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Rachel Gibson does a fabulous job of writing fun and steamy books that keep you interested without having to think or concentrate too hard. The Trouble with Valentine's Day is just that. Not too much drama, but enough for some substance. GREAT performance by Kathleen Early. Good read when you need an out loud giggle and a little fantasy indulgence. Fun.
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Would you try another book from Rachel Gibson and/or Kathleen Early?
I love the RG stories as each brings in another character of the infamous Chinooks NHL team. After reading it, I figured that this was an early book in her career, but no! This is a 2012, so it feels like the writer regressed a bit and was really struggling to find her wit and creativity in this book. In this one, the hero is again a former hockey player who was forced out of the NHL by a horrible crime committed against him. Our heroine, Kate, happens to move to his town to be with her grandpa and of course they meet (awkwardly) and it goes on from there. How will they get together, will they reconcile, etc... But the story falls flat. It just doesn't go anywhere, and the characters were not really believable or endearing to me.
What could Rachel Gibson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
More humor, brand-name dropping and, well, STORY. RG did this so well in her other books and it brought some good humor to the stories. I would have enjoyed more characters, conflicts, action or character development. The writing is repetitive. She uses and reuses the same descriptions, reactions, and just didn't seem to hit the mark. I would like to see more realistic reactions to curve balls that life throws at these two. It's so obviously going to be a HEA, and is fairly predictable along the way...
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Narrator was just ok, pacing pretty good. She was better than some of her other attempts and certainly better than other performers that RG has chosen for her books.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Light, fluff for a time when you're busy and not hoping to get lost in the joy of listening... a good driving book.
Any additional comments?
Two more in my wish list -- hope they are getting better with age.
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