Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Review: Closer to You by Jill Sanders


Closer to You (Haven, Montana #1) by Jill Sanders
Publication Date: September 12th 2023 by Montlake Romance 
Pages: 283
Source: Author/Kindle Unlimited

My Thoughts:
Kristen is in Haven, Montana to convince the McGowan’s to sell their oil business. She’s worked tirelessly for JB Holdings and this deal should be the advance she’s been striving for. However, as she stays and works with Tyler and his family, Kristen starts to wonder why her company is so dead set on acquiring the McGowan’s business. As Kristen digs deeper into the puzzle, she and Tyler get closer and she starts to yearn for a more meaningful life, in this small, beautiful town.

Tyler McGowan never expected to be running his family’s business, but the tragic death of his father has him stepping into the role. He’s proud of the business and has no intention of selling out, but JB Holdings is persistent. Kristen should be the enemy, but at every turn she helps them out. Yes, she’s gorgeous, but there’s a good person underneath the designer clothes and business drive.

I enjoy a good fish-out-of-water kind of story and city-girl, Kristen was definitely out of her element in the small town of Haven, Montana. I loved seeing her priorities shift from corporate ladder climber/fashionista to appreciating the more important things in life as she stayed in Haven.

Kristen and Tyler are immediately attracted physically with lots of chemistry. I do wish they would’ve admitted the depth of their true feelings earlier, but I get that insecurities held them back.

The whole mystery surrounding the sabotage, destruction and then threat to Kristen added an extra layer of excitement to the story. One that kept me turning the pages! Some of it was resolved, but some aspects were not. I’m guessing it will be an ongoing story arc in the series.

I’m looking forward to the next one!

4 Stars

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Sanders strikes gold with a sizzling series about oil-rich playboys whose hearts are up for grabs.

No one’s more surprised than Tyler McGowan when he discovers he has a knack for running the family’s oil business—a role he took on after his father’s sudden passing. Now, to keep the old man’s legacy afloat, Tyler’s giving up his playboy ways and settling into small-town life. But his newfound resolve is tested when trouble strides into his office in five-inch heels.

Kristen Howell has spent the last five years working her way up the corporate ladder. And somehow it’s landed her smack-dab in the middle of nowhere: Haven, Montana. It’s her job to convince the head of McGowan Enterprises to sell. But the tall and rangy hunk is proving to be exceedingly stubborn—and overwhelmingly hot. When someone attempts to derail her negotiations, Kristen is ready to get down and dirty. But the sparks she and Tyler are throwing near the oil field may be dangerously combustible…



  1. This sounds better than I expected. I think I would like it. Romantic suspense works for me more than contemporary romance without other plot elements.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. ooh this one sounds so superb! It sounds like the romance is very well developed.

  3. Sounds like Kristen and Tyler's story in Haven, Montana was quite the journey from corporate world to small-town life! The blend of romance and mystery must have made it an engaging read. Looking forward to hearing more about this series!

  4. Kristen's arrival in Haven reminds me a little of the movie New in Town; Renee Zellwegger's character was a fish out of water in that one, too.

  5. It's been quite a while since I read a book from Sanders, but I also love seeing a character grow.

  6. Fun that its set in MT where you've visited and I love that the small town romance comes with a mystery.

  7. I like the sound of this one, I think I would like this one too.

  8. I love a good page turner. But they can be hard to find

  9. Sounds like a great contemporary romance!