Close Enough to Touch

Close Enough to Touch

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by Victoria Dahl
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Grace Barrett is on the run from an angry ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles. The last thing she planned to do in Jackson Hole, Wyo., was make friends. The plan was to hide out for a bit with her great-aunt, who rents out rooms, before making her way to Vancouver, but living across the hall from sexy cowboy Cole Rawlins complicates everything. Grace is a survivor, a teenage runaway who fought to get herself off the streets. She is suspicious of the town’s friendliness, mistrustful of Cole’s attempts to uncover every detail about her, and defensive about letting down her guard. Cole isn’t the only person trying to reach past Grace’s defenses, as her irascible Aunt Rayleen, cheerful bartender Jenny, and new boss Eve all have a thing or two to teach her about trust. The journey to healing and learning to accept love is gradual, and every step forward is something to cheer for. Agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Sassy and smokingly sexy, Talk Me Down is one delicious joyride of a book." —New York Times bestselling author Connie Brockway

"A hot and funny story about a woman many of us can relate to...."
—Salon.com on Crazy for Love

"[A] hands-down winner, a sensual story filled with memorable characters."
-Booklist on Start Me Up

"Dahl smartly wraps up a winning tale full of endearing oddballs, light mustery and plenty of innuendo and passion."

-Publishers Weekly on Talk Me Down

"Sparkling, special and oh so sexy-Victoria Dahl is a special treat!"
-New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips on Talk Me Down

Kirkus Reviews
Hot, contemporary "opposites attract" romance hits the emotional high notes as two struggling people find themselves and each other. Grace Barrett is forced by circumstances to accept a short-term home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where she intends to keep to herself; not hard for the unemployed, purple-haired, prickly makeup artist who's been exiled from Hollywood and is biding her time in the small town until a new job starts in Vancouver. Or so she thinks. Faced with her red-hot neighbor, Cole Rawlins, a born-and-bred Wyoming cowboy, Grace enters into a scorching-hot affair, determined to keep her emotions strictly off-limits. Cole is anything but the Wild West equivalent of a dumb jock, and he knows he's playing with fire with his new city-girl neighbor. He's spent time in Tinsel Town and experienced firsthand its shiny facade and its uglier underbelly. At first wary of Grace's hard-edged persona, he's still attracted to her in spite of himself, and he falls into her bed to distract himself as he heals from a potentially life-altering injury. Both Grace and Cole tell themselves--and each other--that it's all about the sex, but it doesn't take Cole long to figure out Grace's diamond-hard exterior is simply a protective shell for a fragile emotional history, and he finds himself intrigued by and protective of the sensitive woman behind the hard-core image. When Grace takes a job with an area photographer that turns into an opportunity as a location scout, it opens her future in unexpected ways but sets up a collision of two worlds and confrontations from the past and the present for Grace and Cole. Rising romance star Dahl delivers with this sizzling contemporary romance. (Warning: Steamy situations and straightforward sexual descriptions are well-done and integral to the plot, but some scenes are pretty graphic for a mainstream romance.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373776887
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
276,544
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.46(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the mountains. Her first novel debuted in 2007, and she’s gone on to write seventeen books and novellas in historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance. Victoria's contemporary romance, Talk Me Down, was nominated for both a RWA Rita Award and the National Readers' Choice Award. Since then, her books have been nominated for two more Rita Awards, and she hit the USA Today Bestseller list with the anthology Midnight Kiss.

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Close Enough to Touch 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
krb45 More than 1 year ago
Not very good. I read the first half and wondered why! Skimmed the second half to see how it ended. Sorry I purchased this one. Story line was weak and characters not well developed. Hard to identify with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked her other series, but so far I dont care for this one. It was not well written and it is hard to relate to the characters. I was very annoyed through most of this book - I actually skipped paragraphs when ever my irritation sparked.
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Just not what i was in the mood for
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book They really shouldn’t be together. She’s a Hollywood make up artiste, Gothic in appearance, purple hair, the works. He’s a laid back cowboy, as manly as they come. They meet when she lands up in Jackson, Wyoming. She’s lost her job, she’s been kicked out by her ex and owing to an unfortunate mix-up, she’s been accused of stealing several thousand dollars. As she’s been offered the use of an apartment in Jackson by her aunt, she plans to hang out there for a little while to get herself together before moving on to Vancouver, where she hopes to get another chance to work at her craft in the movie industry. But she meets Cole and then things becomes somewhat complicated. Cole has his issues. He’s out of work with a damaged leg which renders him unable to ride a horse, which is, as one could understand, a major setback for a cowboy. He is attracted to Grace, but her being in his life has him confront some demons from the past, such as his own failed foray into Hollywood years before and his toy boy love affair with Madeleine, a Hollywood movie boss. Some of the secondary characters were memorable and while I’m not so sure about the size of Jackson, Wyoming, the book had that cute ‘small town romance’ feel.  Characters like Grace’s aunt Rayleen, the whisky-sour swilling saloon owner, and Easy, the aged cowboy, stayed with me long after I’d closed this book.   I also found the dialogue witty and entertaining.  While I was really fascinated by the premise and could not stop reading, I wasn’t overly thrilled with the love scenes, especially the early ones. The problem with erotica, and the very graphic terms used therein, is that for me at least, it just takes away the romance from the sex act and turns it into a spectator sport. I don’t need to feel the orgasm, but I’d like to feel the love and the passion. I didn’t get a sense of that until near the end (but then again maybe that was the idea). In some of the scenes, I got this feeling that they were using each other to scratch an itch. She raking his back with her fingernails screaming and him asking her ‘where do you want me to touch you?’ But then again, they were pretty much in tune at the end. Actually, in my humble opinion, the points of contention are minor, really, very much in the eye of the beholder. Victoria Dahl has created a truly fascinating story with characters I grew to care about. Favorite Quote:  A man stood in the doorway of the other apartment. He leaned against the door jamb, arms crossed and mouth turned up in an amused smile. “Excuse me?” she snapped. “Just wondering why you’re kickiing the tar out of that bag, darlin’.” “First of all, I’m not your darlin’. Second, it’s none of your business.” This is Grace and Cole’s first meeting. It makes me smile and shows the differences between the two in a perfect way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed book!
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I enjoyed the story line in this book, but it was a bit too sexual explicit for my taste.
banker247 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and would recommend others to check it out.
Polkadot-Pie More than 1 year ago
I rate a book usually on how it makes me feel & this one had me in tears! I love the way Dahl brings wraps you up in a character until your heart feels like it is connected to the people in the story. Love this new series, love that everyone in it has flaws that make them wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! Was concise and had great editing and grammar.
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I liked this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good... Grace and Cole were likeable enough. They both seemed to hold onto their past until the absolute end of the book, which got old after a while. The Donovan Siblings series and Tumble Creek series from this author were awesome!
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I love Victoria Dahl's stories. This one did not disappoint. I loved Cole and Grace. Looking forward to Merry and Shane!
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