Review: The Beauty of Us and Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

Posted September 20, 2017 in Review / 10 Comments

Review: The Beauty of Us and Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

The Beauty of Us

Series: Fusion #4
by Kristen Proby
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on August 22nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC

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.

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New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.

Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

Addictive Sexy

I’m slightly addicted to the Fusion series by Kristen Proby.  This is the only series I’ve read by her but I just can’t quit these girls and their love lives.  Five best friends who together own one of Portland’s trendiest restaurants, navigate through their respective love lives.  Each story has been incredibly unique and very addicting. Like me and cake in the same zip code; I can’t stay away from it.

The Beauty of Us is book number four in the series.  Riley is the marketing and public relations guru of the group.  And she’s just landed the restaurant a special on a food-centric television network.  If it isn’t stressful enough to worry about her friends “behaving” for the cameras, she has THE worst luck dating.  Riley is 30 years old, the situation is grim.

Trevor is the executive producer sent from the network to film the show.  I don’t want to spoil how these two “meet cute” because it is soooo good.  I had to read it twice just for the fun of it 🙂  Because Trevor is my kind of book boyfriend.  Nerdy?  Check.  Tall, dark, and hot?  Check.  Plays video games?  Check.  Black rimmed glasses?  *Swoon*… check!  Yup, I’m easy.

The thing I liked best about this story was that the odds were against these two from the beginning so I wondered the entire time how these two were going to get together.  Ms. Proby tossed in some mild drama to add tension but I don’t think it was really necessary for the story.  It didn’t take away from the story but it didn’t really add anything either.

The other thing I LOVE about this series, this book in particular, is that Ms. Proby doesn’t shy away from using older characters.  When I say older, I don’t mean OLD.  But Trevor is 37 years old and divorced.  He’s been around the block but he’s so freaking interesting.  He plays video games religiously but takes his job very seriously.

The only thing that was lacking in the story was that Riley’s character isn’t a very strong one.  She’s pretty one dimensional.  I can sort of see where Ms. Proby tried to spice up Riley but she was still just kind of blah for me.  The story and Trevor’s character more than make up for a *yawn* heroine.  It’s kind of hard to follow a girl like Kat from the previous book.

Speaking of….



Review: The Beauty of Us and Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

Blush for Me

Series: Fusion,
by Kristen Proby
Published by William Morrow, HarperCollins on March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC

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.

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New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby continues to delight the senses with the latest novel in her delectable Fusion series.

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland's hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn't afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she's forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.

Ryan "Mac" MacKenzie hasn't been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn't think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he's got a handle on what life can throw at him and he's not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can't forget.

Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

Addictive Sexy


Blush for Me is, by far, the HOTTEST book in the series so far.  Kat, the bar owner, lends herself easily to have earned the hot, dominant guy who is going to demand things be his way or the highway.  Too bad for Mac, Kat doesn’t play that way.

Kat is the only daughter of two brilliant scientists.  Having started college at the age of sixteen, big brainy things were expected of Mensa member Kat.  Too bad for her parents, Kat wanted to make her own way in the world and got her doctorate in Psychology.  Kat, in all her glorious pin-up style and tattoos, uses that education to cater to her customers at her bar.  Not to mention all the awesome wine she gets to sample and serve.

Kat fatefully meets Mac sitting on an airplane during a 2 hour flight from Portland down to Napa Valley.  Kat is deathly, full panic attack mode, afraid of flying.  And Mac is in for one hell of a ride.  No time for thank you’s after the plane lands as Kat makes a full-out sprint to pray to the porcelain gods in the bathroom and Mac is left waving ‘bye’.

Will they meet again?  Where will they meet?  How will they meet?

All will be answered in the story (or in the synopsis).  Again, don’t want to spoil anything but Kat and Mac are awesome!!!  Their romance is one of those where you have a guy who is used to dictating the rules of the relationship.  Mac meets Kat and is completely intrigued by her quirky personality and, yeah… she’s beautiful.  But Kat challenges Mac and he doesn’t quite know what to do with it.  But he discovers he really, really likes it.

I’m going to bury my beef with this series all the way down here but I really, really, REALLY don’t like the direction each cover has gone since the first cover.  The first cover, for Listen to Me, was great!  Typography, color, models.  Magnifique!  And then, in succession, each cover got worse and worse.  Mac on the cover of Blush for Me is NOT the Mac I have envisioned in my head.  Don’t even get me started on the lack of chemistry between the models on The Beauty of Us. Blech 😛 Where are the nerdy glasses!

I implore you, HarperCollins, please spend a wee bit more time on the cover for Savor Me, Mia’s story.  Pretty please with a lemon garnish on my Lemon Drop martini?


About Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is 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.




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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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10 responses to “Review: The Beauty of Us and Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

  1. Awww, too bad Trevor doesn’t have his glasses on in the cover. I haven’t read this series but I am so interested. I also love that the characters aren’t all in their 20s. Especially the female characters!

    • Go ahead and jump in with this book, you won’t miss TOO much. Christy from Love of Books will have my head for saying so b/c she’s OCD about series but if you’re cheap like me, you’ll like Mac’s torment without the series’ background 🙂

      Hey! How the hell have you been?!?!?! Man, I need to find time to get around, I’m sucking on keeping track of friends!!!! *hugs*

    • I think you’d like it. I’m not sure why more peeps don’t read it. Each story has it’s own drama but not too much so I’m not sure what the deal is. By far, Blush for Me is the best, IMHO…