Release Day Review: The Beauty of Us ( Fusion #4) by Kristen Proby @InkSlingerPR

 

 

 

 

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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The Beauty of Us is everything that I have come to love about the Fusion series. The friendships, the romance and  who can forget the love.  It’s a sisterhood with out the titles and  rules. It’s refreshing and honest. It’s a bunch of women doing life together and not tearing each other apart.  You want these girls as your friends and wish you can be part of their circle. As they don’t keep secrets from each other about their lives and I love how that they are honest and real with each other .  It really shown when  Proby kicks off this book in Riley’s perspective as she takes us back to Seduction as if no time has passed. Lamenting on her  night and how love isn’t easy to find.  She wants something genuine and heartfelt but she seems to be finding the frogs only in Portland.  She in her element and doesn’t expect to find things changing any time soon . She got no time. Seductions is her baby like the others and she determined to keep it as the hottest thing in town and hopefully expanded on that and make it even bigger   .

Luckily for her ,the upcoming TV show is set ready to make Seductions the ‘it’ restaurant of the hour and Riley is keen for it. However she doesn’t except Trevor and his plans especially the ones about her. She got Mia to worry about and convince her the TV show is the best move for the restaurant. But Trevor,  there is  something about him, that Riley can’t stop thinking about. He may be the producer and should be keeping away after hearing her laments but Trevor sees something as well.  He knew what was in store for him filming wise when he pitched this show.  Though Riley in person , sets things off as he can’t help want to know this woman as there something beside the attraction and the honest frank views she express in that first meeting.

Like any good romance, the tone of the first meeting sets this book up . I loved that they were both frank and honest about things. As there was testing times for this couple despite being open about things. I like it was matter of fact that they didn’t see their differences or opinions as reason to shy away. They embraced things as they came and were willing to work together. Though I loved how they did the old time idea lets just be colleagues as it made their relationship just a little bit sweeter as they got to know each other first and build respect and friendship first. Instead of just falling in to the traps of chemistry and letting those thoughts overrule everything.  Proby  made sure to remain level with their story.  Making sure their story reflected the world we live in today so they stood out for all the right reasons in a world where so many things go wrong in friendship, romance and love .

This  instalment really took the cake.  If you thought you had seen it all. Well get ready to be put through the ringer. Proby really delivered with this novel and showed the other side of things. Whilst I wished there was slight more explored with a certain storyline . It easy to forgive as wasn’t hard to fall for these two  and their story. You know what expect to when you pick up a Proby novel and I enjoyed the latest Fusion novel.

 

 

 

 

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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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