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Author Spotlight: The Writers Series by Rachel Gibson.

Posted November 24, 2010 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 3 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of the Writers series by Rachel Gibson.

Sex, Lies and Online Dating.

Hero: Quinn McIntyre
Heroine: Lucy Rothschild

What’s a homicide detective to do when tracking down a female serial killer who targets her victims via online dating sites? In Gibson’s breezy, formulaic new romance set in Boise, Idaho, said detective—handsome Quinn McIntyre—logs online and goes out on numerous first dates until he pinpoints the woman wacko enough to have committed the crimes. So begins the relationship between Quinn and Lucy Rothschild, a well-educated, 30-something professional who fits the killer’s profile. Quinn isn’t the only one with an agenda, however.

Lucy, a mystery writer, is doing research for her next novel, which coincidentally features a female serial killer and Internet dating. Mutual lust impedes both Quinn and Lucy’s plans, and mis-communication and the real serial killer serve as speed bumps on their path to love. While Gibson fast-paced romp is mildly entertaining, her flimsy plot doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, and her protagonists—the capable detective who’s married to his work and the smart female who’s been burned by a parade of Mr. Wrongs—never grow beyond their prescribed roles.

This is the first book in the writers series by Rachel Gibson and it’s a great beginning to a series that shaped up to be a great series. Quinn and Lucy were both interesting characters that kept me invested in their story straight through to the end. In this story, we’ve got the hero and the heroine both doing research and then meeting online, pretending to be someone they’re not. Sparks fly and before you know it, they’re banging each other and the fun is just beginning.

She’s a writer doing some research for her book and he’s a cop trying to nail the bad guy. They meet in an online chat room and are not prepared for what comes next. I love it!

Rachel Gibson does a great job of making you fall in love with her characters. She writes such engaging characters that keep you coming back for more and more. Quinn and Lucy are no different. Their story was cute, fun and enjoyable. This is the book where you meet Lucy’s writer friends and Gibson does a great job of making the reader curious about them so of course, you’re going to want to continue this series.

Grade: 4 out of 5

In in No Mood for Love.

Hero: Sebastian Vaughan
Heroine: Claire Wingate

What is Clare Wingate doing? One minute she’s suffering in a pretty-in-pink gown she’ll never wear again, and the next thing she knows it’s morning . . . and she’s lying next to Sebastian Vaughan, her girlhood crush turned sexy, globe-hopping journalist.

After finding her own fiancé in a compromising position with the washing machine repairman, Clare had the right to go wild. But Clare is in no mood for love—not even for lust—and wants to forget about Sebastian and his six-pack abs ASAP. But he isn’t in the mood to go away, and his kiss is impossible to forget.

Out of all of the books in this series, this book is my favorite. I loved everything about it. The childhood crush storyline is a storyline that I absolutely adore and if it’s written well then I can lose myself into the story each and every time. It’s exactly like that for me with this story every time that I read it.

So Clare catches her fiance’ in a compromising position which makes her get rip roaring drunk and flee for her life and then the next morning she wakes up and sees that she’s in Sebastian Vaughan’s hotel room and Sebastian Vaughan just happens to be her childhood crush. When they’re thrown together after all these years, things heat up and the story totally takes off.

I loved Sebastian. I thought he was the right amount of asshole and thoughtful sweetheart to make my heart go pitter patter. There was something about the way that he simply was that I eat up every time that I read this book and it’s like the more that I read this book, the more that I love Sebastian.

Clare was a great heroine, she was one of those heroines that you want to hang out with and she’s one of those heroines who isn’t perfect and that’s just the way that you like her. You like her despite how unperfect she is.

This book was cute and fun and had the right amount of everything to keep me one happy camper. The romance that blossomed between Sebastian and Clare was fantastic. I loved getting to know the both of them and by the end of the story, I was so damn happy for the both of them that I wanted to do a little happy dance. If you’re in the mood for a light, fluffy and totally enjoyable contemporary romance then you should definitely check this book out.

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

Tangled Up in You.

Hero: Mick Hennessy
Heroine: Maddie Dupree

Maddie is determined to uncover the untold story about the town’s sordid past—her past. As a child, Maddie lost everything, and now she’s back at the scene of the scandal—a local establishment that’s always belonged to the Hennessys—determined to uncover the truth, and nothing is going to stand in her way. Especially not a black-haired, blue-eyed Hennessy.

Everyone in Truly knows that the Hennessy men are irresistible, and the current owner, Mick, is no exception. His late father was a skirt-chasing heartbreaker who ended up causing disaster for two families. So far, Mick’s managed to keep the ladies in line, but when he claps eyes on Maddie, with her luscious curves and tempting lips, he can’t resist getting tangled up with her.

But Maddie is keeping secrets, not the least of which is her true reason for being in town. And when Mick discovers what‘s really going on, there is going to be a whole lot of trouble in Truly.

This is the third story in the writers series by Rachel Gibson and it’s another winner for me. While there were plenty of times when I was reading this that I thought that Maddie should have just manned up and told Mick who she was, I didn’t let that bother me too much. Yes, Maddie was dumb for not telling Mick the truth about her identity but for me, Mick more than made up for that.

He was so hot damn yummy that I could probably have forgiven the story anything just because he was in it. Rachel Gibson does such a great job of writing these heroes that I feel like such a little whore bag because I want them all.

In this story, Maddie goes back to the small town of Truly to uncover the truth about her past. She’s been gone for several years and she’s gone off to become a successful author and when she gets back to Truly, nobody recognizes her. While she’s there, she runs across Mick Hennessy and because he’s full of all kinds of yumminess she can’t help that her pants keep falling whenever he’s around.

Rachel Gibson makes it very easy to fall into these stories. They’re not perfect but they’re so entertaining that you just zip right through the book and this one’s no different. It’s a great addition to a series that shaped up to be a delightful series and I enjoyed it a great deal.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

Not Another Bad Date.

Hero: Zach Zimaitis
Heroine: Adele Harris

What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town?

Adele Harris can’t even begin to answer that question. She’s had so many lousy dates that she’s sure she’s cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he’s lost his mind—and his manners? Adele thought life couldn’t get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis . . . the one who got away.

Texans love God, family, and football, though not always in that order

Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he’s doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life—still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes—he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he’s serious this time . . . or is he destined to be another bad date?

Adele Harris is the last man standing in her circle of friends. All of her writer friends have gone and got themselves snagged and she’s left all alone at the Single’s table. When her sister’s husband leaves her for a woman named Stormy Winters (seriously?), she moves herself and her daughter back to their hometown and Adele follows them there to help her sister get on her feet again.

This is one of those, the one that got away stories and I love those story lines. I can marry those storylines and it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read the storyline, if it’s done well, I love it each and every time.

When Adele sees Zach Zimaitis again after all these years, she’s kind of blown away. Seeing him brings back a lot of memories and really, she could do without those memories if you ask her but because they keep running into each other around town, it’s hard to not get all lustful, especially since Zach has grown up to be hella fine! Watching Adele struggle through trying to keep her family together and happy made me feel for her. She kept her composure through most of it and I totally admired her dedication to her family.

I loved the interactions between Zach and Adele. I adored the romance that grew between them. That bathroom scene at the high school was steamy and filled with all kinds of goodness. But while I adored Zach and Adele together, this go around with the book, I was bothered with Zach’s infidelity in his first marriage a lot more than I was before. So much so that I harped on it for a while and though I ended up forgiving him, I do remember that it bugged when I was reading.

This book was another good addition to the series and I was content with the way that it ended the series. I thought both the hero and the heroine belonged together and their story was very enjoyable. I definitely recommend it to finish off the series.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This is one gem of a series in my opinion. It’s full of fun, laughs and steamy romances. The heroes are hot and the heroines are crazy but still likable. I think fans of the contemporary romance genre would enjoy this series and I recommend the heck out of it!

Overall Grade for entire series: 4.5 out of 5

These books are available from Avon.


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Author Spotlight Review: Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson.

Posted November 22, 2010 by Rowena in Features, Reviews | 4 Comments


Rowena’s review of Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson.

Hero: John Kowalsky
Heroine: Georgeanne Howard

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 cannot believe that I’ve waited this long to read this book. It was another winner for me by Rachel Gibson and it once again brought hockey guys to the forefront of my thoughts. This book had me laughing, tearing up and just enjoying the emotional roller coaster that Rachel is so good at throwing us on.

This book follows John Kowalsky and Georgeanne Howard as they make their way toward that happily ever after and their romance was a very rocky one. When we first meet Georgeanne, she’s getting ready to marry a 50 year old guy and she’s only 22. When we first meet John, he’s a guy who is clearly struggling with the death of his first wife so he drinks himself into forgetting everything. He’s mean and he’s pretty scary but I never once hated him.

I thought he was a jerk but a likeable one. The way that these two came together and the chemistry that literally flew off the pages made for one steamy romance that I could not put down. Rachel Gibson wrote a memorable romance with fantastic characters who became real to me. Both John and Georgie were characters that through the course of the book became like family to me. I wanted to be John’s baby Mama and I wanted to be Georgie’s best friend.

The whole secret baby plot thing is a storyline that has to be written well for me to enjoy and I’m glad to say that Gibson made it work in this story. I felt bad for John but I didn’t hate Georgie for the decision she made and as the book wore on, I wanted them to get over themselves and make things work for Lexie.

With that said, I adored Lexie. I think she was my favorite part of the story. She was such a …kid. The way she dressed up and wore too much make up and just her personality, it totally made for some great reading. To know her was to love her and watching her develop a relationship with John was just too effing cute.

The romance between John and Georgie was a win for me as well even though there were times when I wanted to punch them both in the stomach to get them to get over themselves. Georgie with her controlling ways and John with his jerkness (yeah, I totally made that up, haha). I mean, when John first finds out about Lexie and the way that he finds out about Lexie was totally wrong and the way that he reacted to it, I could totally feel his pain. I could feel the hurt and the accusation and just everything and all of that made my heart hurt.

On the other hand, I felt for Georgie too. Her reasons, her decisions were not made selfishly and you could tell that she was a fantastic Mom. She wasn’t perfect but she didn’t try to be and that’s what I liked about her.

It was good to see everyone from the team and the whole story was an all around treat. Rachel Gibson does a great job of sucking you into John and Georgie’s world and she sure knows how to turn a story. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a great sports romance.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Author Spotlight: Hot Hockey Players!

Posted November 22, 2010 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments


A lot of our favorite heroes from Rachel’s back list are hockey players. Now, I’m not an expert on hockey and I’m not going to pretend that I’m a hockey enthusiast because I’ve never watched a hockey game all the way through before but I loved me some Miracle (with Kurt Russell and Eddie Cahill). I’ve never paid much attention to hockey guys but thanks to Rachel Gibson (not Carrie Underwood), I’m intrigued and from the little research that I’ve done on hockey guys, I can totally see why hockey players are so popular among the women here in the office and around town.

Look at what I found:





Why in the world have I not been watching hockey? Goodness! It’s no wonder Rachel loves her some hockey guys!

Now it’s your turn…share some hottie hockey guy goodness with us! Who are we missing out on by not watching hockey?


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Author Spotlight: My Reasons I’m Thankful for Rachel Gibson.

Posted November 19, 2010 by Rowena in Features | 9 Comments


With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought it would be an awesome time to share with all of you lovely readers just why I’m so thankful to Rachel Gibson.

Rachel Gibson is a contemporary romance author who has penned many great novels and we should all have something that we’re grateful to her for.

Here’s my list of ten reasons why I’m thankful for Rachel Gibson.

1. Luc Martineau’s tattoo. I’m so freaking thankful for that.
2. Sebastian Vaughan. His cocky attitude and his straight up sexiness. Rachel introduced me to an amazing hero who just totally got me in the chest area. Even though nobody else gets him, I do and I love him to pieces so thank you Rachel Gibson for sharing him with us!
3. The writers series. She gave us four fantastic stories about writers finding true love that entertained the socks right off of me. I love the characters in this series, I loved getting to know them, watching them fight their way to that happy ending. It was all just so great.
4. The hockey series. I’ve never been much of a hockey fan but this series sure does make me want to start. LOL. I love these books and I’m so sorry to see them leave.
5. The laughs. I can’t begin to tell you how often I’ve stayed up late reading an RG and laughing my tail off. When I was reading Simply Irresistible, I remember my sister coming into the room, asking me why I was laughing so much.
6. The emotions. Rachel Gibson sure does write lighthearted romances but in each and every single one of her books, she does pull at my heart strings as well. She knows how to write a great balance of emotional and humorous scenes that always keeps me coming back for more.

Those are just some of the reasons that I’m thankful for Rachel Gibson…it’s a time for sharing so share with us, why are YOU grateful to Rachel Gibson?


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Author Spotlight: Rachel Gibson Joins Us on Book Binge!

Posted November 8, 2010 by Rowena in Features | 29 Comments


We at Book Binge couldn’t be more excited to have the one and only Rachel Gibson here to discuss her upcoming release, ANY MAN OF MINE (Avon, 2011).

If you read True Love and Other Disasters then you’ll remember the hero from this new book and like me, you’re probably anxious! Please help me give Rachel Gibson a great big Book Binge worthy warm welcome!

WELCOME TO BOOK BINGE RACHEL!

Let’s get on with the questions, shall we?

The hero of ANY MAN OF MINE, Sam, has appeared in your previous novels. Did you always know he’d eventually get his own story? Tell us a little about him.

Rachel Gibson: The first time Sam made an appearance in True Love And Other Disasters, I knew I’d write his book. I always knew there was more to him than a pretty face and a mean right hook. Sam has lived through a tragedy in the past that he didn’t deal with particularly well. Through the book, you see him really come to terms with his past and understand his actions.

How does the catch-phrase, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” play into your plotline?

Rachel Gibson: Oh yeah. Only, what happened to Sam and the heroine Autumn didn’t stay in Vegas. The idea for the book started with the question: what happens to all those people who get drunk and think it’s really funny to get married by an Elvis impersonator? What happens in the morning when they wake up hung over and think, “holy crap! What have I done?”

Sam and Autumn truly have a love/hate relationship. Tell us what it was like for you to bring them together?

Rachel Gibson: Well like all my books I think, “this is going to be a really easy premise to write.” But of course it’s always difficult. Especially when you write about a heroine who has a very good reason to hate the hero. Love and hate are such strong emotions, and I had to walk a real fine line with both these characters. I had to give Sam some compelling reasons for why he did the things he did and to show him change and grow. And Autumn had to learn to forgive and let go of all her anger and resentment. Which was really difficult for her.

What can we expect from your next novel? Any familiar faces?

Rachel Gibson: In Any Man Of Mine, you will definitely see characters from True Love And Other Disasters and Nothing But Trouble. Any Man Of Mine is the last of the hockey series, but I will be taking the heroine’s brother from Any Man Of Mine and writing his story next.

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Wow, we’ve got lots to look forward to once Any Man of Mine is released and then we have the promise of another book with a character that we’ll meet in AMoM and I, for one, am super excited! I’m also a little sad that this will be our last hockey book but all good things must come to an end, right? I have every faith that Rachel Gibson will keep the party going with something equally awesome in the future!

Thanks so much Rachel Gibson for joining us today to talk about your upcoming book, we wish you nothing but the best of luck and we can’t wait to read Sam’s story for ourselves. Make sure you mark your calendars for the release of Any Man of Mine. It comes out on April 26, 2011 and you can pre-order it here, here or here.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: For stopping by and visiting with us and Rachel Gibson, we’re going to be giving away two books from Rachel’s back list to one lucky winner. If there’s a Rachel Gibson book that you’ve been dying to read and haven’t gotten around to getting, leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win two books of your choice.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


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