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Release Blitz, Reviews, and Giveaway: Easy Magic: Kristen Proby


easy-magic-coverEASY MAGIC (Boudreaux #5)
Kristen Proby
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Release Date February 21, 2017


The Boudreaux Series. Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

Family. Responsibility. Stability. 

As the co-CEO of Bayou Enterprises, and the eldest of the Boudreaux clan, Beau is the epitome of these. Now that his baby sister Gabby is happily settled down, Beau has moved into the company loft in the heart of the French Quarter to be closer to his office while his own home is built. He doesn’t have time for anything but the family he adores and the company that drives him.

If only the bewitching owner of the herb shop downstairs from Beau’s loft wasn’t so damn tempting.

Mallory Adams is living the life. The good life. The best life for her. After years of hiding who she is, and the gifts she’s been cursed with, Mallory opened her little shop in the French Quarter, offering herbs and lotions for anything from soothing a sunburn to chasing those pesky ghosts New Orleans is known for out of a client’s home. Some call her eccentric, and some say she’s simply odd, and that’s okay with her. She is a bit odd, but in her experience, all of the best people are.

When an old pipe bursts in the loft above her store, flooding her storeroom, Mallory comes face to face with Beau Boudreaux, and she doesn’t need the clairvoyant abilities that have been passed down through generations to know that she’ll never be the same. Beau is her exact opposite; serious, straitlaced. He wears suits for Pete’s sake and probably wouldn’t know the difference between arnica and flaxseed if his life depended on it. But when he touches her, the electricity is through the roof and she’s smart enough to know that a chemistry like theirs doesn’t happen every day.

Can two people so very different possibly find their way to happily ever after.

Beau Boudreaux is the oldest sibling and co-CEO of  Bayou Enterprises. He is serious, smart, hard working, responsible,  and protective. He can seem stoic and even intimidating. And he really has not taken time away from his busy schedule for romantic pursuits.

Mallory Adams is his tenant below his company flat in the French Quarter. She runs an herbal oils and lotions shop. Some people think she is a bit odd or quirky. She also happens to have some unusual skills...as in psychic skills. She has not really embraced her full talents and tends to guard herself. Sometimes touch is overwhelming to her. She finds it refreshing that with Beau's touch she cannot feel his emotions--just a calm, grounding effect. And of course, some sizzling chemistry.

Beau pursues her, but she has concerns about her secrets that she has kept hidden to everyone but her best friend and pseudo-family. But if she wants a chance with Beau and to be part of his family, she will have to learn to trust and be honest about her abilities...and run the risk of rejection.

And some of the issues pertaining to her gifts can be a blessing while others could be a curse. There are some new things happening to her that cause anxiety and some drama. Sometimes her life is interrupted by dreams, nightmares, and psychic pull.

Can the analytical Beau be able to handle her differences and quirks? And what kind of danger might be lurking?

Most of the gang is present and accounted for: Eli, Kate, Declan, Callie, Charly, Simon, Van, Ben, Gaby, and Rhys. I love the dynamics of this ever growing group. Her best friend, Lena and Lena's Grandmother, Sophia add more to the paranormal element. Some other important people in their lives also make appearances.

This one was definitely different than the other books--it takes a step outside the box with the psychic elements. But I honestly didn't feel like it was too far fetched to keep me from enjoying it.

I really loved Beau and Mallory. I enjoyed getting both of their points of view They had great chemistry and rapport. Beau's stoic countenance gave him a reputation of being  no fun, but he really had a good sense of humor. I loved how caring, generous, attentive, and protective he could be and seeing his happier, more easy-going side. Mallory was a good match for him to let is guard down and to bring out his more playful side. And he grounded and calmed her in a way that no one else could. It was unique, sexy, romantic, humorous, and magical.

I am still impatiently waiting for Ben and Van's story. They have been mooning over each other for so long!

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Beau Boudreaux is the eldest brother, having taken over the guidance of his younger siblings when their father passed away, he is used to leading this group. When he moves into the apartment the family owns above the herbal shop, he is intrigued by the woman who runs the shop, though he keeps his distance. He doesn’t have time outside work for a relationship.

Mallory Adams runs a small herbal shop, taking joy in helping people with her herbal remedies. She leads a quiet life, with only her nearly-family friends for companionship. Lena and her grandmother have been a part of Mal’s “family” as long as Mal can remember, and share the secrets of her abilities, even as Mal has closed herself off from the psychic.

The chemistry between these two is great. While they haven’t had a lot of contact prior to the beginning of this book, they know of each other, and when they decide to see what could be between them, it isn’t difficult to see each other more often with Beau living over Mal’s shop. It was fun to watch Beau, with his take-charge, no-nonsense outlook as he pursued the free spirit that is Mal.

I love the touch of magic in this story. New Orleans has that bit of magic at its heart, and though it hasn’t been a large part of the story so far, bringing in Mallory’s abilities is a great way to tie that tradition into the Easy series. She doesn’t use her psychic abilities much, having grown to fear them instead. This is more about Mel coming to terms with what her powers mean and how she can use them comfortably than it is a paranormal story. It is part of her, but it doesn’t define her. 

I’ve said it before but I love the Boudreaux family. Once again, this family welcomes new members as if they have always known each other. They are open-minded, warm, and a great support system. As each sibling has settled down, they circle together just as tightly as when they were all single, watching out for each other and weaving the new partners into the mix with no trouble. I can’t wait for Van and Ben’s story, and though they seem no closer to a resolution, I hope they find one soon!

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“I’ve always had a knack for knowing what people need,” she says softly, as if she’s choosing her words very carefully. I don’t know why that bothers me. I want her to speak her mind, to not have to censor what she says.
But this is a good start.
“In what way?”
“Maybe someone has headaches, or their feet hurt. I have essential oils and herbs that can help with those things.”
I nod.
“My grandmother taught me all about alternative medicine from the time I was a child. She wasn’t crazy with it,” she says quickly, “she still believed in western medicine as well, but why take a pain reliever full of chemicals if you can just put a drop of oil on the back of your neck to get the same result?”
She shrugs and reaches for the dessert, smiles when she opens the box, and digs in with enthusiasm.
“I thought it would be fun to open a store full of those things,” she continues. “I wanted the bottles to be pretty, and everything to be tied with a bow. I wanted a place where people enjoyed coming in, even if only to browse. It smells good, the energy is calming.”
And I realize that that’s exactly how I feel whenever I’ve been in her store.
“I’d say you’ve accomplished those things.”
“Thank you.” Her smile is huge and genuine. “That’s really the best compliment I could ever get.”
“Really?” I cock a brow and watch her lashes flutter. “I’d also say you’re stunning. I want to bury my fingers in that amazing curly hair of yours.”
There must be something in the food that’s making me speak so freely. But Mallory seems to bring out my flirty side.
I’d forgotten that I had a flirty side.
Her smile slips just a bit, and her cheeks flush, and I know she’d look just like that when I’m buried balls deep inside her.
“That’s very nice of you.”
“But not what you want to hear.”
“Well, don’t get me wrong, every woman wants to be told she’s pretty.”
“I didn’t say pretty,” I reply and lean in, resting my elbows on her desk. “’Pretty’ is too dull of a word to describe you.”
“You’re an interesting man,” she says, tilting her head to the side and studying my face with narrowed violet eyes. “You just say whatever you’re feeling.”
“Not always,” I reach out to tuck her hair behind her ear and she stiffens. I pause, keeping my eyes pinned to hers before I slowly brush just the pads of my fingertips over the outline of her ear, tucking that soft curly hair, then lowering my hand back to the desk. “But I see no reason to not be honest with you.”
“I opened this shop because I love it,” she says, her voice still soft but firm. She’s not weak in any way, and that pulls at me like a siren’s song. “I want to help people if I can, even if it’s just to moisturize their hands. And I like this building.”
“There are other streets with more foot traffic.”
“And I like where I am,” she says again. “I do well here.”
“I’m glad you do.” I nod and without giving it much thought, reach out to pull my fingertips over her hand. My eyes are watching hers as I do, and I can see the hesitation just before I touch her, and then the relief when my skin rests on hers.
She doesn’t like to be touched.
“Tell me more,” I say softly.
“That’s all there is about the store.”
“Tell me about you.”
She pulls her hand out from under mine and sits back in her chair. “I think you’d better go, before I tell you more than I want to.”
I cock a brow. “I’m a fan of honesty.”
“Good.” She nods once and begins loading the empty boxes in the trash. “I’m in favor of being honest, and in that same spirit, I’m exhausted, Beau.”
“I know. I am, too.”
But I’m not ready to say goodbye to her yet. I’m afraid that we’ll go our separate ways, and I won’t see her again.
“What are you thinking?” she asks.
“That I want to see you again.”
“You live upstairs from my shop,” she reminds me. “I don’t see how we could avoid it.”
“We avoided it for a damn long time,” I say and stand, shoving my hands in my pockets. “But I won’t make that mistake again.”

And don’t forget to grab the first four books in
The Boudreaux Series!


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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.

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2 comments:

  1. I have never been to New Orleans but would love to go.

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  2. No, I've never been to New Orleans. It's on my "bucket list". A city I'd pick to set a series around is Boston, MA.

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