Release Blitz: Jacob's Ladder: Eli: Katie Ashley

by - Monday, March 26, 2018

Jacobs Ladder: Eli 
Katie Ashley
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Release Date Mach 26, 2018

One wouldn’t expect a sexy-as-sin rocker like Eli Renard to spend time with a woman just as a friend, but that’s exactly what Emersyn Wallace is to him. Just a friend. Even though she’s matured into a beauty, Eli still doesn’t remotely see his childhood pal as a sex-object. When tragedy brings her back into his world, Eli moves mountains to help Emersyn get back onto her feet by finding her a job as a backup singer for Jacob’s Ladder. At first, Eli is thrilled that Emerysn is along on tour, and he sets out to do his best to help her forget her sorrow through a range of crazy friend dates. But after spending so much time with her in such close quarters, Eli finds his feelings beginning to shift. He no longer sees Emersyn as the once awkward young girl he played some of his first songs with. Soon it’s not only his body that reacts to her, but it’s also his heart. He’s about to learn what a dangerous game it is to dry a widow’s tears.

After losing her husband and singing partner in a tragic accident, Emersyn Wallace spent the last eight months drowning in a sea of grief. With the bills piling up and her family and friends concerned about her emotional welfare, she reluctantly agrees to join the Jacob’s Ladder’s tour. While recapturing her lost love of singing and performing, she finds both comfort and healing in Eli’s gregarious personality and outrageous sense of humor. But as the anniversary of her husband’s death approaches, she finds herself in turmoil over her new amorous feelings for Eli.

Can Eli and Emersyn find the perfect melody to transition from friends to lovers, or will their relationship end out of tune?

Eli Renard is supposed to be the more easy-going, friendly, and charming of the Renard twins where as his brother, Gabe was the moodier, more serious one. He's been a playboy, but deep down would like to settle down like his brother and sister.

He has been best friends with Emersyn since they were ten years old. And now that Emersyn is dealing with the loss of her husband who was also her musical partner, Eli is there as her friend, confidante, and protector. She is lonely, sad, lost, and fading away. And in an attempt to help pull her out of her funk, he invites her to join Jacob's Ladder and tour with them.

They had always  just thought of each other as friends. But close quarters on the bus, some friend dates , and newfound jealousy start to make them see each other in a different light. Suddenly there is some tension and some unresolved, hidden feelings brewing. As they are thrust into situations that test their resolve, it just gets more magnified. Temptation, changing feelings, and attraction are overshadowed by fear and guilt.

Eli knows she is vulnerable and not ready. She doesn't think Eli wants a relationship or thinks about her in that way. They're stuck in friend-zone limbo and afraid to push at the boundaries and afraid to risk losing each other. But the sexual tension, emotional turmoil, and feelings cast them into a situation neither is really prepared to deal with and ends up causing even more issues. And soon they are facing the one thing that they did not want to happen...their close bond turning awkward and the possible risk of losing a lifelong friend. Emersyn has already known terrible loss that nearly destroyed her, and she still has serious fears, confusion, and a tendency to try to avoid difficult situations. And Eli is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and is afraid he will never live up to a ghost. My heart seriously hurt for him as he struggled with his feelings and pain.
This will come down to fighting themselves, their fears, and even each other...but will they be able to win the fight for each other's heart and a future together?

I loved Eli and Emersyn! It was important to get both of their points of view since they were in their heads a lot. Their history and closeness made them so strong in some ways, but also made changing their dynamic challenging. They had so much to lose, but the potential to gain much more...but it was a big risk due to how tied up their lives were.

I enjoyed getting more with Gabe and Rae, and Abby and Jake. I like their close bonds, interpersonal dynamics, and humor. This story seemed more emotional than Gabe's and really tugged at my heartstrings as they struggled with their changing emotions. But it was also funny, sweet, romantic, and sexy. I love these characters and have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting these siblings in this Jacob's Ladder series.

I was gifted a copy. 
Eli Renard has always held a special place in his heart for Emersyn Wallace, but that place is decidedly friend zoned. When she needs him, he drops everything to be where she needs. He would do anything for her.

Emersyn Wallace has been friends with the Renard family for years, having grown up with them in the missionary community. When Eli asks her to join the tour with Jacob’s Ladder, it may be just what she needs to shake herself out of the grief she has been living since her husband died unexpectedly.

The more time they spend together on tour and the more Eli takes her on friend-dates to get her out of her head, the more they both realize they is more than friendship between them -- if they can find the courage to risk the friendship they already have in the search for more.

I loved having both perspectives on this story. They are each coming at the friendship and the building relationship from such different sides that it is really important to see what each is thinking. On the other hand, knowing what each is thinking became frustrating at times as they would think things that wouldn’t be communicated or (in several cases) refuse to see what was right in front of them.

Eli and Emersyn’s friendship is at the heart of this story, and it is developed really well. I loved the way Eli proved his friendship and loyalty to Emersyn each day as they began the tour, each day as he worked to find something to cheer her up in the months following her husband’s death.

This was a slow burn of a story, simply because Emersyn is not ready or looking for a relationship when it begins. But while it is a long buildup of their feelings, it is a great return to Jacob’s Ladder and the Renard family. It was a lot of fun to see Gabe and Raegan, and Jake and Abby again, as well as to see the role they play in Eli’s story.

I was gifted a copy.
Jacob's Ladder is a spin off series from the Music of the Heart series. Gabe and Eli Renard are the twin brothers of Abby Renard-Slater, the heroine of Music of the Heart and Music of the Soul.

Jacob's Ladder: Gabe (Jacob's Ladder #1)
Katie Ashley
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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 stuck more than just creatively, he’s forced to call for help. To his surprise, the “Ray” who has been sent by Hart Wreckers to his aid is actually “Rae”—a sexy-as-hell spitfire in a pair of tight-as-hell jeans. The combination of Rae’s sassy mouth and rocking body might be the inspiration Gabe needs. But for the first time since becoming a rock star, his advances have been shot down. 

Reagan Hart has never been a fan of musicians. In fact, just the mention of one might cause her to throw a tire tool. Her disgust for them started when she was just eight and her mother ran off with a traveling country singer, and it only worsened when at seventeen, her rocker boyfriend knocked her up before blowing out of town. As a single mother taking care of her family's collision business, Rae doesn't have time for hook ups, much less a relationship. And if she did make time, a musician would be last on her list, even one as good-looking as Gabe Renard. 

Can Gabe find the words to prove not only to Rae, but himself, that she’s the only one for him?

Katie Ashley 

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.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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