Excerpt: Listen to Me by Kristen Proby [Giveaway]

Listen to MeListen to Me
(Fusion, #1)
By: Kristen Proby
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Genre: Romance


Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy…exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.

Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.

Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?






A man walks onto the stage and sits on the stool, strums his guitar. The MC didn’t announce his name.The singer is wearing a black T-shirt and jeans. No shoes. A hat is pulled down his forehead, shadowing his face.

But I’d recognize those tattoos anywhere.

“Oh my God, I think that’s Jake Knox,” I whisper to Kat in disbelief.

“The tattoos,” she breathes and I roll my eyes. “God, I used to be in love with him. I had his posters on my walls when I was in high school.”

“Most did,” I reply and watch as his fingers play the strings on his guitar as if he’s making love to a woman. “God, he can play.”

“What’s he doing at an open-mic night?” Kat turns wide eyes to me. “Does he live here?”

I nod. “Yeah, I heard somewhere that he lives nearby. Maybe he needs an ego boost?”

But then he begins to sing a familiar Lifehouse song, and my chest tightens. I love this song. I love his voice. It’s raw and rich and just a little bit raspy. It’s pure sex.

“He’d be absolutely perfect.” Kat’s voice is a whisper. She probably didn’t mean to say it out

“I know we can’t afford him. He probably plays at celebrity weddings and shit.”

Jake glances up, showing his face and those amazing green eyes for the first time, and aims them right at me. He sings at least five lines, holding my gaze, then winks and lowers his head again.


“Speaking of egos,” I murmur. “That would be a hot mess.”

“A sexy-as-fuck hot mess,” Kat replies. “God, look at the way his muscles bunch as he plays.”

Trust me, I noticed. You’d have to be blind with an IQ of minus 20 to not notice the way Jake Knox moves. He makes everything in me come awake. Which makes sense because he’s probably been trained to do that. He has to sell music, after all.







KPKristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have 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 spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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11 Thoughts on “Excerpt: Listen to Me by Kristen Proby [Giveaway]

  1. lol the excerpt has me intrigued. 😀 Thank ya!

  2. Music, food, and romance! Lethal combo, I’m already hungry

  3. erinf1 on 4 April, 2016 at 8:27 pm said:

    uuuummmm… don’t really have one… but I’m gonna go with Fight Song, that one that’s being played on all the commercials about strong women! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Glenda on 4 April, 2016 at 8:47 pm said:

    Sounds great!

  5. Mick Murphy on 4 April, 2016 at 8:49 pm said:

    My song is Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.

  6. Mick Murphy on 4 April, 2016 at 8:50 pm said:

    Oh and I cannot wait to read this book! I’m a huge Kristen Proby fan!!

  7. Nice excerpt! I love when the story involves musicians/bands. A lot.

  8. Jeanna Massman on 5 April, 2016 at 1:53 am said:

    My song is I’ve got Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks. No special reason. I’ve just always liked it and it seems to come on the radio at times when I need cheering up!

  9. Nikolina on 11 April, 2016 at 2:51 am said:

    My song is Dust in the wind….

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