As the lead songwriter for Jacob’s Ladder, the last thing Gabe Renard needs is a debilitating case of writer’s block. After years of meaningless one night stands, he’s finding it hard to pen the love-filled ballads the label is requesting. In an effort to clear his mind, Gabe takes his jeep off-roading in the North Georgia Mountains. When a wrong-turn leads to him getting stuck more than just creatively, he’s forced to call for help. To his surprise, the “Ray” who has been sent by Hart Wreckers to his aid is actually “Rae”—a sexy-as-hell spitfire in a pair of tight-as-hell jeans. The combination of Rae’s sassy mouth and rocking body might be the inspiration Gabe needs. But for the first time since becoming a rock star, his advances have been shot down.
Reagan Hart has never been a fan of musicians. In fact, just the mention of one might cause her to throw a tire tool. Her disgust for them started when she was just eight and her mother ran off with a traveling country singer, and it only worsened when at seventeen, her rocker boyfriend knocked her up before blowing out of town. As a single mother taking care of her family’s collision business, Rae doesn’t have time for hook ups, much less a relationship. And if she did make time, a musician would be last on her list, even one as good-looking as Gabe Renard.
Can Gabe find the words to prove not only to Rae, but himself, that she’s the only one for him?
2.5 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
I’ve never read a book by Ms. Ashley, and I have a feeling we are just not a match. It happens. I do believe she’s a very popular author, so take my review with a grain of salt. From what I could tell, this appears to be a spin-off book of another series of hers, so for fans I’m sure this is much anticipated! I just can’t help but be sucked into celebrity stories, so that was my draw and the reason I requested. Especially celebrities that fall in love with “normal” people.
In the end I didn’t really like either character that much. Don’t get me wrong, they both had great moments, but in general I just couldn’t empathize with either. And oddly, the sweet moments felt inconsistent with the other moments where Gabe seemed like a huge egotistical self-absorbed entitled dick, and Rae seemed like an overreacting irrational witch with a b. I think I’m just not meant to read books about characters with volatile emotions. I also tend to prefer more subtle characteristics, occasionally they felt like caricatures if that makes sense. Just a bit too over the top and didn’t strike me as completely realistic. Or maybe it’s just that these are not the type of people I would want to hang around with. Again, this is really just a personality conflict between me and the story. Won’t necessarily be a problem for others.
There were a few moments where I really felt the chemistry between Gabe and Rae and it worked for me. I LOVED the scene where they were baking brownies, and everything that happened afterwards (other than the overreaction). But that was about it for me. The book felt very sex focused. I didn’t really feel the falling in love part as much. I didn’t swoon over the comments that Gabe made, quite the opposite…which is probably why the steamy stuff didn’t really work as well for me. Again, just not a good fit.
One thing that actually really surprised me is that I LOVED Rae’s son Linc. I’m not a kid person usually, but he came across sweet, but still a realistic 9 year old. I loved how he colluded with Gabe, and I really loved some of the scenes at the end (especially the first epilogue). Rae’s sisters also seemed pretty cool, as did her Aunt Sadie. And while I’m not interested in reading any more in this series, Eli intrigued me. I’m sure fans of this author will look forward to his story.
I will note that my advanced copy was LITTERED with mistakes, it did not read like a final copy. And while ARCs aren’t always the final copy, this felt *quite* rough. There is the possibility that after sending out the ARCs, the author sent this to a proofreader and the final copy will be more polished. But I feel like that’s unlikely. So if this kind of thing really bothers you, proceed with caution (maybe try the sample).
So yeah. I know this seems like a really bummer review. I was kind of bummed. But it wasn’t a horrible book, it just wasn’t a me book. It wasn’t a book I devoured. And it wasn’t a book where I fell in love with my main characters, which I kind of need to truly enjoy a book. But it was also not awful by any stretch, hence the rounding up. It really was mostly just a case of the reader not matching up with the author’s writing. I hope others have more luck.