Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

Blush for Me by Kristen ProbyBlush for Me by Kristen Proby
Series: Fusion #3
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on March 7th 2017
Pages: 320
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As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland's hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn't afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she's forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.
Ryan "Mac" MacKenzie hasn't been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn't think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he's got a handle on what life can throw at him and he's not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can't forget.
Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

That I forgot the heroine’s name while writing this review (and needed to check her name) should have given me some warning signs. Is there a way to admit less bluntly that ‘Blush for Me’ bored me throughout?

There are bits that I liked and bits that I couldn’t find myself interested in: I liked Kat’s individuality and how Kristen Proby took pains to highlight it; her compassion and her spunk stood out most of all. But Mac somehow faded into the shadows for me. As a typical male protagonist (the won’t commit type but suddenly finds he will after the ‘right’ one smacks him in the face), I didn’t exactly find him prominent or memorable, just that he happened to be at the right place and the right time to change both his and Kat’s lives around.

While I appreciate how Proby doesn’t make this a destined soulmates sort of book, I simply I found that the story of a ‘sexcation’ turning into a real relationship trundled nowhere, with almost negligible bumps in between. It is mostly angst-free read though, save for the bits of family drama and the conflict (thankfully) isn’t one that is written so that a wedge is deliberately driven between the lead characters.

Yet the number of scenes that simply went on between Mac/Kat which couldn’t rouse me from a comatose state after a while as I felt there was nothing much more to this couple I could look forward to.