I'm in No Mood for Love

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060773175
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Series: Avon Romance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 596,320
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Gibson

Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit-and-run, and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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I'm In No Mood For Love
Chapter One

The first time Clare Wingate found herself in a strange bed, she'd been twenty-one, the victim of a bad breakup and too many Jell-O shooters. The love of her life had dumped her for a blond art student with an impressive rack, and Clare had spent the night at Humpin' Hannah's, holding down the bar and nursing her broken heart.

The next morning she woke in a bed smelling of patchouli oil and staring up at a poster of Bob Marley, the guy snoring beside her drowning out the pounding in her head. She hadn't known either where she was or the snoring guy's name. She hadn't stuck around long enough to ask.

Instead, she'd grabbed her clothes and bolted. As she'd driven home in the cruel light of morning, she told herself there were worse things in life than random sexual encounters. Bad things like flunking out of college or getting caught in a burning building. Yeah, those were bad. Still, a one-night stand wasn't for her. It had left her feeling disgusted and disturbed. But by the time she reached her apartment, she'd chalked the whole thing up to a learning experience. Something a lot of young women did. Something to learn from, and something that was good to know for the future. Something she vowed would never happen again.

Clare had not been raised to reach for a shot glass and a warm body to make herself feel better. No, she'd been raised to curb her impulses and contain her feelings behind a perfect facade of warm smiles, kind words, and impeccable manners. Wingates did not drink too much, talk too loud, or wear white shoes before Memorial Day. Ever. They did not wear their hearts on the sleeves of their cashmere sweater sets, and they most certainly did not jump into bed with strangers.

Clare may have been raised on restraint, but she'd been born a romantic. In the pit of her soul she believed in love at first sight and instant attraction, and had a bad habit of leaping into relationships before she looked. She seemed destined to suffer repeated heartache, painful breakups, and the occasional drunken one nighter.

Fortunately, by her late twenties she'd learned to put into practice the restraint she'd been taught. For her reward, at the age of thirty-one, destiny blessed her and she met Lonny. The love of her life. The man she'd met at a Degas exhibit, and who swept her off her feet. He was beautiful and romantic and not in the least like the heartbreakers she'd dated in the past. He remembered birthdays and special occasions, and was brilliant when it came to floral arrangements. Clare's mother loved him because he knew how to use a tomato server. Clare loved him because he understood about her work and left her alone when she was under a deadline.

After a year of dating, Lonny moved into Clare's home, and they spent the next year in total sync. He loved her antique furniture, and they both loved pastels and had a passion for texture. They never fought or even argued. There was no emotional drama with Lonny, and when he asked her to marry him, she'd said yes.

Lonny really was the perfect man. Well. .. except for his low sex drive. Sometimes he didn't want sex for months at a time, but really, she told herself, not all men were horn dogs.

Or so she believed, right up to the moment she'd rushed home unexpectedly the day of her friend Lucy's wedding and found him in flagrante delicto with the Sears service technician. It had taken her several stunned moments to process what was happening on the floor of her walk-in closet. She'd stood there with her great-grandmother's pearls in hand, too shocked to move, while the man who'd fixed her Maytag the day before rode her fiancé like a cowboy. And none of it seemed quite real until Lonny glanced up and his shocked brown gaze met hers.

"I thought you were sick," she'd said stupidly, and then, without another word, gathered up the hem of her silk and tulle bridesmaid's dress and ran from the house. The drive to the church was a blur, and she'd been forced to spend the rest of the day in a pink puff of a dress, smiling like her life hadn't jumped the rails and sailed off a cliff.

While Lucy read her vows, Clare felt her heart break piece by piece. She'd stood at the front of the church, smiling as she fell apart inside until she was hollow and empty, except for the pain squeezing her chest. At the wedding reception, she pushed the corners of her mouth up and raised a glass to her friend's happiness. She felt it was her duty to make a suitable toast, and she did. She would rather have died than ruin Lucy's day with her own problems. She just had to remember not to get toasted. She told herself that one small glass of champagne wouldn't hurt. It wasn't like knocking back straight shots of whiskey, after all.

Too bad she listened to herself.

Before she opened her eyes the morning after Lucy's wedding, a feeling of déjà vu crept into her pounding head. It was a feeling she hadn't experienced in years. Clare peeked through scratchy eyelids at morning light falling through a wide crack in the heavy curtains and spilling onto the gold and brown quilt weighing her down. Panic tightened her throat, and she quickly sat up, the sound of her pulse beating in her ears. The quilt slid down her bare breasts and fell to her lap.

Within the lighter shadows of the room, her gaze took in the king-sized bed, a hotel desk, and wall lamps. In the armoire across from her, a Sunday morning news program was on television, the sound turned down so low she could. . .

I'm In No Mood For Love. Copyright © by Rachel Gibson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Not So Much

    This was a reread for me. I gotta say the more I'm rereading all these Rachel Gibson the more I am thinking she had a few that were mheh. These author books are kind of boring. I like the element of them knowing each other since they were kids but this book was so easy for me to put down without the anxiety of wanting to know what happens next. Not a good sign. It was just okay.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Nice Read

    It was ok, but for some reason the last page of the epilog is missing Goodness, I do hope things worked out! Extremely poor copyediting publishers, get on the ball,

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In her thirties, romance writer Clare Wingate thinks nothing of it that her live in lover Lonny has a low sex drive until she came home unexpectedly to see him making love with a Sears technician a male technician that is. Stunned she still has to wear a pink bridesmaid dress as she has her best friend Lucy¿s wedding to attend that night. Unable to not down the champagne though she knows better from bitter experience, Clare drinks too much. The next morning she wakes up stunned in a hotel room with a stud sleeping next to her, an act she had not done in years. Even more shocking he calls her Claresta, a name only her mom uses. She recognizes that she slept with her childhood friend investigative reporter Sebastian Vaughn, who always challenged her to games and won all their contests. They are attracted to one another, but she is embarrassed by her actions and he is not sure whether he wants a friendship or a romance as he believes you cannot have both. --- I¿M IN NO MOOD FOR LOVE is an amusing contemporary romance in which the lead couple¿s doubts about what type of relationship to forge seems forced as both have the hots starting with her drunken binge through the morning after until the climax (pun intended). The lead duo is a likable pair as they struggle with their careers, their romance, and her truly martinet mother. Fans of lighthearted tales, in which the ¿Maytag man isn¿t the loneliest guy in town¿ will want to read this delightful humorous romp. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Jay

    Lol[^_~] Thnks, n i can tell[•_~]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    A must read!!

    Love Rachel Gibson' books and this is no expection. Sweet romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Another good read from Rachel Gibson!

    Another good read from Rachel Gibson!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    AM

    I didn't like this book as much as I like some of the others. The characters were not as believable, and the plot was a little shallow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    highly enjoyable1

    fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Loved!!

    Another Rachel Gibson book that I loved. I loved Clare! I love how Sebastian finally realized everything! It is a definite re-read for me!! I am a big fan of Rachel Gibson's and she never disappoints!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Great quick read!

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I have read the book in one afternoon... loved it! It is funny, sexy and well written.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    More like 3 1/2 stars

    So this book compared to some of her other ones was definitely not one of the better ones, but it's still better than some of the other chick-lit books I've read by other authors. I admit this book started off slow, and it didn't get interesting until the latter half. I liked how the main characters already had a history so it didn't feel like their relationship started abruptly, but then there was no real development or turning point that made me believe the main female character should change her mind about love. So their hook up was too much of a surprise. I felt like the author needed more pages to develop their relationship, and I would have liked to see more on the main characters' relationships with their parents. Nevertheless, I still love Rachel Gibson and will definitely more read of her books.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Cute.

    Cute book! It was nice to read this light-hearted book after the darker book that I just finished.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    Nah....

    I did not enjoy this book. I usually find Rachel Gibson to be entertaining, but this one definitely fell short. I did not care for the main character, and could not relate to her in any way. I also didn't like that they were just "friends with benefits", then BAM they suddenly were in love and that was that. If someone were to ask me what this book was about i wouldn't know what to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    I'm In No Mood For Love - and she meant it!

    I enjoy reading Rachel Gibson. She has a smart, funny, and witty writing style that attracts me to her books. Although I must confess that I'm In No Mood For Love wasn't my favorite. The build up story of Sex, Lies, and Online Dating was a great read and I think it left me expecting more out of this follow up book.

    I'm In No Mood For Love was true to its word. I don't think the author was quite in the mood to write a romance till the last quarter of the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    what?

    This book was terrible. I was soooo bored that it took me twice as long to finish as it would any of her others. This was definetly a miss but im hoping she can score again real soon...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2007

    Did someone else write this?

    I love Rachel Gibson's books but this book was horribly boring. I would not recommend this book to anyone - waste of money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    Disappointing compared to her othe books

    If you've read all her other books, then you will definitely be disappointed in this one. I couldn't wait for this book to come out and when I finally read it, I was extremely disappointed. If her other books had been like this, I wouldn't have kept reading her. She is a great writer, but this book was seriously lacking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Repeated Scenes

    This book was entertaining but it including many of the same conversations or wording from her other books, especially See Jane Score. That disappointed me because the scenes weren't original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Rachel Gibson I love how you write!

    Yet again you have mastered true romance writing in 'I'm In No Mood For Love'. Your characters come to life as if I'm watching a movie in my head. Your incorporation of past characters from your previous book(s) is a welcome surprise. Keep pushing that refrigerator up the mountain!

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