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The Trouble With Valentine's Day (Chinooks Hockey Team #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  10,700 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
Dumped by her boyfriend, stressed out by her job, Kate Hamilton needs to regroup and get back some self-esteem. She moves from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the wilderness of Gospel, Idaho for some small-town fun. But when her first attempted seduction of a hunky stranger is completely rejected, she wonders what else could possibly go wrong?

Well, for starters she quick
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Avon (first published 2005)
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Dec 08, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of hot contemporary romance
This one was one of my favorites of the whole Chinooks Hockey series, although there wasn't much about hockey in it. The hero, Rob Sutter, 36, is a retired Seattle Chinook now running a sporting goods store in small Gospel, Idaho. Rob is newly divorced after (view spoiler).


Rob is adamant about not making the same mistakes regarding relationships (no more marria
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Dec 24, 2015 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: One of my all time favorites, so who wouldn't I rec this to?
Shelves: nook-tbr, 5_star, sports
Re-read -- 12/14/2015

5 Stars

Just what the doctor ordered. I was having issues getting into any book - not the books' fault but rather my state of mind. Just for this book, I also think my rating scale needs adjustment. Sometimes, if a book hits all components needed within the reader, at the time being read, it should count whether it is terribly unique, cranks on emotions, demonstrates exemplary writing, etc. Sometimes, just because, is good enough. This one is a
This is the 6th or 7th book I've read by Rachel Gibson and I'm wondering if I'll ever read one that I feel deserves less than 5 stars. Not that I'm complaining...not at all. It's just that each book I've read has been totally different from the others...each plot fresh, the characters unique (but always enjoyable) and the romantic aspect feels as if it was written specifically for that hero and heroine. That is pretty amazing for an author to achieve among her stand-alone books, but to pull it o ...more

Boy, did this book ever grow on me! I wasn't so sure in the beginning if this was a book that I even wanted to read. I didn't particularly care for the heroine's back story and thought this might be a dnf. The hero’s history is what made me sit up and take notice and not give up. It had me intrigued from the moment I heard it. I applause RG for making him so realistic with flaws and all. That’s a trend in her books that has made her an auto buy for me.

Not many authors
Dec 16, 2012 Jami rated it it was ok
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Have you ever started a book and from the very beginning, you thought to yourself this is gonna be good? Well, starting The Trouble With Valentine's Day, I just had a feeling this is going to be right up my alley and I was right. Mostly thanks to the awesome heroine, whom I loved to pieces.
My feelings towards the hero are still debatable, but what I can tell you for sure is that even though he behaved like a dick a lot of times, he somehow always managed to wiggle into my good graces. Charming
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I really enjoyed the slow pacing of the romance in this story and the personal growth each of the main characters underwent, including Kate's dad and Robs mom. Kathleen Early did a good job on the narration. I read the paperback several years ago and think the audiobook is even better.
♥ Melody
Missed the boat completely on this one. Bummer. I went into this with somewhat high hopes expecting something similar to Nothing But Trouble but didn't happen. RG didn't bother showing much character growth with a hero who has a history of chronic careless cheating. Rob didn't seem to show a lot of guilt over it and that bothered me the most. Instead the author seemed to focus more on the ONS he had with a deranged lunatic who tried to kill him instead of the fact that he cheated on his wife whe ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Splage rated it it was amazing
I am really going back and forth on rating this book between a 4 or 5. The ending was fabulous; lump in the throat, funny, ironic and made me feel so good. I loved the sport's hero theme, although Rob was no longer playing and owned a sporting goods store in small town Idaho, he still had the attitude. Rachel Gibson has pretty much always delivered for me, great characters, well written stories with depth, but lightness. When I first started reading romance 3 years ago she is who I cut my teeth ...more
Nov 24, 2010 valee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
4.5 STARS!

I loved this book! Not of the bests I have read but it really was a terrific read, definitely much better than the first 2 books in this series. I just felt like singing: "It must be love", from Madness . Just like watching one of those amazing romantic movies that leave you all cozy inside. **sigh**.

In this book we have our sexy hot hero, Rob, described as one of those guys too sexy to be real, almost a GQ guy (not being really one because he's too rough and manly,lol). P.E.R.F.E.C.T.
3.5 stars.

This was a fairly solid sport-themed read but just didn't completely hit the mark. I feel like Gibson spent a lot of time on stuff that made the story drag and just didn't sink her teeth enough into the really good parts. It was a shame, because Rob and Kate's story had real potential.

I kept reading because I was enjoying the characters and where this could lead but it didn't satisfactorily tick all the boxes for me. There was also no hockey action, fyi - but the thought of Rob playing
Oct 01, 2013 Kyraryker rated it really liked it
Oh man, I hope the soul patch the lead male (Rob Sutter) is sporting gets shaved or something, because I just can't handle a guy with a soul patch.

Rachel Gibson does such a great job of balancing humor with serious issues. Plus there is no other author I have ever read who writes about hockey in such an incredibly fantastic way as she does; hands down.

I don't know what it says about me but if I was known around town as the woman who men thought wanted their ball sacks as chain purses I would be
Just ok.

I picked up this author from amazon as she appeared in the same lists as sep, whose books are great.
However this was not half as good.

The heroine tries to pick up a guy at a bar for sex. He rejects her and she is humiliated.

She goes on to stay with her grandfather in the small town of Gospel and it turns out this guy, the hero, is also resident there. She is initially embarrassed and there is conflict between the pair until they eventually get it on.

They have both suffered fairly d
Jun 19, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
I guess her old books really are better, because this was one book that i just couldn't put down.
She got my attention by mentioning the snake tattoo and had me captivated til the very end.
well, i won't lie to you, the ending didn't really do it for me, but it was still a really great book.
It was interesting to read about a former hockey player who messed up his life and is now living like a monk to try to make up for his past mistakes.
& i loved the fact that the heroine was a PI. Not man
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Jul 12, 2015 Lea's Audiobooks Hensley rated it it was amazing
Audio version narrated by Kathleen Early. Five stars in print. Five stars in audio.
Jan 26, 2012 Natalija rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I really liked it, mostly because I always enjoy flawed characters and Rob definitely fits this category. Although he did some pretty bad things in the past, I still liked him. After all the things he went through, I had no doubts he would change. He admitted his mistakes and had no wish to repeat them.
I highly recommend this book to those of you who enjoy sports romance, hot love scenes and small town folks.
Oct 02, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I love, love, loved Rob in this book. He was, well just yummy to the very end. He never played games with a sometimes annoying Kate. She had a few TSTL moments, but overall she was likeable enough.
Cute, fun read. Hero is a retired hockey star with an ex and a daughter he's crazy about. His career was ended by a crazy puck bunny stalker who shot him up, so he's retired to his mom's Sun Valley hometown to run a summer sports store. The heroine was working as a PI in Las Vegas but has left the profession and moved to the same town where her beloved granddad owns a grocery. She's going to help him get past losing grandma and back to life again, plus get her own life on track. And maybe ease t ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Eline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I don't know if this book is my favorite written by Rachel Gibson, but I liked it a lot! The characters in "The troube with Valentine's Day" are really great and very credible. The story is written in a way you keep on wondering what will happen even though you secretly know how it will all end. I never get tired of reading Gibsons books. In every single one of them the same things happen againts a slightly different background, but that doesn't matter. She knows how to keep her readers entertai ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Melis rated it really liked it
Bu serinin bu kadar komik olduğunu neden kimse bana önceden söylemedi yaa :D
Caroline Yamashita
Kate decidiu mudar de ares.
Deixou seu emprego, sua cidade e está indo para Gospel, ajudar seu avô!
No caminho, depois de um tempestade de neve, Kate encontra Rob, e de cara quer uma noitada louca! Sexo de uma noite e adeus, mas Rob não se deixa levar por uma noite. Ele aprendeu a lição! Por isso, ele diz não.
Tudo estaria perfeitamente bem depois da rejeição, se Rob não fosse o vizinho do seu avô!!!

Eu gostei do livro, mas ele é meio paradinho e muito enrolado até mais da metade!
3,5 estrelas!
Nov 10, 2015 Aarann rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This novel merges Gibson's Gospel series with her Chinooks series. Kate is a former private investigator from Vegas who comes to Gospel to heal after a bad judgment call on her part cost innocent people their lives. Rob, formerly of the Chinooks hockey team, has also come to Gospel to lick his wounds after an affair gone wrong cost him his career and his family.

This was a re-read for me, though I couldn't tell you how long it's been since I read it the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Each time I read a Rachel Gibson book I am reminded of how much I enjoy her writing style.

I love a strong heroine. In this offering, Kate Hamilton fits the bill perfectly. She is a former PI from Vegas moving to a small Idaho town to be with her grandfather. She has a reputation as being a real 'ball buster' and is called manly by some. While she may be tall and brash, she is still all woman. The hero is former Chinook hockey player, Rob Sutter. Forced to retire after a traumatic event, he is l
Dec 30, 2010 kilty rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
RG tries to add a hidden pure, white marshmallow core to the outer cotton candy fluff..yet again!

I know I'm reading the Chinooks series in the reverse order but I'm beginning to appreciate the latter books in the series with the exception of "True Love - A Disaster (as applicable only to RG's lead pairs)"

Heroine is a burn-the-rhinestone-bra women's lib type who fights for womanly rights to more sex than substance..well! not complaining:))) just saying!

Hero 'was' a cheater who never did anything
I loved this story. Kate was an independent woman living in Vegas till her world was turned upside down. She moves in with her aging grandfather in a little mountain town in Gospel, Idaho. Rob Sutter lives in Gospel, Idaho now because of irreversible events. He is more than a little gun shy when it comes to forward women. They have an auspicious beginning before she ever reaches Gospel that makes Kate wish she could have disappeared. Months go by and he walks into her grandfather's store, and ac ...more
Jennifer (Schenni's Book Nook)
I didn't finish this book, so I won't rate it. What I'll do is try to explain why I just didn't feel like reading on.

1. I didn't like Rob, the male main character of this book. He used to cheat on his girlfriends, he cheated on his wife and mother of his child. And he didn't even feel bad about it. The only thing that worried him was the fact that the woman he betrayed his wife with, turned out to be bat-shit crazy after he dropped her like a hot potatoe. So the only reason he stopped sleeping a
Feb 11, 2015 Claudia rated it really liked it
A történet kellemesen hétköznapi és langyos, probléma nincs nagyon vele, bár túl sok izgalomra sem ad okot. Mégis azt mondom összességében megéri elolvasni, Rachel Gibson jó író chik-lit műfajban, és jó a humora.
A Fu Manchu nekem nagyon nem jött be, de ez csak az én problémám, hokisoknál tényleg divat én is megnéztem:DDD Legközelebb pedig igenis több hokit kérek a történetbe, nem csak emlékeket, amiről a főhős még csak beszélni sem akar:)
Sep 11, 2016 Anne-Marie rated it liked it
My first read of a Rachel Gibson book and I liked it enough to want to read more. I like her style. It's witty and sexy and an easy pageturner.

It could've been a 4 star read, but what had me deducting a star was that Kate and Rob went through an endless push and pull that became annoying and felt more and more forced. As characters they were likeable and their chemistry palpable. It would have worked like a charm had the author not gone overboard on the lack of communication and ensuing scenes

Lettura di gruppo di San Valentino E&L

Non sapevamo fosse il terzo di una serie, ma siccome si può leggere lo stesso separatamente, l'abbiamo letto e ora sono qui a recensirlo.

Libro che si legge velocemente senza infamia e senza lode.
Romance carino con protagonista un giocatore di hockey dei Chinooks. niente di speciale. I due protagonisti non mi hanno convinto così come non mi ha convinto tutta la faccenda. Avrei preferito che alcune situazioni pensieri etc..venissero appr
Mar 09, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been an enjoyable series so far, this was not my favorite, but still fun. There were some funny scenes with Kate, who was a sarcastic, competitive character. It was fun to see Rob again and have his story this time. The one thing was that I wish there were more hockey scenes. I really enjoy the references and enjoy game scenes. I can't wait to read more of this series soon.
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