Hero: Mark Bressler
Heroine: Chelsea Ross
From the Publisher:
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.
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!
I’m a huge contemporary romance fan and Rachel Gibson is one of my favorite contemporary authors. Her hockey books are always such a fun way to spend a few hours and she never disappoints. I’m happy to say that she did another fabulous job writing Mark Bressler’s story.
Mark was in a horrific car accident that has ended his hockey career. Instead of being happy that he’s alive, he can’t help but feel bitter that his chances for winning the Stanley Cup with his team are gone. Slowly, that bitterness is eating him up until the Chinook’s organization send Chelsea Ross into his life.
Chelsea Ross is Mini Pit’s twin sister. Mini Pit works in PR for the Chinooks and she’s like a mini pit bull, always working on something and always business. Chelesa on the other hand is the carefree sister who is pursuing an acting career in Hollywood but has only been able to land jobs as the slutty sorority girl in horror films. She’s the ultimate scream queen but she wants to do more serious roles and she wants to be a serious actress. It’s hard to do that when she’s got huge knockers and that’s all anyone ever sees. After a disastrous end to an assistant job in L.A. she takes her sister up on being the assistant to a recovering hockey player who isn’t nice.
Chelsea needs the job but she wants the bonus money even more. She has some serious plans for that bonus money and she’s not going to let a surly hockey player keep her from getting it so she plunges her way into Mark’s life and the sparks start flying.
Mark isn’t happy about Chelsea any more than Chelsea is happy about Mark but watching Chelsea bulldoze her way into Mark’s life was so much fun. I enjoyed watching these two fall in love. I loved Mark’s standoff attitude and Chelsea’s take no shit from anyone, including Mark’s attitude and I loved when she won over his team mates.
This book was a cute and fun book with a sweet romance that only Gibson can write. She had me all caught up in the romance between Mark and Chelsea. I couldn’t help but want them to get it right every time they got it wrong and I just enjoyed the hell out of this book.
Mark was a great contemporary hero. He wasn’t this perfect, I’m better than everyone and I know it kind of heroes. He was one of those broken men that needed a new purpose in life and wasn’t happy about it. Mark went from being the leader of the Chinook’s who was on the fast track to leading his players to a Stanley Cup win to a broken man who literally had to teach himself who to live as a disabled person. He had to depend on everyone for every little thing and he hated being dependent on people. He detested it but with Chelsea’s help, he got over it and he got over himself and I adored him.
Chelsea was a fantastic heroine, she was a go getter kind of heroine and I enjoyed getting to know her. She was exactly what Mark needed in his life and I loved that she was just this normal woman. She wasn’t this foxy model who always did the right thing, she was just like me and I adored her for it.
My one gripe about this book is the cover. I don’t know who that heroine is on the cover of this book but it’s not Chelsea. Chelsea wouldn’t have worn that outfit. Her clothes were brighter and much louder than that outfit and it just didn’t fit her personality. Other than that, I adored this book and can’t wait for another RG release.
Ooh, there are some recurring characters from previous books in this one and as always, I loved it! Rob Sutter, goodness it’s been so long since I’ve read about him makes an appearance and man was it good to catch up with him and Kate.
Would I recommend this book? Heck yes!
Grade: 4.5 out of 5
This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here.