Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blush For Me

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby continues to delight the senses with the latest novel in her delectable Fusion series.

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland's hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn't afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she's forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.

Ryan "Mac" MacKenzie hasn't been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn't think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he's got a handle on what life can throw at him and he's not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can't forget.

Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

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“You look like you’re feeling better.”

Mac. That’s Mac’s voice in my ear. A shiver runs through me as I turn around and look up, way up, into his green eyes.

“I am,” I reply and take a sip of my wine. Was he that good looking on the plane? “I didn’t realize you were attending this conference.”

“You had other things on your mind earlier,” he says smoothly and motions for the bartender. “I’ll have what she’s having, and another for her as well.”

“What if you don’t like pinot?” I ask and tilt my head to the side.

“I like it all,” he says with a wink.

Oh my.

“Do you know many people here?” he asks, nodding toward Sally who has moved on to chat with another group of people.

“A few. I’ve not met most of them in person, unless they were up in Washington or Oregon. How about you?”

“Same,” he says with a grin. “This is my first conference down in Napa Valley. And it’s off to a great start.”

“Right.” I laugh and shake my head. “Dealing with a crazy chick on the plane is exactly the best way to start your trip.”

“It is,” he says and looks me dead in the eye. “She wasn’t that crazy. She was scared. There’s a difference.”

“Well, she’s fine now.”

“I’m glad.” His lips tip up into a smile and my stomach clenches. He has a dimple in his left cheek.

I want to lick it.

I take a sip of my fresh glass of wine and smirk to myself. Perhaps Mac fits the sexcation bill.

“What just went through that gorgeous head of yours?”

“I’m not drunk enough to tell you yet,” I reply honestly. Mac’s eyes widen briefly, and then he simply smiles at me.

“There’s a lot of wine in this place.”

“Thank God for that.”

A few hours later, after chatting with many people, new and those I already know, including Mac, he escorts me up to my room.


But when we reach my door, he leans in and kisses my cheek. Just the cheek. I frown up at him.

“This is supposed to be a sexcation, not a fucking dating game.” It’s a grumble, but I’m shocked to hear it actually leave my lips, rather than stay in my head where it’s supposed to be.

“A what?” Mac asks.

“Nothing.” I shake my head and pull my key card out of my handbag. “Good night.”


“Yeah.” I look back at him and sigh a little at the sexy dimple in his cheek and the way his shirt pulls against his shoulders as he leans on the doorframe.

“I’ll see you in the morning.”

“It’s already morning,” I remind him.

“It won’t be too long, then.”

Reading this series is like sitting down with a group of friends and chatting for hours. These characters become so real for me and Kristen Proby manages to weave her readers into this series and make them a part of it. I can't honestly say how or why this happens, I just know that when I pick up one of her books I'm prepared to be taken away to another place and experience the characters stories along with them. 

Blush for Me follows Kat and Mac, two wine connoisseur who first met on a flight to a conference. Mac helped the terrified Kat get through the few hours spent on the plane and then watched her runaway once they landed. He couldn't get her out of his head though and was shocked to find her attending the same conference he was at. Not letting the opportunity get away from him he pursues her and the two spend the weekend fulfilling Kat's promise to her friends to have a sexcation. When the weekend was over they went their separate ways and Kat never thought she'd see Mac again...until he walks into her bar and lets it known that he wants more from her than a weekend. 

"You're stuck with me."

I'm in love with all of these characters in the series but I honestly think Mac has earned himself the number one spot. He was so ridiculously sexy with Kat, and he was the man that we all wish we had. Attentive, giving, understand, and hot as hell. Girls, he gave Kat access to his roof view so she could sit out there with her Kindle and read! Swooned so hard right there. There were so many times that I was doing nothing but happy sighing and re-reading little parts because Mac was being so friggin' sexy and I think anyone else that reads this book will be doing the same. 

Overall, this book was the perfect story for when I was looking for a sweet, low-angst, kind of story. Kat and Mac had an amazing connection, and I liked seeing the chemistry that was between them. This is a definite recommend from me. 

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.

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