Series: Boudreaux #5
Published by Inc. on April 4th 2017
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Family. Responsibility. Stability.
As the co-CEO of Bayou Enterprises, and the eldest of the Boudreaux clan, Beau is the epitome of these. Now that his baby sister Gabby is happily settled down, Beau has moved into the company loft in the heart of the French Quarter to be closer to his office while his own home is built. He doesn’t have time for anything but the family he adores and the company that drives him.
If only the bewitching owner of the herb shop downstairs from Beau’s loft wasn’t so damn tempting.
Mallory Adams is living the life. The good life. The best life for her. After years of hiding who she is, and the gifts she’s been cursed with, Mallory opened her little shop in the French Quarter, offering herbs and lotions for anything from soothing a sunburn to chasing those pesky ghosts New Orleans is known for out of a client’s home. Some call her eccentric, and some say she’s simply odd, and that’s okay with her. She is a bit odd, but in her experience, all of the best people are.
When an old pipe bursts in the loft above her store, flooding her storeroom, Mallory comes face to face with Beau Boudreaux, and she doesn’t need the clairvoyant abilities that have been passed down through generations to know that she’ll never be the same. Beau is her exact opposite; serious, straitlaced. He wears suits for Pete’s sake and probably wouldn’t know the difference between arnica and flaxseed if his life depended on it. But when he touches her, the electricity is through the roof and she’s smart enough to know that a chemistry like theirs doesn’t happen every day.
Can two people so very different possibly find their way to happily ever after?
‘Easy Magic’ is everything I hadn’t expected and that kind of surprise is always a good thing. It’s unlike many contemporary romances – though Kristen Proby does a good job at keeping things mostly angst-free as her couples do talk things out honestly like adults – with a strong strain of the paranormal woven into this. That is also where the point of conflict is, though by and large, it’s a light-hearted book that steadily works a pairing towards their happy ending, as Proby’s books seem to do so.
I haven’t followed the Boudreaux series at all, but dived straight into this book because the blurb was frankly, irresistible. ‘Easy Magic’ takes place in New Orleans and the setting alone (given its history) makes the strange occurrences almost routine, as Mal finally finds someone who helps quiet her spiritual turmoil. The story skirts the edge of suspense but never really quite goes there even as it delves into paranormal practices that (let’s face it) make wide-eyed readers’ antennae spike straight up, which makes the book difficult to put down. Yet it’s not all strange ju-ju and inexplicable happenings; the supernatural threat is mentioned, shored up and destroyed all within a relatively short period of time as Proby focuses more on developing the relationship between Beau and Mal instead.
Overall, I was glad I hadn’t had a bored moment with this story; there’s definitely enough action to keep the pages going and the cliffhanger in the epilogue assures us that the next book is exactly what many readers of the series seem to be waiting for.