Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers, where three not-quite-reformed bad boys are about to meet the women who will bring them to their knees.

Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. Model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty—but he's determined to play by the rules.

Brook Lynn Dillon has always been the responsible type. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and wouldn’t know fun if it bit her. Or so she thinks. Jase makes bad look oh, so good. Dangerous, sexy and tempting as sin, he is everything she never knew she wanted. Passion sizzles between them, but is it enough to melt his resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what he needs…



My first Gena Showalter experience was thru her paranormal romance series Lords of the Underworld (which I HIGHLY recommend).  In the first installment to her new contemporary romance series, The Original Heartbreakers (which I HIGHLY recommend also), we are introduced to the enigmatic newcomer Jase Hollister and hometown no bullshitter Brook Lynn Dillon. Their connection wasn't immediate due to how they met (under a circumstance that was awkward) but as the days go by and opportunities come up where they are constantly together, it's inevitable that feelings arise and they succumb to their attraction. But it isn't easy. Secrets are yet to be told and while they're both afraid of what the outcome will be once they're revealed, Jase and Brook Lynn will give the their friends, family and the town of Strawberry Valley something to talk about.

The writing is spot on. The wit and bantering throughout the story is hilarious. The relationships (family and friends) are relatable and realistic. While the story focuses on the relationship of Jase and Brook Lynn, other characters (there are two more heartbreakers, Beck and Lincoln) are introduced and you get the feel of what they'll bring to the rest of the series.

All in all, read the book.

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Are you as talented as Brook Lynn in the kitchen?  What’s your favorite thing to make?

GS: I have my moments, good and bad, and I’ve certainly gotten better over the years.  Years ago, when my daughter was younger, she was watching a Minnie Mouse cartoon, and Minnie Mouse burned her cookies, black smoke filling her kitchen.  My daughter pointed and said, “Look!  It’s just like Momma does it.”  I’ve come a long way since and I’ve grown to cherish my time in the kitchen.  I plug in my ear buds, listen to my favorite music, and have a grand ole time creating dishes for my family to try (and clean.) 

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