Feature book: Close Enough to Touch
Grace Barrett, Hollywood make-up artist, down to her last dollar, has no choice but to travel to Jackson Hole by bus to stay in an apartment. The entire building is owned by her great Aunt Rayleen (the building is called The Stud Farm by the town—no female stayed there—only fantastic looking men!) Jackson Hole is just a short stop for Grace to get back on her feet. Cole Rawlins is a rugged cowboy living at Stud Farm, recovering from an injury that may mean he can never ride again—the injury has derailed his plans of purchasing the farm he works at.
Grace is left completely broke after ending her relationship and losing her job, not wanting to hear the nasty rumours spread about herself, she makes plans to leave for Vancouver but needs a stepping stone before travelling there. Grace is stubborn and closed off, she ran away from home when she was young to Hollywood thinking to make it big but is left disappointed with how her life has turned out. She refuses charity of any kind, but she has survived before and she will again.
Cole is a broken man, he carries baggage from a previous relationship, one he left Jackson Hole to follow and returned home with his tail between his legs. He has spent almost a decade saving money to purchase the ranch he works on, the same one his father worked on all his life, but the injury he sustained has the potential to ruin all of his plans. Cole is swoon-worthy, trying to help Grace but she just won’t let him.
The attraction between the two is instantaneous. But, after being burned in LA, Grace is not interested in a relationship, so begins a no strings attached involvement. Cole is unsure why he is drawn to such a closed off person but can’t seem to stay away. When a movie crew comes to scout locations and chooses Jackson Hole—Grace’s and Cole’s past collide.
This was the first Victoria Dahl novel I have read, and I can see why she is on many people’s favourite lists. There were many secondary characters that made Close Enough to Touch so enjoyable; Eve, Jenny and Merry but Aunt Rayleen has to be my favourite character from the book and I can only hope she will rate an appearance in the following books in this new series.
Reviewed by Aimee
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment on the blog will go into the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes on 5 June 2013.