By Pamela Clare
She has nothing…
Rain Minear has fantasized about finding herself in Joe Moffat’s arms for years. It’s just her luck that the night it finally happens, he’s carrying her into the emergency room. It’s Joe who steps up to help her when a tragedy brings her life crashing down. He gives her a place to stay, helps her get back on her feet, and even tries to save her Christmas, though he’s never cared for the holiday. But he’s far too ethical to sleep with a member of his staff, holding her at arms length despite the long-simmering attraction between them.
He has everything…
Haunted by ghosts from the past, Joe Moffat moved to Scarlet Springs to repay a debt. He’s struggled for years to keep his hands off Rain. She’s the general manager of his brewpub, and he is not that kind of boss. But, oh, she turns him on. More than that, she has the biggest heart of any woman he’s ever known. He’d do anything to see her smile again, even put up a Christmas tree and listen to carols, things he normally never does.
A season that changes two lives forever…
When a Rocky Mountain blizzard leaves them snowbound and alone together for days, they can no longer ignore their feelings for one another. As their passion turns to something deeper, it becomes clear to them both that this will be the most important Christmas of their lives.
Luckily, the author didn’t mention in the blurb exactly how long Joe and Rain had secretly been in love with each other, because if she had, I probably wouldn’t have read it. Why? Because I’d just finished reading another book where the main characters were secretly in love with each other for twenty years, and it left me very frustrated. Thankfully, and despite that similarity, CLOSE TO HEAVEN was a nice, easy and enjoyable read.
I liked Joe, who moved to Scarlet Springs two decades ago to try and pay back the town for his great-great-grandfather’s misdeeds. He’s a very wealthy man, but he’s down-to-earth and he doesn’t act like he’s better than everyone else just because of his money. The only thing that bothered me was his main reason for not pursuing Rain. There’s a big difference between using your position of power to take advantage of women in your employ, and taking what is being freely offered by a woman in her thirties.
I liked Rain, who’s been working for Joe since she became a single mother at seventeen. She’s been in love with him since almost the beginning, but she never made a move because she was afraid of being rejected. What I liked most about her is that she truly did not care that Joe was rich, and that she finally got the courage to put herself out there in her attempts to gain Joe’s attention.
An interesting part of the story was the reading Silas’ journals, where we learnt how despicable Joe’s great-great-grandather truly was, as well as the history of the town and its descendants, who still live there to this day. You’ll be surprised by how much hate you’ll feel for a man who’s been dead for a century.
CLOSE TO HOME is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. It comes with a beautiful HEA for Joe and Rain, and is a nice addition to the Colorado High Country series.
Close To Heaven (Colorado High Country # 5)
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