Close To You by Kristen Proby, narrated by Roger Wayne & Arielle de Lisle

shirtless hot guy in jeans leaning against a chair with a hot blonde girl wearing only a man's white shirt leaning in to him, standing between his knees, embracing and about to kiss.Why I read it:  This is one from my own TBL.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  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 restaurateur.

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?

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  The long-time crush Cami had on her friend Mia’s older brother, Landon, was referenced in Listen to Me, which I listened to a little while back. Landon was a navy pilot and when Close to You begins, he has been discharged from the military after having to eject from his fighter jet. It was never specified exactly why, but the result of the accident was that he was unable to ever fly (as a pilot) again. He loved to fly so this was a huge blow to him. He comes home to Portland to lick his wounds and work out what he’s going to do with the rest of his life. He had planned to stay in the navy for life but after 10 years, that dream is over. Understandably, he is not the happiest camper when he first comes home.

March Round Up

Monthly Mini Review

view of mountains from a deck, in pink and purple tonesLady Luck by Kristen Ashley, narrated by Emma Taylor – B+ I reviewed the ebook of Lady Luck sometime ago and I wouldn’t normally review the audio as well. But, because it’s been some time and because I had a different reaction to it and, also because I wanted to talk a little about the narration, I thought it was worthwhile posting this mini review.

What I’d recalled from the book was that I liked it okay but it was also my least favourite in the series – mainly because there was a lot of men referring to women as “pussy” and I didn’t like it. I still don’t like it but for some reason it was easier to hear in my ears than to read on the page. I put that down to the narration which was, for the most part, very good. But it’s also possible that I’ve seen and heard so much derogatory referencing of women in books and real life that maybe I’m just becoming slightly immune to it (although if that’s the case, that’s very sad).

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