaurant offers the most delicious food with a sexy ambiance. Each friend will get their own romantic story. This first installment is about Addie. She is the Manager of the restaurant. Addie was a model at one time but left because she didn’t want to live her life always watching what she eats. She also has huge abandonment issues stemming from her dysfunctional relationship with her parents and her poor choices in boyfriends. Addie is normally drawn to the bad boy musicians, who always end up breaking her heart in the end. The story opens with Addie catching her current “bad boy” having sex with two women in her apartment, proving yet again to her that she is incapable of being loved by a man.

Jake Knox was the lead singer of the group Hard Knox. The band broke up a few years ago due to a personal tragedy. Jake has given up performing but he has been writing songs and producing them for other artists. After three years of not performing he decides to go to an open mic night and that’s where he and Addie cross paths. He’s instantly attracted to her and she happens to be at the club looking for a musician to perform at Seduction on the weekends. He ends up getting the job and eventually after some persistent flirting, he gets Addie to go out with him. From there the relationship starts to get hot and heavy. But all the while Addie tries to withhold her heart from Jake because she is positive he will end up annihilating her in the end.

It took me a while to warm up to this story. It seemed a bit slow in the beginning and I literally lost count as to how many times Jake called Addie, ”BEAUTIFUL”!! I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. It wasn’t until he makes an ass of himself and jeopardizes the relationship that I started to get engrossed in the story. Plus the sexy times are pretty steamy.

I really enjoyed the bits we get of the next couple in the series. It will be a ”Friends to Lovers” romance and the hero is the best friend’s older brother!! Right up my alley!!! I’m still very optimistic about this series and can’t wait for book two.

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