I though Stefano was great after reading his book but once I was finished Shifting Gears, Brett is definitely up there as probably my favourite of the Reynolds Restoration guys.
My heart hurt for Brett for how he felt every time Kelly left and now that he hadn’t seen her for a while and was trying to get over her I started out not sure I wanted them to get together.
He’s a great main character. Part of the family of choice that Max and Charley have surrounded themselves with, he was loyal, protective, hard working and had a great heart. I totally understood why he felt the need to distance himself from Kelly when she returned but then he learned about her past, how she grew up and what brought her back to town and all bets were off…..
Kelly…. To be honest I wasn’t her biggest fan when we met her previously in the series and I’d have been ok with Brett staying away from her (then there wouldn’t have been a story I suppose!!) but when we actually got a glimpse of the ‘real her’ under the façade she hid behind I fell for her nearly as much as I did for Brett. There was a lot of strength to her character but the gods, she was so independent, closed off and such a stubborn woman at times that asking for help was not something she did easily. When she finally did it was like she fully saw what she had been missing or avoiding…. and for that I was glad.
This pair were perfect together. They had such a connection and spark but that aside Brett was the support and strength that let Kelly just ‘be’… For him, Kelly was the future, if he could get her to stay in one place for any length of time.
I loved the family dynamics in this story. Seeing Brett and his dad together, then you add in Stefano and his family, Maxx and Charley and their gang it was great to see just what support and love Kelly and Brett had surrounding them. We got a little glimpse at who’s gonna be falling next and lordy that was a funny initial meeting.
Melanie Moreland is an auto-buy author for me and the Reynolds Restoration series is a definite favourite of mine.
An all round 5* read that I’d recommend checking out.
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of thirty-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.
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