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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Audio Book Review: Easy Love by Kristen Proby

Easy Love
(Boudreaux Series #1)
by Kristen Proby 
Narrated by Sebastian York , Rachel Fulginiti
Published by Audible Studios

Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are 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, she's 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 and protective, and he 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 singlehandedly 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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Viviana's Review: 
The premise of this book was interesting, nothing too "crazy" or "out there" either. Sometimes, you just want to read a solid good story. This was one of them. Boy meets girl. He's intrigued. Girl meets boy and she's intrigued. They have chemistry and thankfully, they don't deny it or play the "no we shouldn't gave for over half the book. They are adults and both took the ownership of stating what they wanted. However, this is romance and we know what's going to happen. 

However, as we know, the journey is the fun part. I really did enjoy getting to know all of the characters. Kristen, the author, did a fantastic job of setting up the series for the future books, by introducing each of the siblings in the Boudreaux family. And what a family! Smart, sarcastic and they love each other! No doubt they will kick the ass of anyone who mess with one of their own! 

One thing that was interesting is in the blurb, it tells you what a "ruthless, callous womanizer", however, that's so not what we get to know. Now... its one thing to lead a woman on. It's totally another one to be upfront and tell them, no strings. If that's what a woman is okay with, then turns arounds and says she wants more... the thing is, he was honest. He told you, you're only getting one night or rather no strings. So, not sure calling him ruthless or callous is necessary, either. So the entire time he's with Kate he's sweet and kind and honest and adorable and attentive. Its completely obvious he's into her but even with the way he treats her and she calls him out on his charm or hospitality, he turns around and says things like "mama raised us to respect woman" or something like that. again, not ruthless. I think we need to stop trying to categories men as the "bad guy" because the have "one night stands" or have been known as "play boys" when they don't lead women on and are honest with them. Anyways....

Oh... the reason why Kate was brought in... to investigate the theft. I do wish there was more about that. I whole purpose of her being there was to find the individual who was stealing the money, but we got nothing regarding that, except for the very end and that felt sort of rushed. We got a WHOLE lot of Eli & Kate and it was their story... I just wished we got to see Kate doing her thing... you know?

Narrator Reviews: 
When you see that there is a both a female and a male narrator, you can't help but wonder how this is going to play out. Will they be interacting with each other (meaning she reads the female characters and he the males) or will each be assigned chapters (many books are now written in the POV of the character). In this case, its done by the POV of the characters.

The prologue is read by Sebastian as its in Eli's POV and immediately I'm drawn into the story by his voice. It's deep, His female voices are soft but not overly so where its too high pitch or overly done. He provides each of the other male characters their own unique tones that the readers will recognize each of them as he narrates.

Rachel also does a really good job with the different voices, however, she provided a creole accent to the Boudreaux family as they are from New Orleans. 

I found it interesting and sort of weird that Sebastian didn't do the accents for the characters while Rachel did. Makes me wonder how the whole process for the narrators goes and things were or were not discussed. Does it matter? Did it make me enjoy it less? Uhm.... it was weird. One minute I'm listening to this deep, sultry male voice narrating and then they swap and Eli has an accent... I guess you get used to it.

I will say, I did look up what other books Sebastian narrates and have added many to my audio wish list...

Over all, this was a very good "read" and I enjoyed the audio book very much. I think I enjoyed the story much more because it was in audio book. I've seen the book cover a few times and read the blurb, but never picked it up until now. That's saying something, right? There were a few twists in the stories with a supporting character that I'm sure was laying the foundation for their story down the line and the epilogue gives you an idea who the next hero and heroine will be. I will definitely be picking up this series via audio book! 

Rating: 3.5 Stars - I Really Liked It

We received a complimentary copy of the audio book from the Audible Studios, in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 

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