Review: True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson

True Love and Other DisastersDetails: True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson

Pub. Date: April 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Mass Market Paperback , 368pp
Sales Rank: 43,600
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team Series

True Love and Other Disasters Synopsis:

Disaster Number One: Men

Hard knocks and hunger taught Faith Duffy not to believe in love. Still, when she married her very wealthy—and very old—husband, she became the perfect wife. And then he went to that big bank in the sky, leaving Faith with lonely nights, a pile of money, and a total mess of a pro hockey team. Heck, Faith doesn’t even watch hockey!

Disaster Number Two: Passion

But most of America and half of Canada is watching Ty Savage. His lethal sex appeal and deadly right hook make him the favorite of fans. For most of Ty’s life, he’s dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup. The last thing he needs is a bimbo messing up his plans.

Disaster Number Three: Love

Faith loathes Ty on sight, but she can’t stop thinking about him all day . . . and night. Then a moment of temptation ends with Faith in Ty’s bed, and she begins to see there’s more to him than sex appeal. Ty discovers there’s far more to Faith than beauty and billions. But a relationship with Faith is impossible, and falling in love—that would be a disaster.

My Thoughts:

Rachel Gibson did  a great job with making True Love and Other Disasters a book that was easily read and enjoyable for those who know nothing about hockey.  I was not really sure about this book at first because even though I am from Detroit and hockey is a huge thing around here in Hockeytown, I know next to nothing about the story.  Based on that I figured, that I would get very frustrated with the hockey end of this story but the exact opposite was true.  I wanted more and more of these wonderful people and their story.

Faith was by far one of my favorite women in a romance novel this year.  She knew that because of her background of being a stripper, being a centerfold in Playboy and the simple fact that she was so much younger than her husband, people thought the worst of her.  That she was just after his money and it was all superficial.   It might have started that way but she was completely in love with her husband.  That being said she was very surprised that he left her his hockey team, especially since his son had all but told his father he expected the team when he died.  Faith almost let’s the son bully her out of the team but in the last moment she decides to keep it and has to take on Ty, the team captain who is not going to let anyone especially some woman get in his way of winning the Stanley Cup something that is the last thing he needs to do in his career.  They hate each other from the moment the meet but soon all of that changes but being together would be a huge problem for both of them.

This is a light fun-loving romance story with frustration, secrets, pain, laughs, and so much more.  Like with most books in this genre the plot is not outstanding or really complex rather a fun read that allows one to check out from their normal life and enjoy someone else’s.  The flow of the story moves along and by the end you just want to find out what happens to these two.

My Rating for True Love and Other Disasters:

 3 Penguins:  This was a fun story and a good read.  Not one that I would probably reread over and over again but a nice relaxing beach read.

*I received this book as a gift.  All opinions are my own.




Review and Giveaway: Pandora’s Box by Katie Salidas

  • Pub. Date: June 2011
  • Publisher: Katie Salidas, via Smashwords

After a few months as a vampire, Alyssa thought she’d learned all she needed to know about the supernatural world. But her confidence is shattered by the delivery of a mysterious package – a Pandora’s Box.
Seemingly innocuous, the box is in reality an ancient prison, generated by a magic more powerful than anyone in her clan has ever known. But what manner of evil could need such force to contain it?
When the box is opened, the sinister creature within is released, and only supernatural blood will satiate its thirst. The clan soon learns how it feels when the hunter becomes the hunted.
Powerless against the ancient evil, the clan flees Las Vegas for Boston, with only a slim hope for salvation. Could Lysander’s old journals hold the key? And what if they don’t?
And how welcome will they be in a city run by a whole different kind of supernatural being? 

My Thoughts:
This book picked up right where Hunters and Prey left off which was nice to see.   Fallon find a mysterious box on the door step and end up opening it even though Lyssa knows that this is a bad idea.  Fallon says that the box was calling to her to open it.  What happen next is terror for everyone.  They have unleashed something that it out to destroy them and does destroy Rozaline, Nicholas’ mate which put everyone on edge and trying to figure out how to get this spirit back in the box it came from.  This mission takes them to Boston to retrieve Lysander’s old journals.  All they find there is dead bodies and trouble with the werewolves who think they are at fault.  They have to work together with the wolves to solve this problem.
As with the previous two books, this was one that captured my attention and held it throughout the entire book.  the style of writing appeals to me and I just feel like I have a connection with the characters.  The most frustrating part of this book is the end, a  HUGE cliffhanger!  I cannot wait for more from this dynamic group.  What I liked the most about this book is the addition of the werewolves and witches.  I think it rounded the story out.  I also liked that there was not a lot of talk about the hunting itself.  All in all, another great story by Katie Salidas.
My Rating
Another good story!
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Review: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

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Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover , 418pp
  • Sales Rank: 907


The first short story collection in the #1 New York Times bestselling series-including a brand-new Harry Dresden novella!
Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher-a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.

My Review:

I would highly recommend that one have read all of the books in this series before taking this one on.  I love the wit and humor in the Dresden Files and this book continues though it while filling in some of the blanks that I had while reading thought them.  Butcher does a nice job of explaining each short story, as well as, where it falls in the series.  I was pleased to see stories from Thomas, Dresden’s brother, and Murphy, cop he works with and has always had feeling for.  I enjoyed seeing the different styles that Butcher can write from outside of what I have seen him write in the past.  I was a little disappointed when this came out as the next book in the series because it felt like it was just a filler book and that the series might die off but after reading Aftermath I think there will be more to come for Harry Dresden.  It really does not give us any idea what is too come but leaves the door wide open for more.  4.5 stars for this book – mostly due to the fact that it is a collection rather than a continuation of the story.  

Please be sure to check out review of Ghost Story the book that follows Side Jobs.