Chinooks Hockey Team #5 // 354 pp. // Contemp. Romance // Avon // Apr. 2010
GOODREADS SUMMARY: Trouble… Chelsea Ross’ acting career has been a total bust. The closest she ever came to stardom was her brilliant performance as “Pretty Dead Girl #1.” But leaving Hollywood to become the personal assistant to a famous hockey player could be her stupidest career move ever.
More Trouble… Injured superstar Mark Bressler’s glory days are over. The bad-boy ex-jock could at least be civil to the pint-sized, pink-haired bombshell who the Seattle Chinooks hired to be his P.A. If Chelsea didn’t need the money, she’d be running from the world’s biggest jerk as fast as her feet could carry her.
Big Trouble! Chelsea can deal with Mark’s rotten attitude and dark moods. The problem is those biceps and that red-hot bod! And when the bad boy starts to put the moves on her, Chelsea knows it’s time she banished him to the penalty box…if only she could resist the kind of trouble he has in mind.
I gobbled this book up in less than two days! I have read all but one of the Chinooks Hockey Team books and they always make me laugh out loud. This was definitely the case here, as Chelsea and her “cell phone antics” had me giggling while reading on the subway.
As much as I wanted to give this book 4 stars like I did with all the previous Chinooks titles, it started a bit slow and the relationship between Chelsea and her twin sister, Bo, kind of irritated me. Bo came across as judgmental and condescending and Chelsea just sort of took it laying down simply because they were sisters. I did like Chelsea’s character and her witty attitude, but for someone who could talk back so easily, it seemed far-fetched that she would let her sister get away with treating her like that.
I was also a bit disappointed with the sex scenes in the book. They were very watered down and took forever to get to. I understand that in contemporary romances there must be tension built between the characters, but the steamy scenes (if you can call them that) between the two characters doesn’t even occur until about 200 pages into the book – when you’re more than halfway done with the story!
The saving grace of it all was the characters. Chelsea is a smart ass with a love for ostentatious clothes, while Mark is a gruff, broken-down (ex) hockey player who is brought to life by her. Plus, Gibson glosses over a few of the other players on the team and they make great side characters because they’re so believable and their personalities make you smile (Vlad, anyone?).