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Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 05 May 2022

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Carina Press is excited to offer this special preview of The Close-Up by Sarah Smith. We hope you enjoy reading the first five chapters!

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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

Carina Press is excited to offer this special preview of The Close-Up by Sarah Smith. We hope you enjoy reading the first five chapters!

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A new work assignment goes delightfully off script in this...


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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What a preview! I mean the first page alone got me entirely hooked and the rest did not disappoint. The premise of this book is so interesting and I cannot wait for its pub date so I can read the whole thing!!! The chemistry between Naomi and Simon was so palpable and I just want so much more!! I am already so in love with Simon.

Thank you NetGalley and Carina Press & Carina Adores (Harlequin) for this preview.

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What a book!!!!! I mean, only 5 chapters of it but still! I loved so much. I need more!!!
The characters, the interaction between them... just perfect. I'm completely in love with Simon, he's adorable and so handsome (I know that).
All I want now is to have the whole book. So of course I am looking forward to read the rest.

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Amazing!! I loved these first five chapters and got so sucked in to the story! I can't wait to read the rest! Sarah Smith has such a way of writing so effortlessly and telling a great story along the way. I'm really stoked to see where Naomi and Simon's relationship leads!

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Wow! This preview of The Close-Up by Sarah Smith was excellent and I can not wait to read the rest! I was pulled in on the very first page! It is an easy 5/5 for me!

I could feel the chemistry between Naomi and Simon in these first five chapters. I can already tell this will be a great read just by the character's personalities and I'm very excited to see where the story takes them.

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*Thank you #NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read 5 chapters of The Close-Up. This is my review of my own opinion*

Let me first just say the very first line made me fall in love with this book, even if it is the first 5 chapters. It leaves me wanting more, that I can't wait until the book is published so I can devour it in one day.

Naomi is such a lovely person, and I love her personality.Then there is Simon, who is sexy and talented, in more ways than one. They have so much chemistry, and I want to know the rest of their story.

I LOVED these first 5 chapters, they flowed nicely together, and it is a 5 out of 5 for me. Absolutely loved it.

Sarah Smith has a way at words that makes me want to go find some more books she has written.

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Such an amazing preview!!! I was hooked from the first page and I don't think I could have possibly laughed any more during just the first chapter!

So much to love about this one! Super witty, non-stop laughs, awesome female friend, INCREDIBLE chemistry between the two main characters! I'm already basically obsessed with Simon and so ready for him to be my next book boyfriend.

I cannot wait for the full version of this, I'm so excited!

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I was hooked straight away! There's only 5 chapters but I'm already so invested in all the characters and their relationships. I laughed out loud so many times and need to read the rest immediately! Simon really is the perfect man, I love the chemistry and banter between him Naomi. So excited for the release!

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I have read several books by Sarah Smith and this seems like it may be one of her best yet. What I love about Sarah Smith is when I start any book in the first couple chapters the characters have depth to them. Often time I found myself reading her books in one sitting and The Close-Up is one I definitely would have read in one sitting as well. In the first chapter alone I already knew I must pre-order this book because I would need more. Simon and Naomi have such amazing chemistry that is apparent even in the first couple of chapters. I always love a book that I feel for the characters right away. I can't wait to continue reading the rest!

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