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Book Title: Close Enough to Touch|
The author of the book: Victoria Dahl
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Reader ratings: 5.7
Edition: Harlequin HQN
Date of issue: August 28th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780373776887
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I think the highest praise I can give Close Enough to Touch is that while reading it, I never thought about how common the "woman in trouble fleeing to a small town" theme is in romance these days. It's its own book.
Grace is a Hollywood make-up artist who's lost pretty much everything; all she has left is a cheap room in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, grudgingly offered by her bad-tempered great aunt. A great looking cowboy neighbor is an unexpected fringe benefit. But Grace and Cole's interest in each other is complicated by his ugly associations with all things Hollywood, and by the high walls Grace has built to protect herself from hurt.
There was a lot I enjoyed about this story. It's an unusually balanced depiction of a small town - believably mellow and friendly, but not ridiculously so. I also liked seeing a relationship that felt genuinely tempestuous, not just a lot of bickering. Both characters have serious issues. Cole is tormented by the possibility he'll have to give up the life he's planned for himself, because of a riding injury; Grace is well drawn as a person who has been desperately in need and deeply dreads being dependent on anyone again:
"She tried not to look in the mirror, not out of worry for what she looked like, but out of worry for what she'd see in her eyes. She used people. It was an ugly thing to see in oneself. That sometimes people were no more than shelter to her. No more meaningful than a roof and walls and a warm bed to wake up in. Not always, but often enough."
Though the issues are heavy, there's a lighthearted side to their relationship as well:
"Cole's door closed and suddenly he was opening hers. 'Come on, tough girl'
'Are you making fun of me?' she snapped.
'Absolutely not. Your whimpers of terror were the toughest I've ever heard.'
'Screw you,' she muttered, ignoring his hand to jump down from the truck.
'You're cute when you're grumpy.'
'You know, nobody knows I'm with you. I could kill you out here and just walk away.'"
My main problem with the book was that I just didn't feel any sexual chemistry between the Grace and Cole. There are a number of intense, passionate sex scenes and it would be great reading if I believed in their attraction, but it never came to life for me. So this remained a very readable story, with strong characters, but without much of a romantic punch.
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Read information about the authorI have my mother to thank for my passion for writing. My mom is an avid reader of popular fiction, and I began reading highly inappropriate books around the age of eleven, I think. (Thanks, Mom, for always leaving those delicious books strewn about!)
To Tempt a Scotsman, a Golden Heart winning historical, was my first published book. Here I am signing the cover! A Rake's Guide to Pleasure (which was excerpted at the back of Scotsman) is my second.
Due to my all-around goofiness, my agent suggested I also try my hand at a contemporary romantic comedy. Boy, is my agent smart! I had a great time writing Talk Me Down, the story of a young woman who goes back to her small hometown in Colorado and causes a huge stir with her secretive career and her burgeoning relationship with the chief of police. Not only did I have a great time writing it, but Tara Parsons at HQN liked it too! So if you like cold weather, hot sex and dirty jokes, be sure to check out Talk Me Down (out in January 2009).
Speaking of cold weather, my family and I live in a beautiful ski town in
Utah. No, I don't ski. I prefer to sit inside with a hot toddy and a good
book while the snow falls. It's especially beautiful to watch when from the inside!
I have a wonderful husband and children, and the house is kind of crowded, what with the dukes, Scotsmen, police chiefs, and naughty ladies running around, but my family is very understanding about my imaginary friends. Good thing, since they refuse to leave!
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