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.
About LISTEN TO ME:
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?
In Kristen Proby’s latest release Listen to Me, we meet five friends who decided to go into a restaurant business together. So, we meet Addison, Cami, Mia, Kat, and Riley. They are the best of friends. However, their attention is focus on Addison who has bad taste in men. Is it wrong of me that I had hope that she would find the boyfriend at the beginning cheating on her? I know it’s cliché, but how else are you going to get rid of a douche. Good thing my wish came true and she had an opportunity to get with Jake Keller.
Now Jake Keller used to go by the name Jake Knox and he was in a band. However, things happen in his past so he had to give up the singing. Now he does song writing and producing, but he misses being on the stage. Lucky for him those five lovely ladies are looking for musical talent for the weekend, which gives him the perfect opportunity to get to know Addison better.
All right, Addison isn’t my favorite heroine. Actually, she’s kind of mean (I would use another word, but then I would have to change it). Anyway, Addie isn’t the nicest to Jake, but he hangs in there. I mean he puts up with Addie’s attitude, but she does have some good qualities like she’s a loyal friend. However, she’s hard on Jake and pretty much judges him on past experience. She doesn’t have the best luck with musicians. I do adore Jake; I mean he puts in the effort to show her he’s not in the same league as the others. Granted he does have rocker past, but he has given up those ways. Plus, he’s sweet on Addie. Oh my gosh, what he does for her makes me melt for him. He’s extremely decent guy, but gets scared of his feelings. Actually, they both almost ruined the relationship. Both kind of flew off the handle, but they manage to find there way back together with the help of their friends.
Overall, I did like Listen To Me. I thought it was well thought out story. Yes, there were times I’m thinking something bad is going to happen, because things were going too smoothly. I did wonder how on earth was Kristen going to have these two have a trial on their relationship. It worked for the story, even though it made me dislike Addie. Hey Jake wants to be with her and that is all that really matters. They make each other happy. I can’t wait for the next book. I like how Kristen used the epilogue to give a foresight on what’s to come. I pretty good start to a new 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.
About Kristen Proby:
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.