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?
©1998 Rachel Gibson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I own all the other hockey series...Any Man of Mine is still my favorite. But I related to this main character. I appreciated the story RG gave this book. This is a good love story. Yes it is a light read but it is a lovely story. I read to be entertained...this entertained me very well. Thank you.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
When I started reading contemporary romance I discovered Rachel Gibson fairly quickly. I didn't read her early books because I was already listening to books and only her newer books were in audio. I've always thought of her as "Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Lite". I thought she had real writing skills but her books often echoed SEP with a little Jennifer Crusie thrown in. I enjoyed her books but never thought she had her own voice.
This first book out though was genuinely good. It was polished, tight and well-written, especially for a debut and it definitely made me appreciate her as a unique voice. I still think the sports team theme was a little too obviously borrowed, but she created a truly unique character in Lexi, Georgie and John's daughter. I loved the character Rachel created and the voice the narrator gave her. Whenever she was in a scene the story really glowed. Georgie was a complex character as well. And just annoying enough to be believable.
My only criticism is that John was not as fleshed out as Georgie, Lexi or even other secondary characters. And the transition in his feelings for Georgie was missing. I sensed the author just decided it was time for him to love her so the book could end. I also wondered if an aggressive editor hadn't cut a little too much out of the story line about Georgie's TV career. That part of the story seemed like it was supposed to be important, then it just fizzled out. I usually think books should be shorter. Another 2 chapters would have been appreciated on this one.
Those were actually minor points though. This was a well written and very well narrated book and I highly recommend it.
I went back and read my review of the author's most recent book. Her freshman effort was far better. I hope she finds that voice again.
What a fun story! The over the top beginning with a wedding the size of Texas to her being left to make it for herself was fun to listen to. Throw in some romance with the hockey player and I just love me some Rachel Gibson. I found myself always wanting to listen and having a hard time putting it down! Georgeanne was just this side of out there that made you really embrace her character, and John was just broody enough to get it. All in all, i may actually re-read this!
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I don't often return books but this one just got me so mad I stopped listening. The narrator had the most annoying accent I have ever heard, and I do live in the south. Furthermore, grain of salt time, I abhor the idea that a woman can just not tell a man for 7 years that he has a kid and when he accidently discovers it she tries to block him access to that child. Maybe it got better after the first 5 hours but I couldn't stick with it. It was slow to start and then it just ticked me off, so back to audible you go!
The story started out interesting,but then became very predictable. I know that these stories are just romantic dribble, but it seems that the characters could have a little more depth. The main characters have unrealistic responses to occurances within their lives. The narrator
was very good which is the only thing that kept me listening to this story.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
It captured me from the beginning. You can’t help but fall in love with the little girl (Georgeanne) who doesn’t quite fit in. Then we go to the young woman who just can’t marry the man with all that money who would make her life so much easier. Then there’s John who’s not going to be nice to her no matter what or at least that’s what he tells himself. Not sex, no way he’s going there. Of course he does and after one fabulous night of passion he dumps poor Georgina and walks away.
Seven years later Georgeanne has survived and become a successful woman all on her own. I just love strong independent women. John comes back into her life and discovers she had his daughter. You get drawn in and keep thinking him so clueless not realizing how special Georgeanne is. Will he come to his senses or lose a wonderful woman?
This is a big YES from me on this one. It’s worth a credit or just buy it. It’s one of the best I’ve heard in a while. There’s some sexual content but not overmuch.
I have read the other books in the Chinooks hockey series and adored them: 5 stars. In those books, RG does such a nice job of drawing the reader in, making us laugh and feel the varied emotions of her well developed characters. BEWARE, however this is likely one of her first books (1998), and the others like True Love and Other Disasters and Any Man of Mine are around 2008-9. A true die-hard Gibson fan who reads this book for the first time may enjoy it more than a reader who has read anything more recent. Just think -- they get even better! One of the most enjoyable aspects of her [other] books is the hilarious use of high end (ostentatious) brand descriptions with all the clothes, shoes, watches, cars, locations, etc., for the uber wealthy, status conscious person. She does this in such a smart, tongue in cheek way that makes us laugh out loud every now and then. I really missed that in Simply Irresistible.
I still love the genre, love RG and her funky, loveable characters and seriously thrilling mix of the flawed and beautiful hockey jocks. I am a huge hockey fan and just snuggle in for her Seattle Chinooks hockey stories. I am ready to try one of the other series, as long as they are in the later years of her writing.
This narrator was not even close to the more recent selections of Kathy Mazur and Susan Bennett. Her southern inflection was mediocre and she did not do male voices especially well. She did not pull off the quick wit that Gibson is trying for in her story. It comes off flat and a little disappointing. I would not look for her as a narrator and would listen closely before buying if an author chooses her for their book.
This book fills in a little back story for the following two books. However those mentioned above are completely enjoyable without having read this one. I like that we got to know the owner of the team, Mr. Duffy. But again, in contrast to her other books, he comes off like a an overwritten stereotypical wealthy jerk who thinks too highly of himself. This is in complete conflict with the other books that have Duffy as a very brief character. Having the advantage of previously reading the later books, I believe that Gibson's editor made some good recommendations and Gibson's writing improves drastically. Keep the faith as it does get better!
There are two issues that bothered me in RG's writing. They are a bit picky, but they drove me crazy. Georgeanne's daughter, Lexi, sounds like she was brought up without much education. And the fact that her mom, and then later her dad, make absolutely no attempt to help correct her poor language/grammar is a sad disappointment, putting the parents in a poor light. Poor kid says "gots" and "got" in every instance where even a little girl would have learned to say "have," "has," or any other word indicating receive/received/must, etc. Next, Georgie allows her to "paint" herself up (use makeup) like an adult or worse - an inappropriate adult. Again, when dad sees it, he does nothing. It is not a prudish thing - John, "the Wall" Kowalski even questions both briefly but then just lets it go. I would have loved to see her grow up as a smart little girl with positive parental impact over the span of the story.
Mom of 3 wild and crazy boys, I've become obsessed with books again after being sucked into a little vampire/lovestory series you may have heard of, and now I listen to most books (but read at night) so that I can be somewhat productive during the day and not leave my family and home to collapse around me while my nose is stuck in a book ; )
Very entertaining, easy to listen to story. The narrator did a fantastic job with all of the voices, from sexy male, voluptuous southern belle to precocious 7 yr old. At no point did I hate any of the characters and think they were stupid and/or frustrating. This will be a story that I will be able to come back to and listen to again : )
Blue Moon Reviews
I started reading romance novels about the same time Rachel Gibson started publishing them. I'm pretty sure I read Simply Irresistible circa 1998 when it was new and I remember that I loved it -- really, really loved it. When I saw there was to be a new audiobook of this beloved story that I had very tender feelings about I was a little afraid to test my memory and see if my love was still strong. Well, hell yeah!
There's an awful lot of talk in romancelandia about tropes-tropety-trope-tropes that seem to serve a purpose for some reviewers in allowing them to pigeonhole, condemn, dismiss the lovely things about romance novels that made me fall in love with them in the first place. Let's see, here we have a bimbo-ish heroine, an alpha sports star asshole hero, a meet-cute, a one-night stand, a secret baby, a long separation, infidelity, a cute kid, and a woman who rejects help from her very wealthy (this was before billionaires were all the rage) baby daddy. I loved every word of it. It was fresh back then and it holds up very nicely in the hands of a talented writer of Rachel Gibson's skill who knows how to work a ROMANCE. It's warm and funny and hot and sexy.
Narrated by Kathleen Early, who does an adequate job. There are narrators who could have punched it up, but the the story is most important here and Early didn't really add to or detract from it.
This is my favorite Rachel Gibson book. I was thrilled to find it was finally available on audio. The story of John and Georgie is filled with heart and humor.
I loved the arc of both John and Georgie, how they grew and changed. I also loved the dialogue between Lexi and her mother, and between Lexi and her new found father. And the parallel between both Lexi's insecurities and Georgie's insecurites. Very sweet.
She did a wonderful job on Georgie. Georgie's southern drawl was not over done as they sometimes are. It was just enough to always know that this was a southern gal.
As always with Rachel Gibson books, there was laughter as well as heartfelt awwwwwws.
It is my sincere hope that more (ALL) of Rachel Gibson's backlist of books will be available soon on audible. I will keep checking!
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