am 16. Oktober 2008
Gretchen is the new sales manager, Kylie her executive assistant. Gretchen is tough, focused on her career, has occasional casual affairs. Kylie still believes in real love, but is still looking for the one woman in her life. Both women feel and fight the growing attraction for each other for the sake of their professional relationship. An intimate dinner, late evenings at the office together and a dance make it even harder. Eventually Gretchen realizes that she has to change her life and her attitude if she does not want to miss out on this chance of true love...
This book is one of the few really good love stories I have read. The characters are credible and the book is well written. If you like somewhat realistic, somewhat dramatic, somewhat sizzling love stories, this book is for you.
am 10. November 2012
Eine sehr schöne Story, gut zu lesen, zum Zurücklehnen und Genießen. Über den Inhalt der Geschichte, wurde bereits geschrieben. Ich kann nur sagen, dass ich es genossen habe und das englische auch gut zu lesen war. Wobei ich generell Bücher von dieser Autorin sehr gerne lese. Ich kann das Buch ohne Gewissensbisse weiterempfehlen. :)
am 17. Juni 2012
After having read "Starting from Scratch" by Georgia Beers, which I loved, I decided on "Too Close to Touch". The book sounded interesting and I loved the way Georgia Beers had brought her characters to life in her other book, I was expecting an entertaining read. And it certainly was entertaining and an interesting story. However, I was really disappointed in the characters. I just could not get interested in them'at all. If you want to read the book, stop reading now since I want to give a few examples why I couldn't get into the book.
On the one hand there is Gretchen, tough sales manager in a new job and awarded for her successes of the past, and on the other hand there is Kylie, long-time employee of Gretchen's new company and her personal assistant. Kylie is supposed to be warm and friendly and kind and as one of the supporting characters put it, too good for any of them. Yet Kylie's best friend of twenty years who is basically at her beck and call day and night, who does repairs in the house, helps her bury her dog and takes care of her when she is feeling down, is used by Kylie as a substitute for Gretchen one night. They have a fight about that night that completely got out of hand (in another review I read that Mick, the friend, tried to rape her but I don't agree since it was Kylie who basically attacked her and wouldn't let go until Mick wanted to go through with it and confessed her love, then Kylie wanted to stop which Mick did) and soft-hearted Kylie forgets all about her heart-broken friend for weeks and doesn't even call her! She forgot since she was too busy talking about her underwear with Gretchen! Personally, I found Kylie quite self-centered. Gretchen, tough as nails sales manager who doesn't care what others think about her and doesn't mind telling so, feels not good enough for Kylie. She'd rather sleep with one of Kylie's friends and says she's not made for commitment. Yet she was married for several years to her now best friend. I guess she developed those commitment issues right before Kylie? And her reasoning with the job didn't work for me either. In one scene she states that this would not be her first office affair. And after all, she didn't have any trouble to get a new job within the span of a week when she set her mind to it.
I gave the books three stars since I like Georgia Beer's writing style. The story was plotted well and the supporting characters were interesting enough. I will certainly try other books by her and I'm looking forward to them. This story however was not what I had expected.
am 28. Januar 2010
Gretchen Kaíser, eine erfolgreiche, toughe Karrierefrau, hat einen neuen Job angenommen. Hier trifft sie auf Kylie, die ihr vom ersten Augenblick an gefällt. Wenig vorteilhaft ist dabei, dass Kylie ausgerechnet ihre Sekretärin ist. Außerdem hat Gretchen ein Problem mit festen Beziehungen - sie bevorzugt unkomplizierte Affären und One Night Stands. Kylie dagegen sehnt sich nach der großen Liebe.
Die zwei sehen sich täglich, es kommt, wie es kommen muss....
"Too close to touch" ist aus meiner Sicht ein wunderbares Buch. Die beiden Charaktäre Gretchen und Kylie sind sehr realistisch dargestellt, ihr soziales Umfeld ebenfalls, ihre Probleme und Bedenken sind nachvollziehbar. Außerdem sind beide sehr sympathisch - sogar Gretchen, die anfangs sehr hart bei ihrem Sales Team durchgreift.
Spannend bleibt es bis zum Schluß: wird Gretchen sich wirklich auf Kylie einlassen?
Ich kann dieses Buch uneingeschränkt empfehlen; es ist wirklich eine gute Geschichte, außerordentlich prickelnd in Worte gefasst, auch, wenn der Plot an sich - Sekretärin verliebt sich in ihre Vorgesetzte - auf den ersten Blick simpel und abgedroschen klingt. Georgia Beers versteht sich einfach darauf, diese Geschichte so zu erzählen, dass nichts davon platt klingt.