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The trouble with Valentine's Day?

It just plain stinks!

Kate Hamilton should know. Dumped by her boyfriend and burnt out by her job, she's returned to Gospel, Idaho, where a Mountain Momma Crafters' original poetry reading is about as good as it gets on a Friday night. Then her first attempted seduction of a hunky stranger is completely rejected. So much for her self-esteem!

It turns out that Rob Sutter, former ice hockey madman, owner of Sutter's Sports - and the hunky stranger who told her to get lost - has been more than burned by love and isn't looking for a relationship. But then he and Kate find themselves in an ultra-compromising position in the M&S Market, giving the phrase "clean up in aisle five" a whole new meaning and causing a whole lot of gossip in Gospel.

©2012 Rachel Gibson (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Chick Lit as it was jntended

Rachel Gibson does a fabulous job of writing fun and steamy books that keep you interested without having to think or concentrate too hard. The Trouble with Valentine's Day is just that. Not too much drama, but enough for some substance. GREAT performance by Kathleen Early. Good read when you need an out loud giggle and a little fantasy indulgence. Fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as the others..

Would you try another book from Rachel Gibson and/or Kathleen Early?

I love the RG stories as each brings in another character of the infamous Chinooks NHL team. After reading it, I figured that this was an early book in her career, but no! This is a 2012, so it feels like the writer regressed a bit and was really struggling to find her wit and creativity in this book. In this one, the hero is again a former hockey player who was forced out of the NHL by a horrible crime committed against him. Our heroine, Kate, happens to move to his town to be with her grandpa and of course they meet (awkwardly) and it goes on from there. How will they get together, will they reconcile, etc... But the story falls flat. It just doesn't go anywhere, and the characters were not really believable or endearing to me.

What could Rachel Gibson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More humor, brand-name dropping and, well, STORY. RG did this so well in her other books and it brought some good humor to the stories. I would have enjoyed more characters, conflicts, action or character development. The writing is repetitive. She uses and reuses the same descriptions, reactions, and just didn't seem to hit the mark. I would like to see more realistic reactions to curve balls that life throws at these two. It's so obviously going to be a HEA, and is fairly predictable along the way...

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narrator was just ok, pacing pretty good. She was better than some of her other attempts and certainly better than other performers that RG has chosen for her books.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Light, fluff for a time when you're busy and not hoping to get lost in the joy of listening... a good driving book.

Any additional comments?

Two more in my wish list -- hope they are getting better with age.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very Little Humor

I usually love Rachel Gibson's book for the humor, so I was disappointed in The Trouble with Valentine's Day. I also didn't really connect to either former private detective Kate (mid 30s) or Rob, a retired professional hockey player.

When Kate goes to Gospel, Idaho to spend time with family, she keeps running into Rob, who has opened a sporting goods store next to her grandfather's grocery store. They seem too ready to believe the worst of the other, due to their first unfortunate meeting, which I found annoying and rather boring.

Normally I enjoy a small town setting but Gospel seemed to be the hometown of every redneck, bigot, gossipmonger and desperate widow in the state of Idaho. Not horrible yet absolutely not up to this author's usual standards.


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Great story and reader

After after a few duds with good recommendations, it was a delight to listen to this book. Funny, believable and flawed characters -- in a way that is relatable and didn't make me want to repeatedly smack anyone for sheer stupidity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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CUTE

Rachel Gibson does it again! Her love stories make you laugh out loud. She makes you hate to finish the book.

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Fun and flirty

This fun is fun and flirty. Characters were very relatable. Shows modern and old fashioned thinking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great!!

There's no other word for Rachel Gibson except perfect. These are great characters in a cute small town. Thank you for finally getting it in audio!!!!
Perfect narrator.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Still love it

I always love Rachel Gibson s books and even though I have read them many many times, they are as good as before

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Gossip, 5th Member of the Food Group

Where does The Trouble with Valentine's Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed the snark dialogue, but you will miss it if too much multi tasking.<br/>Author has a great sense of witty dialogue and she shines in this one. It will be a re listen.

What other book might you compare The Trouble with Valentine's Day to and why?

Actually, this seems to be the only one I can remember when author makes our heroine a P.I. I loved this strong female character.<br/>Simply Irresistible, has the same spirit, but not the like this full strong heroine who doesn't let anyone win without a full court press.

What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

She has become one of my fave as she learned to deepen her male voice e.g. Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series, not for the faint of heart. She excelled in reading all of this author's reads as she interprets author very well.<br/>In this one, YUM

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"the hummer climbed with grit and spit". Author sets this story up quickly and well done.

Any additional comments?

note: I do use the new 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.<br/>I hope this was helpful?

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Meh...

The last few chapters were rushed. It seemed as tho I skipped a couple of chapters when Epilogue started.