Friday, March 13, 2015

Reforming Gabe by Alicia Hunter Pace

Title:  Reforming Gabe
Series: Beauford Bend #3
Author:  Alicia Hunter Pace
Published:  February 16/15 by Crimson Romance
Length:  216pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The world loved Heisman trophy winner and two-time Super Bowl champion Gabe Beauford—until he blew it and cost San Antonio the chance to make history. Now his brother’s wedding back in Beauford Bend offers the perfect hideout.

Neyland MacKenzie has a passion for jewelry making and a hatred for football. Neither is working out very well. With sales down, it’s getting harder to pay the rent and buy new materials, and she can’t escape the notoriety of being the daughter of the beloved Beauford High School coach.

Still, when Gabe walks into her shop looking like a cross between a GQ model and a Viking warrior and picks out the most expensive piece in her case, Neyland refuses to sell to him. Everybody knows he sends women jewelry as kiss-off gifts, and her art will not be part of that, even if Gabe does have the bluest eyes in Tennessee.

Gabe has never been one to walk away from a challenge, especially when he needs a distraction—and most especially when that challenge has legs that would stop a locomotive. But if Neyland tackles his heart, could it cost him another ring?

My Review:

This is an intensely fun story with real implications. Pace’s story is hard hitting yet romantic. Troubled relationships combine with the joy and happiness of Beauford Bend in a fantastic manner. Pace’s writing is so real that you experience it. There was one argument in the novel when I could actually hear the characters yelling at one another.

It was quite interesting to see the deeper side of Gabe’s character. There’s so much more to him than the superfluous football player we’ve come to know him as. Getting to know how he really thinks and feel was enlightening. Combined with Neyland’s intensity you have an explosive couple who definitely needs to learn how to communicate. They were a brilliant addition to Pace’s series and fit right in with the family and friends that surround them.

As a whole this was an enjoyable story that does Beauford Bend proud. Pace definitely had me hooked throughout.

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