Title: Simply Irresistible
Written by Rachel Gibson
Read by Kathleen Early
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team, #1
Published by HarperAudio, Avon
Publication Date: April 2nd 2013 (first published in 1998)
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
Format: Audiobook, Mass Market Paperback
Source: Los Angeles Public Library, Gifted
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Challenges: 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge
Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé at the altar when she realizes she can't marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it's too late does he realize that he's absconded with his boss's bride. This bad boy isn't looking to be anybody's savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them—a night too sultry to resist temptation.
Seven years later, Georgeanne and John meet again. She is on her way to becoming Seattle's domestic darling and he is past his hellraising days. Shocked to learn that he has a daughter, John's determined to be part of her life. Georgeanne has loved John since the moment she jumped into his car, but will he risk the wrath of his boss, and one final chance at glory, to prove that this time his love will be everlasting?
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This is my first Rachel Gibson book and I was charmed! Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson had all the pop culture references which was full of nostalgia and OMG! I love it!
It is pretty obvious that Simply Irresistible was published in 1998. But as much as it felt dated, it still stands the test of time in my opinion. It’s just that I am a little bit used to romances with a higher steam factor.
The Characters are AMAZING
This is probably one of the first books that I can safely say that character development was done to perfection! There are just too many likable and interesting characters that it was super easy to get into.
Let’s talk about Georgeanne first. She has dyslexia and because she grew up in a time when these things weren’t discussed, it was thought that she was, well, dumb. Her mother abandoned her and she didn’t know who her father was so her grandmother raised her. As with that time, the only option was for her to go to Charm school and hopefully marry a rich guy.
Georgeanne was quite unlikeable in the first three chapters. She really came off as a stereotypical flake and I don’t know how John could stand her. She did win my heart in the end and I absolutely love her!
Rachel Gibson did a fantastic job with Georgeanne’s character development, though because she really was one heck of a woman! Also, overcoming her dyslexia and running a successful business? WOWZA!
Next up is John. Wow! The baggage on this was pretty big and he was a little messed up during the first part of the book. Of course, he was a douche when he just left Georgeanne at the airport, but John needed to grow up and come to terms with his other issues.
I enjoyed John more when he was interacting with Lexie and this made me like him more. I also liked that he was such an awesome guy despite his fame. He was such a Papa Bear.
Then there’s Lexie, John and Georgeanne’s daughter! Oh, boy! She was such a HOOT! I loved the Barbie, Ken, Skipper and Todd references here because these were my bei’s when I was growing up! Lexie is a hypochondriac and she loves animals and I love how she wrapped John around her little finger! She is such an interesting character!
Justice for Mae and Hugh!
But what about the secondary characters? There is Hugh and Mae and I am absolutely curious about their romance! They only appear in a few short scenes together and I WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY FELL IN LOVE! Mae is Georgeanne’s best friend and Hugh is John’s best friend. I NEED THIS ROMANCE ASAP!
Kathleen Early narrated Simply Irresistible and she is hilarious! I love the accents that she used, and I think her reading made me enjoy the story even more. She used over-the-top accents which did not annoy me at all! I usually get annoyed by overly dramatic accents.
Overall, Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson is a winner! I thoroughly enjoyed it despite it not being super steamy! I was also super excited when I found out that the heroine of Rachel Gibson’s newest Chinooks book, The Art of Running in Heels is Lexie! Yes, THE Lexie! I have finished reading it already so watch out for my review next week!
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Do you love to read books with awesome character development?
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