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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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    Laurie Carroll 07-27-14
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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 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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    Allishy Tulsa, OK, United States 05-01-14
    Allishy Tulsa, OK, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Allishy

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    "Same...same and more of the same"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was too perfect.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Suspenseful romance


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I think the narrator was perfect actually.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Come Away with Me?

    I would have changed the frequency and redundancy of the sex scenes.


    2 of 3 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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    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


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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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    Katherine Los Altos Hills, CA, United States 04-18-14
    Katherine Los Altos Hills, CA, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Mack?

    No. I was going out of town so bought several at a time. Regret it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Come Away with Me?

    I'd probably ask the author to add a lot more friction between characters...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Pall 04-13-14
    Amy Pall 04-13-14 Member Since 2013

    kalipall

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    "A Couple Things I Just Couldn't Get Past"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure


    What was most disappointing about Kristen Proby’s story?

    I usually don't like first person narratives. There are some books where the plot or the writing style can overcome my dislike. In fact, there are some that I would now include among my favorite books. This was definitely not one of them. The plot itself was kind of bland, with the crisis feeling contrived. Also, some of the things the female lead says I found incredibly unbelievable. I don't know that I've heard anyone in contemporary times continually refer to their partner as "my love" and it makes the relationship between the two feel a bit forced. The other thing I didn't like was that the story was written in present tense. The only other things that I have read in present tense are those short story erotica stories that use it as a way of trying to involve you in the fantasy. I found it annoying in this story. The biggest plot point I had problems with is how the heroine pours out all the secrets of her life to this man that she met 24-48 hours ago, but doesn't notice that he isn't telling her anything about himself in return. There's some mention of how she's giving him the benefit of the doubt when she notices him changing the subject when she asks him basic questions about himself. But I'm sorry, if the person I'm telling my secrets to closes himself off from me in return, that would be a big red flag for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Mack’s performances?

    Perhaps. I didn't actually find her voice or her performance annoying, I just don't think there was much to work with in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    My biggest problem with this book was the style of writing. I couldn't get into the story because of it, and when I heard the preview to the next book, it was written in the same style. I think I got this book during the sale of first books in a series, and usually if I find things I like enough I will try the second book. The characters in the second book actually made me consider giving it a try (they are secondary characters in this first book). But the preview did let me know that Proby's writing style wasn't just a one off, that it is actually her writing style throughout the series. (At least the first two books of it). I have enough dislike of the writing style to stop listening to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
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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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