I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter
Series: The Original Heartbreakers #1
Published by HQN on March 31, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has a dark and twisted past. And now, he has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. But model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty…
Brook Lynn Dillon has always been responsible. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and fun-deprived. Until Jase comes along. He is dangerous, stunningly protective, breathtakingly sexy and as tempting as sin, and the passion sizzling between them is undeniable. But can it melt her resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what they both need.
What I Thought…
• I found myself immediately sucked in to Strawberry Valley. It’s a cute small town in Oklahoma with a cast of characters I can’t help but love.
• Jase has spent that last several years in prison for a crime that he did commit, but when you find out all the details you can’t help but be on his side. He has some issues that stem from this but he is trying to work on them, even though at times he feels like he doesn’t deserve it.
• Brook Lynn is someone I want to be friends with. She was fresh and funny and down to earth. She also has a disability that is not common in books, which I found refreshing. I also liked how she handled it and how Jase handled it – like it was not even a thing.
• There is some awkwardness between Jase and Brook Lynn given another situation in the beginning, but I thought it was handled smoothly and they make an adorable couple.
• While Jase and Brook Lynn are the main characters there is a large cast. I loved Jase’s friends West and Beck and their stories (especially West’s) should prove quite interesting. Brook Lynn’s sister isn’t someone I easily identified with, but I’m sure when it’s her turn we will get to see what’s under the surface.
• There are a couple of twists/new developments that occur later on in the book, none of which are alluded to in the synopsis, which is fine by me, though I think that we probably didn’t need both situations to make the romance work.
• My only complaints about The Closer You Come was that it was a little long for a contemporary (for me). I like my contemporaries in the 300-350 range and this one is over 434 pages. It was an excellent book, I just thought that with the two surprises near the end, taking one of them out would have put things a little shorter.
Overall The Closer You Come was an excellent summertime read and I cannot wait to get to The Hotter You Burn.