Title: Easy For Keeps
Series: Boudreaux #4.5
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Publication Date: 24 May 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Adam Turner loves women. All women. Every shape and size, regardless of hair or eye color, religion or race, he simply enjoys them all. Meeting more than his fair share as the manager and head bartender of The Odyssey, a hot spot in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, Adam’s comfortable with his lifestyle, and sees no reason to change it. A wife and kids, plus the white picket fence are not in the cards for this confirmed bachelor. Until a beautiful woman, and her sweet princess, literally knock him on his ass.
Sarah Cox has just moved to New Orleans, having accepted a position as a social worker specializing in at-risk women and children. It’s a demanding, sometimes dangerous job, but Sarah is no shy wallflower. She can handle just about anything that comes at her, even the attentions of one sexy Adam Turner. Just because he’s charmed her daughter, making her think of magical kingdoms with happily ever after, doesn’t mean that Sarah believes in fairy tales. But the more time she spends with the enchanting man, the more he begins to sway her into believing in forever.
Even so, when Sarah’s job becomes more dangerous than any of them bargained for, will she be ripped from Adam’s life forever?
I love how Kristen Proby ties up elements of her stories in these novellas, giving the outstanding peripheral characters their turn to shine. While I haven’t been lucky enough to read Easy Melody yet (awaiting surplus cash flow) I have made acquaintance with the main characters after reading the first book in the series, Easy Love. I adore Kristen’s characters and their relationships, Easy for Keeps only added to that love.
Adam is co-owner of The Odyssey with Callie, his best friend, with a penchant for variety in his life especially where women are concerned. It is easy to dismiss Adam as a douche but there is something about him that makes you reconsider labelling him until you gain more insight. His friendship and devotion to Callie only add to the dichotomy of his actions where relationships are concerned. I couldn’t wait for him to get knocked off his axis by falling for the right person. Enter Sarah along with her adorable five-year old daughter Hayleigh.
Sarah has suffered considerably through her life, from living with domestic abuse as a child to losing her policeman husband brutally a few years earlier. Yet, she still carries optimism and compassion with her everywhere she goes. Determined to save others from the situation she grew up in, Sarah has a high risk job dealing with families affected by domestic abuse. Devoting herself to her daughter and her career in the years following her husbands untimely death, Sarah is unnerved by her attraction to Adam. Aware of Adam’s allergy to committed relationships, Sarah expects nothing apart from a good time 😉
I loved watching Adam not only fall but practically catapult past all his reservations into a committed relationship with Sarah, bringing out all his alpha possessive tendencies *ROAR*
Events show how abruptly circumstances can alter both in a good way and in a bad way; happiness needs to be grasped with both hands when it comes along 🙂