Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pat's Review: Close to Heaven

Close to Heaven by Pamela Clare
Publisher: Pamela Clare (October 26th, 2017)
Series: Colorado High Country, 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A woman at a crossroads…

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.

A man haunted by 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.

A season that changes two lives forever…

When a Rocky Mountain blizzard leaves them snowbound, 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. 

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Pat's Review:

It’s three weeks till Christmas and Scarlet Springs is hunkering down for a storm that will be dumping 3-5 feet of snow on top of what they already have. Joe Moffat is shutting down Knockers, his brewery pub, to let his staff get home. One staff member in particular is on his mind: Rain. Rain Minear has been his employee for twenty years and she is now his general manager. She came to him as a seventeen year old, with a new baby and no skills. He took her on out of the goodness of his heart, but now she pretty much owns it. She is ten years younger, his trusted employee and in his mind, it can’t go anywhere else. All of his friends and staff think he’s crazy, she’s a beautiful woman who cares about him. What is he thinking, keeping her away? I felt the same way. I wanted to give him a swift kick in the butt!

Rain Minear has loved Joe for years, but he doesn’t seem to want to move past their friendship. She is now an empty nester as her daughter Lark is in college and Rain is restless. It feels like she is wasting her life, wishing for a love that can’t go anywhere, and as much as she loves her job, she thinks she needs a change. But her life is about to take a very different turn, if she survives.

This story is further enhanced by a journal found by Rain about Joe’s ancestors and the history of the town itself. I felt it added depth and a very interesting look at the characters we have met in Scarlet Springs. So great to be able to catch up on their lives. The romance is slow and sensual, and I cheered at their first kiss. The characters are old friends, and laughter and a tear or two is all part of the story. So loved spending this holiday in Scarlet Springs!


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! You know I'm a fan of Clare's, too, so this one is on my list.

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