Release Week Blitz, Review, & Giveaway – ‘Listen to Me (Fusion #1)’ by Kristen Proby!

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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.



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?

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My Review:

Kristen Proby’s newest book, ‘Listen to Me’, is a great kick off to her new Fusion series featuring five strong and business savvy women as co-owners of their new restaurant Seduction.  Addison, Cami, Mia, Riley, and Kat are all incredibly close, and they are determined to make their new restaurant a success, just as they have their friendships.  In this first book in the series, we are introduced to the women of Seduction and hear the story of Addison and Jake.

Addison Wade is independent, no nonsense, and on the path to restaurant success.  With her sole focus on growing the business and with continuous past dating mistakes with bad boy loser musicians, she is certainly not interested in Jake Keller whom she has hired to perform on weekends at the restaurant to add a little musical ambiance.  Although he is talented and handsome, she knows his past as head musician for a wildly popular band….and wants no part of him in her personal life.

Jake has written off his band and playboy rocker ways, and is trying to move on from his past mistakes and only focus on his music production company that he now runs with his former bandmate Max.  Knowing that he is missing his singing career, he is encouraged by his friend Christina to try out for the live music opening at Seduction.  It is a simple venue with just Jake, his guitar, and a microphone.   Not only does he get the gig, but now he wants Addie as well.

I really admired Addie’s confidence and her career focus, and I am glad that we were able to see her behind the scenes with her insecurities and inner struggles as well.  Jake’s light hearted and playful demeanor was perfect – he was just the type of guy Addison needed in her life.  They fell into their relationship quite easily and got along so well, and although Addie was insistent in her independence, I loved how Jake just simply adored her and wanted to be there to take care of her.  It was very sweet!

I also really enjoyed the close friendships between Addison and Jake and all of their friends.  I always enjoy books with numerous characters and character depth.  Not only did this have great dialog and banter, but the characters were interesting, funny, genuine, honest, and loyal to each other.

This is my first book to read by Kristen Proby, and she has certainly set the stage for this series.  I really look forward to reading the next book, ‘Close to You’, which is the story of Cami and Landon releasing August 9, 2016!

*** 4 Stars! ***

***ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

About Kristen Proby:

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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

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