Grace Barrett slinks into Jackson Hole looking for a fresh start. She’s a Hollywood makeup artist on the run from a reputation (that wasn’t earned), and she takes up her great-aunt’s offer of a place to stay. She meets Cole Rawlins, a rugged cowboy, while attempting to get into her apartment. Cole is a fairly straightforward and kind guy, and he takes an immediate liking to Grace. Grace, on the other hand, hears warning bells and whistles when he appears, what with his charming smile and rogue-like cowboy aura. The last thing she wants is more drama. But when their spark ignites and they can no longer ignore it, they decide to throw caution to the wind an attempt a no-strings-attached approach. Does it work? Ya’ll, this is a romance novel…of course not!
I really like Victoria Dahl’s books, but I’ve come to realize that she’s either a hit or miss for me. Close Enough to Touch was a miss. I had a heck of a time keeping myself from wanting to strangle the heck out of both of these characters. Grace is the kind of person who runs from her problems. She lies, she evades, and she dodges. Cole is just as guilty, albeit not quite as rough around the edges as Grace. I wanted to SHAKE THEM BOTH. Hard. It’s difficult to really get into a book when the characters don’t win you over. Unfortunately, that was the case for me and Close.
Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
Romance: 1/5 Raunch: 3.5/5