Book Review: “Close To You” By Kara Isaac

May 16, 2016 at 2:09 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Kara Isaac in her new book, “Close to You book coverClose To You” published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Allison Shire.

From the Back Cover:  A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

As far as I am aware Close To You” is the first book that uses beautiful New Zealand as the backdrop for this wonderful romance. Allison is a tour guide for Tolkien fans. Jackson is trying to recuperate from the financial devastation that his recent breakup caused and the only way he can do that is through his great-uncle who is a Tolkien fan. Now everyone is on the tour and Allison knows that Jackson isn’t a fan he hasn’t even read any of the books. And that is where the romance starts to kick in. Ms. Isaac has given us a story that is warm, interesting and a lot of fun.  Allison and Jackson are very interesting characters that you fall in love with and enjoy spending time reading about. Start reading this book early as you will not want to go to sleep until you finish. Kara Isaac did a great job. You will like this book as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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