Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review - Gabe by Evan Grace

by Evan Grace
Series: Heartbreaker, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2015

Jasmine Nichols is a control freak.

When she graduates from college as valedictorian with a degree in social services, her friend and mentor Jill Swanson offers her a job, but with one condition. She has to take two weeks off and just have fun. Taking the instructions to heart, Jasmine goes to a club called Debauchery and has a sizzling encounter with a sexy stranger.

Ex-pro football player Gabriel Johnson is done playing the field.

Gabe is tired of meaningless relationships, but when he meets a mysterious, beautiful, blue-eyed blonde at Debauchery and the chemistry is undeniable, he knows he’s finally found the one. What he didn’t expect was for her to freak out and run off.

Jasmine thought she made a clean getaway, so needless to say, she’s shocked when she finds herself face to face with the hot guy from the club once again. 

He’s Jill’s. Half. Brother.

Gabe wants to pick up right where they left off and doesn’t waste any time convincing her. Jasmine’s blown away by the intensity of their relationship. How can she control something that makes her feel so wild and uninhibited?

But Jasmine can’t handle the pressure.

First, she’s confronted with old insecurities. Then suddenly, her brother has a secret he’ll only share with Gabe, the father who abandoned her shows up—at Gabe’s instigation—and a professional tragedy is the last straw.

What happens when it all falls apart?
Is being with Gabe more than she can handle?

This was a nice romance with a bit of angst and a lot of steam. Overall the characters were interesting and I loved the family dynamics.

I liked Gabe and Jasmine together but sometimes Jasmine could be frustrating. There is an age difference between the two – Jasmine is just graduating college and Evan has already retired from his professional football career (I’m guessing the age difference was about 15 years) – and I think that caused some of the angst and drama that got me frustrated. Jasmine has had a tough life, so I totally understood where some of her issues came from, but it seemed that she was a bit hard on Gabe at times.

There was definitely chemistry between Gabe and Jasmine. From their initial encounter at the bar where they have a “moment” but never even get each other’s name, you can feel the attraction between the two. When it turns out that the guy from the bar is her friend Jill’s half-brother, things get real interesting. Gabe really wants to pursue a relationship with Jasmine, but because of her past she has a hard time with commitment. Her father walked out on the family when she was young, and she definitely has some abandonment issues that she hasn’t come to terms with. I loved how supportive Gabe always was, but again, at times it became frustrating watching Jasmine keep him at arm’s length or shut him out.

I really enjoyed the other characters in the book and they added a nice layer to the story. Jasmine’s brother and mother had their own problems which had an impact on Jasmine and ultimately on Jasmine and Gabe’s relationship. I liked Gabe’s sister Jill and am curious to see where her story is going to lead her – her relationship with Gabe’s best friend seems so destructive I’m looking forward to finding out if and how she makes her way to a happy ever after.

All in all this was quick, fun read that wasn’t too deep or emotional, but had some interesting twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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