Listen to Me by Kristen Proby
Series: Fusion #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance
Read in: September 2018
Reading Challenges: 2018 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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? - via GoodReads
I thought I had remembered hearing good things about Listen to Me by Kristen Proby so picked it up on a whim on a Barnes & Noble shopping trip. Unfortunately for me this book was just average. There is absolutely nothing wrong with average but it does make it a bit hard to write a review.
While there was nothing wrong with Listen to Me, there wasn’t anything overly remarkable about it either. It seemed to me that the emotional problems each character had were shallow. Both Addie and Jake had some big issues but rather than giving the characters depth it made them seem silly. View Spoiler »For example, Addie’s complete and total overreaction to the cheek kiss on the red carpet. I literally rolled my eyes after this whole plot point rolled out. « Hide Spoiler A lot of these issues were overcome pretty easily.
The plot moved smoothly. There wasn’t anything about Listen to Me that stood out or gave me pause. For me, this was a pleasant read but not one I’d pick up again. It follows a typical romance story arc: couple meets, hits it off, hits a snag or two, resolves it, and earns their happily ever after. There’s nothing wrong with that arc but if its used there should be something else in the story that really grabs your attention. Neither the characters or the plot line did that for me.
In the future when it comes to the books that follow in this series, I’ll probably make good use of my library card. I won’t discount the remainder of Proby’s books because of one less than stellar read but I’m not going to be waiting in line for them either.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 GoodReads