Close to YouSeries: Fusion #2
by Kristen Proby
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on August 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Camilla, “Cami,” LaRue was five years old when she first fell in love with Landon Palazzo. Everyone told her the puppy love would fade—they clearly never met Landon. When he left after graduation without a backward glance, she was heartbroken. But Cami grew up, moved on, and became part-owner of wildly popular restaurant Seduction. She has everything she could want...or so she thinks.
After spending the last 12 years as a Navy fighter pilot, Landon returns to Portland to take over the family construction business. When he catches a glimpse of little Cami LaRue, he realizes she’s not so little any more. He always had a soft spot for his little sister’s best friend, but nothing is soft now when he’s around the gorgeous restauranteur.
Landon isn’t going to pass up the chance to make the girl-next-door his. She’s never been one for romance, but he’s just the one to change her mind. Will seduction be just the name of her restaurant or will Cami let him get close enough to fulfill all her fantasies?
Am I so accustomed to angst and “over-drama” in my romance that I’m constantly looking for the shoe to drop?
Yes, yes I am.
It’s like I’m constantly peering around the corner looking for the impending disaster that will keep our lovebirds apart. Or it’s a totally stupid thing one of the protagonists does that causes the breakup and subsequent make-up.
But HOLD UP! What’s this?!?!?!
Did I just read one of the nicest, purest romances ever? Perhaps….
Close to You is Kristen Proby’s second book in her Fusion series but I believe it can easily be read as a stand alone. Of course, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie between five best friends who open up a trendy restaurant in Portland, Oregon so much better if you’ve read the first book. I do recommend it 😉
But either way…
Cami LaRue has been best friends Mia Palazzo forever. So she’s known (and loved) Mia’s older brother Landon as long as she can remember. When Landon left home at 18 to become a Navy pilot, Mia was crushed but she practically moved on… for the most part 😉 She even got married… and amicably divorced (she’s been setting up her ex on blind dates since book one!) These five friends are quite quirky.
When Landon has a career ending accident that keeps him out of the air, he comes home to find his bearings and figure out his next steps. Landon starts helping his father with his construction business. All signs appear that Landon is only hanging around until something bigger or better comes along. But is that true? Why does he seem interested in Cami, then????? Hmmmmm….
A great “friends to lovers” story, this one has the added bonus of it being a best friend’s brother, too. And actually, there may be a bit of drama added in to the story, but it fits into the entire theme of the story. For me, the entire story worked perfectly… almost too perfectly.
Where’s the angst???
It was great to catch up with Addie and Jake from Listen to Me (book one) as well as see what kind of trouble the other three girls, Mia, Riley, and Kat are getting into. I just saw that Kat’s book is next (Blush for Me) and I’m pretty happy about that because she’s one of my favorites so far. I thought about shipping Kat with Cami’s ex, Brian but that’s apparently down the drain. Kat’s headed to a wine convention in the Sonoma Valley. What happens in Sonoma stays in, err…. Sonoma?
Definitely some angst there.
But seriously, we’re talking a nice solid, contemporary romance that is so easy to read. It’s quick, the pacing of the story is perfect, and Ms. Proby writes great chemistry and a conversational tone between all the characters. Sonoma Valley here I come (hiccup)!