Romance Books

Book Review – Easy Charm by Kristen Proby (Boudreaux #2)

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?

3 1/2 out of 5  stars

Book 2 in the Boudreaux series is focused on Gabby, Eli’s sister and Rhys, Kate’s cousin/brother from book 1.  Rhys is a baseball player on the Cubs, and hurt his shoulder.  He’s out for the season, rehabbing his arm, and goes down to Louisiana to stay at Gabby’s inn.  It’s pretty much lust at first sight for both Rhys and Gabby.

Gabby doesn’t trust men – she’s a single mom and was discarded by the baby’s father upon telling him the news.  I liked Gabby from the beginning.  She was a tough lady.  She was fiercely loyal to her family, and a really good mom to her son.  Rhys was a cool dude – he was really good with Sam, and didn’t let Gabby wait on him and hand and foot.  He helped her, and I respected him for it.

The “misunderstanding” at the end of the book was pretty dumb and predictable, but I liked the story anyway.  Kristen Proby  is one of my favorite authors, and I’ll pretty much read anything she writes.  I recommend the book, but read the first one first.

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