Easy Charm by Kristen Proby
Narrator: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
Series: Boudreaux #2
Also in this series: Easy Love, Easy Melody, Easy Kisses
Publication Date: July 3, 2015
Source: Audible Escape
Point-of-View: Alternating First
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours and 56 minutes
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Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a Bed and Breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy and her family. She meets new people every day, and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she’s also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone. Until Rhys O’Shaughnessy walks through her door, brooding and wounded and the sexiest thing she’s ever laid eyes on.
Rhys has been at the top of his game as a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs for more than ten years. Baseball is in his blood. But when he tears his rotator cuff and has to sit a season out, he retreats to Inn Boudreaux at the recommendation of his cousin, Kate, to heal and work toward building his shoulder back to perfect shape with only one goal in mind: to return to the game he loves. But he didn’t plan on being utterly charmed by a devastatingly beautiful woman and her baseball-loving son.
When Rhys’ shoulder has healed and he’s given the chance to return to his team, will he leave the family he’s come to love behind, or will he stay with Gabby and Sam?
Easy Charm is book 2 in Proby’s Boudreaux series. The Boudreaux’s are an extremely close knit family. Their father, the patriarch of their family died several years past, leaving a gaping hole in all of them. Each sibling has dealt with his death in their own way. For Gabrielle, she has thrown herself into running her Bed and Breakfast out of the family plantation house. She has her hands full with running that and keeping up with her little boy, Sam. She has zero time for anything outside her B&B or Sam. Then Rhys O’Shaughnessy shows up at her door.
After Rhys O’Shaughnessy (Kate’s cousin from Easy Love) is injured during a major league baseball game, he has to get out of Chicago. He’s told his chances of returning to playing are slim to none, but Rhys is determined to show the trainers, doctors, and his coaches what he is made of. Going to New Orleans to be near his cousin Kate is just what the doctor ordered. When he lays eyes on Gabby Boudreaux, things get even better. The problem is how wary Gabby is of men because she was burned so badly by Sam’s dad.
Gabby wants Rhys, she won’t deny it. But she has Sam to think about. Sam is her life and she is aware that she has no life outside of him and her family. What would be bad about taking a little something for herself as long as she kept it from Sam? Sam is already getting attached enough to Rhys. Rhys is Sam’s favorite baseball player and he has a serious case of hero-worship going on. Before too long Gabby herself has a serious case of hero-worship. It seems that Rhys returns her feelings. Gabby just doesn’t know how they can ever work out. She knows that he’s headed back to Chicago to play ball while she will never leave New Orleans.
This was a fast, cute read. Or listen I should say. For some weird reason, Proby had a story line going on where Sam’s bio dad came back into the picture to extort money from the Boudreaux’s. It seemed like such an afterthought. It just didn’t fit. At first it was a la Kristen Ashley. Then I realized that it was just page filler. A little disappointing, but I just shrugged it off, finished the book and moved onto the next one in the series.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5.