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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson

Nothing But Trouble

Chelsea Ross knows she's a great actress. Which is lucky, as she's just got the toughest role of her life! Washed up from Hollywood and in serious need of some cash, Chelsea jumps at the $10,000 opportunity to act as 'carer' to famous hockey player Mark Bressler, currently injured after a car crash. After all, how hard can it be to play nice and pick up after an incredibly hot invalid in need of her tender loving care? Just three months of playing nurse and the cash is hers. But Mark Bressler doesn't need help. The moody hockey player's glory days may be over, but he has no intention of letting anyone aid his recovery, least of all the maddeningly cheerful Chelsea. He's determined to get her to quit - and Mark isn't the type to give in. But then again, neither is Chelsea...

This is the third book in my Transworld Reading Challenge and is the first book i have read by Rachel Gibson.

The main character, Chelsea, is an actress who has returned to her twin sister's home and is looking for a job. The main male character, Mark, is a top ice hockey player, who has had a horrific car accident which has ended his professional career on the ice and needs some assistance while at home, however the nursing carers he has been sent has not been gratefully received and therefore the company who own the ice hockey team decide to offer Chelsea the job of 'personal assistant'. Their first meeting does not go very well, with Mark insisting he does not need help and Chelsea determined to get through the three months in order to collect her $10,000 bonus, which she needs to get her breast reduction surgery. However, there are sparks flying between the two of them, will they give into their desires and get together?

This was an okay read, the storyline was predictable but believable. I did like the character of Chelsea and it was good to see that the surgery she wanted was a reduction for health issues (back pain, shoulder pain etc) rather than enhancement for career progression. Her character was determined to work for the money she needed and also to help Mark although he said he didn't need any. She read through the online guest book that had been started following his accident and saw that there was lots of love and support for Mark, but also that Mark had given alot back to his fans, helping children at camps etc. 

Mark I found to be a typical male, having a set back and not looking at the positives but the negatives. He had no chance of getting back into the team and so he didnt' want to think of any alternatives to his career - it was here that Chelsea tried to make him see he could do coaching etc. I thought that Mark was very selfish at first but then he did admit his feelings for Chelsea I began to warm to him.

I thought that parts of the book were rushed over and could of been extended whereas other scenes could have been glossed over. 

After reading this book I have found that Gibson has written more of these books, and it is part of the Seattle Chinook Series, where another one is due out soon. I may pick up another in the series as a quick and easy read but will not be rushing out to buy the whole back catalogue unfortunately.

I think that this book would appeal to people who wanted a quick read, uncomplicated storyline and believable characters. The inclusion of an ice hockey team member is something i can think of another book included and may be popular for ice hockey fans.

Thank you to Transworld for sending me the book as part of the Reading Challenge.

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