Thursday, September 25, 2014

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Rachel Gibson

What I Love About You
Truly, Idaho # 3
By: Rachel Gibson
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.


Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

Can be read as a standalone. Returns to Truly, ID and is about the second Junger twin, Blake Junger.

I finished this book a few hours ago and I've been sitting here trying to figure out exactly what to say. And honestly, I'm drawing a blank. The only thing that comes to mind is that I loved this book.

I knew going in that the chances of me not liking this book were slim. I'm a huge fan of Rachel Gibson's books and couldn't wait to read this. And I wasn't the least disappointed. From the time I started it until the time it ended, I couldn't put it down.

One of the things I love most about Rachel Gibson's books is that her characters feel real. I can't remember the last time I read a book about someone that was an alcoholic. That's not to say I haven't or that they don't exist, I just don't seek them out. I know I've read some with secondary characters that have drinking problems, but never (to my knowledge) a main character. But Blake was written in such a way that his struggle felt real.

Blake is definitely your classic jerk hero. He doesn't make a favorable first impression on Natalie, but her daughter Charlotte kept coming back. And when you add Sparky to the mix, I couldn't help but laugh. I've never heard of being puppy bombed before but I felt bad for Sparky! No one wanted him.

My biggest irritation was Michael and his parents. Strike that, it was Michael, his parents and the whole town. Michael was a low down, skum sucking jerk of a husband and father and a criminal to boot. And yet everyone acted like he was just away on a business trip for 5 years. I'm sorry, but no. I don't care if he was the king of the town in high school and a football star. That was 10 years ago and he's changed, for the worse. He shouldn't get a free pass when people still looked at Natalie with suspicion when she was innocent!

But overall, I really did love this book. Rachel Gibson never disappoints and I can't wait to read her next book!

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Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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