Jacob's Ladder: Gabe by Katie Ashley

Jacob's Ladder: Gabe

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...

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  • Kim

    Gabe Renard is suffering serious writer's block and as the deadline for the new Jacob's Ladder draws nearer, he is beginning to panic. He tried hanging out in the country home of his sister, Abby and her husband, Jake, but it did not help bring the words.

    He tried a solitary adventure that took a wrong turn and put him in the path of small town spitfire, Rae Hart. She is sassy, responsible, and works for her family's wrecker company. Jake's cocky attitude and proposition did not impress

    Gabe Renard is suffering serious writer's block and as the deadline for the new Jacob's Ladder draws nearer, he is beginning to panic. He tried hanging out in the country home of his sister, Abby and her husband, Jake, but it did not help bring the words.

    He tried a solitary adventure that took a wrong turn and put him in the path of small town spitfire, Rae Hart. She is sassy, responsible, and works for her family's wrecker company. Jake's cocky attitude and proposition did not impress her, in fact he might have inspired some stronger feelings like disgust or hate.

    But she got him unstuck in more ways than one. And now he is going to have to find a way to spend more time with his unexpected and antagonistic muse. She is a busy, working single mom and has no faith in musicians or men passing through. But he can't seem to find the words without her. Too bad she does not want anything to do with him.

    The first time Gabe is rejected by a woman is the time he needs her most. But all he thinks he needs is the inspiration. He never expected to find a woman, especially one that is a single parent. And he certainly is not looking to settle down...he just needs his muse.

    As their lives collide and attraction grows, things take on a mind of their own. Rae is intuitive and really sees and understands Gabe. He has longed to be chosen first for something over his twin. She has trust issues, especially with musicians. But he tries to make her understand that she is special and that he respects her. They have amazing chemistry, and are connecting and feeling more than they ever thought they would. But their lives are inherently different. He's always going to be a music man, and she is the independent-minded, single mom from a small town who works in a male dominated business. Trust is hard earned and hard to maintain. They have obstacles in their way that have no easy solution.

    I have been waiting for Gabe and Eli's book since first meeting them in Music of the Heart. Talented, gorgeous, sexy twins--what is not to like?! I loved Gabe. He was both cocky and charming, but also thoughtful and caring. There was a vulnerability in him due to his own insecurities. And Rae was a fun and fiery with a nurturing side, but also had her own fears. And she was used to being independent and making her own choices. They could both be strong willed, stubborn, and opinionated.

    This is a funny, sweet, sexy love story of a small town girl and a country star. It is told in dual points of view allowing us to to understand their feelings even when they hide them. It brings back old friends from the Runaway Train series and introduces us to her spirited sisters, Ellie and Kennedy, her son, Linc, and their family. I loved seeing Gabe interact with her son and those scenes just melted my heart. I am looking forward to Eli's book and seeing the second twin fall.

    I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jennifer Kyle

    3.5 Stars

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    Jacob's Ladder: Gabe (Jacob's Ladder #1) by Katie Ashley is the first book by this author that I read. My thoughts in general on her writing style is that she presents an easy digestible read. The characters are well developed and likeable. And the story is well written and the development is deep enough to feel connected but not to heavy to be deeply invested.

    Which already explains why it did not make the 5th star. I was not feeling with the characters in a way that it brought tears to my eyes

    Jacob's Ladder: Gabe (Jacob's Ladder #1) by Katie Ashley is the first book by this author that I read. My thoughts in general on her writing style is that she presents an easy digestible read. The characters are well developed and likeable. And the story is well written and the development is deep enough to feel connected but not to heavy to be deeply invested.

    Which already explains why it did not make the 5th star. I was not feeling with the characters in a way that it brought tears to my eyes. Which can go both ways as in tears of devastation and hurt or from laughing.

    When I started reading the book Gabe made me feel like I should know more about his background but it seems that it is the first book of a series so maybe he was in another series as a secondary character? Anyway once I was moving with the flow the story felt good and I could read the book in two short sessions.

    If you like Rockstar romances I am pretty sure you will especially like this one. It’s plot is far better than many previous books I read of that genre. It feels as if the author paid special attention to not make it a cliché read.

    And besides on moment when I felt Rae was going overboard and acted unreasonable the author did a great job at that. I have to admit the author even found a good explanation for the actions of Rae later so if you ask me what I think about this book I would tell you that I can truly recommend it to you if the blurb appeals and if you like an easy digestible read.

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  • Emma

    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 aut

    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.

  • Ree

    This is a not-so-typical rocker romance.

    Struggling desperately with writer's block, Gabe is searching for inspiration. After getting stuck while seeking solitude, his muse turns up in the form of the tow truck driver, Rae. Unfortunately, his first impression is quite lasting in the most negative way. Realising that Rae could be the answer to his band's - Jacob's Ladder - prayers, Gabe gets creative to spend time with her.

    I liked that Rae & Gabe truly seemed to reflect off of & learn from

    This is a not-so-typical rocker romance.

    Struggling desperately with writer's block, Gabe is searching for inspiration. After getting stuck while seeking solitude, his muse turns up in the form of the tow truck driver, Rae. Unfortunately, his first impression is quite lasting in the most negative way. Realising that Rae could be the answer to his band's - Jacob's Ladder - prayers, Gabe gets creative to spend time with her.

    I liked that Rae & Gabe truly seemed to reflect off of & learn from each other. Rae learns to trust & Gabe learns a bit more about responsibility & maturity.

    I would definitely read the next book in the series, and look forward to it.

    I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book, and recommend it.

  • Rachel

    Gabe Renard has a serious case of writer’s block. As the head songwriter for his family’s band, Jacob’s Ladder, his stress level is through the roof with pressure to write. While on a drive to clear his head and try to find words, he is rescued (literally and figuratively) by a smoking hot woman in a wrecker. His middle of nowhere rescue may be just what he needed to get unstuck.

    Rae Hart has a learned mistrust of musicians. Every musician she has ever encountered has left her, and even though Ga

    Gabe Renard has a serious case of writer’s block. As the head songwriter for his family’s band, Jacob’s Ladder, his stress level is through the roof with pressure to write. While on a drive to clear his head and try to find words, he is rescued (literally and figuratively) by a smoking hot woman in a wrecker. His middle of nowhere rescue may be just what he needed to get unstuck.

    Rae Hart has a learned mistrust of musicians. Every musician she has ever encountered has left her, and even though Gabe is good looking, his musician status is an immediate no-go for her. She doesn’t have time for a hook-up, but when Gabe persists she can’t help but give a little.

    From Gabe’s foot-in-mouth moments to Rae’s confidence, I loved everything about their first encounters. These two each have so much going on in their lives that the sparks that fly between them through them both off. It was so nice to see their friendship build as Gabe finds his words and works to keep them flowing.

    Rae’s family added a fun element, especially when all three sisters are together and their aunt joins in the fun. Linc’s hand in Gabe and Rae’s first few meetings also had me grinning.

    This was a fun overall read. I had a few challenges remembering who was who and personalities of the Jacob’s Ladder members, simply because I was trying to make the connections and was having a hard time remembering.

    I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    This is the first book I’ve read by Katie Ashley and there was much a really enjoyed about this story, but it got off to a rough start. I’m going to be upfront and say that the first interaction between the hero and heroine almost had me mark this one as a DNF; there was nothing endearing our seemingly redeeming about the hero, but the heroine was kick a$$, so I kept reading and I’m glad I did. Can a single mom who loathes musicians and a kid hating country rock star find happiness? Apparently t

    This is the first book I’ve read by Katie Ashley and there was much a really enjoyed about this story, but it got off to a rough start. I’m going to be upfront and say that the first interaction between the hero and heroine almost had me mark this one as a DNF; there was nothing endearing our seemingly redeeming about the hero, but the heroine was kick a$$, so I kept reading and I’m glad I did. Can a single mom who loathes musicians and a kid hating country rock star find happiness? Apparently they can in Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe by author Katie Ashley.

    Riddled with writer’s block and worrying about his and the future of his band Jacob’s Ladder, Gabe Renard takes some time off in the backwoods of Georgia to try and write but instead finds himself needing a tow and then being a sleaze to Reagan (Rae) Hart when she comes to help him out. While he wasn’t pleased Rae turned him down on his offer, she inspires him and he begins to realize she is his muse.

    It was fun to watch these two bright out the best in one another. Rae made Gabe want to be a better man, to go back to his roots and the way he was taught to treat a woman right. I was impressed that under the spoiled musician was a good man with manners. Gabe taught Rae how to lighten up and have fun and take time just for herself. Being a single mom who managed a busy business, Rae was in a rut and Gabe got her out of that and taught her how to live. I was also impressed with Rae’s son, Linc, and his insightful ways, I think Linc was good for Gabe as well and I know that Gabe was good for Linc even if the two made a couple of crucial errors when dealing with Rae.

    Watching Gabe and Rae get to know one another and move from animosity, to friends and more was exciting and fun; both had tempers and when they flared they tended to speak in anger first and think second, but at least in the end they both realized they needed to work on their communication skills to be a successful couple.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe and am looking forward to what Ms. Ashley has in store for Gabe’s twin, Eli.

  • Lea ★

    Jacob's Ladder is not my first book from this author, so I knew in advance what to expect out of it.

    Katie Ashley is a talented writer who creates characters you will easily connect to.

    This was the first book in the Jacob's Ladder series, and it sure was a great start to potentially interesting series.

    If you love rock star/single parent books, you will enjoy this one.

    The ending was everything I hoped it would be and the pacing of the story line kept me interested

    Jacob's Ladder is not my first book from this author, so I knew in advance what to expect out of it.

    Katie Ashley is a talented writer who creates characters you will easily connect to.

    This was the first book in the Jacob's Ladder series, and it sure was a great start to potentially interesting series.

    If you love rock star/single parent books, you will enjoy this one.

    The ending was everything I hoped it would be and the pacing of the story line kept me interested.

    I am and looking forward to read more from Katie Ashley.

  • Stacie

    I liked it a lot! 4+ stars! I'm looking forward to Eli finding his One. I hope it's one of Rae's sisters. Happy reading!


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