Series: Writer Friends

Review: Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Posted May 27, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Not Another Bad Date by Rachel GibsonReviewer: Holly
Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson
Series: Writer Friends #4
Also in this series: Tangled Up in You (Writer Friends #3)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 17th 2009
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 384
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Series Rating: four-stars

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?

Not Another Bad Date is the fourth book in Rachel Gibson‘s Writer Friends Series.

Just a warning, there will be spoilers in the review, but I’ve marked them.

I’m sort of on the fence about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it. It was a quick, light, fun read. But on the other hand, I really didn’t care much for the hero. Well, ok, I liked the hero, but I didn’t like his past. I had a really hard time separating who he was then from who he is now, which made his HEA suspect.

Adele is shocked when her sister calls her out of the blue and says her marriage is over and she needs Adele to come back to their hometown with her. Although hesitant, she agrees because her sister never asks her for anything. But shorty after Adele arrives, her sister has complications with her pregnancy and is ordered into the hospital on bed rest for the remainder of her term – four full months. That means Adele’s trip isn’t going to be a quick one, because she needs to take care of her niece. And doesn’t it just figure that her niece’s new best friend is none other than her old college flame’s daughter.

Zach did the right thing back in the day by dumping Adele and marrying his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Devon, Adele’s archenemy. Ten years of bad marriage later, Zach can’t take it any more and serves Devon with divorce papers. But shortly after, she’s killed in a car accident. Three years later, Zach has given up his dream at ESPN so he can be home with his daughter, and is coaching High School football.

Being the single parent of a teenager isn’t really conducive to having a sex life, so when Adele suddenly shows up back in town, he’s surprised and pleased, thinking she’s the answer to every need he has. Adele’s guarding her heart, because she’s suffered through three years of bad dates and because Zach broke it once already.

Here’s what I liked: Adele. She was a great character. Kind of fun and typical Rachel Gibson. Even though she suffered through three years of bad dates, she still has a good sense of humor and wasn’t too cynical. Her relationship with her niece was cute, and I like how she tried hard to be the “cool” Aunt, but still tried to be an adult about it.

I really liked the romance between Adele and Zach. The sexual tension between them was very well done. I loved their bantering back and forth and the way Adele fought her attraction to Zach, but then gave in and just went with it.

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I just don’t know how to explain my feelings on this aspect of the book. I guess I’ll just say I should have hated Zach but couldn’t, but it will detract from my overall grade.

I did like how he was with his daughter, though. When Devon died he came home and changed everything about his life for her. I really think he was a good father and it was nice to see him in that role.

Like with all Gibson’s novels, it ended rather abruptly, but I was prepared for that and it didn’t bother me.

Overall it was well written, light and fun, but I had some issues with it. I’d recommend reading it, partly because it rounds out the series, and partly because I think it’s one of those books you need to form your own opinion of. I’m conflicted, but for now I’m going to give it a:

4.0 out of 5

That might change once I re-read it.

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


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Review: Tangled Up In You by Rachel Gibson

Posted November 14, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Review: Tangled Up In You by Rachel GibsonReviewer: Rowena
Tangled Up in You (Writer Friends #3) by Rachel Gibson
Series: Writer Friends #3
Also in this series: Not Another Bad Date
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Publication Date: July 31st 2007
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 364
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Series Rating: four-stars

Maddie Dupree isn't in Truly, Idaho, looking for a husband, a boyfriend, or anything in between.

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.

It’s funny how I’ll be reading a book and there is that one thing that just annoys the snot out of me about the book, mostly about the heroine…and then at the end of the book, all within a sentence, like a snap of a finger, all is well with me and I don’t care about whatever it was that bothered me throughout the book.

In this book, it was Maddie not telling Mick sooner who she really was. She kept letting him go without knowing just who he was really sleeping with. I mean, I thought Mick’s reaction was kind of retarded but hey, whatever…I don’t know how I’d react so I can’t judge him too harshly but seriously, I don’t understand why it took Maddie so long to tell Mick. She could have told him right from the beginning and saved herself the trouble of loving and losing Mick.

But then I guess there wouldn’t have been much of a story, huh? Well…whatev. It was still a cute story, I enjoyed getting to know Mick and I enjoyed seeing him fall for Maddie even though I thought I’d make an even better heroine for him, haha, just kidding. Maddie was a ball buster and I enjoyed getting to know her, she was a strong woman who wrote a story that was close to her heart and she was fair in the book and RG made me want to read the finished story that Maddie wrote, I wanted in on the goods right alongside Mick.

I enjoyed seeing the writers circle of friends, it was good to see what was going on with Claire and Sebastian without them overtaking the story. I’m looking forward to getting to know Adelle more in the next story and I liked seeing Lucy again. These four together are too cute and I can’t wait for more from these guys.

Meg was a little looney for my tastes but I’m glad she found a man to make her mind her dang business and oh yeah it was good to see the Allegrezza’s again…wow to see Delaney all fat and crap, whoa…NICK, love NICK!

But I’ve got to say that my favorite hero of this series is Mick…YUMMY!

In No Mood for Love is still my favorite but I still enjoyed this book. Good job, RG!

Grade: 4.5 out of 5


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