Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Review ~ Close To You by Kara Isaac ~ GIVEAWAY!!



Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?  

My Thoughts:
Reading this book was an adventure!  It took me to New Zealand, then a pit stop in Iowa and a lovely trip to England.

The majority of the book takes place in New Zealand on a LOTR (Lord of the Rings) guided tour of the filming sets.  It was a completely intriguing look into the LOTR books and movies along with drama and, of course, romance.

The book is written in two POV's (my favorite!), that of Jackson and of Allison.  Their characters were amazing!  They started off hating each other.  Actually, through quite a bit of the book they couldn't stand either other.  The back-and-forth banter was hilariously amusing.

The quirky characters on the tour made the book even more delightful to read.

This book was an amazing trip to the other side of the world!

This was the first book I've read by Kara Isaac, but I hope not the last.


I loved this book so much that I'd like to give my gently read copy to one of my readers!


To Enter:

1 Entry ~ Leave a comment telling me if you enjoyed the LOTR series (whether books or movies) and an email to contact you if you win

2 Entries ~ Follow my blog (GFC, email, facebook, etc) and let me know how you follow in the comments

The giveaway will be open until Monday, January 21, 2019 at 12PM EST.



  1. What fun to set a book on a LOTR tour! We read the books out loud and have watched the movies countless times!

  2. I enjoyed the LOTR books but please don't include me in the give-away. I always enjoy reading your reviews and the book sounds interesting (but not my cup of tea, so to speak). Thanks!!

  3. LOTR is a part of my nightmares because of the school teacher who butchered them as she taught us. laurensparks.net

  4. I read the whole series three times in HS and once in my early 20s and haven't since but definitely I was a fan during that stage of life. I love the movies I've seen but suddenly there were so many of them, I lost track! rchreviewlh@yahoo.com

  5. I follow on GFC (under my google email: lfeb61@gmail.com)

  6. Even though I'm not really a Lord of the Rings fan, this book looks really good! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com!


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