Review – Close To You by Kristen Proby

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What Worked For Me:

I absolutely LOVE this series.  We are only 2 books in, and I’m already salivating for the remaining books.  Close To You is the story of Cami, our numbers girl at Seduction.  Her entire life, Cami has been in love with her best friend’s brother, Landon (see, that right there already makes me swoon).  But Landon has never shown her any interest so when he returns home from the military, his career and life all adrift, and gives Cami no notice, she decides it’s time to move on.  I go crazy when this works and it works to her benefit in a huge way because when Landon does notice and decides to court Cami, all bets are off.   I’ve been fascinated with Landon since he was introduced to us in Listen To Me and he does not disappoint!  He is dreamy and charismatic, even as he is coming to grips with the fact that his military career is over.  He also happens to be the perfect hero for our darling Cami.  I could not get enough of the chemistry and emotion between these two.  Even better, their lives are full of memories of a very great friendship that now is starting to have an added element…smoking hot sex!  But more powerful than the sex (don’t be fooled, Ms. Proby writes extremely decadent and delightful bedroom scenes), is the bond between these too.  They “get” each other in ways that defy the mind and make you witness what true soul mates are really about.  There are lots of poignant moments between Landon and Cami but there are also moments that make this series so much more charming….the times between these five amazing friends.  We have lots of laughter and hijinks between all the characters but when you throw in a conniving cat who just doesn’t understand boundaries, you are entertained and chuckling for hours.  There are some powerfully intense situations in this story that will have your heart breaking but this author is so amazing in her storytelling that even though you are devastated by events in these characters lives, you never give up hope and you are blessed with an amazing ending and yearning for the next book.  I don’t know how she does it but this series has sucked me in and taken hold and I can’t wait to read the next book in this stellar series!

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes, to everyone who loves contemporary romance.  It’s sexy without being over-the-top and there is virtually no angst.

Final Star Rating:

5 stars

 

Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. In her brand new Fusion Series from William Morrow, she seduces readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you CLOSE TO YOU, the second book in the Fusion Series! CLOSE TO YOU brings readers the next story in this amazing cast of characters. Grab your copy of CLOSE TO YOU today!

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the second novel in her sizzling Fusion series.

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 twelve 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?

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PROLOGUE

~Landon~

“Are you packed?” my sister, Mia, asks through the phone. Her voice is husky with sleep, which makes sense since it’s the middle of the night back home in Portland, Oregon.

“I leave tomorrow, Mia. Of course I’m not packed.” She snickers. I just finished up my last debriefing meeting, my last day as an officer in the Navy. I grip the zipper of my flight uniform and sigh. “It’s not right.”

“I know,” she says quietly. “But you’re safe and whole, and you could be dead, Landon, so I’ll take it.”

I frown, staring at myself in the mirror as I unzip my uniform for the last time. I’ll never wear it again, never pilot a plane again.

What the fuck am I supposed to do now? The Navy gave me options, but if I can’t fly, there’s no sense in it. Flying isn’t just what I do, it’s who I am.

“You’re overthinking,” Mia says.

“I’m a pilot, Mia. This is what I love. It wasn’t supposed to end like this.”

“You’re alive,” she says.

“Am I?” I murmur, then shake my head and wince at the neck pain that still nags me from time to time. Ejecting from an F- 16 will cause a crick in the neck. And a loss of an inch in height that may never return, along with an entire Naval career.

Son of a bitch.

“This has been the longest four months of our lives, Landon. We’re all anxious to see you.”

“I’ll be home in a few days,” I reply as I pull a T- shirt over my head and throw the last of my belongings in a box that the Navy will have sent to me from Italy.

I loved being in Italy for the past few years, and God knows I didn’t plan to leave it like this.

But I am. Maybe Mia’s right; at least I’m alive and I can walk and live a normal life.

I just can’t fly.

And that’s what hurts more than any injury from the crash.

“What time should I come get you from the airport?”

“No need,” I reply, regretting calling my sister and waking her up. I just didn’t know what else to do when I came in here and was faced with boxes and the end of a career I love. “I’ll get there.”

“Landon— ”

“It’s okay, really. I’ll see you in a few days.”

“Be safe,” she says. “And, Landon?”

“Yeah.”

“It’s going to be okay.”

I force a grin and a nod, though she can’t see either. “Of course it is.”

We say our good- byes and I sit on the edge of the bed, scrub my hands over my face, and take a deep breath. I hope she’s right.

 

Series Information

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And Don’t Miss the First Novel in the Fusion Series, LISTEN TO ME!

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Author Pic - Kristen ProbyAbout Kristen Proby:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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