Author: Victoria Dahl
Series: Jackson, #1
Published: August 28, 2012 (HQN Books)
Rating: Staying in Tonight
Format: Digital galley provided by publisher via NetGalley
Summary: For 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 more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting . Cole 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 both.Victoria Dahl is one of those authors whom I always enjoy but never remember to list or look up when I'm at the library or in the bookstore. But she just writes such fun, sexy stories with her own flair. They're really good, and Close Enough to Touch was no exception! I'm also totally in love with the cover. The purple, the negative space, the plays with fonts.
They'll need more 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.
One of my favorite things about Close Enough to Touch was the originality of the heroine, Grace. Far from the visual her name might inspire, Grace was a touch girl with purple hair, black boots, and a few things in her past that might cause sideways glances. Being a city girl, Grace wasn't sure what to make about a lot of the aspects of small town life. It was amusing to watch her adjust to the difference. She also had secrets she had to deal with.
Cole was a super sexy cowboy who also happened to be incredibly frustrated, due to the fact that he was injured. And as such, he could not work. He had bunches of down time, interspersed with brutal but helpful physical therapy appointments. Then Grace moved into the room next to his. It was dislike at first site, but of course, it didn't last. Soon enough, Grace and Cole were discovering more and more they had in common, despite their apparent differences.
I liked all the touches Dahl included. The small-town bar was great. Grace's eccentric aunt who only rented to men (Grace being the sole exception). How Grace got to experience real friendship outside of her only long-time best friend. The side romance that was incredibly cute.
Close Enough to Touch was definitely an enjoyable read. I'm also super excited for Too Hot to Handle, the next book in the series. Merry absolutely cracked me up, and I can't wait to read more about her. But back to Close Enough to Touch: If you love watching the sparks fly as dislike turns to something else a lot more fun and a lot more romantic, this one is for you!
This made it official: Grace Barrett’s life was over. Or, at the very least, it was so irrevocably screwed up that a quick death would be a blessing at this point.
Even cowboys can take a hint when you’re bashing them over the head with it.
She’d started the day off in her underwear in a hallway. That seemed like the kind of day that should end with a beer.
Once a guy ruffles your hair, your vagina has ceased to exist for him.