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?
So, a former friend of mine had always raved about this author but I hadn’t, until reading Listen To Me, read anything by her before. Mind you I have like five of her books waiting to be read on my kindle but I just never took the leap to try her out. I am really on the fence on how I feel about her writing style and this book. I have heard others say this this series is different from her others so I plan to read one of her other books before making a full judgment to know if it is a me thing or not.
Listen To Me was good, but not great. I didn’t hate it but I am far from screaming from the roof tops saying I love it either. I enjoyed the idea about five friends all starting a restaurant together and then a former rocker coming in and playing music for the crowd. You know going in there will be background storylines forming and that is expected with a series like this one, I didn’t even have a problem with that. I didn’t have a problem Jake either, even if some of his reasoning behind certain actions sometimes made me want to shake him a few times and say sweetie listen to what everyone else has said to you about what happened.
So I know you are wondering what didn’t work for me. Addison. I have always said there is a fine line with sarcastic and sassiness and just being a bitch. Unfortunately Addison didn’t straddle that line, she is firmly planted on the bitch side. I understand that her past and how people have hurt her has made her harden her heart but after a while, the way she acted, I lost any and all sympathy I had for her. The entire book she is like that, there was no redemption for her anywhere in the book, Jake was the one who did all the work trying to make the relationship work and even though he screwed up he was the one who tried to fix it more than once. Her friends needed to seriously wake her up to her actions instead of holding her hand and keeping their mouths shut.
I do want to see how the next book plays out, if it is who I think it is going to be about I think it will be a very emotional one to say the very least. While I personally may still be on the fence about this author and series, I hope others still try it for themselves to form their own opinion because what didn’t work for me may very well work for you.