RELEASE WEEK BLITZ: REVIEW, EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY: Close to You by Kristen Proby

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Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion.

In her brand new Fusion Series from William Morrow, she seduces readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together.

Today, we are thrilled to bring you CLOSE TO YOU, the second book in the Fusion Series! 

CLOSE TO YOU brings readers the next story in this amazing cast of characters.

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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 twelve 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?

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Review

A relationship between Cami LaRue and Landon Palazzo has been thirteen years in the making, and now that Landon is no longer in the Navy and Cami is a grown woman, their respective crushes on each other can be explored and the distance between them can be narrowed, giving them a chance at what they’ve always wanted – each other!

Close To You is a friends to lovers’ story that has such a sweet feel to it because from the start of the book, Kristen Proby shows readers just how much Cami and Landon want each other. There are no games…no jealousy…no overblown dramatics because the story focuses on them getting to know the adult versions of one another and realizing that they’ve always been destined to be together.

Are there issues to deal with? Absolutely, but there is zero outside interference – Cami is a bit worried about what she means to Landon, but that trepidation makes sense because she always made her feelings obvious, but Landon did a good job of concealing how he felt, so this turn around overwhelms Cami and being the over thinker that she is, she questions her place in his life, but Landon does everything he can to assuage those fears and prove to her that it’s always been her regardless of the distance and time apart.

Just like in book one, the bond between the Cami and her best friends is at the forefront of Close to You, which makes the storyline even better. The women are so different and yet, they run a successful business together and have each other’s backs regardless of the situation. Their conversations and banter with one another is comedic as well as heartfelt and those kind of relationships is what I love to see in a romance story.

Landon is definitely swoon worthy; he definitely shows Cami how he feels about her and goes out of his way to take care of her and bring her happiness. I would have liked to see a bit more of how he processed being grounded and discharged from the Navy, but I understand why the here and now was more of the focus than what he was forced to give up.

Proby’s Fusion series showcases the bonds of friendship and the love opportunities that seem to take people by surprise in the most delicious ways. There are three more women to go and I can’t wait to see the steps Kat takes to get her man and how he will fit in with her Seduction partners!

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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PROLOGUE

~Landon~

“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.”

“Landon— ”

“It’s okay, really. I’ll see you in a few days.”

“Be safe,” she says. “And, Landon?”

“Yeah.”

“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.

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About Kristen Proby

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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