Clay Powers is the UFC heavy weight champion of the world. He has a reputation of being cranky and surly and he doesn't take kindly to othe...more3 1/2 stars
Clay Powers is the UFC heavy weight champion of the world. He has a reputation of being cranky and surly and he doesn't take kindly to others. He takes his fighting very seriously and he doesn't fall for women. Melody is a battered soul, who was also a former battered wife. When she shows her sweet side to Clay by buying him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving surprisingly to them both they fall hopelessly in love.
I did enjoy Defying the Odds. The characters were likable, I love reading about the gruff alpha badass who only softens for his lady, and Clay had this quality in spades. Melody was.... alright I guess. She was wishy washy and she had that whole "I'm not good enough for him" self loathing thing going on (that I really don't like) but for the most part she was a sweet desirable heroine that matched well to the hero.
Where I felt the story fell a bit flat... The relationship buildup was super rushed. Actually, there really wasn't a "build up" it was just there. This was Love at First Sight on speed. I also felt a bit robbed with the big altercation with Melody's ex. There was no real buildup for that either, again it was just there and then it was over.
The last thing I noticed that I felt a bit annoying was; Melody's ex's name was Justin, and then Jason, and then it was back to Justin again. A bit of editing needed there. (less)
**spoiler alert** Lauren is a woman looking for something different. When she meets Michael Flynn all her wildest fantasies are about to come true, or...more**spoiler alert** Lauren is a woman looking for something different. When she meets Michael Flynn all her wildest fantasies are about to come true, or is that her worst nightmares?
I hated the beginning of this book! My perception may be off because I'm more of a romance reader than erotica, but when Lauren volunteered to watch Flynn have sex with another woman?!?! it took everything I had in me not to stop reading. After reluctantly trudging on after that horrid scene, I surprised myself with how much I actually enjoyed Willing Victim.
Behind the in charge mean-ass alpha male, Flynn was a really great guy. He was funny and sensitive, and all though his tastes run a little on the wild side for me, I still fell a little bit in love with him.
Lauren was pretty great too. She was caring and strong, and once the episode in the very beginning faded into the background of my memory, I grew to like her as well.
All and all I have the same complaint as most every other reader, this was way too short. But for a novella, it sure hit all the right spots for me. (less)
Any Man of Mine falls into line with all Rachel Gibson's others in the adorable Chinook Hockey series. I liked it a lot.
After a crazy drunk week in V...moreAny Man of Mine falls into line with all Rachel Gibson's others in the adorable Chinook Hockey series. I liked it a lot.
After a crazy drunk week in Vegas Autumn ends up married, pregnant, and dumped by Chinook Hockey Star Sam LeClaire. 5 years later Sam and Autumn have a mutual hate-dislike relationship and realize that though they have a son together it's best that they are never in the same room with one another. This all changes when Sam starts to realize he has not been the kind of father his son Conner deserves so he tries harder to be the dad he should have been all along. All the while Sam is hyper aware of Autumn and the serious attraction he had for her in Vegas all those years ago is stirring him up again.
The one thing I need in any book is likable characters. And Any Man of Mine without question has a great heroine and a hero who kind of starts out as an ass, but grows into a guy any woman would want. Autumn impressed me with not only her kindness but her resistance to the overpowering Sam LeClaire. Sam was a party animal womanizer who grew throughout the book to become a stand up guy. I love that about Rachel Gibson. She puts her characters together like a puzzle so we can grow to know, respect and eventually love them.
The ONLY gripe I have about Any Man of Mine was I felt it was a bit short. It was 360some pages but the print was large and I wanted a little more page time with Sam and Autumn.
Overall Rachel Gibson is always an autobuy for me and I will continue to eat her books up as soon as they come out. (less)
Thin Ice was a realistic touching story of Emily who is a single mom with a violent past and Eric Cameron, a pro hockey star who is brought in to the...moreThin Ice was a realistic touching story of Emily who is a single mom with a violent past and Eric Cameron, a pro hockey star who is brought in to the ER after a bar brawl where she is a doctor. I really enjoyed this story about Emily's struggles with her love for Eric and his love for the violent sport of hockey. Emily is a strong heroine who knows what she wants but because of her abusive ex-husband she has trouble accepting her feelings for a (gorgeous) brute like Eric. Eric, I can't say enough about his character. He was tough, yet oh so sweet. He absolutely melted my heart with how much he loved Emily.
I thoroughly enjoyed Thin Ice. The story was great, the characters real. Though I have been very fortunate in my life to not have had the horrific experiences that Emily did, the author painted her in a light where I could feel for her and admire her strengths without feeling pity for her. And Robbie her son was so adorable!
Where I had a (small) problem was about 2/3 into the book I felt it dragged a bit and I found myself skimming a little. I think the author may have went into a bit too much when Emily went home to visit her family. I felt I was reading about characters that didn't add much to the story and took away from those I wanted to know more about (Ryan's parents and maybe more of Emily and Eric together).
Overall I would recommend Thin Ice to anyone who wants an alpha yet sweet hero who sweeps the wounded yet strong heroine off her feet in a manner that would make any woman swoon.