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Closer to You

(Grindstone Harbor #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Life in the limelight isn't all it's cracked up to be. After years of constant touring, and a close call with an overly obsessive fan, Bristol Lachlan has reached her breaking point. Running on fumes, and fighting a wicked case of writer's block, the lead singer of Absent Without Leave has gone missing in action.

Tage Crosby has taken more than his share of hits, both on
Kindle Edition, 203 pages
Published October 21st 2016 by Cat Mason Books
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Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As a fan of rock star romances there's always a bit of similarity when it comes to the narrative, but in the case of Ms. Mason's series starter it's these similarities that gave me lots of enjoyable warm fuzzies while wrapping me up in its decadently delightful blanket. To immerse me even more fully into this story is the sassy humor that energizes the already combustible connection between sexy singer Bristol and former hockey phenom Tage. It fuels their fiery banter and had me laughing one mom ...more
Dana Busenbark
Bristol is the lead singer of a hot band. When things go crazy and out of control, she heads home to the beach house that she inherited. Gotta love her bodyguard Evan and his sense of keeping her safe. They are a fun duo to watch with their witty banter back and forth and their TMI issues that they have when talking to one another. Who is Denim Dan and where does Bristol see him at for the first time? What does she accuse him of to Evan? When Evan and Bristol go out to a sports bar that night, w ...more
Tina Morgan
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow!!!! Totally hawtness on a stick!!! And the awkward hilarious situations in this book is off the charts!! And then there is Moo!!! You will love Moo, he steals the book in some parts and he saves the day!! I wish I could give this book 10 stars because it so deserves it!! Mrs.Mason just keeps getting better and better I have staked her since the very beginning and love every single book she has ever wrote but I have to say that this one has got to be one of my favorites and that is sayin ...more
Wendy Fisher
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great read this was! Funny, sexy and a little bit of suspense all wrapped up nicely. Bristol is lead singer of a popular band who has a run in with a deranged fan. She chooses to escape to a safe place where she is soon met by the infamous "beach cow" and his owner, Tage. Their initial meeting wasn't what either expected. Can these two find mutual ground? Can their attraction go any further than casual? What happens if they fall in love? This was a great read with well written characters. ...more
Robin Powers
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy Moo!!! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the gang from AWOL. Bristol and Tage or "Tristol" were so fricking cute together. Who doesn't love a dorky hockey player? This story is sexy, funny, raunchy and written with my screwed up sense of humor in mind. I highlighted so much that I don't know if I'll be able to choose one quote for my review. Full review coming on The Smut-Brarians...ignore my book hangover ramblings.
Laura Hampton
This is the first book that I have had the opportunity to read by Cat Mason and I absolutely loved this laugh out loud, sweet, sexy book. It had the right amount of suspense and plenty of hilarious moments that left me nearly in tears. I loved the characters and was sucked in from the very beginning. Other than some minor editing issues, it was well written and refreshing.

Bristol Lachlan has just finished her bands latest tour only to find herself fighting off a stalker. Wanting to get as far a
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bristol Lachlan, the lead singer of Absent Without Leave, is tired of all the constant touring throughout the years, so when an obsessed fan scares her with a close call, she decides to hide out for a while. She packs up, and with her security man/person, she heads for her Nana's place in Grindstone Harbor, hoping that she can break up her writers block. Bristol never expected meeting a man who turns her life upside down. Tage Crosby's heartbreaking past had him leaving professional hockey too s ...more
The Smutbrarians
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Storyline: 5
Angst: 1
Tissue: 0
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
Kindle eArc reviewed by Robin

Bristol needs a break from the constant touring and writing songs with her band Absent Without Leave. After she takes off to recharge her mojo, the media starts speculating she is actually AWOL. Meanwhile Tage, her hot ex-hockey playing neighbor, and his dog Moo charge into her life. She has always kept from getting too close to guys but will Tage be able to get past Bristol’s defenses?

Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, that is definitely what Closer To You, by Cat Mason, is for sure! It is a great romance story on top of that, but the dialog just had me laughing throughout the whole book. I instantly fell in love with all of the characters, and I really can't wait for her next book Always Been You. This was another great book I just couldn't put down, I couldn't wait to finish it. And I just love that the free flowing humor never faltered throughout the book, I may finally have abs after that read!

LLEP  Book Blog
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars

OMG!! I nearly choked I was laughing so hard throughout this book. Cat Mason hit the singles chart with this book. AWOL's lead singer Bristol is living the life she has always dreamed of. But when a crazy fan attacks her she goes off the grid going back to her grandmothers home in Michigan. That is where she meets Tage. A former hockey player living away from the limelight leading the life he enjoys even with five finger felicia as his only relief. His grandfather a
Lynn Reynolds
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Bristol Lachlan has a scare that sends her home. Evan is a man I’d want around in a time of crisis. He also knows how to steal a scene that leaves me wanting more. Tage Crosby has an interesting first meeting with Bristol. He’s a man that has had to reinvent himself. Be warned, you’re going to be laughing with this one. There’s no way you can miss this being a comedy – unless your funny bone is missing. And the laughs keep on coming even during post coital bliss.

This is a book w
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Absent Without Leave's songs are chart toppers, and their lead singer Bristol is living the life of a rock star. When a crazy fan attacks her in her hotel room after a concert, though, she decides she needs to get away. She heads to her late grandmother's house in a small town in Michigan, hoping for some anonymity and a much needed break.

Tage runs a bar with his uncle in that small town. He had dreams of the big time hockey, but t
Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews
Bristol is looking to escape the lime light…get back to her roots. No better place than the place she feels at home.

Tage is an off the ice, injured hockey player whose career has come to end. When these two combine there worlds…let the fun begin.

Cat has given us another group of characters to fall in love with. With lots of awkward steamy sex, angst and plenty of laughs. Tage and Bristol will work there way into your hearts. Plus you have to meet Moo! This fun loving poochie will eat his way ri
Kathy Rouchelle
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly enjoyable read. I absolutely loved this book!! These characters were so well defined and so well written. Tough, outspoken, unfiltered, lovable, sweetly awkward, bold and sassy. They had it all!! The storyline is wonderfully full of sharp tongued banter, awkwardness that is found to be sexy, loyalty, love, drama and laugh out loud conversations between alternating characters. There is even a wacky spoiled rotten dog thrown into the mix. Oh yes, and there is hot sex!! It is an e ...more
Loved, Loved, Loved this story!!! It was hot, hilarious and utterly unputdownable (I know that's not even a word) but it really was that good.

The characters were all fantastic (even the creepy one) especially Uncle Felix, Bob and Jimmy. Not to mention Moo. Who was the craziest dog I have ever read about but just couldn't help adoring. Then there was the band and Evan who I loved and can't wait to read more about, especially after that epilogue.

As for the two main characters in this story Brist
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4.5 Stars!

Cat Mason is BACK and hotter than ever. Get ready ladies for an absolutely thrilling read that was hook you by the end of chapter one. Man I thought that her rockers were the best she has written but Shaft needs to move over a space... TAGE is here!

Closer To You was a fast, sexy, sweet, intense, and passionate read that will have you laughing out loud and falling in love. This book sucked me from page one... and didn't let go of me until the last word was written. What a phenomenal rea
michelle Shelly
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just what I needed! Closer To You is hysterical, it's exactly what I needed to get me out of the funk I've been in lately. The characters are wonderful. Bristol is the lead singer in a rock band, after being on the road forever and having a scare with a crazy fan she heads off to her grandmothers for some peace and quiet.

Tage is a retired pro hockey player who owns a bar Grindstone Harbor. When he stumbles across his new neighbor he can't seem to get her off his mind. The chemistry that these t
Sassy Southern
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow!!!! Totally hawtness on a stick!!! And the awkward hilarious situations in this book is off the charts!! And then there is Moo!!! You will love Moo, he steals the book in some parts and he saves the day!! I wish I could give this book 10 stars because it so deserves it!! Mrs.Mason just keeps getting better and better I have staked her since the very beginning and love every single book she has ever wrote but I have to say that this one has got to be one of my favorites and that is sayin ...more
Renee Entress
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, and heartbreak.

This is Bristol and Tage’s story. Bristol is taking a break after a crazy fan breaks into her room and scares her. So her and her crazy bodyguard goes away on a short vacation. In the small town she meets Tage. The banter back and forth will have you laughing. The chemistry will have you melting. The more they are together the closer they become but he is rooted in this town and she is all over the country. Can the
Robyn Corcoran
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can not recommend this light hearted romantic comedy enough!
I loved everything about this book and know that although Cat Mason is a new author to me, she won't be for long!
Bristol is a part of a famous band called AWOL who, having just finished their tour, are about to have a 3 month vacation. After a traumatic experience Bristol and her security guard/friend head off in a different direction entirely. Here she meets ex ice hockey player, Tage Crosby, who runs and owns the local bar.
Amy  Crull
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had so many hilarious moments in it! I swear Bristol and Tage had moments you only read about in well books. The dogs staring during nooky, spraying her face with jizz and so many others. I love Tage cause while he's protective and sexy, he's awkward as well. He,along with his dog of the year, make things interesting for the group. This is one book you pick up, fall in love with the characters and laugh your ass off while reading it! There is a bit of a stalker, which happens to any gr ...more
Myra Espino
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite reads this year! WOW! This book is freakin'-tastic! I can't put it down! The story and the characters of this book are amazing! Bristol, the lead singer of Absent Without Leave who is has a great character. But as what the price of being famous, an obsessive fan is on the loose. Tage, an ex-captain of his team (sports) who now runs a bar in a small town drew interest in Bristol. As the story goes, the story of these two became interesting and intense. What I love about this bo ...more
Renee at Book Happiness
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this for an honest review...


What an amazing start to a new series and brand new hotness!!

Tage and Bristol were just OMG I dont even have to the words to tell you how much I FLOVED this book.. I am so excited for this new series I can even begin to tell you...

I was pulled right into this story and I could not put this book down for anything... This book and probably this series will go into my BAD MOMMY FILE!!! I couldn't function in any sort of way and of co
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You will love the characters in this story. Bristol, Tage, Evan and Uncle Felix are my favorites. There's also Moo a Great Dane that thinks he's a lap dog. The banter between them is comical and I found myself laughing. Enough to get looks from others around me. Lol I absolutely love this series so far and can't wait to get the 2nd book.
Connie McElfresh
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-review
What a fantastic book to read kept me entertained the entire way through. Moo the beast dog what a great character to write he is tops. The other characters in this book are do well written in Cat Masons style that you know you are going to love each and everyone. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I was gifted this ARC for a fair and honest review.
Melissa P
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All the Laughs

Another great read by Cat Mason! I wasn't sure how I would feel about new characters since I love the Shaft boys (and girls) so much. But, I found myself immediately sucked in to this story. I laughed a lot. I smiled even more. #TRISTOL
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star's
Cathy Pardue
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rabid Barking Beach Cow

1st book by this author for me. I'll definitely be checking out more. This was a quick read that will make you laugh out loud one minute and hit you in the feels the next.
I loved Tage and Bristol both individually and as a couple. This book had a lot to offer, even though it was shorter than most books I read. Rockstars, Houdini hounds, stalkers and a whole lot of crazy.
There is over the top language, if this offends you, this isn't the book for you. I enjoyed most of th
Mary Lou Hoffman
PLAYING WITH FIRE is the second book in the Grindstone Harbor series. They will need to be read in the order of release.

Holy cow! Let me amend that: Holy barking beach cow!! Moo stole my heart from the start.

Tage and Bristol were sexy and funny. Add in the antics of one horse-sized dog and, of course, it just gets funnier.

Series: Grindstone Harbor #1
Category /Genre: Romantic Comedy
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing: book received as an unedited ARC / e
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When she isn't writing, Cat is spending time with her kiddos, losing herself in a Netflix binge, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors. She was born and raised outside of St. Louis, Missouri, just over the Mississippi River in Granite City, Illinois. Cat writes romance of all kinds with twists of humor. She has love of fictional men with filthy mouths, and lives on Bai Watermelon and sa ...more

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