Also in this series: Easy Charm
Series: Boudreaux #1
Published by Ampersand Publishing on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Self Purchased
Reading Challenges: Books N'Tunes Reading Challenge 2017
Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, 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?
In Easy Love we have the starting story of the Boudreaux family, a mysterious Eli and Kate who come together to solve a mystery of thievery only to stumble across love instead….
Easy Love was a story that I was unsure if I would like it or not. But I have to say that the narrators of this story were brilliant. They both did such a fantastic job. Of course, we have Sebastian York as the male lead and Rachel Fulginiti as the female lead that we have here. I was really impressed, first off, with the accents. Especially in how Sebastian York shows the hero to be an authentic New Orleans raised man. We see some great culture that we are introduced to, a culture that, will make you want to book a flight to this diverse city and explore.
The story has two key players that you are bound to love:
- Eli Boudreaux, our sexy billionaire hero, who took over the family company when his father passed and consumes himself with work.
- Kate O’Shaughnessy, our lovely and strong heroine, is passionate about her work, driven and intelligent.
In Easy Love, we have a wonderfully written story that I couldn’t help but become immersed in. This is also the first time I have been lucky enough to try out Kristen Proby and I have to say that I was impressed with how this story turned out. Even though it was a bit predictable at times, especially with the plot of the crime going on, what really had me cheering for this story here was the actual romance that develops between Eli and Kate. Eli’s company is losing money, not a lot by Boudreaux standards, however, there are some important funds that they are short on, enough to raise an eyebrow. So Eli’s sister and brother have a good friend from college, that is an expert at finding the culprit without suspicion. It’s her job, so they bring on Kate to solve the riddle. She starts on as an assistant, and Eli is eager to show her around the city, and wanting to know about this “friend” of his siblings that is so highly regarded. Soon Eli starts to see why his family adores Kate because he is starting to feel “more” for her. But will Eli be brave enough to go after what he wants or let the only woman he loves go?
This was a fantastic romance and I was just cheering these two on. I loved seeing this strong alpha type personality of our hero, be swept away by strong and independent Kate. Their interactions were so heartwarming, and even though it does start as friends it grows into more very quickly. I liked that they aren’t afraid of jumping into a relationship even though their time together is short. I especially enjoyed the changes in Eli and adjusting to being in a relationship and not letting work take too much control over his life.
“You’re in love with her?”
“I love her so much I can’t breathe.”
I found the bantering between the siblings simply fascinating, they definitely love each other but they love to tease each other without mercy and boy that was fun to see. I especially had a fun time seeing their interactions with Kate and how this family will love and support each other no matter what. The mystery solving crime portion of the story was intriguing. Even though I was pretty sure who the culprit was the whole time, the characters don’t see it so I definitely was engaged in this part of the book, seeing when they would actually figure out the truth. I honestly can’t wait for more of this fun family that has me hooked!!
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