From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Proby, comes a steamy and passionate friends-to-lovers romance—EASY NIGHTS!
The sixth standalone title in the Boudreaux Series, Savannah and Ben’s highly anticipated story is now available on all retailers!
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About EASY NIGHTS (Boudreaux Series #6)
The Boudreaux Series—Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.
No one said change was easy…
Savannah Boudreaux knows what it is to hurt. To bleed. To be afraid that the man she’s promised to be true to until “death do us part” might in fact separate them far sooner than anyone had ever anticipated. But Van also knows what it is to survive. To move on. To live life to the fullest. With five brothers and sisters and a loving mother as her constant source of strength during the pain and the healing, Van realizes there is little else she needs.
But some things never change…
Benjamin Preston sat on the sidelines of the Boudreaux family for years, in love with a woman he couldn’t have. As the best friend of the Boudreaux brothers since childhood, Ben has seen both tragedies and joys in the family. And as a former MMA fighter and KravMaga expert, Ben’s used to fighting for what he wants—and winning. His hands were tied when Savannah married her high school sweetheart not long after graduation, but now two years have passed since Ben found Savannah broken in her own home.
Sometimes what you need most has been right in front of you the whole time…
Van’s convinced that happiness isn’t in the cards for her, no matter how right it feels to be in Ben’s strong arms—and his bed. Ben is determined to win her heart and fight for her trust. He’s promised to protect her, to be her friend. But more than anything, he wants to finally make her his, and this is one fight he’s not willing to lose.
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“Still I Rise”
This phrase has been Savannah Boudreaux’s silent battle cry since readers met her and gained insight into her married life as well as what happened to her once her marriage was over as her siblings’ stories were told. But, in Easy Nights, it’s Van’s turn to illustrate just how poignant that saying is as readers learn, firsthand, how one fateful night categorically changed her in a multitude of ways and what she’s done in the last two years to attempt to regain the control her ex stole from her with every cutting word and every open fist.
Kristen Proby does an amazing job in showing readers Savannah’s inner strength and the steps she’s taken to reclaim her life, making each and every decision for it. Van still may be a work-in-progress, but she’s building herself back up through her Krav Maga training, through her family’s commitment to have her back, and through the kindness and protective nature of Ben Harper – the man who has always held Van’s heart, even when neither of them were willing to admit it. Ben’s consistent praise and his ability to make Van feel beautiful and loved allows her to continue to regain her self-confidence and no longer be the scared and battered woman she’s been for far too long.
Ben is definitely Van’s loyal knight, albeit the tattooed and pierced variety;) It has always been her for him, even when she was deemed off-limits due to Ben’s friendship with her brothers and their families’ connection. But after everything they’ve both been through and the fact that Van trusts Ben and he’s proven time and time again that he has her back regardless of the situation, with the blessing of the Boudreaux brothers, Van and Ben give into their feelings for each other and realize just how good they are together between the sheets and outside of them and how easily Ben’s love for her can slay her most aggressive demons and darkest fears.
I have to admit that there’s a plot line in Easy Nights that, at first, I didn’t understand why it had to be a factor…I thought it would be too repetitive and make Van vulnerable again to everything that occurred before…but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that how Van handled this particular situation was the proof she needed for herself in order to believe that she’s moved past everything she endured with Lance and that she has truly become the badass she is. And by taking back her power, Van illustrated just how much a survivor she is and just how easy it was to remain standing, rising above the darkness, when it came back to bring her down.
I’m so sad to see this series end; I adored ALL of the stories and reveled in the way that Kristen Proby made New Orleans a character in its own right in each of the stories. The series as a whole was magical in the sense that the environment had a hand in bringing the couples together and a certain friendly apparition guided his children in all of their choices, ensuring that they acquired all their hearts’ desire because even without him by their side, they’ve achieved so much in a business sense and now deserve to receive everything they want in their personal lives.
The Boudreaux family will stay with me even though it’s time to say goodbye.
4.5 Poison Apples
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We turn a corner and there it is, my favorite tree. It’s at least four hundred years old, with branches so big and heavy that they rest on the ground.
And under it is a portable swing with a red blanket spread in front of it.
He smiles down at me and leads me to the swing. I sit and kick my flip flops off, and Ben sets the basket in the middle of the blanket and joins me on the swing.
“This is lovely.”
“It’s a good day for it,” he says and rests his arm on the back of the swing, behind my shoulders. His fingertips brush the bare skin on my shoulder. I scoot closer to him and rest my head on his shoulder.
“We spent countless summers out here,” he says quietly, as if speaking too loud will disrupt the perfect spring day.
“And as a teenager, I would see you sitting out here, under this tree, with a book. Your knees pulled up to your chest, and your bare feet dirty as can be. You took my breath away even then.”
I glance up at him in surprise.
“I can’t tell you how often I’d watch you—not in a creepy way, I might add—I’d watch you reading and enjoying this tree, and I wanted so badly to sit with you and kiss you senseless.”
“I didn’t know that.”
“Of course you didn’t,” he says with a gentle smile. “But now you do.”
He nudges my chin up with his fingers and lowers his lips to mine, covering them softly. I cup his face in my hand and let myself simply soak in the moment, in my favorite place, with this man.
He slowly takes the kiss from sweet to hot, and to my delight, drags his hand from my hip to my breast, his thumb dancing over my already tight nipple.
Good God, he’s like a drug that I’ll never get tired of.
After what seems like an hour, he pulls back and rests his forehead against mine.
“I have been waiting for that for a very long time,” he whispers.
“I think this was probably way better than anything you might have done as a teenager.”
He chuckles. “Ture. So, it’s a win-win.”
I let my fingertips glide down his cheeks to his neck.
“I want you,” he says and closes his eyes tightly. “I don’t say that to rush you into anything, and this isn’t the time or place anyway, but I need you to know that I want you.”
I cover his lips with mine, watching his eyes. “I want you too, Ben.”
He inhales and kisses me again, moving straight into hot as fuck.
Finally, he pulls back, clears his throat, and smiles at me.
“Are you hungry?”
I laugh and push my hair off my face. “So hungry.”
“I think Gabby made fried chicken.”
“That sounds good too.”
About Kristen Proby
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.