Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Performance (Rachel): ★★★★★
Performance (Sebastian): ★★★★★
Narrator: Sebastian York and Rachel Fulginiti
Audiobook Length: 7hr 44m
Release Date: 05-26-2015
Reading Time: 7 minutes
Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him, and Eli's family is solid. But he's recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him, and he's determined to find out who.
Kate O'Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization, from the CEO down to the custodial staff, to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She's excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She's smart, she's quick witted, and she's now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux.
The attraction is immediate, and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli's playboy past, and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn't a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat. Eli's Southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she's coming to know intimately. He's generous and protective, and he makes her smile.
Cracking through Kate's cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can't resist, but her sweet nature, love of family, and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has. But when the person responsible for trying to singlehandedly dismantle Eli's empire comes to light, and it's time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he's fallen in love with by his side?
First Line: "'Hello?' I ask breathlessly, as the cab I'm in whizzes down the interstate, heading directly for the heart of New Orleans."
Narrator Review, Rachel Fulginiti:
This audiobook is where I fell in love with Rachel Fulginiti's voice. She has a beautiful modular component to her narrations; the precise way she identifies characters, the inflections... staaahp. Rachel is impeccable.
Easy Love showcases Rachel's unparalleled cadence. Her phrasing is second to none, and I absolutely love the timbre of her voice. Her tonality is clear, yet there's this reverberating undercurrent that continually lures me into audiobook heaven. 😇 Narrators that seem to have a vibrato when they speak are inhuman. Rachel is impeccable... AND inhuman.
Don't be fooled by this sweet voice. Rachel has the capability of plastering masonry bricks on your heart. Gah. I feel my heart squishing already. Let go of my heart, WOMAN!
When it comes to romance. Rachel can do it all. 'Nuf said.
Listen and envy, my friends...
Narrator Review, Sebastian York:
Sebastian York's voice is up to no good. I'm convinced he wakes up in the morning, showers while fully dressed in a tuxedo because he's a BALLER, and drinks whiskey to stay hydrated. How else can a man get a voice this smooth and polished? If you've had the pleasure of listening to Sebastian narrate, there ain't no pressin' pause.
Easy Love encompasses my favorite aspects of Sebastian's voice: deep, resonating, pure. If I were to graph Sebastian York's voice, it would be an exponential curve approaching the asymptote of perfection. Let's not even talk about the prosodic aspects of his voice: intonation ✔, timing ✔... is there a perfect way to pronounce swear words?? Yes. ✔
Sebastian's voice is like this taunting oscillation of deep, vibrating, resonance. Whether the undulations in his tone are intentional or not, they're genius.
Let's be honest: Sebastian York showers in a tuxedo. It's the only explanation.
Stranger Danger 101: If there's a man on the side of the road offering you beignets. Take them. Eat the soft little doughy preciouses and think back to this moment. You're welcome.
BUT (and there's always a but) you'll only find such a gentleman fiend in New Orleans. 😏
Easy Love is poetic, captivating, and totally saucy. In this first book of the Boudreaux Series, Kristen Proby presents us with a flawless depiction of New Orleans; the French Quarter, jewelry stores, voodoo shops. She brings us all the sweet juju from the south. Sigh. I can smell the cobblestone streets now.
But don't get too comfortable, because Kristen Proby will bring up your spirits and dump your heart faster than Eli Boudreaux can say, "Eat this beignet."
Speaking of dumping hearts, Eli Boudreaux is a man-slut.
Not having the same date twice doesn't make me a whore.
We are first introduced to this devil fiend while his sister, Savannah, is lecturing him -- again -- about how he works too much. She is also telling him that someone is stealing money from Bayou Enterprises.
Whip out the guns! Bring in the MOB! (LOLZ) I'm kidding. There's no mob here. Instead, they bring in Savannah's friend Kate O'Shaughnessy.
Kate is recently divorced from a bastard of a man. There's only so much abuse a woman can take, ya know?! With an MBA and a background in corporate espionage, she treks to the godawful heat of New Orleans to help Savannah figure out who's stealing money from the Boudreaux family's company.
What she isn't expecting is Eli and his... ermm... lasciviousness.
Trust me, we're about the get as unprofessional as possible.
Huh-what-a-what? Good thing Kate won't be in town for long; she can't resist this hunk-o-MAN! Girl is all shook up like Elvis in church.
So who is stealing money from the Boudreauxs? Is it someone in the family? Mayhap Mr. Rudolph who's daughter is ill? Perchance it's someone from the outside trying to sabotage Bayou Enterprises?
Well, Kate has to find out... and she isn't doing a very good job with Mr. Stranger-Danger-Man-Slut seducing her.
All I can see, all I can think about, is you. I want you. You don't just cross my mind once in a while, you live in it.
Ok. Don't tell me the unlovable man has fallen in love with this woman! Eli, you have terrible timing. What is Eli going to do when Kate goes back home? Because she does. It's inevitable. She can't say in New Orleans forever.
It would be best if Eli leaves Kate alone so she can DO HER JOB. Oh wait, he's her boss. 🤔 I guess Kate has to do what ever Eli wants... except with Eli, work always comes first. Girlfriend is in for a rude awakening when she realizes her actual placement on Eli's totem pole.
Easy love? Au contraire. This is a difficult love full of conflict. Swoon. Sigh. Easy Love will surly encapsulate your heart within this addicting cycle of anguish and resolution. We start off with a damaged girl and a man who can't find it in himself to love. As Eli begins to succumb to his emotions, Kate concurrently allows herself to feel again. Both must break down their walls, but (here's that but again) work gets in the way. The two must make a choice: fulfil their obligations, or make sacrifices in order to be together?
At the rate these two are going, there doesn't seem to be any pathway that doesn't lead to hurt.
Leave it to Kristen Proby to play sous-chef and cheese grate our hearts into a sloppy mess. Easy Love is the crème de la crème of steamy romance. TAKE. THE. BEIGNET.