Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.
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“With humor and eloquent prose, Gibson brings substance and depth to this loving, modern romance.” (Publishers Weekly)
Researcher, editor, writer, francophone, anglophile. Started listening to audiobooks to conciliate my love of knitting and novels.
I'm not expecting anything earth shattering new with contemporary romance. What I do expect is some kind of catharsis. I didn't really identify with Duffy. The dialogue wasn't riveting. There are so many other better contemporary romance novels to chose from, I probably wouldn't recommend this one above a score of others.
What I liked most about this book was the main character. I found it very easy to sympathize with Faith, even though she had what a lot of people would think of as a scandalous past. For the most part, she comes across as a smart woman and a survivor. The other characters are equally interesting. There's the mom who acts more like a teenager, the step-son who's a prick, the assistant who turns out to be a great friend, and the hockey players who pepper the story with humor.
There were a couple of times when Ty seemed to act like a bit of a jerk, which I found annoying. However, Gibson shows that he's a good guy in the end. Overall, this book was very enjoyable, funny, and easy to listen to. I thought the narrator did a fine job.
FYI: The basic premise of this book kind of reminded me of "It Had to Be You" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
I enjoyed True Love and Other Disasters. This is my first Rachel Gibson book but it won’t be my last. If you are looking for a good chick lit read then this is it. Susan Bennett did a great job as narrator, the men were not very manly but after about an hour you get used to it and don’t even notice anymore. I only wish this book had been spun into a series like Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars series, I would like to read more about the Seattle Hockey team.
I have loved all of this authors books so far. This is why I was disappointed to realise that this book has an almost identical story line to SEP's It Had To Be You. SEP wrote a fantastic book and Rachel Gibson has written a really good imitation.
This should be excellent. This book is well written, and the characters are great--fun with excellent sexual tension. The plot of second chance and last chance careers works well. I should love this book. However the good is so overwhelmed by the pornographic scenes, that I can't recommend this book. Usually I just take my ear plugs out until the scene that make me uncomfortable is over. I hate to give a 1 star review. My recommendations to the author is your work will sell without the porn.
The narrator ruined this book for me. Not that the story itself was all that deep, but it would have been much more enjoyable to read than listen to. I honestly felt like I was either listening to someone making fun of the author or a virgin trying to deliver sexy lines. The narrator made each character sound SO stereotypically "cheesy romance" that at times I couldn't even listen to the book. I ended up skipping to the end about half way through just so I could know how it ended. I couldn't bear listening to another hour of Susan Bennett's impression of sexy one-liners.
I liked the storyline in general, but the main characters needed more... well... character.
The narrator should have practiced "playful" instead of "sultry" voices.
Great idea for a book... horrible follow-through.
A gadabout with no room for heavy books, so love the audio ones.
I did not enjoy anything about this book. Or narrator, (pauses so long I thought my nano shut off)
Avid Listener of Audible
Yes, the ending.
Probably not. It was not funny enough (which I like) and it veered more towards soft porn, which I did not expect.
Flat, unemotional, semi-versitle with voices
I enjoy this author's writing. The storyline may not be new...but she gives it a contemporary spin. I enjoyed this one and the others about this hockey teams members. I read Any Man of Mine first and thoroughly enjoyed that love story, and the narrator. I managed with this narrator but had to work at it. I can't explain the oddity of the ear "listening" to a book. The narrator can turn off one person and another enjoys them. So it is just your preferance. However I appreciate the work they do. They make books available to me and I love Audible. I think you can enjoy this light read, relate to the characters even if you know nothing of hockey...like me.
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