Close to You by Kara Isaac

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:
“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?”

My thoughts:
I loved Close to You! Close to You has flawed, realistic characters, going through icky, real life-like circumstances. There were many characters, but I didn’t have trouble keeping any of them straight and they were all so different and had so many dimensions; they were delightful! The comedic moments were relatable and so much fun! I was always guessing of what was going to happen next and was consistently surprised with different twists. I kept wondering throughout this, “How in the world is she going to wrap this up? How?” Well, I won’t give away the ending but I will say, it was a sigh-worthy ending that had me smiling and day-dreaming about what a wonderful book this is. Close to You is a fabulous debut and I can’t wait to see what else Kara Isaac writes, so I can devour that too!

I give Close to You 5 out of 5 stars! I love it and recommend it!

I received Close to You in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the Author:
Kara Isaac is a romantic comedy writer who lives in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, is about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien themed tour of New Zealand. When she’s not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She loves to connect with readers on her website http://www.karaisaac.com, on Facebook at Kara Isaac – Writer and Twitter @KaraIsaac

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