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Close to Home

(Sawyer's Ferry #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  97 reviews
I excelled at two things: systems engineering and going completely unnoticed.
The engineering took work and determination. The invisibility came naturally. Until one day, the wrong person noticed me. Battered and broken, I fled, escaping to Sawyer’s Ferry and the only friends I’d ever had.
Now, I just needed to figure out what I was going to do next.

Life was
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Cate Ashwood
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This is yet another win for the Sawyer's Ferry series! We've met Witt and Mason in previous books, but Close to Home can be read as a standalone.

Witt is hurt at the beginning of the story, and that scene of violence is briefly described on page. Witt also has mild PTSD stemming from the attack. This is realistic and handled with sensitivity, but be aware that this may be a trigger for some readers.

While the story deals with pain, the focus is on healing and comfort. Mason is amazing at taking
~Mindy Lynn~
3 Stars!

This is the fourth book in the Sawyer's Ferry series and I have really enjoyed every book thus far. But for some reason this one just didn't click with me. I struggled a bit with it.

The story is a hard read right from the start with Witt being brutally beaten by his boss and trying to find his way to Sawyer's Ferry bleeding and broken. After a stay in the hospital Jackson and Logan take him to their place to recover. But soon Logan and Jackson are in need for someone else to stay at the
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ku
No doubt this book is the one with the most serious theme so far in the Sawyer’s Ferry series.
Witt goes through a traumatic experience of physical abuse and violence at the beginning, so be aware of that before you start!

Witt’s journey of healing and self-discovery is more or less the main topic of the book. And Cate Ashwood does a very good job here, showing the after-effects, the trauma, the physical and mental scars an attack like that can leave behind.

In Witt’s case it doesn’t help that he i
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
I seem to be in a bit of a slump.

As a whole I have really enjoyed this series. This particular installment didn't do much for me for some reason.

I just couldn't get in to it, and it wasn't holding my attention. I starting skimming about halfway through.

While the theme of this one was a bit heavier than the others in the series, I didn't feel like the recovery for Witt was super believable. Nor was how some of the later events played out.

The "I Love You's" came pretty quick too, so I felt som
**3.5 stars** rounded up because I enjoy this series a LOT !!

Another good addition to the sawyer’s Ferry series set up in Alaska and with usually so much hotness that I could be tempted to go up there, rwahhh.

It’s a standalone as each instalment is all about a new couple in the make, but the previous MCs make some minor appearances, so, imo, it’s better to go for the whole series…not a hardship at all, hehehe.

So, Witt has been introduced in book2. The shy and quiet engineer has just been brutall
Close to Home is the fourth book in Cate Ashwood's Sawyer's Ferry series. I've enjoyed this series quite a lot, but I found Close to Home rather lackluster.

Witt is the sweet, shy virgin that Jackson worked with before coming to Sawyer's Ferry. The story begins with Witt trying to get to Sawyer's Ferry after having been brutally attacked by his asshole of a boss. In Sawyer's Ferry are the only friends he has in Alaska. During his recovery, Mason is recruited to stay with Witt to make sure he has
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this latest installment in Cate Ashwood's excellent Alaskan set Sawyer's Ferry series.

Both Mason and Witt stole my heart with their sweet, slow burn romance and I just wanted to wrap Witt in cotton wool to keep him safe.

I really love the small town vibe of this series, where everyone knows each other and there's a real sense of community and friendship.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Ι don't know what's wrong with me. I'm not loving books from my favorite authors lately:(
BWT (Belen)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love a good Hurt/Comfort!

After a brutal attack, Witt makes his way to Copper Creek and safety of friends Jackson and Logan. When Jackson and Logan have to go out of town, their friend Mason comes to help Witt during his recovery.

Mason and Witt have great chemistry, and the hurt/comfort here really rang my bell. This series has had great banter and plenty of heat, and so does Close To Home, but on a much quieter level.
I wanted everyone to know I belonged to him. Because I did. Witt owned me. Wit
For me, the first 2/3 of this or so was more like 3 or 3.5 stars. There was nothing particularly wrong with the story, it was good writing and it was somewhat enjoyable....but that was the thing. It wasn't enjoyable enough for me.

I wasn't connecting with Witt and Mason as a couple. It wasn't because of what Witt went through so that it was slow that was the problem - I can very much enjoy slow burn if done right - it was more that their interactions just lacked a spark, a spark of chemistry and
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Welcome back to Sawyer’s Ferry! It is so comforting coming back to visit and knowing you are going to get a beautiful love story between two boys who need it and deserve it. I love the formula that Cate uses and will never tire of it. I love being here and when it is time to leave know I can’t wait to be back and know I definitely will.

This book fit right in to an already awesome series. Although it started out painfully, what Witt endured was hard to read and but seeing his determination to ge
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review***
This should have been a total winner. A small guy, attacked by his boss, recovering in a remote cabin, with the help of a friend who then becomes something more. Now that sounds like the recipe of my favorite kind of book.

And yet, it wasn’t. I kept waiting for it to grab me, to feel more emotions, but somehow it fell a little flat.

I’ve had this problem with Cate Ashwood’s books before, so I guess her writing and I just don’t click?

I was also quite puzzled as to why Witt’s boss attacked him out o
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
With a strong hurt/comfort trope, this might be my favorite book of the series so far. Witt appeared in book 2, one of Jackson’s friends from the oil rigs, although he worked in the office. Mason works with Barrett at the Brewery. After Witt is attacked, Jackson and Logan bring him to their house to recuperate but their departure on vacation means Mason moving in to help. I genuinely enjoyed both men’s characters, especially Mason with his empathy and protective nature. It’s slow burn o
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ouchie. I’m still feeling this one Cate. I’ve adored this series so far and was beyond excited awaiting this release. And…I didn’t quite expect the turn of feels. Not that it was bad it was just….startling. Witt is a victim of a brutal attack. We join him as he is trying to escape his assailant. Yowza, it was a piercing start. My throat was dry and my hands clenched. I was nervous and upset. Ashwood saves the day by delivering Witt’s battered body to the very capable hands of my favorite doctors ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbtq
3.5 stars

I really enjoy this series and I liked this book. Witt took refuge in Sawyer’s Ferry after he fled his workplace after being assaulted by his homophobic supervisor. He and Mason ended up staying together, house-sitting for friends, while Witt recovered.

Witt and Mason were sweet together but I didn’t necessarily feel the connection with this couple as strongly as I have with some of the past ones. Still, I recommend reading it. Bonus -we get to see the some of the previous MC’s.

ARC pro
Jenny Wood
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
We’re back in Sawyer’s Ferry!

I was really looking forward to this one, with Mason (who works with Barrett at the brewery), and Witt, who is friends with Logan and Jackson.

We jump into the story right after Witt is viciously attacked in his bed and fleeing to get as far away from the place and the person who did it, as quickly as he can. It takes us a little bit to find out who did it and the why is still unknown, although I guess some people are just terrible people and don’t need an excuse to
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Close to Home by Cate Ashwood is the fourth book in her Copper Creek series. This book brings us the story of Lawrence Witt, who escapes a violent attack at his work on the oil rig and seeks refuge with his friend Jackson and his boyfriend Logan in Copper Creek. Mason Briggs has a satisfactory life, he loves his family and enjoys his job as brew master but when he meets Witt he knows that he's been what's missing. Witt and Mason are thrown tog
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
5 Stars

I’ve been in a real rut lately when it comes to reading. Not much has held my attention or interest, but Mason and Witt’s story captured me from the first sentence and didn’t let go until the very end. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to say I didn’t want to put a book down, but I can definitely say that about Close to Home.

I absolutely adored Witt and Mason. They were both so sweet and caring and just absolutely perfect together. The chemistry between them was electric. Thi
Kendra T
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, own-review
It was great to revisit Sawyer’s Ferry. The cast of characters are great and all unique in their own way. This time we see Mason (who works with Barrett) find his true love. Witt, a friend of Jackson, got attacked at his home/job on the rig. Desperate to get away, he heads to Sawyer’s Ferry. Jackson and Logan take him in to help him heal, but they get called away. Not wanting to leave Witt alone for 3 weeks, Mason stays with him at their house. Mason was such a sweet guy, and Witt got stronger a ...more
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
Leaning toward 2 stars or maybe 1.5 stars ... will decide and then post!! While this author is one of thee nicest people, it's abundantly clear that her writing, unfortunately, is just NOT for me!!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

4 stars.
Sue~Always Reading~
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: releasing-may, arc
If there was one word to describe this story it would be sweet. There is more to it than sweetness though. Witt is a different character than any other in the Copper Creek series and I adored him. He is sweet and sensitive but has had some crummy things happen to him. After being attacked he escapes to Sawyer’s Ferry and winds up staying with Logan & Jackson. Mason, our other MC, works At The Copper Creek brewery and he is just living his life but when he finds out Witt, someone he noticed b ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every book in this series feels a little like coming home to me. Set in the beautiful, rugged island of Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska, the town and its citizens form a close-knit community. They seem to welcome and help restore the lost and broken souls of the world - and this forth installment represents that fact particularly well.

Lifelong resident and local brewmaster of Copper Creek Brewery, Mason has a wonderful life. A great job, a loving family, and some good friends. But he doesn’t realize tha
3.5 stars- Good story and a sweet couple

The Sawyer’s Ferry series has proven to be a really good collection of books featuring great couples, fun dialogue, and sweet romances in an amazing setting I wish I could visit. Close to Home had more of a hurt-comfort vibe than the others in the series but it wasn’t overly angsty and shouldn’t dissuade fans of the easier, sweet romances we’ve come to expect from this small Alaskan town. As with the other books, there is character overlap but Close to Ho
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet beautiful story of finding yourself and new beginnings. I really loved how Witt found a safe place to just be himself and how much Mason encouraged and supported him. This story was a gentle journey of discovery and growth for both of men and i so enjoyed watching them find each other.

The story has a good story-line and the writing flowed very nicely. Witt and Mason are both great characters and you will feel their hearts, fears and dreams. I really loved the thought process that Witt w
Lillian Francis
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's something about a new Sawyer's Ferry book; I'm always eager to jump in. In this one we get a glimpse of most of the other couples, and I think that's one of the things I like the most, that sense of community.

The book starts with the aftermath of an horrific attack--an attack that is never really explained as to why it happened or why the attacker proceeded to stalk Witt--but it does send Witt running to his friend Jackson in Sawyer's Ferry. And this puts him in the path of Mason (Barret
Scout Finch
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the Story very much, I mean, ALASKA! I love novels which are set there so this was a huge Bonus for me :) But apart from that I really enjoyed the protagonists and their relationship. But it all took so awfully Long! Until they first met, I felt like I had already read a third of the book before that did happen and it could have happened faster. I actually very much like slow burn romance but I enjoy seeing the main protagonists interact with each other and here it just took really long ...more
Jenn (not Lily)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku
Good story, but I just wasn't as emotionally invested in these two as the last couple books in the series. I adore Witt, and I loved seeing him be able to take control of his own life for the first time, but for some reason it was just nice, not visceral. Only a few annoying word errors ("by" instead of "my," two different first names for someone mentioned briefly in the epilogue), but not many and nothing that made me want to throw the kindle. I do really look forward to Brody and Beck's story, ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

In Close to Home, the fourth book of Cate Ashwood’s Sawyer’s Ferry series, we meet Witt and Mason and watch as their tender story unfolds. Those familiar with the series might recall meeting Mason in book three at the brewery where he works. However, this story could definitely be read as a standalone if you haven’t been keeping up with Sawyer’s Ferry before. Having read all the books, I can’t remember meeting Witt, but I must say of all the characters introduced in
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Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone's throw from the ocean. When she's not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her ...more

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