Thursday, August 4, 2016

Close to You (Fusion #2) by Kristen Proby: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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 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?

Releases: August 9, 2016

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“Oh, sweet Jesus, don’t ever stop doing that.”

I grin and watch as I knead her feet. Upon closer inspection, I see that they’re callused, and despite being nicely painted, they’re a bit of a mess.

“I hate my feet,” she murmurs softly. “They’re rough and callused and horrible.”

“I don’t mind,” I reply honestly. “But you should spoil yourself sometimes and go get one of those froofroo pedicures.”

“I do. But I wear shoes that are bad for me, and I hate socks, so this is what I’m stuck with.” Her eyes slit open to watch me as she shrugs. “I don’t care. My shoes rock.”

.“I’ll rub your feet for you anytime you want.”

She grins softly and I want to pull her in my lap and hold on tight. I want to kiss her madly and lay her back on this couch and uncover her body, inch by inch, discovering what makes her moan and what makes her sigh.

I want to do all of the things I’ve fantasized about for longer than I can remember.

Instead, I sigh and pat her ankle, then stand. “I’d better go.”

She stands with me and follows me to the door. “Thank you for dinner. You didn’t have to do that.”

“Yes.” I turn to her and push her blond hair back over her ear. Scoot is winding his way through my legs, purring. “I did. Thank you for today.”

Before she can push me away, I lean in and press my lips to her forehead, breathing her in, and wanting to stay.

“Are you going to get that last house?”

“If you promise to visit.” I pull back and see her bite her lip, then firm her shoulders.

“I’ll visit.”

I nod and leave her before I do something stupid like scoop her up and take her up to her bedroom to spend the rest of the weekend with her.

She’s not ready for that. I’m not sure I’m ready for that, which shocks the fuck out of me because I’ve never had a problem with carrying a willing woman off to a bed to have my way with her.

But this is Cami, and a fun romp on a mattress isn’t the only thing I want with her. Not that I really know what I want with her.

I do know that she deserves more than a weekend in bed, and the thought of someone else giving it to her makes me crazy.

About Kristen Proby:

Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have 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 spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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Review by Yvette:

It was probably a mistake to start Close to You by Kristen Proby at 10:30 at night because, once I started reading, the next thing I knew, it was 2 am, I was finished with the book, and I was, in fact, wide awake. I have to say, though…I regret nothing. My zombie-like state that morning was well worth spending several uninterrupted hours in the company of protagonists, Cami LaRue and Landon Palazzo. There’s romance. There’s humor. There’s heartache. There’s all the ingredients for a heart-meltingly sweet, unbelievably sexy story that will tug on your heartstrings and give you the warm-and-fuzzies.

There are few things I love more than the best friend's brother (or sister) trope in a romance novel. There's something about the combination of both the familiar and the forbidden that makes my heart race just a little bit faster. The heat generated by the resulting sexual tension *may* have something to do with it, as is the case with Cami and Landon, two longtime friends who spent the past ten years crushing on each other from afar. When Landon comes home after having to leave his job as a Navy fighter pilot, the attraction between him and Cami flares, igniting a will-they/won’t they clash of wills. *Cue the sexual tension*

The combination of the sassy, independent spitfire and the handsome, stoic Alpha male is just plain fun. The two effortlessly slip back into their easygoing friendship, their teasing yet affectionate banter displaying how much they genuinely like each other. Their bond is evident in their every conversation and in their every action. I loved how they noticed and appreciated each other's intricate quirks because it’s those little details that make these characters so warm and inviting. I found it impossible to think of one without the other, connecting with Cami and Landon individually, but even more so as a couple. It's not just about romance with them. It's about friendship – an already tight-knit relationship that develops both an emotional and a physical intimacy.

With an emphasis on the budding romance between Cami and Landon as well as the sisterly friendship between Cami and the other four co-owners of Seduction, Close to You is a character-driven romance. These are characters who captured my full attention from page one and kept me riveted with every chapter. Close to You is a devour-in-one-sitting type of read, complete with a drool-worthy romance and just enough gut-wrenching angst to ensure that Cami and Landon’s story is one that's unforgettable.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. I do not have a dream job now, mot sure what my dream job would be.

  2. I'm retired so that's my dream "job" that I'm doing right now!

  3. My dream job would be to have a bookstore.

  4. My dream job would be to write a best selling book.

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  5. My dream job is to own my own book store / coffee joint

  6. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

  7. I don't have a dream job. I am disabled so I can't work.

  8. My dream job is wanting to edit books, but I just read and review, I just started having time to read this last couple of years!

  9. I like my current job but I've always wanted to be a stunt double. Don't think that will ever happen though.

  10. I have always dreamed of being a vet.
    Nope didn't do it.
    thank you

  11. My dream job is Open Heart ICU and until I hurt my back I was doing my dream job. Now I'm set on writing. :)

  12. I am winding down career-wise and I just got the perfect Civil Service reception job.

  13. My dream always was being a mother and I have done that x3. I would certainly love to get paid to read though.

  14. When i was a kid a dream to be a doctor

  15. My dream job is to read and review books

  16. I don't think I have a dream job. I like foreign languages and I'm a hotel receptionist so partially it has something to do with them :)

  17. My dream job would be an author or the owner of a quaint little bookshop.

  18. You can say I'm already doing my dream job, being a stay at home mom. :)
    Ty for the chance. ❤️