The Book Worm: Review: The Closer You Come, by Gena Showalter

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: The Closer You Come, by Gena Showalter

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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.

The two agree to a one-time fling, not expecting to be forever branded. Now, no matter how hard they try, they can't keep their hands off each other. But when a secret from Jase's past comes to light, they'll have to face a cold, hard truth: it's more than Jase's freedom on the line, it's their hearts.
Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: March 2015

Offensive content: several sex scenes, a bit too explicit in my opinion

I saw book two of this series (Original Heartbreakers) recommended on Goodreads but decided to start with book one instead. The synopsis got me interested and it came with an average 4.5 stars rating on Amazon. I feel totally cheated, though. 

I'm not sure the other readers even read the same book I did. Ok, so the story had potential. But in the end it fell short on all accounts.

Jase spent nine years in prison for murder, and while there is no excuse for murder, once the details are out, you can almost understand why he did it. I any case, he paid his price and has the scars to prove it, both physical and psychological. And he's been trying to redeem himself. I actually almost liked him. Almost. What I didn't like was the fact that he seems to sleep around a bit too much. The fact that he slept with Brook Lynn's sister right before he starts lusting after Brook Lynn herself may have contributed to that.

Brook Lynn started out as the responsible sister, and over the first few pages, I actually liked her. She works two jobs to pay the bills and still tries to keep her sister off the path of self destruction because, in her own words, when Jessie enjoys too many “party favors,” she becomes overly popular, and not necessarily in a good way. But after a while...Brook Lynn seems to turn into someone who can never make up her mind, who doesn't seem to know what she really wants and who is always taking off whenever things don't work her way. One moment she's lusting after Jase, the other she's backing away because she's decided her sister wants him too. Too confused and inconsistent for my taste.

The romance between Jase and Brook Lynn felt shallow and some of the sex scenes sound more like cheap porn than anything else. And the rest of the story and characters totally got me lost as well. This is supposed to be book one in the series, but I kept feeling that I had landed in the middle of a story, with no background info. I must have missed something, that's for sure, because I couldn't understand half the conversations between the characters, even the secondary ones. 

The only thing I found appealing about this book, unfortunately, was the cover. I'm just sorry I bought book two as well, because now I don't see myself wanting to read it any time soon... Oh well, better luck next time...

Happy readings!



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