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Review: Listen To Me (Fusion #1) by Kristen Proby

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n 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?

My Review

“I’m so tired of hurting. I’m so tired of being thrown away as if I’m nothing.”

As a big fan of Kristen Proby’s, I get super giddy when I find out that she’s writing something new. So, when I heard about her new series, Fusion, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. And let me tell you, Kristen Proby has knocked it out of the park with this one.

Told from dual points of view, Listen to Me follows the story of Jake and Addie. Addie has had a lot of disappointments in her life. From her family doing their own thing, to having the worst possible taste in men. All she has wanted was to find love and happiness. And when her most recent relationship ends up in disaster, she decides that she’s going to swear off men. Too bad Jake is about to come and ruin all of her plans…..Jake used to have it all. Rich. Famous. Musician. But, when a tragedy strikes, it puts fear into him and makes him change his life’s direction. He’s still making music, but he’s not performing anymore. He misses it. He loves what he’s doing, but he feels like he’s missing out. So, when his friend tells him that a hot new restaurant in town in looking for a weekend musician, Jake feels like this is the chance he was looking for. What he didn’t plan on was Addie. Addie is the definition of temptation and he wants nothing more than to get under her skin. But, the more time he spends with her, the more he realizes he wants more than sex. For the first time ever, Jake wants more. Only Addie has been hurt a lot and is afraid to put her heart on the line. Will Addie follow her heart and give Jake a chance? There’s only one way to find out. You’re just going to have to read for yourself to see…..

Listen to Me is a fantastic read, from start to finish. The story-line was fun and refreshing. From the moment you meet Addie and her close knit group of girlfriends, you want to know more about them. They’re young, fun and the best friends anyone could ask for. One of the things I loved about Addie was that she was strong and independent. She’s been dealt some pretty crappy cards in her life, but she tries so hard to not let it get her down. And she is the absolute best friend anyone could ask for. She is loyal and when you have her love, she loves fiercely. She is just what Jake needed in his life. Addie reminded Jake what it was like to laugh and have fun and to live. She essentially brought him back to life. And Jake…Boy did I ever love Jake. This guy is not only a hot musician, but is swoon-worthy with just the right amount of alpha. I loved how he was with Addie. He didn’t let her stubbornness push him away and he wasn’t afraid to go after what he wanted. He showed Addie that is was ok to love and let someone into your heart. I absolutely loved Addie and Jake together. They balanced each other perfectly and man, did they have some scorching chemistry.

Listen to Me gave me everything that I was looking for and more in a Kristen Proby read. It hooked me from the very first page and was easily devoured in one sitting. If you’re looking for an entertaining read with great friendships, romance, light drama, excellent chemistry and some well placed angst, than look no further. I definitely recommend checking this book out. This series is off to a terrific start and I can not wait to get my hands on more!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via Edelweiss and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review*

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