Nothing But Trouble By Rachel Gibson Release Date: April 27, 2010 Publisher: Harper Collins Book #5 in the Chinooks Hockey Team series Number of pages: 388 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: XXX Read 4/1/18 to 4/2/18
It’s really amazing how much I thoroughly enjoy this series when the hockey player featured is not actively playing hockey. Then I don’t have to deal with the annoying hockey inaccuracies. This story is about injured team captain Mark Bressler and takes place after the season ended, so although it deals with hockey it doesn’t deal with any play by plays. Bonus: my favorite Red Wing seems to be someone Rachel Gibson admires since Darren McCartey is mentioned more than once as a sort of nemesis of Mark’s.
Chelsea is exactly what Mark needs exactly when he needs her. Unlike a lot of the other heroes throughout this series, Mark isn’t really portrayed as a jerk who later finds his heart. Sure, he is a jerk to Chelsea and his home health aids that came before her. But that’s not because he is actually a jerk…it’s because he doesn’t know how to handle what has happened to him. What he’s lost. He can’t see a future yet and that scares him, but he’s a huge jock superstar and cannot be seen as weak, at least in his mind. Because Chelsea really needs this job, she puts up with a lot more than she should and that’s enough to throw Mark off-balance. Not only is it fun to watch them spar, but it’s somehow sweet to see them resist each other while growing more and more attached.
I would have liked for there to have been a bit more of a resolution between Chelsea and her sister, Bo. It’s not that the book ended with them at odds. But there were some things I felt needed to still be said between the two about unconditional support and love. At least Chelsea will get that from Mark.