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When Treat Byrnes walks into her bookstore café, Eve Alexander wants to eat him up. Bad boy isn’t her usual flavor, but for the sexy contractor, she’s willing to take a walk on the wild side. Treat meets Eve on a reconnaissance mission for his mother, who owns a neighboring teashop, but he keeps going back to Eve for her sweet smile and sassy shoes. He has a history of fall When Treat Byrnes walks into her bookstore café, Eve Alexander wants to eat him up. Bad boy isn’t her usual flavor, but for the sexy contractor, she’s willing to take a walk on the wild side. Treat meets Eve on a reconnaissance mission for his mother, who owns a neighboring teashop, but he keeps going back to Eve for her sweet smile and sassy shoes. He has a history of falling for damsels-in-distress, but Eve doesn’t need rescuing. Not even when her cafe is sabotaged. But when Treat finds out the saboteur is his own mother, he knows he has to do something before things go too far.

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When Treat Byrnes walks into her bookstore café, Eve Alexander wants to eat him up. Bad boy isn’t her usual flavor, but for the sexy contractor, she’s willing to take a walk on the wild side. Treat meets Eve on a reconnaissance mission for his mother, who owns a neighboring teashop, but he keeps going back to Eve for her sweet smile and sassy shoes. He has a history of fall When Treat Byrnes walks into her bookstore café, Eve Alexander wants to eat him up. Bad boy isn’t her usual flavor, but for the sexy contractor, she’s willing to take a walk on the wild side. Treat meets Eve on a reconnaissance mission for his mother, who owns a neighboring teashop, but he keeps going back to Eve for her sweet smile and sassy shoes. He has a history of falling for damsels-in-distress, but Eve doesn’t need rescuing. Not even when her cafe is sabotaged. But when Treat finds out the saboteur is his own mother, he knows he has to do something before things go too far.

30 review for Close to You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    This was a sweet read but terribly sad in parts. I really loved Eve and Treat together, both were fun and very likable. I'm a sucker for any romance centered around sweets and coffee! The character that really held my interest was Treat's mom, Margaret. Her behavior was terrible until the end but I really felt for her and her "broken" spirit. I was so happy to see her find herself again (and the passion that was missing). In all honesty I love romances between older couples (40's, 50's, 60's+) be This was a sweet read but terribly sad in parts. I really loved Eve and Treat together, both were fun and very likable. I'm a sucker for any romance centered around sweets and coffee! The character that really held my interest was Treat's mom, Margaret. Her behavior was terrible until the end but I really felt for her and her "broken" spirit. I was so happy to see her find herself again (and the passion that was missing). In all honesty I love romances between older couples (40's, 50's, 60's+) because I feel these H/h's have a lot to share and usually know what they want and don't want! OK, off my box. This was a fun read and I gave it an extra star because of Margaret and Grant! :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Finding someone who you click with, who you love, is such a rare thing. oh yes it is! Finding someone like Treat Byrnes is like out of this world kind of thing. At least in my pov. Why do i say that? Maybe because of how sweet that guy is. From what i see, he's the bad-naughty-gentleman-mama's boy type. And it so cute and sexy at the same time. I love the story. It's endearing. Yeah it is. It lacks some emotional parts that i am craving like the drama and agony and stuff. Haven't cried in a boo Finding someone who you click with, who you love, is such a rare thing. oh yes it is! Finding someone like Treat Byrnes is like out of this world kind of thing. At least in my pov. Why do i say that? Maybe because of how sweet that guy is. From what i see, he's the bad-naughty-gentleman-mama's boy type. And it so cute and sexy at the same time. I love the story. It's endearing. Yeah it is. It lacks some emotional parts that i am craving like the drama and agony and stuff. Haven't cried in a book for a while. But i really like this! Eve and Treat's first encounter. Sooo cute! :) and every time they meet it's always 'how their faces lit up' description that makes me smile. It's sooo adorable. :) the mother thing is also good. I love how flirty Rick is! When he met Olivia it's sooooo smooth. If i was Olivia i wouldn't mind at all if he asked me out right there. :) I’ve never believed in Fate before, but I’m willing to if she’s going to lead me to you. i knooow! Sooo cheesy! Just thinking about this line, makes me want to sing "Where have you been all my life...." by Rihanna! :) This book is all smiles for me. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wminbc

    Super sweet fast lovers from across the street story!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Nice easy read. What you would expect from a Kate perry romance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie DeVisser

    I'm still trying to figure out why someone would name their kid "Treat".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Malinda

    3.5-4 stars This was a pretty good story. I liked both Treat and Eve and their story was enjoyable. Eve used to work in marketing for her father but managed to leave that behind to start up her dream coffee/book shop. She has a welcoming place, greets her customers with a smile and bakes wonderful pastries for her customers but she's struggling a bit with making ends meet until the shop starts making a profit. When Eve finds out about an chef (who Eve loves) with a new cookbook coming out that's l 3.5-4 stars This was a pretty good story. I liked both Treat and Eve and their story was enjoyable. Eve used to work in marketing for her father but managed to leave that behind to start up her dream coffee/book shop. She has a welcoming place, greets her customers with a smile and bakes wonderful pastries for her customers but she's struggling a bit with making ends meet until the shop starts making a profit. When Eve finds out about an chef (who Eve loves) with a new cookbook coming out that's looking for the right place for a launch party, Eve's convinced that if she can get the launch party to take place at her shop, it'll take her in to solvency. Treat owns his own construction company and is a good guy. His father died 8 years ago and his mother (Margaret) owns a tea shop locally but Treat worries about her as she hasn't been the same since his dad died. When Treat is at his mother's shop, Margaret asks him to spy on the coffee house across the way as she's worried she's losing customers to the shop. Treat tries to refuse but gets pushed in to it. Treat goes to the coffee shop and finds that he likes Eve very much. They flirt a bit and Treat tries the coffee and a pastries, even taking a pastries back to his mother afterwards. He is resolute in his refusal not to do any more spying for his mother, telling Margaret that the place is completely different and not a direct competitor of her tea shop (which doesn't just do tea but does proper tea services like you'd see in England and her shop doesn't even open until noon). Regardless of Treat's reassurances, Margaret isn't going to be dissuaded in her belief that Eve's shop will put her out of business. Margaret is also worried about some other money issues due to a downturn in the economy and since she lost her husband she feels her shop is the only thing she has (other than Treat). To be honest, it seemed a bit weird to me that it took Margaret until 8 years after her husband's death to realize her life is nothing but a shop she admits to herself that she really doesn't like and not much else. But maybe it took a while to build up? Anyways...Treat didn't plan to return to Eve's shop but finds that he really wants to see her again (not to mention he loved her coffee and pastries). Treat has a tenancy to be attracted to women that need saving but Treat realize very quickly that Eve is a strong and independent woman that doesn't need him to get by. That doesn't mean that Treat doesn't still want to help her when things get rough. Eve really likes Treat and finds herself looking for him to come in to the shop. She hasn't taken time for romance recently but suddenly Eve's hoping to change that with Treat. After a few visits in to the shop, Treat asks Eve out and their date goes great. It soon becomes apparent that they're good with each other. The only issue becomes the problems that Eve is having with Margaret, the horrible owner of the tea shop across the street. Eve has had issues with Margaret competing with Eve for the launch party and having fliers for her shop handed out to Eve's customers as they enter and leave her store in order to make trouble for her. Eve has further issues with a rash of bad (and false) Yelp reviews and a false tip to the health department, both of which she can't prove but she thinks are Margaret's fault. Eve doesn't realize that Treat is Margaret's son and shares her issues with him. He's surprised by his mother's actions but realizes that she hasn't been acting like herself recently and has an unhealthy fixation with Eve's shop. Treat tries talking to his mother but she quickly starts avoiding her calls as her actions get worse. Treat is worries about not telling Eve about the fact that Margaret is his mother and intends to tell her but thing keep getting in the way. There's some additional issue caused by Margaret and when everything explodes there's some major drama unloaded. Margaret comes to her senses and realizes that she's hurting people and sets out to fix things. Treat and Eve have some issues to work out but they manage to get past the mis-understandings and come together for their HEA. This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Eve and Treat a lot and liked their story. Margaret was a real witch (with a B) when she kind of lost her mind for a bit but seemed a decent sort once she got past her brief bout of insanity. Overall the story was good and the only annoying characters was the bad guy (or woman in this case). I'll probably read more of this series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :) * note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a pretty good job.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin B

    3.5 stars This is one of those sweet, typical romance novels. It's an easy and mostly fluffy read. I read the whole thing in just a few hours. It was a nice little literary salve after reading several emotionally draining books lately. Nothing terribly exciting happens and the characters aren't ones you're likely to talk about with friends. But- like I said- it's a sweet little read. Perfect for the beach or a rainy day when you don't want to jump on the angst roller coaster. Or anytime when you 3.5 stars This is one of those sweet, typical romance novels. It's an easy and mostly fluffy read. I read the whole thing in just a few hours. It was a nice little literary salve after reading several emotionally draining books lately. Nothing terribly exciting happens and the characters aren't ones you're likely to talk about with friends. But- like I said- it's a sweet little read. Perfect for the beach or a rainy day when you don't want to jump on the angst roller coaster. Or anytime when you want a read that doesn't require much thinking. It is told from 3 different POVs and alternates just about every chapter. Normally I find this annoying and sometimes confusing. However, it worked well with this story and really helped tied everything together neatly- while keeping the story moving forward. You won't find the same scene hashed out in multiple POVs (I hate that!) I was also relieved to read about older adults. And by older- I mean early 30's. It seems everyone is running to the New Adult bandwagon lately- and honestly- as a 30 something year old reader- I prefer to read stories where the characters are actual adults. Not young adults or new adults. Idk. I'm getting off my soapbox now! So yeah- 3.5 stars. I'm pretty sure this was a freebie- I don't remember. If so- then it was worth the download. If it wasn't a freebie- then I hope I didn't spend more than $0.99 on it. Anything more and I'd wonder why I spent that much on this book. It's good- but not great.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Kayuha

    I definitely didn't like this book as much as I did the first in the series. I honestly found myself asking if it could have been written by a different person, it felt that different to me. The main characters were cute, but I didn't feel any of the heat and passion that I did with Greg & Freya in Perfect for You. And the "villain"? O.M.G. I only thought Freya's sister was bat-s--t crazy. Totally ludicrous, which totally took me out of the story. Eve & Treat were a cute couple, don't get I definitely didn't like this book as much as I did the first in the series. I honestly found myself asking if it could have been written by a different person, it felt that different to me. The main characters were cute, but I didn't feel any of the heat and passion that I did with Greg & Freya in Perfect for You. And the "villain"? O.M.G. I only thought Freya's sister was bat-s--t crazy. Totally ludicrous, which totally took me out of the story. Eve & Treat were a cute couple, don't get me wrong. But they just didn't have me all hot and bothered like Greg & Freya. That's the main reason I felt like someone else was at the helm of this one. I really hated that Treat got "swept away by passion" and couldn't tell her the truth much, much sooner in the book. I detest that type of conflict in romance novels. Now, the worst part of this book was his mom. She was certifiably insane. Scary insane. She most definitely did NOT deserve a HEA with a man of her own, she deserved jail time. Or at least a long stay in a psych ward. (view spoiler)[ And no amount of telling the Food Network star to host her event at Eve's place would be enough for forgiveness in my book. (hide spoiler)] This whole series is full of ups and downs. Unfortunately this was one of the downs. Eve is featured prominently in the rest of the books in the series though, and she is quite likeable on her own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    This really read like two separate stories to me. On the one hand, there was Eve and Treat. I give their story 5 stars (though I did not like Treat's name, it just did not do it for me). I enjoyed their story and would have given it 5 stars if it had not been for the other half of the story. The other story being Treat's crazy mother Margaret and how she is so lost in her depression that she pretty much goes off the deep end. I 100% could have done without that part. That was why I marked this b This really read like two separate stories to me. On the one hand, there was Eve and Treat. I give their story 5 stars (though I did not like Treat's name, it just did not do it for me). I enjoyed their story and would have given it 5 stars if it had not been for the other half of the story. The other story being Treat's crazy mother Margaret and how she is so lost in her depression that she pretty much goes off the deep end. I 100% could have done without that part. That was why I marked this book down to 3 stars. At times I felt like the book was more about Margaret than anyone else, which would have been fine if she had any redeeming qualities. I think I was supposed to feel sorry for her and her depression, but in reality, she was a total witch and I did not like her. So anyway, 5 stars to Treat and Eve; no stars to Margaret.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Margriet

    Very enjoyable, but not quite as 'sparky' as the first KP I read. Eve is sweet, and Treat is a "bad boy that loves his mama." However, we just have to trust he's a bad boy, because he has long hair and a tattoo. He never really does anything "bad"...and there is nothing in his back story that explains it. I guess he just looks that way. The villain is Gabe's mother, Margaret. And to be honest, I thought she was a great character. She is mean and vindictive to Eve, but you understand why, and you w Very enjoyable, but not quite as 'sparky' as the first KP I read. Eve is sweet, and Treat is a "bad boy that loves his mama." However, we just have to trust he's a bad boy, because he has long hair and a tattoo. He never really does anything "bad"...and there is nothing in his back story that explains it. I guess he just looks that way. The villain is Gabe's mother, Margaret. And to be honest, I thought she was a great character. She is mean and vindictive to Eve, but you understand why, and you want her to overcome her actions. It all ends well, of course, and Margaret even has her own love interest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡

    I was kind of impressed at the antagonistic part of this story. It was original, To me anyway! A couple flaws such as location of store. At one point it was in Sacramento & another time near San Francisco?? 2 hours away from each other? Magic maybe? This was worth it... A couple times I was a bit bored, but it was still actually worth my time & I did stick all the way through. I am catching up with a bunch of reviews, so my memory on this book is kind of foggy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Holy pastries, Nutella lattes, and steamy love scenes Batman. I've read a few books by Kate Perry, but this has been my favorite so far. I read this straight through; I just couldn't get enough. From page one I was hooked. If you haven't read any of Kate Perry's books, start now. She's great storyteller, and a talented writer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fernanda

    a sweet story. with a slow pace, but good enought to entertain. the characters could have been more developed.... but I liked Eve as a young woman that adores what she does! But the way Margaret, deserves a story for herself, thought

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lissettegomezarevalo

    Cute and sweet. I enjoyed this book! Light read and very entertaining.

  15. 5 out of 5

    RJ

    Meh. The story was just 'meh'. His mom is insane. Their relationship was lust to love in a matter of 1 date.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    Another sweet and fun read by Kate Perry. Her books are light and fluffy and fun. I'd recommend her books if you're looking for a no brainer that leaves you smiling :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    great quick read. a little predictable of what was going to happen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann Goubert (Driven by Books)

    Cute Cute well I really liked this book. cute, loving and well written story. dreaming and sweet love story that sweeps you of your feet :-)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kacy Rozier

    Eve Alexander owns coffee shop, and is about to go under... broke as in bankrupt. She has found a way to get herself back in the black when Treat walks in her store. Unknown to her Treat's mom, Margret sends him in there because she thinks Eve is stealing HER coffee shop customers. Sparks fly between them. I was surprised at how Treat's mom acted... and what she did t hurt Eve. Treat didn't tell Eve right away that his mom was Margret. There was just a lot of surprise of how far his mom would go Eve Alexander owns coffee shop, and is about to go under... broke as in bankrupt. She has found a way to get herself back in the black when Treat walks in her store. Unknown to her Treat's mom, Margret sends him in there because she thinks Eve is stealing HER coffee shop customers. Sparks fly between them. I was surprised at how Treat's mom acted... and what she did t hurt Eve. Treat didn't tell Eve right away that his mom was Margret. There was just a lot of surprise of how far his mom would go to damage Eve's store! In the end things get worked out... which I cheered out loud. Great book all around.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sassafrass

    *3.5 STARS* I thought this one was cute except the whole thing with the mother got a little extreme and then it dropped. That woman needed some serious help and they just kind of let it die. Treat and Eve were a cute couple and I'm glad that things worked out, but I don't know how I'd feel about Treat's mom.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Another really good read by Kate Perry. I couldn't put it down and think I prefer this one to Perfect For You. It took me 3 hours to read and I will be reading more in the Laurel Heights series in the future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Radd Reader

    Ok. The mother was a little crazy. I skipped through a lot of the story as it was kind of boring. There is a secondary love story, but I didn’t feel it was developed well.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bolen

    Nothing special She has cute really expensive shoes. He's got a mom going bat shit crazy. Such a match made in heaven.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natassja Bartle

    The book Close to You by Kate Perry is a complete gooey romance novel. Every girls dream right? Some guy sweeps you off your feet, after meeting in some cliche way sounds about right. This book is basically that, but it's not just the book, it's the Laurel Heights series. Eve, an owner of an upcoming coffee and bookshop, meet Treat, a hard-working constructor. What she, nor he know, is that his mother Margaret has a bad case of jealously. Through the ups and downs, the couple find there way thro The book Close to You by Kate Perry is a complete gooey romance novel. Every girls dream right? Some guy sweeps you off your feet, after meeting in some cliche way sounds about right. This book is basically that, but it's not just the book, it's the Laurel Heights series. Eve, an owner of an upcoming coffee and bookshop, meet Treat, a hard-working constructor. What she, nor he know, is that his mother Margaret has a bad case of jealously. Through the ups and downs, the couple find there way through. They experience new love, and most importantly, forgiveness. Of course every good novel has some sort of romance. Love is something everyone wishes to have in their lives. Mostly women think about ways to capture their crush, don't lie. We think about how some prince charming will come on his white steed as he asks you to accompany him to the grand ball, then for your hand in marriage. This book raises our standards for men. Poor guys are oblivious to what a girl really wants. In this novel you will see that there are two love stories involved; Eve and Treat(I don't know who came up with that name), and Margaret and Grant. They both go through many obstacles together, Eve and treats being that his mother is set on destroying, and Margaret being closed to love. If you cant tell I am trying to be pretty vague with this, so I don't spoil anything. Forgiveness is a huge part in this novel. I mean think about it, an old bitter woman floods your cafe and touches your recipes, trying to run you out of business? Yeah, there is no way I would be okay with that. Anyway, Treat saves Eve from this crisis and confronts his mother about this stupid war she started. Lastly, Margaret forgives herself and lets love back in, and Grant forgives her for being such a sour-puss. The point is that this book is all about forgiveness. Actually, the whole series is based off of forgiveness. Once everyone forgives each other they are just peachy. The message is that you will be happier if you don't hold grudges on people. Especially if they apologize and it is truly sincere. Im not going to lie, this was hard to write. I tried to cover the book without giving away the whole plot, which was a challenge. I’m a sucker for romance, so obviously I squealed through every part of this book from the cuteness. Being completely serious, I read this whole book in a day, non-stop. I recommend the whole series, if not the author. Bravo Kate Perry, Bravo. Not only does she has the most amazing name, she also writes amazing books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Read Our Lips! Book Review Blog

    Close To You by Kate Perry (KP) was such a surprising read for me. I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did – but as a matter of fact, I loved it! Eve is the owner of a bookstore/café and she is struggling to make ends meet in today’s harsh economy. Almost at the point of closing her doors, she is revitalized into action upon hearing a hot new chef has published a new cookbook and is looking for venues to do book signings and showcase her new book. Eve immediately thinks her Close To You by Kate Perry (KP) was such a surprising read for me. I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did – but as a matter of fact, I loved it! Eve is the owner of a bookstore/café and she is struggling to make ends meet in today’s harsh economy. Almost at the point of closing her doors, she is revitalized into action upon hearing a hot new chef has published a new cookbook and is looking for venues to do book signings and showcase her new book. Eve immediately thinks her place would be ideal for such an event and puts in a last ditch effort to get the chef to look at her place as a possible venue and save her store. But Eve isn’t the only store interested in snagging the popular chef. Across the street is teashop whose elderly owner sees young Eve as a threat. To get more info on Eve’s shop and see how she can overthrow Eve’s bid, the older woman sends her son, Treat, for reconnaissance. Just as he sets foot into the shop, Treat’s senses are assaulted in the most heavenly way. He can’t seem to keep his eyes off Eve and his mouth away from her delicious pastries. He knows his mother’s chances are nil to none. When he tells his mother what he sees, his mother isn’t ready to give up and goes to extreme lengths to see who will come out on top. Will Eve be able to make it thru Treat’s mother’s antics? And will Treat summon up the courage to tell Eve just how she makes him feel? And what of Eve – can she ever see a future for her and Treat? ------------------------- From the word ‘go,’ Close To You grabs you as a reader. Sure there are no flying ninjas or insane action scenes that leave you dizzy as you turn the pages, but it’s a soothing read that envelopes your senses. KP is a genius at setting the scenes so vividly that you feel as if you are in Eve’s bookstore café and you want the day’s special. I was truly surprised to enjoy every word I read as I’m one of those irritating readers that skips ahead when the action slows. But this wasn’t the case in Close To You, on the contrary, I found KP’s writing to be like that one friend you have who has absolutely no drama in her life and you just chill and hang out. Loved it! Plus, the sexxy scenes and wonderful story had me all warm and fuzzy! I totally recommend this book even though I must say I didn’t read Part 1 – I didn’t even know there was a part 1 until I went to Goodreads to say I was done with the book. Wonder if I missed anything? http://readourlipsblog.blogspot.com/2...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures I was excited to read and review another one of Kate Perry’s books. Close to You is a satisfying story of two people who pretty much meet by chance. What’s even better is they meet under unusual circumstances which comes back to threaten their budding relationship. We met Eve Alexander is book one of this series, Perfect for You. At the time she was working for her father and miserable. Encouraged by her friend, Freya, Eve has since opened her own business Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures I was excited to read and review another one of Kate Perry’s books. Close to You is a satisfying story of two people who pretty much meet by chance. What’s even better is they meet under unusual circumstances which comes back to threaten their budding relationship. We met Eve Alexander is book one of this series, Perfect for You. At the time she was working for her father and miserable. Encouraged by her friend, Freya, Eve has since opened her own business a coffee house and bookstore called Grounds for Thought. She’s struggling as most new business owners do but she’s give a tip that could really help her business and sets out to make it happen. Treat (don’t you just love that name) Byrnes is a contractor and loyal son. His mother, Margaret, owns a tea house down the street from Eve’s coffee house. She convinces Treat to go and “spy” on her competition. Reluctantly Treat agrees and he finds himself enamored with the shops owner Eve. Eve and Treat spend some time together, enough time to realize that they both want more than friendship. But, someone is trying to sabotage Eve’s business and Treat has a sinking suspicion he knows who it is. I fell in love with these two characters from the start. Eve because she loves sexy shoes and lingerie but also because she refuses to let her Dad run over her and she stands up for herself even if she sometimes does it hastily. Treat has a habit of being a knight in shining armor but he soon learns that Eve isn’t a damsel in distress. He listens and gives advice but he realizes that Eve is strong and doesn’t need him to save her. I also love the way he tries to take care of her needs when she’s feeling down and that he’s not too macho to say, “I’m sorry.” Together these two are a magical couple. While neither one was opposed to a relationship, neither was looking for one when they found each other. That just really made the story all that more special. This was a well told love story and while the sex was pretty hot, there was more to the story than just sex. It was fun, interesting and of course steamy. I’ve very much enjoyed the first two books in this series and am looking forward to reading the third.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat Snark

    Eve is in debt up to her eyeballs, not to mention her dad is her landlord & all she ever hears from him is how much better her older sister is and how stupidher dream is. Not to mention, someone has it out for Ground for Thoughts.... "Why the hell are you wearing all these clothes?" Treat is trouble. His mother has it in her head that the new book place/pastry shop Ground for Thoughts is trying to run her out of her store, that she is sending Treat on "research" missions to her store. Proble Eve is in debt up to her eyeballs, not to mention her dad is her landlord & all she ever hears from him is how much better her older sister is and how stupidher dream is. Not to mention, someone has it out for Ground for Thoughts.... "Why the hell are you wearing all these clothes?" Treat is trouble. His mother has it in her head that the new book place/pastry shop Ground for Thoughts is trying to run her out of her store, that she is sending Treat on "research" missions to her store. Problem is, Treat has fallen for the owner, risking her anger at the identity of his mom & his moms feeling of betrayal. You're cruel, prancing back and forth in front of me like I don't know what you have on under that dress. I think you and Olivia are in cahoots." Treat Super hot. This guy had me wanting a treat (both tenses)for myself. He was super sweet, totally about Eve. "This is forever. It's a lifetime with me, even though my mother is apparently crazy and God knows what she'll do in he future. It's sharing a home and going to sleep together. It's having children one day. It's trusting each other." "Okay, with one condition." "What?" "How do you feel about sharing desserts in bed?" Eve A sweet good girl-bad girl (when it comes to Treat *cough* sex *cough*), who LOVES impractical shoes. "I love you." "So I take it your okay with cookies in bed." "Yeah, I think I can live with it." What I liked This story was funny, didn't have much on the romance in the sense of building it up, but it was sweet & nice when it was there. Oh, and the sex was hot.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stefani

    Review Close to You by Kate Perry Close to You is one of the books from The Laurel Heights Series by author Kate Perry. The story takes place in San Francisco. We meet Eve Alexander, former marketing director, currently owner of Grounds for Thought Bookstore Café. Eve is trying to keep her business afloat. Treat Byrnes is sent to Eve’s Café on a reconnaissance mission for his mother. There is a spark between them from the very first moment. Something brings Treat back to the Café. He tries to convi Review Close to You by Kate Perry Close to You is one of the books from The Laurel Heights Series by author Kate Perry. The story takes place in San Francisco. We meet Eve Alexander, former marketing director, currently owner of Grounds for Thought Bookstore Café. Eve is trying to keep her business afloat. Treat Byrnes is sent to Eve’s Café on a reconnaissance mission for his mother. There is a spark between them from the very first moment. Something brings Treat back to the Café. He tries to convince himself that it’s the mocha and the chocolate croissants, when in reality he can’t stay away from Eve. The mutual attraction grows with each passing day. Treat’s mother appears to spoil the picture. She strongly believes that her teashop is threatened by the neighboring Café. Add to this her personal life issues and we know she is bound to do something about Eve’s Café. To some point I understand, okay she is trying to keep customers coming to her teashop. However, I can not approve of her actions. She wrote bad reviews about Eve’s pastries on the Internet, reported her to the Health Department for nonexistent cockroaches, flooded the Café. All this so she can stop Eve from hosting Daniela Rossi’s event. What Margaret couldn’t predict was that Eve and Treat would fall in love. This is a wonderful story about love. Love that overcomes obstacles. Love where eating croissants with your soulmate makes you happy. The feeling that makes you want to spend every moment of every day of each day with your partner. Close to You is definitely a book I would like to read again. I am about to start reading its sequel – Return to You. I know it is going to be interesting and fun to read. By: Stefani Tabakovska

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick It upsets me to say that I didn't really care for this book, which is a complete bummer. After finishing Perfect for You I couldn't wait to start this one. I just felt like it this book was lacking a bit. I never got a real feel for the characters and I could have done without the crazy villainous mother. I just felt like she was so over the top. While I enjoyed the relationship between Eve and Treat, I felt it was missing something. I think I Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick It upsets me to say that I didn't really care for this book, which is a complete bummer. After finishing Perfect for You I couldn't wait to start this one. I just felt like it this book was lacking a bit. I never got a real feel for the characters and I could have done without the crazy villainous mother. I just felt like she was so over the top. While I enjoyed the relationship between Eve and Treat, I felt it was missing something. I think I would have like to see more book time devoted to them. I just never felt like we saw them grow as a couple and that their feelings seemed a bit premature. I never got a sense it was love, it just felt like a strong like. As for Eve and Treat I enjoyed their characters a lot. I loved that Eve has a shoe fetish and tries to keep a positive attitude even when things don't go her way. I found that she was sweet and endearing and I found myself really rooting for her. With Treat I really came to like him. Did I think he was the bad boy he is portrayed? No, not at all. Treat is a sweet guy and is more like Prince Charming than James Dean. He is always coming to Eve's rescue and I love that he isn't afraid of his feelings. My biggest issue with this book is Treat's mother. This woman is seriously crazy and I just hated that she got so much book time. I was not a fan of hers and how things ended up with her. I just think things with her were wrapped way to nicely and it just didn't feel realistic that after everything she did for everyone to forgive her so quickly. **Copy provided by Author**

  30. 4 out of 5

    Els

    Dit is deel twee van de Laurel Heights serie. Meestal gaat een reeks over dezelfde mensen en is het jammer als je niet alle delen in je bezit hebt. Hier gaat het echter meer om de plaats waar de verhalen zich afspelen. Je hoeft ze dus niet in volgorde te lezen want ze hebben eigenlijk niets met elkaar te maken. Dus na eerst deel 7 (ja, ik ben vaker averecht smile-emoticon ) gelezen te hebben, begon ik aan deel 2. Deel is hier misschien verkeerd gekozen vermits ze eigenlijk niet op elkaar volgen. Ni Dit is deel twee van de Laurel Heights serie. Meestal gaat een reeks over dezelfde mensen en is het jammer als je niet alle delen in je bezit hebt. Hier gaat het echter meer om de plaats waar de verhalen zich afspelen. Je hoeft ze dus niet in volgorde te lezen want ze hebben eigenlijk niets met elkaar te maken. Dus na eerst deel 7 (ja, ik ben vaker averecht smile-emoticon ) gelezen te hebben, begon ik aan deel 2. Deel is hier misschien verkeerd gekozen vermits ze eigenlijk niet op elkaar volgen. Niet dat het een ramp is maar het is wel een beetje misleidend. De cover geeft de titel weer of de titel geeft de cover weer, maar eigenlijk zijn ze niet typerend voor dit boek. Vele boeken in dit genre zouden ook deze buitenkant kunnen gebruiken omdat hij algemeen is. Mij gaf het een beetje het stationsromannetjesgevoel. Is daar iets verkeerd mee? Absoluut niet. Laat ieder genieten van wat ze graag willen. smile-emoticon Hier zit het typische boy-meets-girl gehalte in. Natuurlijk weet je onmiddellijk hoe het afloopt, maar de auteur weet er toch een paar leuke extra's aan toe te voegen waardoor het verhaal naar een hoger niveau gebracht wordt. De sexscènes hoefden niet voor mij. Niet omdat ik preuts ben, maar ik vond ze nogal saai. wink-emoticon . Ik had liever nog wat meer sabotage gehad. Conclusie Leuk verhaal, maar ik had liever of betere of helemaal geen sexscènes gehad. 3 sterren.

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