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

  • maggieandteddy

    Wow, I can't believe it. I've read 5 books in this series. I still want more. I love it when an author can do that.

    I've loved the little bit that I've read about Rain and Joe in the previous books.

    Rain is much softer than I realized- and a little insecure. She's also sweet, loving and giving. Rain's practically the heart and soul of Scarlet Springs.

    Rain is 37 y/o and Joe is 10 years older. Rain has worked at Joe's brew pub, "Knockers", for the last 20 years.

    Rain's daughter Lark is away at coll

    Wow, I can't believe it. I've read 5 books in this series. I still want more. I love it when an author can do that.

    I've loved the little bit that I've read about Rain and Joe in the previous books.

    Rain is much softer than I realized- and a little insecure. She's also sweet, loving and giving. Rain's practically the heart and soul of Scarlet Springs.

    Rain is 37 y/o and Joe is 10 years older. Rain has worked at Joe's brew pub, "Knockers", for the last 20 years.

    Rain's daughter Lark is away at college in Boulder. Rain is really missing her terribly.

    She feels lost and has given up on Joe ever noticing her.

    This is 3rd person POV, so I got to read about Joe's frustration too. He adores Rain. He is determined to never let her or anyone know. At first I thought it was due to the boss/employee thing. There's some timely discussion about men being (in)appropriate around coworkers.

    I enjoyed the constant tease that Joe and Rain experienced. I experienced it too!

    Rain was much more up front about expressing her attraction. Joe fought hard to keep his love/lust to himself.

    For 20 years Rain has struggled to raise Lark and work to support herself and have a home. When the book begins, she experiences a terrible set back.

    This puts her directly in Joe's path. He still tries to resist. He also jumps in to help Rain without thinking twice.

    The personal gym scene was smokin' hot. There are several scenes that just build onto a big show down.

    Joe's a lug head. A lovable lug head. His reasons for living his life alone comes out gradually.

    Rain finds a journal that provides some painful truths about the past.

    The journals are peeks into the past without flashbacks (thank the Lord).

    I love that Winter in the Rockies was featured. It played the catalyst to bringing Joe and Rain together.

    The previous books had a lot more action. This book had a huge focus on RELATIONSHIPS.

    Or lack of.

    The supporting characters played very minor roles. Joe.Rain. The relentless snow storm. No where to go... Joe and Rain are forced to deal with their attraction.

    Just about everyone was family. Hawke, Taylor, Chaska, Old Man (I love him! I love love his scene! I want him as my grandpa)

    Rose, the elderly gossipy neighbor-she had some funny scenes.

    Lark, Rain's daughter is very sweet, just like her mom.

    The guys/gals on the Rescue Team had brief but helpful scenes (always prepared to save the day).

    Bob and Kendra:

    Chapter 9:

    Bob to Kendra: "Are you going to sit around talking all night, or are you going to make dinner?" Kendra glared at him. "How about you get off your hairy butt and make dinner?" Bob chuckled. " I love you too much to force my cooking on you, darlin'." [location 1546]

    See, there are some sarcastic, sweet and tender moments too. Ha!

    The look into the past (1800s Scarlet Springs) was upsetting. I realized that it couldn't be changed. Back then, not everyone was old fashioned and moral. It was a little haunting to me. Could those traits be passed down?

    What's stronger nature or nurture? That's Joe's dilemma.

    The romance kept up and up.

    The Ending was fantastic. Joe has to deal with his heritage and who he really is. Rain is so wise about this. The very end is sugary sweet, but I loved it. I loved the epilogue (wasn't rushed at all)- thanks for the look into the near future.

    AND................ I want more! (please)

    Thanks to the author and Netgalley for the ARC. (belated Bday gift & early Christmas gift)

    5 stars! (again)

  • 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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  • Luli

    **Esta reseña es de una ARC recibida gratuitamente y sólo refleja mi opinión personal sobre la historia.**

    Rain y Joe se conocen desde hace más de 20 años. Y trabajan juntos desde el día que se conocieron. Rain era una adolescente de 17 años, con un bebé de meses y completamente sola y abandonada. Joe le dio un empleo y la ayudó a salir adelante.

    En un primer momento las razones que mantenían separada a esta pareja parecían razonables, pero creo que el tra

    **Esta reseña es de una ARC recibida gratuitamente y sólo refleja mi opinión personal sobre la historia.**

    Rain y Joe se conocen desde hace más de 20 años. Y trabajan juntos desde el día que se conocieron. Rain era una adolescente de 17 años, con un bebé de meses y completamente sola y abandonada. Joe le dio un empleo y la ayudó a salir adelante.

    En un primer momento las razones que mantenían separada a esta pareja parecían razonables, pero creo que el tramo de tiempo (20 años) ha jugado en su contra, le ha restado realismo a la historia.

    El detonante para el acercamiento ha sido poco sutil, una situación de vida o muerte (más o menos) que los hace abrir los ojos, aunque eso no es suficiente, también necesitan de la ayuda de sus amigos para dar el paso final.

    Y en paralelo al romance vamos conociendo la historia de los fundadores del pueblo a través de un diario escrito por el tatatatata[…]tatarabuelo de Joe. Esta historia ha sido muy interesante. Brutal y creo que realista. Pero la narrativa no ha sido la mejor. El diario estaba lleno de diálogos citados y eso me ha chocado bastante. Nadie escribe en su diario conversaciones entrecomilladas, ¿o sí?

    Pero lo que de verdad le ha restado interés a la historia es que se vuelve, de manera exponencial, empalagosa hasta el punto de ser superficial.

    El hecho de que el héroe sea billionario y que él mismo se defina como tal, que la hija adulta de Rain lo llame papá al instante y que la autora nos cuente que el vestido de novia de Rain (comprado en 20 min) costó 250.000$ no ha ayudado a darle sentido a la historia. El espíritu navideño ha quedado sumergido en tanto materialismo, tanta perfección (los personajes son todos perfectos al igual que sus relaciones) y por desgracia, en un nivel de empalagamiento que ha sido ridículo.

    Le ha faltado trama y profundizar en la relación entre los protagonistas. Le ha faltado espíritu navideño. Y le han sobrado secundarios y los últimos capítulos dedicados al poder adquisitivo del protagonista.

    Rain and Joe have known each other for more than 20 years. And they have worked together since the day they met. Rain was a 17-year-old teenager, with a month-old daughter and completely alone and abandoned by her family. Joe gave her a job and helped her to move foward.

    At first, the reasons that kept this couple apart seemed reasonable, but I think that the stretch of time (20 years) has played against them, it has lessened the story´s realism.

    The trigger which makes the MC´s

    has been less than subtle, they needed a life-or-death situation (more or less) to get together, although the situation only wasn´t enough, they also needed the

    of their friends.

    And in parallel to the romance, we get to know the story of the town's founders through a diary written by Joe's grand-grand[...]grandfather. This story has been very interesting. Brutal and, I think, realistic. But the narrative has not been the best. The diary was full of dialogues between quotation marks and that has shocked me a bit. Nobody quotes full conversations in their diaries, or do they?

    But what has really diminished my interest in the story is that it becomes exponentially sugary to the point of being shallow.

    The fact that the hero is a

    (he defines himself as such), that Rain's adult daughter calls him dad in the blink of an eye and that the author tells us that Rain's wedding dress (bought in 20 min) cost $ 250,000.00 has not helped to make the story interesting. The Christmas spirit has been drowned in materialism, in too much perfection (

    the characters are perfect as well as their relationships) and unfortunately, in a ridiculous amount of cloying.

    This story has lacked deep in both its storyline and the MC´s relationship. It has lacked Christmas spirit. And it had had secondary characters and chapters devoted to the hero´s purchasing power in excess.

  • Auntee

    Once again I'm kicking myself. I've had this entire series on my kindle's gigantic TBR pile, and somehow,

    , I'd forgotten about it until this gem (and that cover) popped up on Netgalley. So my dilemma...do I start with this book and read them all out of order, or do the responsible thing--go back and start with book #1:

    ?

    I must confess--last year(?) I started to read

    , and I just wasn't feeling it, for whatever reason. I think maybe it was just too much of

    Once again I'm kicking myself. I've had this entire series on my kindle's gigantic TBR pile, and somehow,

    , I'd forgotten about it until this gem (and that cover) popped up on Netgalley. So my dilemma...do I start with this book and read them all out of order, or do the responsible thing--go back and start with book #1:

    ?

    I must confess--last year(?) I started to read

    , and I just wasn't feeling it, for whatever reason. I think maybe it was just too much of an info dump for me to handle at the time (names, places, series set-up, etc.) so I put it on the back-burner (and then forgot about it:(

    Now before I started

    , I realized that I

    read a book in this series--

    --and according to my notes--I loved it (even though I couldn't remember all the deets now)!

    Anyhow, I took a chance on this one, figuring PC would get me up to speed on all that I missed (and she did, without any confusion). Were there spoilers I encountered while reading this way? Of course there were a few, but it didn't bother me at all. This was Rain and Joe's story, and it was steamy, eye opening, and very, very lovely.

    Rain is a 37 year old single mother of a college age daughter and general manager of Knockers, a popular brew pub in Scarlet Springs, Colorado. She's worked there for 20 years, ever since the owner, 10-years-older than her Joe Moffat, took her under his wing and gave her a job when her family and baby-daddy turned their backs on her. For 20

    years Joe and Rain have carried a torch for each other, but Joe wouldn't act upon his growing feelings, because of his family history. This family history is a key part of this book. There are many passages where PC takes us back in time to the history of Scarlet Springs, and to the ancestors of this series' current characters. I found this history very enjoyable reading, even though one current character's relative's fate just about broke my heart. Anyway, the reader finds out why Joe acts the way he does, and why he feels an incredible amount of guilt/shame/responsibility that has nothing to do with the kind of person he truly is, although it certainly has an influence on the man that he has vowed to become.

    So it's been 20 years for Joe and Rain, with a deep friendship-only relationship, until a blizzard hits Scarlet Springs, and fate puts Joe and Rain together, and they're

    to confront their feelings. And all I wanted to say was "let it snow"!

    So, no more details. This book was an awesome read, in every respect (plot, characters, steam factor) and as soon as I finished it I went on a

    binge, reading every last one of them--including

    --which I ended up loving! Would I recommend reading this way--of course not. But some times it works out best this way.

    As always, Pamela Clare not only gives you scorching hot, emotional romance, but she always,

    teaches you something too. The lady obviously does her research, and each book in this series manages to give you either a little history lesson or teaches you something about a different culture. To me, I think that is why I enjoy her books so much.

    Every book in this series is a winner (my favorite couple being Hawke and Victoria from

    ) so you can't go wrong with any of them. Try to read in order if you can--but it's ok to do what I did--just read them and enjoy!

    5 stars

  • 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.


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