Review: Breaking the Speed Limit by Melanie Moreland (Reynolds Restoration #2)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Revved to the Maxx is one of my absolute favorite reads from Melanie Moreland, so when I found out that there would be at least two more books in the same world, I knew I was going to read them once they landed in my tablet AND that my expectations were going to be high. After all, the bar was set high by Maxx Reynolds and Charlynn Hooper and their story. I'm happy to say, though, that Breaking the Speed Limit met said expectations, bringing the romance with loads of lighthearted feels alongside a dash of angst. And if you loved Maxx's alpha romantic and protective ways and Charly's feisty streak and feminine wiles, then prepare yourselves for Stefano Borelli and Gabriella, aka Gabby, whose last name I don't recall being mentioned, but if it was, please leave me a comment!
Breaking the Speed Limit is the second novel in the Reynolds Restoration series, and features thirty-five-year-old Stefano and twenty-eight-year-old Gabriella. He's with Reynolds Restorations, specializing in auto and motorcycle design, and she's a single mom to five-year-old Theo and works as a server at Ziggy's. When he finds her stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, it's in Stefano's nature to offer help, but he's also instantly taken by Gabby's beauty and fiery nature. Gabby isn't used to accepting help, wary of anyone, especially men. Her past has taught her to be so, but something about Stefano's gentle yet persistent ways breaks down her walls. Her son adores him and the feeling is mutual, but can Gabby dare to dream for a family and future with Stefano if her past remains a very real threat and may have her leaving the people and place she loves?
This was such a wonderful read! I loved "catching up" with Maxx and Charly and everything that's been going on with them post-HEA, but the spotlight was most certainly on Stefano and Gabby--and Theo, too, of course! Feelings developed between our main characters pretty quickly, but Gabby's past was something that was like an ever-present rain cloud that could wash out everything that she's built for herself and her son. Stefano was super protective of the mother and child, and that was one of the things I adored most about him. I loved that Gabby was independent, but she also learned to embrace the support offered to her by others, realizing it wasn't a weakness to do so, and that there were those who were worth trusting. Aside from the romance, there's some suspense, and Melanie Moreland brought it all together nicely. I can't wait to read Brett's story in May, and fingers crossed for Chase's own book. Five stars go to Breaking the Speed Limit.
Read my reviews for the Reynolds Restoration series:
Revved to the Maxx (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Breaking the Speed Limit (book two) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 31 March 2022
Date Read: 28 March 2022
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