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Come Away with Me | [Kristen Proby]

Come Away with Me

Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.
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Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.

Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?

©2012 Kristen Proby (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jordy United States 12-26-13
    Jordy United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "recommended for all you erotic romanceaholics!"

    Looking for a steamy, no angst, pure swoon-fest?? Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby was a very sweet love story. The first in the With Me in Seattle series. The flow, the writing style, the feel of the story, the characters, everything just instantly hooked me.The perfect blend of sweet, angst-free romance and super hot sex. The story starts off when Natalie first encounters Luke while she is taking pictures one morning on the beach. Luke approaches her and demands that he give him her camera. The thing is, Natalie is unsure why this handsome stranger is enraged with her. Frankly, she thinks she is being mugged. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, Luke realizes that Natalie has no idea that he is a famous actor (or was one) and she really was taking pictures of the scenery. Needless to say, the man becomes intrigued. So ensues the beginnings of their sweet romance. Luke loves the fact that Natalie is not with him due to his fame and fast becomes smitten with this beautiful sassy woman. Natalie also falls fast and hard for the charming and utterly gorgeous man who has her heart beating faster. This book has no external drama or bad guy. No cheating, major stupidity, long separations or anything will make you threaten bodily harm. Its solely focused on the romance between Luke and Natalie! Their story is incredibly steamy and this is an erotic romance that has a lot of sex scenes. So, what made it 4 stars instead of 5? A few times I wanted to roll my eyes because of how unrealistic some parts were but this is fictional romance so I have no right to complain. I felt their relationship progressed super sonic fast. And lastly, and this might sound weird, but some parts of the story just felt a little ‘too’ perfect at times. Too many endearments, too many 'perfect' scenes. However, this book was still a gem! The characters were fantastic! I feel like the author put a lot of time into writing the perfect details, details that you actually want to know, not boring ones. I'm really looking forward to the other books in the series! If you love steamy romance without excess drama, then definitely add this book. Can't wait to enjoy the next book, Fight With Me!

    45 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    cmsande 05-18-14
    cmsande 05-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "3 out of 5 cheesetastic stars, baby"

    Narrator Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Jennifer Mack was very good. She added to the story and made it more tolerable. She's high on my favorite narrators list!
    Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cheesetastic stars, baby (It’s not great but not so terrible I couldn't finish it.)
    No tension, lots of sex, stupid drama and everyone is beautifully jealous. Enjoy!
    If you're looking for a light romance novel with lots (and I do mean lots) of sex with zero buildup of sexual tension, you happen to love beautiful people who whisper sexily, jealous assholes, you don't have an issue with over usage of endearments and forced conflict then this is the book for you. Otherwise don't waste your time or your money!

    Maybe I'm cynical from all the rip your heart out and stomp it into the ground books I've been reading lately but this book was super tacky to me. 'Baby' 'honey' 'beautiful' are the main endearments set on auto repeat throughout this book. Then there was the whispering. I absolutely did not like being persistently reminded how much she adored Luke's whispering! Did I mention Luke is beautiful, Natalie has a beautiful body (even though she has horrible body image) and everyone is beautiful, baby! Ugh!

    "“I've fallen in love with a beautiful, sexy, sweet, jealous control freak.
    Shit.”
    ― Kristen Proby, Come Away with Me"

    Luke was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of jealous assholes. He automatically assumed the worst of every situation! If you are freaking out about your boyfriends reaction to finding out that you met with a single male client in a public place then dump him immediately!! He was too sweet then in your face jealous. It seemed like an issue the author forced to create drama, angst and/or conflict.

    "“I want to kiss him for caring enough to be jealous, and smack the shit out of him for being so jealous he’s almost blind with it.”
    ― Kristen Proby, Come Away with Me"

    Natalie's character wasn't terrible but she seemed a little childish to me. Her reaction to the big secret was a little too dramatic and juvenile. She thought Luke's jealous streak was hot and worst of all she thought it meant he cared! This just made Natalie's character weak and stupidly naive to me.

    Conflict between the characters all seemed artificial and unnaturally written to create drama. I felt the book would have been a better read without it.

    There was a lot of sex! It was on the verge of being too much. Some of the scenes were ridiculous but overall I enjoyed the hotness of the book. The problem was there was no buildup or flirty sexual tension. They met, fell in bed, fell in love, add some stupid drama, more sex and there’s your book!

    I plan to read the next book in the series (I'm a glutton for punishment), mostly because I want to know what happens with her best friend, but if it’s the sugary sweet sex fest as this book I will be stopping there.

    I listened to the Audible.com audio version. The narrator was very good, would give her 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jem LA, Ca 08-02-14
    Jem LA, Ca 08-02-14 Member Since 2010

    Voracious reader and listener of hot books

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    "Well rounded!"

    A juicy, well rounded read, idealized and sexy. A great read for an escape from reality! Well rounded story, sexy characters and story. Not a Pulitzer winner, but a great escape from reality. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alana Lee Rock Austin, TX 06-01-14
    Alana Lee Rock Austin, TX 06-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Come Away with this Story!"

    I finally sucubbed to the the entreating invitation of this book to "Come Away with Me"... and I did not regret it one little bit. The narrator, I'll admit took some getting comfortable with. At first I was rubbed the wrong way by the higher pitched tones... but by the end I was logging onto Audible to see about book #2.

    It's like taking Love Unscripted and chopping at least a third out of the book, and adding maybe like the family interaction fron Fifty Shades (I'm NOT saying this is 'like' 50 overall, so get your panties out of a bunch), maybe adding a little dash of Abbi Glines... OK, I'll stop with the comparisons and mix-and-match analogies. If you like hot, steamy, a *tiny* bit predictible, female with normal everyday body issues, and dozens upon dozens of flowers - I'd recommend giving this romance a try.

    I will eagerly be listening to book #2 sometime in the near future, and plan on continuing the series. I don't know why I waited so long to give this a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Tulley TN 04-05-14
    K. Tulley TN 04-05-14 Member Since 2007
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    "boring"
    What would have made Come Away with Me better?

    was so hoping I'd like this series but it's so flat .......


    What could Kristen Proby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    her voice is fine but she's purely reading; no character - maybe it's just the writing but there's no character in this book; purely flat


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Mack?

    no character; the narrator's voice is fine but the story is so flat. I want more character and twist. 'baby' just doesn't do it for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    nope


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Candace 08-26-14
    Candace 08-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration could have been better."
    What would have made Come Away with Me better?

    To give the narrator a glass of water. Her mouth was so dry I could hear her tongue leave the roof of her mouth. Because of this book I listen to the samples before I buy the books. Life lesson learned. The story was sweet.. Sorry if review was too harsh. I normally don't write reviews.. Just thought people should know.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Mack’s performance?

    Not good.


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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-04-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good start to the series :D"

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Luke and Natalie and their story was enjoyable. The romance is sweet and much lower on drama than most stories I've read lately but to be honest, it was a nice change of pace.

    Natalie is a photographer that lives in the Seattle area. She is talented and makes a living off of selling her work. Natalie's parents died when she was in college and she's been taken in by the family of her best friend, Jules. Natalie doesn't date, doesn't really trust men and has never had or looked for a relationship.

    Luke used to be a famous actor, having stared in a trio of vampire movies that made it huge. He hated the lack of privacy and the crowds of fans (he has a phobia about crowds) and so he decided to drop out of the limelight and started producing films instead so he could still work in the industry he loves while still preserving his privacy. He moved back to Seattle where he grew up and his family still lives.

    Natalie has trouble sleeping and goes to the beach in the early morning taking pictures of different things for her work. She's surprised when a handsome man (Luke) comes up to her angrily and tries to take her camera. He's growling about her taking his picture and some other crap she doesn't get and thinks he's whacked at first. Eventually she manages to calm him down and show him that she does't have any pictures of him on her camera. Once she does, a rather sheepish Luke introduces himself and apologizes for his actions. Luke seems fascinated by the fact that Natalie doesn't know who he is and so he asks her out but Natalie firmly refuses and goes on her way. As luck would have it, they run in to each other again later that day. Natalie finds that she's interested in Luke and it's weird for her because she's never met a guy that made her want to go out with him before. She's had friendly "relations" with guys before but never with emotions involved so when she agrees to see Luke it's a big deal for her. Luke seems pretty in to Natalie as well and jumps on his chance to spend time with her.

    Luke and Natalie spend the next couple days together and everything is wonderful until Natalie finally finds out about Luke being famous. There's a bit of drama because she feels he kept something important from her and she has trust issues with guys. Thankfully, Luke does some good grovelling and they work things out. They get close quick as they meet each other's friends and family and things are good all around (except for Luke's sister who causes a bit of drama). Soon they're seeing each other all the time and taking romantic vacations together. Luke is very sweet and makes it very clear to Natalie that he's in it to win her. Natalie does pretty good at accepting things and not letting things freak her out. She does start out with some body issues and such but once Luke made sure she understood he loves her curves she got past that. Luke is a bit on the possessive side (which can cause some issues) but he's also very protective and does everything he can to make Natalie happy (both big and little things). There are bits of drama here and there in the story but overall it wasn't too bad and the ending was sweet and touching as Natalie and Luke start their HEA.

    I enjoyed this story very much. Both Natalie and Luke were characters that I liked and I liked together. While the story didn't really have an action plot, the romance had enough going on that I was engaged through the end. I'm planning to read the rest of the series (I bought them when I was about halfway through this book). I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)

    * note - Most of the book was from Natalie's PoV and had a female narrator but the epilogue had a bit from Luke's PoV and there was a male narrator added in for that bit.

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    Natalie Perez 07-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Cheesy and Predictable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A lot of the story is very predictable and there is a lot of repetition. The main characters are some sorts of nympho maniacs that seems unrealistically, blissfully, lovingly insatiable. The love story is very cliche and "easy".


    Has Come Away with Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I think so


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Mack – was your favorite?

    Jules


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Carroll 07-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I threw my Kindle across the room!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fire the producer and make her talk like an adult


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Mack’s performance?

    The narration caused me to want to find a watchtower and seek out someone to take my agressions out on!!!!!!!
    Her voice was fine UNTIL SHE WENT INTO CHARACTER where it went up and grated on me to the point I couldn't get past the 1st date and read the book for myself. I will NOT get the rest of the series because of it. NOt even worth the $1.99 I paid and want my $$$ back


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-22-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 05-22-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "A fabulous Hot and Sexy series :)"
    Any additional comments?

    Kristin Proby is one of my favorite authors and i have got all the "With Me in Seattle" series. This is the first book in this wonderful romantic and sexy series. She has done a brilliant job with the characters of Natalie and Luke. Natalie is feisty and lovable, the kind of girl you would love to have as your best friend. Then there’s Luke, let me just say stay away ladies he’s all mine :-) He’s charming, tender and sexy as HELL! I also enjoyed getting to know the supporting characters, some of whom I absolutely fell in love with. Jennifer Mack's narration brings all of these books totally to life. Her voice changing skills are just awesome :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • schroll
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    "Worst read in a long time!"
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    Stay away from this author! The longer I listened the more annoyed I became. Here is the book: Girl meets boy in the first few chapters then 10 hours of nothing... prattling on and on with very dull sex thrown into the mix. Where is the story? Where is the punch line? I can't believe that with so many good books out there this one has been turned into an audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monica Sofia
    Portugal
    1/15/14
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    "Come Away with Me -"
    What made the experience of listening to Come Away with Me the most enjoyable?

    Audio = GoodNarrator= On Luke's voice a little boring could sound more enthusiastic!Story= I didn't believe this love, had struggled connecting to the characters, they fell in love so quick ... lots of sex scenes on repeat, same words same "thing"... It was all about sex, not that romantic or sweet at all, only at the end of the story...I've listen to better audio books maybe it's the monotone of the narrator on Luke's voice... fell asleep many times ... so dull doesn't do them justice, maybe that's it...In the end I think the book could had better editing and definitely change the energy on Luke's voice...ugh Nevertheless I'm looking forward to next book, curious of Jules's story!


    Would you recommend Come Away with Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't know, maybe the Paperback version, because Audio as I said earlier didn't do them justice, I mean the characters they didn't seem real to me.


    What three words best describe Jennifer Mack’s performance?

    Need more work


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come away with me - Norah Jones's song


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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