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Release Blitz and Reviews: Easy Nights: Kristen Proby

EASY NIGHTS (Boudreaux #6)
Kristen Proby
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Release Date June 27, 2017

The Boudreaux Series—Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. 

No one said change was easy…

Savannah Boudreaux knows what it is to hurt. To bleed. To be afraid that the man she’s promised to be true to until “death do us part” might in fact separate them far sooner than anyone had ever anticipated. But Van also knows what it is to survive. To move on. To live life to the fullest. With five brothers and sisters and a loving mother as her constant source of strength during the pain and the healing, Van realizes there is little else she needs. 

But some things never change… 

Benjamin Preston sat on the sidelines of the Boudreaux family for years, in love with a woman he couldn’t have. As the best friend of the Boudreaux brothers since childhood, Ben has seen both tragedies and joys in the family. And as a former MMA fighter and Krav Maga expert, Ben’s used to fighting for what he wants—and winning. His hands were tied when Savannah married her high school sweetheart not long after graduation, but now two years have passed since Ben found Savannah broken in her own home.

Sometimes what you need most has been right in front of you the whole time…

Van’s convinced that happiness isn’t in the cards for her, no matter how right it feels to be in Ben’s strong arms—and his bed. Ben is determined to win her heart and fight for her trust. He’s promised to protect her, to be her friend. But more than anything, he wants to finally make her his, and this is one fight he’s not willing to lose. 

It is finally Ben and Savannah's story! I have been eagerly anticipating theirs since the beginning of this series. We have seen them circle around each other for years, and everyone seemed to understand what was going on but them. 

They've actually had crushes on each other since she was fifteen, but he was her older brother's best friend so they never acted on it.  And then Savannah suffered through an abusive marriage that nearly broke her. But two years after the worst day of her life, she is finally feeling stronger and more like herself. 

 These two have shared history, their families are linked, and their friendship is important to them, so changing their dynamic brings some risk. But there is also chemistry, trust, feelings, and a level of comfort. After seeing everyone in their group find love, Ben is finally ready to claim Savannah as his.

This was a couple whose feelings were already developed, but just needed to be admitted and acted on. Ben is totally swoonworthy! He is charismatic, dependable, protective, patient, loving, and has just enough of a rough and sexy edge to him. He is a fighter in more ways than one. Savannah is starting to feel like her old self again. She is sassy, sweet, kind, and independent-minded. I absolutely loved them together. The care and tenderness Ben shows her  helps her continue to grow, heal, and feel strong and beautiful. Savannah had convinced herself she was never going to get her own happy ending and she has never known respect, trust, and unconditional love in a romantic relationship before. 

But there are some unexplained occurrences and drama happening. There seem to be some threats against their newfound happiness. So while they are dealing with their own changing relationship and families, they are also dealing with some other mysteries and  external issues. 

They were two people that had grown and changed over the years, but now were in a good place to finally try to be more than friends. Although it seemed like they had wasted a lot of years nursing their crushes and not acting on it, all of their life experiences helped make them into the people they have become. 

This story was all I wanted for Ben and Van. It was told in dual points of view letting us see their fears, insecurities, and feelings. It was sweet, swoony, sexy, funny, emotional, and even a bit mysterious and suspenseful. I loved that they were mature and established already as friends. There was not a lot of unnecessary relationship drama or angst, but there was enough to keep it interesting. This was also about Savannah's growth and empowerment while grasping onto love, acceptance, and passion.

This one brings back all of the characters that I have come to love. I adore this nosy, supportive, loyal, sweet, and feisty family. They are all protective of Savannah due to her past, but also know she needs to be able to make her own choices. This book brings it all to a perfect ending for this family based series with a unique epilogue that was a nice surprise. This was my fave of the series and these Boudreauxs have all wormed their way into my heart. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Ben and Savannah are longtime favorite characters, and I am so excited they finally get their own story.

These two have known each other since Savannah was in high school, but as Ben is her brother’s best friend and several years older, any attraction they felt was put on the back burner. Time passed, and neither acted on the crushes they felt. Eventually Savannah got married, and what looked like a good marriage turned ugly and abusive.

After being nearly broken by her husband, she is beginning to build herself back up again with the help of her family, and Ben is right there as well. Though her sisters all consider Ben a brother, she has never felt brotherly about him. She has to relearn to trust herself and other, and though her family helps, she begins to rely on Ben’s friendship to remind herself of who she used to be, who she wanted to be.

I love that these two have such a strong friendship. When Ben realized he had waited too long to make anything happen with Savannah, they continued their friendship, and the depth and importance of their friendship is one of the biggest obstacles they face in the present. Neither wants to mess up what they already have even though they want more.

Ben is the perfect hero for Savannah. Because he was there when the truth of her marriage was revealed, he knows exactly what she faced with her ex-husband (and acted with little thought to consequences when he learned the extent). He is patient, careful, and absolutely about building Savannah back up again.

As the last book in the Boudreaux series, Easy Nights is everything I was hoping for. Ben and Savannah have a few hiccups on the way to their happy, especially as unexplained things start happening. The balance between building on their history and planning for the future means the drama is reasonable, engaging, and entertaining. I loved the updates on the entire family that left me feeling like this series was perfectly wrapped to end.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
We turn a corner and there it is, my favorite tree. It’s at least four hundred years old, with branches so big and heavy that they rest on the ground.

And under it is a portable swing with a red blanket spread in front of it.

“Oh, my.”

He smiles down at me and leads me to the swing. I sit and kick my flip flops off, and Ben sets the basket in the middle of the blanket and joins me on the swing.

“This is lovely.”

“It’s a good day for it,” he says and rests his arm on the back of the swing, behind my shoulders. His fingertips brush the bare skin on my shoulder. I scoot closer to him and rest my head on his shoulder.

“We spent countless summers out here,” he says quietly, as if speaking too loud will disrupt the perfect spring day.

“We did.”

“And as a teenager, I would see you sitting out here, under this tree, with a book. Your knees pulled up to your chest, and your bare feet dirty as can be. You took my breath away even then.”

I glance up at him in surprise.

“I can’t tell you how often I’d watch you—not in a creepy way, I might add—I’d watch you reading and enjoying this tree, and I wanted so badly to sit with you and kiss you senseless.”

“I didn’t know that.”

“Of course you didn’t,” he says with a gentle smile. “But now you do.”

He nudges my chin up with his fingers and lowers his lips to mine, covering them softly. I cup his face in my hand and let myself simply soak in the moment, in my favorite place, with this man.

He slowly takes the kiss from sweet to hot, and to my delight, drags his hand from my hip to my breast, his thumb dancing over my already tight nipple.

Good God, he’s like a drug that I’ll never get tired of.

After what seems like an hour, he pulls back and rests his forehead against mine.

“I have been waiting for that for a very long time,” he whispers.

“I think this was probably way better than anything you might have done as a teenager.”

He chuckles. “Ture. So, it’s a win-win.”

I let my fingertips glide down his cheeks to his neck.

“Savannah.”

“Yes?”

“I want you,” he says and closes his eyes tightly. “I don’t say that to rush you into anything, and this isn’t the time or place anyway, but I need you to know that I want you.”

I cover his lips with mine, watching his eyes. “I want you too, Ben.”

He inhales and kisses me again, moving straight into hot as fuck.

Finally, he pulls back, clears his throat, and smiles at me.

“Are you hungry?”

I laugh and push my hair off my face. “So hungry.”

“I think Gabby made fried chicken.”

“That sounds good too.”
      

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Kristen Proby
About Kristen Proby: 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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