Book Review #246

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Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 3rd 2015 by Ampersand Publishing
Original Title: Easy Charm (Boudreaux #2)
ISBN: 1633500071 (ISBN13: 9781633500075)
Edition Language: English
Series: Boudreaux #2
Characters: Gabrielle “Gabby” Boudreaux, Rhys O’Shaughnessy, Samuel “Sam” Boudreaux
Setting: Louisiana (United States)
Before I start…

This book was so damn sweet!!

She’s gotten under my skin. That’s all there is to it.

Gabrielle Boudreaux learned young not to trust men, when she told her boyfriend at nineteen that she was pregnant and he told her to get rid of it, that the only reason he told her he loved her was to get in her pants. With the help of her wonderful family she gave birth to a son and seven years later she’s running a successful family inn, her life filled with her family and her son, Sam, who is her world. Men hasn’t been part of their lives and when she meets famous baseball player Rhys O’Shaughnessy, who is also Kate’s cousin, she doesn’t know how to handle the explosive chemistry between them.

Rhys lives for baseball and he’s determined to use his time in New Orleans to heal from his shoulder injury and get back in playing form. When he sees Gabby he’s immediately attracted to her and can’t help but be charmed by the beautiful but prickly Gabby and her adorable son who is a great fan of his.

But if they give into the feelings between them what happens when Rhys is all healed and needs to return to his life in Chicago? Will baseball come first like it always has, or will he choose Gabby and Sam?

He’s polite and sweet and sets my libido on fire.
And now I have a sexy, single man living under my roof for God knows how long, being nice to my son, tucking my hair behind my ear, and I’m going to die from sexual frustration.
Because there’s no way I’m having sex with Rhys O’Shaughnessy.

I really liked Gabby. She’s an amazing mother, very independent and stubborn. Because of Sam’s father she’s very distrustful of men and it understandably took her a while to open up to Rhys and to give him a chance. Her fierce need to take care of things herself did get a bit grating near the end, but being the youngest of six siblings and falling pregnant so young was bound to leave a mark.

She’s pushed everything around me out of focus, even baseball, and no one has ever done that for me before.
It scares me and exhilarates me at the same time

Now Rhys I LOVED. He was sweet, kind, bossy and simply wonderful with both Gabby and Sam. From the beginning he was so infatuated with Gabby, but also so patient, slowly getting past her defences. I loved how he had no problems with PDA, how he couldn’t be near her without touching her, and it had me swooning all the way. I also loved how protective and possessive he was over her. He was so great with Sam, liking to spend time with him and not because he was interested in Gabby.

“I love you, Gabby. You’re every hope, every dream I’ve ever had, and I didn’t even know it until I met you. No matter what happens in our life, every day I get to be with you is the greatest day of my life.”

The romance was so sweet, tender and very spicy especially with Rhys’ dirty talk. There was a little bit of angst near the end, but it was to be expected and I love that it wasn’t because Rhys was afraid of commitment. He’s a mature man who knew that he loved both Gabby and Sam and was determined to have a future with them. (view spoiler)[I’m not a big fan of the pregnancy trope and although I would have preferred if it had happened in the epilogue for these two, the author did a brilliant job at making it work in this book. I never doubted that Rhys loved Gabby and that he was planning to be with her forever before he found out about the baby. And his wonderful reaction when he found out made me fall in love with him all over again. (hide spoiler)]

I love cute kids in books and little Sam was freaking adorable. I just loved this little chatterbox and his wealth of “did you know” facts 😀 I really love the close knit of the Boudreaux siblings, they are all amazing.

I can’t believe how much I’m loving this series and author. This series is the perfect blend of sweet and sexy romance. Highly recommended.

Canadian Bookstores part 2

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16. Book Bazaar (Ottawa, ON)

  

“The aisles are just stacks of books. Amazing selection of new and old books for the new reader all the way to collector. Books you’ll never find anywhere else, I could spend hours there!”

17. The Bookshelf (Guelph, ON)

  It has been our city’s only independent bookstore for over 42 years and is a hotbed of culture and activity year round. They support local and Canadian authors, always have in the best new books, have a great LGBTQ+ section, and super supportive owners. It’s also a plus that it’s not *just* an independent bookstore but also an indie cinema and bar and bistro!

18. Mables Fables (Toronto, ON)

 “It’s a children’s bookstore that is so much fun to walk around in and has so much selection and whimsy, it’s an adventure while looking for your next literary treasure.” 

19. Doug Miller Books (Toronto, ON)

It boasts a phenomenal fantasy and sci-fi section, as well as loads of graphic novels
20. Glad Day (Toronto, ON)

It’s the oldest surviving queer bookstore in North America, and is amazing place to find one of kind books for members of the community and allies alike.
21. Juniper Books (Windsor, ON)

 It’s a house that has books in every room on every floor. I think it’s cute because there are cooking books in the oven. The books are lovely and well priced
22. Words Worth Books (Waterloo, ON)

 Great book sellers and a long history as a staple in the community. Not to be missed
23. Mac’s Fireweed Books (Whitehorse, YT)

They’re a locally owned business that I’ve been spending far too much time in since I could read
24. Owl’s Nest Bookstore (Fredericton, NB)

 The three stories are full of nooks and crannies, lots of different areas of explore, couches to read on and piles of books everywhere. They also have an awesome buy back program that lets you earn money toward more books
25. Westminster Books (Fredericton, NB)

 Westminster is a lot smaller than Owl’s Nest but they carry a wide selection and a lot of stuff I could never find at Chapters/Indigo
26. Tidewater Books (Sackville, NB)

 What’s not in stock, they track it down for you. Friendly, knowledgeable and great displays.
27. The Bookman (Charlottetown, PE)

 
It’s pretty much the best bookstore I’ve ever been in. It’s stacked with books up to the ceiling, and has the cutest store dog named Jerry
28. NovelTea Bookstore Cafe (Truro, NS)

This store has been a huge success in our little town. Great food, coffee and most importantly… books
29. Woozles (Halifax, NS)

 It’s Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore and is full of great books and toys for kids of all ages