5 Stars / Contemporary / Review

Review: Breaking the Speed Limit by Melanie Moreland

Single, but unsettled, Stefano Borelli, spends his days creating masterpieces loved by his clients. Surrounded by family and friends, his loneliness still plagues him.

Until she bursts into his life. A stubborn woman with too much baggage, too much to say, and a child in tow.

Far too much trouble.

Except, he likes her spark. The way she refuses to listen. How beautiful she is with her son. How right she feels in his arms.

The way she makes him feel whole.

Can he convince her to give love a second chance?

Title:Breaking the Speed Limit
Author:Melanie Moreland
Series:Reynolds Restoration (Book 2)
Trope(s):Opposites Attract
Single Parent Romance
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Release Date:31st March, 2022
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Another perfect romance

I am a huge fan of Melanie Moreland and adored Revved to the Maxx – the book that was originally a standalone and then turned into the first book of the Reynold’s Restoration series of which this is the second. For those who’ve read that book we get to catch up with Maxx, Charley and some other familiar faces, and get giddy with how life has and hasn’t changed. If you haven’t read the first book – you totally should – but you don’t need to, to understand and enjoy this story as it’s a complete standalone with its own HEA.

Our hero, Stefano, is a mechanic and a big guy to boot. Deliciously big with muscles for days. Don’t you just wish these books had pictures? Anyway, as well as that, he’s a sweet guy and is loyal and dependable to those he loves. From his first meeting with Gabby he’s smitten and I do adore a hero who appreciates a strong woman but still wants to take care of her and pamper her. Stefano was swoon-worthy and sigh-worthy. He even gave Noah (from Melanie Moreland’s Harvest of Love and my ultimate romance hero – like ever!) a run for his money.

Gabby is a heroine I didn’t have much in common with in regards to her circumstances, but she was so relatable in terms of her character. She was feisty, strong, independent and always going the extra mile to survive but also give her son the best life she possibly can. I loved her stubborn streak but even more, I loved how she so needed a man like Stefano to support her and take care of her. She deserved the love – even if she was reluctant to admit it at first!

“…everything that I wanted and need in a romance.”

Stefano and Gabby had an instant connection and that continued throughout the whole book. It was hot, it was steamy, it was funny and times and it was filled with all the emotions we feel between the pair. They were just perfect together and I’m getting giddy again just thinking about them.

I suppose you could class this as an insta-love story – or perhaps just an instant spark, as Stefano falls hard for Gabby from the first and they share a kiss almost immediately. Despite this, it always feel real and I believed in our couple’s story, their love and the happily ever after.

We get a whole host of secondary characters in this story – some we met in Revved to the Maxx and some brand new. They were all fantastic, working with the story and not overwhelming it. I’m always a bit wary of kids in stories but Theo was a cutie pie and made me smile – especially his relationship with Stefano. We also get a quick tease of Brett and Kelly who will be coming in Shifting Gears – another book I can’t wait for.

The cherry on the top of this book was the amazing epilogue which included everything I want to see – and everything I want for my own life: loving spouse, wonderful home, great friends and family and all-round happiness. Happy sighs and glowing hearts! Melanie Moreland has once again delivered a book that I just adored. It had everything that I wanted and need in a romance. Definitely 5 stars and another of my top picks for 2022.

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review

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 twenty-seven-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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