Easy Love (The Boudreaux Series, #1) by Kristen Proby

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I fell into such an easy love with you, I didn’t even realize it was happening until one day, it was everything.

Synopsis:

Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

My Thoughts:

Easy Love is the first book in The Boudreaux Series by Kristen Proby. I stumbled across this series when I received the last book in my Romance Reveal Book Box and I knew I just had to start from the beginning with this series.

The story. I thought the story was well written and had a great pace to it. It is set in NOLA which was such a fun and romantic setting for the characters to get to know each other. Getting to know some of the culture surrounding NOLA was also a perk. The book primarily revolved around the MC’s relationship, but you also had the office setting where Kate was trying to find out who was embezzling money from Eli and his sibling’s company. It was a rather short book so I was glad that it was mostly about the romance.

Kate. I thought Kate was a fantastic female character because she was strong, intelligent, and so fun to read about. The way that she picked herself back up after a heartbreaking past and became the woman she is was definitely inspiring. The tattoo on her side just spoke volumes about her mental and physical well being after being put through the wringer by her asshole ex-husband. Kate was fierce and would not let anyone tell her what she can and can’t do, unless it came to a certain sexy boss and even then it was hard fought. I loved her relationship with each of Eli’s siblings, especially Declan. I thought they were freaking adorable together.

Eli. I have never been a huge fan of NOLA, but Eli quickly changed my mind. His accent was to die for and he showed me that chivalry is definitely not dead. He was sweet and gentle with Kate, but man would he get pissed when Kate talked about her ex-husband. Eli was a total alpha male and would do absolutely anything to protect his family and Kate. Eli’s devotion to his family and the family company was admirable, but he was not afraid to make Kate his priority. My heart absolutely melted when he took her to get Beignets on Saturday morning, which he had not done since his father passed away two years ago. It was about the little things as well as the big things for Eli.

The Relationship. There was definite insta-love between Eli and Kate, which I am all for so I did not mind in the slightest. Plus this is a fairly short book so I would rather they get on with the romance and insta-love/lust, haha! I honestly thought Eli and Kate made such an incredibly strong couple. They made love look easy, even though they did not even realize it until it had already happened. Between Eli’s charming personality and Kate’s sassy self, I was just jumping up and down and rooting for these two to figure out they were head over heels in love with each other. Did I mention how hot the sex is between these two?!?

Let me make it clear; we can have sweat dripping, sheet ripping, furniture breaking, screaming, trembling, hair pulling, ass smacking fucking for hours, or soft, sweet, quiet, intense lovemaking for days. You can have either or both, but we’re not leaving here without me being inside you, sugar.

Side Characters. One of my favorite types of books to read is one where there is a strong family (blood or chosen) presence, and I definitely got that vibe in this book. Eli is the second of six kids so we got plenty of sibling time because they are all close knit. Beau is the co-CEO and Savannah is the CFO, which means we also saw them in the office setting. Declan, Gabby, and Charly, were my favorite siblings. Seeing each siblings relationship with Eli and Kate was so much fun because they were all so different, but also somewhat the same. You would go to Declan for music advice and then turn around and go see Charly is you wanted a new hat. I can’t wait to read about each of these siblings finding their own love of their life. I already have an inkling about who the next couple is and I am already rooting so hard for them!

I would recommend this book for people who enjoy: NOLA, beignets, large families, office romance, and easy love.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★

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