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Close Enough to Touch (Jackson #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,638 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn't the land of golden opportunity. It's the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great-aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson Hole, Grace thinks she'll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns ou ...more
ebook, 268 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harlequin Books (first published 2012)
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Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
Oct 30, 2015 Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews by: Brandee Price
I loved Close Enough to Touch, both because I found the characters to be so compelling, and because the story was very touching!
I think the highest praise I can give Close Enough to Touch is that while reading it, I never thought about how common the "woman in trouble fleeing to a small town" theme is in romance these days. It's its own book.

Grace is a Hollywood make-up artist who's lost pretty much everything; all she has left is a cheap room in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, grudgingly offered by her bad-tempered great aunt. A great looking cowboy neighbor is an unexpected fringe benefit. But Grace and Cole's interest in each
Suzie Quint
Sep 19, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Victoria Dahl's contemporaries are on my auto-read list, but this one missed the mark with me. The heroine is too bitter, too suspicious, and too whiny for too much of the book. Her problems are her own fault, but her attitude dares people to disapprove of her. When people give her the chance that she wants (but hardly deserves), she acts almost disappointed that her self-fulfilling prophecy didn't play out the way she expected. The only saving grace was the hero and some of the supporting chara ...more
Well that's a disappointment. I have no clue how the author felt when she wrote this book, but I thought it was a very dark book, rather full of despair and negative thinking and little hope.
The heroine, Grace, survived very tough things growing up. I did not completely understand how low she could be at the beginning of the book, completely broke, with nothing but for a few clothes and a huge makeup box. She had been working for a few years and just had 6 months unemployment, while living with
Mandi Schreiner
I read this book and then let it sit for a few days before I wrote the review because I just couldn’t figure out my feelings for this one. Victoria Dahl gives us a very prickly heroine. Grace is a make-up artist from Hollywood. After getting fired while on set of a movie, and then having a very bad break up with a boyfriend that literally leaves her penniless, she gets in the car and starts driving. She has a great aunt that lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming who has an apartment that she is willing ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. A lot of good reviews already on the books for this one. I agree with them. I didn't feel Grace and Cole's connection like I wanted to. Yes, there were some hot love scenes, but at times I felt they just wanted to hurt one another. Grace go on my nerves with her constant thoughts of pushing people away. But parts of the book I did like enough that I am interested in the next story.
Emily (Book Jems)
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4.5/5 Stars!

I really enjoyed Close Enough to Touch. If Victoria Dahl wasn't already an instant buy author for me, she just became one. This book is a touching, contemporary romance that I won't soon forget!

As soon as I read the synopsis for this novel, I knew I was going to enjoy it. While Close Enough to Touch is a bit heavier than the other books I've read by Ms. Dahl, it's just as addicting. Once I got into the novel, I couldn't put it down. The angst really is
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: 2.5/5

Make-up artist Grace is down to her last dollar, as she rolls into Jackson Hole on a bus to stay at an apartment in a building own by her great Aunt. She’s running from L.A. and a bad situation that found her accused of theft, being fired for speaking up against an abuser and kicked out of her boyfriend’s house. Grace has had a rough life even before all of this. She had to survive on the streets, pull herself up from nothing to make a c
Victoria Dahl is one of my favorite contemporary authors. "Lead Me On" was a great example of using a nontraditional hero (one who is covered with tattoos) and heroine (one who is very attracted to the burly, brawny, biker type. I really need to re-read that book).
This book is the same. Grace Barrett is a makeup artist, one with purple hair (as we are reminded about over and over in most of the advertising for this book.) She's running away from Hollywood and her troubles there. Cole Rawlins is
May 21, 2014 Wminbc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a bit by Ms. Dahl and I truly enjoyed her Donovan Brothers Brewery series. But, I must say, this story was steamy! Cole and Grace sure knew how to fire up the sheets, and the shower, and the front door, and the parking get the picture! I loved watching Cole convince Grace that the sex was more than just sex, then turn on her and try to convince her to just give him some more sex for sex sake. Men!

Cole took a two month holiday from his cowboy life some thirteen years a
Heidi Rice
Jul 30, 2012 Heidi Rice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was very lucky to get a look at this when my friend Abby Green picked up a copy from Victoria Dahl at RWA book-signing... Then couldn't put it down. Read it cover to cover in 24 hours and can honestly say it's one of my favourite Victoria Dahl's now. Adored the crisp clean Jackson Hole Wyoming setting (who knew there was a difference between Elk and Deer... Not me!). Also fell totally in love with her big sexy and tortured cowboy hero Cole Rawlins, whose weakness for bad girls leads to a fling w ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, apparently no one likes this book because it’s darker than the standard contemporary romance novel. Not particularly dark for an urban fantasy reader, but too dark for the fluffy contemporary romance world.

This is exactly why I liked it. I read this series out of order and this is far better than the others. Frankly, I would suggest just reading this one and skipping the rest.

Cole and Grace have both been burned by people in their past. Grace has learned that the best way to protect hersel
Brandee Price
*4.5 Stars*

Full review coming...
Cowboy, take me awaaaaaay.
Apr 17, 2013 Feminista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Grace, left the city of fake dazzling lights, for one where you can see the stars at night. Wyoming, here she comes!

Grace comes from a very broken past. Seeing her mother change for whichever boyfriend is feeding her, Grace vows to never depend on a man like that. Except that she does. And she gets burned, which is not as bad as the fact that she gets treated like she is less than the dirt she walks on. Completely and utterly dependent on a guy, Grace learns the hard way, wh
"Close Enough to Touch" is an adequate start to a new series by Victoria Dahl. I was eagerly anticipating this book as a start to a new series, and being set in Jackson, Wyoming.

Grace Barrett is a makeup artist from LA that moves to Jackson when she is fired from her current job. With no money and no place to stay she accepts her great aunt's invitation to a free apartment in a building that Rayleen owns, right next door to her bar. Rayleen is a fun, crabby, and somewhat eccentric lady. She onl
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
I am always entertained by Victoria Dahl's books and Close Enough To Touch was definitely another winner. What a great way to start off a series and I cannot wait for the next book~which will feature Merry and Shane~Woo-Hoo!!! So excited!!
I absolutely loved Cole. Nothing better than a cowboy who says darlin'!!! ;) He was so sweet and charming and funny~I loved him and Shane!! Cole and Grace were both a little broken and I so wanted them to get the HEA that they deserved. With Cole and especially
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Review also posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Dayumm, Ms. Dahl can write a good Cowboy story!!!

Cole Rawlins is our mentally and physically broken but oh so sexy hero. In his late thirties, this cowboy is done with his partying, has experienced heartaches, realizes his mistakes and is now ready to get his life straightened out. However, with his recent leg injury, it will take time before his plans take place. But as they say, “things happen for a reason” and he would not have met the city girl
First thoughts
Again this was an Author that I hadn’t read before but came highly recommend from bloggers, authors, and even amazon told me I might like this author’s book. Well when I author is that recommended I feel I have no choice but to examine the hype and see if I feel it’s worth it. Let’s explore my thoughts, shall we?

My thoughts
This was a story I liked, but just didn’t fall in love with. I liked the premise of the book, the setting and the idea of the character’s running from their prob
Shelly Bell
Aug 09, 2012 Shelly Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Victoria Dahl is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers and I like her even more these days. Grace isn’t a typical heroine. First of all, she has purple hair. I’ve always wanted purple hair, but it never showed up because my hair is too dark. So right off the bat, I thought Grace was cool. She’s tough with a sordid past. As for Cole, I never get tired of cowboys. Mix that cowboy with good writing, a bit of humor, and lots of sex, and I’m hooked. I thought the characters really grew thro ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 13, 2015 MaggieReadsRom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I loved Grace, even if she probably will rub some readers the wrong way. I thought she was the bomb. She had her walls up to protect herself from hurt and the small signs of vulnerability she showed totally won me over and had me rooting for her HEA with Cole.
Speaking of Cole, there was a moment I was afraid I was going to have to hit him in the face, with something heavy but Dahl saved his ass just in time ;)
I liked him and his back story almost as much as I liked Grace.

Sep 16, 2015 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

J'ai donc retrouvé l'ambiance décalée de Jackson Hole, avec ses saloons, ses trottoirs en bois, ses ranchs, ses cowboys avec leur Stetson, et même les pronghorns (cherchez un peu !) ... ;-)

Grace Barrett, maquilleuse pour le cinéma, y fait une entrée fracassante, avec son look pas possible, son mauvais caractère et ses déboires. Bref. Son chemin croise celui de Cole Rawlins - sexy, mais grincheux. Et bim bam boum.

Ces deux-là nous réservent une valse infernale d'une relation chaotique et passionne
The beginning was a little repetitive: two main characters who kept alluding to their pasts and being really secretive. And I never like a character who is intensely private and untrustworthy yet they expect other people to be 100% open and honest with them, it's hypocritical/dramatic.

Dec 04, 2015 Anne-Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-read
J'AI DÉCIDÉ D'ABANDONNER. Sainte. J'avoue, c'était mon premier roman 100 % romance... et ce sera probablement le dernier jusqu'à ce que j'oublie à quel point c'était mauvais. J'aurais probablement donné une seule étoile, mais j'avoue que les scènes de sexe étaient particulièrement bien décrites. Je voyais pourquoi l'auteure avait une réputation de féministe, disons. Mais pour le reste, AH GAWD. Je me fous com-plè-te-ment de ce qui va arriver aux personnages. Complètement. Ils sont vraiment gossa ...more
Rosario (
This book has had very lukewarm reviews (full-blown negative reviews, in many cases), so it's taken me a while to get to it. I started this series with book 3, So Tough To Tame. I loved it. It reminded me of what I love so much about Victoria Dahl's contemporaries, so I decided to read this one, bad reviews or not.

When Grace Barrett gets off the bus in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, she's got all she owns in the world in a rucksack and her funds are down to about $40. A successful career as a makeup art
Mar 15, 2013 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must start with the cover. I'm a little OCD and it bugs me when a cover doesn't represent the story or characters accurately. So, when our hero is noted to have blond chest hair, I'm disturbed that the dude on the cover is a brunette. When the heroine's purple hair is mentioned over and over again, the woman on the cover should have purple in her hair not just as the background color of the cover. Finally, heroine is edgy and is described to be more goth-like than anything, so showing her on t ...more
May 09, 2013 Fedora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 and a half stars.

Ms. Dahl's really cemented her place on my list of great contemporary authors.

Grace Barrett's escaped to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as a bit of a last resort. She's learned to be tough and smart and protect herself because she basically has recognized that no one else is going to be looking out for her.

Cole Rawlins is Grace's temporary next-door neighbor. He's vowed not to be captivated by any more gorgeous city girls, but something about Grace draws his eye and his heart, and he
Jul 03, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely lucky to get an early read of Victoria Dahl’s newest book, Close Enough to Touch. This was wonderful except for the fact that now I have an extra long to wait for the next books in the series. This was another great book by Ms. Dahl and a start to a great series. I really loved the heroine, Grace, because she seemed a lot different than the “typical” heroine I read. Grace was really down on her luck. She had arrived in Jackson, Wy with under $40 in her pocket and her pride. She h ...more
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Victoria Dahl’s Close Enough to Touch is a great beginning to her new Jackson Hole series for it’s an emotional and earnest novel. This story is a little edgier with angst from both main characters but that is what drew me in and held me until I finished with one big happy smile.

Grace Barrett is a strong, independent woman on the run from her ex-boyfriend and needs a place and a job. She takes up an offer from her great aunt Rayleen of an apartment in Ja
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