Aug 24, 2012

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Review: Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl

Contemporary Romance
August 28 2012
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
HQN Books
Received from NetGalley

Yummy Man – Cole Rawlins
Kick Ass Chick – Grace Barrett

From Goodreads –
Can a city girl make it in the wild, wild West? For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood is less the land of golden opportunity and more 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. As they discover a sizzling attraction, it’s Grace who finds herself surprised. Cole’s the only man who’s ever dared to get close enough to see through her tough facade. And his mysterious past only makes him sexier.

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.


Aug!  Unfortunately this book just frustrated me so this is going to be a very short review.

Close Enough to Touch is the latest by author Victoria Dahl.  It’s about Grace, a makeup artist who has been cast out of Hollywood and Cole, a Rancher.  The title comes from the fact that Grace and Cole are new neighbors in the apartment building owned by Grace’s aunt – they live across the hall from each other.  Well, there is more to the title but that is the main reason I picked up for the title.  I thought I would like Grace’s character because I am a trained makeup artist too – I thought “hey, kindred spirits!”  Well, turns out no.  I didn’t connect with her at all.  There was so much there too to make her a likable heroine though!  She grew up on the streets, she survived, she blossomed and became a strong woman by the end of the book…but I still couldn’t bring myself to feel her.

Same happened with Cole.  He is damaged and angsty but I just didn’t follow him on his journey to self-discovery and all that jazz.  I read it but found myself still feeling like an outsider unlike most books when I feel like I’m in the book, following along and occasionally rubbing up against a firm buttocks and yummy abs.  I really wanted to like Cole but *shrugs*.

As much as I didn’t click with the characters separately, together they were just strange to me.  Cole likes bad girls…but Grace may look like one with her purple hair and all but she isn’t really one.  Cole’s attraction (border obsession in the beginning) to Grace didn’t fit for me.

I did enjoy Grace’s boss and her friend who works at the bar and the scene near the end where Grace gives them makeovers was quite cute.  But before that and after that scene there was lots of secrets and trouble that bothered me.  This book also wore a more serious tone than the author’s past books.  Not that this is necessarily an issue but if you are a fan and are looking forward to the same witty stuff you are used to, you won’t really find it here.*sigh* I really did want to like this book…

When I pick up a book by this author I usually know that there will be at least something about the story that I will enjoy.  The hero or the heroine or even just the twists and turns in the plot…  Unfortunately that was not the case with this one.  Nothing really clicked with me and I shook my head more often than I would normally like while reading a contemporary romance.  I understand that this is fiction after all but much of this book just didn’t make sense to me.  🙁

2 stars

  1. Oops! I’ve been meaning to give this author a shot, her books are on audio too, but it seems that this is not the one to start with.
    I totally get why this didn’t work for you, I share your feeling when it comes to connecting to the heroine, once you don’t, it’s close to impossible to enjoy the book.

  2. Lupdilup – No, not this one. I started with Lead me On and just loved it. So much that I went back to read the first two books in that series. But I haven’t had a whole lot of luck with this author since. One book in her last series I really liked though.

  3. Well you can’t love them all Julie, don’t worry. Perhaps you will fall for her next book again.

  4. Oooh sorry to see you didn’t like it. I discovered Victoria Dahl recently with her Donovan series, and loved the books I read in that series so I was very much looking forward to this new series of her. Will give her a try and see if I can warm to the heroine.

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