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246 pages, Kindle Edition
First published February 18, 2015
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 scareyou a little,
she wouldn't be the one for you."
You made the man
fall in love with you .."
‘“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.’
‘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.”’
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
a)I love the NOLA, excitingly called The Big Easy, as I remember it.
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%.
I loved Eli, he was just SO BOSSY that I started referring to him as Mr. Bossy Pants.
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.