Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
(Harlequin HQN, 2012, 384 pages)
Close Enough to Touch follows Grace Barrett as she leaves the L.A. lifestyle and heads to Wyoming as her first stop in starting her life over. Grace is a makeup artist and left California under less than ideal conditions (she owes her ex a lot of money), but she’s hoping to reboot with the help of a rent-free apartment from her tough-as-nails aunt, who just so happens to own the saloon that sits next to her apartment building.
Prior to her L.A. life Grace had a pretty dark upbringing and because of that she makes it a point to exude a tough demeanor. Things take an interesting turn when Grace is introduced to her neighbor, Cole. He’s an honest-to-god cowboy and she can’t get over it. Not only because she has a hard time wrapping her head around the notion of cowboys being real, but because he’s so attractive. The two have a chemistry but they’re both hiding something and because of this there’s a miscommunication about what’s really going on between them. Cole wants to see past Grace’s tough exterior, but Grace can’t handle the notion of anyone getting that close to her.
I like Victoria Dahl’s writing style and I’d definitely check out other books by her. A fun, quick read.