Book Review – Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe (Jacob’s Ladder, #1) by Katie Ashley


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?

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Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe was a sweet, sexy, and entertaining standalone contemporary romance, and I loved it! Katie Ashley is an extremely talented author, and I fell in love with her writing style and books after reading the Runaway Train series and The Proposition series from her several years ago. I was so excited when I found out that she was going to write the Jacob’s Ladder series, a spin-off to the Runaway Train series. The storyline and characters she created in Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe were amazing, and I loved them so much.

   Gabe and Rae were wonderful and I loved them and their story. I loved their personalities and red-hot chemistry together, and I enjoyed how their relationship progressed throughout. I loved reading the book from both Gabe and Rae’s POV, and I enjoyed most of their banter and interactions with each other. There were a few parts that I didn’t like, but other than that, I really don’t have anything else negative to say. I loved the secondary characters as well, and I truly enjoyed getting to see a few familiar faces from the Runaway Train series. Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe was a very enjoyable read from beginning to end, and I was extremely happy with the conclusion to Gabe and Rae’s story.

   Jacob’s Ladder: Gabe was a sweet, sexy, charming, and entertaining standalone contemporary romance, and an amazing start to the Jacob’s Ladder series! Katie Ashley did a fantastic job with this book, and even though there were a few things here and there that I didn’t love, I truly enjoyed Gabe and Rae’s story from start to finish and was very pleased with the outcome. It’s been a few years since I’ve read anything from Katie Ashley, but she is without a doubt one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, and I am so excited to read more from her, especially the rest of the Jacob’s Ladder series!


About the Author

Katie Ashley

Katie AshleyKatie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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