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True Love and Other Disasters (Chinooks Hockey Team #4)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  12,580 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
Heartache, hockey and heavenly bodies - get ready for the new red-hot read from New York Times bestseller Rachel Gibson

When money-bags Virgil Duffy leaves his widow a stash of cash and his beloved ice-hockey team in his will, team captain Ty 'Saint' Savage is furious. The Chinooks are set to win the biggest prize of the season, and a beautiful young ex-stripper taking over
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Little Black Dress (first published January 1st 2009)
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True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson

When Faith Duffy's elderly husband, Virgil, passed away, not only did he leave her an outrageous amount of money, he left her his hockey team as well. Faith, who had been a trophy wife for the last 5 years and a stripper/Playboy centerfold before that, had no idea how to manage a hockey team. She was going to sell the team to Landon, Virgil's snarky son [image error] but retracted the offer when Landon embarrassed her in front of the team by callin
May 07, 2009 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of sexy sports romances
Recommended to Auntee by: KarLynP
Just a quickie review here because, seriously? There's no way I can match KarenH's review ( tells the whole story complete with some awesome pics.:)

Anyhow, this series is shaping up to be my favorite sports romance series of all time. This one wasn't my favorite, but it's still a very enjoyable, super-sexy read, loaded with plenty of sexual tension, a cranky hero (I think all the heroes so far have been kind of foul-tempered), a sexy, vulnerable heroine de
May 07, 2015 Cathryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
3.5 stars. Ty Savage is yummy.
Jacob Proffitt
This is the fourth in the series, and includes characters from previous books. Well, from the first two books, anyway. Which is good because the third sucked. You don't really need to read the first two, but it is nice to know the occasional character as they crop up and they were worth the read anyway.

While nowhere near as bad as the third, this story didn't really connect for me. As far as I could tell, the main characters only really bonded over sex. Not that sexual attraction is a bad thing,
Michelle [Helen Geek]
12/26/2014 -- Re-read

One of my favorite authors. I agree with my original 4.5 Star rating. A fun book and a really good series.

Overall Rating = 4.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 5 / 3 = 4 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 5 Stars
Character / Secondary Character Development = 4 / 4 = 4 Stars
“Did I like” Hero / Heroine = 5 / 5 = 5 Stars
Story / Background Story Development = 4 / 3 = 3.5 Stars
“Did I like the Damned Thing” = 4 Stars
Ending = 3 Stars
Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [A re-read ... inva
♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 stars. A really cute sexy story, but not a lot of depth. A quick read by a great author. Perfect beach reading material. I agree with many who are happy she is writing about hockey again.
Apr 30, 2011 Sophie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
First of all I feel like I should stress that when reading and rating romance novels, I keep in mind that it's a romance novel - my expectations are basic at best, and I make allowances for a greater suspended disbelieve and a language and style that's appropriate for the genre - nothing extraordinary. But I do want my romance novels to be better than *this*.

While Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me is the kind of chick lit that makes me want to read more m/f romance, this is the kind of book that makes me
I really love Rachel Gibson's writing style. All of her books I have read are very easy to read and flow through the pages.

She writes great characters that are flawed and believable she writes them to be quirky and humorous at times and usually has me laughing out loud a few times. She writes great love scene's that are smokin' that I often wish they start sooner in her novels.

When Faith Duffy’s elderly husband and Chinooks Hockey Team owner Virgil Duffy passes away and leaves her his team. Fai
Hard to rate this one. On the plus side, it kept me engaged, and I thought it was kind of interesting for once to have a "gold digger" heroine who actually could truly be considered a gold digger. (Though of course she's practically a virgin widow and was never that into sex til she met the hero.) Unfortunately, her character is pretty inconsistent. And not only is the story quite derivative and the writing repetitious but there is very little chemistry between the leads. I just talked myself ou ...more
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May 31, 2009 Romance Novel TV rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
4.75 Stars
Reviewed by Stacey Agdern, romance reader and Ranger Fan

When they signed their deal with Harlequin, NASCAR noted that “40 percent of its estimated 75 million fans in the United States (were) women”. But what about the NHL, where it is reported, that anywhere between 33 to 44 percent of its fan base is female.

What we do know is that there’s enough of a female fan base for the Washington Capitals to have formed the first official female NHL f
First, I’m happy that Rachel Gibson is writing about hockey again.

With that said, I couldn’t relate to Faith in this book and had a hard time drumming up sympathy for her. She is a stripper turned Playboy Centerfold turned trophy wife who is struggling to find herself after her elderly husband kicks the bucket. I felt like I needed a little more back-story on her character. She totally despised her childhood and her mother’s lifestyle as a stripper, yet followed in her mother’s footsteps. WHY? F
Suzie Quint
Apr 03, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really like Rachel Gibson's books. One of the reasons is that she doesn't make sex the payoff at the end. Love is the payoff. In this case, there's a lot of sex that starts fairly early on. A lot of very hot sex. The payoff comes when the hero professes his love, refusing to let her sacrifice to "take care" of him.

I also like that Gibson's men are real men and not women in hairy suits. Being a professional hockey player, the hero is all man and talks and thinks like a real man. As long as Gibs
Normally I enjoy Rachel Gibson's books for an entertaining (guilty pleasure), easy, weekend read. This story just seemed too predictable and I just really couldn't get into her characters this time around. I actually kind of skimmed through the last chapter or so until the ending - which is normally something I don't do.
Nov 14, 2016 Jiana rated it it was ok
Why am I only noticing that there are books I've read ages ago and haven't added them on here?
Feb 22, 2012 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people enjoying hot angst-free romance
Shelves: genre-chicklit
I loved loved loved this book! Straight to favs! I am super giddy right now with a big grin on my face. If the rest of her books are anything like this I have found a new favorite author! I cannot describe what make this book so awesome but I am going to try anyway.

1. Trophy wife inherits the hockey team, discovers herself and fall in love with the captain of the team. The plot is simple and you get a picture of what this book is going to be - but you couldn't be more wrong. In fact, this book b
May 13, 2009 Phyllis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-comedy
Rachel Gibson has it tough with me. She rated a five stars with her first two books, Simply Irresistable and Truly Madly and I compare all of her books to the first two. Gibson writes a sexy romance.Ever since she introduced the Seattle Chinooks in her first book, Simply Irresistable, I wanted more stories about the players. Sex and hockey is the greatest combination since chocolate and wine. The hero, Ty Savage, is the new captain of the team. He has to deal with the new owner of the team, the ...more
Jul 11, 2011 marieno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ok. First of all, the bad things: the action is slow in the beginning. Rachel Gibson missed a lot of opportunity. Faith and Ty could have teased each other via the media more than once. The Beauty and the Savage beast theme could have been exploited more than once. Faith could have been more at ease with the players. Faith's mother and Ty's father were obnoxious.

Ok. The good thing: Faith and Ty had good chemistry going on for them. I still need to read Rob's story but for now on, Ty is my favori
(Re-read on audio 2015)- Found this on my library's audio online library site and decided to "re-read" it on audio. I may have liked it better this time around but it did remind me again of a SEP book, great book though, fun on audio.

(Read May 2009) I like Rachel Gibson but this was not my favorite of hers. It looks like its going to be #1 of a series with #2 coming out next spring.

The inherited Hockey team reminded me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Phoebe who inherited the Chicago Stars football
Sandra Mariscal
Jul 15, 2016 Sandra Mariscal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Entre 3.5 y 4.

Hacía muuucho tiempo que no leía nada de esta autora, es más solo he leído un libro de ella, el de Jane juega y gana, que me encantó y me divirtió a partes iguales. Con este me he reído menos, aunque me ha durado un suspiro, pues es un libro que se lee en nada. Me han gustado los protagonistas, aunque la historia de amor, para mi gusto, un poco rápida. Aun así, es una muy buena opción para leer ahora en el verano :D
This was a fantastic book...right up to the end! It just ends no epilogue or anything??? Very disappointing. I need a little closure. It does have a happy ending though. The characters are both very likable and the chemistry between them oozes off the pages. This would have been a five star for me if Ms Gibson would have written an epilogue.
May 27, 2009 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Once again, Rachel Gibson has sucked me in with her awesome characters. Faith and Ty were great together. I liked her personality and his surliness. Her books about the Chinooks hockey team are great. I'm excited that she is turning them into a series. The next one should be out in the Spring of 2010. I don't know if I can wait that long! LOL
Jul 28, 2013 Dalila. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one night.It had all the elements I love in a romance novel,Characters that resonate,great humor,sexy interludes between the two main characters.I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it!
Aug 14, 2012 Melis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allam neden bizim karşımıza da böyle herifler çıkmıyor. Biri tahtını bırakır, biri çirkinde olsa sevdiğine sahip çıkar, birisi de sevdiği iş olan hokeycilikten emekli olur. Duysun beni yukardaki bende istiyorum yaaaa, istiyorum işte....
Jun 05, 2016 Calpurnia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Le pongo 3 por no ponerle 2 al fin y al cabo ha tenido momentos buenos pero desde luego no es el mejor de la serie.
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
By now, you all probably know that I am a huge Rachel Gibson fangirl. I’ve read all of her books, I’ve read most of them more than twice, I’ve read my favorites up to six times, I have all of her books in print and I have most of them in ebook and audio too. My absolute favorite series of hers is her Truly series, but her Chinook Hockey Team series has always been a close second. We fist met most of these hockey players for the Seatlle Chinooks team in Simply Irresistible (released 1998!) and we ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was incredibly surprised by this book. I can't wait to read the next one. The character development was amazing! I don't know that I have read a romance novel where I've seen character development that rivaled what we read in English Lit. It was really, really good! The plot was fun, the characters themselves felt very comfortable, and the dialogue was quick witted.

Normally, when I choose to read a romance novel, I do so because it's not going to kill me to put it down. I tend to lean toward
Jill Dunlop
Faith Duffy's husband and owner of the Seattle hockey team has recently died, leaving Faith as the owner. Faith is only 30 years and has a stigma attached to her as a gold-digger since her former husband Virgil was 80 years-old and a billionaire. With all the negative buzz surrounding her, the hockey team doesn't want to be caught in the middle of it, especially Captain of the team, Ty Savage. He wants to win the Stanley Cup and nothing is going to make him loose focus, not even a beautiful bimb ...more
3 1/2 stars

Rachel Gibson returns to the Chinooks hockey team in this book. It is a follow-up to Simply Irresistible, See Jane Score, and The Trouble With Valentine's Day. This is a complete stand alone book, though. Even if you have never read any of those books, you will still get the whole story. A few of the hockey players return, but none of the former heroes are found in the book. The only previous heroine is Jane from See Jane Score.

Thirty-year-old Faith Duffy inherits the Chinooks hockey
Mar 26, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Disaster Number One: Men Number Two: Passion Number Three: Love

Faith married her very wealthy 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. And Faith didn't even watch hockey!

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
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Rachel was born in Boise, Idaho, USA. Her father worked for a telephone company, and her mother was a housewife. Idaho has the largest population of Basques outside of the Basque lands of Spain. She grew up with kids with last names like Uberuaga, Berriochoa, and Egisquiza, but years later she discovered the rest of the country didn't really know much about the Basque culture or history.

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