Listen to Me is one of those books that hit all the hot spots for me.
There is this group of friends that have been together for years and are so close. They have this love and loyalty that spills over into the restaurant they share. I loved these women. They are women that you not only want to know more about and get invested in their stories, but also ones that you would want to be friends with in real life. That's part of the magic that Kristen creates in this story.
Then there is Addison and Jake's story. My heart broke for Addison not only for the string of bad relationships she has experienced, but also the sense of abandonment and loneliness that she suffers from because of her parents and those bad relationships. Then Jake walks into her life and changes everything. I loved their banter. I laughed every time he would tell her to stop fawning over him. They just had this amazing chemistry. I really loved watching them fall head over heart for each other. I can't wait to read more of this series.
I give Listen To Me 5 hearts!
About the Book
In 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?
A man walks onto the stage and sits on the stool, strums his guitar. The MC didn’t announce his name.
The singer is wearing a black T-shirt and jeans. No shoes. A hat is pulled down his forehead, shadowing his face.
But I’d recognize those tattoos anywhere.
“Oh my God, I think that’s Jake Knox,” I whisper to Kat in disbelief.
“The tattoos,” she breathes and I roll my eyes. “God, I used to be in love with him. I had his posters on my walls when I was in high school.”
“Most did,” I reply and watch as his fingers play the strings on his guitar as if he’s making love to a woman. “God, he can play.”
“What’s he doing at an open-mic night?” Kat turns wide eyes to me. “Does he live here?”
I nod. “Yeah, I heard somewhere that he lives nearby. Maybe he needs an ego boost?”
But then he begins to sing a familiar Lifehouse song, and my chest tightens. I love this song. I love his voice. It’s raw and rich and just a little bit raspy. It’s pure sex.
“He’d be absolutely perfect.” Kat’s voice is a whisper. She probably didn’t mean to say it out loud.
“I know we can’t afford him. He probably plays at celebrity weddings and shit.”
Jake glances up, showing his face and those amazing green eyes for the first time, and aims them right at me. He sings at least five lines, holding my gaze, then winks and lowers his head again.
“Speaking of egos,” I murmur. “That would be a hot mess.”
“A sexy-as-fuck hot mess,” Kat replies. “God, look at the way his muscles bunch as he plays.”
Trust me, I noticed. You’d have to be blind with an IQ of minus 20 to not notice the way Jake Knox moves. He makes everything in me come awake. Which makes sense because he’s probably been trained to do that. He has to sell music, after all.
About the Author
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.
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