Series: With Me in Seattle,
Also in this series: Fight with Me, Tied with Me, Breathe with Me
Published by Self-Published on 02 May 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Inkslinger PR
Also by this author: Fight with Me, Safe with Me, Tied with Me, Breathe with Me, Listen to Me
First Line: “You know,” Meg announces to the room at large. “You didn’t all need to come help.”
Rock with Me by Kristen Proby is the 4th book in a series of contemporary romance books involving the same close knit family. And while this series can technically be read in any order the family is just so close and so well used in each book that when I started to read this one first I felt a bit lost like I was an outsider looking in on a sea of strangers. So I did what any bibliophile would do, I sat down and did a blitz read of all the books that came before Rock with Me so that those strangers in the prologue became old friends. Fortunately there was a read-a-thon going on so that helped me to sit down and focus on this series.
Rock with Me picks up moments after Play with Me ends and involves Leo Nash, the brother of the heroine in that book and Samantha Williams who is the sister of the hero in the first book, Come Away with Me. What I loved about this series is the closeness of the family. As in most romance series all the characters are connected in some way but all too often once one person in the group has their story told you rarely see them as the series progresses. This is always something that saddens me as you grow to love each character as their story is told and then their absence is like this void that can’t be filled in my readers heart.
This isn’t the case with this series, in every book there are scenes with all the ones that came before. You can’t get away from them and I just loved all these additional moments. I loved seeing their relationships with their significant others grow as well as getting glimpses of where future stores might come from. This added a bit of depth and realism to the series that might otherwise have been lacking as there really isn’t a ton of substance to the plots. These stories are of the boy meets girl and not much else going on so the family scenes really flesh things out. And they act as a nice break between all the sex scenes. Kristen Proby is definitely not one to shy away there! Although there were almost too many that they become a bit redundant and repetitive with few dialogue change ups.
Overall though, I really enjoyed Leo and Sam’s story. Of all the books in this series this one contained the most humor and it didn’t have any crazy conflict moments just to have a reason for the characters to break up and get back together. Their story was realistic and believable and I really liked how it progressed. Of all the stories in this series I think that this one is my favorite. I just fell in love with it and Proby’s writing and story telling has really grown since Come Away with Me. Its also nice that Kristen Proby’s characters are all relatively stable.
It was also nice that there were no overly broken people that seem to be all the rage in books these days. Yes, the people in these stories have issues but they are real and they cope with real world issues. Mostly, there is an overabundance of the extremely rich and beautiful but you can’t really blame Proby for adding in that little bit of wish fulfillment for all the readers out there who are struggling with the tedium of life. And not everyone was mega rich so there were characters, like Sam, struggling with issues like job loss and long hours and all that pesky reality stuff.
Rock with Me is by no means a perfect series and it may not appeal to everyone. There is strong language and lots of sexual situations. But its entertaining and once I started it I didn’t stop reading until I reached the final page. I was sad when Rock with Me came to an end but I am hopeful that Proby will continue with her trend to include these characters in as the final books of this series are published. So its not a goodbye its just a see you later and that is something that I can live with. I’m also sad that I don’t have the rest of the book to move on to…this is the danger of doing a series blitz read. You get so wrapped up in a world and set of characters that it becomes hard to let go and move on.
If you like contemporary romances then you might want to check this series out. Its fun and enjoyable and with each book the writing and story telling improve. Proby has a lot of promise as a writer and I for one am looking forward to reading all of her future stories.
ROCK WITH ME Synopsis:
Front Man Leo Nash from the world-famous rock band, Nash, is the last person on earth Samantha Williams would trust. She’s already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn’t signing up for another lesson.
Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He’s not used to women treating him like he’s poisonous, and he isn’t about to let her run away every time he gets close. He’s had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime…when this one runs, he gives chase. But, catching Sam isn’t as hard as he thought.
The sexual attraction between them is so thick, Sam can practically hold it in her hand. There’s no way she can deny herself the promise of pleasure being with Leo would provide. But, pleasure always comes with pain and when secrets are revealed and trust is challenged, who will run and who will chase?
Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling 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.