Close Enough to Touch

Close Enough to TouchFor Makeup Artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood Isn T The Land Of Golden Opportunity It S The Land Of Difficult Divas, Cheating Boyfriends And Unemployment So When Her Great Aunt Offers Her A Free Place To Stay In Jackson Hole, Grace Thinks She Ll Spend A Little Time In The Sticks To Figure Out Her Life, And Then Move Somewhere Exciting To Live Out Her Dreams But It Turns Out That There Are A Few Thrills In This Small Town Than Grace Was ExpectingCole Rawlins Is A Rugged Wyoming Cowboy Born And Bred Yet He Can T Help But Be Drawn To The Fascinating Big City Girl Who Moves In Across From Him He Wants To Get Close Enough To Grace To See Past Her Tough Facade, But If He Does, She Might See The Real Cole The One With A Hollywood History Gone Bad As They Discover A Sizzling Attraction, It Becomes Harder For Him To Keep His Demons At Bay And Those Fires From Long Ago May Burn Them BothThey Ll Need Than Scorching Hot Passion To Make This Opposites Attract Affair Work But If They Can Learn To Trust One Another Enough To Reveal Their Secrets, They Just Might Have A Chance At Forever I read this book and then let it sit for a few days before I wrote the review because I just couldn t figure out my feelings for this one Victoria Dahl gives us a very prickly heroine Grace is a make up artist from Hollywood After getting fired while on set of a movie, and then having a very bad break up with a boyfriend that literally leaves her penniless, she gets in the car and starts driving She has a great aunt that lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming who has an apartment that she is willing to let Grace stay in until she can figure out her life Her goal is to work for a few weeks in Jackson Hole to get some money, and then continue on to Vancouver where she is hoping to find markup artist work in the movie business Having purple hair, she is not one to blend into the quaint, popular tourist town Grace had a very bad childhood and for that reason has some major trust issues She has a huge chip on her shoulder and pretty much feels everyone is out to get her.After she moves in she meets her next door neighbor Cole Rawlins Cole is a cowboy He works on a ranch and one day hopes to buy the ranch himself, which has been his life long dream He was injured a while ago, resulting in a very bad fracture of his leg and pelvis He has been to extensive physical therapy This frustrates him to no end, as all he wants to do is jump on a horse and resume his ranch duties But he is not physically fit yet.When Cole was younger, he met a famous actress and moved to California to be with her This relationship ended badly, and Cole has a very bad memories of anything to do with Hollywood I ll stop the summary here because I feel like this is one of the weakest parts of the book It felt forced that Cole was in love with some gorgeous movie star His personality just didn t feel like this would ever happen Or maybe it just wasn t fleshed out well enough in the book It felt like he had this relationship, to cause conflict with Grace who happens to be in the movie industry Cole is a charmer, and has that sexy cowboy drawl he uses to woo the ladies I liked that about him I liked hearing about his work on the ranch He is intense and as usual, the author makes his sex scenes dirty I actually liked Grace individually too Yes, she is hard to like at first, but I think the author gives her a dark enough history that you can understand why she acts like that.Unfortunately, the two of them together just didn t make sense to me Just like I never felt like Cole would have been with the actress years ago who we end up meeting in the book I feel like him and Grace lacked chemistry I guess it comes down to the fact that I liked the characters by themselves, I just didn t like them together.I enjoy Victoria Dahl s work and she is a definite auto buy, but this one is probably my least favorite of hers.Rating C 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 than shelter to her No 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. Victoria Dahl s contemporaries are on my auto read list, but this one missed the mark with me The heroine is too bitter, too suspicious, and too whiny for too much of the book Her problems are her own fault, but her attitude dares people to disapprove of her When people give her the chance that she wants but hardly deserves , she acts almost disappointed that her self fulfilling prophecy didn t play out the way she expected The only saving grace was the hero and some of the supporting characters A very disappointing start to the new series. As seen on Ed and Em s Reviews 4.5 5 Stars I really enjoyed Close Enough to Touch If Victoria Dahl wasn t already an instant buy author for me, she just became one This book is a touching, contemporary romance that I won t soon forget As soon as I read the synopsis for this novel, I knew I was going to enjoy it While Close Enough to Touch is a bit heavier than the other books I ve read by Ms Dahl, it s just as addicting Once I got into the novel, I couldn t put it down The angst really is what made the book for me The characters are realistic, the situations are heart wrenching and the ending is so swoon worthy that I still smile when thinking about it This is where I release a happy sigh.Grace Barrett is a hard, strong woman, who doesn t need anyone All she needs is some money and a place to start over When her great aunt Rayleen grudgingly offers her a tiny apartment, she jumps at the chance to get out of Los Angeles, even if it is to Wyoming When she meets Cole Rawlins, she refuses to admit that he s affecting her plans Cole is the definition of swoon worthy He drives Grace and of course, me wild I could read about him all day Cowboys are my new favorite men Who knew that cowboy hats, calloused hands and rough southern accents could be so attractive Well All of us knew, but Cole gives me a new longing for my own I need one, guys N e e d.The story makes your heart ache not just for Grace, but for Cole, too They both have troubled pasts that you don t really know all of the details to until well into the story There are so many notes in my book that say things like, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THESE TWO and I NEED TO KNOW MORE THEY NEED TO BE HAPPY OMG, WHAT IS THIS LIFE The suspense only added to the book It ll make you want to read faster, then before you know it, the book is over and you are grinning and snuggling with the book No Just me Okay.The minor characters are fun, too I hated to love Aunt Rayleen She s much like Grace is very shut off from people You can tell that their hard personalities are a genetic trait I really warmed up to her in the end, though I wanted her to get her happy ending as much as I wanted it for Grace I really enjoyed Eve and Jenny s roles in this novel They are great secondary characters Grace is lucky to have made such great friends My least favorite characters in this book were Willa, the Pill a I just made a great pun, don t judge , and Madeline, the skank erm I mean Madeline the woman who needs to go away forever Of course, the author means for you to hate them I literally growled out loud when they were mentioned in the story If I was in the book, I would dropkicked them in the face EVIL WOMEN EVIL, EVIL WOMEN.Though the cover doesn t clearly depict it, this is definitely a western romance Now, I haven t read a lot of modern western romances and the ones that I have read haven t left a lasting impression, but this novel is different I loved Close Enough to Touch from start to end I hope Ms Dahl continues to write stories like these All the time And gives them to me All of them I recommend this to fans of Victoria Dahl fans and contemporary romance lovers of all kinds This satisfied by itch for a fun, sometimes angsty romance I wish it hadn t ended so soon I just found out there will be another book in this series and a related novella that will be released next year YES, MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWEREDI received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley. 3.5 Stars A lot of good reviews already on the books for this one I agree with them I didn t feel Grace and Cole s connection like I wanted to Yes, there were some hot love scenes, but at times I felt they just wanted to hurt one another Grace go on my nerves with her constant thoughts of pushing people away But parts of the book I did like enough that I am interested in the next story. Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsBlog rating 2.5 5Make up artist Grace is down to her last dollar, as she rolls into Jackson Hole on a bus to stay at an apartment in a building own by her great Aunt She s running from L.A and a bad situation that found her accused of theft, being fired for speaking up against an abuser and kicked out of her boyfriend s house Grace has had a rough life even before all of this She had to survive on the streets, pull herself up from nothing to make a career for herself and she knows that now she has to do it again She s planning a small stop over in Jackson Hole for a few weeks to get her feet under her before moving on to Vancouver and another movie set where she can continue to do make up for the rich and famous Grace moves into the apartment and comes face to face with her neighbor, Cole.Cole is a cowboy recovering from an injury that may mean he s never able to ride a horse again Hard to own and run a ranch, which is what he had hoped to do in the future, when you can t ride He s still recovering and is intrigued by his new neighbor, a woman who doesn t make a peep next door, who doesn t have any furniture and who has purple hair She stands out in this small town and he starts to slowly get to know her, offering her coffee, breakfast, small things to spend a little time with her But when a production company for a movie rolls into town and Grace, working in her new job as an assistant to Eve, a local photographer who s the main contact for the movie s production crew, sets them up at the ranch Cole works out, he s livid that she would bring the exact world he had escaped thirteen years ago in L.A to his front door.From the start, Cole and Grace have a romance that was hard for me to get into They re both hard people, dealing with past issues that are still influencing how they re living their lives today They ultimately decide to sleep together, no strings attached, and there s very little emotion involved Grace wants it that way, Cole seems to want , but he ends up just giving Grace what she wants, which is to use each other and walk away The hardest thing for me about this relationship was I never got the feeling that these two actually cared about each other Sure, they have sort of a happy ending, but the lack of emotion left me having no connection to these two as a couple.Grace has a hard time letting people get close, but she does start to make friends with her boss Eve, and the bartender who works next door to Grace s apartment, Jenny They have a fun girl s night out scene that brought a little humor into the story, but that spark was missing throughout the rest of the book I do want to know about Eve though She s a reserved character, but it s mentioned a few times that Grace could see something in her expression or in her eyes I think there s to Eve s past than she let on, and I m curious.The romance was a miss for me in this one I liked seeing Grace finally let her guard down at the end and find a place to settle, to belong and let herself love and be loved It just came a little too late The humor and fun that I always enjoy in Victoria Dahl s books was missing and it just needed that extra oomph to get me into the story Individually, Cole s struggle to figure out what direction his life needs to go in if he can t ride again and Grace s struggle to distance herself from her past and start new were interesting journeys, but their romance left me disappointed. Victoria Dahl is one of my favorite contemporary authors Lead Me On was a great example of using a nontraditional hero one who is covered with tattoos and heroine one who is very attracted to the burly, brawny, biker type I really need to re read that book.This book is the same Grace Barrett is a makeup artist, one with purple hair as we are reminded about over and over in most of the advertising for this book She s running away from Hollywood and her troubles there Cole Rawlins is a cowboy who was also part of the Hollywood scene he also ran.And that s my trouble with this book I didn t connect with eithe Cole or Grace In fact, for three quarters of the book, I absolutely disliked Grace We don t get any explanation for her actions until the end I wondered if I was suffering from not allowing the heroine the same latitude I might give a grumpy hero, something Podcast 31 from Smart Bitches Trashy books discusses However, I would have given Grace that same latitude had I known her situation earlier in the book As it was, I only finished the book because it was an ARC from NetGalley And I m glad I did Victoria Dahl is a skilled wordsmith and writes hot, hot sex scenes not always to my taste, but I know they re well written My other big issue with the book is the description of Jackson Hole I should know better by now than to read books about local places, because, while I can suspend disbelief for most other things, it s hard for me to reconcile the Jackson in the book with the one that I know. Well that s a disappointment I have no clue how the author felt when she wrote this book, but I thought it was a very dark book, rather full of despair and negative thinking and little hope.The heroine, Grace, survived very tough things growing up I did not completely understand how low she could be at the beginning of the book, completely broke, with nothing but for a few clothes and a huge makeup box She had been working for a few years and just had 6 months unemployment, while living with her previous boyfriend, so it seemed extreme She was extremely insecure, frequently aggressive to anyone well that s consistent and totally lacking any ability to plan and organize her life Even if she managed to touch me from time to time, then she had to behave awfully and ruin everything Knowingly further Well I really did not like her much.Her newly found boy friend was not better Still carrying a grudge and feeling insecure and guilty from what he had done for a few weeks 13 years before And what he had done was not even that bad He had not hurt even unwillingly anyone, just himself and his overinflated self esteem He also spent 9 months burying his head in the sand regarding his future, just bemoaning the past that will no longer be At least those two found each other right But I consider them to be a couple of loosers, not very interesting to start with Even the sliver of hope we can see at the end I did not like, because once it came from outside and neither of them had worked matured learnt anything to bring themselves this hope By far, the book I liked least by Victoria Dahl and one I cannot recommend. Was very lucky to get a look at this when my friend Abby Green picked up a copy from Victoria Dahl at RWA book signing Then couldn t put it down Read it cover to cover in 24 hours and can honestly say it s one of my favourite Victoria Dahl s now Adored the crisp clean Jackson Hole Wyoming setting who knew there was a difference between Elk and Deer Not me Also fell totally in love with her big sexy and tortured cowboy hero Cole Rawlins, whose weakness for bad girls leads to a fling with new neighbour Grace Barrett, a prickly, down on her luck makeup artist with purple hair and a tatoo Grace is running away from her soul destroying past in LA, and Cole too is licking his wounds after a disastrous fling ten years before with a Hollywood diva When the movie people come back to town both their pasts are gonna come chasing after them though and suddenly Grace is faced with letting Cole see the soft heart behind all those rough edges and Cole finds himself falling in love for real this time And, just in case you were wondering, the sex scenes are seriously scalding too In fact, I m still fanning myself here

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Close Enough to Touch
  • Victoria Dahl
  • English
  • 22 August 2019
  • 9780373776887

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