(Carved Hearts Book 1)
by Michelle Pace and L.G. Pace III
"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.
This book was absolute PERFECTION! Written by a husband and wife team, you would never know that it was written by two people. Every sentence, every paragraph, every chapter flowed seamlessly.
Right from the start, the prologue had me in tears. Not just a little bit - oh no. I was bawling. My heart broke for Joe and I could only hope that he would find happiness before the book ended. To lose so much in a blink of an eye was tragic and it was no surprise that he became totally unstable and withdrawn. I mean who wouldn't after losing so much? The most sad thing of all was he stopped carving. This man creates awesome works of art with just scrap wood. Totally amazing!
Molly was a terrific character too. She had her own emotional baggage, and really was not looking for a relationship. But when she comes face to face with her childhood crush, she might just have to reconsider that decision. Molly is spunky and really fun and I really enjoyed her character. (Note to authors: Excellent choice for the cover model! She is the perfect "Molly".)
To become so emotionally invested just from a prologue speaks volumes and the feelings continue on throughout this story. I actually found myself slowing down my reading speed - savoring each and every word of the story. Good Wood is good stuff and is one that is a must read if you enjoy contemporary romance. This was a spectacular start to what looks like will be an awesome series and I can't wait for the next book.
This one gets 5 stars!
About the Authors
Michelle Pace is a registered nurse and fiction writer who resides in Texas with her husband, Author L. G. Pace III. She is the mother of two lovely daughters, Holly and Bridgette, and one uber-charismatic son, Kai. A singer and actress "back in the day", Michelle has always enjoyed entertaining people and is excited to continue to do so as an author.
L.G.Pace III has spent several decades pouring creative energy into other things besides writing. He began his current journey by telling his two daughters bedtime stories about a magical realm and a hero named Terel. Though that story is still sitting unfinished in the electronic universe he has managed to bring three other stories out of the dark maelstrom of his mind for others to enjoy.
He dwells in the great state of Texas with his wife, novelist Michelle Pace and their children.