Crazy On You – Rachel Gibson

Crazy On You

“Lily Darlington’s been called crazy in her day—and, yeah, driving her car into her ex-husband’s living room probably wasn’t the smartest move ever made—but the louse deserved it. Now Lily is happily single, and she’s turned it all around. She knows she’s a good mom, a homeowner, and a businesswoman, all wrapped up in one good-looking package. 

A package that police officer Tucker Matthews is dying to unwrap. This ex-military man sure doesn’t need another woman in his life. His last girlfriend left him with nothing but memories and a cat named Pinky! But living next door to Lily has been driving him nuts. He dreams about her long blonde hair and even longer legs. And maybe it’s time to go a little crazy . . . and fall in love.”

I bought this eBook from Amazon when it was available for the bargain price of just 99p (current price £1.99).  I always enjoy books by this author (you can read my reviews here) so I was looking forward to getting started.

Straight away I got a strong sense of Lily’s crazy and impulsive past, she appeared to have mellowed with age though and at this point she was a sensible mother and businesswoman.  The story was also told from Tucker’s point of view and I learned about his past which seemed to be just as eventful as Lily’s was.  I liked all of the characters, particularly Lily’s son Pippen and Tucker’s cat Pinky – any book with a pet always goes down well with me :).

As with all of Rachel Gibson’s books the main characters Lily and Tucker had fantastic chemistry, unfortunately this time I felt that everything moved a bit too quickly for my liking, although seeing as this book is a novella I guess it had to move along more swiftly than normal.

Crazy On You contained some strong language and sexual scenes so if you are likely to be offended by this then it probably isn’t for you.

This steamy, quick read was classic Rachel Gibson – complete escapism!

To find out more about the author visit her website.

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Simply Irresistible – Rachel Gibson

“Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé at the altar when she realizes she can’t marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it’s too late does he realize that he’s absconded with his boss’s bride. This bad boy isn’t looking to be anybody’s savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them—a night too sultry to resist temptation.

Seven years later, Georgeanne and John meet again. She is on her way to becoming Seattle’s domestic darling and he is past his hellraising days. Shocked to learn that he has a daughter, John’s determined to be part of her life. Georgeanne has loved John since the moment she jumped into his car, but will he risk the wrath of his boss, and one final chance at glory, to prove that this time his love will be everlasting?”

I’m a big fan of Rachel Gibson’s books, I’ve reviewed a couple of them here.  This particular book is the first in the Chinooks hockey team series so obviously I haven’t read them in order (highly unusual for me), I don’t think this matters though because they work so well as stand-alone books.

When I first read the blurb I thought it sounded similar to another of her books that I have read, it turned out that I was right because there definitely were quite a few similarities, however this didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book in any way.

Georgeanne was an interesting character – I felt sad when reading about her school troubles and I loved her southern charm.  I loved how much she talked and I could almost picture her babbling on in front of this masculine hockey player who really wasn’t much of a listener.  The connection between her and John was electric, they were complete opposites and I think that is what made them so interesting together.

My first impression of John was that he was arrogant and rude but there were hints at some kind of traumatic past which, when revealed, made me look at his behaviour in a new light.  The sexual scenes between John and Georgeanne were quite full on but I felt that it was appropriate and didn’t detract from the story.

Lexie was a brilliant character and reminded me so much of my own daughter, she was extremely cute and I loved how she wrapped her father around her little finger.  The pet shop incident was one of my favourite Lexie moments, it really got me giggling.

It may have been quite obvious where the storyline was heading but I enjoyed the journey nonetheless, there were times of sadness, laughter and sometimes anger, there were even a few ‘awwwww’ moments particularly towards the end – I wasn’t expecting such a romantic finish!

This was a fantastic read, another hit from Rachel Gibson.

I purchased Simply Irresistible for my Kindle from Amazon UK.

To find out more about Rachel Gibson visit her website here.

Nothing But Trouble – Rachel Gibson

 

This is the second book of Rachel Gibson’s that I have read and like the first it was an unputdownable read, it’s one of those books that you just need to know what happens next.

There are two main characters in this story, Chelsea Ross the out of work actress/celebrity PA and Mark Bressler the injured hockey superstar.  Chelsea is hired by Mark’s hockey team management to become his PA but Mark doesn’t think he needs help, he’s in a really dark place after the accident and is very rude to most people that he meets, seeing as she really needs the money though Chelsea sticks with it.

The relationship between Chelsea and Mark is at times very funny and full of chemistry, Chelsea is used to dealing with unreasonable people so she doesn’t let Mark get the better of her, this clearly annoys him even more because he is trying to get rid of Chelsea like he got rid of all the other hired help – by being rude and difficult!

I loved the banter between Chelsea and Mark and I really enjoyed reading about how their feelings changed towards one another throughout the book.  There were some very touching moments and also some very heated, sexual ones.

Another great book from Rachel Gibson – sexy and funny with some romance thrown in too.

 

Any Man of Mine – Rachel Gibson

 

Autumn Haven goes on holiday to Vegas, she meets a guy called Sam LeClaire, they have a fabulous time together, drunkenly get married and the next day he leaves her in the hotel room alone and goes back to his normal life.  Sam is a famous hockey star who loves the ladies and the lifestyle, the last thing he wants is to be tied down to a marriage so his lawyer arranges the divorce but then comes the shock that Autumn is pregnant with his baby!.

The book actually starts years later when Autumn is successfully running her own event-planning business and bringing up their child, Conner, by herself.  Sam looks after Conner now and then when it suits him but he has never been very reliable and he never picks Conner up himself – he sends his assistant.  They run into each other again at a wedding she’s in charge of and from there on in everything seems to change between them.

I really enjoyed this book, it’s a sexy and romantic story all rolled into one.  I found the single mum storyline empowering yet sad because it’s clear that Autumn wanted things to be different and she has been incredibly hurt by everything that Sam has put her through.

At the end of the story I felt satisfied that everything was how it should be and all loose ends were tied up so it was another enjoyable read for me.

I’m now looking forward to reading more of Rachel Gibson’s work.