ARC Review + Tour: Close to You by Kristen Proby

Posted August 8, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 11 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review + Tour: Close to You by Kristen Proby
Close to You
by Kristen Proby

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 9th 2016
Series: Fusion #2
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
 

“…there wasn’t much conflict in this story but I enjoyed the main couple because I genuinely liked the characters and I think this is a cute and sweet romance”
~ Under the Covers

There were a few things I knew immediately going in I would like.  First, I had already fallen for this group of women in the first book.  I think they’re awesome.  And second, the premise of one of those women having had a crush on one of her best friends’ brother her whole life.  Now, she’s divorced and he’s back home after suffering an injury while in the military that basically forced him out.

Now onto what I really enjoyed.  Landon is going straight for the girl.  Ah but I love that.  No heroes who think they heroine is too good for them here.  He’s always wanted her and now he finally sees his chance.  They used to be so close and he misses that closeness and friendship as well.  But now he wants that, plus to explore all the desires he held back forever.  Catnip for me.  And I think the author did this very well.

So we established that I loved the concept and how these two slowly grow into their new relationship.  But then I also had a few bumps here that I found a bit harder to deal with and they are the reason why my rating isn’t higher.

I think the issues with the accident Landon suffered and the fact that he couldn’t fly anymore could’ve been addressed a little deeper.  In a way I feel it was brushed aside as something he easily got over when in reality I would imagine that would be a little harder for him to adapt and come to terms with.  He had literally just come home and was trying to figure out what to do with his life after his world had been turned upside down.  I wanted to go a little deeper there and felt it was kind of superficial.

And then there is drama thrown towards the end of this book that, to me, felt unnecessary to put the characters through at that point.  I don’t think it added anything to the story because it didn’t really cause a conflict, and it’s a harsh thing to put them through for no reason.  This may be just my personal take on this, but I found it irritatingly unnecessary.

That being said, there wasn’t much conflict in this story but I enjoyed the main couple because I genuinely liked the characters and I think this is a cute and sweet romance.  As with the previous book, I enjoyed the whole set of women and every bit of them we see only leaves me anxious to see their own stories and who they will end up with.  But in the end I was hoping for a little bit more.

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EXCERPT

~Landon~

“Oh, sweet Jesus, don’t ever stop doing that.”

I grin and watch as I knead her feet. Upon closer inspection, I see that they’re callused, and despite being nicely painted, they’re a bit of a mess.

“I hate my feet,” she murmurs softly. “They’re rough and callused and horrible.”

“I don’t mind,” I reply honestly. “But you should spoil yourself sometimes and go get one of those froofroo pedicures.”

“I do. But I wear shoes that are bad for me, and I hate socks, so this is what I’m stuck with.” Her eyes slit open to watch me as she shrugs. “I don’t care. My shoes rock.”

.“I’ll rub your feet for you anytime you want.”

She grins softly and I want to pull her in my lap and hold on tight. I want to kiss her madly and lay her back on this couch and uncover her body, inch by inch, discovering what makes her moan and what makes her sigh.

I want to do all of the things I’ve fantasized about for longer than I can remember.

Instead, I sigh and pat her ankle, then stand. “I’d better go.”

She stands with me and follows me to the door. “Thank you for dinner. You didn’t have to do that.”

“Yes.” I turn to her and push her blond hair back over her ear. Scoot is winding his way through my legs, purring. “I did. Thank you for today.”

Before she can push me away, I lean in and press my lips to her forehead, breathing her in, and wanting to stay.

“Are you going to get that last house?”

“If you promise to visit.” I pull back and see her bite her lip, then firm her shoulders.

“I’ll visit.”

I nod and leave her before I do something stupid like scoop her up and take her up to her bedroom to spend the rest of the weekend with her.

She’s not ready for that. I’m not sure I’m ready for that, which shocks the fuck out of me because I’ve never had a problem with carrying a willing woman off to a bed to have my way with her.

But this is Cami, and a fun romp on a mattress isn’t the only thing I want with her. Not that I really know what I want with her.

I do know that she deserves more than a weekend in bed, and the thought of someone else giving it to her makes me crazy.

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About Kristen Proby

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.

 

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I haven’t yet had a chance to read this author but, I’ve known of her for quite a while now. Love the cover! Great post and, thanks for the chance!!! 🙂

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My dream job would bw getting paid to read

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Not doing my dream job yet. I would love to own a small bookstore with a coffee bar (AM) / wine bar (PM).

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Thank you so much for the giveaway. This book was already on my TBR list before reading this review, so thanks for your honest review.

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I never answered the question, lol. I just graduated from college in May and am currently looking for a job in publishing, but a literary agent would be my dream job.

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My dream job would also be to work at a bookstore with a coffee corner.

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My dream job would be working with kids and the water. After a very long detour in life, it appears that I’m on my way to my dream…better late than never.