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Books I’ve Read: The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski

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Title: The Art of Falling
Series: Oceanside High #1
Author: Jenny Kaczorowski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: Dec 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.

Now with each secret kiss, she’s falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she’s facing one major identity crisis.

Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she’s too cool to like, she can’t keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she’s spent all of high school creating.

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Soo I was totally won over by the fact the main character has PURPLE HAIR – I totally want it :)

The Art of Falling deals with a lot of issues within the narrative relevant to the majority of teenagers today. Inspection of the ubiquitous high school cliques and how they pigeon-hole people as well as justifying segregation is the main focus of the plot crossing the romance between an art geek and a jock.

The portrayal of how image and popularity are important at this stage of life, on both sides not just the jock as you would suspect. However, the act of maintaining the image you have created can place extra pressure on an already stressful time of life. Even creating barriers to real feelings and emotions.

Tragedy, identity, family, friendship, grief, romance and the pressure to decide your future at such a young age all play a  part within the narrative ensuring a very fast paced plot.

Engaging characters you can’t help but fall for ;)

Review: Easy With You by Kristen Proby

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Title: Easy With You
Series: With Me in Seattle #8.5
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible.

Steadfast. Strong.

She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself.

With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul.

But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

REVIEW 

I love love love the With Me in Seattle series and was overjoyed Asher had his own story. Kristen Proby weaves true fairytales for people like me. The people who have had failed relationships and poor family bonds. You may be asking why I think that Kristen’s writing is perfect for people like me – well it’s because it gives us HOPE of the happily ever after and the possibility of being adopted into such a warm, loving family.

Easy With You lives up to its title; everything about Asher and Lila’s meetings and subsequent relationship is natural and falls into place without effort.  Even the things that they were convinced they didn’t want, occurred naturally. I loved how the relationship between Lila and Asher’s daughter, Casey, was so instinctive and utterly adorable.

The thriller elements of the plot were well executed and added another dimension of tension to the narrative. Although I did guess who the perpetrator was, the portrayal of sociopathic tendencies was chillingly depicted.

Having read both the With Me in Seattle series and Easy Love, I was thrilled with the inclusion of the characters from both series, Matt from Tied with Me and Kate and Eli from Easy Love. The cross-over with the plots was effortless :)

As you would expect from a novella the pacing is incredibly fast. This does not however, diminish any aspect of the story, every facet is carried out beautifully.

If you are already a fan of Kristen Proby’s then you are going to adore Easy With You. If you are new to her writing then this is a terrific introduction and sure to make you an instant devotee.

Spotlight: Easy with You by Kristen Proby

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About EASY WITH YOU

Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible. 

Steadfast. Strong.

She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself.

With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul.

 

But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

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A Message from Kristen Proby

Dear readers, 

As you know, the With Me In Seattle series came to a close earlier this month with the eighth and final installment, FOREVER WITH ME. I’ve been steadfast in my decision that there would be no further stories from the series, no spin-offs, nothing more. In my mind, it was complete. 

And I still feel that the Montgomery/Williams families are complete, and I maintain that I’m happy with their happy-ever-afters.  

But, I’ve also heard you when you’ve said that Asher, Matt Montgomery’s partner in TIED WITH ME, deserves to have a happily ever after for himself and his daughter Casey. So, when the lovely ladies from 1001 Dark Nights asked me to participate in their wonderful project, I thought long and hard about whose story it should be about. Seattle is finished, and I’ve moved on to New Orleans for the new Boudreaux Series… And then it occurred to me: why not do both, and offer a companion novella to each of the series? 

And so, because you, the reader, has been so insistent that you want to see Asher and Casey find their perfect person, I’m excited to introduce you to EASY WITH YOU. I think you’re going to love Asher and Lila’s love story this spring… 

Happy Reading,

Kristen Proby

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ABOUT KRISTEN PROBY

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Probyis 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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Books I’ve Read: Easy Love by Kristen Proby

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Title: Easy Love
Series: Boudreaux #1
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2015
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.
Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

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Seriously I want an Eli – OMG just the thought of his accent makes me melt ♥ Eli is so attentive; the chemistry between Kate and Eli is instantaneous and combustible. Although both have an underlying vulnerability due to past relationships.

The sensitive subject of domestic abuse is highlighted within the narrative. The portrayal isn’t dulled allowing the reader to feel the true devastation on a person’s self-belief and confidence while forming a link to the characters.

Kate is a corporate spy hired by her best friend to uncover the culprit of an embezzlement within their company. It just happens that Kate’s best friend also happens to be one of Eli’s sisters.

In true Kristen Proby style the foundation of the story centres around the large Boudreaux family; tight-knit and full of love, I would definitely love to be a part of this family :)

The New Orleans setting is three-dimensional with the descriptions and atmosphere Kristen creates within the narrative. Although she doesn’t glamorize it, portraying both the good and bad aspects of the area.

Easy Love is one of those books you wear a goofy smile over your face while reading. A serious case of the warm and fuzzies :)

Tantalising Trailers: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick (Paperback Version)

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Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 26 March 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads

Britt Phieffer has never been that adventurous, but that’s about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trip with her and go trekking through the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming.

But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, and find two knights in shining armour, Shaun and Mason, who are also hiding out.

But all is not as it seems, and Britt quickly discovers that the guys are there for reasons other than hiking…dangerous reasons that mean they need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, Britt is forced to guide them down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to get out of this alive is to pretend she is on their side.

But playing nice is hard, especially when Britt is unsure whether Mason, gorgeous and sexy, is the enemy or an ally. And as she begins to lose track of who is in control it is only a matter of time before things turn deadly…

REVIEW HERE