Close to You by Kate Perry

Close to You (Laurel Heights, #2)
Grade: B-
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Laurel Heights #2

Reviewed by Kate
267 pages


Margaret has owned her tea shop in the ritzy town of Laurel Heights for years but finances are starting to get tight. She knows who’s to blame too-Eve, the owner of the new coffee shop across the street. So Margaret sends her son Treat (yes, that’s really his name) into Eve’s shop to scope out the competition. As Treat walks into Eve’s shop, he’s glad this is a one time only spy mission because he completely falls for Eve. And the feeling’s mutual. When it becomes apparent someone is sabotaging Eve’s business, both Eve and Treat suspect Margaret is to blame. But is it too late for Treat to tell the truth about who his mother is?

Treat and Eve are great characters and I enjoyed reading about them.  But surprisingly, I really liked Margaret, the third wheel (and villain) in their relationship.  The author does a superb job of making you care not only for the hero and heroine, but the villain as well.  I would really like to see Margaret get her own HEA. 

How about you?  Romance villains.  Love ’em, Hate ’em, or Love to Hate ’em?

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