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  • Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (28 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776887
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Close Enough to Touch For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood has become 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 there to figure out her life. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting. Original. Full description

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sian Louise VINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading this authors previous trilogy "Donovan Brothers" I decided to give this a go as I had really enjoyed them.

However, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did the other books.
Grace was an extremely prickly character, who seemed to get insulted at most things but made out she wasn't upset and hurt by what people said and did to her.
Cole for me was just boring. Throughout the book his past in L.A was hinted at but then the so called big "secret" thing really was just dull. I mean this woman "made" him have a threesome and do the deed with other women... oh no the poor man.... i say that sarcastically because come on most men would love that, so it was hard to feel sorry for him lol

I was actually more impressed with the secondary characters to this book and I actually look forward to reading the next few books that will be out based on them (I assume).

This hasn't put me off this author but I really didn't enjoy it like I did previous books I have read of hers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Bit Disappointing 29 Aug. 2012
By Ramblings From This Chick Blog - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hate to say it but I wan't the biggest fan of this book. Not that I disliked it, but it was just okay to me. After reading Dahl's last series I had very high expectations going into this book. I guess I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. Both the hero and the heroine got on my nerves. They were both just so whiny about everything in their lives that after a while it just became annoying to keep reading.

Cole whines about not being able to be the cowboy that he is. He was injured a year ago and may never be able to ride again. I get that, I understand his dilemma, my problem is that is all he thinks about. Well that, and the time he left for two months to go off to Hollywood. To me it felt like all Cole does throughout the whole book is harp on his past. I just thought his affliction to anything Hollywood was over the top. But despite his whiny attitude, I did enjoy Cole. I liked that he was a gentleman.

Grace is makeup artist who is down on her luck and out of money so she decides to try to make a go at it in Wyoming. Grace begins living on a ranch that her aunt owns and hopes to save enough money that she will be able to move on to Vancouver in a few weeks. I don't know what it was exactly, but I just never was really able to warm up to Grace. She's hard, mistrustful and is constantly pushing everyone around her away. I just wanted her to stop being so closed off with everyone and to accept that there are people who are genuine and nice.

As for the relationship between Cole and Grace, I never understood it. I guess I felt like the feelings they both felt were superficial because in the book it didn't come off as if they truly cared for one another. Yes, I believe they were both attracted to each other, but I never felt like there was any romance between them. Grace is so closed off and Cole hides from anything Hollywood that it just felt like a relationship filled with hooking up. They are continuously having these random one night stands that never really lead to anything else. Then all of a sudden I am supposed to believe that they love each other. It just didn't come across like that to me at all. I think that the relationships Grace and Cole were experiencing with everyone around them was more believable than their own.

Don't get me wrong, by no means did I hate this book. In fact I rather enjoyed certain parts of it and found the book engaging and hard to put down. I loved all of the secondary characters we are introduced to and I can't wait to read more with them. I just wasn't the biggest fan of the romance between Grace and Cole. I will say though, that some of their scenes together was very sexy.

All in all, this was an okay read for me. It succeeded in keeping my attention and I'm definitely intrigued to see where this series is going to go from here.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sexy, surprisingly touching story 29 Aug. 2012
By JLL - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Dahl's Donovan family series is my all-time favorite romance series, so I was really looking forward to Close Enough to Touch (and I devoured it the day I got it!). I admit, it took me a little while to get into this book. Grace is kind of a tough character to like at first. She's incredibly defensive, wounded, and often downright mean. She is probably one of the more screwed up romance leads I've seen in a long while, and it makes her kind of off-putting at times. By the end of the book, though, I could clearly see why she was the way she was, and I really wanted her to be able to break free from her past. When it seemed like her past had come back to ruin things near the end, I was actually tearing a up a little because I wanted it to work for her! Cole is a little hard to like at first too, I think. He's also pretty screwed up, and while he may be a little more at ease with casual human connections he is no better than Grace with real intimacy. Grace can be mean, but he's not always much better to her. He says some nasty things to her, is awfully quick to blow things out of proportion, and blames Grace for not opening up when he barely does himself. It was pretty clear that the patterns they fell into right away were NOT what either of them needed, especially Grace, but Cole didn't seem to get that until the very end. (The way they both used sex as a tool for power was also a little disconcerting, though I suppose two people with massive trust issues would struggle with that.) He certainly wasn't the typical gallant "hero", though he had plenty of sweet moments to leave you feeling like he was a good guy, and eventually he seemed to see the light and understand his behavior was impacting the relationship too. Cole didn't quite tug at my heartstrings like some of my favorite romantic leads, but I did appreciate that he was a little unique. By the end I was enjoying his complexity. The secondary characters are fun and interesting without being too distracting. I especially liked Rayleen. I wish we had gotten to hear a little more from her, as you just know there's an interesting story there! Hopefully we'll hear more from her in later books. The book is pretty steamy too. Dahl has a knack for writing sexy scenes that are hot AND appropriate to the story, and there was more tenderness there than it appeared at first glance.

I did think a little more normal conversation between the main characters would have helped me buy into their transformation by the end. They mostly just have (hot!) sex, but because Grace is so afraid, she is barely capable of having a meaningful conversation outside the bedroom. I get that sharing is one of her hot button issues, but I did have just a tiny bit of trouble believing that they could really have a genuine relationship by the end. Still, these are minor quibbles. This is an enjoyable story with complicated, richly drawn characters. A solid start to the series, and I'll be eagerly looking forward to the other books!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.5 star read 28 Aug. 2012
By K. Branfield - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Victoria Dahl's newest release, Close Enough to Touch is an intense and emotional novel. Starting over is never easy, but for Grace Barrett, she has no choice. Blackballed by her cheating and vindictive ex, Grace's stay in Jackson Hole, WY is a temporary pit stop until her new job in Vancouver begins. Her next door neighbor Cole Rawlins is also playing a waiting game as he recovers from a serious injury that jeopardizes his future career plans.

My heart ached just for Grace Barrett. Her life has been difficult; she has struggled to make a success of her life, and one bad decision destroyed everything she worked so hard to achieve. She is angry, tough and fiercely independent. She keeps the world at a distance and clings tightly to her tough-girl attitude. Grace is also quite perceptive of those around her and she eventually becomes aware of her own destructive behavior.

Cole Rawlins is sexy, charming and brings to the relationship his own set of emotional baggage. On the surface, he is much more open than Grace, but as the story progresses, it becomes apparent he is also keeping his fair share of secrets. He is more honest and upfront than Grace and although their relationship is casual, he does try to get close to her.

With both characters holding so much of themselves back, it is impossible for them to have anything but a superficial relationship. There is a lack of communication between them that causes them to jump to wrong conclusions and misconstrue certain situations. Instead of feeling contrived, the misunderstandings feel natural; they are a natural extension of the characters inability to open up. In Cole's case, shame keeps him from talking about certain events. Grace's silence is purely self-preservation. She refuses to allow anyone to see what she perceives to be her weaknesses and she does not allow anyone to get close to her. Both characters are quick to run away from their problems instead of facing them head on.

While in many areas, Cole and Grace's relationship is far from easy they are definitely compatible in the bedroom. The sex between them is raw and gritty, with very little tenderness. Grace does let her guard down some and she eventually accepts Cole's more gentle gestures. With so much left unspoken between them, Grace has a few doubts about where she stands with Cole, and some of their sexual encounters feed her insecurities.

There are lighter moments in Close Enough to Touch. Some occur between Cole and Grace, but many are provided by the delightful secondary cast of characters. Bartender Jenny is wonderful, and she is the first person to slip past Grace's defenses. Eve Hill is Grace's boss, but also her friend. Grace's Great Aunt Rayleen Kisler is gruff and no nonsense, but she also has an undeniable charm that makes her one of the most enjoyable characters in the novel.

Close Enough to Touch is not a typical Victoria Dahl novel. And in this case, that is a very good thing. It is a heavier romance with realistic characters who have genuine problems to solve. It is a bit angsty but watching Cole and Grace overcome their obstacles is incredibly gratifying and emotionally satisfying. A heartwarming romance with two flawed yet very appealing protagonists that I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.5 I had Such High Hopes 28 Aug. 2012
By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Close Enough to Touch - by Victoria Dahl

*ARC Supplied by Publisher*

This book runs along as theme that is seen so often in romances these days. You take a wronged woman with a HUGE chip on her shoulder, one who is used to `the big city' or `the small town', one who is self-sufficient beyond the norm and dump her in the exact opposite of where she should be comfortable. Toss in some extremely caring, selfless people, add some ultra mind blowing (on the characters parts) sex.

Now make sure that the male protagonist is damaged goods and in this instance literally AND figuratively, but with the patience of a Saint. Dump them together and watch sparks fly...

The use of Jackson, Wyoming was interesting and actually kept my attention more than the story...and that is unfortunate because there really wasn't much of a story. Yes, this was a relationship driven story more than anything else, but every other element was so obvious. Your first hot, creative sex scene is at about 30% of the Kindle book and there are at least 3 more memorable scenes in it.

This was quite the formulaic story, unfortunately I had such optimism for this new series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An okay read.... 1 Sept. 2012
By rebecca moe - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Close Enough to Touch is the first book in Dahl's new series based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It stars two main characters, Grace and Cole, who are just chock-full of major issues. Grace is on the run from her life and her past, for reasons it takes a really long time to reveal to readers, and Cole is trying to recover both from an accident several months before and from family issues that are thirteen years old. Neither is really big on trust or honesty, which tends to be a stumbling block for relationships. For a lot of the novel I wasn't totally sold, either on Grace, who is pricklier than your average porcupine, or on their ultimate chances as a couple--it just seemed as if they'd never get to the point where either could really truly meet the other on equal footing. By the end, though, Dahl managed to pull it off fairly believably, enough that I am planning on picking up the next book in the series. It's not obvious from this one who book two will feature (Shane? Eve? Jenny? Grace's friend Merry who came for a visit?), but there's enough interesting people in town to fill up several future novels.
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