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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson

Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson
Publisher: Avon Romance
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (354 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

Trouble . . .

Chelsea Ross's acting career has been a total bust. The closest she ever came to stardom was her brilliant performance as "Pretty Dead Girl #1." But leaving Hollywood to become the personal assistant to a famous hockey player could be her stupidest career move ever.

More trouble . . .

Injured superstar Mark Bressler's glory days are over. The bad-boy ex-jock could at least be civil to the pint-sized, pink-haired bombshell who the Seattle Chinooks hired to be his P.A. If Chelsea didn't need the money, she'd be running from the world's biggest jerk as fast as her feet could carry her.

Big trouble!

Chelsea can deal with Mark's rotten attitude and dark moods. The problem is those biceps and that red-hot bod! And when the bad boy starts to put the moves on her, Chelsea knows it's time she banished him to the penalty box . . . if only she could resist the kind of trouble he has in mind!

Chelsea Ross is an amazing, unique, stubborn, smart, woman with more moxie than I could dream of having. She’s the heroine of Nothing But Trouble and she made this book worth every moment I spent reading it.

That’s not to say our hero, Mark Bressler, wasn’t worthwhile. Despite his perpetual annoyance, we understand why he is the way he is.

Rachel Gibson skillfully created a complete, realistic and very human cast in this book. The plot was thoroughly engaging as well, and I loved to read along while watching as Chelsea and Mark fumbled their way from dislike, to grudging respect to genuine friendship with a healthy dose of attraction that had me running for the fan to cool off.

While the plot itself wasn’t that full of anything unusual, the characters kept me turning pages. And, not just the main ones. I loved Chelsea’s twin sister, Bo. I fell a little in love with Jules. And Derek’s desperate need for Mark’s approval both broke my heart and made me finally see the good man Mark really was.

The hoops Mark made Chelsea jump through as his assistant made me grin, and the way Chelsea just hunkered down and took whatever he threw at her was awesome. That Mark was the only person who “got” Chelsea was the clincher, though, and I was really pulling for them to get their HEA.

This book wasn’t an intellectual challenge. It wasn’t exciting or nerve-wracking or thought provoking. What it was, though, was simply a really amazing, feel good, fun, sexy romance. A story with quirky characters, and some of them fell in love.

Nothing But Trouble was simply a book I completely enjoyed reading.