on August 9th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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?
As much as I loved Kristen Proby’s With me in Seattle series, I didn’t think any series could top it. But after reading Listen to Me, the first book in the Fusion series, I quickly fell in love with all 5 of the ladies in this series and I couldn’t wait for Landon and Cami’s story!
Cami LaRue has loved Landon Palazzo for as long as she could remember. But after years of heartbreak when he didn’t seem to feel the same way and then when he left to be a pilot in the Navy, Cami finally moved on. After being in a serious accident, Landon is back in Portland and realizes that “little Cami LaRue” is all grown up and that now might finally be the chance to show her how he has felt for years.
I love a friends-to-lovers story! With Landon being the older brother of Mia, who is one of Cami’s four best friends who all own and run Seduction (one of the top new restaurants in Portland), he has known Cami almost her whole life. They use to be very close friends, but distance made them grow apart. It was very sweet to see how hard Landon worked to get his friendship back with Cami and then to finally move things pass the friendship stage.
“I’ve always been in love with you, Landon.”
…. he brushes his lips gently over my forehead and pulls me into his arms hugging me softly. “Same here, sweetheart.”
I not only enjoyed the chemistry between Cami and Landon, but I LOVED every interaction between Cami and her best friends. Kristen Proby always writes these types of scenes so well and they were so much fun to read- the perfect example of what a group of close friends should be. I also loved that the book took place in Oregon and especially Portland, which is near and dear to my heart. This book is told in dual POVs (point of views), which I always love!
I think the only thing that bothered me about this book was the way that Cami seemed to push Landon away (too many times) when her doubts weren’t really warranted. He was beyond amazing and showed her from the start what kind of man he was and what exactly he wanted from her!
If you are looking for a cute, light-hearted book with just the perfect amount of drama- that isn’t drawen out and is resolved fairly quickly, then you will really enjoy Close to Me!
I am already looking forward to the next book in the series Blush for Me, which is about Kat- one of my favorites in this group of women.
“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.