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Jacob's Ladder: Gabe (Jacob's Ladder #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  811 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
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 ...more
Published November 7th 2017
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Jennifer Kyle
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
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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
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful single mum romance by Katie Ashley.

I finished on a heartwarming high.

I loved the characters Gabe and Rae and extended characters too.
Jacobs Ladder truly is a feel good read that you can get immersed in.

Gabe is the drummer and songwriter in the famous band Jacobs ladder and while struggling with writers block Gabe goes out of the city for peace and quiete to find the words.

Gabe gets stuck in mud in his truck after driving of road and is rescued by Rae who owns a recovery business
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 09-read-asap

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
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lea ★
ARC kindly provided by author.

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
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
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!
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
ARC received at no cost of the author, and I am adding a review via KFF in due course.

Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

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
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Isha Coleman
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Jacob's Ladder: Gabe (Jacob's Ladder) by Katie Ashley  
He's a rock star, with the world at his feet.  She's a single mother and business owner working to make ends meet.  Gabe and Rae come from different worlds, but they have one thing in common.  Responsibility.  He has a band that counts on his talent with words to keep the fans happy and the money coming in.  She has a family relying on her to keep the business in the red.  Neither has the time for romance, but a chance meeting strikes a chor
2.5 stars

Don't know why, but I was expecting more and it was "flat", and with uninteresting characters as well as story.
The story is a very sweet - It was just soooooo booooooooooooring!
Heather andrews
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If it isn't Gabe offending Rae, it's Rae offending Gabe, "Gabe scowled. “Of course not. I’m not paying to eff you— just to hang out with you.” Gabe has no problem taking over the reigns when things are stalled, "I gasped. “Um, well, not a total bush, but it’s certainly not how I’d prefer you to see it.” His eyes popped open. Before I could protest anymore, Gabe jerked my panties down..." Gabe is seriously an entertaining guy, “I’m not sure I like the direction this conversation has taken.” He gl ...more
Amanda Adams Steward

I absolutely loved Gabe and Rae. Almost as much as I loved Jake and Abby. My only reason for four and not five stars was because there was a lot of errors in the beginning and middle and some paragraphs would restart over. Other than that amazing and another great book from Katie Ashley. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for Eli.

Oh and also why leave me hanging. I hated we don’t get to see a wedding or Gabe adopting Linc.
Anne OK
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
A musician with writer's block and a single mom in a small town with a case of mistaken identity. Fun rollick with some sizzling romance thrown into the mix. One of those stories that makes you smile -- and just dang cute to boot!
Laura Johnson
3 rating. Ok read, wanted more in the storyline. Do know if it was my copy but is was filled lots editing mistakes. That too also killed the buzz in reading this love tale.
Lenore Kosinski
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

2.5 stars -- I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

I've never read a book by Ms. Ashley, and I have a feeling we are just not a match.  It happens.  I do believe she's a very popular author, so take my review with a grain of salt.  From what I could tell, this appears to be a spin-off book of another series of hers, so for fans I'm sure this is much anticipated!  I just can't help but be sucked into celebrity stories,
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rock-stars
It's been a while since I have read one of Katie's books and I was in the mood for a rock star read so Gabe's story was perfectly timed for me!

As the primary songwriter for Jacob's Ladder, Gabe finds his writers block inconvenient at first. Now, with a rapidly approaching deadline to present new music to the record label, he is starting to feel panic setting in when nothing is working for him. An off-roading mishap in his brother-in-law Jake's Jeep leads to an encounter that just may change his
Mia Book Addict
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Runaway Train’ series introduced me to Katie Ashley. I love her writing style and thanks to her I was hooked to music/rocker romances :) ‘Jacobs Ladder: Gabe’ is the first book of ‘Jacobs Ladder’ series and it can be read as a standalone. If you read ‘Runaway Train’ series you will not be foreign to our hero Gabe Renard. Jacob Ladder is a famous country-rock band. Gabe is the drummer and the songwriter of the band. The other two members of the band is Gabe’s twin Eli and his sister Abby, who is ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good rocker book and being a fan of Katie Ashley, it’s even better. Gabe and Reagan are from two completely different worlds. He’s a musician and songwriter and she’s a single mom running her dad’s collision business.

Gabe is stuck in a rut. He’s the songwriter of the band, but he is literally at a loss for words. Deciding to head into the woods for peace and quiet, it’s nothing like he could ever imagine. Being stuck and having to call a tow truck turns his life upside down in more tha
Britt Red Hatter Book Blog
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Holy hot, sweet, swoony, goodness! Gabe’s story was so amazing! Katie Ashley never fails to deliver a story that completely captivates me. Drummer and songwriter for Jacob’s Ladder, Gabe is stuck with a horrible case of writer’s block. Desperate to clear his head he takes off for the mountains and finds himself stuck. When the tow truck driver arrives to pull him out he gets the surprise of his life when “Ray” is actually the gorgeous and feisty Rae. A single mom running her family’s towing busi ...more
I have read many of Katie Ashley's books, I actually read all of the runaway train series so I was happy to hear that we would get a series based off Abby's brother and band. I really liked the runaway train series because it was the right amount of cheesy and romance. Jacob's ladder has a really good story line, very different from other rock star stories I have read, rock star with writers block and hot collision repair owner meet up in the boonies, she becomes his muse and the rest is history ...more
Glorimar Irizarry
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Was given an advanced copy for honest review.

I have read many of Katie Ashley's books, I actually read all of the runaway train series so I was happy to hear that we would get a series based off Abby's brother and band. I really liked the runaway train series because it was the right amount of cheesy and romance. Jacob's ladder has a really good story line, very different from other rock star stories I have read, rock star with writers block and hot collision repair owner meet up in the boonies,
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
Looking for a bit of a sweet, swoony read? Look no further than Jacob's Ladder: Gabe. It's a quick, sexy rock star read that will leave you wanting more from these amazing characters.

In Jacob's Ladder: Gabe, we meet Reagan "Rae" and Gabe. Gabe's the songwriter for his family's award winning band Jacob's Ladde. Problem is he's suffering from a debilitating case of writer's block that nothing is helping him recover from. In a hope that a big change of scenery and some peace and quiet will be the c
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

This edition of Jacob's Ladder features Gabe - the drummer for the band.  He also writes all the songs the band uses for their albums.  Trouble is he has a major case of writer's block.  Taking some time away from his family and band mates.  It's during this time is when he meets Rae.  A feisty woman from a small town an hour or so away from Atlanta, GA. 

Rae is used to men hitting on her.  Just not famous men.  Though she has no t
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I absolutely loved reading Gabe's story.

This is the spinoff series to Katie Ashley's Runaway Train series and it is fantastic!

Gabe is the drummer for Jacob's Ladder and is the main songwriter for the band. When he finds himself in a rut with a major case of writer's block he seeks solace in country Georgia where he won't have any distractions and can focus on his writing.

When his brother-in-law, Jake - the lead singer of Runaway Train, recommends he go four wheeling his jeep he snatches th
Anne ·curlingtoesbooktalk·
I've seriously waited for this book to come out for a long time and now that It's out...

This didn't gave me all the feels I used to have with her (the author's) books. I just couldn't see nor feel the connection between Rae and Gabe. And Gabe with Linc. Which sucks. The romance trope that was used here was a good combination actually. A songwriter having a writer's block finding his muse with a single mom burned badly in the past by people who up and left her for music? That's a good start. The
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jacobs Ladder: Gabe by Katie Ashley is the first book in the brand new series Jacobs Ladder, a rock star romance. Jacobs Ladder: Gabe can be read as a standalone.
Gabe is the drummer and songwriter for Jacobs Ladder, a successful country/rock band. His siter is lead singer and his twin is a band member too.
When Gabe needs a town from bumfudge nowhere, we get to meet Rae.
Reagan Hart is a hard working single mom and works for the familys wrecking business.
Rae tows his car and they hit it right off.
♚Julia ~ The Romance Rebels ♚
****3.5 Stars ****

Jacob's Ladder: Gabe by Katie Ashley is a unique take on the trope of rock star romances. It's not your typical rocker story, but more of what life is like behind the spotlight.

I was really excited to read this one, being a fan of Katie Ashley. But, It feel a bit flat. It's a very sweet story, almost too sweet in my opinion.

I honestly loved Gabe, seeing him struggle and getting back up. Rae on the other hand, it took awhile to like her. I can't name it, but her whole demeano
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Katie 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.

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