From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby, comes a steamy new standalone romance in her bestselling Fusion Series…
New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby continues to delight the senses with the latest novel in her delectable Fusion series.
As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she’s forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.
Ryan “Mac” MacKenzie hasn’t been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn’t think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he’s got a handle on what life can throw at him and he’s not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can’t forget.
Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?
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I forgot how much I loved this series and I hate to admit that I forgot about this treasure of a series. I know I’m horrible … but once I dove into this one, the past two books came rushing back to me and it was insta-love all over again! And it just got me all excited to read Blush for Me.
Blush for Me is the third book in the Fusion series and it’s Kat’s story! Well, Kat and Mac’s story. If you haven’t read the previous two in this series, stop reading this and do that … RIGHT NOW! They’re all standalones, but trust me, you’ll love reading Listen to Me and Close to You.
Kristen Proby is one of those authors that’s always a 1-click buy for me and I was so happy to meet her when they came out to Hawai’i and hosted an author event. I’ll get back to the review since I’m getting off topic. 😉
In the beginning of the book, Kat is absolutely dreading flying for the first time to a wine conference in Napa. Being terrified to fly is one thing, but getting lucky and sitting next to a hot and charming man to her soothe her storms of worry is a completely different story. That fortunate man happened to be Mac! And that’s where it begins for the both of them.
Mac was so sweet and endearing as he tried to calm Kat as much as possible. If only we were all ever so lucky to be on that flight, I’d have no complaints!
Once Kat gets through the flight, sickness takes over her and she quickly exits the plane, ending our little swoon fest. Just like that. Despite her fear that entire flight there was definitely a connection between the two of them that leaves a lasting impression.
Since Kat is supposed to be on a “sexcation” (yes, it’s exactly what you think it means), Mac would be just the person. And the odds seem to be working in their favor as their paths cross again at the conference. After a few glasses of wine, they agree to have a no strings for their entire stay and say their good-byes once the week is up. But lets be honest, like that’ll truly happen.
I loved this book so much, as soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it all over again. I was so thankful for the extremely low angst, if there was too much, it definitely would have taken away from the story and their relationship. Proby flawlessly intertwines all of the characters in this series, while not taking away from the main characters. It’s hard not to love Mac and Kat. I’m a Washington native and have so much love for the Pacific Northwest, so I enjoyed all the places Proby mentioned. 10 points for Mac being quite the romantic type of guy, he is so attentive to Kat, even when she’s extremely independent. He loves to take care her.
Kat is definitely a friend that EVERYONE needs, shoot I now aspire to be like her. She’s feisty, dependent, extremely loyal, A GENIUS, and has so much of her heart to give. Kat, I love you! You’re the best!
You’ll definitely enjoy every moment of their story, it’s lighthearted and no petty drama! I love a book with zero petty drama. However, there’s a bit of suspense towards the end!
**ARC provided for an honest review**
“You look like you’re feeling better.”
Mac. That’s Mac’s voice in my ear. A shiver runs through me as I turn around and look up, way up, into his green eyes.
“I am,” I reply and take a sip of my wine. Was he that good looking on the plane? “I didn’t realize you were attending this conference.”
“You had other things on your mind earlier,” he says smoothly and motions for the bartender. “I’ll have what she’s having, and another for her as well.”
“What if you don’t like pinot?” I ask and tilt my head to the side.
“I like it all,” he says with a wink.
“Do you know many people here?” he asks, nodding toward Sally who has moved on to chat with another group of people.
“A few. I’ve not met most of them in person, unless they were up in Washington or Oregon. How about you?”
“Same,” he says with a grin. “This is my first conference down in Napa Valley. And it’s off to a great start.”
“Right.” I laugh and shake my head. “Dealing with a crazy chick on the plane is exactly the best way to start your trip.”
“It is,” he says and looks me dead in the eye. “She wasn’t that crazy. She was scared. There’s a difference.”
“Well, she’s fine now.”
“I’m glad.” His lips tip up into a smile and my stomach clenches. He has a dimple in his left cheek.
I want to lick it.
I take a sip of my fresh glass of wine and smirk to myself. Perhaps Mac fits the sexcation bill.
“What just went through that gorgeous head of yours?”
“I’m not drunk enough to tell you yet,” I reply honestly. Mac’s eyes widen briefly, and then he simply smiles at me.
“There’s a lot of wine in this place.”
“Thank God for that.”
A few hours later, after chatting with many people, new and those I already know, including Mac, he escorts me up to my room.
But when we reach my door, he leans in and kisses my cheek. Just the cheek. I frown up at him.
“This is supposed to be a sexcation, not a fucking dating game.” It’s a grumble, but I’m shocked to hear it actually leave my lips, rather than stay in my head where it’s supposed to be.
“A what?” Mac asks.
“Nothing.” I shake my head and pull my key card out of my handbag. “Good night.”
“Yeah.” I look back at him and sigh a little at the sexy dimple in his cheek and the way his shirt pulls against his shoulders as he leans on the doorframe.
“I’ll see you in the morning.”
“It’s already morning,” I remind him.
“It won’t be too long, then.”
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Meet the author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with 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 lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.