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Close Enough to Touch (Jackson #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,899 Ratings  ·  269 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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2012)
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Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
Aug 20, 2014 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!
willaful
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
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LaFleurBleue
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Suzie Quint
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Keri
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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)
As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!

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
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Jess
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Jessi
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Heidi Rice
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Brandee Price
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 Stars*
Fan-freaking-tastic!

Full review coming...
Maggie
Cowboy, take me awaaaaaay.
Alycia
"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
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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
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Crystal
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Lisa Filipe
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This is the first in a new series from Victoria Dahl, a bit more emotional than her other contemporary romances, but if you give it a chance, I think you will be happy that you did.

Make-up Artist, Grace Barrett, escapes to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with thirty dollars in her pocket and a duffel bag full of everything she owns. Her great-aunt, Rayleen, offers her an apartment to stay in until she can get back on her feet, which sounds easier said than done, when you owe your ex-boyfriend eight thousa
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Wminbc
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 lot...you 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
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Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Mandy
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Feminista
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Shelly Bell
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Tellulah Darling
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Other than a few parts dragging a bit, this book was a hell of a lot of fun. Dahl threw the snarky, prickly city girl up against the call 'em like I see 'em cowboy. Sparks ensued.

I thought both characters were believably and unannoyingly flawed. There was wit and steam and a very satisfying HEA.

If you're looking for a fun contemporary romance, go for this.
Amanda
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.

Desty
Grace Barret akhirnya menginjakkan kakinya di Wyoming. Dalam perjalanannya menuju Vancouver, dia singgah di Wyoming karena mendapatkan tempat tinggal sementara dari bibi buyutnya. Seandainya Grace masih mempunyai uang dan tidak berutang pada mantan kekasihnya, dia tidak akan menerima tawaran ini. Setidaknya selama sebulan, dia akan mencari uang di tempat persinggahan ini. Namun menjumpai apartemen yang dijanjikan bibi buyutnya dalam keadaan terkunci, membuat amarah Grace tersulut.

Cole Rawlins te
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Rosario (http://rosario.blogspot.com/)
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
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Rowena
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review
This book follows Grace Barrett as she leaves Hollywood behind for Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She’s broke, owes her ex money and needs a place to stay until the job up in Vancouver opens up in five weeks. With her only family member in a nursing home, Grace heads up to Wyoming where a free apartment opened up from an aunt she hasn’t seen in years but remembers as a meanie from when she was little. Her grandmother called in a favor and Grace is set for the next five weeks. She just needs to get a job ...more
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Amanda's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

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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Susan
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an okay read. Overall I enjoyed it but I did have a few issues. Grace had ended up in Jackson Hole after running from Hollywood. She will use the time to try to put her life back together before moving on to a possible new job. Grace is a city girl who has never been to a small town like this. She is also blunt and not very friendly. She spent her childhood with a mother who was constantly looking for a man to take care of her and doing whatever she had to to keep one. This created a ne ...more
Lexi
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Grace Barrett leaves LA in a whirlwind of trouble. An ex she owes money, a job she was fired from, and no family to speak of- except a great-aunt in Jackson, Wyoming. Out of options, she packs her all her worldly possessions into a duffle bag and catches the first bus out of LA, never looking back. Guilt and shame follow her to the small town as she realizes she has no idea where she’s going or how to contact her aunt. The locals help her find her way, ge
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