JACOB’S LADDER: Gabe by Katie Ashley is LIVE!
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?
4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
A songwriter with writer’s block and a sassy, business owner and small town woman cross paths in the middle of nowhere. Now, doesn’t that sound like a bad joke? After just one meeting (insert verbal sparring match), Gabe is able to once again pick up a pen, the words flowing like water through a wheel.
Jacob’s Ladder is the first in a new series by the highly acclaimed author Katie Ashley. This is my first foray into her work and I was not disappointed. Jacob’s Ladder is a spin-off series of Katie Ashley’s Runaway Train series. It isn’t necessary that you read the previous series to Jacob’s Ladder, however, some of the secondary characters in this book were main characters, in the previous series. Hearing history and plotlines from Runaway Train and not having read them made me feel like I’d missed out on something. That feeling of missing out did in no part ruin this well structured story.
Rae was a suspicious woman by nature. How many times does life have to kick you in the face before you stay down? Rae never gave up, she hesitated and sometimes ran away from situations she didn’t want to deal with. Fear was a very real thing for her, she had so many high expectations of herself, and of what she should and shouldn’t do. Her past isn’t easy or clear cut, blackness and ghosts drag her down quicker than quicksand. Close to her family, Rae often runs to her sisters or father for advice or help.
Money and fame can’t buy you self esteem. Gabe is talented and successful, but you would never know it from the way he sees himself. He’s in a band and yet to himself he’s always commenting on how badly he sings. That song writing is the only thing that makes him worth something.
Gabe and Rae are two highly independent, stubborn people and the way they are makes this tale oh so much more intriguing. They’re both crazy, insecure and worth so much more than they give themselves credit. To me as a reader there is nothing better than a story with slowburn romance. Both Gabe and Rae have serious insecurity and trust issues, but knowing now what I know, I couldn’t blame either of them for them. They are byproducts of their pasts and of their families, even if their families are loving and supportive.
The emotion and romance in Jacob’s Ladder was fluidly composed, like a classical music piece that rolls over your skin like rain falling from the sky. Nothing was ever easy, but it was, in this humble reviewer’s opinion oh so worth it.
“Would it be too much to ask for you, too?”
“You have me. Mind, body, and soul.”
“Always.” Without a doubt in my mind.”