Easy Love (Boudreaux, #1)
March 3, 2015
Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.
Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.
Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.
But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?
“Huh?” I blink rapidly and try to focus. “What did you say?”
He sets the knife on the cutting board and smiles. “What were you just thinking about?”
My first reaction is to say nothing, but instead I walk very slowly around the island toward him. “I was thinking about licking you.”
He leans his hips against the island and crosses his arms, making his biceps flex, and just like that, I want to tear his clothes off.
“Is that right?”
“Where would you like to lick me?”
I grin and drag a fingertip down his neck. “Right here.”
He swallows hard, making me even wetter. I love turning him on.
“You’re distracting me,” he says evenly, and it would bruise my ego if his eyes hadn’t just dilated and the pulse in his neck sped up.
“I think that’s the point.”
He shakes his head and returns to chopping. “I’m cooking dinner.”
“I don’t particularly give a crap about dinner.”
He smiles, like he always does when I don’t use the usual curse words, but doesn’t look me in the eye.
“You’ll give a shit later, cher. You’ll need the energy for what I have planned.”
“That sounds fun.” I cup his very firm, stellar ass in my hand and kiss his bicep. “Let’s skip to that part.”
He laughs, turns and lifts me into his arms, my legs wrapped around his waist, and kisses me mindless, until I can’t think; I can’t even feel my fingertips.
But I can sure as heck feel the pulsing between my legs.
The next thing I know, he sets me on the counter top, plants a smacking kiss on my lips and backs away, returning to the cutting board just a few feet away.
I stick my lower lip out in a pout and bat my eyes at him, but he just reaches over and smooths the pad of his thumb over my lip, drags his knuckles down my cheek, and whispers, “Trust me. Let me feed you. Let me pamper you a bit. I like it.”
Well, how in the heck am I supposed to say no to that?
“Can I snack while you cook?” I ask, as he chops through celery surprisingly quickly.
“Sure.” He passes me a celery stalk. “Wine?”
He pours us each a glass of white, we clink our glasses together, and take a sip before he resumes chopping and I munch my celery.
“You feed me a lot.”
“You’re a good eater.”
I pause with the celery halfway to my mouth and frown at him.
“What are you implying?”
“That you eat well?” He asks with a shrug.
I glance down at my small-ish chest and flat-ish stomach and then back at him. “Am I fat?”
He busts out laughing, not breaking his stride in his chopping.
“No, Kate. You’re not fat. You enjoy food. And in doing so, I enjoy watching you eat. I’d feed you every meal every day if I could.”
“Can I have more celery?”
He grins, passes me the celery, and kisses me soundly before pulling away to get back to work.
Sitting here, watching him cook, is not a hardship in the least.
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About the Author
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.