COVER REVEAL: Forever With Me by Kristen Proby

It is with bittersweet excitement that I share with you the cover of the last book in the With Me In Seattle series. Over seven books, we have fallen madly in love with the Montgomery gang, and Dominic’s story will bring us to the end of their saga. Feast your eyes on Forever With Me… ♥

Expected release date: 2 December 2014

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BOOK REVIEW: Seducing Lauren by Kristen Proby

seducinglaurenIn the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series from this New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series, life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers—and sign on to love.

Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?

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“Being in love with someone is an unconditional commitment. To love someone isn’t just a feeling, it’s a decision that you make every day, no matter what happens. It’s a judgment. A promise.”

I’ve been a fan of Kristen Proby’s brand of smuttilicious romance ever since I stumbled upon her debut novel many moons ago, and her tales have kept feeding the starry-eyed dreamer in me unfailingly. Just like the With Me in Seattle stories, this series warms your heart and sets your pulse racing all at the same time, but there is a significant shift in pace this time around—the love story flows easily, almost linearly and completely bump-free, the focus laying solely on the growing emotional bond between the characters and the heroine’s personal journey. The sex is more intense, the character development is more layered, and the story centres entirely on finding love when you’re no longer sure you believe in it anymore.

“I’m not a cynic, I’m a realist. We don’t live inside a romance novel. I learned that lesson the hard way.”

Lauren Cunningham is a soon-to-be-divorcée from small town Montana, raised by loving parents but left disillusioned by a husband who used and abused her, and then admitted to marrying her only for her money. She lives a solitary life, with very few friends she can truly trust or confide in, her secret career as a romance novelist filling her days and nights, but with no one in her life to share her success or happiness with. When her estranged husband’s latest demands leave her terrified for her own safety, she seeks the help of her attorney to expedite her divorce, but runs into Ty Sullivan, who takes one look at her and swears to himself to protect her with all he’s got.

My body yearns for her, I need to feel her, kiss her. Protect her.

Ty is a man used to protecting the women in his life ever since he was a young boy. His abusive father showed him exactly the kind of man he never wanted to become. Ty has admired Lauren from afar for a very long time, stepping back while she was married, but waiting for the right moment to approach her ever since her separation. So when Lauren walks into his office, distressed and scared, he cannot help but want to shield her from harm, but also finally claim her as his. The more time they spend in each other’s company, the more his body yearns for her, but instead of pushing her outside her comfort zone and into something she might not be ready for, he offers her something no man has ever given her—kindness and support.

I’ve never had anyone in my life that was here without wanting something from me.

Through the simplest gestures of affection and wanting nothing in return, he shows her what it is like to have a man in her life who only wants to love her and make her happy, and very soon all they can think about is the other. But their romance is not an all-consuming wave of passion driven by the undeniable attraction between them—it is more like a gentle wind that sweeps away all their fears and reservations, allows them to grow comfortable around each other, and gives them a fresh start in life, in each other’s loving arms. They become best friends while they are becoming lovers, completely entrusting their hearts to one another while they surrender their bodies the same way, something that neither of them has ever done before. Under Ty’s adoring touch, Lauren blossoms as a person for the very first time in her life. She grows more self-assured, she starts opening up to the world around her, and she no longer feels the need to rely solely on herself to be happy. Because of Ty, Lauren comes out of her shell—she learns to smile more openly, laugh more freely, and love wholeheartedly. So, even when her past tries to destroy her present happiness, Ty’s unwavering love is all she needs to survive it all.

I have to admit that as much as I truly enjoyed the uncomplicated beauty of the romance between Lauren and Ty, I hoped on more than one occasion for a tinge of angst here and there. Ty is the embodiment of the quintessential ‘prince in shining armour’ who wants nothing more than to save his damsel in distress and ride with her into the sunset, but while their love story is heart-warming and awe-inspiring beginning to end, I personally would have enjoyed the occasional bump in the road to make the happy moments between them even more precious. But that is only because I enjoy flaws more than perfection, and because I always seek stories of delayed gratification.

In so many ways, this story is an example of what relationships should be like between two people who unquestionably belong to one another. I loved that Ms Proby gave us another fearless, independent heroine to inspire us, and a hero who might look like a bad boy, but whose capacity to love and his need to protect those he loves make him the ultimate ‘nice guy’. I was left smiling, as always, the romantic in me full to the brim.

“I’m not used to receiving kindness with no strings attached.”

4stars

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Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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EXCERPT: Seducing Lauren by Kristen Proby

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For the next five days leading up to its release on 19 August, you’ll be able to read an awesome excerpt from Kristen Proby’s upcoming novel, Seducing Lauren. This excerpt will be unveiled in instalments, each delicious part of the excerpt posted daily on a different Blog (see posting schedule below), so make sure you check them all out! Seducing Lauren is the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series, but it can be read as a standalone story. A sweet yet sexy romance between an heiress-turned-novelist and a handsome lawyer who cannot keep his hands off her, this story will warm your heart and send it racing all at the same time. ♥

In the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series from this New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series, life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers—and sign on to love.

Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?

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“Hey, Lauren.”

“Hi, Jacob, what can I do for you?” I ask with a smile, and open my front door wider for the friendly county sheriff ’s deputy.

“Well, I’m serving you.” He offers me an embarrassed smile and hands me a large envelope, then backs away. “Have a good day.”

I move back inside, shut the door, and stare down at the envelope in surprise.

Served? 

I rip open the envelope and see bright, flaming inferno red as I read the court document. And read it again.

“The f*cker is suing me?” I exclaim to an empty room, and read the letter clutched in my now trembling hands for the third time. “Hell no!”

I grab my handbag and slide my feet into flip-flops, barely managing not to fall down the porch steps as I tear out of my house to my Mercedes and pull out of the circular driveway.

I live at the edge of Cunningham Falls, Montana. The small town was named after my great-grandfather

Albert Cunningham. Ours is a tourist town that boasts a five-star ski resort and a plethora of outdoor activities for any season. Thankfully, summer tourist season is over, and ski season is still a few months away, so traffic into town is light.

I zoom past the post office and into the heart of downtown, where my lawyer’s office is. Without paying any attention to the yellow curb, I park quickly and march into the old building.

The receptionist’s head jerks up in surprise as I approach her and slam the letter still clutched in my hand on her desk.

This,” I say between clenched teeth, “isn’t going to happen.”

“Ms. Cunningham, do you have an appointment?”

“No, I don’t have an appointment, but someone had better have time to see me.” I am seething; my breath is coming in harsh pants.

“Lauren.” My head whips up at the sound of my name and I find Ty Sullivan frowning at me from his office doorway. “I can see you. Come in.”

I turn my narrowed eyes on Ty and follow him into his office, too agitated to sit while I wait for him to shut the door and walk behind his desk.

“What’s going on?”

“I need a new lawyer.”

“What’s going on?” he asks again, and calmly leans against the windowsill behind his desk. He crosses his arms over his chest. The sleeves of his white button-down are rolled, giving me a great view of the colorful tattoo on his right arm.

This is what’s going on!” I thrust the letter at him. “Jack is trying to sue me for half of a trust fund that he has no right to.”

Ty’s handsome face frowns as he skims the letter. “You came into the trust while you were still married?”

“Yes,” I confirm warily.

“And you didn’t tell him about it?” he asks with raised brows.

“I didn’t even know the damn thing existed until after my parents died, Ty. Until after I kicked Jack out.” I turn and pace away, breathing deeply, trying to calm down. “He doesn’t deserve a dime of my inheritance. This isn’t about money, it’s about principle.”

“I agree.” Ty shrugs. “Have you talked with Cary?”

“I was just served with the letter,” I mumble, and sink into a leather chair in defeat. “Cary’s a nice guy, but I just don’t think he’s the right lawyer for this job.” I glance up at Ty and my heart skips a beat as I take him in now that I’m calming down. He’s tall, much taller than me—which is saying something, given that I stand higher than five foot eight. He has broad shoulders and lean hips, and holy hell, the things this man does to a suit should be illegal in all fifty states.

But more than that, he’s kind and funny and has a bit of a bad-boy side to him too, hence the tattoos. He’s been front and center in many of my fantasies for most of my life.

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BOOK REVIEW: Tied With Me by Kristen Proby

TiedWithMeA man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…

Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.

…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

Matt Montgomery is one of Seattle’s finest. He works hard, loves and protects his family fiercely, and is loyal almost to a fault.

And he has a penchant for bondage.

Matt enjoys the way a woman looks wrapped up in his ropes, and makes no apologies for his preferences. When he meets Nic at a fetish festival, the small, beautiful woman catches his eye, drawing him to her. His one night with her was everything he’s ever looked for in a partner, but is cut short because of a family emergency. Even before he sees her again weeks later, he knows he’ll never get her out of his system.

And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.

“Give in to this, Nic. Let me prove to you that I will be one of the best decisions you ever make.” –Matt Montgomery

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“Is this the restraining portion of the evening?”

I’m going to be honest with you. I might have a little addiction to Kristen Proby’s special flavour of smuttilicious romance, her stories somehow always managing to melt my heart and turn me on at the same time. She’s dazzled us with a charming movie star, a tattooed rocker with a dirty mouth, a bossy businessman, a professional football player with a heart of gold, an ex-Navy SEAL, and now she is trying to further ruin us for all men by feeding our fantasies with a police detective with a penchant for bondage. Is this psychological torture ever going to end? What could be next – a Montgomery biker? Be still, my poor beating heart…

“Do you belong to anyone?”

Nic is the quiet and unassuming owner of a popular cupcake bakery, a woman whose tireless dedication to her thriving business leaves very little free time for romantic pursuits. Nic’s medical conditions have taught her very early on in her young life that her health would always be her greatest weakness, and that she could never count on having the type of future most women take for granted. Resigned to her fate, she has focused on achieving financial security instead of creating a family, knowing that there would never be anyone else to take care of her if need be, and that the only person she could always depend on is herself. When her best friend decides to inject some excitement into Nic’s uneventful life by taking her to the local erotic festival, what starts as “not her thing” ends up being the first genuine thrill she’s ever felt.

Matt Montgomery is a police detective, a natural protector and nurturer whose very particular Dominant tendencies in the bedroom have kept him from finding the right type of woman to satisfy both his sexual proclivities as well as his desire to form a family. He has always lived a double life, his romantic conquests never getting introduced to the rest of the Montgomery clan, his relationships kept short-lived and private. When Nic walks into Matt’s life, he is immediately drawn to her innate submissiveness and he wastes no time to make his desires heard.

“I don’t typically come on this strong, but I want to f*ck the shit out of you right now.”

She might not believe to possess a submissive bone in her body, but her body says otherwise and very soon they are exploring the kind of relationship neither of them has ever had in the past. It’s a game of give and take as neither of them are truly set in their ways, but they quickly find a pace to suit them both.

“I’d like to lick him. Except, he would rather tie me up. And the part that scares me is that I’d like for him to tie me up, too.”

But as soon as Nic’s life becomes filled with happiness and she starts picturing a happily-ever-after with Matt, her old insecurities raise their ugly head, making her deny herself what her heart aches for the most – a man who would stand by her no matter what and a family that would love her unconditionally. Family is the connecting element in this series, continuously intertwining these characters and their stories, and in this instalment, the focus is on what truly constitutes a family bond.

The bondage aspect of the story only adds a kinky component to the bedroom scenes, and it remains more of a spice rather than a full flavour until the very end. This is not what I would call a BDSM type of romance by any stretch of the imagination as none of the characters fully embrace the lifestyle or behave consistently in that manner. Matt’s dominance in the bedroom is more of an occasional taste for control between the sheets rather than an unwavering routine, as he rarely behaves like a true Dominant.

If I could wish for anything different in this particular book, it would be a somewhat richer plotline. All the focus is on the growth of the emotional connection between the characters, and I felt at times that a more plot-driven approach would have benefited the overall story. But apart from that, this is another extremely enjoyable instalment in the With Me In Seattle series by an author whose love stories continue to excite me and make me crave for more, and it is not to be missed.

 “Stop trying to top me, stubborn woman, and enjoy.”

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Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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BIRTHDAY TEASERS & GIVEAWAY: Tied With Me by Kristen Proby

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As we conclude this year’s Birthday Teasers event, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have! I am so grateful to all the authors who have so generously agreed to be part of my big celebration and to all of YOU for not just following me, but also showing me your love and support every day on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, by email, and for allowing me to do what I love doing most in the world – talk about books! So, what better way to end the celebration than by featuring an author who has been a true inspiration ever since I started this journey. And a HUGE GIVEAWAY!!!!

From the moment I read the first book in the With Me In Seattle series, I knew I was in trouble. So far, we’ve met a hot Hollywood movie star, a bossy businessman with tattoos and piercings in all the right places, a rock star with a dirty mouth, a professional football player, an ex-Navy SEAL, and now we finally get a hero with a penchant for bondage!!!! There is nothing like a Kristen Proby book when it comes to finding a steamy but oh-so romantic read, and I have a feeling she might just kill me with this upcoming book! Tied With Me is going to be in our greedy little hands on 18 March 2014, but today, Kristen is giving us a real treat by sharing with us an excerpt that will undoubtedly leave you hot and bothered… What can I say? Enjoy! ;) … Oh, and don’t forget to enter the “Grand Giveaway” at the bottom of this post!!!! ♥

A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…

Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.

…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

Matt Montgomery is one of Seattle’s finest. He works hard, loves and protects his family fiercely, and is loyal almost to a fault.

And he has a penchant for bondage.

Matt enjoys the way a woman looks wrapped up in his ropes, and makes no apologies for his preferences. When he meets Nic at a fetish festival, the small, beautiful woman catches his eye, drawing him to her. His one night with her was everything he’s ever looked for in a partner, but is cut short because of a family emergency. Even before he sees her again weeks later, he knows he’ll never get her out of his system.

And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.

“Give in to this, Nic. Let me prove to you that I will be one of the best decisions you ever make.” –Matt Montgomery

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“I wasn’t expecting to see you today.” I lock the door and then launch myself into his arms.

He catches me easily, wraps my legs around his waist and kisses me long and hard as he carries me back into the kitchen. His body is tight. Energy is coming off him in waves. He’s edgy. Rough.

“Are you almost done here?” he asks.

“Yeah, I just have to get stuff ready for tomorrow. Shouldn’t take long.”

He sets me on my feet and kisses me once more, his hands fisted in my hair, before reluctantly letting me go and leaning his hips on the countertop.

I quickly clean the counters, stack my trays and take a quick inventory to make a mental list of what will be on tomorrow’s menu.

“Don’t take your apron off,” he commands quietly. His voice has that edge to it, the one he uses in the bedroom, and a chill moves through me as I look at him over my shoulder.

“Ever?”

“Four days without you, Nic. It’s been a motherf*cker of a week, and I’m a bit on edge today.”

It’s a warning. He’s in full bossy dominant mode, and it’s such a damn turn-on I don’t know what to do with myself. I bite my lip and nod then turn back to the task at hand, if a bit off-kilter and shaky. Finally, when I’m finished, I face him, standing across the room, my hands at my sides, waiting for him to tell me what comes next.

It’s as natural as breathing, which is something I might want to ponder later, but all I can think about right now is that I’m happy to see him, and he needs me for this.

Whatever it is he’s about to do to me, do with me, I’ll give him freely.

“Come here,” he commands.

I obey, walking to stand just a few feet in front of him, my eyes trained on his.

“Undress but leave that apron on.”

“Can I lower it off my neck long enough to take my shirt off?” I ask, no sarcasm in my voice.

His eyes soften, but he doesn’t smile. “You may.”

I pull the loop of the apron over my neck, letting it hang at my waist so I can pull my shirt and bra off, then pull my pants and panties over my hips and down my legs. Just as I move to replace the apron around my neck, he interrupts me with, “You can leave it down.”

It falls out of my hands, and I’m standing before him, naked except for the apron wrapped around my waist.

His sea-blue eyes travel over me, hot and full of lust. His hands are clenching in and out of fists, itching to touch me, but he waits.

How he ever learned to be this patient, I have no idea. I’ve never been patient.

So this is slow torture.

Finally, he steps to me and drags his knuckles down my cheek before bending to kiss my lips. “This isn’t going to be soft or gentle, Nic. I don’t have that in me right now.”

“Okay.” Oh God, yes, please.

He takes both of my wrists in his hands, yanks me against him and kisses me again, the way he wants to. The way he needs to. With fire and control and need.

Suddenly, he turns me away from him and bends me over the stainless steel counter top. It’s cold against my breasts and torso, and I gasp when my flesh meets it. There’s no time to brace myself with my hands because Matt pulls them behind my back and ties them with my apron strings, making me immobile.

“I’ve wanted to play with this apron since I first saw you wearing it.” His voice is hard and excited, and he turns me back to him and lifts me onto the countertop, keeping my hips at the edge, and off balance. He steps between my legs, his arms wrapped around my back, keeping me from falling back. “I won’t let you fall.”

“I know,” I whisper, watching him, waiting to see where this goes, the excitement coursing through me. “Although, this is really unsanitary. If the health department walked in, they’d shut me down.”

He grins. “This may not be the answer you want to hear, but right now I don’t give a f*ck.”

With one arm bracing me, he unleashes his hard cock and pulls a condom out of his pocket, rips it open with his teeth and guides it down his length. He pushes a finger through my folds, testing me.

“So wet.” His eyes meet mine, and he pushes inside me in one quick thrust, filling me completely.

My head falls back, but he grips my hair in his fist and holds me there, hands tied behind me, in his firm grip, as he begins to pound in and out of me, f*cking me harder than I’ve ever been f*cked before. My legs clamp around his hips as he rides me, his molten blue eyes pinned to mine, mouth open as he pants and murmurs incoherently.

F*ck, he’s so damn sexy I can hardly stand it.

He pushes all the way in and pauses, grinding his pubis against my clit, and the friction, the fullness of his cock inside me, pushes me into an orgasm that makes my toes curl.

“Eyes!” he barks when my eyes close with the force of the energy moving through me.

I open them and watch him as he continues to push and grind against me, joining me as he comes inside me, jerking and yelling my name.

As he settles, he wraps his arms around my shoulders and pulls me against him, kissing my forehead, rocking back and forth, soothing us both while he’s still inside me.

Finally, he pulls out and unties my hands while kissing me, as though he just can’t get enough of me. When I’m free, I push my hands into his hair and hold on to him, enjoying the soft strands between my fingers, then caress down to his neck and over his shoulders.

“Are you okay?” I whisper against his lips.

He sighs and nuzzles my nose with his before leaning back. “I’m much better now.”

He tugs the condom off and wraps it in a paper towel before shoving it in his pocket. “I’ll throw it away somewhere that food isn’t made.”

I giggle as I put my clothes back on. “Who knew that a simple apron could be used in kinky sex?” I examine the apron before tossing it in the hamper.

“You’d be surprised what we’ll end up using as restraints,” Matt replies with a grin. “I can tie you up with just about anything.”

“Good.”

“Good?” he asks.

I nod and then shrug. “I seem to have a newfound affection for being tied up.”

He growls and yanks me to him again. “Say shit like that and we’ll go upstairs now where I can tie you up for the night, little one.” He nuzzles my temple. “I love that you’ve come to trust me this much so soon.”

“Let’s go upstairs.” Did I just say that?

He chuckles and shakes his head. “I promised I’d have dinner with Will and Meg tonight, and I want you to go with me. That’s what I came over here for.”

“Oh,” I reply with a frown. “Are you sure you want me to go? It’s okay if you want to go and I’ll see you another time…”

“Stop.”

My eyes find his in surprise.

“Why wouldn’t I want you to come have dinner with me and my brother?”

I frown and fidget. “Well, I guess I’m confused.”

“About?”

I swallow and look down, but he tips my chin back with his finger. “What are you confused about?”

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Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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COVER REVEAL: Tied With Me by Kristen Proby

If you love steamy reads with a pinch of comedy and smuttilicious romance in spades, then the With Me In Seattle series is exactly what you’re looking for! And FINALLY Ms Proby is giving us a hero with a penchant for bondage!!!!!! I give you the very sexy new cover of Tied With Me.… ♥

Expected release date: 18 March 2014

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A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…

Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.

…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

Matt Montgomery is one of Seattle’s finest. He works hard, loves and protects his family fiercely, and is loyal almost to a fault.

And he has a penchant for bondage.

Matt enjoys the way a woman looks wrapped up in his ropes, and makes no apologies for his preferences. When he meets Nic at a fetish festival, the small, beautiful woman catches his eye, drawing him to her. His one night with her was everything he’s ever looked for in a partner, but is cut short because of a family emergency. Even before he sees her again weeks later, he knows he’ll never get her out of his system.

And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.

“Give in to this, Nic. Let me prove to you that I will be one of the best decisions you ever make.” –Matt Montgomery

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I grin and offer her a fresh bottle of water, which she accepts, unscrews the cap and takes a sip.

F*ck, she has beautiful lips. Lips that look amazing wrapped around the head of my cock.

“It’s not a crime to belong to a gym,” I reply.

My gym?”

“Do you own it?” I ask with a grin.

She laughs and shakes her head. “No.”

“It’s not far from my apartment, and it’s convenient to work, too, so here I am.”

She nods and glances down, not sure what to say next.

“The cake was delicious today,” I comment casually, giving her the opportunity to talk about her work.

“Oh, good!” She grins and joins me as I walk toward the smoothie bar, pull out a chair for her to drop into at one of the tiny two-person tables and sit opposite her. “I’m glad you enjoyed it.”

“You do good work. Leo and Sam are always talking about your cupcakes.”

“Leo and Sam keep me in business, I swear.” She laughs, sending electricity down my spine. “They’re very good customers.”

I nod, watching her.

“I like your shorter hair,” I murmur and reach out to brush the ends with my finger, enjoying the softness.

“Most men like long hair,” she replies softly.

“I like long hair, too. You look beautiful in both.”

She frowns and glances away from me.

“Why did you cut your hair, Nic?”

She shrugs and won’t meet my gaze. “It was time for a change.”

“Try again,” I reply.

She turns her eyes to mine and squares her shoulders, firms her chin. “It was time for a change.”

That’s a lie.

I cross my arms over my naked chest and drag my finger over my lip, watching her squirm.

She isn’t a good liar.

Good.

“Okay.”

She sighs, relieved, before I continue.

“For now.”

She scowls at me, making me laugh. “Friends don’t lie to each other, little one. The sooner you remember that, the better.”

“You’ve known me for three minutes, Matt. Don’t assume you know all there is to know about me.”

“You know what they say about assuming,” I murmur with a grin.

“Well, you are an ass,” she replies and then giggles.

I lean in and rest my mouth next to her ear. “This ass would love to smack your pretty little ass until it glows,” I whisper so only she can hear.

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Come Away With Me: My reviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Under the Mistletoe With Me (novella): My review | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Fight With MeMy review | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Play With Me: My review | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Rock With Me: My review | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Safe With Me: My review | Amazon US | Amazon UK
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Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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BOOK REVIEW: Safe With Me by Kristen Proby

safewithmeKeeping others safe is what Caleb Montgomery does. He’s never had a problem taking on an assignment, whether it was during his dangerous SEAL days or his most recent job of training war mercenaries. But being assigned to keep Brynna Vincent and her adorable daughters, Maddie and Josie, safe from an unknown threat has thrown Caleb off his axis. Hot for the tall brunette since she came back to town more than a year ago, being close to her day in and day out is cracking Caleb’s resolve to keep his hands off her gorgeous body and his head in the mission.

Brynna is sick and tired of being afraid. All she wants is a normal, quiet life for her and her precious girls. Just as she’s settling into her new home in Seattle and feeling safe again, Caleb shows up on her doorstep insisting the danger is as high as ever. But whether she needs to be sheltered from the threat in her past, or from the intense emotions she feels for the sexy, protective man sleeping in her home, remains to be seen. What will happen if Brynna and her girls fall in love with a man so broken he may not be able to protect them from the danger that threatens, much less himself?

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“Let’s get this straight, Brynna. I want you so f*cking bad my teeth ache. I’ve wanted you for months. But you’re part of my family, and I’m supposed to be protecting you. Dropping my guard and f*cking you into the mattress is not the way to keep any of you whole.”

Brynna is a single mum to two beautiful twin daughters, who accidentally witnesses something that puts her and her children’s lives in imminent danger. Forced to flee across the country to avoid becoming a target, she returns to her home town of Seattle where she is immediately embraced into the ever-expanding Montgomery clan and made to feel safe and loved. But Brynna only has eyes for one member of the Montgomery family, a man whose every look makes her weak at the knees and whose mere presence re-awakens the hot-blooded woman inside her who had stayed dormant ever since her ex-husband walked out on her and their newborn babies.

Caleb is an ex-Navy SEAL whose last mission marked him so deeply that he gave up his military career as a result of that trauma. He came back home as a broken man, uncomfortable in crowds, tormented by night terrors, and convinced of not only being too damaged for a good woman like Brynna, but also undeserving of such happiness when so many members of his SEAL team never even made it home alive. He cannot help his body’s reaction when he’s around her, though, Brynna being the embodiment of the perfect woman in his eyes, but he works hard to keep her at an arm’s length, unwilling to admit to her or himself that there is nothing in the world he wants more than to have a woman like her in his bed and by his side.

“I’ll never be the best thing for her.”

When the danger that Brynna escaped from finds her in Seattle, Caleb steps in to protect her 24/7, moving into her home and getting a taste of what it would be like to have a family like that of his own. With his innate protectiveness and loving predisposition, he slowly gains the trust and affection of Brynna’s young daughters as well who’ve never had a dependable father figure in their lives, and whose bright personalities very soon claim a piece of Caleb’s guarded heart. But every time he lets himself feel something for them, he makes himself take a step back, knowing he would eventually disappoint them and unwilling to become one more man who would end up walking out on them.

“I’m falling in love with two amazing girls and their mother. And I’m exactly what they don’t need. Broken. Hurt.”

This is a story about wanting something so desperately, but not seeing yourself as being good enough to claim it. The chemistry between Caleb and Brynna is off the charts, they are neither good at hiding their emotions from one another nor at keeping their hands off each other. But while Brynna puts all her cards on the table and goes all in, knowing in her heart that she has never loved a man like she loves Caleb, and trusting them to create a beautiful future together, Caleb, on the other hand, never stops seeing what they have as finite, something that has to eventually end for the sake of the ones he now loves more than himself.

“You are the best part of my life, Bryn. Don’t you forget that.”

This is also a story about a damaged war hero who came home physically in one piece but mentally in a million more. The burden of the horrors and losses that he has lived through and survived affect everything in his life, making him grateful for the life he still lives but also guilty for living it in the first place. Losing Brynna and her daughters’ love is a wake-up call for Caleb, the trigger he needs to make him take control of his future and of himself. Caleb and Brynna’s tale fits perfectly in the With Me in Seattle ‘sexy, exciting but light-hearted’ storyline formula, but there’s an added element of deeper emotion in this book, which hints at this story being very personal to the author who is a soldier’s wife herself. I loved that element, I connected with that element and I hope Ms Proby digs even deeper into that ‘pot of emotions’ for future instalments of the series as she managed to truly wreck me with a couple of scenes in this one.

“That American Dream that y’all fight so hard for over there? The freedoms that you would die to protect? They’re yours too, you know.”

As always, we get to re-visit some ‘old friends’ in this book, all the Montgomeries and their loved ones making an appearance at one time or another. We see their stories progress and we get to witness some pretty special moments from their happily-ever-afters.

Fight With Me, Jules and Nate’s story, might still be my favourite in the series because of that darn apa and all, but this is the book I emotionally connected with the most. There are some aspects of the common storyline which I personally feel should be refreshed, spiced up, taken to the next level for the series to stay as unpredictable as possible given the ‘formula’. Now that I have seen Ms Proby do a scene of unrequited love and hit me with it like a ton of bricks, I want to see more. I need to see more.

“I want to be someone’s f*cking first choice, goddamn it! … I want someone to want to stay with me. To choose me!”

If you love steamy reads with a pinch of comedy and smuttilicious romance in spades, then this series is exactly what you’re looking for.

“What is it about the three of us that’s so f*cking scary to a Navy SEAL, Caleb?”

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Kristen Proby_pic croppedKristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling 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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Safe With Me by Kristen Proby

safewithmeKeeping others safe is what Caleb Montgomery does. He’s never had a problem taking on an assignment, whether it was during his dangerous SEAL days or his most recent job of training war mercenaries. But being assigned to keep Brynna Vincent and her adorable daughters, Maddie and Josie, safe from an unknown threat has thrown Caleb off his axis. Hot for the tall brunette since she came back to town more than a year ago, being close to her day in and day out is cracking Caleb’s resolve to keep his hands off her gorgeous body and his head in the mission.

Brynna is sick and tired of being afraid. All she wants is a normal, quiet life for her and her precious girls. Just as she’s settling into her new home in Seattle and feeling safe again, Caleb shows up on her doorstep insisting the danger is as high as ever. But whether she needs to be sheltered from the threat in her past, or from the intense emotions she feels for the sexy, protective man sleeping in her home, remains to be seen. What will happen if Brynna and her girls fall in love with a man so broken he may not be able to protect them from the danger that threatens, much less himself?

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“Easy,” Caleb murmurs behind me.

“I’m fine.” Maybe if I keep saying it I’ll start to believe it myself.

He moves up behind me and nudges my legs apart. “Widen your stance for balance.”

I fire again, and my blood thickens as adrenaline pumps hard and fast through me.

It doesn’t take a Navy SEAL to figure out how to line up the sights, and I squeeze the trigger, again and again, my body taught with aggression that I didn’t even know I’d been holding.

Shooting is great therapy.

When the magazine is empty, Caleb wordlessly shows me how to switch it out, and I continue to throw the bullets down the range, clip after clip, until all four are spent.

I set the heavy gun on the shelf, pull my goggles and earmuffs off and step back. I have to lock my knees because my legs feel like Jell-O and I’m afraid I’ll fall. My arms are humming, I’m panting, and I swear to God, I could run a marathon.

Suddenly, Caleb steps up behind me and presses the button to bring the target back to us.

“Take a deep breath,” he whispers against my ear and I instinctively respond, pulling in a long, deep breath. He presses his chest against my back, his thighs against the back of my own, and pulls in a long breath of his own. “You smell so f*cking good.”

His cock stirs against my backside, through his jeans. He pulls his hands up my arms and down my sides to my hips, where he rests them as he runs his nose up the side of my neck.

With the noise and feel of the gun still in my head, my heart still pounding like crazy, I want him.

Now.

“You have no idea how f*cking good you feel pressed up against me like this,” he whispers, his voice rough and strained.

“I think I have an idea,” I respond, surprised to hear the raw need in my own voice. Closing my eyes, I lean my head back on his shoulder and relish in the feel of his hands kneading my hips and his face pressed into my neck. My nipples are puckered and straining against my bra, and goosebumps have broken out up and down the length of my body.

I want him unlike anything or anyone I’ve ever wanted before.

“Caleb.” His name is a whisper, a prayer.

“Smell so damn good.”

“Touch me,” I demand softly. His hands still. He kisses my neck softly, takes a long, deep breath, and then backs away.

I turn around in surprise and in full-blown anger.

“What kind of game are you playing?” I demand.

“I’m not playing a game.” He crosses his arms over his chest.

“Caleb.” I just stare at him for a long moment. Thirty seconds ago his hands were on me and he was whispering the sweetest things in my ear.

Now he’s turned back into the drill sergeant.

And men say women are confusing.

Finally, he turns and pulls the target down.

“I’ll be damned,” he whispers.

“Let me see.”

There are a few stray bullet holes around the white part of the target, but in the center of the chest and the top of the head are two good-sized holes where my bullets pierced the paper.

“You’re a natural.” I shrug like it’s no big thing, but inside I’m doing the mega happy-dance. “Not so much a pussy, I guess.”
Caleb laughs, long and loud and scoops me up into a long hug.

“Definitely not a pussy,” he agrees as he pulls away from me.

“Caleb?” My heart is beating hard, and I’m still pissed at him. He’s smiling down at my target, but when his eyes meet mine, he sobers.

“Yeah.”

“Don’t f*cking touch me like that again unless you plan to finish what you start.”

His eyes go hard and his jaw tightens. Before I can turn and walk away, he grabs my wrist and pulls me against him, pinning my arms between our bodies.

“Let’s get this straight, Brynna. I want you so f*cking bad my teeth ache. I’ve wanted you for months. But you’re part of my family, and I’m supposed to be protecting you. Dropping my guard and f*cking you into the mattress is not the way to keep any of you whole.”

I gasp as his words sink in and I want to beg him to take me home do exactly that; f*ck me into the mattress, but before I can speak, he lowers his forehead to mine and clenches his eyes closed as if in pain.

“I’m not going to f*ck up our friendship, or make things weird for you with my family, just because I can’t keep my damn hands off you. You mean too much for that.”

I lean into him, wanting to comfort him, but he sighs, lifts his head and plants his lips on my forehead for a long few seconds and then backs away, turns his back on me, and loads the weapon and clips back into his locking gun box.

“I apologize. I won’t touch you again.” Before I can argue, ask him to talk with me about this, he stalks off ahead of me. “Let’s go.”

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Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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COVER REVEAL: Loving Cara by Kristen Proby

A cowboy… A hot cowboy… A love story involving a hot cowboy. A love story involving a hot cowboy written by the Queen of the Smuttilicious. Enough said. I give you the new cover of the first book in the Love Under the Big Sky series, Loving Cara

Expected release date: 28 January 2014

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Cara Donovan’s summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge—and not just because of her troubled twelve-year-old student. It’s his uncle Josh who’s the real problem. If problem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi’s and shameless flirtation…

Cara is nothing like the wallflower Josh King remembers good-naturedly teasing in high school. This Cara is gorgeous, confident, fun. From the moment the fiery teacher steps foot on his family’s Lazy K Ranch, the stubborn playboy is determined to corral her. So what happens when his luscious lover takes over the reins?

The first in a steamy trilogy, Kristen Proby’s enthralling novel is filled to the brim with one hardworking family’s triumphs and challenges, all the wild adventure of the modern West, and a whole lot of titillating fun.

excerpt“Where are your jeans?” Josh asks as he meets me at my car the following morning.

“These are jeans.” I pull my tote bag out of the car and walk toward the front door of his house. “Is Seth here yet?”

“No, he’ll be a few minutes. I have him feeding the dogs at the big house.”

“Okay.”

“Those are not jeans.” He’s scowling down at my denim shorts like they’re the devil incarnate.

“They’re denim.”

He narrows his chocolate eyes at me, but I see the humor there, and the butterflies take up residence in my belly again.

I love riling this guy up.

“Fine, they’ll have to do. Go ahead and get settled, Seth will be here in a minute. I have to ride out with a few of the guys to repair a fence, so I’ll see you at lunch time.” He pulls on some gloves and settles his green baseball cap on his head backwards again.

“You don’t wear cowboy hats?” I ask without thinking.

“Not usually. I have one, if you’d rather I wear it.” He smirks.

“No, just curious,” I mumble and head toward the house.

“Don’t leave before I get back. I have plans for you.”

He grins wide, winks, and saunters off toward the massive barn that sits between his house and the big house.

Well, isn’t that view nice? His Levi’s hug his ass perfectly and sit low on his hips, and as he walks I can see his buttocks and thighs flex.

Dear God, I’m lusting after a rancher.

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Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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BOOK REVIEW: Rock With Me by Kristen Proby

rockwithme_322x500Front Man Leo Nash from the world-famous rock band, Nash, is the last person on earth Samantha Williams would trust. She’s already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn’t signing up for another lesson.

Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He’s not used to women treating him like he’s poisonous, and he isn’t about to let her run away every time he gets close. He’s had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime…when this one runs, he gives chase. But, catching Sam isn’t as hard as he thought.

The sexual attraction between them is so thick, Sam can practically hold it in her hand. There’s no way she can deny herself the promise of pleasure being with Leo would provide. But, pleasure always comes with pain and when secrets are revealed and trust is challenged, who will run and who will chase?

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“You make me forget how to breathe.”

I am not sure what kind of water Kristen Proby is drinking these days but I want some. Just when you think that she has created the sexiest male character to date, she comes up with a hot tattooed rocker with a bossy attitude to melt your panties into oblivion, an apa not even needed to achieve such results! And then she goes one step further and gives us a visual of said rock star – Mr Sulan Von Zoomlander – in case the mental image wasn’t enough. This is a book that will definitely hit all the right spots, make you lick your fingers from all the delicious hot lovin’ scenes in it and remind you why Ms Proby is truly the Crown Queen of Smuttiliciousness.

Our heroine is Samantha Williams, the foul-tempered sister of Luke Williams from Come Away With Me, and while we did not particularly love her attitude in the previous books in the series, we now finally get the pleasure of meeting the real Sam, we get to understand her, see what makes her tick and recognise the vulnerability behind her tough exterior. She struggles with her family’s fame as it makes her feel invisible and always uncertain of people’s true motivations. Sam is a woman with so many layers to her personality that it truly takes a worthy hero to peel them all off and expose the woman behind them who not only finds it difficult to trust others, but who is also inherently afraid to let herself love.

“I’m not anyone special. I don’t have any amazing talents, I don’t make a ton of money, I’m not even a very nice person. The only thing I have is famous family members.”

Enter Leo Nash – rocker, dominant male, sex god. His painful past has made him hungry for control, in all aspects of his life, including the bedroom. While Sam’s sassy attitude and filter-free mouth might turn most men who show any interest in her away, Leo is no ordinary ‘interested party’ and the more Sam tries rejecting him, the more he pursues her. He senses a deeply engrained fragility in her, and the protective caveman in him cannot turn away. He introduces himself into her life firstly as a friend, never hiding his attraction to her, but also never rushing her to let her guard down.

“I lift my hand to her cheek but she flinches, and I can’t help the surge of pure anger at her reaction. Who the f*ck put that in her?”

From the moment their friendship crosses the line of sexual intimacy, there is no turning back for either of them. Their sexual compatibility is off the charts, overwhelming and immediate, and soon Leo is slowly but surely cracking through Sam’s protective shell. He possessively wants to take care of her, pamper her, make her feel loved and comfortable enough to not only submit her body to him, but also her heart.

“You are everything I’ve ever wanted, Sam. More than music. More than anything.”

Sam, on the other hand, is exactly what Leo has been looking for all his life – someone to challenge him, make him laugh, ground him, but also someone to share his views on family and commitment in general. He understands her more than she understands herself, sees all her little qualms and triggers, and works around them to gain her trust.

“I’m completely in love with her. I just don’t know how to tell her because I’m afraid that as soon as I do, she’ll run at full speed in the other direction.”

This is ultimately a story about the value of family, both immediate as well as extended, and the irreplaceable network of support it offers to those lucky enough to have it. Like with all the previous books in the With Me in Seattle series, the secondary characters often steal the show, bringing us some of those stories back and continuing them. In terms of character development, there were certain sides of Leo ad Sam I wish had been explored more, in greater depth, as I feel a unique door into these characters’ pasts was opened but the threshold was never properly crossed. There were no real highs or lows in this story, no angsty moments to recover from. Greater emphasis is put on the sexual journey between the characters, rather than their own emotional one, but with a formula this pleasant to read, I am definitely not complaining.

There is no doubt in my mind that you will love this book, and that it will capture your attention and feed your senses page after page. And mark my words – you will want to lick Leo’s stars too!

“Oh, sunshine,” I whisper and smile gently. “Haven’t you figured out that I’m completely in love with you?”

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Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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BOOK REVIEW: Play With Me by Kristen Proby

play with me_322x500Will Montgomery is a successful professional football player and seemingly has it all. He’s not used to being told no, and certainly doesn’t take no for an answer. So when he turns his charms on his sister’s sexy rocker-chick friend Meg, he’s not only turned down, but met with open hostility, piquing his curiosity and libido. He’s determined to show her that he’s not the arrogant jock she thinks he is, and to get her into his bed.

Megan McBride is not impressed with Will Montgomery, his fat contract, fancy car, or his arrogant public persona. She doesn’t have time for a relationship, and if she’s learned anything in life, it’s that loving means losing, so she guards her heart ferociously. But she can’t deny the overwhelming attraction to the sexy, tattooed athlete, and when Will starts breaking down her defenses and grabs hold of her heart, will she be able to admit her feelings for him, or will her troubled past cause her to lose the first man she’s ever truly loved?

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“I know I’m not anyone special. I know that you shouldn’t be interested in someone like me. We are from two totally different worlds.”

Kristen Proby’s unique brand of feel-good smuttiliciousness never ceases to make my heart beat a little bit faster and Play With Me just added its own beat to that particular arrhythmia. In the third book of the With Me in Seattle series, we meet Megan and Will. We were introduced to these characters at the end of Fight With Me and even from that short introduction we knew they would set those pages on fire.

Megan is a paediatric nurse and Jules’ old friend from college. Once upon a time she dreamed of becoming a singer but that dream was cut short when her singing partner left her behind to pursue his own singing career. She is now dedicated to her nursing job body and soul, loved by patients and colleagues alike, but with no one waiting for her at home at night.

Will is Jules’ football star brother. He lives the life of a bachelor, enjoying the perks of his success but dedicating his life to his career. When he meets Megan, he is immediately drawn to her, he wants her and he is not ashamed to communicate that to her. However, Megan is not like the groupies that normally throw themselves at him and his teammates. She rejects his advances, unequivocally showing her lack of interest in dating him. But rejection not being a flavour that Will has often had to taste, he pursues her relentlessly, wearing her reservations down and showing her that all her preconceptions about him are wrong. The more she tries pushing him away, the more he holds onto her and pampers her with loving attention.

A gently developing love story that is initially based on physical attraction alone quickly becomes a whole lot more than that. However, while Will dives into it with no life vest on, Megan stays reluctant to embrace her feelings for him, love not being an emotion she is too comfortable with. Her childhood was marred by a careless and loveless mother whose negligence caused Megan to grow up in foster care. This taught her that demonstrating love towards someone could only lead to vulnerability and ultimately heartache. So she holds onto her feelings for Will, guarding them fiercely and never verbalising them. She hopes that if she does not say those three little words, he would not end up abandoning her like every other person she has ever truly cared for.

“When I can say the words, when I can finally tell you how I feel, please don’t leave me.”

But the heart cannot be told what to feel and even the toughest of walls crack under the weight of a Montgomery man determined to show his woman that she is loved.

“Don’t you see what I feel for you? Can’t you feel it when I make love to you? The way I look at you? Jesus, Meg, you’re all I see. You’re all I want.”

Megan’s trust issues make it hard for her to show others that she loves them and while Will’s love for her is unconditional, genuine, pure, accepting, her doubts keep setting them back, never fully embracing the magic they found in each other. But Will is no ordinary man – he understands Megan and the reasons behind her behaviour, giving her space and time to become truly comfortable expressing her love for him. He is protective, supportive of everything she does and always in sync with her emotional state. He wears his heart on his sleeve proudly and for everyone to see.

“I knew that I’d fall in love eventually. That I’d end up meeting a nice girl and we’d get married and have a few kids and a good life together. But I had no idea that I could love someone so much that it absolutely consumes me.”

A beautiful lesson in patience, acceptance of another’s hesitations to show their emotions readily, and unconditional commitment to prove to that person they are loved. This book is the perfect combination of erotica and romance. The characters are carefully developed and they start getting under your skin from the very first page. This is not a particularly angsty story or one that required resolutions of complex inter-personal struggles. This is a book that will warm the heart first and foremost, while also making it race and skip a beat at times. The scorching hot love scenes alone will make this a very fulfilling reading experience, not to mention that Ms Proby has managed to create another perfect hero to ruin all men for us. This is a book you will inhale in one sitting and will leave you smiling long after you’ve finished it.

“You are mine, sweetheart. Get used to it.”

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COVER REVEAL: Play With Me by Kristen Proby

Footballer? Check. Tattoos? Check. Won’t take no for an answer? Check. OK, who’s been reading my journal here?? The third book in the With Me In Seattle series promises to be just as smuttilicious as the previous ones, if anything, the heat seems to be only turning up!! I give you the breathtaking cover of Play With Me, designed by Social Butterfly Creative

Expected release date: 1 March 2013

“Megan, wake up,” I croon softly to her and brush little wisps of hair off her neck.

“Hmph,” she answers with a moan and turns away from me.

“C’mon, lazy bones, wake up.” I plant little kisses on her bare shoulder and upper arm and slide my hand over her stomach and up to her breast, cupping it in my hand while I worry the nipple between my fingers.

I can’t get enough of her soft skin.

“I’m sleepy,” she murmurs and turns toward me, burrowing against me and settle in to sleep with her forehead pressed to my chest.

Fuck, she’s adorable.

“I have a surprise for you.”

“You do?” she asks, not moving.

“Yep, but you have to wake up to get it.”

“I don’t want it.”

Stubborn woman.

The Story

Will Montgomery is a successful professional football player and seemingly has it all. He’s not used to being told no, and certainly doesn’t take no for an answer. So when he turns his charms on his sister’s sexy rocker-chick friend Meg, he’s not only turned down, but met with open hostility, piquing his curiosity and libido. He’s determined to show her that he’s not the arrogant jock she thinks he is, and to get her into his bed.

Megan McBride is not impressed with Will Montgomery, his fat contract, fancy car, or his arrogant public persona. She doesn’t have time for a relationship, and if she’s learned anything in life, it’s that loving means losing, so she guards her heart ferociously. But she can’t deny the overwhelming attraction to the sexy, tattooed athlete, and when Will starts breaking down her defenses and grabs hold of her heart, will she be able to admit her feelings for him, or will her troubled past cause her to lose the first man she’s ever truly loved?

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BOOK REVIEW: Fight With Me by Kristen Proby

fightwithme2Jules Montgomery is too busy and content with her life to worry about a man, especially one Nate McKenna. If growing up with four brothers has taught her anything, she knows to stay away from sexy men with tattoos and motorcycles. That goes double if he’s your boss. During the one incredible night they shared, he violated the no fraternization policy…among other things, and it won’t happen again. Jules won’t risk her career for mind-blowing sex, no matter how much her body and her damn heart keep arguing with her.

Nate McKenna could give a shit about the no fraternizing policy. He wants Jules and he’ll have her. The rules could bend around them, or be damned. He’s not a man to be taken lightly, and Jules Montgomery is about to find out just how he responds to being pushed aside after the best night of sex he’s ever had. She can fight all she wants, but he’ll have her in his bed in the end.

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“I think I’ll have you for dessert, Julianne.”

Prepare to feast your senses and lick your fingers in another luscious story from an author that combines romance and erotica in the most smuttiliciously decadent way. This is the second book in the With Me In Seattle series.

We met Jules in Come Away With Me as Natalie’s smart-mouthed and no-nonsense best friend. She is loyal, independent, strong and a hopeless romance sceptic. Until she meets Nate. He seems to ignite every fibre in her body, shakes her resolve about not needing romance in her life, he is the perfect package in her eyes except… he is also her boss in a company where fraternization among colleagues is not just frowned upon, it is not tolerated at all. But one incredible night of passion leaves Jules scared of what she might be starting to feel for Nate and terrified of rejection. Unwilling to see regret in his eyes the following morning, she flees his bed in the middle of the night, leaving him confused and hurt. They spend the following year pretending like nothing ever happened between them, suppressing their attraction and their craving for one another.

And then Nate makes her an offer she is incapable of refusing – to spend a weekend together, no strings attached, to just get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. What follows is quite possibly the hottest set of toe-curling fireworks I have had the pleasure of reading, Jules and Nate not only being a perfect match in bed, but also soul mates in every other way.

“It’s just dinner, Julianne.”
“You’re not looking at me like you just want dinner, Nate.”
He cocks his head to the side and a smile kisses his lips. “How am I looking at you?”
“Like you’d like to f*ck me on this desk.”

Nate pursues her affection relentlessly and hungrily, knowing that she marked his heart from the moment they met. His gentle but irresistible seduction leaves Jules powerless to fight her own feelings for him, slowly falling in love with a man that not only seems to adore her, but would also do anything to make her happy. Nate is protective of her, unashamedly demonstrating a primal need inside him to look after her. For an independent and confident woman that was taught not to need a man to depend on and to always look after herself, Jules struggles to give that control to Nate, but soon realises that she might have been desperately looking for someone to want to protect her all along.

“I’m a badass, but there are times that I need someone to hold me up too, and I didn’t know until I found you that that doesn’t make me weak, it means that I’ve found my partner.”

Nate’s quiet possessiveness is the perfect counterpart to Jules’s struggle for independence. He does not want to change her or clip her wings – he strives to give her a safe place to be the strong self-sufficient woman he fell in love with, but always knowing that he supports everything that she does and everything that she is. His love for her is self-sacrificing and selfless. He’s almost desperate to keep her and not have her want to run away from him again.

“You are mine, do you understand? No matter what happens. You. Are. Mine.”

Jules becomes a different woman with Nate – he makes her flourish emotionally into someone who is no longer afraid of trusting a man with her heart. She lets him in, not only into her heart but also into her life. And into her family. But when you’ve been looking after yourself all your life, believing that someone else might also have your best interest at heart is not always an easy lesson to learn.

In this heart-warmingly romantic but sizzling-hot love story between two characters that complement each other in every possible way, we are shown that needing someone is not a weakness, that love finds even the most wary of hearts, and that trust is a dish best served with a slice of chocolate cheesecake. And an apa.

“I love it when you look at me like this.”
“How am I looking at you?” I whisper and push my fingers into his thick hair…
“Like I’m all you see.” He whispers back to me.
“You are all I see.”

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COVER REVEAL: Fight With Me by Kristen Proby

Book Two in the With Me In Seattle series is going to be panty-melting, book junkies!!! This is Jules and Nate’s story. I present to you … the cover for Fight With Me

Expected release date: 4 January 2013

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“Everyone calls me Jules.”
“Not me.”
“Why?” I ask again.
“Because Julianne suits you.” He shrugs and takes a bite of his food.
“But I prefer Jules.”
“Okay, Julianne.” He winks at me, and grins broadly before taking another bite of food.
“I’ll bet when you were small your teacher sent home a letter to your parents saying, ‘Doesn’t play well with others.’”
Nate laughs, and my gut clenches. “Probably.”

The Story

Jules Montgomery is too busy and content with her life to worry about a man, especially one Nate McKenna. If growing up with four brothers has taught her anything, she knows to stay away from sexy men with tattoos and motorcycles. That goes double if he’s your boss. During the one incredible night they shared, he violated the no fraternization policy…among other things, and it won’t happen again. Jules won’t risk her career for mind-blowing sex, no matter how much her body and her damn heart keep arguing with her.

Nate McKenna could give a shit about the no fraternizing policy. He wants Jules and he’ll have her. The rules could bend around them, or be damned. He’s not a man to be taken lightly, and Jules Montgomery is about to find out just how he responds to being pushed aside after the best night of sex he’s ever had. She can fight all she wants, but he’ll have her in his bed in the end.

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BOOK REVIEW: Under The Mistletoe With Me by Kristen Proby

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Isaac and Stacy Montgomery have been married for ten years. They have a beautiful new baby girl, Isaac’s construction business is thriving, and Stacy enjoys being a stay at home mom, reviewing sexy romance novels for her blog.

With a very large extended family, and the many privileges they enjoy, Stacy will be the first to admit that they are blessed beyond measure.

When suspicious phone calls and text messages begin, Stacy questions Isaac’s faithfulness for the first time in their marriage. She knows that a new baby brings changes into a relationship, but has the stress of parenthood sent Isaac into another woman’s arms, threatening to destroy their marriage?

 

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“I don’t see the changes, Stace. I see my wife.”

A delightful novella from the With Me in Seattle series, in which we meet again the oldest sibling of the Montgomery clan, Isaac, and his sweet wife Stacy.

After three long years of rigorous fertility treatments, Isaac and Stacy have finally been blessed with a perfect little baby girl but the ordeal of not being able to conceive for so long has taken a toll on the couple. Misunderstandings, doubts, insecurities, and even occasional bouts of jealousy are all beginning to taint the once-bulletproof relationship between the spouses. Although their love for each other remains as strong as always, it becomes evident to both that their marriage is lacking a fresh injection of romance to fuel the struggling flame of intimacy between them.

They decide to work on their marriage by spending an intimate weekend away rekindling their physical connection and rediscovering each other’s bodies again. They soon realise that some bonds are impossible to break and that a little bit of good ol’ hot lovin’ is exactly what the doctor prescribed.

This is a story about the compelling fears of a young woman faced with the dread of losing the picture-perfect life she has built with the love of her life and the willingness of both spouses to do anything in their power to keep their flame alive and burning brightly, rather than flickering into extinction.

In this short and sweet, but deliciously erotic in parts holiday novella, Ms Proby shows us again that love does not have to be one finger-biting rollercoaster after another and that a story does not have to be drenched in angst to leave you smiling at the happy ending. It brings back all our beloved characters from Come Away With Me and even introduces some new ones.

Finally, as a surprise little gift to her readers, the author gives us a panty-melting chapter-long teaser from the next book in the series, Fight With Me, due for release on 4 January 2013. Holy guacamole!

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