Close To You
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?
This book was so adorable, so sweet, so beautiful I wanted to start it over again as soon as I finished. I love that this book didn’t have to have some big drama or angst moment in order to work. It made me love Landon and Cami even more for being able to be there for each other and talk through any issues.
Cami has been in love with her best friend’s older brother Landon for years. Landon had a crush on her nearly every bit as long… and he kept it under wraps that entire time. They each went their separate directions, Cami getting married and divorced and Landon joining the Air Force. Now they are both older, a little wiser and unexpectedly thrown together over and over. There were no outside forces working against them. This book wasn’t angsty, but it did bring the feels a couple times.
Now that there are no obstacles in their way they are both free to express their feelings toward each other. There is no doubt that Landon is an alpha male, but I love the way that Kristen Proby portrays her alpha males. None of the arrogance, aggressiveness, can’t admit feelings, using only for sex and so many other “Alpha” traits we see in other books. Landon had none of these. He was sweet, kind, thoughtful, respectful, loyal, willing to give Cami anything she wanted or needed, wanting to spend time just being with her and just being a considerate amazing guy. I mean he built and organized her pantry, how amazing is that?
Overall I loved this story. It was so fun, so swoony, so sweet and so perfect that I found myself with a huge grin on my face every time I put this book down. I highly suggest this book if you want something that is different and has a couple that is truly perfect for each other. It has very little angst and an unbelievably high swoon factor and you will not regret checking this one out.
ARC provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review.
When we have sex, it won’t be because either of us has to. It’ll be because we’re both ready and can’t keep our damn hands off of each other. Making love to you will never be a chore.
I get lost in you.
Mm. But it’s the kind of lost that’s like being found.
It’s funny how you can know someone for so long, and then one day you realize that you never really knew them at all. Our friendship has always been important to me, Cami, but it’s only been in the past few months that I’ve truly grown to know you. Inside and out. What makes you tick. What makes you laugh and what scares you and that you’re bad at buying things for your kitchen. Loving you has always come as easy as breathing for me, and falling in love with you is no different. I admire you. Your strength of character. Your humor. Your intelligence. You are impressive and not a little scary, Cami.
This moment is thirteen years in the making, and I couldn’t have pictured it any better than this.
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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. Visit her at KristenProby.com.
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