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Too Close to Touch

Narrated by: Abby Craden
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
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Life gets complicated when love turns out to be nothing like you expected - and the woman you want is too close to touch. Gretchen Kaiser is a workaholic corporate honcho with issues - she’s got daddy issues, she’s got female-executive-in-a-man’s-world issues, and she’s got one-night-stand issues. What she doesn’t have are love issues. She isn’t looking for it, she doesn’t feel she needs it, and she doesn’t expect to find it…certainly not right under her nose.

Kylie O’Brien is the kind of girl who believes in true love and is willing to wait until it shows up at her door. Her best friend, Mick, would sweep her off her feet given the chance, but Mick doesn’t make Kylie feel the way true love should. And now Kylie has to worry about her new boss.... Gretchen Kaiser’s icy reserve makes life as her administrative assistant a challenge. It doesn’t matter one damn bit that Gretchen is extremely attractive with a voice as rich and smooth as melted chocolate. It absolutely doesn’t…

©2006 Georgia Beers (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A better than expected story.

This was a story that was better than I thought it would be, narrator did an admirable job as well.

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Good light hearted romance

Surprisingly good for modern romance as our main characters are equal in their romance which is nice change from today's typical romance where there feels to be always domineering and submissive persons which writer tries to make reader believe that they are equals in their partnership. Only thing what I didn't like in story arc was prolonged back and forth between character as they go through if its OK to date someone from the work and is it love or lust. And this is ended by tragedy which drives characters to decide that love is more important than anything else. This kind of plot twist always tickle me wrong way, as it says that persons can't be happy without some kind of tragedy in their lives, which feels just wrong kind of message in my mind. Writing of book is easy and fast to read and tone of writing is light, so book is very good for light reading. Book differentiated itself from other romance book somewhat by using all knowing third person view in writing instead of from character point of view (aka first person) Reader is pleasant to listen, even though she don't differentiate characters sound from each other very much, but that don't matter in third person narration, what this book uses, because every time character speaks or thoughts it's mentioned which character's turn it is to be in spotlight.

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Best book I've read in a long time

Great story, had me glued from start till finish. A lovely lesbian romance. Definitely worth a read

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  • Me & My Girls
  • 01-06-14

Too close to the formula

My daughter has exposed me to new types of literature in the last three years; both in audio as well as written form. One of these is lesbian fiction. Some of these works are excellent and I've enjoyed listening to them and discussing them with her. I thought for a time that this would be one of the most positive experiences in the genre. Then began the whole lack of communication leading to misunderstandings; insecurities boil over and the whole why would she want me angst and I was soon searching for a diversion until some sort of resolution was finally reached. In the end I gave it three stars due the protracted playing out of the drama that seriously detracted a great deal from this audiobook. Because while I liked the characters almost universally; the long contrived pseudo romantic dance became too tiresome and managed to pull down the rest of the work.

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  • Desmond Clark
  • 02-03-16

Hot hot hot

Who weeeeee - that Georgia Beers is a writing ass! I mean the intricate ins and outs of relationships and the deep in depth emotional roller coaster of feelings is absolutely the best ever!! Keep on writing Ms Beers you da best! That Abby is a reading ass -- she could read the phone book and make it sound good! Keep on reading!! A+++ great read!

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  • KJ
  • 06-04-14

Not sure who I was supposed to be rooting for...

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I am a Georgia Beers fan, I have read several of her books and enjoyed them immensely. That is probably why I was so disappointed in this read. The characters didn't develop fully for me, mostly coming across as one-dimensional, self-centered and not very likable. I wasn't sure which pairing I was supposed to be rooting for, with the one semi-sympathetic character losing in the end in more ways than one.

But the greatest distraction for me was the narration. The deeper or masculine voices were done with a weird, scratchy affect that ended up sounding like Danny from the Shining saying "redrum." Lines that seemed to be part of a normal conversation were delivered with tones of anger or seduction that threw off the whole story. I found it really hard to get involved fully in the story when I was so put off by the narration.

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  • Susie
  • 08-01-13

Competing with Your Boss for the Same Woman!

Mick finds out that the woman she was buying drinks for at the bar last night is her new boss, Gretchen. Uh-oh!

To makes things more awkward, they end up falling for the same girl; Kyle, the office brown nose. It's not going to be a fair competition, though— Gretchen is a Meryl-Streep-Devil-Wears-Prada-type boss who won't give up. Her best erotic weapon? An icy reserve that could freeze liquid mercury.

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  • Marquee
  • 06-06-19

spoiler alert

I didnt realize I had actually read this book 3 years ago til it got to the reason why I remember not liking it very much. I dont care what anyone says, if that scene between Mik and Kylie had been between a "Male bestfriend" instead of female, it would've been seen as attempted rape and not glossed over. Kylie was wrong for using Mik at first but the second Kylie started saying "no. stop." Mik kept going. Eventually, she stopped but still. It's hard for me to care for this character after this. Yet the author tries to make you and it jus comes off as kinda toxic. This really was unnecessary. Also Kylie's being friends with Mik for 20 years and despite Mik doing EVERYTHING for her (she even massages her feet) and never noticing she has feelings for her is a bit unbelievable and kinda makes her seem self absorbed. The rest of the story is ok. I dont really see where "love" came but that's just me

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  • cjirishlez
  • 06-06-16

Love it

I've never heard of Georgia Beers before. I looked at the other reviews and agree this is a good book. The relationship between Gretchen and Kylie is not rushed and is realistic loved that. Also liked the woman where around my age. I enjoyed this book. Also Abby is my favorite narrator. Every book I've bought with her has been wonderful.

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  • Cheryl
  • 08-03-20

absolutely wonderful

Georgia Beers is one of my favorite authors. I always call her "the godess of emotion ". Her stries always move me in a big way. And this one is no exception. If you like wonderful characters, wonderful story lines, and great romance you will love this book and any story Ms. Beers writes
And...if you get the audible version....Abby Crayden is absolutely, absolutely, the best.

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  • Beverly Sitler
  • 25-12-19

Not the best

Georgia Beers is one of my favorite authors, but really missed the mark with one of the lead characters in this one. Gretchen's treatment of the staff is reprehensible and, in trying to make us like the character so that we are invested in the romance between the leads, that fact is kind of whitewashed. There are several mentions of the improvement in the numbers that come from Gretchen's management style but, even if that were true, the ends do NOT justify the means and there is never really a point where she seems to change that attitude toward any of the staff she isn't trying to date. She is completely unlikable.

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  • Steph B.
  • 16-12-19

Enjoyed it

I enjoyed this one for sure and Abby is amazing as always! I’m a little stumped on the best friend encounter and how that seemed to be ok after the fact. Don’t want to give anything away but hmmmmm. Definitely give it a listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-19

good story

good story, good performance.
but i counted three different times the paragraph was repeated. .