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It Must Be Love

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Undercover cop Joe Shanahan's bad luck hit bottom the morning he stared up into the face of sexy suspect Gabrielle Breedlove. She'd blown his cover—-brought him down with a can of hairspray—-and now his new assignment was to pose as her boyfriend. But spending as much time as possible with the utterly irresistible New Age beauty caused unexpected complications. To make mat...more
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Published January 1st 2001 by Recorded Books (first published 2000)
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Splage
Rachel Gibson is a go to author for me when I need a fun, upbeat story, she always delivers. It Must be Love was about opposites attract and fit the bill.

Joe is a cop, not really satisfied with his job and also thinking maybe its time to settle down, have a family, and pacify his busy body sisters and mom. He is traditional, somewhat chauvinistic, he wants a wife that feeds him, cleans his socks and takes care of him. Gabrielle was not for him.

Gabrielle owns an antique store and is of the "new...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
May 13, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone. A simple enjoyable read.
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5 Stars

Loved this book. The characters were quirky and fun. I've said so much about this author in other reviews I've written, I've run out of stellar things to say. I'll read her books over again. They are really good stories told very simply. Rachel Gibson at her best.

Happy Reading!
Malynda
Before she could even comprehend what he was doing, he placed his palms on the sides of her face and pulled her to him. “Kiss me, baby,” he said, his breath whispering across her cheek. “Give me your tongue.”

Give me your tongue?! A mood killer if I’ve ever read one. He should’ve stopped at Kiss me, baby. But moving on...

Joe Shanahan is a cop with a past. He got shot on the job and things didn’t go as planned, setting him back, so now he has to prove himself. Mr. Hillard’s Monet has been stolen a...more
Pınar
2.5

Birisi bana Rachel'in bir kitabında bu kadar sıkılacaksın deseydi sanırım fena dalardım. Ama zor bitti kitap ya. Fena, fena çok fena. Bu travmayı atlatmak için eski kitaplarından mı okusam ne yapsam :D

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Kerstin
Joe is a thirty-something, down to earth cop who owns a hilarious parrot and thinks that it's time to look at settling down with a sexy woman who doesn't mind running the household and have some kids. He is currently working on a big art theft case and is shadowing one of the two suspects: Gabrielle Breedlove.

Gabrielle is a new-age chick who owns a curio store together with her business partner Kevin and makes aromatherapy oils to sell at markets. She is looking for an enlightened man, with a po...more
Amelia Fransiska
Sukaaaaaa ama ni nvl.
Walo temanya pasaran bgt -pura2 pacaran- tp gw sukaaaaaa...

Detektif Joseph 'Joe' Shanahan lgsung menilai kalo Gabrielle Breedlove adl cwe yg eksentrik..
Pertama, dia meng-K.O Joe waktu Joe sdg membuntuti dia di taman -dgn hairspray-
Kedua, Gabrielle terobsesi dgn karma dan yingyang -yg menurut Joe aneh sgt-
Ketiga, nama nya yg seperti nama porn star.


Gabrielle terpaksa bersedia bekerja sama dgn kepolisian apabila tdk mau menjalani hukuman penjara -membawa senjata tanpa izin keti...more
Malakoka

2.9 stars

First of all, that cover is dreadful.

I am not a fan of illustrated covers ( I don't know why, maybe they make me feel like I'm reading "hoe to find a husband in 7 days"kind of book ), but this is.... buah...

I loved NOTHING BUT TROUBLE< and expected something similar here, but ... no.

Up until 85% it was OK read, but then the ending seemed kind of forced. And all that "I want to be with you, but I don't, but I do..." felt kind of wrong. Also, I just couldn't feel the chemistry betwee...more
Nonieღserenity2bliss
While I love the storyline, I can't say the same about the chemistry between the hero and heroine. I just feel like something is missing between them, so much so that when they realize they're in love with each other, it doesn't feel believable at all.
Heather
Ok, let me tell you the reason I chose this book to read:
After going on a binge of reading mystery and thrillers, I wanted to read some light chick lit and discover a new writer that I had not read. After some searching and researching on similar authors that I've previously read and loved, I decided to try Gibson. That being said, now I will give my review.

Good God, 30% into the book and there was no substance, no engagement or connection with the characters. Although I did like the backstory o...more
Jen
Sam the Parrot stole the show.

Detective Joe Shanahan and Gabrielle Breedlove have nothing in common. But when Joe suspects Gabrielle of some involvement in fencing art and antiques, he begins to tail her. But Gabrielle is on to him, and surprisingly, she manages to take him down--but not for long. Joe hauls Gabrielle into the station, and Gabrielle finds her self thrown into an undercover investigation by pretending to be Joe's girlfriend while Joe investigates Gabrielle's business partner Kevin...more
Gamatst
I like Rachel Gibson's Idaho settings probably because that's were I live and I recognize a lot of areas she writes about.

Also on Audio:

The narrator, Richard Ferrone, ruined It Must Be Love for me (one of my very favorites by Rachel Gibson) with the spin he gave gave it. He made Joe a jerk in my ears instead of the nice guy forced into a tough situation that I read him as.

If it hit others like it did me it could explain why we haven't seen more of Rachel's work done in audio up until recently....more
Goddess
The book started off quite good. The plot would have been excellent.

Unfortunately, their strengths weren't focused on, and the female protagonist capitulated too easily. She was silly. It was nauseating at times. She sounded and acted like a bimbo without being endearing. She was also very easy. If a guy treated me like that – I wouldn't forgive so easily. The romance began to pale. Otherwise it would have been interesting.

But it was rather clichéd too. All the criminals appeared to be blond me...more
Cherry
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Juliana
(4.5 stars) Absolute great read - I didn't think contemporary romance was my genre, but I'm definitely going to be more open-minded in the future. Still a 100% historical romance fan, but this book was just fantastic. It was sweet, cute, and also hysterically funny - some parts were so comedic that I was laughing so hard I had tears coming out of my eyes (one part especially, that even when trying to reread to someone else I could barely get through because I started laughing again). Definitely...more
christine danielle the romance addict
It must be Love

REVIEW:


Cover: 3
Plot: 5
Characters: 5

5 MONET STARS!

"I am the other half of your soul," he said. "And you are the other half of my soul. Together we make each other whole."

Gabrielle Breedlove just wants to go jogging but now she's the suspect of stealing a Monet painting. Detective Joseph Shanahan was the one assigned to Gabrielle and even though she's a little crazy, he can't help hos attraction to her.

Rachel Gibson, along with other authors like Susan Elizabeth Philipps, Jennifer...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I read this one several years ago so just re-read it because I needed something light and funny and remembered enjoying it for that reason. I was glad to see it was as I remembered.

This time through I found Gabrielle both ditzy and sweet but a little bit annoying in her naive belief in her friend who was clearly a scum bag right from the beginning. There wasn't much suspense or police work in this book but it was funny and easy to read.
FlibBityFLooB
The hero in this novel wasn’t bad, but the heroine really grated on me. She was ditzy and new-age. I didn’t like her and couldn’t relate to her. I also wasn’t sure what the hero would see in her. The story was pretty predictable. I gave it 3 stars instead of 2 because I have a soft spot for heroes who are detectives.
Brooke Pfannkuche-swain
For the most part I have loved nearly all of Rachel Gibson's books but this one was a bit of a flop for me. Maybe it was that everything was so date, being published at the end of 1990's (don't get me wrong, the 90's have been one of my favorite decade so far! I mean "Singles" and "Reality Bites", grunge, and flannel and Dr Martens... ), that the main female character was a total flake (a less lovable Phobie from "Friends" character) or the the hero was just not appealing... Nearly ever author h...more
Rory
Opposites attract story, not sure I buy into that but, it did have likable characters and included crime mystery so I liked it.
Warning: Sexual situations.
Wendy
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Starry
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Carrie
Read in paper 2009. Rereading for audio review 2013.

3.5*
I’ve read all Gibson’s books and was excited about listening to It Must Be Love on audio. I’m pleased to say the narrator is a win, but certain aspects of the plot make the book less enjoyable than I remembered.

Gabrielle, our heroine, mixes herbal remedies and essential oils and talks about auras and karma. She meditates and chants and attempts to find her peaceful center. The street festival in our local university town would be an ideal p...more
Tina
OMG! I loved this book so hard! The pacing was good, the plot was totally believable. There was a slight moment during the conflict at the end where I came close to deducting a point but in the end I didn't. And I have to say, that conflict had me worried that there wouldn't be a HEA. I know, I had a brainfart, what can I say?

I love, love, love Joe! He's perfect. Sweet, considerate, sexy. Gabrielle is another story… she's a kook. Strange, high-strung, over-reactive, dramatic, ditzy, and not very...more
Jennifer Tatroe
I picked up this book because my trusty Literature Map put Rachel Gibson nestled right up against Jennifer Crusie, who I love. I'm a sucker for mismatched romances with cops and thieves and caper/heist elements, so this story of a New Age aromatherapist paired with an undercover cop investigating her business partner seemed right up my alley.

In the end, I'll say that it was a fun book that I zipped through in less than a day, but it lacked the real chemistry of a Crusie novel. The heist pacing...more
HÜLYA
Kitabın Adı : Adı Aşk Olmalı
Yazar : Rachel Gibson
Orjinal Adı : İt Must Be Love
Goodreads Puanı:5/3,80
Puanım :5/4


Romantik Komedi tarzının güzel bir örneği idi.. Çok severek okudum. Belki çok kuvvetli bir kurgusu yoktu ama kesinlikle bana çok güzel vakit geçirtti.
Tabii ki benim sevdiğim kadar sevmeyen de olabilir. Ama kesinlikle bazen gülerek,bazen üzülerek,bazen de o romantik ortamı hissederek okudum. Polisiye teması çok kuvvetli değildi. Romanın erkek karakteri polis idi ama öyle işlenen bir cina...more
Ana T.
"Undercover cop Joe Shanahan's bad luck hit bottom the morning he stared up into the face of sexy suspect Gabrielle Breedlove. She'd blown his cover---brought him down with a can of hairspray---and now his new assignment was to pose as her boyfriend. But spending as much time as possible with the utterly irresistible New Age beauty caused unexpected complications. To make matters worse, his matchmaking sisters are picking out china patterns.

Joe's brooding good looks and T-shirt-straining muscles...more
Shxrxn
Love tended to get a lot of women in trouble.
- Joe
She'd sworn off gorgeous men years ago they caused heartbreak and chaos in the continuum of body, mind, and spirit. They were like Snickers barsthey looked and tasted good, but they could never pass for a well-balanced meal.
- Gabrielle
Anyone can get a degree or a certificate in something. Big deal. A piece of paper from a university somewhere doesn't define a person. It won't tell you who I am.
- Gabrielle
I'll come by anyway, just so you don't st...more
McKayla
Maybe I would have enjoyed this story more had I read it an not listened to it. The lines said by Joe had my laughing hysterically at my desk. I am sure my co-workers were wondering if I had lost my mind. It was just the delivery of some that made me lose it

"Let's move to the bedroom. I like to spread out while I work"

The delivery is everything on a line. Something cheesy like that may work on some, however I would kill the mode by my uncontrollable laughter!!!
J Sie
Este libro es apasionado y fantástico.

La historia entre Joe y Gabrielle es as, apasionada y fresca. Es un poco confusa y nada ordinaria, quiere rozar lo místico o fantástico pero al mismo tiempo es tradicional y ordinaria (en el buen sentido).

Este libro te hace sentir.... extasiado por no decir que te hace decir "METANME QUIERO SER YO!", es una historia que te atrapa desde el principio y no puedes dejar de pasar las paginas.
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