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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Another Seattle Chinooks Book-It's a winner!

Autumn Haven is the wedding planner for Faith Duffy and Ty Savage (from "True Love and Other Disasters")trying to avoid Sam LeClaire. She was married to Sam years before in Las Vegas until the day after the wedding night when he took off without a word. To add insult to...
Autumn Haven is the wedding planner for Faith Duffy and Ty Savage (from "True Love and Other Disasters")trying to avoid Sam LeClaire. She was married to Sam years before in Las Vegas until the day after the wedding night when he took off without a word. To add insult to injury, she became pregnant. Sam has been an intermittent father at best so Autumn doesn't have him on her like list. After they meet again at the wedding, Sam has a little maturity spurt and he puts little effort into his relationship with his son. In the process, he and Autumn rekindle the spark that led to the impulsive wedding in Vegas. Sounds perfect! Not so fast- Autumn has just about gotten the tread marks off her heart where he drove over it and she isn't sure she is ready for a second heartbreak nor does she want to expose her son. Sam will have to go through some major hoops, Autumn will need to become more secure in her feelings, and her anti-Sam brother Vince (an ex-SEAL) will need to do a total turn around.

Loved the book! I'm not a hockey fan but I have read all of the books in this series since the first one-"Simply Irresistible". It was great to see lots of the characters from earlier books. Hopefully this is not the last we will see of the Chinooks!!

posted by SharonRedfern on February 16, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not her best

Sam's ex-wife, Autumn Haven, is the wedding planner of a wedding he is attending which takes him by surprise since they haven't seen each other in over two years. They share a five year old son, Connor, and to spare him the baby mama drama of which they have a great dea...
Sam's ex-wife, Autumn Haven, is the wedding planner of a wedding he is attending which takes him by surprise since they haven't seen each other in over two years. They share a five year old son, Connor, and to spare him the baby mama drama of which they have a great deal, they agree to pass him back and forth through Sam's assistant.

To have a good romance one must have believable conflict. Autumn and Sam have believable conflict in spades. Sam is quite possibly one of the most unlikeable Heros in any romance I have ever read. The couple got married in Vegas after knowing each other for five days. Autumn has fallen head over heals for the hottie hockey player but after their drunken Elvis impersonator wedding and unfortunate name tattoos (tattoo shops really should have Breathalyzers) he splits in the morning without a word and starts divorce proceedings. When she tells him she is pregnant, through his lawyer since he won't give her his cell number, he demands a paternity test before he will take any responsibility or even see the baby. Yeah, he's a real winner and only goes downhill from there. He likes his hockey rough, his women brainless, big boobed and undemanding, and to see his son only when it is convenient which isn't very often. He supports Connor financially but sees him rarely often canceling on him at the last minute. So it is no mystery why Sam is not Autumn's favorite person. He wasn't mine either.

If one is going The Reformed Rake route the reformation must be believable and credible. Did Sam get there? Maybe. In the beginning he has the maturity and self-awareness of a three year old. Gibson gives him a painful back story to try give us a reason for his bad behavior and soften his toolishness but for his amount of narcissism and selfishness it falls a bit short. He finally decides that maybe Autumn is right and he has been a pretty uninvolved father and his son is getting old enough to notice. He decides that he will change his ways and spend more time with Connor and thus spend more time with Autumn. As his priorities change so do his feelings about Autumn.

I really liked Autumn. She was strong and capable and very protective of her son. She had to be. She always tried to keep the drama of his parent's relationship away from Connor after a particularly bad fight that he witnessed when he was three. What I didn't understand was why she would go down the relationship road with Sam again. He didn't have to do too much to earn a second chance either when this is one Hero who should have been put through a wringer twice to get his second chance. That is why I'm not sure if he is completely reformed. He didn't have to work very hard for it. I might trust him again after two years but not two months. This is one book where I thought that if he became a good father and lived his life in a more responsible manner and Autumn found a different man who was worthy of becoming part of Autumn and Connor's family, I would have considered it a happy ending.

posted by KristinTX on July 7, 2011

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    This is a wonderful love story with a little beat of heat. Each chapter has its own saying that really makes the chapter. Definitely read!

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Great Book

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. This is the first Rachel Gibson book that I have read but will be reading more.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Loved It, LOVED IT!!

    Ms. Gibson is high on my list of favorite authors and I love all of her books... It helps in this one if you are a hockey fan... But the love story here has a new twist. Autumn is in Vegas fulfilling one of her "bucket list items" after the death of her mother... When she meets super jock Sam LeClaire she is immediately smitten... Naturally a hot one night stand turns into more and they get married by Elvis while Sam is intoxicated... Come morning he is gone and Autumn is pregnant... Years later back home with a son and a successful career Autumn and Sam cross paths again... This is a lesson in how we grow, or don't grow over time... A fun read you won't want to put down...Lots of light and lively dialogue... And, a bag of frozen peas provides wonderful relief for a sprained wrist, ankle or stiff neck... Enjoy!

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Simply Delightful

    Any Man Of Mine by Rachel Gibson is wickedly funny and deliciously sexy.

    Autumn Haven always walked a straight path in life. Her one time in Las Vegas left her married, pregnant and then divorced. Her weekend fling with hockey player Sam LeClaire had left her angry and confused. She thought maybe she had found the real thing but Sam had bolted. Autumn made a good life for herself and your young son as a wedding planner. She avoided Sam like the plague, until one of his teammates hired her to plan their wedding.

    Sam LeClaire star defenseman of the Chinook's had the leagues rep of a major player with the ladies. Seeing Autumn again after almost two years brought back feelings he thought he had long ago buried. Sam adores his son Conner and is trying to be a better Dad. He really wants to be a better man and win Autumn back into his life.

    This new and improved Sam has Autumn leery. She isn't sure she can trust her heart again to this compelling man. But the more she spends time with him her heart dives right into overdrive.

    Any Man Of Mine is delightful. The dialogue between Sam and Autumn is witty and loaded with charisma. This book will make you laugh and sigh with pleasure. Rachel Gibson's books are always first on my list to buy. I can always count on a wonderful read that will warm my heart.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Great Book

    Rachel Gibson has done it again. It was a great book to read. It was kind of interesting how she put the past more in the middle of the book instead of in a prologue but regardless it was still good. I hope she comes out with another Chinooks Hockey book soon.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    WOW!

    A truly great book! Would highly recommend! Great writing by Rachel Gibson!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is a quick and fun weekend read.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    A Quick Read

    Love the story , it was very good. But it was very short for the amount of money.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    fantastic!!

    Rachel Gibson is a master romance novelist!! I just love how she blends characters from previous books into each new book! It makes you want to go back and re-read the others. This book is another hockey book where the main male character is all Man!! I love all her books, my only problem is that she doesn't write quick enough. One book a year is just too long to wait between books! Love her books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2011

    Fabulous Read

    This was a great contemporary romance. I'm a hockey fan and to have hockey plus some romance combined was a real treat. The dialog and rekindling of love made for an enjoyable read.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Another Winner

    I have read all of Rachel Gibson's books and this one wasn't all roses and hapiness with the main characters history. Sometimes life is messy and isn't perfect but this story will be one of my favorites!!

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    i love the chinooks

    i am not a hockey fan until i read a rachel gibson ! this one is a must read! felt like i was watching a movie. i hated to see it end!

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    So excited! i love this book

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