Title: Good Wood
Authors: LG Pace III And Michelle Pace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2014
“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.
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When the prologue of a book brings tears to your eyes, you know it’s going to be good. But this book was so much better than good, it was great. If you enjoy reading about second chance love and the journey to happily ever after, this is the story for you.
Good Wood had many of the elements I love in a book starting with likeable well developed characters. I want to read about characters I can relate to and Molly and Joe were perfectly imperfect. Each carried baggage from a past relationship and while two wounded souls may not seem likely to work, they were perfectly suited for each other.
Beyond likeable characters, I enjoy books where the relationship is predicated upon something deeper than physical attraction. So many books are written with insta-love and I simply need more. Molly and Joe’s relationship began when they were younger. He was her childhood crush and happened to be the best friend of her brother. While there was most definitely chemistry between them, they also have a history to substantiate the attraction they share in the present setting. I found it cute that Joe was completely oblivious to Molly’s crush when they were younger…such a typical male.
The story is told in alternating POV from each character’s perspective which enables you to experience the story in the mind of both Molly and Joe. Dual POV is my favorite and unique to this story, Molly was written by Michelle and Joe was “mostly written” by L.G. The transition between the alternating POV was relatively seamless given it had been written by two different authors. There was minimal overlapping with each POV change and it kept the story progressing forward rather than rehashing the scene that had just happened.
I love when a story makes me feel the gamut of emotions and Good Wood did so effortlessly. There was plenty of drama to keep me engaged and the snarky humor was an added bonus. I absolutely loved Molly’s character and the interaction with her brothers brought back memories of my own childhood where I crushed on my older brother’s friends. I could not help but fall in love with Joe and his broken soul. The healing nature of their relationship touched my heart and left me feeling content.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There was some unresolved conflict at the conclusion of Good Wood which I hope the sequel, Mollywood, will wrap up. There were a few quirky things that transpired in the story, but I attributed it to remaining true to the spirit of Austin and the famous slogan “Keep Austin Weird”. While this was my first book from these authors, it will not be my last. I am definitely looking forward to reading Mollywood.
Overall Rating 4-4.5 Stars
About The Authors
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 two 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.
Michelle Pace lives in north Texas with her husband, Les, who is also a novelist. An Iowan native, she is the mother of two lovely daughters, Holly and Bridgette, and one uber-charismatic son, Kai. A former singer and actress, Michelle has always enjoyed entertaining people and is excited to continue to do so as a writer.
Other titles by Michelle Pace
Fury (Sound Wave Series #1)
Rage (Sound Wave Series #2)
The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life (Jefferson Point #1)
Something’s Come Up