The Closer You Get by Carter Ashby Release Day Blitz (@CarterAshby)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 21st, 2015
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If there’s one thing Rye Holcomb hates, it’s small, tight-knit towns with high virtues and zero tolerance for outsiders. Fidelity is just such a town. And Rye is just such an outsider. So when he and his brother, Cash, take jobs in Fidelity, Rye decides not to get too comfortable. Which is why he is avoiding some rather confusing feelings for his new boss, Cora McKay.
Cora was born, raised, and baptized in Fidelity. She owns a thriving construction business, has a close circle of friends, and is the breadwinner for her mother and four sisters. The one thing she lacks is a sex life, something she’s never longed for until now. One conversation with Rye sparks her sexual awakening, and, in spite of his reputation as a man-whore, Cora can’t resist giving in to his advances.
As Rye enjoys initiating his virgin employer, and Cash experiences a relationship with a man for the first time in his life, they begin to think of Fidelity as home. But small towns have brought them trouble in the past, and it appears Fidelity holds trouble for their future. Can their newfound relationships be enough to overcome a past that relentlessly follows them? Can two men who have been burned by love learn to trust again?
Rye Holcomb is the protector of his younger brother Cash. Cash has experienced horrors from being different in the small town that he and his brothers move to. When Cash and Rye move to the town of Fidelity Cash believes that he has found home. Rye is not quite convinced until he starts to fall for Cara. Will prejudices and the past be another reason for Rye and Cash to leave this small town?
The Closer You Get is a story of home, family, and friends. My favorite part of the book is how Rye sacrificed and protected his brother, Cash. I don’t believe that Cash realized the sacrifice that Rye had done for them until they were in Fidelity. I honestly believed that Cash was so into his own conflict that it was just an assumption that Rye would do what was needed to help him. I loved watching Cash grow into a more confident and less haunted person. It is like watching a flower come into bloom. Rye even bloomed in his own way.
The person I had a really hard time with was Adam. For someone that lived with being treated differently how he acted towards Rye was uncalled for and inexcusable. Adam was Cara’s best friend and when Rye and Cash came into the picture Adam wanted his cake and icing too. He was just as judgmental as the townspeople who treated Adam different because of his gender preference. I was glad to see how his behavior caused his situation to turn out different than you expect. I honestly believe that Carter wrote Adam as a conflict to show how judgements hurt people as well showing how someone can seek forgiveness and redemption. Adam had quite a bit of growing up to do.
Cara was a special sort of character. She ended up being like the story of the ugly duckling who turned into a beautiful swan. The similarity there was that Cara needed to believe that she was beautiful. Due to her families superiority towards her they made this beautiful girl feel inferior to everyone else. Cara was successful, courageous, and also a tad bit naive. When Rye came into the picture he ended reinforcing to Cara how she really wasn’t worth much. When Rye realized this he went out of his way to give Cara a lot of firsts. That was my favorite part of The Closer You Get.
The story line really ends up with a great feeling about it. It starts out with a bang than you get the realization of the conflict and up with a pretty spectacular ending. That is the great part of Carter’s writing. She always knows how to show readers a great time.
I hope you enjoy reading The Closer You Get just as much as I did.
Carter Ashby is a hardworking housewife and homeschool mother by day, and a romance reader and writer by night. She lives in rural Missouri with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
He took one step toward her, closing the distance between them a little bit. “I’m sorry I hurt you, Cora. I’m sorry for what I did Sunday. That was just really shitty of me, and I got no excuse. But I figured out that I’ve done this to myself. You have every right to think badly of me. I walked into this town figuring it was just like any other town, so I might as well get mine while I could. I already had my mind made up, so when something sweet and amazing came my way, I didn’t have a fucking clue how to handle it.”
Her heart pounded hard in her chest, and she found she couldn’t keep staring into his eyes.
“Cora, when you smiled the first time, you changed my life. I haven’t been able to get you out of my head this whole time. I’ve been praying to God all week that I haven’t messed things up for good.”
Now she felt she could barely breathe.
“Did I? Did I mess things up for good?”
She couldn’t even turn to look at him. He must have sensed it because he touched her chin with the tip of his finger and turned her head toward him. His eyes were so incredibly beautiful and earnest.
She cleared her throat and in a husky voice, asked, “What is it you want with me?”
“Just a chance. Let me prove to you that the guy you’ve known the past month isn’t really who I am. It’s just who I became after giving up on people. I can fix this, Cora.”
She opened her mouth to answer though she didn’t know what to say. Thankfully, the sound of trucks approaching interrupted them. She turned toward the noise. “We should get back—”
He spun her into his arms and pressed his lips to hers as he smoothed her hair off her forehead, leaving his hands to gently cup her face. The urgency and sincerity in his kiss undid her. She fisted her hands in his shirt and held on.
“I want you,” he whispered against her lips. “I’ve never wanted anyone like I want you, Cora.”