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Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

Sometimes NetGalley knows exactly which buttons to press… and sometime it just seems like it. I am, however, happy to read different genres than I normally do.

That said… here it goes:


Jubilee (awesome name!!) Jenkins is a 27 year old young woman who can never be touched by another human being. Horrible as it might sound, that’s not even her worst problem when the story begins to unfold. It’s her lack of social life, her agoraphobia, her complete and total financial dependency on her pretty much estranged mother of nine, NINE, years. And yeah, her not being able to tolerate human contact without going into anaphylactic shock and quite possibly die is just the cherry on top of her yummy cake.

Sarcasm aside, when her mother suddenly dies and her familial financial aid ceases, Jubilee is forced to find a job. She manages getting one at the local library, reconnects with a high-school nemesis-turned-best friend and finds herself in an awkward friendship with Eric, a single father to Aja, his adopted-possibly-on-the-spectrum son.

Premise wise, the book has buckets on buckets of potential, but I just couldn’t get into it. I felt it lacking feeling and rather slow developing. I wish Jubilee and Eric’s storylines connected earlier in the plot. By the time a real bond seemed to come across, the story climaxed and I was left almost… bereft.

I just don’t know… (love the cover, though)

3.5 Stars




30753714From the author of Before I Go comes an unconventional love story perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.

One time a boy kissed me and I almost died…

And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a young woman with a rare and debilitating medical condition: she’s allergic to other humans. After a humiliating near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become a recluse, living the past nine years in the confines of the small town New Jersey house her unaffectionate mother left to her when she ran off with a Long Island businessman. But now, her mother is dead, and without her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave home and face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

One of those people is Eric Keegan, a man who just moved into town for work. With a daughter from his failed marriage who is no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off-course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Then, one day, he meets a mysterious woman named Jubilee, with a unique condition…

Close Enough to Touch is an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart.



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Mastering Her Senses by Laura Kaye

I don’t know who I love more. Laura Kaye or her characters. I’m being serious here.

Mastering Her Senses is absolutely beautiful, every single word. Here’s why…


Quinton has been a favorite Master of Blasphemy since the first title in the series I’ve read. I absolutely loved him, his easygoing, attentive, gentle, observant and sensitive attitude. He’s had a key part in the previous two couples we’ve met, and he’s getting his own version of happy in Mastering Her SensesContinue reading “Mastering Her Senses by Laura Kaye”

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Paint the Stars by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn

After the first two novels in this incredibly emotional series, Free Fall, I’m honored to have had the opportunity to review Paint the Stars.

My thanks to both Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn for providing me with the advance copy in exchange for my honest review.


Ezra has been a mystery to me since the first book, where Lucas and Gabriel were the focal pairing. Ezra, as Gabriel’s roommate, was incredible in both being annoying and supporting Gabe.

Then Ezra was Connor’s roomie, did his thing to support him, keeping to his weed smoking, broody tortured artist persona. His behavior never explained.  But now… now we learn everything about him, his past, why he’s so closed off, why he’s basically a hermit.

Daevonte is incredible! One can’t not adore his cheery demeanor, his laid back personality and his vivacious and infectious behavior. Continue reading “Paint the Stars by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn”