From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the second novel in her sizzling Fusion series.
Please summarize the book for the readers here:
CLOSE TO YOU is the story of Cami LaRue, the girl who first fell in love with Landon Palazzo when she was five years old. But Cami grew up and moved on, including becoming part owner of the wildly popular restaurant Seduction in Portland, Oregon. After twelve years as a Navy fighter pilot, Landon returns home to Portland. He’s always had a soft spot for Cami and one glance at his sister’s best friend helps solidify that spot. Landon isn’t going to pass up the chance to make the girl next door his if he has anything to say about it.
Please share the opening lines of this book:
“Are you packed?” my sister, Mia, asks through the phone. Her voice is husky with sleep, which makes sense since it’s the middle of the night back home in Portland, Oregon.
“I leave tomorrow, Mia. Of course I’m not packed.”
Please share a few Fun facts about this book…
- The Fusion Series focuses on 5 best friends who own Seduction with CLOSE TO YOU focusing on Cami’s story.
- The restaurant, Seduction, is meant to seduce the patrons from the warm atmosphere to the aphrodisiacs on the menu.
- Each paperback copy has recipes you might find on Seduction’s menu.
Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?
Cami is a workaholic, who has carried a torch for her best friend’s big brother since she was a child. My characters always surprise me as I write because I learn more and more about them as the story progresses. With Cami, I wasn’t expecting her to be so funny. She’s definitely someone you’d want to be friends with.
If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?
Chapter 2. Cami and Landon are meeting for the first time to go over the expansion of Seduction. Landon is taking the lead on the construction side of the expansion as he goes back into the family business, and the tension between the two is fantastic. Take a look at this short snippet from Landon’s point of view!
“You like me.” The crush she’s had on me since we were kids has never been a secret. I managed to keep mine hidden, but Cami never did.
“You’re okay.” She shrugs and chuckles, and for the first time that I can remember, she’s not looking at me with that sparkle in her eyes, and I’m not sure what to do about that. Or if I even should do anything about that.
But I fucking miss it.
“I think I have everything I need.”
“Great.” She walks past me, but stumbles forward, and I catch her, wrapping an arm around her waist and pulling her against me.
“Hey, easy,” I murmur, my face just inches from hers, and for just a brief moment, that sparkle is back in her eyes, making my gut clench. She’s not nearly as immune to me as she’d like to believe. “I’ve got you.”
“This is what I get for wearing sneakers,” she grumbles as her little hands clench my jacket and she manages to get her feet under her.
“You don’t usually wear shoes?”
“Not sneakers,” she mumbles, and tries to pull away, but I tighten my arm and take a moment to enjoy the sweet way she fits against me. She smells good.
She feels fucking perfect.
For the first time in months, I actually fell alive.
What do you want people to take away from reading this book?
Well, it may sound cliché, but at the heart of it, I always want readers to take away the same general thing: that despite obstacles, issues and fears, love conquers all.
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?
I’m currently working on EASY MAGIC, the next title in my Boudreaux Series which will be releasing later in 2016 and BLUSH FOR ME, the next title in the Fusion Series releasing in March 2017.
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Excerpt from Close to You:
“Oh, sweet Jesus, don’t ever stop doing that.”
I grin and watch as I knead her feet. Upon closer inspection, I see that they’re callused, and despite being nicely painted, they’re a bit of a mess.
“I hate my feet,” she murmurs softly. “They’re rough and callused and horrible.”
“I don’t mind,” I reply honestly. “But you should spoil yourself sometimes and go get one of those froofroo pedicures.”
“I do. But I wear shoes that are bad for me, and I hate socks, so this is what I’m stuck with.” Her eyes slit open to watch me as she shrugs. “I don’t care. My shoes rock.”
.“I’ll rub your feet for you anytime you want.”
She grins softly and I want to pull her in my lap and hold on tight. I want to kiss her madly and lay her back on this couch and uncover her body, inch by inch, discovering what makes her moan and what makes her sigh.
I want to do all of the things I’ve fantasized about for longer than I can remember.
Instead, I sigh and pat her ankle, then stand. “I’d better go.”
She stands with me and follows me to the door. “Thank you for dinner. You didn’t have to do that.”
“Yes.” I turn to her and push her blond hair back over her ear. Scoot is winding his way through my legs, purring. “I did. Thank you for today.”
Before she can push me away, I lean in and press my lips to her forehead, breathing her in, and wanting to stay.
“Are you going to get that last house?”
“If you promise to visit.” I pull back and see her bite her lip, then firm her shoulders.
I nod and leave her before I do something stupid like scoop her up and take her up to her bedroom to spend the rest of the weekend with her.
She’s not ready for that. I’m not sure I’m ready for that, which shocks the fuck out of me because I’ve never had a problem with carrying a willing woman off to a bed to have my way with her.
But this is Cami, and a fun romp on a mattress isn’t the only thing I want with her. Not that I really know what I want with her.
I do know that she deserves more than a weekend in bed, and the thought of someone else giving it to her makes me crazy.
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Camilla, “Cami,” LaRue was five-years-old when she first fell in love with Landon Palazzo. Everyone told her the puppy love would fade—they clearly never met Landon. When he left after graduation without a backward glance, she was heartbroken. But Cami grew up, moved on, and became part-owner of wildly popular restaurant Seduction. She has everything she could want…or so she thinks.
After spending the last twelve years as a Navy fighter pilot, Landon returns to Portland to take over the family construction business. When he catches a glimpse of little Cami LaRue, he realizes she’s not so little any more. He always had a soft spot for his little sister’s best friend, but nothing is soft now when he’s around the gorgeous restauranteur.
Landon isn’t going to pass up the chance to make the girl-next-door his. She’s never been one for romance, but he’s just the one to change her mind. Will seduction be just the name of her restaurant or will Cami let him get close enough to fulfill all her fantasies?
Meet the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.
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