#NewRelease | Review: CLOSE TO YOU by Kristen Proby + Excerpt + Giveaway
Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. In her brand new Fusion Series from William Morrow, she seduces readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you CLOSE TO YOU, the second book in the Fusion Series! CLOSE TO YOU brings readers the next story in this amazing cast of characters. Grab your copy of CLOSE TO YOU today and check out the special offer below!
“Are you packed?” my sister, Mia, asks through the phone. Her voice is husky with sleep, which makes sense since it’s the middle of the night back home in Portland, Oregon.
“I leave tomorrow, Mia. Of course I’m not packed.” She snickers. I just finished up my last debriefing meeting, my last day as an officer in the Navy. I grip the zipper of my flight uniform and sigh. “It’s not right.”
“I know,” she says quietly. “But you’re safe and whole, and you could be dead, Landon, so I’ll take it.”
I frown, staring at myself in the mirror as I unzip my uniform for the last time. I’ll never wear it again, never pilot a plane again.
What the fuck am I supposed to do now? The Navy gave me options, but if I can’t fly, there’s no sense in it. Flying isn’t just what I do, it’s who I am.
“You’re overthinking,” Mia says.
“I’m a pilot, Mia. This is what I love. It wasn’t supposed to end like this.”
“You’re alive,” she says.
“Am I?” I murmur, then shake my head and wince at the neck pain that still nags me from time to time. Ejecting from an F- 16 will cause a crick in the neck. And a loss of an inch in height that may never return, along with an entire Naval career.
Son of a bitch.
“This has been the longest four months of our lives, Landon. We’re all anxious to see you.”
“I’ll be home in a few days,” I reply as I pull a T- shirt over my head and throw the last of my belongings in a box that the Navy will have sent to me from Italy.
I loved being in Italy for the past few years, and God knows I didn’t plan to leave it like this.
But I am. Maybe Mia’s right; at least I’m alive and I can walk and live a normal life.
I just can’t fly.
And that’s what hurts more than any injury from the crash.
“What time should I come get you from the airport?”
“No need,” I reply, regretting calling my sister and waking her up. I just didn’t know what else to do when I came in here and was faced with boxes and the end of a career I love. “I’ll get there.”
“It’s okay, really. I’ll see you in a few days.”
“Be safe,” she says. “And, Landon?”
“It’s going to be okay.”
I force a grin and a nod, though she can’t see either. “Of course it is.”
We say our good- byes and I sit on the edge of the bed, scrub my hands over my face, and take a deep breath. I hope she’s right.
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I've always like/love Kristen's books, that's nothing new. Close to You is the second book in the Fusion series, a series where a group of girlfriends find love and everything related to it -yet, so far we have two.
Now it's Cami's moment to fall in love... or still loving someone. She, as our other main characters, is a strong woman who's quite sure to know what she wants for herself. But she's not quite sure if it's right considering... well, he's her best friend's brother and he was also one of her best friends... when they were younger so you know, people change over time, and but mostly they grow up. And if I'm honest, the way Landon is described, well, yes I'd fall for him too. Landon seems to be all what she's ever wanted, but Landon seems to have other things in mind right know, like, what he needs/has to do with his life after being discharged from the Navy. But as the story goes and these two lovers spend more and more time together, they can't deny or avoid what they still feel for each other.
As always, Kristen has done a great job with the plot and characters and how they all develop along it; there were a few parts I wasn't one hundred percent into, but the whole story seemed to fall right into its course. It's quick, enjoyable story, and full of moments you'll enjoy for sure. I completely recommend it to you, it's an standalone but I think you'll love/like the first book too, so you should read it anyways.
Book: +4.5 stars
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