RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: REVIEW, EXCERPT, AND GIVEAWAY: The Beauty of Us by Kristen Proby

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a sexy, new standalone contemporary romance in her Fusion Series, THE BEAUTY OF US, out now!

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About THE BEAUTY OF US

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.

Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

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Review

Every time I re-enter the doors of Seduction, I anxiously anticipate the camaraderie that I’ve come to expect from the restaurant’s five owners. Their friendship is always at the forefront of each story, illustrating just how instrumental Riley, Addie, Cami, Kat, and Mia are, not just in running Seduction, but also in ensuring that none of them ever have to face anything alone, especially when it comes to the opposite sex.

In book four of the Fusion series, The Beauty of Us, Riley’s online dating woes leave her searching for the elusive good guy – someone like Addie, Cami, and Kat have found in their significant others, and while Riley has a front row seat to all the swoonworthy romance that her three best friends receive on a regular basis, she has yet to find a guy who she really gels with or one who wants something more than a one-night stand.

But Riley’s luck seems to be changing after Trevor Cooper, the executive producer for Seduction’s reality tv special, makes it his mission to prove that not all guys are assholes, and in doing so, she might just find the one meant just for her…as long as she and Trevor can work around their busy schedules and the fact Riley lives in Portland while Trevor leaves in LA.

Of the five ladies of Seduction, Riley seems to be one of the more traditional ones when it comes to the kind of guy and relationship she wants. She’s definitely an independent woman who doesn’t need a man to live a full life but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t want to share her life with someone who makes her feel special and loved. Riley’s track record with guys, though, makes her feel like she’ll never have what her friends have, so she focuses on her job and reconsiders her online dating options.

It’s easy to see why Riley’s attracted to Trevor right from the start. He’s a fantastic book boyfriend because he’s a down-to-earth kind of guy – a gamer and a bit of a geek who isn’t afraid to share his knowledge of Star Wars and his love of gaming with anyone who’ll listen. Trevor never pretends to be someone he’s not and even though a bit of drama comes Riley’s way when she begins seeing Trevor, it’s clear that he’s not the issue nor will he allow that baggage to interfere with what he’s building with Riley despite its attempt to do just that.

The Beauty of Us is a sweet and steamy read – one that proves that not all guys are assholes, not only because Trevor isn’t one but also because Addie, Cami, and Kat have all found men who are everything these amazing women want and deserve.

I adore the Fusion series, and while I’ll be sad to see it end, I CANNOT wait for Mia’s story…with the tease that Kristen Proby leaves readers with at the end of The Beauty of Us, it seems that Mia hasn’t been completely forthcoming about her past and now that it seems to be reappearing in her present, I’m eager to see how Mia and her girls handle what’s to come both in their private and professional lives.

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

“There seems to be an explosion in the jackass population,” I reply, and sigh, passing my glass to Kat for a refill.

“Where are you meeting them?” he asks, and I bite my lip.

“I don’t want to tell you.”

“Online,” he says with a nod.

“I didn’t say that!”

“Didn’t have to. If you met him at the gym or the grocery store, or somewhere else in person, you wouldn’t be embarrassed.”

“I’m not embarrassed.”

“Yes, you are. Otherwise, you wouldn’t mind telling me.”

“Fine.” I sigh and rub my forehead with my fingers. “I met them online.”

“Stop that,” he says.

“I don’t know where else I’d meet people,” I reply. “I’m at work at least fifty hours a week. I don’t do school or clubs or church, and I rarely go to the grocery store because I always eat here.”

“I could stop feeding you,” Mia interjects and I toss her a glare.

“I’m just saying, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

“I don’t understand any of the words you just said.” I squint at him, trying to process.

“Switch it up,” he says with a grin. “Try to meet people somewhere else. I mean, you didn’t meet me online, and I’m not an asshole.”

“Sure, you’re cute, and you look like you have your shit together, but I suspect that once I got to know you I’d learn that you have mommy issues and fourteen dogs.”

“You might,” he says with a thoughtful nod. “I do hide those things well. All I’m saying is, stop using the dating sites and try meeting people in real life.”

“Yeah. Easy for you to say.” I pout into my wineglass. “Do I need to send you some money for this counseling session?”

“Nah, the first one’s on me,” he says, tossing that crazy-hot smile at me again. “Just don’t combine Star Wars and Star Trek anymore and that’s payment enough for me.”

He pulls a few bills out of his wallet and tosses them on the bar, then stands to leave.

“Have a good night, and good luck,” he says.

“Thanks.” Just as he’s almost out of view, I call out. “Wait! I didn’t ask your name.”

“Trevor,” he says, and my stomach immediately does at least four cartwheels. “Trevor Cooper.”

“You’re early,” is all I can think to say. My cheeks burning, my fingertips immediately tremble. “You’re not supposed to be here for two more days.”

“I like to come early. Get the lay of the land, that sort of thing.” He smiles and waves. “See you in a couple of days.”

He walks away, and as soon as I hear the front door close, I turn to my friends and just stare at them in utter horror.

“Tell me that didn’t just happen.”

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About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty 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, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

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

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