Review: The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter 

Tortured by a violent past, ex-con Jase Hollister is looking to start over in a small town. The rugged bachelor suffering from PTSD longs for peace and quiet, always keeping his women at a distance—and his heart encased in stone.

Brook Lynn Dillon is a down on her luck waitress determined to avoid the man every woman in town wants—including her sister. The last thing she needs is his kind of trouble. But his every glance makes her burn…and her resistance is melting fast.

My thoughts....

When I think of Gena Showalter I don't often think of contemporary romance. She's a wonderful paranormal author and I've enjoyed both her Atlantis and Lords of the Underworld Series. If you haven't yet read them, you don't know what you are missing. But like I said, contemporary and Showalter aren't two things I'd put together.

Of course I'm always happy to be proven wrong. 

Not that I thought that at first when I started to read The Closer you Come. I already read, The One You Want so I had a feel for the way this series was going and who the characters were. Because it was a short novella I really only got to know the main characters with glimpses of the others. I didn't go in blind but also wasn't prepared either. 

Because I'm a huge romance reader I'm very picky about what's in my books, or I should say, somewhat picky. I don't mind murder and mayhem, but hate cheaters. Now, let me be blunt, no one cheated in this book, but the opening chapters are kind of rough to read. 

Let me explain...Jase has sex with Brooke Lynn's sister, Jessie Kay (don't you just love their names) then feels a attraction to Brooke Lynn. I know, it's some what confusing. You'll understand more when you read it for yourself. Torturing you all makes my day. 

Now, I happen to like Jase and Brooke Lynn together. They work if that makes sense. They fit together and complete what the other is missing in their lives. 

You are going to find that The Closer You Come is so full of layers. Just when you think you have everything figured out...Showalter hits you with something else. You ride a roller coaster of ups and downs. 

I will tell you that at times you won't like whats going on in the book and that's okay, just don't be so quick to give up on it. Remember the layers. 

You will find that The Closer You Come is written with the same humor that are in so many of Showalter's stories. Poor Brooke Lynn gets fired a lot from being Jase's assistant. You'll have to read the book to know why. Believe me, it's very funny. 

After reading this I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Hotter You Burn with is out on July 28th! I would love to hear your thoughts on The Closer You Come if you've read it. Happy reading! 

The Hotter You Burn Out July 28th  

Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck's home—her ancestral estate—for food, she's shocked by his early return...and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck's life, he can't get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he'll have to break her heart...or surrender his own

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Don't forget...

Rich, powerful and utterly untamable, Dane Michaelson is every woman's darkest fantasy. When he returns to his hometown to witness his father’s upcoming nuptials, he is unprepared for the redheaded beauty soon to become his stepsister. He's never wanted anyone more.

Kenna Starr has no desire to join the long list of women on rotation in Dane’s bedroom. The single mom learned the hard way—bad boys do bad things, and someone always gets hurt. But Dane isn’t fighting fair. With every heated look, stolen kiss and illicit caress, he melts her defenses.

Soon, the girl with the rep and the man who claims to be heartless are locked in a passionate affair. But when trouble arises, will they stand together or fall

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  1. Good review. I didn't much care for that sister thing, but like you said, layers. I really liked Jase after that and I liked them as a couple. Can't wait for the next book.

    1. Me either. I did like how he kept firing her until he ate something she cooked, so funny.


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