Review: Listen to Me by Kristen Proby

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

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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?


My thoughts…

Addison is one of five owners at Seduction. Since they opened six months ago, their restaurant has been gaining in popularity. To help bring in even more customers they decide to hire a musician to come and play on the weekends. They had no idea that a former rock god would walk into their front door looking for a job. He’s set his sights on Addison and isn’t pulling any punches, but she’s been burned one too many times by musicians and she’s not about to go down that road again.

I was really excited to read Listen to Me. It has everything that I love in a good romance. It’s got a successful woman, humor, a celebrity, and of course romance. However, this story just lacked depth. You read about all these people but they were just background noise. I could never remember her friends/co-owners names or who they were. Plus, I found the romance to be really cheesy. I mean, Jake walks into Seduction to apply for a job and once he’s given a date for an audition he immediately starts hitting on Addison. There were even moments where he told one of her friends that she had really beautiful hair and the internal dialogue goes on to say how he wasn’t hitting on her, he’s just nice to everyone. What?! It’s not that Jake was a sleeze-ball or anything but the characters just lacked so much depth and development that everything, even the voice for the whole book was pretty monotone.

I really thought I’ve love this one but it just wasn’t for me in the end.


Favorite quote…

“Don’t ever let me go to yoga again. They make you fold yourself into poses that just aren’t natural. I’m pretty sure I strained an eyebrow.”


6 Thoughts on “Review: Listen to Me by Kristen Proby

  1. *nods* I need more character depth in books as well. lol @ strained an eyebrow quote 😛

    • The moment I saw that in the book I just KNEW it was my quote. Mainly because I don’t understand yoga and how it’s supposed to be soothing. I end up flailing around the whole time, laughing at myself, and in the end either feel like I accomplished nothing or injured myself somehow. LoL I was just glad to know that I’m not alone in my dislike for yoga. 😀

  2. Thanks for saving me from this! I can’t do stories with no depth. I probably would have dnf’d it.

  3. This isn’t for me period. LOL
    Now I know you enjoy this trope and genre, sorry this didn’t quite meeet the standards 🙁

  4. Aw that’s too bad. I’d heard some good things about it :/ Bummer when it just doesn’t work for ya.

  5. Such a shame this one could never stand out the way you wanted it to. It sounds like it had a lot of promise but that it didn’t follow through because it failed to focus on certain characters and truly breathe life to them. Sorry for that 🙁

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