Listen to MeSeries: Fusion #1
by Kristen Proby
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
Kristen Proby is back with a new series surrounding five best friends who open a trendy restaurant in Portland, Oregon. One friend to manage the restaurant, one to manage the finances, one to market the restaurant, one to cook up the menu, and one to order and serve the drinks. It’s actually a brilliant idea, especially if you love “girlfriend” stories.
Listen to Me introduces the restaurant and the five “girls”, but focuses specifically on Addison Wade, or “Addie”, and her horrible love life. Addie has a knack for managing people and a busy restaurant. Unfortunately, she sucks at managing her own life. When it comes to herself, she’s a horrible judge of character and sees musician-type guys as tortured souls who just need understanding. Never mind that all her friends hate her current “crash-in” musician boyfriend who has no problem eating her food and using her money. It’s not too hard to see where that relationship is going.
Enter Jake Keller, better known to the world as “Jake Knox”, lead singer of Hard Knox, a huge rock band that mysteriously broke up five years ago. Jake has a great new gig going with music producing and writing. But he still misses performing.
I had no expectations going into this story about what it was going to be like or how these two were going to get together (that’s a lot of “going”, right?). Especially after I started reading the story and come to find out, Addie has a boyfriend already. But Ms. Proby lets the story develop and grow legs while she’s introducing the five best friends and their dynamics in the restaurant. That, to me, would seem a daunting task to write. But Ms. Proby pulled it off. I was sucked into Addie and Jake’s story and at the same time I loved knowing Addie’s friends’ reactions to the entire romantic mess.
And since you have so many secondary characters, you would think it would be hard to keep track of them all. Nope. I personally had no problems at all. I actually can’t wait to get my hands on Cami’s (the accountant) book, Close to You, when it comes out in August of this year.