Simply Irresistible (Chinooks Hockey Team Series #1)

Simply Irresistible (Chinooks Hockey Team Series #1)

by Rachel Gibson

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Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé at the altar when she realizes she can't marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it's too late does he realize that he's absconded with his boss's bride. This bad boy isn't looking to be anybody's savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them—a night too sultry to resist temptation.

Seven years later, Georgeanne and John meet again. She is on her way to becoming Seattle's domestic darling and he is past his hellraising days. Shocked to learn that he has a daughter, John's determined to be part of her life. Georgeanne has loved John since the moment she jumped into his car, but will he risk the wrath of his boss, and one final chance at glory, to prove that this time his love will be everlasting?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062205605
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 35,257
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rachel Gibson 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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Chapter One


The night before Virgil Duffy's wedding, a summerstorm pounded the Puget Sound. But by the next morning, the gray clouds were gone, leaving in their place a view of Elliot Bay and the spectacular skyline of downtown Seattle. Several of Virgil's wedding guests glanced up at the clear sky and wondered if he controlled Mother Nature the same way he controlled his shipping empire. They wondered if he could control his young bride as well or if she was just a toy like his hockey team.

While the guests waited for the ceremony to begin, they sipped from fluted champagne glasses and speculated as to how long the May-December marriage would last. Not long was the general consensus.

John Kowalsky ignored the buzz of gossip around him. He had more pressing concerns. Raising a crystal tumbler to his lips, he drained the hundred-year-old scotch as if it were water. An incessant thud pounded his head. His eye sockets throbbed and his teeth ached.

He must have had one hell of a good time last night. He just wished he could remember.

From his position on the terrace, he looked down on a cross-cut emerald lawn, immaculate flower beds, and sputtering fountains. Guests dressed in Armani and Donna Karan drifted toward rows of white chairs facing an arbor festooned with flowers and ribbon and some sort of pink gauzy stuff.

John's gaze moved to a cluster of his teammates looking out of place and uncomfortable in their matching navy blazers and scuffed loafers. They didn't look like they wanted to be stuck in the middle of Seattle society any more than he did.

To his left, a skinny woman in a flowing lavenderdress with matching shoes sat down at her harp, leaned it back against her shoulder, and began to pluck the strings just slightly louder than the noises rolling off the Puget Sound. She looked up at him and gave him a warm smile he instantly recognized. He wasn't surprised by the woman's interest and purposely let his gaze travel down her body, then back up again. At the age of twenty-eight, John had been with women of all shapes and sizes, economic backgrounds, and differing levels of intelligence. He wasn't averse to taking a swim in the groupie pool, but he didn't particularly like bony women. Although some of his teammates dated models, John preferred soft curves. When he touched a woman, he liked to feel flesh, not bone.

The harpist's smile grew more flirtatious, and John looked away. Not only was the woman too skinny, but he hated harp music just about as much as he hated weddings. He'd been through two of his own, and neither had been real blissful. In fact, the last time he'd been this hungover had been in Vegas six months ago when he'd woken up in a red velvet honeymoon suite suddenly married to a stripper named DeeDee

Delight. The marriage hadn't lasted much longer than the wedding night. And the real bitch of it was, he couldn't remember if DeeDee had been all that delightful.

"Thanks for coming, son." The owner of the Seattle Chinooks approached John from behind and patted him on the shoulder.

"I didn't think any of us had a choice," he said, looking down into Virgil Duffy's lined face.

Virgil laughed and continued down the wide brick steps, the picture of wealth in his silver-gray tuxedo. Beneath the early afternoon sun, Virgil appeared to be exactly what he was: a member of the Fortune 500, owner of a professional hockey team, and a man who could buy himself a young trophy wife.

"Did you see him last night with the woman he's marrying?"

John glanced across his right shoulder at his newest teammate, Hugh Miner. Sportswriters had compared Hugh to James Dean in looks and reckless behavior on and off the ice. John liked that in a man. "No," he answered as he reached beneath his blazer and pulled a pair of Ray-Bans from the breast pocket of his oxford shirt. "I left fairly early."

"Well, she's pretty young. Twenty-two or so."

That's what I hear." He shifted to one side and let a group of older ladies pass on their way down the stairs. Being a practicing womanizer himself, he'd never claimed to be a self-righteous moralist, but there was something pathetic and just a little sick about a man Virgil's age marrying a woman nearly forty years younger.

Hugh poked John in the side with his elbow. "And breasts that could make a man sit up and beg for buttermilk."

John slipped the sunglasses up the bridge of his nose and smiled at the ladies who glanced back at Hugh.

He hadn't been real quiet with his description of Virgil's fiancee. "You were raised on a dairy farm, right?"

"Yep, about fifty miles outside of Madison," the young goalie said with pride.

"Well, I wouldn't say that buttermilk thing too loud, if I were you. Women tend to get real pissed off when you compare them to cows."

"Yeah." Hugh laughed and shook his head. "What do you think she sees in a man old enough to be her grandfather? I mean, she isn't ugly or fat or anything. In fact, she's real good-lookin'."

At the age of twenty-four, Hugh was not only younger than John but obviously naive. He was on his way to being the best damn goalie in the NHL, but he had a real bad habit of stopping the puck with his head. In view of his last question, he obviously needed a thicker mask. "Take a look around," John answered. "The last I heard, Virgil's worth over six hundred Millon.

"Yeah, well, money can't buy everything," the goalie grumbled as he started down the steps. "Are you coming, Wall?" He paused to ask over his shoulder.

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Simply Irresistible 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.
Reid20 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I could not put it down. Georgeanne was a sweetie and John a bit too much jock, but their love for Lexie was adorable. I love a man who is good with kids. Nothing is sexier! I would recommend this book.
darkl0ver More than 1 year ago
Great read, very well paced. Finished it very quickly and would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the reviews and summary, I thought this would be a good story but it was little more than a trashy romance novel. The characters had no depth and the entire focus of this story was getting laid with a complete disrespect for the little girl that both the characters claim to "love" that happened to be in the next room while they got in on... twice. It was a terrible book if your looking for a good story but if you're looking to be titillated with nothing but cheesiness and rediculous thoughts as filler, then this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I like how you get both person's perspectives. I am a hockey fan so this caught my eye. I have read this book twice and it is definitely worth re-reading in the future! I am loving Rachel Gibson's hockey/Chinook series books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the storyline, I thought it was a great, fast read. I love a good sports-romance novel. The only complaint I have is the editing. I know this is an older novel, but I would've thought the editors would've picked up on some mistakes. Words misspelled (7ust for just, for example). The main issue I had with the editing was how one part of the storyline flowed directly into the other mid-chapter without any break. (You know what I'm talking about, the authors generally leave a space to break up the thoughts/action of one character to move to the other). There were a few times I was flat out confused about what I was reading because we just from Georgie to John without that break. I had to re-read certain parts. I do not fault Rachel Gibson for this, I genuinely enjoyed the story so much that I've already begun the next in the series with book #3 waiting in the wings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please. Edit, edit, edit! The story is from 1998 if you are into retro.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soft porn and very predictable plot! Very contrved and uses a formula of girl & boy attracted to each other & how they hide theit feelings to buljd tension, not hing new or original- too much about the herione's boobs, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was ok. She has done better.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 STARS! A quirky story of life, lust and eventually a happily ever after! The main characters are fairly well developed, but there was a side plot of Mae/Ray that I found to be a bit distracting. For a hockey romance, there wasn't really much of a hockey context involved, but it was an entertaining read. The moment Georgeanne Howard decided to run out on her wedding, her life was changed forever! Her unknowing hero whisks her away into a night of temptation too steamy to be denied. When hockey player John Kowalsky realizes that the woman he helped into his car is none other than the soon-to-be bride of his boss, he's fit to be tied! Heads are going to roll if this ever gets out ... namely his! Seven years later, their lives are in totally different places when they meet by happenstance again. John has settled down from his wild ways that somewhat stemmed from a past that she knew nothing about back when they were first together ... and Georgeanne has made something of herself in the culinary world. When John accidentally finds out about the daughter they share, Georgie is determined not to let the guy that hurt her do the same to her daughter. She doesn't need his help and doesn't appreciate him trying to insinuate himself into her happy life! John isn't going to take no for an answer when it comes to a kid that is just as much his as hers ... will the fireworks lead to a feud worthy of the tabloids, or will they figure out a way to work together towards a better future?
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Characters had very little depth by a third of the way into the book. Lots of "accidentally" pressed against each other, robe slipping open, etc. I always finish a book once I start one - not this one, I didn't even keep it in my library.
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Always enjoy Rachel Gibson's work! I do wish her publishers would have corrected all the typos and formatting issues, though!
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loved it there a part 2 
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Just love all of Rachel Gibson's books!
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This book had a lot of editing errors (mispelled words or typos). It was generally a good plot but lacked the depth or fun that grabs you and pulls you in.
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