What I Love About You

What I Love About You

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by Rachel Gibson
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!

Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!

Editorial Reviews

Sarah MacLean
“This story is romantic and deeply emotional - the descriptions of Blake’s battle with alcohol are particularly moving - all while displaying Gibson’s trademark sexy humor.”
Heroes & Heartbreakers
“If you are looking for a smart, funny, sexy contemporary, then you don’t want to miss What I Love about You.”
RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 Stars)
“A fine addition to the Truly, Idaho series, Gibson’s latest features lots of humor, steamy encounters and cute kids, as well as grown-ups dealing with tough, real-life issues. An excellent, fun read that stands alone.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-30
An ex-Navy Seal fighting an addiction thinks he's seeking peace and quiet in Truly, Idaho, but discovers that what he's really looking for is the haven living right next door in the form of a beautiful single mom and her mischievous daughter.Blake Junger is one of the best guns for hire in a dangerous world. But when his casual drinking tips into alcoholism—fueled by an undiagnosed case of PTSD—he knows he has to conquer the addiction or threaten the lives of his colleagues. He's a certified hero, with a wall full of decorations to prove it, so he's determined to master this latest challenge through sheer will. He's come to Truly for fresh air and privacy while he attacks his demons, but his plans go awry when a puppy is foisted on him and he and the little girl next door decide to share custody, much to the annoyance of her mother. Natalie Cooper has avoided men since her ex-husband was sent to prison after stealing money from practically everyone they knew. Raising her daughter on her own has been a struggle, so allowing her sexy new neighbor into their lives risks their hard-won equanimity. She suspects that under that gruff—not to mention Hollywood handsome—exterior lies a wounded warrior's heart, and every step she takes away from him, he moves closer in, tempting her more. Gibson follows up last year's Run to You with a return to her popular Truly, Idaho, setting and a tiny peek at past characters fans will enjoy.An entertaining read, full of witty repartee, sexual tension and a romantic tango between two attracted but conflicted main characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062247407
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
Military Men , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
21,138
File size:
745 KB

Meet the Author

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 sixteen, 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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What I Love About You 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blake amused me! He's a typical bachelor. He's not into kids or marriage. When he meets the 5 year old girl Charlotte from next door he's a little rude to her but I found it funny. When he then meets her mother Natalie, he's attracted to her. Blake is an ex Navy SEAL and a recovering alcoholic. He hasn't been clean that long and alcohol is still a temptation for him but then he starts to be tempted by Natalie. It's a very predictable storyline and nothing new from the pen of Ms Gibson but I will say it's a vast improvement on her previous novels. I loved Blake's witty interactions with Charlotte and Natalie. However, I wasn't completely convinced that Natalie and Blake fell in love, the romance part of their story was too rushed to get that feeling. Of course there's the predicted 'fall out' but that was too weak and didn't last long enough and then I felt the ending was rushed and I was really disappointed there was no epilogue. There is a teaser for a new Novella coming out next year but it's not about this couple although there is a brief mention of them but I felt short changed on this story. Give it try if you like the author. Not a bad read.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Rachel Gibson fan and expected more than what was delivered. The book felt like it skimmed over topics and then came to an abrupt halt. An epilogue is needed for these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of this author. However I skipped quite a few pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good but very rushed and i have a lot of open questions. Dumb ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy Rachel Gibson and I think I have read every book she has written... While this book was somewhat predictable it was well written with great characters from the puppy to the 5 yr old and especially to the ex Navy Seal who was to absolutely swoon over... The story had both a serious and a humorous bent so that made it more interesting... And sexy?? Well, it is a Rachel Gibson Book so what would you expect??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally I love her books, but this one felt rushed and ended abruptly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love Gibson's books but this one was not my favorite . It felt rushed. Hopefully the next will be better.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
What I Love About You is a deliciously entertaining romance. Natalie Cooper's ex-husband and high school sweet heart broke her heart. He embezzled and cheated friends, family and neighbors out of their money and ran away with a younger woman...leaving Natalie to face the police interrogations. Natalie is starting her live over with her adorable young daughter running the town photo shop. Blake Junger is a gun for hire, ex-seal that just moved in next door to Natalie. He is moody and trying to recover from his alcohol addiction all on his own. When Natalie and her daughter crash into his life things will never be the same. The story contains a slow building, difficult relations, an adorable little girl, a puppy bombing lol, and a steamy seduction. All around great, hometown (Truly, Idaho) flare romantic read. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to skip so many pages due to the graphic sex scenes that I'm not sure what the theme was suppose to be. I usually like rachel gibson but this one is a bummer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books was sooooo good. Sad to say goodbye. Wonderful author. Caught myself laughing.
Rebecca1RS More than 1 year ago
I reviewed a book a couple of weeks ago where I made this comment; “Whether they are my beloved tattered paperbacks or in my favourites on the kindle there are a few authors who I have reread many times through the years no matter my changing tastes – two of these are Jennifer Crusie and Rachel Gibson – Jessica Prince has the same characteristics that I so adore in these two authors and ‘The Picking Up the Pieces’ Series has all the ingredients that make the Crusie and Gibson books so popular – friends, family, humour, chemistry and sex.” Since I wrote that Crusie and Gibson have both been on my mind so I decided to take a look at her latest offering. Unfortunately I would have to say that this will not be a reread favourite like some of her earlier work, “Truly Madly Yours“ being my number one all time fave BUT it had all of those ingredients – friends, family, humour, chemistry and sex and was a thoroughly enjoyable read even if a tad predictable and had a feeling of déjà vu. There’s a film called “Hope Floats” that came to mind when reading (you’ll see why) that I’ll watch again and again because it makes me smile every damn time and Ms Gibson’s books always do the same. GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K! Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she’s paid for all that popularity—her husband’s run off with what’s left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn’t. GIMMEE A S-H-O-T! Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he’s determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart. GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T! This is a no angst, no grief pure rom-com. Boy (surly alpha) meets girl (single mom), add in adorable child, even more adorable puppy, misunderstandings, mischief, interfering friends and family, lots of humour plus a dash of sex (ok, I’ll fess up, More than a dash!) and you’ve got a nice escape for a couple of hours with the added bonus of some loved previous characters in Truly showing up. Deep and different? No Light and fluffy, unicorns and rainbows? Yes and sometimes that’s what I want to read.
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TStruke More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Blake Junger who we met in "Rescue Me", friend of Vince Haven. Blake moves to Truly, Idaho, to dry out and figure out what is next in his life. His next door neighbor is a precocious 5 year old with a real hot mama! The evolution of their relationship is hilarious.
Rhonda_J_728 More than 1 year ago
I love Rachel Gibson's books!  The book was good.  However, I think there needed to be more to the end of  the book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy her books, but wish they had epilogues. I feel like i need a little more, when story ends :)
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MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Blake wasn't interested in marriage or kids. He was an ex-SEAL, a recovering alcoholic, and a professional security consultant. The only people he wanted to be around was his twin brother and whomever he worked a job with. It took a little five year old girl who wandered into his yard for him to see what and who he was missing in his life. Natalie 's priority is her daughter, whose father is getting out of prison soon and coming home for good to Truly. While Natalie's no longer in love with her ex-husband, the thought of what his coming home means weighed heavily on her mind. And the man next door, the rough and tumble, foul-mouthed, built-like-a-mountain, mouthwatering man, weighed heavily on her heart. Their relationship unfolded under waves of attraction and pent up sexual frustration. Heavy caresses and bone-melting kisses peppered their encounters, and gave way to rounds of satiating sex. But it also opened them up to things they thought they wouldn't feel for each other. While Natalie has walked the road to marriage before, Blake hasn't. The idea that Natalie was more than a sex-buddy rattled his core, and he did what he did best: he left. I can understand his silent reasons for leaving. What I didn't understand was why he chose to lie instead of tell Natalie the truth. The rift his parting words caused made me wonder if maybe he wasn't the best man for her. His indifference and callousness in that moment chipped at my admiration for him. I wanted him to do it differently, to speak plainly instead of hiding behind a job or fears. However, I will concede that their separation worked immensely in their favor. Blake came back better than before, doing what he needed to do because he had a woman and her daughter waiting on him to get his act together. The one thing that bothered me was how quickly Natalie forgave Blake his behavior in the end. I know, I know. It's a small thing to hold onto, but it really bothered me. I think because of what he said, how he said it, and how he left after he said it. He treated her like they hadn't shared intimate moments outside of bed, like they hadn't opened up to each other about their respective pasts, like everything that transpired between them had happened for kicks. Despite my misgivings on that topic, I did like reading Blake and Natalie's story. Well-written with a great cast of characters, Ms. Gibson did a terrific job of giving a single mom and an ex-SEAL a well-deserved happy ending. ***Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***
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I absolutely loved this book. Didn't want to put it down.
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