Kelly Rolen is a CPA—she’s smart, she’s focused, and she’s worked hard to build an orderly career and a respectable life in her hometown of Darlington, Illinois. Everything is precisely as it should be. Well, it is until her father suffers a debilitating stroke during the busiest time of her year—tax season. Suddenly, Kelly finds herself overworked, exhausted, behind schedule, and forced to hire an intern to meet her deadlines.
Elliot Garza is young and brash, but she’s also a talented accounting student who is charismatic, driven, and solely focused on completing her internship so she can escape from the bleak Midwestern town to Washington, DC and her dream job. She knows she has the professional skills necessary to do the job well, but she is less certain about her ability to handle her beautiful, prickly, demanding, and compelling new boss.
In this fresh new romance from one of the genre’s top young authors, will Kelly’s past and Elliot’s future add up to something greater than the sum of their escalating attraction, or will the answer to their equation end up hitting too close to home?
Awards and Honors for Close to Home
- 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Romance, Finalist
What the Critics are Saying
“When you’re convinced you’re broken, even the most loving messages can’t get through. The sparks Kelly and Elliott feel catch fire intermittently, but self-sabotage is the most insidious of relationship killers. Spangler takes us down to the depths of these women’s souls, then whisks us back up on a dizzying ride.”—Susan X. Meagher
“Spangler’s novels are filled with endearing characters, interesting plot turns, and vivid descriptions. Her readers feel immersed in the worlds of her novels from start to finish”—The Observer
“Ms. Spangler’s characters are deep and multidimensional.”—Curve Magazine
Rachel Spangler is the Golden Crown Literary Society and Rainbow Award-winning author of eleven lesbian romance novels and novellas. She lives with her wife and son in Western New York.