I enjoyed the smart, flirty, fun and sexy moments of Kristen Proby’s The Beauty of Us and while I could have done without the unnecessary drama, I still would not have missed this book for the world. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a sexy, new standalone contemporary romance in her Fusion Series, THE BEAUTY OF US, releasing August 22, 2017! Grab your copy today and get to know Trevor and Riley!
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?
From the very first book in this series, I’ve said it is the relationship between the women behind Seduction that made these books special and that continues in The Beauty of Us. While this is a romance (and we’ll get to that in a moment), it is these smart, funny, successful women who love and support one another without fail that make this series special even as their lives add husbands and children. I enjoyed The Beauty of Us, but not as much as I’ve enjoyed the rest of the series as there were a couple of people and incidents that seemed contrived to add unnecessary drama and strife in this couple’s fledgling relationship. This book did not need it, this couple had obstacles to overcome without it, and it cheapened the relationship they were building and honestly, it lessened my enjoyment of the story.
As Seduction’s marketing and public relations guru, Riley Gibson’s profession life is going great. The restaurant she owns with her four friends continues to garner wonderful reviews and is busy every night, and with a national television show coming to film them and their restaurant their business is about to hit the stratosphere that could lead to bigger and better things, but with three of Riley’s friends finding the perfect man for them, Riley see what they have and wants that for herself, unfortunately when it comes to finding a love match, she keeps striking out. Sharing her dating woes with her friends over a glass of wine at closing time isn’t uncommon, but an attractive stranger putting in his two cents worth is, and when that stranger turns out to be Trevor Cooper the man who will be leading the crew featuring her restaurant, Riley is mortified, but Trevor his is intrigued.
There was something very special about the way Riley and Trevor related to one another off the bat and I think that was mostly due to the fact that Trevor was adamant she know that he admired her and despite her feeling unprofessional after her mini rant, all he felt was intrigued. I appreciated that Riley was upfront with Trevor about not being one for a “fling” and that he understood and respected her feelings, but it was also cute to watch how quickly things heated up between them because there was something so electric about them when together. Living in different states was an obstacle and to be honest that was enough conflict and drama for me, I didn’t need the added bonus of Trevor’s jealous and petty ex-wife or his delusional online gaming friend to make this story interesting. The RELATIONSHIP and their lives were entertaining enough and the thought of what the show would do for Seduction was exciting enough, so I personally wasn’t a fan of the added drama. That being said, they both made some mistakes and did some jumping to conclusions but in the end it was compromise, communication, and the magic of their connection that made it all worthwhile.
I enjoyed the smart, flirty, fun and sexy moments of Kristen Proby’s The Beauty of Us and while I could have done without the unnecessary drama, I still would not have missed this book for the world.
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Riley walks out of the bar and glances up, spotting me.
“Hi.” I offer her a smile and motion for her to join me. She sits, sets her iPad aside, and squares her shoulders.
I love a woman with grit.
“Why are you here?” she asks.
“I’m having lunch,” I reply, and gesture to the salad sitting in front of me. “It’s delicious. Adding the brussels sprouts is smart.”
“I’ll pass that along to Mia,” she says, and then laughs. “I guess you heard the part where I asked the girls to not swear.”
“I did,” I reply, and patiently butter a piece of warm bread. “Don’t worry about that stuff. They’re adults.”
“With potty mouths,” she says.
“And we can bleep stuff out, or ask them to rephrase. You’ve already got the gig, Riley. I wouldn’t be here otherwise. This isn’t an audition.”
“I know.” She sighs and reaches over to take a piece of my bread, surprising and delighting me. “I just want things to go smoothly.”
“Perhaps you should order lunch too.”
“I don’t have time,” she says, and then her blue eyes widen as she realizes what she just did. “I’m so sorry. I eat when I’m stressed out, and I didn’t—”
“No.” I hold my hand up to stop her. “It’s fine. I like that you’re relaxed with me. I think you need to relax more often.”
“What are you, my life coach now?”
“If you like. Did you cancel those dating sites like I suggested?”
She bites her lip and looks to the side, then nods. “I did.”
“Good.” I take a bite of salad and nod. “Are you sure you don’t want some food?”
“I rarely have time to eat,” Riley says, and checks the time on her phone. “In fact, I should go. I have to meet the roofer at my house.”
“What’s wrong with your roof?”
“It’s old,” she says with a shrug. “That’s what happens when you buy an old house. I’m fixing it up a little at a time.”
I nod, and find that I don’t want her to go quite yet. I want to talk more, to learn more about her.
“Why don’t you come to my apartment tonight and I’ll cook you dinner?”
She pauses and stares at me for a moment. “Why?”
I laugh and set my fork down. “Because I asked you to.”
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Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.
During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.
Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.
Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.