May 2, 2010

book review: nothing but trouble

Title: Nothing But Trouble
Author: Rachel Gibson
Release date: April 27, 2010

Rachel Gibson and her colorful cast of characters are back for another hot summer read. "Nothing But Trouble," Gibson's latest offering, takes us courtside once again as we catch up with the fictional Seattle Chinooks, hot off winning the long-sought-after Stanley Cup.

The book picks up where "True Love and Other Disasters" left off. Mark Bressler, the former hot-shot captain for the best team in the league continues to recover from a car accident that broke half the bones in his body, left him in a coma and ended his hockey career halfway through the season. Before he could lead his team to win the Stanley Cup.

Understandably, the now-sidelined Mark has quite the chip on his shoulder.

Enter Chelsea Ross. Twin sister to Bo, the Chinook's PR guru, Chelsea has an unimpressive Hollywood resume, which includes playing "scream queens" in horror movies, extras in daytime soaps and even a cheerleader in a Hillshire Farms commercial ("Go Meat!"). To pay the rent, she works as a personal assistant to the stars — from A-List to the D. After her most recent gig, Chelsea decides to take a break from Hollywood and accepts a temporary job as a personal assistant/ care provider to Mark while he recovers.

Mark doesn't need or want someone to babysit him. Chelsea wants the $10,000 bonus the Chinooks promised her if she stays three months. And somewhere in this power struggle, desire emerges.

That's where it gets good.

Like Gibson's other novels, "Nothing But Trouble" provides a quick-paced story packed with a quirky cast of characters — some new, and others old friends — in a hot and steamy package that will get your heart racing.

Mark represents the brooding, dark heartthrob who has fallen from grace into a self-imposed pit of despair. With a hot body and sex drive from which fantasies are made. Chelsea is the colorful, all-business woman looking to make changes in her life, and also manages to lift Mark from his darkness. With her help, Mark begins to see the light, and soften up. He even begins to think about his next career move, and helps coach an underprivilidged youngster improve his hockey skills. The reformed bad-boy-turned-sensitive guy never gets old or any less attractive.

Together, they conquer their personal woes and look to build a better future, each making concessions along the way. The novel also includes a subplot where Chelsea's sister Bo finds love within the Chinooks organization, too. Friends from the past, including Vlad the Impaler, are also on board for the ride.

As part of the fictional world she has created, Gibson also features cameos from her other leading men and women, including Rob and Kate Sutter of "The Trouble With Valentine's Day," John and Georgeanne Kowalsky of "Simply Irresistible," Faith Duffy and Ty Savage of "True Love and Other Disasters," and mention of Jane and Luc Martineau of "See Jane Score." "Nothing But Trouble" is an enjoyable, entertaining read and one Gibson's followers are sure to enjoy.

A fan of Gibson since I read "Sex, Lies, and Online Dating" two years ago, I eagerly awaited the release of this book. (I even ran to the store at 6 p.m. on a Saturday to make sure I could grab a copy when I belatedly remembered it had been released earlier this week.) And it didn't disappoint. Like her other books, her latest kept me captive, made me laugh and got my heart pumping. Fans should also be sure to check-out the excerpt included at the back of the book. Looks like we'll see another Chinooks legend take the plunge in spring 2011. 
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


  1. where does it mention luc and jane?

    1. I could be wrong, but I believe it's briefly at the Stanley Cup party. It's a simple mention like, "This is my wife, Jane." Or, "Luc and his wife were..." I'd look it up and find the exact mention, but my books are all packed up for moving right now. :(