BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Taunting Callum by Kristen Proby

A Royal enemies to lovers story that will leave you breathless!

Taunting Callum by Kristen Proby is now live!

From New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes an all new stand-alone novel in her beloved Big Sky Series!

His Royal Highness Callum Wakefield lives a carefree, luxurious life. As the King of England’s youngest son, and thus not the heir apparent, he has more freedom and less royal responsibilities. He spends his days traveling the world, indulging in the extravagance afforded by his family name. But after years of hopping from one country to the next, the place that holds the most appeal is Cunningham Falls, Montana. And the only woman on his mind is a fiery redhead with an infectious laugh.

The one who hates him.

Aspen Calhoun is the new owner of Drips & Sips. It’s taken her many years to find a place to belong, and she’s perfectly happy living a quiet life. Or she would be, if a certain prince would stop coming to town.

Aspen and Callum shared one incredible night together two years ago before he returned to his opulent life, subsequently forgetting all about her. Ego bruised and pride wounded, Aspen doesn’t know why he’s back. And she doesn’t care. She refuses to fall for his charms again.

But Callum is determined to stay in Cunningham Falls and make it up to Aspen, no matter how long it takes. Because while she was out of sight, she was most certainly not out of mind.

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My Review

For two years, Prince Callum Wakefield has been taunted by his one night with Aspen Calhoun and not just because of their chemistry in bed because while they were definitely compatible in that respect, the way he left her after what they shared left Aspen hurt and adamant to keep Callum out of her life, no matter how hard he tries to work his way back in by returning to Cunningham Falls and staking a claim.

Callum had a lot to prove to and make up for when it comes to Aspen, and I’m glad that she put him through his paces. And what made Callum get back into my good graces but more importantly made great strides to show Aspen that she matters to him and that he’s willing to do what it takes for a second chance with her. There are plenty of swoon worthy moments as Callum puts his plan into action and the reason Aspen finds it difficult to not fall for his charming ways.

Aspen’s strength and her ability to overcome her past will resonate with readers and the fact that she understands her worth, refusing to allow Callum to simply walk right back into her life. But she also can acknowledge  when someone is deserving of a second chance and allows herself the happiness she deserves as well. 

Second chance romances are my favorite kind of stories and while Callum and Aspen’s first go around was nothing more than one night together, it was clear that there was more than sexual attraction and chemistry from the start, which is why they were always on each other’s mind, even with how much time they spent apart before Callum finally went all in for everything, which was everything they both deserved.

4.5 Poison Apples


“You’re not a dream, are you?”

His lips tip up in an arrogant smile. “Well, in what context are you referring?”

Why is his accent so damn sexy? I mean, he looks like that, and he sounds sexy, as well? Inconceivable.

“This is the most bizarre conversation I’ve ever had. And trust me when I say I’ve had some crazy encounters. What are you doing here?”

“I told you,” he says, setting the rag on the counter and walking around to me once more. “I want to take you to dinner. Or somewhere.

I’d like to get to know you better, Aspen.”

I lick my lips. He’s so close now, I can feel the heat of him. He would scramble the brains of any warm-blooded woman.

But I haven’t flirted with a man in years. And I certainly haven’t entertained the idea of dating one. Or, better yet, having sex with one. But with Callum standing mere feet away, that’s precisely what I’m thinking.

“You surprise me,” I admit in a soft voice.

“How’s that?”

“You cleaned those tables without batting an eye.”

“I’ve cleaned far worse, I can assure you.” I tilt my head, watching him. I can see his pulse in his neck.

“You’re a prince.”

He narrows his eyes and moves in closer, not touching me but certainly crowding. He smells like mint and sunshine.

“I’m just a man, Aspen.” His lips graze my cheek. “A man very taken with you, I might add.”

I swallow hard. Holy shit. My breathing comes harder, and an ache sets up shop in my very core.

I want him.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so attracted to a man before. Not even Greg. No one.

And if I ponder that for too long, the guilt will likely set in.

Instead, I turn my head and brush my nose over his jawline.

I want him to touch me. I want to feel things that have been missing from my life for years. Suddenly, I want it with this perfect stranger.

“Aspen,” he whispers.


“Tell me you don’t feel this.”

I swallow again. “I can’t.”

He growls as he plunges his hands into my hair and closes his lips over mine in the kiss of the century. His moves are smooth and sure.


That’s what Callum is: confident.

But before the kiss goes any further, he backs up and stares down at me with intense brown eyes. “I can’t do what I want to you here. All of bloody Montana could look through those windows, and I won’t have you caught in a scandal.”

“Office,” I reply immediately. With his hand in mine, I lead him through to the back of the café and my personal space there. It’s not fancy, but it’s private.

“Brilliant,” he says as he shuts the door behind him.

Meet Kristen

Kristen Proby has published more than forty 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 and Romancing Manhattan Series.

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

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