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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

ARC Review! Close To You by Kristen Proby

Release Date August 9, 2016 
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?

Cami and Landon have a history. You find out that she has been in love with him practically her entire life in the first book in the Fusion series. You also discover that everyone knows about her crush on Landon.  

There is a build-up that there were unresolved feelings; that they were going to have issues after Landon is forced to retire from the Air Force after an accident. However, there really aren’t. They flow fairly smoothly from the friends-to-lovers portion of their story.  

The book felt a little flat to me. It was clear Cami was attracted to Landon, and you quickly discover that Landon feels the same way about her. There is little to no conflict, and just a little angst in this book. This would have worked for me, if I was not expecting more from the build-up that we were given in the first Fusion book.

Landon returns home after a career ending accident, but never really seems that conflicted. There are a couple of comments that he seems sad, but really nothing else, in fact, Landon and Cami never really discuss this, it happened, they move past it, with virtually no acknowledgement, much like the other events in the book that should have caused conflict or discussion.

The book isn’t bad, not at all. It is well written, the characters are likeable, you want to read about them, you want to see what happens to them, you want things to work out for them…but at the same time, you never feel that there is much doubt that things will be fine. Each crisis is handled in a “we are together, it is fine” manner that left me feeling that they less chose to be with one another than fell into a happy pattern. I also wanted to believe Landon chose Cami, not came back to her when his real choice is taken from him. This is addressed, sort of, but not fully.  

Overall, I think I wanted the book to have more depth, to have more emotion. A friends-to-lovers story is fine, but there is usually a little conflict as each person navigates the new relationship. The lack of this, of any real need to adjust made me feel that this was a little flat, lacking in the real depth. 

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