Rachel Gibson – Any Man Of Mine

Seattle Chinooks Hockey

Book 6:
Any Man of Mine: Sam LeClaire and Autumn Haven
Summary:
Vegas 6 years ago:
Autumn was on vacation in Las Vegas trying to relax after a grueling past two years and subsequent death of her mother. She wanted to see the sites, see Cher and ride the New York New York roller coaster, instead she found herself riding something far more pleasurable. When Sam saw Autumn dancing on the Pure dance floor he knew he had to have her. After an intense passionate weekend What Happened in Vegas didn’t stay there. Autumn woke up alone in bed at the Caesar’s Palace married to an A-hole and preggers. 
Present Day:
After the divorce and Connors birth Sam and Autumn haven’t been able to be in the same room with each other without wanting to do bodily damage. But two years have passed since they last saw each other and they are both calmer now. When they meet at a wedding they are able to have a civil conversation. After a comment from Autumn, Sam realizes he has become the father he never wanted to be and set about to change that. Which brings him and Autumn together more and the sparks fly, just like they did 6 years ago. But are sparks enough to get passed the past? 
Review:
So it is no secret that I love me some Rachel Gibson, she never disappoints me. Every book she has written I have thoroughly enjoyed if not completely loved. This one I love, it’s not my favorite but it is definitely up there. 
On several levels I can maybe not necessarily completely relate to Autumn and Sam but certainly understand some of their choices. Living only a few hours from Vegas myself I have been there several times so I can totally see, how these two got totally carried away and had an intense weekend of drinking and loving. They wouldn’t be the first two that has ever happened to, there is just something about Vegas that makes you throw caution into the wind and just go with it. Now does everyone who goes to Vegas end up in bed and married, absolutely not! However; with the vibe of Vegas compounded with the emotional trauma of losing loved ones recently that both Autumn and Sam were dealing with, it’s a possible outcome. They were lonely, depressed and running from real life, in each other they found what they needed and got carried away. I have also lost loved ones and anyone that has knows that sometimes you can lose yourself, and Sam certainly did. Autumn is a great mother and I’d be pretty pissed too, if I was left in a hotel room without even a good bye and then served divorce papers, and had to go through a lawyer to tell the man I married that I was pregnant. She should have kicked him in the ding a ling instead of just thinking about it. LOL! Sam once he realizes that he has become the father he never wanted to be he tries to right his wrongs, he doesn’t continue to be a douche, but instead becomes a good father to his child. I can respect that.
I did see flashes of Simply Irresistible in this book, maybe for the first couple of chapters I was afraid that I was going to be reading SI again with different characters, but it quickly changed and became its own story. I enjoyed seeing past Chinooks again, esp Mini Pit and Short Boss, Chelsea is one of my favorites of this series so I was happy to see her. I really enjoyed the introduction of Vince, Autumns brother and I think and hope he will be getting a book of his own. I really think he would make a great main character with his own HEA. I really enjoyed the Vegas scenes, it brought back my own Vegas memories and I knew all the places RG was writing about. This book in general has a different feeling from RG’s other books. I would say it’s a little deeper and has more emotional complexities and maybe not as light hearted but it still has plenty of RG’s usual humor!
Rating
4.5 Orchids out of 5
Advertisements

Nora Roberts – Born In Ice

Born In Sisters Trilogy:
Book 2:
Born in Ice: Brianna Concannon and Grayson Thane
 
Summary:
Brianna is the second daughter to the Concannon’s, she was born of duty and church. Brianna is nothing if not dutiful. All of her life she has been at her mother’s beck and call.  Finally, due to Maggie’s success as a glass artist, Brianna has some space from her overbearing mother.  Brianna now runs a successful B&B and finds much satisfaction from that life, her house is always filled with people just as she likes it, but she can’t help but feel a little bit lonely and she longs for a family of her own but accepts that will likely never happen. Her one chance left 10 years earlier. Grayson Thane is a bestselling author and a gypsy. He never stays in one place too long, he lives by living in the now, not thinking of yesterday or tomorrow.  On a whim he decides to stay at Brianna’s B&B for the next couple of months while he is writing his book. What he doesn’t count on is the incredible pull to the land and especially to his beautiful land lady. The attraction between the two is instant and it is fierce, but Grayson is a man that will never stay in one place, and Brianna is firmly planted in her home, something between these two can never work, or can it?
Review:
Brianna is calm cool and collected, she knows what is expected of her and she does not deviate from that. After the heart break from the man that left her right before their wedding, Brianna wraps herself in ice that few men could ever penetrate. Good thing Gray is no ordinary man, he’s that guy that walks into a bar and makes friends with everyone, the guy you can’t help but like. But you know that anything with his is temporary, but man while it lasts there is nothing better! Gray is instantly likeable, and it’s no wonder Brianna falls for him. Brianna gives Gray, everything he thought he never wanted, but the pull to her is something he can’t stop.  You hope these two can work it out despite their differences but it just doesn’t look good, their lives are too different and it doesn’t seem like they can overcome that hurdle. Brianna can’t leave and Gray can’t stay.
Rating:
4.5 orchids out of 5

Nora Roberts – Born in Fire

Born In Sisters Trilogy:

Book 1:
Born In Fire: Margaret Mary Concannon and Rogan Sweeny

 
Summary:
Maggie was born in a flash of fire and passion between two people who found that they were not suited for each other. Beliefs in church and tradition keep those two together to the misery of all involved.  That flash of passion and misery shaped Maggie into what she is today: a passionate, stubborn, hard headed, very talented glass artist. Maggies lives simply on her families land next to her sister in the West Counties of Ireland. Rogan as the head of Worldwide Industries and Worldwide Galleries see brilliance when he first sees M.M. Concannon’s work, he knows that he wants her exclusively for Worldwide, now if he can only get her to agree. Maggie doesn’t want what Rogan is offering, but she needs it. With Rogan all of her dreams can come true (especially the one of getting her mother out of her sisters house), but she doesn’t have to like it.

Review:
I adore this book; it’s my favorite of the series. I don’t know how many times I have read it.  Maggie is hot headed and bad tempered most of the time, but she is a woman that knows what she wants and for now she wants Rogan. She is all fire, passion and temper and take Rogan on a wild ride. Rogan is Maggie’s opposite, cool, calm, and controlled. But with Maggie he finds all that control slipping through his fingers. The passion and conflicts between these two will keep you entertained from beginning to end. The subplot dealing with Maggie’s family is heartbreaking. Growing up as Maggie did is enough to break your heart, knowing that you weren’t wanted and because of you two lives were ruined is a hard knowledge to grow up with.  It’s no wonder Maggie is a hardcore commitment phob. But Rogan is so good for her; steady, sure, her rock, someone to count on. He’s the calm to her storm.

Rating:
5 orchids out of 5

Rachel Gibson – The Trouble with Valentine’s Day

Seattle Chinooks Hockey Series:

The Trouble with Valentine’s Day: Rob Sutter and Kate Hamilton
Summary:
Kate has come to a crossroads in her life. After a long stream of boyfriends that went nowhere and a job, she can no longer do because she feels partially responsible for a horrific murder. As a private investigator, she tracked down a man’s family which he ended up killing (and she thought he was so normal), after that she packed up her life to go to the wilderness of Gospel, Idaho, where her grandfather owns a small grocery store. On the trip to Gospel she stopped at a ski lodge one town over on Valentine’s Day night.  Tired of her past mundane and now non-existent sex life, she’d like to live out just one of her fantasies. When a man straight out of her fantasies with his rugged good looks, bulging muscles and tattoo sits next to her, she decides to take a risk and proposition him. Rob is a former hockey enforcer for the Seattle Chinooks, after a groupie stalked and shot him several times ending his hockey career. Rob moved to Gospel, Idaho, to be near his nurse mother for rehab and ended up liking it and staying there permanently. On his annual ski trip with buddies, he sits next to a bombshell redhead (He was always a sucker for a red head) with legs up to her ears. When she propositions him, he is first aroused and then angry. After almost being killed by a one night stand, he is no longer willing to risk his life for sex and he abruptly, declines and leaves, mad that he was even tempted to take her up on her offer. After Kate is so rudely rejected, she is incredibly embarrassed, never in her life has she been so humiliated! For a couple of weeks after “the incident” she consoles herself with the fact that at least she will never see that man again, until, he walks right into the grocery store where she is working. Rob is just as surprised to see the red head as she is to see him, when her grandfather introduces them, can we say awkward! Kate is looking just as gorgeous as he remembered and there was no way he was forgetting that red head, she kept him up several nights! After Kate’s huge embarrassment with Rob, she wishes she could hate him, but her stubborn attraction to the man just won’t seem to go away and that infuriates her. Despite himself Rob finds himself liking her more and more as the weeks pass. But is this new found like enough for him to get past the fact that you just can’t trust woman, after all one went crazy and shot him, ending his career, his marriage and almost his life.

Summary:
Ok so this is one of my favorite Rachel Gibson books. I love sassy, smart a$$ woman characters and Kate is definitely that! She keeps Rob on his toes and gives him no breaks. When he is out of line she puts him in his place. It’s fun to see an alpha male put in his place from time to time. Rob has a lot of hang ups that he has to work through, after the shooting he is understandably damaged inside and out. He goes through an inner struggle and Kate helps him through it, just by being herself. Like Kate I also have a thing for rugged, tattooed, muscled men! Yummy! Rob has this tattoo, which just begs to be licked! Oops did I just say that out loud? Lucky Kate, she gets to, and everywhere else! Which brings me to the passion! These two steam up the pages, well they would if it was possible. Nowhere is safe from these two, including the grocery store aisles. Clean up in aisle 3 please! This read will not disappoint! I cannot say enough good things about Rachel Gibson!

Rating:
5 orchids out of 5

Rachel Gibson – Nothing But Trouble

Seattle Chinooks Hockey Series:

Nothing But Trouble: Mark Bressler and Chelsea Ross

Summary:
Mark Bressler should have died that night of the car accident, some days he wishes he had. As the former Captain of the Chinooks hockey team, he feels seriously cheated as his team wins the Stanley Cup without him.  It was his one dream in life and in one minute during an icy night that was all taken from him. Chelsea, is an out of work actress that decides to take a break from the LA scene and goes to Seattle to stay with her twin sister Bo who works for the Chinooks Hockey team. Almost immediately Chelsea finds herself working for Chinooks as Mark Bressler’s glorified babysitter. He has been such a pain in the a$$ that they cannot find any other nurses willing to go to his home and they even through a $10,000.00 bonus if she can make it 3 months with the man. Chelsea is used to being a PA for C list actors, is there anything worse than that? The answer is yes, and it comes in the form of Mark Bressler! At first the two can’t stand each other, but Chelsea needs that $10,000 so she puts up with Marks rude, crude ways. For Mark, Chelsea is an annoying pest he doesn’t want around but little by little she starts getting under his skin. Suddenly Mark isn’t as big as a douche as Chelsea thought he was and an attraction starts forming between these two. I mean how long can Chelsea really resist those rock hard abs?! Chelsea refuses to be one of “those” assistants that get involved with their boss. What a cliché but how long can she resist, Marks not so charming, charms…
Review:
I love love love this book! I think it may even be my favorite of the Chinook Series, but it has some fierce competition from “See Jane Score” and the “Trouble with Valentine’s Day”. I cannot pin point exactly what makes me love this book so much. Maybe it’s the dynamic between Mark and Chelsea, the instant annoyance which gradually gives away to more. Or how Mark is in such a dark place in his life, but Chelsea with her bright clothes and pit bull personality manage to bring him out of his deep depression. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose the only dream you ever had because of a freak accident. I love how R. Gibson seemlessly manages to insert today’s pop culture into each of her novels. I have to say I read this book twice within the first 24 hours. I read it as soon as it came out and within 24 hours I had read it again, I loved it that much! I don’t think I had ever done that before or since!
My only piece of critism is I am not sure I like the direction of R. Gibson’s new cover art. I think I like the old school cover art a little better, but I’m still on the fence.
Rating:
5 Orchids out of 5

Rachel Gibson – Daisy’s Back In Town

Daisy’s Back In Town: Jackson Parrish and Daisy Lee Monroe
 
Summary:
Daisy, Jackson and Steven grew up together in Lovett, Texas. They were the best of friends growing up, until.. Once summer Daisy came back from visiting relatives looking all grown up and the most beautiful thing they have ever seen. Immediately Jackson and Steven noticed the change and all of the sudden Daisy was a potential wedge between the two friends. They made a pact that neither one of them would peruse Daisy, but Daisy was having none of that when she set her sights on Jackson. For months Jackson and Daisy carried on behind Steven’s back. Their affair was a fire; it was hot and out of control. The passion was fiery and the jealously was intense.  The rollercoaster relationship was scary for both Daisy and Jackson who did not know how to handle their intense feelings.  When tragedy struck Jackson’s family he felt like he was drowning and told Daisy he needed space. Daisy received some disturbing news of her own. Scared out of her mind Daisy went to Steven and he suggested they get married and she go to Washington State with him. Not knowing what else to do, she agrees.
15 years later Steven has passed away after a long hard battle with cancer. Daisy has returned to Lovett, with a letter for Jackson and news that she has been avoiding telling him for 15 years. Now if only she can get Jackson alone for a minute so she can do what she has come to Lovett to do. Jackson is having none of Daisy! She blew his whole world apart when she ran off with his best friend 15 years ago just days after both of his parents were killed. That was a wound that he thought was closed up, but with Daisy’s return he realized that Daisy and Steven’s betrayal cut deeper than he thought and even worse whenever Daisy is around the fire still burns hotly enough to scorch these two…
Review:
As per usual Rachel Gibson shines with this book. I have read this book several times. Jackson is actually one of my favorite males from all of Gibson’s novels. He is a good old boy, who is tall, gorgeous and restores vintage American cars. And drives a Shelby! I have a secret weakness (well I guess it’s not a secret anymore) when it comes to classic muscle car! And it’s even worse with Mustangs. I still remember watching “Gone in 60 Seconds” and Eleanor! There is this one scene with Jackson, Daisy and a custom Lancer, and that’s all I’m saying! Daisy seems a little cowardly but she seems to find her backbone by the end. However, if I had the history that she has with Jackson, I don’t think I would have been all that forthcoming either and would drag my feet.  It’s one of the things I like about R. Gibson, her characters are believable, and they have faults and insecurities just like real people. I think that’s one of the reasons a reader can relate so well to the characters of any of R. Gibson’s books. As with all R. Gibson’s books there is her trademark humor present. When you least expect it, she’ll throw in a one liner or some smart a$$ comment and there you are laughing. And her secondary characters are no slouches either; they have their own personalities and hold their own. In this novel some honorable mentions have to go to Daisy’s mom and sister, they are also quite funny and eccentric. This is a must read from R. Gibson’s collection.
What I don’t like: The only problem I have with R. Gibson’s writing is that we only get one book a year! That’s just not enough! I mean can we work out a once every 6 months, or even every 9 months?!?! I mean I need my fix!!
Rating:
5 orchids out of 5

Johanna Lindsey – Tender Rebel

Tender Rebel: Anthony Malory and Roslynn Chadwick

 
Summary:
After Roslynn grandfather passes and leaves his entire estate to her instead of her cousin Gordie; she fears Gordie will come after her and force her into an unwanted marriage. Roslynn leaves Scotland in the middle of the night for London, the last place she thinks Gordie will look to find herself a husband, not only to protect herself from her cousin but to also honor her grandfathers dying wish. From the moment the notorious rake Anthony Malory see’s the beautiful Roslynn he knows he must possess her. He has never has such a strong reaction to a woman. Even when Roslynn expresses that she must get married and he will not do at all, he still does not give up… Even if he has to marry her…

Review:
This is I believe the 2nd book in the Malory series, following up Anthony’s niece Regina’s book. I have to say Johanna Lindsey is one of the premier writers of historical romance, she has a way of writing that you feel like you are in the time period along with the characters. The Malory family as a whole is endearing and Anthony is no exception, although, I do have to admit a certain fondness for James Malory, who is featured in this novel quite often. There is a surprising amount of intrigue in this book, with Roslynn’s, inept cousin Gordie after her. Anthony and Roslynn steam up the pages, their chemistry is as explosive as Roslynns temper. Which as a Scottish lass is quite explosive! And let me tell you this little woman knows how to hold a grudge and is probably the only female that has been able to bring the infamous Anthony Malory to heel!

Rating:
4 orchids out of 5