Wednesday, October 15, 2014

~Review: Good Wood (Carved Hearts #1) by L.G. Pace III & Michelle Pace

"It’s the sign of a true artisan when he can create beauty from what others consider trash. It takes heart to use a twisted bit of scrap and make something from it as if it were good wood.”

Somehow Joe survived the unlivable, and now he's just going through the motions. An endless string of one night stands does little to dull the ache from all he's lost. Even though he distracts himself daily with back-breaking work, his violent rage still simmers just under the surface.

Then along comes Molly, the feisty baby sister of his two best friends. Joe hasn’t seen her in years, and he's unprepared for his reaction to her when she falls out of the food truck and into his arms. Molly is still as mouthy as ever, and now she's as delicious as the food she's serving up. It's totally against "The Bro Code", but he just can't seem to keep his hands off of her.

Molly has come back home to Austin to mend fences and feed a whole new crowd. Dealing with Joe's demons doesn't figure into her business model. Something is very different about him and she craves the ‘Old Joe’ she used to have a crush on.

Still, the broody carpenter's swagger is damn near irresistible. And all work and no play makes Molly a cranky girl.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Can a person forgive themselves when they feel they caused the death of loved ones?  Will healing ever take place when the loss of a mother and unborn child is imprinted on the soul of the husband that lost them? This is the turbulent story of the road taken by two people that need each other in order to forget and forgive what happened in the past. 

Molly has returned home after a messy divorce from an abusive spouse.  She was just happy to get away from her ex and start over again in her home town surrounded by family and friends.  With the help of her brothers, she buys a food truck, cleans it up and starts a new business called Wrapgasmic.  Molly loves to cook and had sold her interest in the restaurant she co-owned with her ex.  This allowed her a new beginning doing the thing she loved, cooking!  When she parked at the building site where her brothers were doing a renovation, she was surprised to see her first crush working there.  Joe was her brother’s best friend and her first love even though he never knew how she felt.

Joe’s life was destroyed the night his wife and unborn child were killed in a car accident.  The only thing that kept him from jail or death was his sister Tamryn and mentor Graham.  His sister had managed to clean up the mess his wife had made of their fiances and Graham had given him a job when no one else would.  Now years later he felt empty until the day he saw his best friends’ little sister Molly.  Molly was all grown up and she pulled him in a way that he had never felt before.  Could this be a new beginning for him?

When Joe renews his relationship with Molly, he suddenly feels alive again. Can he forgive himself and move on?  Will Molly be able to put the horrors of her ex behind?  There are so many twist and turns before the answers are revealed in this moving story of redemption and forgiveness. This is a must read!

Hero:  4.5 stars
Heroine:  4.5 stars
Plot:  4.5 stars
Steam Level:  4.5 stars
Cliffhanger:  Yes.

Would I recommend this book:  Yes. Food trucks, hot carpenters and supercharged sex will keep you turning the pages of this remarkable book!  Love lost and new love found with healing and forgiveness given is also important parts of this book.

Would I recommend this author:  Yes.  If you don’t have these authors on your must read list then you really need to add them now!  Can’t wait for the next installment of Molly Wood!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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