Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter writing a contemporary romance is pure genius.

In The Closer You Come we follow the Jase who has just been released from jail after nine years. A true cynic when it comes to believing in love, yet shows he has a heart of gold when it comes to his two best friends Beck and West. Their friendship does remind me of the wonderful bromance between Thane, Bjorn and Xerxes in Gena's Angels of the Dark series if those characters were placed in a non paranormal setting. They are a true family that have had their friendship solidified under terrible circumstances. Jase is truly the tortured bad boy in this book and is written beautifully.

Like all good romances every hero has his heroine, and here we have Brook Lynn who is kind and forgiving without being a pushover and she was absolutely perfect  Jase, even though they meet under less than desirable circumstances.  I can see why people would have a problem with the meet cute,  and it's not something i would normally like in a book. However, I think all the characters are very open about the fact that they have flaws and i feel that the circumstances in which they meet are completely redeemable. Most of that is due to how well written this story is written as everything moves at a believable pace, so nothing about Jase and Brook Lynn's relationship feels forced and they have to work hard to get pass their issues.

The Closer You Come definitely provides you with an entire spectrum of emotions, as i was laughing with Beck one minute and then crying for Jase the next. Jase is truly a heartbreaking Character but that makes Brook Lynn's determination to fight for him even more beautiful. Personally i would have liked Hope (I won't spoil who that is) to come into the book early then she did as i would have loved to have seen her interact more with Jase and Brook Lynn.

"I thought Strawberry Valley had become my home" he said "But it's you. You are my home, Angel. You're where i've put down my roots" 

After reading The Closer You Come i can not wait for the next book in the series and what lies in store for out other two wonderful heartbreakers.

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