Sunday, 5 June 2011

Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson

Transworld gave me a copy of Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson to review.

Here's what's on the back of the book (helpfully copied from Amazon)

Hey, pretty lady, haven’t we met?

Yes, beautiful thirty-something Autumn Haven has definitely met hockey-superstar Sam LeClaire before. Several years ago she had a passionate, Vegas-inspired fling with him involving getting hitched in an Elvis-themed wedding chapel and ending with her waking up in a hotel room: alone, heartbroken… and pregnant.

So these days, reminding her ex-husband that she even exists isn’t high on Autumn's to-do list. But they have a child, Conner, and suddenly Sam claims to have grown up, wanting to be more involved with his son. And handsome, drop-dead sexy Sam always gets what he wants. Being a good dad to Conner is one thing, but to her horror, Autumn realises she still finds it practically impossible to be around Sam without falling for his charms once again. And that’s the last thing she wants… isn’t it?

Sexy, funny, unputdownable – there’s no one quite like Rachel Gibson.

This book is pure and simple chicklit.  I found it quite a quick read and enjoyed it as simple escapism.  This isn't the book for you if you're looking for something with substance.  But if you're looking for something that will make you smile and laugh in places and that you can just get lost in without thinking then this is the perfect book.  

On the whole I found the plot and characters believable and the book well written.  There was one moment towards the end of the book that was needed for the plot but which I felt was slightly rushed and didn't fit as well but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book as a whole.  I really enjoyed the interaction between Sam and Conner in the book and it was nice to read a chicklit book with a good dad in it.

I'd never heard of Rachel Gibson before but looking at Amazon it seems she has several other books out.  Some of them form something of a series based around the various characters in the hockey team Sam is a player on.  It looks like different characters are the focus of the different books.  I'm not going to rush out and buy more of these books right now but if I saw them in a shop I'd definitely stop to look and consider buying them.

This book would make a perfect holiday (or garden) read for the long sunny days that are hopefully coming.  Although I read it in bed which was also lovely!

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