The Close-Up

A friends-to-lovers romcom

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Pub Date Apr 05 2022 | Archive Date Dec 01 2022

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Description

A new work assignment goes delightfully off script in this friends-to-lovers rom-com from Sarah Smith, author of Faker and Simmer Down

Simon Rutler is the perfect man.

Handsome, kind and smart—Simon is amazing. Naomi Ellorza-Hays might be fresh out of a bad relationship and determined to stay single, but Simon is testing her newfound relationship ban. Good thing they’re working together. Simon may be perfect, but he’s also off-limits.

There’s just one small—well, big—problem.

Simon works as a relationship therapist, specializing in helping men better support their partners. But Naomi can’t stop thinking about how she was first introduced to Simon…as the camguy she watched in college. Filming him for her new docuseries suddenly takes on a whole new meaning.

Their relationship is…complicated.

Determined to stay professional, Naomi refuses to give in to their sizzling chemistry—until she does, and even then, it’s strictly no strings attached. Until it’s not. And Naomi realizes that maybe things between her and Simon aren’t so complicated after all.

   

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Book 1: The Close-Up
A new work assignment goes delightfully off script in this friends-to-lovers rom-com from Sarah Smith, author of Faker and Simmer Down

Simon Rutler is the perfect man.

Handsome, kind and smart—Simon...

Advance Praise

"The Close-Up is an engaging read that will have readers on the edge of their seats. Sarah Smith has masterfully woven a story together that is a true testament to those who don't realize they're in their own way when it comes to finding and accepting love. Every Naomi deserves a Simon--she just needs to see beyond her past and believe that she's worthy of her own happily ever after." —Taj McCoy, author of Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell

"A pure joy to read from start to finish. Sarah Smith is an expert at crafting off the charts chemistry between her characters, all the while delivering a satisfying story with a delectable, riveting plot. I can’t recommend this book enough!" —Elle Cruz, author of How to Survive a Modern-Day Fairytale

"Full of chemistry and spice, The Close-Up is absolutely impossible to put down. Fans of forced proximity and friends-to-lovers will not want to miss this one. Smith has knocked another one out of the park for sure." —Lynn Painter, author of Mr. Wrong Number

"The Close-Up is an engaging read that will have readers on the edge of their seats. Sarah Smith has masterfully woven a story together that is a true testament to those who don't realize they're in...


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I really loved this one. It had me hooked from the very beginning and I just couldn’t put it down. Not only the MCs were an absolute pair of made in heaven but also I feel so connected and easily relating to the Noami. She was such a fun character to read about. And Simon was quite loving and sweet. Also, the chemistry was an absolute banger. In a nutshell, a perfect 5 stars read for me.

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This entire book had me by the heart & I couldn’t put it down!
THE CLOSE-UP was a fun, quick read and was totally unputdownable.
It leaves you with feel good, happy vibes!
I absolutely love the premise of the story and the characters were beautifully matched.
The pacing was great, the side characters were great, seriously I couldn't stop gushing about how much I loved every single aspect of this book. Eager to read book two already.
I can’t wait to keep reading more from Sarah Smith!
Carina Press, Thank you so much for this wonderful advance ebook copy!

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Sarah Smith has hit it out of the park with this one. Not only has she given us a leading man that makes a living teaching couples how to make their relationships better, but he practices what he preaches, and it makes him an amazing character. Naomi has had some pretty terrible relationships in the past, and isn't in the greatest headspace regarding forming a new one, which makes her the perfect challenge for him.

There are so many gems of amazing advice regarding relationships, and each character is comfortable enough in their own skin to speak out and assert themselves with respect to communication between couples. Both are incredibly confident in their own sexual lives, which is a breath of fresh air to read about as well.

I loved the main characters, and the fun and eccentric supporting cast of characters in this book. This book has intense and spicy chemistry, which I am always a fan of. I read the entire thing in one setting, and don't at all regret the sleep I missed out on. This book is another example of why I will read every book Sarah Smith writes!

Thanks to Carina Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Simon says GO PREORDER THIS BOOK.⁣

Swoon.. Simon is just swoon- so kind, thoughtful, intelligent, family oriented, pleasures his woman and knows how, and so sexy. He’s charismatic but also humble and man did I fall for him hard… I mean Naomi fell for him hard. ⁣

This book was laugh out loud funny at times, the banter was incredible, the chemistry was like fireworks. My heart was warm and fuzzy. ⁣

Naomi has had the relationships from hell and puts herself on a relationship ban. She’s a producer for an online program and when her boss asks her to interview Simon, a therapist and marriage counselor who specifically works with men, they form a friendship and incredible work relationship but they also have this undeniable chemistry.⁣

I devoured this book. It also had some excellent steamy scenes. Let’s just say Simons oral skills for speaking at seminars aren’t his only oral skills. 😏⁣

Thank you @carinapress for an ARC for my honest review ! @authorsarahs #bookstagram #books #romcom #romance #netgalley

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