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Too Close for Comfort

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Foodie Joy Waltham is stressed out. Before she can expand her business empire, she needs her ex-husband's signature dissolving their silent partnership. A trip to Maine to find her ex, get his autograph, and chill out seems ideal. But instead of relaxing, Joy winds up inserting herself in the middle of a mystery—and wrapped in the overprotective arms of Comfort's chief of ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published February 4th 2016 by Lynne Marshall (first published October 1st 2012)
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Pam Lowery
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Second Chance at its Best!!!

I love second chance stories, and this is one of the best I have read.
Paul and Joy had been married for 23 years when, I guess you could say life got in the way. She had a successful frozen healthy food company and he was an LAPD cop climbing the ranks. The story starts 3 years later when Joy and her daughter Edie wanted to expand the business, but Paul had a 20% interest in the company and they needed to buy him out. Joy has been suffering from panic attacks, so str
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~Reviewed by Desere ~

This was one of the most intense books I have read all year. It had the danger ,action, romance, old love rekindled, sadness and happiness all packed into one stunning read. I personally love a happy ending story and very much love when a author adds in a epilogue to give me as reader that extra few months or years into the happiness that comes at the end of a romance novel,but I never stop to think that as in real life couples sometimes grow apart and the happy ever after i
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Maria
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This book has been described as a mature romance and a reunion story and of course it is both. But it is actually a lot more. It is, on one level, pure reading entertainment with comedy thrown in for good measure. And not only comedy, suspense makes its appearance too. It’s also an extremely honest look at life, love and relationships.

The plot is simple. Paul and Joy have been divorced for thr
Jerrie Alexander
This is my first time to read Ms. Marshall, but I'll be back. I don't do spoilers, but will tell you Jill and Paul are in their forties and still very vital, smart, witty and still in love..even though they don't know it. Jill's curiosity gets her into trouble with her exhusband the Chief of Police, who already has his hands full. There's great humor, mystery and enough tenderness to make you root for this couple to remember why they fell in love.
4.5 for this book as it gives a realistic look at this divorced couple Paul and Joy whom are both over 40, that are dealing with real-life type issues, past hurts, guilt, forgiveness, empty nest syndrome, the constant fear having a son in a war-zone, and thoughts of reconciliation. Add in some suspense, intriguing detective work, and a couple hot scenes, and what you have is an engaging story. Kudos to the author as she included " between the sheets situations" for this 40-something couple, as s ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ms Marshall wrote a wonderful love story with suspense included in a story for us "older" readers. There was a romance and the just the right about of sex (for me any way). I enjoyed the story very much and am very glad I was introduced to her books at the convention in Burbank in November. Thank you.
Donna Taylor
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute read

Lynne Marshall is a new author for me and I really enjoyed Joy and Paul's story. A touch of humor, a smattering of angst, and mystery.
Judy Churchill
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a charming story with multidimensional characters. Empty nest and other midlife changes can be stressful. This cast of players does it well.
Eileen Gernet
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book

I think if you have kids leaving the best you should definitely read this. The book is for everyone having several issues addressed throughout with very difficulty.
Virginia Campbell
It's exciting for me as a reader to immediately become so involved in a book that I keep saying to myself: "This would be a great movie!". "Too Close for Comfort", from author Lynne Marshall, kept that reel playing in my head, and I read the book all in one sitting. Lynne is one of my favorite authors. I was hooked on her warm, funny, and touching storytelling from the very first book. Her characters are very real and vividly drawn, and she gives them compelling story lines that are true to life ...more
Lynne Marshall
Apr 24, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Reader
I don't know about you, but I love reunion stories. I love the second chance to get it right, and putting the characters back together when they're a bit older and a whole lot wiser. That's exactly what I've done in TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT.
There's nothing quite like reading about a couple who gets a "do–over" if you will. How many of us get second chances at anything? That's the beauty of writing romance books: I get to help characters who once blew it make it right, that's why I loved
Christine London
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like cozy mysteries mixed with second chance romance? A recommended read:

Too Close For Comfort by Lynne Marshall

From the hero and heroine's 'twenty-something year old, perfectly capable daughter" of "unconventional beauty" to a son who'd joined the military with his father's blessing, but without bothering to tell his mother; this book struck many all-too-familiar personal chords. The mother of two uncannily similar adult children myself, so vividly described in Too Close for Comfort, th
Samanthe Tucker
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll first confess I'm a fan of Ms. Marshall's Harlequins, because of the emotion she brings to her stories, but "Too Close for Comfort" is more than a super-sized category romance. At times zany, racy, heart-touching and suspenseful, there's no mistaking this for a simple reunion story.

The heroine, successful health-food entrepreneur Joy Waltham, grapples with mid-life panic attacks, an emptying nest, and a trip to Comfort, Maine, to see her too-sexy ex from whom she needs one last, little favo
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lynne-marshall
Too Close For Comfort is a heart-warming story about Paul, the town of Comfort's Chief of Police and Joy, his ex-wife, two fourty-somethings who are divorced.

Circumstances bring Joy to the town of Comfort to see Paul again and swiftly they are caught up in an adventure involving the towns kids who are dying from taking a nasty new drug that's doing its rounds in the local area.

Throw in their grown-up kids who are immersed in side adventures of their own and some self-discovery between Paul and J
Roz Lee
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another great read from an author who continues to surprise me. TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT is a cozy mystery woven together with a tender love story. As I’ve come to expect, Ms. Marshall’s characters come across as real, fleshed out people. They are your neighbors and your friends. Their emotions and personal struggles are believable.
As in her earlier work, ONE FOR THE ROAD, Ms. Marshall has done the romance world a favor by focusing on an older generation. Joy and Paul have been there – done
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joy Waltham is a divorcee, mother of 2 adult children, and business owner. She is stressed out and yet very successfully planning on expanding her frozen food business. The only problem is that her x-husband still owns a piece of the company. She has decided to fly to Maine, where her "X" currently lives and get him to sell his part of the company back to her. Since she has been so stressed out and suffering from anxiety attacks she has decided to make this trip a vacation and spend a few weeks ...more
Connie Saunders
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A trip to a small town in Maine seems like the perfect getaway for a successful business woman from Los Angeles. Right? It would be if you didn't need your silent partner to sign papers to dissolve your partnership so that your business can become even more successful. Not to mention that you were married to this silent partner for twenty-three years before you divorced three years ago. Joy Waltham's trip to Comfort, Maine may be business related in the beginning but it soon becomes an eye-openi ...more
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Paul Donovan has retired from the LAPD and moved back to Comfort, Maine to become the chief of police there. For the most part, it is a quiet job, but lately there have been deaths related to drugs that Paul needs to solve. Then there is a bigger issue–his ex-wife has returned and manages to get herself in the middle of his investigation.

Joy Waltham is looking to expand her business, but she needs her ex-husband’s signature to move forward. So she heads to Comfort to get what she needs. Being mu
Christine Ashworth
Wow. What a beautiful, funny, tender, action-filled, and heart-tugging romance. Meet Joy (and her hysterical sunlamp hat), a 45-y/o stressed-out self-made executive who needs her ex-husband's signature on a an agreement to dissolve their partnership in her business; and Paul, the small-town Chief of Police of Comfort, Maine, who never wanted to get a divorce. Add in a lovely small town filled with beaches and coffee shops and teenagers who keep dying and old biddies who are always in the wrong p ...more
Nas Dean
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT by author Lynne Marshall is a November 2012 release.

Paul is a small town Police chief after his divorce. But then his ex-wife comes to the small town. She came to get his signature dissolving their business partnership.
Then Joy gets involved in the town teen deaths. These deaths were drug related. Joy decides to do her own investigation. And she gets involved deeper than she thought she would.

To keep her away from danger Paul has her staying at his home. And then fireworks
Trish Albright
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! Laugh out loud at this heroine's earnest efforts to help solve crime, recover from an executive lifestyle, and help her ex realize she really is right most of the time. Too Close for Comfort take place in a town you will grow to love with characters that are signature to Lynne Marshall--warm, funny, real, flawed, and full of passion.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really liked these characters. They seem so real and I thought it was great that they were more mature then I a lot of the main characters in books lately. This book was also full of a lot of emotions, danger, suspense, sadness, happiness, romance, etc. I was a book I am very happy to have won from GoodReads First Reads.
Robin Bielman
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this fun, romantic read! Joy is one spunky heroine and I adored her. Paul is one hunky hero and I adored him. Put the two of them together and I couldn't swipe the pages fast enough. There is romance and comedy and emotion and so much to smile about in this book. And having a couple in their forties act like they're in their twenties again? Loved! I highly recommend this book.
M.J. Fredrick
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I love reunion romance, but wasn't sure I would love a story about a couple so close to my age, especially when they're talking about cholesterol and losing the estrogen glow. But I was ridiculously charmed by the characters and felt a lot more appreciative of my husband of 26 years :)
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ageing much faster than romance heroines. I wish more authors wrote about older heroes and heroines. Lynne Marshall has continued to warm our hearts with characters we can relate to.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love to read stories when the characters are my age! This story is filled with misunderstandings, angst, some sadness and whole lot of chemistry. Good Read!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first read from this this author and I enjoyed it very much. I loved that we had an older couple but their issues are pretty much universal to couples of all ages. I would definitely read more from this author.
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Donna Scoggins
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can She Stay Out Of Trouble?

Joy and Paul are divorced but find themselves involved in some shady situations. Can they find a common ground again?
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good, light read

I enjoyed this book. Read it for the romance and the 2nd chance factor. Joy is a little too out there, and Paul is a saint, but it makes for a fun read.
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USA Today Bestselling author, Lynne Marshall, used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming. Then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always st ...more

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