Closer To You - Barbara Freethy

Closer To You

By Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2016-11-29
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 131 Ratings


"CLOSER TO YOU has my favorite combination, an enchanting romance and a tantalizing mystery. And my most important requirement, characters that I care about." Valerie

Renowned scientist Ian Callaway believes in numbers, logic and reason. His life is an equation that always adds up, until his mentor asks him to do him a small favor. This favor sends him out of his lab and smack into Grace O'Malley, a free-spirited, beautiful elementary school teacher, who believes in love and miracles.  

He was only supposed to deliver a package from Grace's estranged father, but a sudden snowstorm, a gathering of world leaders, and unexpected danger changes everything.
Ian doesn't know if he wants love, but he could sure use a miracle. If he can find a way to believe in Grace and the impossible, he might just get both. 

From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes CLOSER TO YOU, a suspenseful, heartwarming and page-turning novel. 

NOTE: The Callaway Family series offers romance, mystery and family drama in each standalone novel, and the books include some of your favorite storylines: alpha heroes, firefighter romance, girl next door, love at first sight, enemies to lovers, opposites attract, grumpy sunshine, meet cute, instalove, and second chance at love. Each book stands on its own. No cliffhangers!


"I love The Callaways! Heartwarming romance, intriguing suspense and sexy alpha heroes. What more could you want?"  NYT Bestselling Author Bella Andre

"Gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart-touching romance." -- NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs on Summer Secrets

"This book has it all: heart, community, and characters who will remain with you long after the book has ended. A wonderful story." -- NYT Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber on Suddenly One Summer

"Golden Lies is an absolute treasure, a fabulous, page-turning combination of romance and intrigue. Fans of Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will love Golden Lies." Kristin Hannah 

"The Callaway stories always seem to find a way to touch your heart and your emotions. I really enjoyed Ian & Grace & their story. I would recommend this story, like all of Barbara Freethy's, to anyone who likes their romance with a little mystery included." Pam on CLOER TO YOU 

"CLOSER TO YOU really kept me reading and included just the right amount of romance and intrigue. Barbara Freethy does not fail to keep my interest!" Deb

Also Available:
The Callaways
On A Night Like This #1
So This Is Love #2
Falling For a Stranger #3
Between Now and Forever #4
Nobody But You #5  (Novella)
All A Heart Needs #6
That Summer Night #7
When Shadows Fall #8
Somewhere Only We Know #9

The Callaway Cousins
If I Didn't Know Better #1
Tender Is The Night #2
Take Me Home #3 (Novella) 
Closer To You #4
Once You're Mine #5
Can't Let Go #6
Secrets We Keep #7


  • Closer to You

    By CAJB
    A Great Book!! It has suspence, warm loving characters, and dangerous elements.
  • Mystery, Action, Romance!

    By CarolS725
    Grace and Ian met through her estranged father asking him to deliver a package to her. Their attraction to each other and the threatening actions toward them bonded them together in a race to find out what was wanted from her. This stroy is suspensful with a lot of action and romance as well. I couldn't put this book down in my impatience to solve the mystery. The main characters were charming and kept me hoping they would be safe and get their HEA.
  • Great Callaway Book!

    By LoveDachshunds
    I really enjoyed Ian and Grace's story. I have to admit that based on the previous book that introduced us to Ian, I wasn't expecting such a fast-moving storyline. The engaging characters were very likeable and fun. The story had enough intrigue and suspense that I couldn't put it down during the evenings until I wasn't able to keep my eyes open any longer. I love this series and hope we get to read about many more Callaway family members!
  • Wonderful

    By Momma Tatty
    Barbara Freethy continued the Callaway series with the incredible story of scientist Ian Callaway helping fellow scientist Seamus Donelan by delivering a package to his estranged daughter Grace who lives in Tahoe where Ian is attending a science convention. Ian wants to have a life besides always working but Grace sees Ian as a carbon copy of her dad always putting work before family. What happens as they get to know each becomes a mystery of who wants what from who to do what with. Surprise answers to the mystery left me in awe again of the story telling magic of Barbara Freethy. Another great addition to the Callaway series.
  • Loved Ian and Grace

    By Starrlight23
    Seamus and Ian met while Ian and his 2 cousins went to Ireland on a trip in a previous book. Seamus sent Ian his great grandfathers journal but also sent him a package to deliver to his daughter Grace. She wanted nothing to do with her father, the package, or scientists which made this delivery difficult. While there a snowstorm come through which forces Ian to spend the night and makes the sparks between Grace and Ian hard to ignore. Suddenly both Grace's home and Ian's hotel room have been broken into. Is this a coincidence or does it have something to do with the package? I'm not going to go any farther as I don't want to give the whole story away. You must read this book you won't regret that. You don't need to read the whole series before this book but I highly recommend you do although you do need to read the previous novella Take me home before this book. I really enjoyed this book
  • A great addition to the Callaway series!

    By KLowe1985
    Little did Ian Callaway know that when he agreed to do a favor and travel to Ireland for his Grandma, Eleanor (Take Me Home) would change his life forever. While in Ireland, Ian meets a fellow world-renowned scientist, Seamus Donelan. Seamus subsequently sends Ian to deliver a box to his daughter Grace. Grace and her father have an estranged relationship and is very wary of Ian. Fourtanely, for Ian at least, he gets snowed in at her home. Grace and Ian then have to deal with the dangers of her father's scientific career and to be able to survive Ian has to finally lean on his family. The relationship between Grace and Ian starts very slowly but heats up quickly when the danger arrives. Ian realizes his family can be a benefit to him and Grace rethinks her relationship with her father. You will love the newest Callaway update - Barbara does a great job of sprinkling little updates on many of your favorite Callaway's throughout the novel. Also, read all the way to the end to see if sweet Tyler receives his Christmas Wish.
  • Barbara Freethy Closer to You.

    By brentoos
    Just when I think Barbara Freethy books can't get any better I read this one. I really wish the Callaway's were real people. I will never understand how authors come up with their ideas for books. Ian Callaway is one of the nicest people I've ever read about.He's nicknamed The Sexy Scientist by Barbara Freethy. I think he probably would be like that in real life.He goes to deliver a package as a favor for a friend and ends up falling in love with the friends daughter who he's delivering the package to. I really liked how Ian and Grace were both willing to relocate to be together. I don't know how that would work in most relationships.They are so great together. If you're not reading Barbara Freethy books then what are you waiting for?
  • Love the Callaway's!!

    By Gdesd
    What a great story! I love the mix of mystery and romance. Ian and Grace learn how to open up to love while fighting old hurts and trying to approach life a different way. The setting is wonderful and Barbara describes everything so well, it's as if you're right there with the characters. Another great one Barbara!!

    By Ellen/Oceanside
    CLOSER TO YOU the 11th book in her Calloway Series. Continuing as she briefly mentioned that it would be about Ian. Who is he, a scientist, feels he needs to live in the world, to change it. So, being tied to this thought, he is always traveling, and working non stop. He meets Seamus, an inventor and a scientist, also his mentor, on one of his travel, in Ireland. Thanksgiving he gets a box, and a message to deliver a package from Seamus, to his daughter Grace. How can he refuse, this small request. If the estranged daughter, Grace didn't want it, she could send it back. What does it contain that would connect them to the accident of Seamus, now in a coma. He might not believe in love, only logic, but Grace believes in love and magic. And they both need a miracle, to find out what is happening. Great story, for all to enjoy, and awaiting the next one "ONCE YOU'RE MINE" Given my voluntary review of ARC and my honest opinion.
  • Intriguing Ian Callaway story!

    By Grinandstampit
    This book is intriguing. It is full of mystery and romance. Closer to You picks up where Take Me Home ends. This is sexy scientist's Ian's story. Ian helps another scientist that he met in Ireland by delivering a box to his daughter, Grace. Grace is estranged from her father and has no tolerance for science. As a result of their meeting Ian and Grace appear to be in the middle of some sort of mystery surrounding Grace's dad. This book is great. I couldn't put it down. Loved the story.