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Publisher's Summary

Brett—the quiet loner. Content with life in his small town and a job he loves—except for the one thorn in his side.

Kelly—the world traveler that pops in and out of his life, taking a small piece of his heart with him every time. Until the day she comes back, broken and adrift. 

Can he show her there is more to life than bright lights and endless wandering? Could his heart be enough to finally tame the restless need to run? Or will she break his heart all over again and leave?

Author's Note: A found family story that can help make the heart heal. Book three of Reynolds Restoration.

©2022 Moreland Books Inc (P)2022 Moreland Books Inc

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Melanie Moreland delivers a beautifully compelling and sexy second chance romance.

Melanie Moreland writes some of the most beautiful stories. If you are ever feeling down or doubtful that true love exists, just find one of her titles, and by the last page you will be completely convinced that love is all around us. Shifting Gears is no exception.

Shifting Gears is Book 3 of the Men of Reynolds Restorations series. Breaking the Speed Limit (Book 2) gave us a few hints about something brewing between Brett and Kelly and I was happy to see they would be getting their own story.

When two people drawn to each other agree to have a strictly physical relationship, what could possibly go wrong? With such a strong connection it’s impossible to prevent feelings from developing. But when they do, Kelly’s first instinct is to run. Her job as a photographer gives her a perfect excuse as she's always taking off for assignments in far away places.

After the scene replays itself one too many times for Brett, who is ready to build a real relationship with Kelly, he’s done. But when Kelly arrives back in town in a bad situation and in need of friends, he can’t help but be drawn back into her orbit, despite his own promises to himself to keep his heart safe from her. And let me tell you, when Brett finally gives in to his desires, be prepared! The chemistry between the two of them off the charts!

John Lane and Maxine Mitchell do an absolutely wonderful job portraying Brett and Kelly. It really does seem that they were made to speak Ms. Moreland’s words. Both easily navigate the busy family scenes giving distinct voices to each character and when it’s time to turn up the heat they more than deliver!!!

What I absolutely love about this series is the attention Moreland gives to family bonds. And not just family by blood, but friends like family too. Charly and Kelly’s friendship runs so deep and she shows just how far she is willing to go to help her friend in need. The interactions between Brett, Stefano, Maxx, and Chase are hilarious and also real. The teasing, the exasperation, and most importantly, the love is all there. And Theo, of course, is back with his innocent observations which had me chuckling on more than one occasion. I also loved seeing feelings develop between Brett’s father and Rosa and the struggle for the “boys” to accept their parents' desire for companionship at their stage in life.

Shifting Gears is a perfect second chance romance! I’m so glad that the next book in the series is coming soon. I can’t get enough of the Reynold’s Restorations crew.

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One Great Listen!

Second Chances and a found family romance with another fabulous couple! Brett and Kelly have such great chemistry, and they really bring the heat. They are also an exercise in frustration at times, especially when they tiptoe around each other and make assumptions (you know what they say about assuming something, right?). Of course, this is a Melanie Moreland couple, and I love them all, so even while I wanted to shake the daylights out of one or both of them, I really, really wanted them to work. They do have a couple of hurdles to get over along with some trauma to work through, but they've got a terrific found family around them to provide support. So, yes, if you're familiar with the series, you'll get to visit some past favorites - I was thrilled to see Theo, little scene-stealer that he is. And if you're new to the series, get ready because once you meet these characters, you will want to know each couple's story. Chase is coming up next, and I can not wait to get my hands on his book!
Pair this engaging romance with the voices of Maxine Mitchell and John Lane and it's an unbeatable combination. Whatever the emotion or situation - dealing with trauma, heartbreak, falling in love, flirting, sexy fun - Lane and Mitchell are batting a thousand. Between the writing and the performance, I was right there with Kelly and Brett for all the ups and downs, all the take your breath away moments - all of it, and it was one great listen.

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Great story and great narration

Whenever I pick up a Melanie Moreland book, I know I am in for an entertaining read that will quickly draw me in and keep me invested. Shifting Gears was well written with characters whose story you cannot help but become hooked on. It was so good to be back in The Reynold’s Restoration world for Brett and Kelly’s story.

One of my favourite parts of this series is that these people have come together and formed bonds that cannot be broken, they may not be family by blood, but they are family and it is this that adds to my reading enjoyment.

I loved these characters and the connection that sizzles between Brett and Kelly is intense, impossible to ignore. Kelly is a strong, sassy,woman who has been through a lot. Whilst I fell hard and fast for Brett, he really stole my heart.

From the first word to the last I was hooked. The banter between them is fun, and there was so much love that I felt like I had a permanent smile on my face. I thought Stefano was my favourite but Brett may well beat him. Agreeing to a no strings relationship with Brett, Kelly is determined to keep her heart safe, but sometimes no matter how hard you try, you still fall.

John Lane and Maxine Mitchell did a fantastic job with their performances and in bringing this story to life for me. Their voices are easy to listen to and they certainly did justice to the characters with their passionate and at times emotional narration.

I loved catching up with the other couples, these characters feel like family and this was a wonderful addition to one of my favourite series.

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Great story and narration

I am so, so glad Melanie Moreland decided to continue the Renyold's Restorations series. After reading Revved to the Maxx there were characters whose stories I was hoping for, and Shifting Gears did not disappoint!

I liked getting to know Brett and Kelly better and how their connection grew even as she left each time to travel for work. When she returns this time it was interesting seeing their relationship grow and how they fell more and more for one another. They had such fantastic chemistry and I was excited to find out how they would get their HEA.

Of course there are plenty of appearances by characters from previous books in the series and I really enjoyed catching up with them as well.

I can't recommend this book and series enough! Melanie is one of my favorite authors and I loved this book.

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Beautiful and Heartfelt

Brett and Kelly were the cutest! I loved their story so much and this series is such a beautiful heartfelt series. Melanie Moreland captures my heart again with her captivating writing. Brett and Kelly had a complicated history. She broke his heart years back when she left him once and now she is back again. Kelly has had a horrible experience with her former boss who is now blackmailing her and stealing her work. Brett and Kelly have a lot to work through but eventually find their way back to each other. This audiobook is narrated by John Lane and Maxine Mitchell. These two narrators have become a favorite duo to listen to. I love how they bring Brett & Kelly to life. John Lane’s voice is always a perfect mixture of alpha and tenderness. Maxine Mitchell does an excellent job capturing Kelly’s fears, but also her determination to start over and let love in. This story is definitely a great weekend listen. You will fall in love with Melanie Moreland’s stories like I did.

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John Lane made Brett sexy as hell

I absolutely loved this story. Then listening to John Lane read as Brett just made it that much better. I love Brett and Kelly’s story. It had all the feels. Another slam dunk by Melanie Moreland

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It’s always a pleasure listening to Melanie books

This is a lovely listening. It’s super funny, sweet, romantic, and is in there a little bit of heartbreak too, but the love is huge! One of the best romcom. Reynolds Restoration is a big happy family and to my eternal happiness they keep growing. Brett is really the most perfect person for Kelly, he gives her a purpose ever when neither of them knows it. Their chemistry is definitely hot and beyond description. We meet them from previous books, in this serie and I knew their story will be perfect. Melanie don’t disappointed me here. Brett, Stefano, Maxx and Chase are definitely family to each other. The banter between Stefano and Brett because of Theo questions are amazingly funny! I laugh so hard while reading some chapters, specially the 14th. You’ll gonna love them more. And you’ll love Theo more in this book, is inevitable; with all the questions and comments hahaha he’s the best. Charly, Gabby and Kelly are the perfect group of friends. The HEA here is awesome!!! Can wait for Chase and Occifer Cinnamon’s (lol) story!!!

JOHN LANE and MAXINE MITCHELL always make an amazing performance.

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What a story!!!

I absolutely loved this second chance romance. It is a feel good love story with a difference. It’s not another boy meets girl and lives happily ever after. It shows the ups and downs of life and how things aren’t always perfect. It also shows if you stop fighting the emotions and stop running, just how amazing life can betogether. Kelly & Brett stole my heart so easily and had me invested and obsessed with them. This book was impossible to put down, it engulfs you and drags you into the characters lives. What a story! I LOVED everything about this book; the banter, the friendship, the love, the swoon-worthy moments, even the pain & the heartbreak. This book (the entire series, honestly) is an absolute MUST read!!! Maxine Mitchell & John Lane do an amazing job portraying the characters, bringing them to life and humanizing them with their emotions, attitude and personality. They do more than giving their characters their voices, they fall into the roles and become the character.

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Another Great Addition to the Series!

This is the third book in the Reynolds Restorations series, a series of interconnected stories. I love this series! I read it and loved it. The audiobook version beautifully brings this story to life. Brett and Kelly's story is sweet, sexy, and, heartwarming. They are both interesting characters. Their push and pull relationship is filled with ups and downs. The storyline has family drama, and a little suspense. The supporting characters are great. I loved to see again the characters from the first books. Maxine Mitchell and John Lane did an amazing job with the narration. They definitely are on my list of favorite narrators. I enjoyed it. The scenes with Chase and 'Occifer Cinnamon/Officer Gallagher' was hilarious, and I am looking forward to listening to Under the Radar, Chase's story, the next book in the series. I highly recommend this series.

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Another one to love

I loved this book. I pretty much love all of Melanie Morelands books. This had just the right amount of angst. Perfect amount of passion and I loved Brett and Kelly but most of all I enjoy keeping the old characters such a great part of it. Not much I disliked. Maybe Kelly could have been quicker to admit her love for Brett. But I loved the way she stood up to Carl but made the sacrifice she made with her pictures. I hope we hear more of Carls demise in the next book. Like Wess, he shouldn’t get away with what he did.

But this is one I’ll listen over and over too.

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  • Pamela Waddell
  • 08-07-22

Sizzling

Another phenomenal performance from John Lane & Maxine Mitchell. As if Melanie's writing wasn't amazing enough they come along to draw out every nuance of her words.

Third book in the Reynold's Restorations series and thing just keep getting better. Brett & Kelly have amazing chemistry but fear and history is standing in the way of their HEA.

With a bit of everything, humour, romance, emotion with a dash of heartbreak. An interesting back story, secondary characters that are part of the family and the little scene stealer Theo.

Roll on book 4 is all I can say!

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  • One Loves Reading
  • 06-28-22

📚♥️ Reynolds Restoration MUST LISTEN & READ🎧♥️

🎧 Maxine Mitchelle & John Lane are 2 of my fav narrators and love that they are doing the whole series. Maxine & John balance each other perfectly from performance to different voices for each character. They brought to life my fav characters and Reynolds Restoration world. You will not be disappointed with this listen and the series

Brett and Kelly love story is a complex second chance romance. Now I am not going to lie I did not like Kelly cause she broke Brett's heart. Then we got her POV and she broke my heart too and this when we learn that this is not only a love story but a self discovery one too

Trying not to spoil too much but both Brett & Kelly start to learn what each others needs to heal from the bound that was broken and learning that love can overcome anything. There is a magical red head called Charly /Red who had a little hand into their love story...basically she got them to open their eyes more. Not only is this a second chance but a healing one too because, Kelly went through a serious incident that threatens her photograph career and herself...no spoilers

I loved Charly since book 1 "Revved By Maxx" and I love her even more cause she does protect the ones she loves from hacking a computer to getting her gaint husband Maxx to scare people 😄 she is best friendship goals

Awww Chase, he went through a lot of character development since book1 and I can feel how much he appreciates Maxx and Charly for a second chance. His story is next which I can not wait cause officer Cinnamon...I mean Officer Hannah Gallagher got me very excited just after their first scene together 😄🥰 and I want know what happened that cause him to drink so much?

I love Melanie's books so much because they will make you smile & give you comfort that there are good people out there. Yes their is a sweet love story and friendships that are more like family. I love a strong friendships too in a romance which is why I love her worlds

☆MUST READ & FAV & LISTEN☆

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  • Tracy ~ Book Loving Pixies
  • 06-25-22

Loved it

I loved Melanie’s “Shifting Gears” when I read the ebook and I enjoyed it even more listening to John Lane & Maxine Mitchell…. They were fab and really brought Brett & Kelly to life!!!

There’s just something about listening to an audio recording of a book you’ve already read and loved!!!
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  • Josie82
  • 06-14-22

Audio brings this story to life

This third Reynold’s Restorations book brings us back to the characters we’ve known and loved from the first two books. Brett and Kelly’s relationship was teased in Breaking the Speed Limit and we finally get to know their story and get their happily ever after. Does this book stand alone? Definitely in that Brett and Kelly get their happily ever after. But in this more than any other story, I think you really would benefit from having read the prior books - just to get a sense of the friends, family and the group dynamics.

I first read the ebook and have now moved onto the audiobook. As usual, Ms Moreland has gone with the incomparable John Lane and Maxine Mitchell as her narrators for our tale. It’s told in duet narration with each reading the chapter told from their character’s point of view.

Our story starts with Kelly returning from her latest travel adventure and getting a less than warm welcome from Brett. Having had his heart broken by Kelly’s leaving one too many times, Brett decides that the pair should be cordial and no more. Luckily for us readers, that vow lasts a hot minute and soon they’re back to being unable to keep away from each other. Maxine Mitchell does a great job of voicing Kelly. She gets a good blend of strength and vulnerability in her performance and even more so than the book, I really felt the struggle and indecision Kelly experiences.

Kelly and Brett being unable to keep away from each other also means not being able to keep their hands off each other and let me tell you - It. Is. Hot. The first chapter has a bit of a, well, reputation, as being particularly NSFW. And then add in John Lane reading those words to you. I tell you right now - you WILL be a puddle on the floor. And love every minute of your demise!

Brett is a typical Reynold’s Restoration hero - he’s big, gruff and very much an alpha protector. But he’s also a big softie and isn’t afraid to show or tell his feelings. Kelly is his kryptonite and that made him a little crazy (in a good way) trying to protect his heart but also wanting to follow it. Simply put - I loved him. The aforementioned voice God, John Lane, reads Brett’s part and hooo boy does he do it well. He’s got a deliciously gruff voice but still manages to change up his voice, sounding more feminine when voicing Kelly, Charley etc. And from this book, I also realise that Mr Lane does a hilarious drunk voice. He really helps bring this story to life for me.

This is quite a simple tale with just the right about of angst and drama. There’s always something going on within this big group of friends and family and read to you, their shenanigans are all the funnier! Theo’s observations cracked me up as usual, and Stefano and Brett’s brotherly battles were extra funny when you hear the emotion behind them. With all that, there’s such a warmth to the story, the writing and the reading. Melanie Moreland writes worlds that I want to wrap myself up and live in - which is exactly what you feel you’re doing when you listen to the audio.

This book is another fantastic story of true love overcoming the odds and I would highly recommend it - even if you have to read the first two books in the series (Revved to the Maxx and Breaking the Speed Limit) first! As always, the narrators really bring Ms Moreland’s characters and stories to life, and you will just grab any chance to get another bit of this story in your ears. Another sure fire winner all round - 5 well-deserved stars.

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  • Diane S.
  • 06-08-22

Quiet Brett Conner has his chance for an HEA

Quiet Brett Conner has his chance for an HEA in Shifting Gears.

I loved this story. It is sweet, swoony, funny and packs an emotional punch.
Charly’s best friend Kelly Ryerson arrives back in Littleburn homeless, jobless, recovering from being sick and with a secret she doesn’t want to share.

“I was searching. But I had no idea what I was searching for until I almost lost it.”

Brett and Kelly have an off and on history of hot and heavy that always lasts until Kelly’s next big job pulls her away again. But Brett is tired of having his heart broken and doesn’t want to open himself up to that again.

“We all need a place, Kelly. Somewhere safe to call home. Someone to call our own.”

It was wonderful to revisit the families & found family of Reynold’s Restoration! Theo kept me laughing and Charly tried to steal the show of course.
I listened to this audiobook as a reread and loved the story even more with the addition of John Lane and Maxine Mitchell’s wonderful narration!
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