Do you ever have that feeling, after a long day, when you finally get to sit and relax and your mind just sighs in content cause it’s good to be home? Or, if you’re a busy mom like me, that moment of peace you get to yourself, either at the start of the day or the end of the night, when everyone in the house is asleep and you can enjoy the quiet, all feels right and you have an inner smile? Yeah? Well, that’s what reading a Kristen Proby book does for me. Her books are that first sip of coffee in the morning and the peace and quiet after my loved ones are in bed. When I settle in to read a Kristen Proby book, I know I’m going to smile, my heart is going to glow, I will feel the warm and fuzzies, because that’s just what her stories do to me. They’re a feel good read with delicious, loving men and strong, equally lovable women. She creates not just single characters, but whole families, and makes you feel like you’re right there with them in the middle of the hijinks, laughter, and above all, love.
Easy Melody is Declan and Callie’s story. Declan, I knew, is a gentle, sweet-talking, easy going guy, and a talented musician playing in bars around New Orleans (think Harry Connick Jr sexy times two). What I didn’t know, and completely loved, was his naughty side. It took me by complete surprise. And oh my God, that man in the bedroom should be illegal, well not really, but wow. Okay, aside from the sexy, I had no idea he was a do-it-yourselfer. He’s in the middle of renovating his home, a plantation-style house in the Garden District. His home improvement skills, and his project at hand, completely appeal to our heroine.
…I flip her over and slap her ass, and with her up in the air, I bury my face in her again…
Callie is back home in New Orleans after her father passes away. She had no intentions of making her return permanent, but when she loses her job in Denver, she stays and tries to breathe new life into her father’s old bar. Being a hands on girl herself, she dives into her own renovation project and makes The Odyssey something truly amazing. And knowing a good thing when she sees it, she asks Declan to make his performances there a regular weekly thing.
Declan has always been straight forward when it comes to women. He’s a love them and leave them type. But Callie’s sharp wit and beauty throw him for a loop. He’s met his match. What happens, however, when you cross a man, who’s never really been in a relationship before, with a woman, who beneath her strength, fears abandonment? You get an amazing story full of growth, healing, and a lot of sexy loving.
“Your love is like a song, and our song is an easy melody that plays, over and over, in my heart. Some days it’s slow and sweet, and other days it’s fast and loud, but it’s always love. It’s my favorite song.”
Easy Melody left my heart full, my soul at ease, and a sweet smile on my face. Until the next cup, Ms. Proby. Thank you.
And keep reading below for an interview with Mr. Delicious himself, Declan Boudreaux.
Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.
And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?
Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous and funny, and makes him yearn for something he never has before… Commitment.
But when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms.
Hey My Secret Romancers, I recently got to visit the Big Easy and spend some time with the very delicious and talented Declan Boudreaux. It was a very quick trip and my first time in New Orleans, so of course I asked to meet him at none other than Café Amelie. And yes, Joe the waiter was every bit as sexy as the ladies have described, but sadly I think he may have been upstaged by the Brussels sprouts. Mmm…sautéed in butter and mixed with bacon and dates, completely drool worthy. Okay, on to the interview. Enjoy!
A deep chuckle knocks the sense into me and I smile sheepishly at my companion.
Me: Um…sorry. I was drooling again, wasn’t I? You don’t know how long I’ve waited to try these. Kristen has made them sound so enticing.
Dec: I’m not a huge Brussels sprout fan, but these are delicious.
Me: Music. It comes so naturally to you. Playing. Writing. Where do you find your inspiration?
Dec: I don’t find it, it seems to find me. And I don’t mean to sound dumb, but I don’t really know where it comes from. No one else in my family is particularly musically inclined, but all I’ve known my whole life is music.
Me: Who were some of your favorite musicians growing up?
Dec: Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Harry Connick, Jr., Patsy Cline. The list is endless.
Me: Any must listen to artists or songs now?
Dec: I’m fond of Adele, Five Seconds to Mars, and again, the list is endless.
Me: Is there a special piece you’re working on at the moment? Say…for a certain feisty blonde in your life.
Dec: Callie inspires just about everything I do these days.
Me: Okay, one last question. Callie. She’s a pistol and from the start, I think you met your match. How long before you realized that?
Dec: I knew it right away. It was like being shot point-blank. There is no one else like Callie.
Me: Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. It was a pleasure, Declan.
Dec: Pleasure’s all mine, darlin’.
And don’t forget to grab the first two books in the Boudreaux Series!
ABOUT KRISTEN PROBY:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular 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. Visit her at KristenProby.com.