Close to Heaven by Pamela Clare

Close to Heaven

A woman at a crossroads…Rain Minear has fantasized about finding herself in Joe Moffat’s arms for years. It’s just her luck that the night it finally happens, he’s carrying her into the emergency room. It’s Joe who steps up to help her when a tragedy brings her life crashing down. He gives her a place to stay, helps her get back on her feet, and even tries to save her Chri...

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Close to Heaven Reviews

  • Claire Robinson

    5

    Stars!

    We return to

    and the

    series, with Joe and Rain’s story;

    .

    I was so excited for this couple’s book, partly because the hints as to their feelings towards each other in the previous books have been plentiful, what with Joe owning the Brew Pub & Bar; Knockers and Rain being it’s manager a lot of time has been spent in their company already, but only as secondary characters, and also because Pamela Clare gave them

    5

    Stars!

    We return to

    and the

    series, with Joe and Rain’s story;

    .

    I was so excited for this couple’s book, partly because the hints as to their feelings towards each other in the previous books have been plentiful, what with Joe owning the Brew Pub & Bar; Knockers and Rain being it’s manager a lot of time has been spent in their company already, but only as secondary characters, and also because Pamela Clare gave them their HEA around my favorite season, Christmas!

    And boy what a book, I took

    to bed with me, saying the famous last words

    and I hit the 25% mark before I had even noticed it. I pretty much didn’t move from the sofa the following day until it was finished. Another huge plus is that this is a couple who have some life experience, Rain in her late 30’s Joe in his late 40’s there was none of your usual angst and drama that I would generally associate with a younger couple coming together under extreme circumstances. And extreme they were what with Rain pretty much losing her house in the early stages of the book, something which facilitates their coming together in that Joe offers her a place to stay.

    Joe is a man of principle, and having worked together for twenty odd years, struggles to mask his deep feelings for Rain, with her in such close proximity, especially without the bar, the staff, and its patrons between them. Doesn’t help that Rain has decided enough is enough, and is making it pretty clear she feels the same way too.

    I loved the secondary story the author told through Joe’s ancestor; Silas Moffat. The guy was an absolute monster, and it gave gravitas to Joe’s motivation and actions in the book (as well as the previous ones) and also gave you an understanding as to why he is extremely reluctant to take their relationship to the next level.

    Loved it, love this series, and I cannot wait to see who the author decides to give their HEA to next. Perfect Christmas reading, and although book five of the series, can absolutely be read as a standalone, but take my advice and read them all, you will not be disappointed.

    ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.

  • RachelW (BamaGal)

    Oh, this was such a sweet little friends-to-lovers Christmas story...and

    , Rain and Joe were real adults with some life under their belts, and not immature twenty-somethings!!

  • Jen

    Rain Minear has a bit of a problem. She’s been in love with her boss, brew pub owner Joe Moffat, for over twenty years. While her feelings have developed and grown stronger throughout the years, Joe has made it known he doesn’t date his employees. No exceptions. Besides, if he wanted her, wouldn’t he have made a move already?

    Rain Minear has a bit of a problem. She’s been in love with her boss, brew pub owner Joe Moffat, for over twenty years. While her feelings have developed and grown stronger throughout the years, Joe has made it known he doesn’t date his employees. No exceptions. Besides, if he wanted her, wouldn’t he have made a move already?

    Add to that a daughter almost ready to graduate college, leaving Rain with an empty nest and wondering what to do with the rest of her life. How long should she keep hoping for something that may never happen?

    Joe has been in love with Rain almost as long as she’s been working for him. Their ten year age gap and the fact she was seventeen when Joe first hired her has always made him feel like a creepy old man when it comes to his attraction to Rain, never mind the fact she’s now a thirty seven year old woman. When a brutal winter storm has Rain shacking up with Joe for the foreseeable future, he may just be forced to go after what he wants, no matter his crazy issues.

    I’ve said it before and I’m getting ready to write it again; Pamela Clare writes awesome stories about adults, for adults and that’s absolutely something I've come to appreciate. As myself and my kids get older, I’m finding it more and more difficult to stomach the NA and YA genres on a regular basis.

    Sometimes I just want a story with a woman in her thirties desperately in love with a man in his forties and I want those characters to act their damn age.

    The need for actual adulting in my books is where the entire

    series has served me well. I’ve loved every book I’ve read with these cast of characters but I was so happy to hear Rain was going to get her own story, and with the mysterious Joe, no less. Rain has always been in the background as the hard working hippy-ish single mom with a heart of gold but she didn’t exactly make a strong impression on me. This book changed that and I came to adore her, especially how up front she finally was with Joe when she needed to be.

    And then there’s Joe. Is he sweeter than candy? You bet. Is he also completely clueless when it comes to Rain? Most definitely. There were times I felt like pulling my hair out at the man’s utterly stupid reasons for staying away from our gal Rain, but when he finally admits to falling, he falls hard.

    is the perfect holiday read if you’re looking to bring a little Christmas cheer your way. When the push and pull of the first half of the book finally gives way to Joe and Rain the couple, Joe wastes no time in making Rain his in a big way and after twenty years, all I could say was “finally!” This series just keeps getting better and better.

  • Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Pamela Clare is one of the very best romance, romantic-suspense authors ever. In "Close to Heaven" we have a sweet Christmas romance between two adults, Rain and Joe, with more than a little life under their belts. It's wonderful to see what their backstories are and how their romance ignites. The history woven throughout is sad, but really interesting as a foundation for who J

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    Pamela Clare is one of the very best romance, romantic-suspense authors ever. In "Close to Heaven" we have a sweet Christmas romance between two adults, Rain and Joe, with more than a little life under their belts. It's wonderful to see what their backstories are and how their romance ignites. The history woven throughout is sad, but really interesting as a foundation for who Joe is and how that came to be.

    Rain Minear is feeling empty nest syndrome and the lack of direction in her life as her daughter is soon to graduate from college. More than half her life has been spent caring for Lark and now what? Add to that. the man she had loved for 20 years just doesn't show any sign of being at all interested. Talk about depressing and it's 27 days to Christmas and the forecast is for 4 feet of snow. Total Bah-Humbug. When Rain goes to bed she is thinking maybe it is time to change some things in her life.

    Joe Moffat is one of those guys who would give you the shirt off his back and help you when you are down. He treats his employees at his bar/grill/brewery Knockers as family and he can't give back enough to his community of Scarlet Springs. But Joe has secrets and only one of them has to do with Rain. She showed up at Knockers 20 years ago as a 17 year old with a 2 week baby looking for a job. Joe was literally knocked over with insta-lust and firmly decided that was just not ever going to happen, ever. Rain was his employee and strictly off limits.

    When Rain left homeless by a roof collapse, Joe has to reconsider how his hands-off policy has affected both their lives. With Joe and Rain snowbound in his house you would think something would finally happen. Yeah, lots happened, but not what you expect. Rain has nothing to lose and lays it all out. Joe, stupid, stupid man, has his reasons but Rain just thinks he really doesn't want her. Joe has to reconsider everything and make some hard decisions or he could lose Rain for good.

  • Lynsey A

    I don't have enough words to describe how much I loved this book. In all honestly, I've rarely been disappointed with a Pamela Clare book. She is a phenomenal writer and keeps me engaged in the characters and engaged in the story. Even though the Colorado High Country series is straight contemporary and not suspense, they are still such good reads.

    Although this one seemed a bit shorter than the others, I think it is right up there as my favorite. We've seen both Joe and Rain since this series b

    I don't have enough words to describe how much I loved this book. In all honestly, I've rarely been disappointed with a Pamela Clare book. She is a phenomenal writer and keeps me engaged in the characters and engaged in the story. Even though the Colorado High Country series is straight contemporary and not suspense, they are still such good reads.

    Although this one seemed a bit shorter than the others, I think it is right up there as my favorite. We've seen both Joe and Rain since this series began. In Close to Heaven we get their story and man, what a story indeed! Two people who have loved each other for years but have kept quiet. One because he didn't want to seem like he was a mirror of the past and the other because she was uncertain of his feelings.

    This truly is a great story and seeing inside Joe's head, this important man who has done so much for everybody in all the books, is so fun. His love for Rain and his love for the town make him such a great hero. He would do anything for Rain, even before he admitted he loved her. Sure he had his head up his ass for a bit but when he finally gave into his feelings for Rain and admitted he loved her, there was no stopping him. He wants to shower his money on Rain who basically scraped by while raising Lark.

    I absolutely love the direction Pamela took this story. I knew it was coming but didn't bother me one small bit since those are my favorite kind of stories. :)

    I can't say enough good things about this book. If you haven't 1-clicked it already, you need to do so now!!!

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  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

    ✮✮✮ 4 STARS ✮✮✮

    I have had Pamela Clare on my future reading list for years. I saw an opening in my schedule this month and after all the recommendations and stellar reviews about Close to Heaven I jumped at the chance to read this Christmas-themed contemporary romance. So happy I did.

    Close to Heaven is a pretty straight-forward friends-to-lovers story with grown-up characters. And when I say grown-ups I mean characters with a no-BS attitude, people who know wh

    ✮✮✮ 4 STARS ✮✮✮

    I have had Pamela Clare on my future reading list for years. I saw an opening in my schedule this month and after all the recommendations and stellar reviews about Close to Heaven I jumped at the chance to read this Christmas-themed contemporary romance. So happy I did.

    Close to Heaven is a pretty straight-forward friends-to-lovers story with grown-up characters. And when I say grown-ups I mean characters with a no-BS attitude, people who know what they want and express it in clear, simple words.

    Rain has been in love with Joe for twenty years. How she has been able to contain her feelings without going out of her mind is a miracle. Finally she and lays her cards on the table. And let me tell you, that takes some serious guts. I loved and admired Rain for it. I loved that she still could see Joe's side in this situation although she wasn't happy with it. This heroine sneaked into my heart because of her refreshing maturity, the kindness she showed people, her consideration for everyone who touched her life and also her courage to risk everything.

    Joe is obstinately holding on to his honor. He thinks it's in everyone's best interest to ignore his deep feelings for Rain. But he has a plethora of friends and employees who tell him insistently how clueless he is when all of them are facing the possibility of a life without this hardworking and kind woman in their small town - that's how popular she is. Their annoyance with him was funny.

    I wanted to slap Joe a little, not hard, just so to wake him up and see what was right in front of him. His honor is commendable and he is a good man through and through though so I am not complaining that it took him twenty years and half of the town for him to realize that it wasn't just attraction both of them felt. Because once he does he goes all out and shows Rain what a special woman she is and how deep his feelings run.

    I love stories with a small-town setting. Everything feels cozy, charming and familiar. Everybody is in everybody's business and has an opinion about everything that is going on and has compunctions voicing it. It can be testing but also sweet because it's usually with the best of intentions. Add to that the holiday factor and I'm all in. I adored this story. For some readers this might be a leeeettle bit too sweet, for me it was the perfect book at the perfect time.

    I saw a lot of characters I want to read about, many of their stories already released. Project Pamela Clare is a resounding success and I can't wait to read more of this series.

  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    Close to Heaven is the story of Rain and Joe. Rain has been waitressing for Joe for the last twenties years. Ever since she walked through the doorstep of Joe’s at seventeen with a newborn baby of only weeks and with no money or family, begging for a chance to prove herself, Rain has respected and admired Joe. When he defended her against her selfish ex a year later, Rain fell irrevocably in love with the man.

    Joe has been half way in love with Rain too but he’s used every excuse in the book to

    Close to Heaven is the story of Rain and Joe. Rain has been waitressing for Joe for the last twenties years. Ever since she walked through the doorstep of Joe’s at seventeen with a newborn baby of only weeks and with no money or family, begging for a chance to prove herself, Rain has respected and admired Joe. When he defended her against her selfish ex a year later, Rain fell irrevocably in love with the man.

    Joe has been half way in love with Rain too but he’s used every excuse in the book to dodge his deeper feelings for her. Besides the age difference, he never wanted to seem as he was taking advantage of her since she was his employee and he was her boss. But his reasons for keeping a safe distance from his greatest temptation goes back a few generations.

    But twenty years is a lot of time to deny yourself the one you love and when a caved in roof has Rain moving in with Joe, Rain throws all caution to the wind and finally confesses her own feelings to Joe. Rain and Joe’s story to their own HEA is a mesh of their present but also their long family history.

    Rain and Joe were two very likable people. They genuinely cared for others, had strong ties to the community and to their friends. They were respected and loved and it was easy to see why. I loved them both, even if Joe was a bit stubborn and wishy washy in the beginning. When the true reason for pushing Rain away comes to light, I had to cut him some slack, his family history was so intertwined with the whole town and with Rain and so many of his other friends, I could see why the guilt over his ancestor’s actions might have burdened Joe so much.

    Once the truth comes out, there isn’t any unnecessary drama or miscommunication. It’s all handled up front and with out recriminations. I loved that Rain was so understanding and helped Joe move past his misplaced guilt and see what a generous and giving person he was. She was just what needed he needed to snap him out of his self made prison and give them both a second chance to be happy.

    Rain was at her own cross roads when her story starts. With an adult daughter who recently moved away and her lonely life stretched out before, Rain is desperate to find out what her next step is in life. Finally giving in to her feelings for Joe kind of catapults her onto a new path. That’s not the part I didn’t like.

    It was actually her daughter that through a wrench in an otherwise sweet romance. Her character was too … exuberant isn’t the right word. I want to say brash but that sounds so old school. What rubbed me the wrong way was that she was so epically different than her mother. Rain was all things sweet and selfless and hard working and kind hearted and then we get to see the child she sacrificed and worked so hard for and she was almost bratty and spoiled than I would have expected. I wanted her to be more like Rain. The way she so easily accepted Joe and his (back then) undisclosed amount of money seemed too superficial and materialistic to endear me to her. Granted it all works out in the end and I get that she wanted to pamper her mom but still, am I the only one that would skirmish to take someones money and spend it like its my right? Maybe I have money hangups but the dress shopping scene really left me with a tarnished impression of Lark and it wasn’t really redeemed towards the end.

    Besides that small hiccup Closer to Heaven has two awesome MCs and a real love story that definitely carried the holiday spirit. I would recommend if you like mature MCs and slow burn second chance romances.

    The wedding scene was something that was sweet and unconventional but 100% Rain and Joe. It was all about family, friends and a genuine feeling of community. It was a down to earth fairy tale wedding that left me with all the feels.

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    Close to Heaven was a cute little read. I love Pamela Clare and I love The Colorado High Country Series. There is such a sense of community and friendship in these books. The whole town feels real and as a reader I have grown to love them all like I live in that town. So I was super excited to get a book on Joe and Rain. Joe and Rain who give so much to the community in every single book. Joe owns the bar and grill where everyone meets after a long day to eat

    Close to Heaven was a cute little read. I love Pamela Clare and I love The Colorado High Country Series. There is such a sense of community and friendship in these books. The whole town feels real and as a reader I have grown to love them all like I live in that town. So I was super excited to get a book on Joe and Rain. Joe and Rain who give so much to the community in every single book. Joe owns the bar and grill where everyone meets after a long day to eat and hang with friends, and Rain is his manager. They are always helping people who are down and out by raising money . In every book you could feel the lust between them. They kinda remind me of Sam and Diane from the show Cheers. Anyways I was always asking myself why are they not together already and today I got my answer and I got their HEA.

    I will say that as much as I enjoyed this book I couldn't give it 5 stars, because it bugged me so much that Joe waited so long to be with Rain. I know the book gives reasons but I felt they weren't good enough reasons..... at least not for a 20 year wait. It drove me crazy that they wasted 20 years that they could have been together. That's like a whole lifetime. All that said it was still a solid 4 star read for me. I did love Joe. I felt at times he was a bit clueless. I got that he felt bad because of the past but he let it rule him to the point that I wanted to reach into my kindle and shake some sense into him. Joe does have a big heart and I could feel his love and respect for Rain. Rain I loved. She was so sweet, and caring. I loved what a good mother she was to her daughter. How hard she worked to give Lark a good life. Pamela Clare did a great job working a lifetime of happiness into one book. She gave me everything I crave in a cute Christmas time love story. It was a happy, sweet read. I also really enjoyed the little side story given as Rain reads Joe's great, great, great, grand asshole's I mean Grandfather's journal. The bit of town history was interesting. I was glad that Pamela Clare didn't paint a happy brush over the past. Didn't give the past a happy ending but instead showed that sometimes bad guys don't pay. I truly hated Joe's great, great........many more greats grandpa he was a worthless pos and reading about the disgusting things he did and never paid for added a layer of emotion to a read that would have been too happy go lucky if it didn't have sadness/anger to balance it out. I am glad Joe and Rain finally got their HEA and all I can say is it's about time lol.

  • Mindy Lou's Book Reviews

    20 years is a long time to love someone from arms length. I admit, it bothered me at first that it took Rain and Joe 20 years before something finally shook these two enough to take a chance. However, once things started to change for them, it really was a beautiful story.

    Rain came into Joe's life when she was just 17 and with a two week old baby. She was desperate for a job and Joe couldn't refuse her. We learn that he was drawn to hear from the start but he's 10 years older than her and he di

    20 years is a long time to love someone from arms length. I admit, it bothered me at first that it took Rain and Joe 20 years before something finally shook these two enough to take a chance. However, once things started to change for them, it really was a beautiful story.

    Rain came into Joe's life when she was just 17 and with a two week old baby. She was desperate for a job and Joe couldn't refuse her. We learn that he was drawn to hear from the start but he's 10 years older than her and he didn't want to take advantage of her situation. As the story moves along, we learn why he never made a move.

    I'm not usually one who likes this scenario. I like for the Hero to see what he wants and go after it and yet, I can concede that in a case like this, the author did the right thing with Joe. The journey of learning what shaped him and his discovery that he wasn't what he feared through the love of Rain, his employees and the town folk makes for a very heartwarming tale.

    I'm looking forward to what the author will bring us next in the series. Arc provided by NetGalley.

  • Alp

    This was a sweet and beautiful story. I enjoyed reading it. I liked both main characters just fine. And I loved that the author kept the story moving at a nice pace.

    Sounded like a winner, right?

    Unfortunately, there were some niggling issues that by the end, I was in two minds whether I should give this book a 3-star or 4-star rating.

    Actually, the plot line where the heroine gets pregnant because of a broken condom is not one of my biggest pet peeves, but it is absolutely n

    This was a sweet and beautiful story. I enjoyed reading it. I liked both main characters just fine. And I loved that the author kept the story moving at a nice pace.

    Sounded like a winner, right?

    Unfortunately, there were some niggling issues that by the end, I was in two minds whether I should give this book a 3-star or 4-star rating.

    Actually, the plot line where the heroine gets pregnant because of a broken condom is not one of my biggest pet peeves, but it is absolutely not what I love to read either.

    I have to say that I was quite taken aback by Joe’s expired condom which led to Rain’s unintended pregnancy. There are some tropes that occasionally leave me irritated or disappointed, and one of those is the surprise pregnancy trope. Let me put it this way, I just wasn’t expecting that. I wanted something else, something more original if you ask me.

    Besides, Joe and Rain had had romantic feelings towards each other for twenty years but neither of them had made any move. I think it took them way too long to finally have their HEA. Twenty years! I can’t believe Joe could be so darn clueless! To be honest, I got frustrated with him every time he tried to push Rain away. Of course, he was a good man at heart and I admired him for that. I also understood where he was coming from. BUT I’m just not a fan of pushing away!! And this kind of thing always puts me off!

    However, despite those above-mentioned problems, this was a decent read and enjoyable overall. If you want to read this book, then go for it. And as you know, I’m a picky reader so please don’t let my review discourage you. Everyone has different tastes and you might love it more than I did.


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