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Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
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Sep 01, 2012

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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, get her on the bus and send her to her great-aunt’s place, cheekily known as the “stud Farm’ because the aging woman only rents the apartments in her building to young men who are easy on the eyes. With great apprehension, Grace decides to stay, but only for a month as a stop-over on her way to Toronto where she feels she will be able to find work in the film business like she had been working as a makeup artist in LA before her rapid departure. Wanting nothing more than a roof over her head and a place to try and earn a little money over the next few weeks, Grace’s plans are complicated by the sexy cowboy in the apartment across the hall.

Cole Rawlins’ life wasn’t all rodeos and cowgirls. Recovering from a very serious accident he was still on restrictions because of his recovering leg and pelvis fractures. Physical therapy hadn’t cured him yet and most days it felt like things might never go back to how they were, before that horse had trampled on his leg, ruining his plans. Cole had worked at Easy Creek for years and had plans to buy the place once Mr. Easy retired, which was going to be any day now. He had worked his way through the ranks of the ranch until his injury sidelined him from everything he loved. Not one to sit still, he pushed himself physically to recover, but deep down he was terrified he might never be the same. When a purple-haired woman blows into town and catches his eye, she becomes a nice distraction as he awaits word from the doctor about if he will ever be able to ride again.

Secrets from both their pasts cannot be avoided and trouble has a way of following Grace and Cole. Running away from things hasn’t worked for either one of them in the past and when a movie production team comes to town scouting locations to shoot a few scenes from a movie, things come to a head. Ex’s cause trouble and fears keep Grace from being able to commit. Together they struggle to keep their feet beneath them in this fragile relationship as the urge to run grown in Grace rather than fight for what she wants.
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