Close to You (Laurel Heights, #2)
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Close to You (Laurel Heights #2)

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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...more
Published February 22nd 2012 by Kate Perry (first published February 20th 2012)
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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...more

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...more
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...more
Super sweet fast lovers from across the street story!
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...more
Robin B78
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...more
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...more
Ann Goubert


well I really liked this book. cute, loving and well written story. dreaming and sweet love story that sweeps you of your feet :-)
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...more
Eve Alexander has quit the job with her dad and openend her own coffee shop. So far it is a success but she is still struggeling financially. So when she heard the famous pastry chef Daniela Rossi is looking for the perfect location to introduce her new book, she knows this is it. If she scores this event, her money troubles were over. Then Treat Byrnes walks into her café and has her all hot. But then everything went downhill when somebody starts to sabotage her shop and she discovers that her...more
♡ 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.
Kat (the Sarcastic One )
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.
I already liked Eve from Perfect From You and now she is living her dream. She has her own café/bookstore/bakery going on and she is loving it, even though the bills aren't always agreeing with her. Now an opportunity has arisen which can put Grounds For Thought on the map.

Only weird things keep happening around the café, putting Eve's chance in danger. While trying to uncover who is behind the sabotage, she mustn't get distracted by hot guys like Treat. Since he first stepped inside Grounds For...more
Mar 02, 2013 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult women
Recommended to Emily by: free ebook on Amazon
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.
After reading the first book, i took some break to read the second one. Mostly because i did not like the first one! But, i'm so happy i read this....Close to You is a sweet romance between Eve and Treat. Eve and Treat were wonderful characters. I loved their chemistry and enjoyed reading their interactions. The author's writing was also so light-hearted and interesting that i did not even stop for any breaks while reading the book, it was a continuos read for me! There was also a side-line roma...more
Paula  Phillips
We have had Gwen's and Lola's story. Now we move over to Cafe Grounds For Thoughts and meet owner Eve Alexander. Wanting to get her own independence, she decided to purchase property in Laurel Heights and open a cafe in the bottom floor. The Cafe is semi-booming , though Eve is still struggling with money and may have to sell or go into bankruptcy. When an opportunity to host an author event for a top selling baker she decides that this could help raise her profile and put her cafe on the map. H...more
Cute and sweet. I enjoyed this book! Light read and very entertaining.
great quick read. a little predictable of what was going to happen.
Willow Sanders
Treat & Eve's storyline was done really well. However, while I understood the writer's intentions with the subplot of Margaret - it wasn't developed enough to make an impact and seemed more as a background story than anything else. I would have actually liked to have had more of their storyline as well. This was a "free download" from one of the Kindle sites, so perhaps Margaret's story is further developed in the rest of the series. I did feel that the wrap up to the HEA was a bit rushed, b...more
Chris Bails
Another fantastic book in this awesome Laurell Heights series.
This is book 2. This is about Eve, the bakery/bookstore owner. She has quit working with in father at the WebDesign company and decided to open her own business. She has been quite successful, but needs just that little boost to not go broke. She does not want to have her father say I told you so or ask him for money. Treat is the contractor in town and his mom owns the business the Shop across the street. Treats mom Margaret feels th...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
Eve Alexander finally has her very own bookstore cafe, Grounds For Thought, and its a complete success. But the owner of the teashop, Crumpet, across the street starts to feel as if her store is being threatened with all the customers and attention Grounds For Thought is getting. She sends her son, Treat, over to Eve's store for a recon mission. Treat is resistant and doesn't understand why his mother is so worried about the little cafe. But once Treat gets a look at the sexy owner and taste her...more
Melissa Levine
I wasn't a fan of this story, it was just way too predictable. I've read many stories like this, leaving me with nothing new, and knowing what will happen. It was just boring, I found myself skimming through a lot of it, looking something different. I do have a couple questions though:

1. Eve owned a coffee/book store. Yet at the beginning she says that she 'only stocked a dozen or so titles.' Now this will probably a stupid question but does that mean she literally only had 12 books on the shelf...more
Lindsay IL
3.5 stars. This was a good story....but not much more. No real depth or development to the characters. I liked the story line all right, and the romance warmed my heart, but I look for a little more in my reads.

The book follows two story lines--that of Eve (owner of Grounds for Thought coffee shop and book store) and Treat (why this name?? A sexy "bad boy" contractor--I never saw any bad in him), as well as Margaret (Treat's mother, and owner of Crumpet tea shop) and Grant (golfer? retired gamb...more
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...more
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Amy Klugh
Eve Alexander is as warm and sweet as the delicious baked goods she makes and serves in her bookstore/coffee house/gathering place. And Treat Byrnes is as sexy as the sexiest good looking construction worker you can ever imagine(with tight fitting jeans), whose also a down-to-earth hard working all around good guy. Then there's the villain of the story, Treat's loving mother. Her behaviors were just a bit crazy enough to make her so intriguing and strangely familiar.

Long after you'd finished the...more
Kate Dirty Girls' Good Books
Margaret has owned her tea shop in the ritzy town of Laurel Heights for years but finances are starting to get tight. She knows who's to blame too-Eve, the owner of the new coffee shop across the street. So Margaret sends her son Treat (yes, that's really his name) into Eve's shop to scope out the competition. As Treat walks into Eve's shop, he's glad this is a one time only spy mission because he completely falls for Eve. And the feeling's mutual. When it becomes apparent someone is sabotaging...more
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Kate’s the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well...more
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“-He likes you
-We don't know that for a fact.
-I've seen the way he looks at you. We can safely call it a fact.
-How does he look at me?
-Like you're a Nutella latte and a chocolate croissant all in one.”
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