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Easy Love

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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?

246 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 18, 2015

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Kristen Proby

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Kristen Proby has published more than fifty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, The Big Sky Series, as well as others.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats and dog.

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1,176 reviews4,333 followers
August 22, 2017
'Easy Love' had been sitting on my Audible shelf for a long time. Finally, I decided on a whim to give it a listen. Although it isn't a life-changing, epic type of story, it ended up being a pretty good one. If you're looking for a sweet and predictable type of love story, this a nice choice.

The Boudreaux family owns a successful business in New Orleans. When they discover that somebody is stealing from them, they decide to hire somebody to investigate. Who better than a family friend that they trust?

Kate O'Shaughnessey went to college with Beau and Savannah Boudreaux. The three became very close and that friendship has withstood the test of time. When they ask her to move to New Orleans to investigate the theft, it comes at just the right time for Kate. She packs her bags and heads to the Big Easy.

Almost immediately, sparks fly between Kate and Eli Boudreaux, the older Boudreaux brother. Somehow, the sexy Eli had managed to miss all of the family trips to visit his siblings while they were away at college and never met Kate before. This probably was the result of his emotional distance and workaholic ways.

Eli is the stereotypical, closed-off hero. He is married to his work and has a ton of emotional baggage. Eli is certain that a happily ever after isn't in his future and never commits. He likes to keep his sexual encounters straightforward and unattached.

As I'm sure you can guess, things change when Kate enters the picture. She's already treated like part of his family. His own siblings do their best to warn her off, afraid that Eli will hurt their close friend.

Not surprisingly, the two can't seem to stay away from each other. Eli and Kate begin a sort of clandestine friendship, which soon evolves into much more. Before long, they've both fallen head over heels.

As their time together comes to a close, they are faced with some tough decisions. Kate tries to respect Eli's boundaries, knowing that a relationship isn't something he ever wanted. Meanwhile, Eli has to face the demons from his past as he struggles with the fact that Kate doesn't seem to be as attached to him as he is to her. Of course, this could all have been resolved with a good heart to heart discussion, but where would that leave us?

Overall, this was a sweet, albeit predictable, story. Sometimes, you need a story that doesn't require a lot of insight or critical thinking. This was one such story. It was a cute, fun and romantic read. It was just what I was in the mood for!

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896 reviews1,974 followers
March 11, 2015
4 Sweet Stars.

Kate was just asked by her best-friend from college, to go work undercover to her family company and find who is stealing money from them. It’s her job and she’s damn good at it.
Eli is the older brother and the CEO of the company. He’s good as this job and closed off to every other aspect of his life. He’s attached to some weird sense of loyalty to the company, and despite his playboy ways he never settled because work is his love.
When they met, immediately something happens between them and everything starts to change. But when what Kate are chasing for, suddenly becomes a threat, everything they found are at risk of be lost again.


Whenever I want to read a sweet and sexy romance, with enjoyable characters and an entertaining plot without being angsty, Kristen Proby is always to-go author. (Or she would be, if I haven’t read all her books.)
She writes beautifully and she always delivers a good romance story. This one was no exception. Especially because is set on New Orleans and I love books set there! (I don’t why, I have never been there!) My only problem with her books is that she uses too much “pop culture” references and those tend to be outdated quickly.
She’s without a doubt one of my favorite romance authors, so if you want to read a good love story, this book is a good choice.


Rating: 4 Stars.
Characters Development: I liked Kate, she was strong considering everything that happened to her, and really sweet. Eli was a good hero either, and for someone who used to be a manwhore, he changed his ways pretty quickly. He was sexy and sweet and little broody, just like we like them. I love the supporting characters, I can’t wait to read their books!
Steam: Some hot moments.
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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?

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163 reviews308 followers
March 8, 2015
4.25 #TakeMeToOrleans STARS
You can live in any city of America
New Orleans is the only city
that lives in YOU
.. on that note ELI, I'll meet you at the FRENCH QUARTER!!

Eli and Kate .. ♥


It started with a whisper
And that was when I kissed her .. ►♫


"She scares the fuck out of me."
"Now we're getting somewhere."
His lips quirk. "If she didn't scare you a little,
she wouldn't be the one for you."


You made the man
who's incapable of love
fall in love with you .."


Kristen Proby .. I swear I don't even bat a lash when I click on the Want To Read button. I fully trust that I'll fall in love with the books .. I mean how can I not this brilliant writer has a way with words. She has created YET another beginning to an incredible series (YES I KNOW .. IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT). After reading this, I wanted to book the next flight out to New Orleans! Window seat? PSSSH .. who needs that when I can have a seat next to Eli. Hi Eli .. you're my current book boyfriend! I flew right through this novel; it had me captivated and intrigued till the end. It would have gotten the 5 STARS if it included more to the ending .. don't get me wrong LOVED that last bit that ensures the main's for next book .. but I wanted more of an ending for these two.

Easy Love Kristen Proby
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Easy Love (Boudreaux, #1) by Kristen Proby
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2,658 reviews3,255 followers
February 24, 2021
3.5 From Seattle to New Orleans with Love Stars
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This is a spinoff from the successful With Me in Seattle series by Kristen Proby. With all of the extended families from the previous books, we have another new family, the Boudreaux's. They are colorful, loving, and determined to carry on their father's traditions.

In this series, we have the primary story of Kate and Eli. Kate is a forensic accountant able to trace how funds are stolen from companies by their employees. Because Kate is a close friend of Eli's brother and sister from college, she is the perfect person to go undercover in the company to do the investigation.

The overall story was Kate being off-limits for Eli due to his being a player and because it was unprofessional. Although everyone knew this should not happen... of course, he was drawn to her immediately. For Kate, two years out of a physically and emotionally abusive marriage, she was finally ready to receive some attention from a strong handsome man. It was a perfect storm for mutual want for both.

We have their budding romance and it is done with special moments; we also have an undercurrent of a time limit and whether their feelings will be able to adhere to it. All of the time together between Eli and Kate work... there are heat and sparks; you want Eli to just man up and say how he really feels.

There are two other parts to this story. The sister Savannah is in a difficult marriage... she is hiding her pain from her siblings until she can't. This is handled with care by Kate, for she can relate to all the secrets Savannah is holding away from her family.

The other plot is the theft from the company. This I felt was the weakest part of the story-line. The structure was more of an afterthought for me and I saw the outcome from early on. It did not hamper my enjoyment of the story... just did not enhance it either.

First books of series require so much. They must lay the foundation for all the books to come. We must become invested in the secondary characters, families, and locations to keep us wanting to return. Overall, I feel those goals were accomplished. We have many Boudreaux's to watch and care for... and if you loved the With Me in Seattle series... then you know Proby is capable of delivering.

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Easy Melody (Boudreaux, #3) by Kristen Proby Easy Melody (Boudreaux, #3)
Easy For Keeps (Boudreaux #3.5) by Kristen Proby Easy For Keeps (Boudreaux, #3.5)
Easy Kisses (Boudreaux, #4) by Kristen Proby Easy Kisses (Boudreaux, #4)
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790 reviews2,529 followers
March 5, 2015

At thirty Eli Boudreaux is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises. One of his brothers, Beau and one of his sisters, Savannah work with him, the other siblings having other businesses. Eli is a workaholic, he has never been married and occasionally hooks-up with different women. Needless to say he’s a little bit of a manwhore. His life is his company, so when he finds out someone has been stealing money he’s ready to do anything to find the employee who betrayed his trust. His sister, Savannah knows the perfect person who is more than qualified to help them, Kate O'Shaughnessy.

Kate is a friend of Savannah from college and one of her BFF. When she finds out about what’s happening at Bayou Enterprises she's more than willing to help. She 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. Eli is warned that Kate is of limits but when he meets the auburn beauty he knows he can’t stay away. Both of them try to stay professional, but the attraction between them is too strong. They start a no strings attached relationship, but soon they secretly start to want something more. What will happen with them after they will find the person who steal from the company and Kate will have to move on? Will Eli fight for the woman he loves?

This was sweet, fun and easy to read novel. Despite the predictable storyline it was a nice read. Eli and Kate were great individually and together. Eli is sweet, charming and attentive and he’s there for Kate when she needs him the most. He’s attentive, a little bit of an alpha male and the perfect southern gentlemen. Kate is a strong heroine. She’s smart, capable, caring and sweet not only with Eli, but with his family as well. If insta-lust is not your thing, this is not the book for you. As long there’s no insta-love, insta-lust doesn’t bother me (at least most of the time). In this case I was ok with it. The chemistry between Eli and Kate is off the charts from the start and very palpable and their moments together are sweet and tender and at times intense. I also enjoyed the side characters, Eli’s family and Kate’s friends.

My main problem with this book was the plot who was pretty lame. I can’t say I was bored, but I was close to it. Also, the mystery was poorly done. It was so fricking obvious who’s the one who’s stealing from them. (*rolling eyes*) Needless to say, I would have liked to see a little more suspense.

Overall, a good enough read!
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709 reviews2,137 followers
June 18, 2015
Sometimes, the only thing that will do is a Kristen Proby hero.

Le Sigh! Great start to a new series with a great host of characters waiting to find their forever guy or gal and a fabulous sense of camaraderie that makes the reader just want to be part of it all.

Great 4.5 star contemp romance
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424 reviews155 followers
March 20, 2016
re-read 9/2/2016


"You're in love with her?"
"I love her so much I can't breathe."

"You are so special Kate.So beautiful.I'm going to miss you everyday.
You made the man who's incapable of love fall in love with you."

I loved Eli&Kate and they are the best couple so far in the Broudreaux family!
They were sweet and funny...AnD A HELL OF A COUPLE!!!
This story is about Eli who has devoted himself on work and doesn't have time for anything else...
until Kate shows up on his office!AnD knocks him on his ass....
Kate was very sweet,funny and smart but she was abused a lot from her ex...so now she just enjoy her life without many complications and feeligs!

"I am enough the way I am"

When these two met there was a SPARK between them...But they couldn't act on their feeling because Kate were friends with Eli's brother and sister and well he was a manwhore so they try to keep their hands off of each other...without much success though!
I liked the way they flirted and started to know each other as friends and went out for drinks,
shopping or family dinners!
They tried to keep it simple but their attraction was pushing things for some HOT,STEAMY sex session...
"Kate?" "Kate?"
"I'm sorry.Kate's not available right now."
"Kate's available now."
"She's about to be unavailable again."

We have some HOT scenes guys...OH MY GOD their chemistry on bed and off bed I may say was of the charts!I liked Eli because he was possessive and jealouse BUT also he cared about her and did little things to make her day better like send her flowers or dinner at work...He wasn't all about sex,sex,sex but he started to want more with her and tried to make her feel special and beautiful!
He loved that Kate couldn't curse and wanted to make her curse all the time....in bed, while he had his wicked way with her between the sheets....AnD he really enjoyed every second of it!!!
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OH YEAH they couldn't get enough of each other!

But they also were sweet and playful...

"I fell into such an EASY LOVE with you,I didn't even realize it was
happening,until one day,it was everything"

I enjoyed this book and I recommened it if you want an easy love
and funny this is the book for you!
I love this author and the way she writes her stories!
So I keep a close eye on her....
I can't wait for Savannah&Ben's book!


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317 reviews18 followers
April 17, 2017
I'm rating this book 2.25 stars. I didn't like this at all. I first wanna say that this book didn't really hold my interest. I kept thinking about others things while reading this and it just didn't work for me. This whole book was sub par. The characters were okay but most of them were below average. And, also the pace of this book was too slow. I realize that this review is in the minority and I have no idea why. This book just lacks so many things needed for a romance book. First of all the romance. I didn't really feel love between Kate & Eli more lust. And that would be okay if this book was 50 pages but its not. This book was so boring. I feel like the author tried with some events to make it interesting but unfortunately failed. The first chapter of this book I had to keep rereading because I originally thought that it was in the female love interest P.O.V. Defiantly not my brightest moment. The author really tried to get you as the reader interested in the other characters in this book. But that backfired because I was more interested with the other characters in this book than the ones i'm reading about. I do hope that the other books in this series are better than this one.
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672 reviews
April 14, 2015
I have fallen in love with the Boudreaux siblings already after only Eli's story, I love the way Kristen writes the family gatherings, how close the family are and the hilarious banter between brothers and sisters how they tease each other and how cute is little Sam.

Eli Boudreaux is a workaholic all he does is work, go to the gym, spend time with his family and has one night stands when he feels the urge. Until one day Kate O’Shaughnessy walks into his office and Eli's life changes.

Kate O’Shaughnessy comes to New Orleans to work undercover at Bayou Enterprises to find a thief. Kate has been best friends with Savannah and Declan Boudreaux since college she has met all the siblings except for Eli, when she meets Eli it is lust at first sight.

Eli and Kate together are cute how Eli tries to get Kate to talk dirty and she gets embarrassed, how Eli gets jealous when Kate teases him. Eli can be bossy but that only turns Kate on even more the chemistry between them is off the charts and how sweet they can be towards each other.

Easy Love is full of sexy sweet romance, hot scorching sex, lots of funny moments especially the girls night and some heart breaking moments and I loved everyone involved. Loved the way the French Quarter is described and all the food mentioned made me hungry.

It has everything you expect from a Kristen Proby novel and who has become my favourite author and I can't wait to get to know the rest of the Boudreaux siblings and Rhys O'Shaughnessy even better.
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2,309 reviews709 followers
April 16, 2017
4 - I am enough the way I am..., Stars!

If you have read the authors With Me series you’ll know exactly what you are getting with this one, because we have essentially moved from Seattle (where the aforementioned is set) to New Orleans, which is where the Boudreaux Family resides. As with the Montgomery family in Seattle, the Boudreaux’s are a large clan, with lots of friends and extended family that will likely play a part in the future books.

Six siblings, all in their twenties and thirties, and all miraculously still single (although one isn’t at the beginning of this book), and just like the authors original series characters, no doubt all of them will have their own particular foibles, likes/dislikes and personalities and will manage to find their special someone’s with each new book that is added. I loved the With Me series, so having half a dozen books in this series to work my way through is like Christmas come early for this reader.
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1,446 reviews1,154 followers
September 8, 2018
Easy listening...

Every workday morning, I get on my train to go to work and I find a little corner to hide in. I never sit as there's this great little spot, right beside the door, with a pole to hang onto and a window to look out and watch the world go by. I can turn my back on the other passengers, feel like I'm alone and forget my fellow travellers are even there.


My Bluetooth failed, blasting what I'm listening to right as Sebastian York in his oh so sexy voice describes being balls deep and being very, very happy (or something like that). Yep, you guessed it, my fellow passengers now know I'm a smut reader. YIPPEE!!

I guess I'm going to have to quit my job, move to the beach and become a shell collector.

Anyways, besides my most embarrassing (even more than the bawling and cracking up laughing episodes) listening experience, I really enjoyed Easy Love. The story was so easy to listen to and I never felt that scrambling, what did I miss, when the storyline seems to fly by. The family dynamics, support and love the Boudreaux family show to each other is something most would envy. For very rich people, they were extremely down to earth and easy to get to know.

Eli and Kate are perfect together and I knew that they would eventually come to realise that they were meant for each other. They've both had heartbreak, with Kate surviving an abusive relationship and Eli feeling a need to prove himself after his father's death. Work became their life and it's only after they come together they realise that love is more important.

The narration was fantastic BUT I couldn't help but think that it was a little silly, inconsistent, almost strange that Rachel Fulginiti did the characters with a Cajun accent but Sebastian York didn't. Heaven forbid that I should say this but I almost think Rachel should have done this one on her own. Don't get me wrong, I could listen to Sebastian every day of the week, it's just that Rachel brought a little extra to the table by doing the accents so convincingly.

I highly recommend Easy Love for an easy to listen to audio. The storyline was interesting with a touch of intrigue, the drama was on the low side, and the connection and sexy times were believable. I will definitely go back for more soon...ish.
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1,044 reviews352 followers
August 31, 2015
4.25 Easy to Love Stars!

One thing is for sure, Kristen Proby can pull me out of a book funk any day of the week! I adored her With Me series and knowing she has started a new one with catchy story lines and likeable characters makes me a happy gal!

Easy Love takes the reader down south! In the heard of New Orleans is the Boudreaux Family. The men are sexy and the women are strong. They are a family united and this book introduces the first family member with Eli Boudreaux as he learns the true meaning of working hard for something you want...even if it is packaged in a pencil skirt with fiery red hair and a sassy attitude! Eli is unprepared for Kate!

"I want to be in her arms. I want to wrap my arms around her and pull her into me and lose myself in her.”

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True to Proby fashion she makes her men dreamy. Always smart and a bit cocky. Eli is hot and very alpha all while charming and romantic. AAAAAhhhh, a Cajun speaking business man! The heat she writes is always off the charts smokin' and tender at the same time. I love how she writes her intimacy with emotion and a "deeper" meaning, even it having an office quickie!

“All I can see, all I can think about, is you. I want you. You don’t just cross my mind once in a while you live in it.”

I enjoyed the fast attraction and fun friendly flirting. While the story was quick there was a good development with open communication and a sense that more is to come! I do love a man that falls hard!
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1,507 reviews131 followers
March 4, 2015
This book was amazeballs I luvd it

Kate is a very strong woman an knows what she wants she is great in her job when her college friend an bff Savannah asks 4 her help Kate doesn't hesitate when she gets there she is met by the very handsome Eli an God is that man sexy when she sees him she is shocked she as met a lot of Savannah's family but not Eli she would of remembered him Kate does know about Eli that he is a womanizer an a cocky shit so she does have a guard up even a lil when Eli sees Kate he is shocked how gorgeous she but she is there 2 do a job when Eli takes her 2 the apartment she is goin stay they up havin a lil kiss but a hot kiss as the weeks go on they get closer the only thing is that they both want so ties Kate as been in a bad relationship an Eli as his own issues but 1 thing these 2 have is hot hot chemistry an the sexual tension is off the hook an then they do get 2gether wow it's great

What I did luv about this book was the characters we meet al of Elvis family an there isn't 1 that I didn't like it's 1 think that I do luv about KP's book is that she makes 1 good lookin family I luv how the boys look after sisters an they r al very close an luv each other so much
There is a lil drama in the book which is good an some sensitive parts I m not goin hide but Ye there was tears I was so gutted but like I alway say I m not goin 2 spoil it
The other KP books this did not let me down I really enjoyed it hated putting it down an I got 2 add another gorgeous man no men cause al these men r good really an the epilogue was good I just hate waitin 4 the next book so can we have it soon plz ;)

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871 reviews1,251 followers
July 10, 2015
*ARC Given to Blog for Honest Review*

4 “Bad idea” “words” “I’ve adjusted my sails.” Kisses

I absolutely adore Kristen Proby's books with an unending passion. Everything about her novels is why I love romance so much…I cannot explain the hypnotic powers they have over me…and when I heard she was coming out with a new series…I totally did a happy dance. Easy Love is just another notch in Kristen’s belt for books that completely sucked me in…I devoured this baby…read it in 24 hours because I could not get enough of Eli and Kate and how amazing they were. I never wanted it to end. If this is just the beginning of the Boudreaux series…good lord ladies, we’re in for one hell of a ride!

Eli Boudreaux..O-M-G! I know for a fact that Kristen can write some amazing BBF’s (hello, have you met the men in her With Me in Seattle Series?!?)…so I was prepared to swoon, but oh holy heaven…I was not prepared for Eli. I think he deserves a list:
1.) He’s 6’4”…excuse me while I drool. A lot.
2.) He has an amazing, incredibly sexy accent
3.) I love my good ole’ Southern boys
4.) Gorgeous Whiskey colored eyes that I could gaze into for days
5.) He’s a manwhore – my weakness!
6.) The man was born to wear a suit…just yum
7.) His deliciously fucking filthy mouth and all of the sinful things that come out of it...and his beautiful smile…and how good he can kiss…pretty much anything to do with his mouth is amazing.
8.) He’s a charmer ;-)
9.) Incredible brother and son
10.) Oh and he has a nice ass! ;-)
If only this scratched the surface of how blissfully fantastic this man is…but it doesn’t. He’s kind…generous…sweet…intelligent…charismatic…thoughtful…I could literally go on for days, Eli blew me away. Something I couldn’t get enough of was the love he has for his siblings and his mother. They are a very close family and it’s apparent with every interaction we see. Even through the tough, business-as-usual exterior, Eli has a huge heart and his capacity to love…and it took a beautiful redhead to show him that he was capable of loving.

‘“Say fuck, Kate, it’s okay.”
“I don’t swear,” she whispers. “I have enough Catholic guilt as it is.”
“Just this once. I won’t tell.” My lips are tickling hers as I talk, and I feel the shiver run through her. She licks her lips and swallows thickly, and I’ve never been so hard in my damn life. “Say it.”
“Fuck,” she whisper, and I crush my mouth to hers, kissing her with all the pent up frustration and need that I have inside me.’

Mary Katherine O’Shaughnessy…oh Kate didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she decided to come to New Orleans. As much as I love Kristen’s ability to create endlessly delicious BBF’s…I think I equally adore her heroines…and Kate’s a superb addition to that group. There is so much to love about Kate it’s ridic…the fact that she doesn’t cuss – it sounds silly, but trust me, it’s the cutest/funniest/most adorable thing on the planet. Her friendship with Savannah and Declan (Eli’s twin siblings)…she had a distinct and unique relationship with each twin and I loved both of them to bits. Her strength…her tenacity…her sass…her humor…I flat out could not get enough of her – she was greatness. The more I learned about her, the more I wanted to make her my bestie…she’s so down to earth and sweet…it’s blatantly obvious why Eli never stood a chance against her charms.

‘He laughs and cages me between his hands. “I don’t want to fuck this up before we really get started, Kate.”
“And then you say things like that that make me swoon and my panties all wet.”
“Are your panties wet, Kate?”
“My panties have been wet for a week, Eli.”
“Good.” He kisses me softly, ending it on a growl. “Please tell me you can get yourself to bed.”
���I can’t get myself to bed.” I grin and bat my eyelashes. “You might have to help me.”’

Oh the amazingness that is Eli and Kate…the bliss…the joy…I challenge anyone to not completely fall into all that makes them spectacular. I loved their connection from the start…the build…the sexual tension and electric chemistry…and good lord in heaven the passion. Eli and Kate are so hot…and I couldn’t help but enjoy every second. I don’t think Eli has an un-sexy bone in his body and both myself and Kate benefitted from this immensely. It’s primal and sensual and good-god-yes-more-please-thank-you! :-) But it wasn’t all about the sex…I promise! (that was just the icing on the cake!) I loved that he tried to get her to cuss and that she can’t get enough of his ass (I’m telling you…it’s a great ass!)…I loved all the little ways he showed her that he cared or was thinking about her…I loved their banter and playfulness…I loved how much he loved feeding her (trust me…it sounds strange but it’s amazing!). It’s interesting because they have this cute, fun friendship/friends with benefits thing…that is more relationship-y than either of them care to admit to but it works for them and what they have. Eli and Kate are just flat out easy…effortless…and I say that as the highest form of compliment…there’s no muss, no fuss just all goodness and all the feels that make me swoon.

“What are you thinking so hard about?” he asks quietly, his accent thicker, perfect for this lazy, easy moment.
“Now, that’s a lie,” he replies with a soft smile. “I can hear your wheels turning.”
“I was thinking about you.” I squeeze his hand a little tighter, and then bring it up to nuzzle it with my cheek. “And that I’ll miss you when I leave.”
He grows quiet for a moment, not responding at all, and then he surprises me.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment with you, Mary Katherine O’Shaughnessy,” he says, making me smile at the way he says my last name with his accent. “You are a special woman.”

So not only am I falling in love with Kate and Eli throughout Easy Love…I’m also falling in love with the rest of the Boudreaux clan…and seriously, I am so excited for each of these characters to get their own book…I pretty much need them right now. #NotKidding All the little details and hints that were dropped about each character…kind of giving clues as to the possibilities that lie within were like little gems that I wanted to cherish forever (hence my excitedness about the rest of the books in the series!)…but I’m getting ahead of myself…let’s talk about Eli’s brothers and sisters. There’s Beau, the eldest Boudreaux (Eli is the second oldest), the twins – Savannah and Declan, Charlotte (Charly) and Gabby. Each of the siblings have their own unique relationships and seeing them unfold…it’s an indescribable feeling of happiness. Maybe it’s because I’m an only child…maybe it’s because Kristen creates magic between these characters…maybe it’s because it feels so natural and fluid…for whatever reason I cannot help but adore watching this family interact. Seeing them support each other…pick on one another…go through the good, the bad and the ugly…it makes it all the more authentic and genuine.

“What are you saying?” I ask breathlessly.
“I’m saying,” he says and swallows hard, “that you mean the world to me. I’ve been looking for you my whole damn life. I’m uninterested in a life without you.”

The entire book is told from Kate and Eli’s POV…until the Epilogue. *dum dum dummmmm* The lovely surprise is that the Epilogue is told from Rhys O’Shaughnessy’s POV, Kate’s cousin – who is basically like her brother because they were raised together. And guess what that means?!?! His book, Easy Charm is next!!! Rhys is not a huge part of Easy Love but he has some very major contributions and given that he’s headed to New Orleans, I’m excited to see what experiencing the Boudreaux’s does to his life. ;-)

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957 reviews205 followers
September 2, 2019

2019 Re-read

How did I read this so wrong before?? Sure it was sweet but I really didn't like Eli and his playboy reputation, how he recalled all the lovely sexual things the women in his little black book did to him in the past. Ugh, what an ass. So yeah, he pretty much ruined this book for me.

Original review.

She’s the reason I’ve come alive.

Eli Boudreaux comes from a hardworking family, although he likes to take it to the extreme, working twenty hours a day, determined to make their family company the best it can be. He’s ruthless and cold in business and his personal life. When he finds out that someone from inside has been stealing from their business, he agrees immediately when his sister Savannah wants them to hire her best friend, Kate to find the thief. Because of his playboy reputation, he has to promise Savannah that he would leave Kate alone, and Eli can’t see that it would be a problem. Until he meets Kate and she turns him inside out.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is so excited to visit her dear friends Savannah and Declan Boudreaux, and helping their family finding a thief. Kate excels at slipping inside companies, blending and investigating every company member and finding the people responsible for embezzling. But she never expected the attraction she feels to Eli. She doesn’t want to get involved, especially not with someone connected to her best friend, but staying away and ignoring his sexy accent and charm is impossible.

Neither were looking for love, but it seemed to have found them. Will they admit their feelings or go their separate ways when it’s time for Kate to go home?

“No one has ever turned me inside out the way you do,” I say against her mouth, then tug her lower lip with my teeth. “You make me forget myself. You make me fucking crazy.”

I loved Kate and how loving and caring she was over her friends. She’s sassy and smart and so hilarious when she gets drunk. She’s also so brave and vulnerable after what happened to her with her ex-husband and it was so great seeing how Eli was with her, how he constantly told her how special he thought she was.

And that’s exactly what it is: I crave her. Her body, her thoughts, her smile.
All of her.
She’s made parts of me come alive that have been long dead, and I’m not sure if I can trust this yearning in my gut, yet I can’t stop it.

I adored Eli! This Cajun was so freaking sexy! I loved the way he was with Kate, how he couldn’t stay away from her and how she made him feel alive again. And how there was no one else for him once he met her. All he saw was her. *swoon*

“I fell into such an easy love with you, I didn’t even realize it was happening, until one day, it was everything.”
“You don’t do love,” I reply.
“I didn’t,” he agrees with a half-smile. “But you made the man who was incapable of love fall in love with you.”

The romance was perfect, no unnecessary angst just a whole lot of romance and heat. I loved the instant attraction between them, how neither could resist their powerful chemistry. And the sexy times were SO damn hot, especially that desk scene ;-D. And Eli’s dirty talk sure made things more scorching.

I always love reading series’ with a strong family base and I loved all six of the Boudreaux siblings, how they care about each other and are always there for each other. I really can’t wait to read the rest of the series. The New Orleans setting made this book even more fascinating and colorful.

I loved this author’s Love Under the Big Sky series and I’m so happy to have found another winner from her. I absolutely ADORED this book and it was an amazing first installment to a series I’m sure I’m going to love. A definite must read for all fans of romance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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227 reviews160 followers
March 9, 2015
I'm sorry, but I don't understand how it is possible for this book to have such a high rating. Writing may be ok but the storyline is under-average and totally overused. I mean - he's rich, she is working for him. He has a commitment issues (but naturally commits pretty quick to the heroine - like, on page 10) and she has a dark past. They meet, they start having hot sex, hero gets jealous from time to time and that is pretty much all the angst we get. Easy Love, indeed. No big drama 90 % of the story, then something happens which get resolved rather quickly and then there is this very anti-climactic ending lacking an ounce of originality or at least some tiny surprise.

I don't know what I expected from somebody who already wrote more than 10 books, but this book disappointed me pretty bad.

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Author 39 books1,172 followers
October 22, 2016

Oooh Eli! And Sebastian York's voice with his N'awlins accent, oh my! Panty dropping!
This was a fun read. I'm looking forward to more of these Bourdreaux!
June 7, 2016
Really good start to this series. I loved Eli and his Cajun accent. Great introduction to all of the characters. Sexy sweet romance. I definitely will be reading the rest.

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1,671 reviews304 followers
November 19, 2015
All time favorite for the year! (I'm gonna have trouble actually sitting down and coming up with a list because I've said this for at least 12 books already this year). I listened to this as an audiobook and couldn't be more glad I did so. I listen to them on my way to work and I cannot tell you the amount of time I started grinning like an idiot, laughing my butt off, or start talking to myself about the book. I seriously cannot process how much I LOVED this book! I'm hoping and praying the author writes each of the 6 Boudreau siblings! I loved this family to complete pieces - they are a picture perfect family in my mind. Living in the South, I love the comfort and love coming from everyone - especially this family. Having it set in Louisiana is a place I have been obsessed over. I love the culture and getting to live it through Eli and Kate's minds made me feel like I was there. This book was sooo well written that everytime I pressed play, I was immediately back in Louisiana, despite driving. Literally cannot form words without squealing and getting really excited! I'm beyond excited to meet Kristen Proby now that she will be at Austin Book Fest in March! Seriously, love this book to pieces!
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2,990 reviews689 followers
January 26, 2019
This book reminds me of bella andre books. But this one is much better. The characters are more alove and more in depth. I wish there is more epiloque. But leave it like that is also ok.

Kate is a sassy as hell. She is like a wild cat. I actually want to see more of her past trauma affecting her. Eli is gorgeous and handsome. A alpha male. The story is light and somehow enough to support development of the characters. The secondary characters also fun. Especially eli siblings. I love to see how they interact with each other and how much they love each other.

Overall, i enjoy this book.

4 stars
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871 reviews361 followers
October 14, 2019
2.5 not so easily loving ★★✬✩✩
This book is for you if… you do not tend to listen to recommendations of people who have some requirements for their reads in the Romance area. In this case, you can go ahead and be bored out of your mind.

This was mildly entertaining if I'm being very generous. I had a busy day running errands with public transport so I just spent the time travelling with this e-book. I didn't really like or dislike it enough to put the effort for a proper review in, though. The boring plot and the slow pace compete for last place together with the dull characters and the bland writing style.
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2,934 reviews958 followers
April 18, 2015
“I fell into such an easy love with you, I didn’t even realize it was happening until one day, it was everything.”

4 sweet and sexy stars.

As much as I enjoy a book that offers me something different, sometimes I love slipping into the familiar and just soaking up an easy read, and that is exactly what Kristen Proby offers. If you’re a fan of Kristen’s With Me in Seattle series, then you’ll know what to expect from this book – a fast paced, fun, sexy and romantic story that is mostly functional with minimal angst. For that reason, she is one of my go-to authors, and this book was exactly what I wanted, and I loved diving into this brand new series.

Eli Boudreaux is from a wealthy but hard-working family and at 30 years old, is the CEO of the family company. His work is his life, and when he discovers that one of his employees is stealing from the company, he brings in a professional to sniff the person out.

And so along comes Kate. Her job is to infiltrate an organisation to find subterfuge. And although she is a long time good friend of Eli’s younger sister and brother, twins Savannah and Declan, she and Eli have never met. She is a hard worker and a strong woman, but she has been hurt badly in the past. So even though sparks fly from the very first moment they lay eyes on each other, Kate is in town to do a job, and she is determined to do it without getting involved with the cold and ruthless playboy.

But their chemistry is crazy and as they start to spend time together, the sexual tension only increases. When neither of them can resist the other any longer, they agree to give into it, knowing that their time together will be limited to the 6 weeks that Kate is in town.

And so begins their intense and passionate love affair. Full of banter, sweet moments together and lots of dirty talk and hot, hot sex, Kate and Eli throw themselves into their pseudo-relationship.

“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.”

Yep, it’s hot and steamy in Louisiana, but it’s not too long before both Kate and Eli realise that what they have between them is something more than they ever expected, and I loved watching the man who had closed off his heart and never expected love, start to realise what he was feeling.

I want to be in her arms. I want to wrap my arms around her and pull her into me and lose myself in her.

She’s the reason I’ve come alive.

Told in dual POV, Eli and Kate’s story is sweet and sexy. They both have demons to overcome, and their coming together isn’t always easy, especially when family drama is thrown into the mix, but it is beautifully romantic

“All I can see, all I can think about, is you. I want you. You don’t just cross my mind once in a while you live in it.”


Set in New Orleans, the city and its culture play a part in the story, and I enjoyed that part of it, but with that one small exception, it has a very similar feel to it as the Seattle books. There is even a character (in this case, Eli) with a big family that are all involved in each others' lives. I loved getting to meet his family - he has two brothers and three sisters, each of them just screaming out for books of their own (I have two parings already figured out, teehee). The dynamics between the siblings are fantastic – loving, and incredibly supportive of each other while still teasing - and the scenes where the group are together are great (there is even the obligatory ‘girls’ night out’ scene).

There is a bit of a non-romantic storyline with Kate’s ongoing investigation, but it’s pretty easy to figure out, and by the time the ‘bad guy’ is revealed, I was too wrapped up in the love story to care much about it anyway.

This is a strong start to the Boudreaux series. I really enjoyed Eli and Kate’s story, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the whole family.

4 stars.
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873 reviews13 followers
August 29, 2015
3.5-Let's see... stars
a)I love the NOLA, excitingly called The Big Easy, as I remember it.
b)A hero with a New 'Auwlins accent- he's big--and easy to lust after? Sign me up!
c) I'm in for a temporary 2-hr-romance-fix full of night walks in the French quarter and sweet boutiques reminiscent of Creole sophistication and good ole Southern sass.

Okay, so I got an alright amount of those elements above; I got some plot & seedlings for subsequent plots. I even got a love story involving a cheeky female and a second son who feels the weight of his father's legacy.

There's secondary characters: brothers, sisters, in-laws, and friends. Additionally, there's the matriarch mom who is a symbol of home. Lastly, there's a bit of backstory for each of the main characters.

But the latter is where the story doesn't cinch my 5 stars.

They sizzle, a little. They banter, a little. And they deny, a lot.

It's like, do you know the love story when both the hero and heroine have some demons that they struggle with and each is in his or her own head about things? Well, they both did have demons and they both were in their own heads! The problem is I didn't "feel" it all the way. The dramatics with the couple were at a minimum, while secondary characters seemed more important at the more engaging times in the story.

This sometimes happens in the first book of an intended series. The author digresses with setting everything up--potential future plot angles & other characters that you know will have their own books--and it ends up taking away the momentum of the spotlight couple & the spotlight suspense, if that's even introduced at all, which it was, and was almost interesting. Bummer.

Still, this one was easy: easy with the handling of serious issues, like domestic violence(it could have gone darker or in more detail), yand easy with its ending. It never cooked up an exorbitant amount of steam, but it wasn't any slouch when exhibiting decent dialogue and chemistry between the main couple(and amongst other characters),
So in the end, I got my NOLA, but my reader senses didn't go to Mardi Gras. They did a cursory cruise down Bourbon street and got a small peek at the bayou. Bummer, again.
It is beneficial to remember that setting is also a character, and The Big Easy? Well, it kind of speaks for itself.
Yes, I know contemporary romance equals 50% chick lit, 40% recycled cookie cutter plots, and only 10% creativity. So, if this is the case, then you can take a chance on reading this book because its series has the potential to expand on the 10%.

Happy reading.

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401 reviews142 followers
March 8, 2015
My Review

It's official. I LOVE Kristen's family sagas

Easy Love is everything I have come to treasure about Kristen's books. I love her sweet, sassy, and sexy sagas, and Easy Love does not disappoint!

I loved Eli, he was just SO BOSSY that I started referring to him as Mr. Bossy Pants.


I wouldn't tell him no. I didn't mind his bossiness AT ALL. It was a turn on. Eli had me all 

Kate was a spitfire who may have been a bit intimidated by Eli at first, but after an afternoon of helping to settle her in, she quickly got over it and had no trouble putting him in his place when necessary. I found her aversion to cursing (she called it Catholic guilt) endearing and it make me giggle/smile watching Eli trying to coax a few naughty words out of her during sexy time. Neither Eli or Kate wanted a romantic relationship; they tried to keep their feelings out of the equation. I totally felt like I knew a secret knowing it was only a matter of time before they fell for the other :-). The New Orleans setting was fantastic; as someone who's never been, Kristen's details made it easy to picture the French Quarter and it's surrounding areas. In Easy Love we also get a little mystery. As we know, Kate is there to catch a thief in the company and I loved putting my Law & Order training to use as I read trying to figure out who it could be! I loved getting to know the rest of the Boudreaux siblings and can't wait for their stories. I'll admit, I did feel like I was cheating on my Montgomery's a bit, but I realize I have plenty of room to love all of Kristen's characters; past, present, and future. 

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Author 17 books150 followers
March 5, 2015
Série ideal para todas as leitoras apaixonadas por With me in Seattle. A fórmula é a mesma, mas o encanto é diferente.
Mais uma série com homens apaixonados e quase perfeitos. Não muda a vida mas são umas horas bem passadas.
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2,989 reviews869 followers
December 6, 2017
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

In Easy Love we have the starting story of the Boudreaux family, a mysterious Eli and Kate who come together to solve a mystery of thievery only to stumble across love instead....

Easy Love was a story that I was unsure if I would like it or not. But I have to say that the narrators of this story were brilliant. They both did such a fantastic job. Of course, we have Sebastian York as the male lead and Rachel Fulginiti as the female lead that we have here. I was really impressed, first off, with the accents. Especially in how Sebastian York shows the hero to be an authentic New Orleans raised man. We see some great culture that we are introduced to, a culture that, will make you want to book a flight to this diverse city and explore.

The story has two key players that you are bound to love:

Eli Boudreaux, our sexy billionaire hero, who took over the family company when his father passed and consumes himself with work.
Kate O’Shaughnessy, our lovely and strong heroine, is passionate about her work, driven and intelligent.


In Easy Love, we have a wonderfully written story that I couldn't help but become immersed in. This is also the first time I have been lucky enough to try out Kristen Proby and I have to say that I was impressed with how this story turned out. Even though it was a bit predictable at times, especially with the plot of the crime going on, what really had me cheering for this story here was the actual romance that develops between Eli and Kate. Eli's company is losing money, not a lot by Boudreaux standards, however, there are some important funds that they are short on, enough to raise an eyebrow. So Eli's sister and brother have a good friend from college, that is an expert at finding the culprit without suspicion. It's her job, so they bring on Kate to solve the riddle. She starts on as an assistant, and Eli is eager to show her around the city, and wanting to know about this "friend" of his siblings that is so highly regarded. Soon Eli starts to see why his family adores Kate because he is starting to feel "more" for her. But will Eli be brave enough to go after what he wants or let the only woman he loves go?

This was a fantastic romance and I was just cheering these two on. I loved seeing this strong alpha type personality of our hero, be swept away by strong and independent Kate. Their interactions were so heartwarming, and even though it does start as friends it grows into more very quickly. I liked that they aren't afraid of jumping into a relationship even though their time together is short. I especially enjoyed the changes in Eli and adjusting to being in a relationship and not letting work take too much control over his life.
"You're in love with her?"
"I love her so much I can't breathe."

I found the bantering between the siblings simply fascinating, they definitely love each other but they love to tease each other without mercy and boy that was fun to see. I especially had a fun time seeing their interactions with Kate and how this family will love and support each other no matter what. The mystery solving crime portion of the story was intriguing. Even though I was pretty sure who the culprit was the whole time, the characters don't see it so I definitely was engaged in this part of the book, seeing when they would actually figure out the truth. I honestly can't wait for more of this fun family that has me hooked!!

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