Title: Blush for Me
Series: Fusion #3
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 7 March 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.
Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.
Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?
Blush for Me is a swoon-worthy addition to the Fusion series while tackling the ramifications of addiction alongside the romance developing between Kat and Mac.
Kat is the tattooed, gorgeous bar owner partner of the five friends with a rockabilly style and inner strength that is enviable. Her only dilemma is her fear of flying, especially as she is on route to a wine conference. Lucky for her a white knight is in the seat next to her making her feel safe even through terrible turbulence. From the beginning there is more between Mac and Kat than physical attraction, a sense of belonging and a calm unlike anything they have ever felt, unfortunately, they both have a number of issues where relationships are concerned. Believing they are never going to cross paths again leads them to agree to a week-long affair while at the conference.
Mac has a lot going on in his life, including dealing with the fall out from his gambling addicted father. Even with his emotional issues and the barriers he has created due to witnessing his parents relationship disintegrate, Mac recognises he has something special with Kat. Unbeknownst to Kat, Mac actually lives in the same city as her and fully intends to pursue her when they return home. Fate and destiny play a huge part in the relationship between Kat and Mac, whereas, they hadn’t crossed paths, their lives become entwined beautifully as they get to know each other further.
Kat has her own issues with relationships stemming from the insecurity of being her true self with anyone else. Kat, as it turns out has a genius IQ and often intimidates others because of it. She is used to being underestimated and usually prefers to ignore others opinions rather than dispute them. The feeling of belonging and acceptance is not something Kat is used to even with her parents. Although her parents loved her they were not overly demonstrative in their affection and unintentionally placed high expectations on Kat, causing her anxiety issues in order to live up to the expectations, a form of conditional love if you will.
I adored the way Mac wooed Kat and the development of their relationship being completely natural and organic. Unfortunately, it isn’t all smooth sailing for Mac and Kat due to the ripple effect and ramifications of dealing with unsavoury characters willing to deal dirty as a result of Mac’s father and his gambling debts. The emotions are heightened as the drama increases!!!
All of the characters from the Fusion series make an appearance with each having their individual stories developed in some form, progressing the previous main characters while laying the foundation for the remaining characters to step up to centre stage. I cannot wait. As always the stories and characters are engrossing and endearing in equal measure, as Kristen Proby so eloquently put it – it is the journey not the destination that is important.