ABOUT EASY MELODY:
Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.
And who better to help bring in crowds of people than Declan Boudreaux?
Declan is a sought-after musician who knows he’s good at what he does and loves doing it. Known to pack the house, he also loves women and doesn’t expect to be knocked back a step by the beautiful new owner of The Odyssey. Callie is sharp, gorgeous and funny, and makes him yearn for something he never has before… Commitment.
But when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms.
“I’m warning you now, some of it’s done, but most of it has a long way to go,” Declan says as he unlocks the door and leads me inside the enormous plantation-style home in the heart of the Garden District. I love this old neighborhood. When I was a teenager, I’d walk up and down the streets here, admiring the homes.
“Perfect,” I reply honestly. “I can’t wait to see it.”
We walk into a wide foyer with a double staircase on either side. The floors are dark walnut and polished.
He’s already redone the floors down here, and he’s done them perfectly.
“I sanded and varnished the floors myself,” he says proudly.
“Original?” I ask as I follow him through to a beautiful living area with a fireplace almost as tall as I am.
“Yes, or most of it. Some boards here and there had to be replaced, but I had them matched to the original.”
“This mantle is gorgeous,” I breathe, running my hand over the smooth marble.
“It’s original. I was shocked that it wasn’t cracked or broken.”
I nod and follow behind as he leads me into a library, turning on lights as we go. As with the other rooms, the ceilings are high and bookcases rise from floor to ceiling, all covered with white sheets.
“I haven’t done anything in here yet,” he admits.
“Are there books on those shelves?”
“Yes.” He turns to me and grins. “Also original.”
I gasp. “Are you kidding me?”
“No, the bookcases were full when I bought the place. It had stood empty for about ten years, the former owners had died, and no one wanted them, so they were left here.”
God, I want to get my hands on this place. I can picture the furniture, the molding, the rugs I’d place in here.
Next, he leads me through an empty formal living room with horrid, peeling wallpaper, to a brand new state of the art kitchen.
“You didn’t go crazy in here,” I sign in relief.
“No. I wanted all of the modern comforts, but I wanted it to blend with the style.”
I can’t help it. I grip his shirt in my fists and pull him in for a long, deep, thorough kiss. My lips explore every inch of his, biting, licking, and when I pull away, his eyes are glassy. He licks his lips, still tasting me on them I’m sure, and grins.
“What was that for?”
“This is all very sexy,” I reply truthfully.
“Wait till you see me in a tool belt, darlin’.”
I. Can’t. Even.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular 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. Visit her at KristenProby.com.