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Release Reviews: Savor You: Kristen Proby

Savor You (Fusion #5)
Kristen Proby
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Release Date April 24, 2018

In the next sizzling romance in Kristen Proby's New York Times bestselling Fusion series, two celebrity chefs compete in a culinary competition, but resisting each other will prove to be the greater challenge.

Cooking isn't what Mia Palazzo does, it's who she is. Food is her passion . . . her pride . . . her true love. She's built a stellar menu full of delicious and sexy meals for her restaurant, Seduction. Now, after being open for only a few short years, Mia’s restaurant is being featured on Best Bites TV. To say Seduction is a wild success is an understatement. All the blood, sweat, tears, and endless hours of work Mia has put into the restaurant has finally paid off. 

Then Camden Sawyer, the biggest mistake of her life, walks into her kitchen . . . 

Camden's celebrity chef status is world-renowned. He's the best there is, and the kitchen is where he's most at home. He can't resist the invitation to Portland for a showdown against Mia for a new television show. Mia was in his life years ago, and just like before, he's met his match in the beautiful Italian spitfire. The way she commands the kitchen is mesmerizing, and her recipes are clever and delicious. He's never had qualms about competition, and this is no different. He can't wait to go head to head with Mia. But can he convince her the chemistry they share in the kitchen would be just as great in the bedroom as well?

As Mia and Camden face off, neither realizes how high the stakes are as their reputations are put on the line and their hearts are put to the ultimate test.

I have been waiting for Mia's story since the first book in this series as she has been one of my favorites! Mia is the the chef at Fusion, and she is a bit bossy, controlling, and a perfectionist. She can also be sweet, funny, and has a big heart. She has seen her best friends and her brother now find love, but she is guarded, and has trust and self worth issues. 

Camden is a celebrity chef who is now coming to Fusion to film a TV show with Mia...the girl who got away...well, technically she ran away from him ten years ago just leaving a note. He is successful, wealthy, and has had great opportunities over the years. He also tends to be a work-a-holic and has focused on his career. But he still has unresolved feelings about their past.

But he is still charming, sexy, thoughtful, and protective. He flirts and looks at her like she is beautiful. And their reconnection might just be what they both need. They have a great rapport, work well in the kitchen together, and have hot chemistry. They are two career oriented people finding out that maybe they could use a bit more balance and fun in their lives. But they also have to deal with their past, personal issues, and face some challenges in order to figure out if there can be a future for them this time.

Camden is such a good match for the feisty Mia. Even though he  also likes control, he comes off as more laid back and relaxed than she is. And he encourages her to have her own life outside the restaurant and gives her a reason to want to. And Mia is easy to relate to due to her insecurities. Even though she could be stubborn and guarded, she really just wanted to believe that someone could love her unconditionally.

This is a sweet, sexy, swoony, heartfelt second-chance love story about timing, communication, and fate. It is also Mia's journey of finding self worth and self love. And finally is is the Fusion series finale and leaves us with a lovely epilogue to say goodbye to all of these characters we have come to love. It is my favorite of the series and left me with a big smile on my face seeing how far this group of friends and family has come since the beginning.


I was gifted a copy.
Mia is a workaholic -- closed off, ruling her kitchen with an iron fist, she only takes a single day off a week because the girls won’t let her work seven days a week. Her entire life is her kitchen and she doesn’t leave herself time for anything else. She doesn’t trust easily, but her inner circle have her whole heart.

Camden is her new co-star on a concept TV show, but they have history that even her best friends don’t know. He also lives for food, but has spent his career building a TV persona rather than keeping his own professional kitchen. He may have lost her once, but he’s hoping this time around she will stick around long term -- if he can convince her they are good together.

The chemistry between Mia and Camden is both firey and smooth. They just click. They did in the past, and despite their rocky history, they click again in the present. I love the way Camden understands Mia - her hopes and dreams as well as her fears and insecurities.

This was a generally smooth story. I love Camden. He’s the perfect laid back counterpart to Mia’s type-A self. As second chance romances go, this is a great one. It has the history, the swoon, and the rebuilding that I love about a good second chance. Kristen Proby continues to be one of those authors I know I can rely on for a good, solid story that entertains and leaves me feeling good about the state of the characters. Each of her worlds, and the Fusion world particularly, feel like being surrounded by my girlfriends when I’m inside the pages.

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Listen To Me (Fusion #1)
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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.


Close To You (Fusion #2)
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the second novel in her sizzling Fusion series that began with Listen to Me

Camilla, “Cami,” LaRue was five years old when she first fell in love with Landon Palazzo. Everyone told her the puppy love would fade—they clearly never met Landon. When he left after graduation without a backward glance, she was heartbroken. But Cami grew up, moved on, and became part-owner of wildly popular restaurant Seduction. She has everything she could want...or so she thinks. 

After spending the last 12 years as a Navy fighter pilot, Landon returns to Portland to take over the family construction business. When he catches a glimpse of little Cami LaRue, he realizes she’s not so little any more. He always had a soft spot for his little sister’s best friend, but nothing is soft now when he’s around the gorgeous restauranteur.
Landon isn’t going to pass up the chance to make the girl-next-door his. She’s never been one for romance, but he’s just the one to change her mind. Will seduction be just the name of her restaurant or will Cami let him get close enough to fulfill all her fantasies?



BLUSH FOR ME - CoverBlush for Me (Fusion #3)
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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…?


The Beauty of Us (Fusion #4)
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New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.

Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?


No Reservations (Fusion #4.5 and 1001 Nights Novella)
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New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby takes us back to her highly acclaimed Fusion series.

Chase MacKenzie is not the man for Maura Jenkins. A self-proclaimed life-long bachelor, and unapologetic about his distaste for monogamy, a woman would have to be a masochist to want to fall into Chase’s bed. 

And Maura is no masochist.

Chase has one strict rule: no strings attached. Which is fine with Maura because she doesn’t even really like Chase. He’s arrogant, cocky, and let’s not forget bossy. But when he aims that crooked grin at her, she goes weak in the knees. Not that she has any intentions of falling for his charms.

Definitely not.

Well, maybe just once…
Kristen Proby
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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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