Series: Fusion #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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 appeal of Ms. Proby’s writing lies not just in the romantic connection between her couples, but also in the relationships and interactions among all the characters and she delivers some of her best work in LISTEN TO ME.
Addison Wade has a type when it comes to her men – tatted bad boy musicians and unfortunately for her, the misfortune of picking the wrong guy every time. When her latest boyfriend cheats on her, she decides to take a break from relationships and regroup but her resolve is severely tested by the former rock-star who just signed up to be the musical talent at the restaurant she owns with her four best friends.
Jake Keller walked away from a successful career five years ago but has always longed to return to basics with his music, so this gig is exactly what he needs but the excitement of landing it pales beside his attraction to Addie.
Jake and Addie are both very confident, strong and independent people and I enjoyed the ease of this story and their chemistry, both in and out of the bedroom. I like that they became friends as well as lovers and I really enjoyed their banter. Both of them have major baggage which they let get in the way of what they have, but with the help of their friends they are able to deal with and get past their issues.
Jake is a really smooth operator and knows just what to say and the right moves to make every time, but he is also very sweet and caring. And he knows just how to grovel, too. I love that Addie respected herself a lot and did not accept less than the best, which was exactly what she gave too.
I love the premise of this series and the fact that it focuses on the five friends. It can be difficult working with friends, but it’s easy to see how tight their bond is and how their business runs like a well-oiled machine.
Overall, this story is a really feel good one, with fun dialog, enjoyable, engaging characters and little angst, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
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.