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 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 is Kristen’s third series. What’s great about it; they are all so different.
One. I’ll start by talking about Kristen’s descriptions of New Orleans. I have never visited, so I am trusting Kristen to give me a perfect picture of the smells and surroundings. The verdict: I love New Orleans and the visuals she’s giving me. I’m so glad she chose something so opposite of Seattle. New Orleans has history and charm and because Kristen always nails it, her descriptions are spot on. So when Eli and Kate are walking down Jackson Square, or walking through Bourbon street drunk, and her high heal shoes are getting caught in the stones on the street, or even walking through a flowery garden that leads to an old gravesite near the bed and breakfast Eli’s family owns in the Bayou, I am taken by the sites, sounds and smells.
Two. Let’s talk about these new characters, Eli and Kate. Eli co/owns his company with his sister Savannah, Bayou Enterprises. And when they need help finding who is stealing from right under their noses, Savannah brings on her best friend from college Kate to get the job done.
I freakin love Eli and Kate! Eli is a hot fucker with all his big-ness and his sexy New Orleans accent. Love it when he calls her dawlin’. Eli is a workaholic trying to live up to his dead father’s expectations and truly not living life. At least not until the beautiful Kate steps onto the scene.
She’s a spitfire; she’s beautiful with her green eyes and freckles and so smart. In reality, she would be my best friend for sure. We all need a Kate.
In true Proby fashion, this story unfolds soooo nicely. Only 2 chapters in and I am already in love with Eli and Kate. She sets up ALL the elements. We get the back stories, we get the family history, we get great dialog! Remember, I am a dialog whore. And Kristen knows how to make her characters banter in such a way that you are highly entertained.
Kristen manages to tell an entire story to its fullest, not leaving any details out, all the while introducing the entire Boudreaux family of HOTNESS. The character development is SPOT ON!
I love this family because they are all so close and strong. Once again, Kristen has allowed me to fall in love with ALL of her characters. The secondary characters are woven in so easily. This is what she does best. She writes stories, and families, and sex; controversy, and angst; breakups and makeup’s like no other.
Not even sure where to start. Savannah, (Van) is freaking amazeballs and has such a story to tell; I am patiently waiting for that one. I am already in love with Eli’s brother Declan. He’s so protective of Kate. The mysterious Ryan. Kate’s super HOT cousin Rhys, who happens to be a professional baseball player….Turn. It. UP!!!! And the rest of the siblings…Jeez, there are just so many!! They all made me laugh hysterical; talks of threesomes, handcuffs, drunk talk!! And love Lila too! (We get her story in the upcoming Easy with Love.) This story is on fire, highly entertaining and funny as hell.
I am just in awe that this woman can create a freaking empire in one book and have me salivating for more.
And getting back to Eli. God I love him. He’s so bossy, it’s such a turn on. The things he says to her..OH snap, the things he DOES to her. OMG he’s a pussy man!! There’s that spot. I didn’t know that spot existed until Eli. He does good pussy work!! Just sayin…
“Let me make this clear; we can have sweat dripping, sheet ripping, furniture breaking, screaming, trembling, hair pulling, ass smacking fucking for hours, or soft, sweet, quiet, intense lovemaking for days. You can have either or both, but we’re not leaving here without me being inside you, sugar.”
And Kate is just the cute Irish catholic girl who never curses. That chick can hold her own. I love her character to pieces. Together they make a dynamite couple. But not without some drama and angst to shake it up. Their story hurts. There were scenes that were just hard to read. Proby likes to sneak in and turn on the angst button and throw you for a loop. That’s when the tears came. And I balled. And read really really fast!
Needless to say, she gave me what I need and want when I jump into one of her books. I am not so patiently waiting for her next installment. The series already ROCKS!!
5 HOLLAS and Trish Mint Approved without a doubt!!!
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Red by Taylor Swift
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Too Little, Too Late by JoJo
Who Knew by Pink
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Probyis the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.