Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Easy with You (With Me in Seattle #8.5) by Kristen Proby

Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible.

Steadfast. Strong.

She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year.

In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself.

With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul.

But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves? /span>
~My Review~

I have enjoyed every single Kristen Proby book I've ever read. That includes all of the books within the With Me in Seattle series, as well as the Love Under the Big Sky Series.  Since I follow Kristen Proby on a number of Social Media sites, I knew this book was coming out and I preordered it back in December when preorder initially became available.  I was excited to extend the With Me in Seattle series a little further.  This novella is actually a part of the 1001 Dark Nights Series.

This book is about Detective (now Lieutenant) Asher Smith.  We initially met Asher in Tied with Me, since he was Matt's partner.  He is a single father to Casey, who is his adorable 10-year old daughter.  On a trip to New Orleans to visit his brother, Asher meets Lila (Who is initially introduced in Easy Love from the Boudreaux Series, as she's Kate's Best friend), who is also visiting friends in the area.  Their one-night-stand is uncharacteristic for both of them, and they can't seem to get each other off their minds.  About a year later, they run into each other again, only to find that they now both live in New Orleans, and Asher is investigating a murder that has Lila as the main target.

I have to preface my review by saying that while I don't dislike novellas, they're also not my favorite. I often find that the length of a novella just isn't long enough to cover all the details that are needed and the story sometimes falls short.  While I really enjoyed Easy with You, I have to admit that I think this novella fits into that category:  It just wasn't long enough.  Things felt rushed.  The story started and then it ended.  And in order for everything to come together at the end (you can't end a novella on a cliff hanger!), things were very predictable.

The story was good.  It was fun.  In the very short amount of time that was spent giving background on the main characters, we were able to get a decent handle on who Asher and Lila were.  We learned a few things about Asher that we didn't know about from Tied with Me.  I haven't read Easy Love yet, so Lila was a new character for me.  We're introduced to both Asher and Lila in the prologue when they meet during their one night stand, and then Chapter 1 goes immediately into their meeting again almost a year later.

The main conflict of the story was the fact that girls were being murdered on campus, but Lila was the main target.  And there was resolution.  They found the murderer.  But at the end of the day, because of the nature of a Novella, everything just seemed to happen too quickly.  It was built up, and it was solved.  And while everything was resolved and the murderer was found and apprehended, we know that he ends up spending most of the rest of his life in jail, but I would have liked a few more details to close it out a bit better.  We know WHY he did it - but how did he get away with it all?  I needed more.

As usual, the writing was very good, which I've come to expect from Kristen Proby.  So there was no disappointment there.  And it was a very enjoyable read.  But I think what's holding me back from giving this a 5 star review is that it was just too short.  I really would have loved to get to know Asher a little bit better.  I loved spending time with Asher and Casey, with Lila and Casey, and with the three of them together, but it would have been better if we could have had a little more time together.

All in all a fun read, but I would have loved to have more of everything in order to fill out the gaps.

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