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Love child brings couple together
This is the first in Gibson's series on the Seattle Chinooks hockey team. Georgie, a dyslexic beauty queen from Texas flees her Seattle wedding to a millionaire old enough to be her granddaddy, and hitches a ride with one of his prized hockey players, John "The Wall" Kowalsky. A one night stand whereby John dumps her at the airport with an airline ticket produces a precocious daughter named Lexie.
Georgie has tried to move on with her life, she has a successful career as a caterer. Seven years after their liaison, John runs into Georgie at a fundraiser. When he stops at her house to return the checkbook she dropped, he discovers his love child and wants to play daddy, even if he has to sue for custody.
Despite her misgivings as well as the start of a new romance, Georgie reluctantly invites John into their lives, and soon they are back in bed. When team owner Virgil discovers Lexie's parentage, he issues John an ultimatum - Georgie or the Chinooks.
There is also a great secondary romance between her sarcastic business partner, Mae, and hockey goalie, Hugh Miner, who has met his match. I would have liked more of their romance, since it was so funny (and she was so anti-jock).
I loved the story (even if it was pretty predictable), but found the constant "cryin' all night" exclamations from Georgie, and Lexie's constant use of the term "gots" (cute the first 2 times; annoying and redundant by the 30th utterance) to grate on my nerves.
The Legendary Hockey Book was Worth my Wait
Seven years ago, Southern belle Georgeanne Howard left her rich, and decidedly older fiancÚ at the altar. In her hurry to escape, she accepted the offer of a ride from the tall, handsome man getting into a red Corvette. John Kowalsky, renowned bad boy and professional hockey player, had no idea he was assisting in the escape of his boss's intended bride. But since she had no one else to turn to, nor a place to go, he put her up for the night. The night turned into a bewitching temptation too good to pass up. However, in the cold light of day, penniless Georgeanne found herself in love with John, and abruptly dropped off at the airport with a paid ticket in hand.
Now they run into each other again, and this time Georgeanne is part owner in a successful catering business, and John has cleaned up his life and is considering settling down. Imagine his shock when he meets Georgeanne's daughter, and realizes he's the father. He wants to get acquainted with his daughter and become part of her life, but in doing that he also grows closer to Georgeanne. Has he actually changed enough to settle down, and will John risk his career by his boss finding out about his romantic involvement with Georgeanne?
In my opinion, Rachel Gibson is unquestionably one of the best authors of the subgenre of contemporary romance. I was hooked upon reading my first book by her, and she's now one of the few whose titles I buy sight unseen. Lately, I've been catching up on her backlist of work, and I was particularly interested in this one. The first book I had read by her was SEE JANE SCORE, whose male lead was also a professional hockey player. I've carried a certain curiosity about SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, because it is commonly referred to as "The Hockey Book". While this was an excellent story with in depth characters, witty dialogue, great romance, and love scenes that made me forget to breathe; my favorite book by her still remains, SEE JANE SCORE. However, I do wonder if it would have made a difference if I had read this one first. At any rate, this is a wonderful book that is certainly worth picking up for an unforgettable reading experience. Whenever I'm in a reading slump, I know I can end it simply by picking up a novel by Ms. Gibson. I have yet to read something by her that I didn't love.
Great story...bad guy
I won't give an overview because you probably already know what the book is about. It has a great story line and it flows really well. It's different from a lot of romance books out there. First, the woman in the book actually has (...)! Now, me being a C myself, I really identified with Georgie. I'm also insecure about my figure and it was good to read a romance with a non-skinny woman in it. Another unique point is that this book is about a hockey player. Of course, this is kind of Rachel Gibson's specialty, but there aren't a lot of these books out there.
The only thing I didn't like was the hero's part. John was NOT a nice guy. I probably shouldn't go into everything he did in his past, but let's say he doesn't have the normal morals that most good romance guys have. At one point he tells Georgie, "If you ask real nice, I might just let you polish my stick", (Sorry if I'm not supposed to say that on a review) this following other such derogatory remarks. I wanted to yell at him for Georgie...but it was late at night so I couldn't. :( While I can handle a bad boy most of the time, his character almost ALWAYS acted like this. I couldn't really make myself like him that much.
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