Book Review – Blush for Me by Kristen Proby

Hey romance-loving friends! Remember when I was reviewing the Fusion series by Kristen Proby? I didn’t forget about them – I’ve truly loved this series! Each of these books is about a different member of the wonderful friend group who own the restaurant Seduction [read the Listen to Me and Close to You reviews, if you’d like!]. And this one is the one I was most excited about – Kat’s story.

In Blush for Me, Katrina Meyers, or Kat, is confident about most things in life – she’s a wine connoisseur who runs the bar at Seduction, and she’s been happily single for years. The one things she’s not confident about? Flying. However, she’s got to get down to wine country for a trade show, and driving is out of the question – it’s too far. So she takes to the skies… and proceeds to freak out on the plane. Lucky for her, she’s sitting next to a hot guy who is decidedly not afraid of flying, and she decides to do something she’s never done before – turn her work trip into a sexcation. What she’s not expecting is that the guy actually lives near her in the same city. And that she actually might have feelings for him.

Ryan “Mac” Mackenzie isn’t the type of guy who does relationships. Ever. So when the beautiful girl he sat next to on the flight to wine country (who was terrified the whole time) proposes a sexcation, he isn’t about to turn it down. But then he learns that he actually knows the restaurant that she owns part of, and that he lives in the same city as her. They continue their sexy time after they get back home, because why not? Except… this can’t be right. Does he actually have feelings for this woman?

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3 Things I Loved

  1. The ladies of Seduction. I love this friend group. I said it in the last two reviews too. They are real and supportive and I just love them so much. I can only hope to have friends like that for my whole life too.
  2. Kat. She’s been my favorite probably from the very first book, so I couldn’t wait to read her story. And she was just as badass as I hoped – because having a fear doesn’t make you less of a badass, I WANT THAT KNOWN. I can relate to fear. I can also relate to overcoming it, which she totally does.
  3. The setting. I loved the way the city of Portland is talked about in this book. The first two were good, but for some reason, the talk of these characters’ downtown apartments made it more atmospheric for me. And I happen to love Portland a lot, and I can’t wait until I can get back over to that part of the country again.

Dislikes/Problematic Content

I loved the first two books of the series, but my one complaint was the whiteness and the heteronormativity of the series as a whole. I took both of those books down a rating because of it. This one… I might have to bring it down even more. Because… I really didn’t like Mac all that much. He was controlling and a bit of a caricature of the guy who doesn’t want to commit. He just didn’t hit me right, not like the first two guys did. I’ve read reviews that really liked him, so this might be personal preference on my part.


A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = DNF, I hated everything
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good! 
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!

Ah, this rating is going to be difficult. I love the series and really like Kristen Proby’s writing, but this book didn’t hit me the same way the others did. So I think I’m going to give Blush for Me a YELLOW rating. But seriously, if you’re okay with a lack of diversity and like a more controlling man, you’ll probably love this a lot.

Happy reading!

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