Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Easy Love (Boudreaux #1) by Kristen Proby
[Audiobook Purchased from Amazon]
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?
This book was a solid 3-star read in every way for me. And by that I mean, it was entirely mediocre; the story, the writing, the characters, it was all just OK.
If I’m being entirely honest, I’m super behind on writing these reviews. I read this book a few weeks ago and I barely remember it, but here’s what I do remember: I was a little annoyed by the insta-love and the big supposed mystery was so obvious even I — someone who is usually oblivious to all mystery in books — managed to figure it out. I’m guessing (hoping) that wasn’t supposed to be a big surprise?
In going back and reading the synopsis to refresh my memory about this book, I’m realizing that the synopsis is basically the entire story.
I’m trying to remember why I wanted to read this book, and I think it is because I’ve heard good things about this author. Maybe this wasn’t a great choice as an introduction to her work. I wasn’t impressed with the storyline and the writing was fine, but nothing particularly noteworthy.
For those that are Kristen Proby fans, can you recommend a great read by her?
Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars
This dual narration was ok, though, one of my pet peeves is when one of the audiobook readers uses an accent for a character, but the other narrator doesn’t for the same character. It was a bit distracting.
Other than that, Sebastian York is one of my very favorite audiobook readers. I love-love-love him and I automatically want to give #allthestars to any book he reads.
(This book is part of the Audible Romance Package!)
Butterfly Rating: 1 Star
Honestly, there were little to no feels happening in this book for me.
Re-read Worthiness: Nah
Bookshelf Placement: No
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 Stars
Eli was a little bit stereotypical, but I do love his type of character even if there wasn’t anything super unique about him. I’m super into the successful, somewhat broody, quiet guy who falls hard and that’s who Eli was.