The sizzling Boudreaux series by bestselling author Kristen Proby continues with today’s exciting release of Easy Charm! This second installment in the series is Gabby and Rhys’ story, which packs swoon, sexiness and heart. I’m honored to share a never-before-seen excerpt below, plus a 24-hour flash giveaway!
Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a Bed and Breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy and her family. She meets new people every day, and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she’s also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone. Until Rhys O’Shaughnessy walks through her door, brooding and wounded and the sexiest thing she’s ever laid eyes on.
Rhys has been at the top of his game as a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs for more than ten years. Baseball is in his blood. But when he tears his rotator cuff and has to sit a season out, he retreats to Inn Boudreaux at the recommendation of his cousin, Kate, to heal and work toward building his shoulder back to perfect shape with only one goal in mind: to return to the game he loves. But he didn’t plan on being utterly charmed by a devastatingly beautiful woman and her baseball-loving son.
When Rhys’ shoulder has healed and he’s given the chance to return to his team, will he leave the family he’s come to love behind, or will he stay with Gabby and Sam?
I wander into the kitchen and place a slice of the leftover peach pie on a plate and carry it out to the front porch, once again taking my favorite seat. I leave the lights off, comfortable in the dark of the bayou, and watch the lightning bugs as they flit through the trees.
“I thought I heard you come out here,” Rhys says as he steps outside, holding two wine glasses.
“I’m sorry, I thought everyone had gone up. Did you need anything?”
He’s shaking his head before I can stand up. “No, I’m fine. Thought you could use a glass of this.”
He passes me a cold glass of my favorite wine. “How did you know I like this one?”
“Because it’s in your fridge, and not in the one available for guests.”
“And yet you got in it.” I raise a brow and take a sip. The sweet wine complements the pie well.
Rhys simply shrugs and sips his own wine. “That pie is awesome.”
“Yeah, I was following my heart and it led me to the fridge.”
He laughs and I have to grip firmly onto my fork as chills run up my arm.
This man is potent. Sexy.
So damn sexy.
I finish my pie and set the plate on the ground, then settle back with my wine as Rhys leans his hips on the railing, facing me. I can barely see his face in the dark.
“What do you think of Louisiana so far?” I ask.
“It’s beautiful. Hot.”
“It is hot,” I agree.
“This porch is nice and cool.”
“It’s the trees.”
“May I?” he asks and points at the swing next to me.
“What do you mean, it’s the trees?” he asks and leans his arm across the back, much like Beau did this afternoon. I’m acutely aware of Rhys’s fingertips brushing my shoulder and sending zings down through my nipples.
“The trees were planted hundreds of years ago, before the house was even a thought,” I reply, trying to maintain my professionalism. I can repeat this speech all day.
And often do.
“It’s not clear if they were planted with the plan of a home being here at the end of them, but what we do know is that they form a wind tunnel. The Mississippi is right over that levy.” I point straight ahead. “The wind flows right through these massive trees, and onto the property, providing the world’s first air conditioning.
“So, my ancestors would open the doors and windows, and let the cool air through. But thankfully, we’ve since added the electric AC.” I glance over at Rhys, able to see his face now, and feel the smile leave my face at the sight of his deep green eyes watching me.
“You’re so damn beautiful, Gabby.”
I frown and glance down but murmur, “Thank you.”
“You don’t believe me?”
“I’m not an idiot,” I reply and turn my gaze back to him. “I come from beautiful people. Strong people.”
He nods. “You’re certainly that too. This place is impressive.”
That makes me grin. “Thank you.”
Each can be read as a standalone.
About Kristen Proby
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have 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 spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.
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