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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 incrediblyChelsea 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......

Title : Nothing But Trouble
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ISBN : 9780552164481
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Number of Pages : 354 Pages
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Nothing But Trouble Reviews

  • Alp
    2019-02-25 16:03

    “You’ve been nothing but trouble since the day you showed up on my porch.”What a lovely book! I loved it!Rachel Gibson can always be counted on to deliver a delightful and subtle story with the characters that you can easily fall in love with. And Nothing but Trouble was definitely a winner for me. This book grabbed me from the very first page and I had a difficult time putting it down.Here is the love story of Mark Bressler, a grumpy former NHL superstar, and Chelsea Ross, an unemployed actress.Six months ago, Mark was a superstar hockey player, captain of the Seattle Chinooks. But the car crash almost took his life and it ended his athlete career. One day he was a strong athlete, and the next he couldn’t even walk ten feet without pain. The accident not only broke his bones, but also ripped out his soul. He felt hopeless and broken inside. When the Chinooks’ organization sent a new home health care worker to his house, he didn’t want to be dependent on anyone and he needed no one to take care of him, so he intended to get rid of this home care worker as soon as she arrived.Chelsea was hired to work for Mark as his personal assistant. If she could last three months with him, the Chinooks’ organization promised her $10,000 bonus, and she already had a plan to spend this ten grand on breast reduction surgery. After that, she would get back to chase her acting dream. But first things first, she had to deal with Mark’s somber moods, and failure was not an option.As much as they tried to fight their attraction toward each other, their feelings kept growing even deeper and more intense. And both of them knew… there was certainly going to be trouble.I’m so glad I finally got the chance to read this book. I loved every page of it and thoroughly enjoyed the story from start to finish. It had a little bit of everything I want in my contemporary romance reads.Sexy brooding hero. ✔Endearing heroine. ✔Engaging plot. ✔Kinship and friendship. ✔Humor. ✔Sexual tension. ✔Great sex scenes. ✔Well-developed characters. ✔Beautiful HEA. ✔Another one of the things I loved best about this book was the drama. I really wonder how on earth the author could come up with such heartbreaking and emotional scenes that got me a tad bit teary-eyed. It broke my heart to see Mark and Chelsea break up because of the misunderstanding. Thankfully, it didn’t take him long to find out that she truly loved him. Despite the fact that I wanted to see him grovel for her forgiveness just a little more, I was still very satisfied with the ending.I got everything as expected. How could I ask for more? Highly recommended.-----------------------------------------------He liked being with her. He liked talking to her and making her laugh. He liked the twists and turns of her mind and her sense of humor. He liked that she thought she was impulsive when she was clearly in control of everything around her. He liked the look in her eyes when she was determined to have her way. He especially liked the look in her eyes when she was determined to have her way with him.She loved everything about him. She loved the sound of his voice and his laughter. She loved the way he smelled and the touch of his hand on her arm or the small of her back. She loved how she felt when he looked at her or simply walked into a room. She loved that his hard shell contained a soft heart.

  • Auntee
    2019-02-21 19:25

    Hot, funny, sexy contemporary romance + hockey = one happy reader!I'm lovin' this series--I haven't read a bad one yet! Rachel Gibson has me hooked and I couldn't be happier. I'm having a blast reading this series, and devour each one and can't wait to start the next. I'm a sucker for a sports romance, and a sports romance where the heroes are all studly, somewhat grumpy but ultimately sweet hockey players in love with their spunky heroines? I'm sold!This one's the story of retired (due to a horrifying car accident that nearly took his life) captain Mark "The Hitman" Bressler and his spunky personal assistant/part-time actress Chelsea Ross. Chelsea's twin sister is Bo from the Chinook's PR department. Bo has arranged for Chelsea, who left her last PA job in L.A. after her employer expected special "favors" not related to her job, to work for Mark as his assistant. Mark is recovering from a car accident that ended his hockey career and left him with a limp and a damaged hand and a reliance on pain killers. Mark (and his bad, cranky attitude) doesn't want the petite, funky Chelsea or anyone that the Chinooks send around him and does everything in his power to make her quit like all the other health care workers/assistants who came before her. But Chelsea's no quitter, no matter how rude Mark is--especially if a $10,000 bonus from the Chinooks is on the line if she sticks it out with him for 3 months. Chelsea has big plans for that money--breast reduction surgery for her double D's...Mark...I loved this one so much because of the heroine, Chelsea. I thought she was adorable, spunky, cute, funny, and very relatable--the kind of girl you'd like for a best friend. And Mark, even though he was a typical RG asshat for a lot of the book...well, I had to cut him some slack since he was in a lot of physical pain and his career was over. And I knew that he really liked Chelsea, even though he was hell bent on not admitting it. I loved the dialogue throughout the book, loved catching up with all the Chinooks, past and present, the humor (which RG does really well), loved the part about the ringtones they had for each other's cell phones--especially the one that Mark programmed on Chelsea's phone at the end of the book, and the sexual tension was off the charts! You do have to wait a long time before Chelsea and Mark get busy, but when they finally do...whew!Of course, there is a little snag in the romance near the end just when these two are finally connecting, and the inevitable break-up and a really sweet makeup where Mark finally spills his true feelings (had me tearing up too)...but I loved it! Mark and Chelsea may be my favorite couple in this series, but honestly--it's hard not to love all RG's pairings.Readers who love hot contemporaries with a healthy dose of sports action and well developed characters who spar and bicker but ultimately fall head-over-heels may fall in love with this series like I have. They are sexy, fun reads that leave a smile on my face and a tear or two in my eyes. I can't get enough of them! 5 stars

  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    2019-03-20 18:09

    Sadly, I was bored through most of the book. In five words? Boring. Uneventful. Lackluster. Forgettable. Predictable. I used to be a huge fan of Rachel Gibson, but a few years back she changed her writing style and now her books are noticably shorter and have far less layers and plot development. The characters are more one dimensional than her earlier books too, and the heat just doesn't sizzle as well because of it. BUT, on the plus side she was always able to keep the dialog, heat and storyline interesting enough for me. Despite not loving them as much as her earlier books, I kept reading and anticipating more. However, in this one everything pretty much failed. A quick forgettable read with a boring plot, no funny dialog, a lackluster romance that didn't feel genuine, and a just OK hero/heroine that in my mind didn't really fit together. I wasn't sold. Oh well, at least it was a quick read. I long for the Rachel Gibson of before, but I guess I will have to give up on that wish. Luckily, authors like Toni Blake are picking up the slack and writing some fun, interesting and hot romance contemporaries. **Edited to added my full review, as posted on Amazon**Mark Bressler is recovering from a terrible auto accident and lucky to be alive. He was the captain of a Seattle hockey team before his accident, and his team even went on to win the Stanley Cup without him. Chelsea is a struggling scream-queen horror movie actress and a Hollywood personal assistant who comes to Seattle to see her sister (the PR agent for the hockey team) and takes a 3-month job helping Mark recover. If she can manage 3-months, she will get a $10K bonus check and a chance to change her life for the better. The premise of this story was shaky to start, but I was willing to buy Chelsea being hired by the team as a personal assistant (when he needed a nurse assistant but he ran all of the ones in Seattle off with his a-hole personality), if only the humor and romance made up for it. Most of the story takes place at Mark's house or showing the two of them running errands and her doing his personal secretarial work. Boring. I did not find much of this interesting or humorous, as Mark was just a jerk trying to get rid of her. We mostly see his bad side, and therefore must believe Chelsea falls for that kind of guy. There are some scenes with him coaching a young kid, but Chelsea is not around for many of those so she really does not get to see the brief glimpses of his good side. Chelsea was a likable and different heroine, and she was great at letting his many insults roll off of her. However, I would have liked to see her spit back a few insults at times as he really had it coming. She was too passive at times and wishy-washy. They liked each other's physical look and had some sexual dream fantasies about each other, but I never got the feeling of a budding romance. The need to scratch an itch? Yes. A romance? No. The sexual tension was mostly missing, so when they finally do come together it seemed a bit sudden. His declaration that he is only good at hockey and sex was his odd way of wooing her. In his mind his reasoning is since he can't play hockey, let's have sex and see if that part of him still works after the accident. Ugh. Not romantic. As with all romances, there is the conflict and resolution. Without spoiling it, let's just say I didn't buy it at all. The conflict was a minor issue that is blown out of proportion. The resolution was too quick, too easy, and too who-gives-a-hoot. In the end, I never cared for Mark, Chelsea was OK, and the relationship just did not feel like one that would work past six months. There was a secondary storyline with her sister, but it was glossed over. It was not a strong secondary romance story. There were a few cameos from past players and their wives, but we see very little of them. Overall, I thought it lacked all the normal Rachel Gibson magic. It had little humor, boring characters, no honest sexual tension, a boring storyline, and a lackluster romance that didn't convince me at all. I've read everything Rachel Gibson, many books multiple times, but this will not be one of them. I long for her more layered, heart-felt, sizzling romantic stories from her earlier writing days, but that may just be a thing of the past.

  • Mo
    2019-03-02 23:18

    Another good read. Loved Chelsea and Mark. Start off not liking each other ... what's not to like? Normally Chelsea wasn't a huge fan of chest hair, but looking at Mark, she could become a convert ...

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2019-03-09 20:01

    Really really really enjoyed this one! ❤'d Mark❤'d ChelseaChelsea was full of sass and fun while Mark was burly and moody. They made a great couple and I loved the tug and pull with them. I loved it even more when they finally gave up and gave in. ❤Another fun, sexy and sweet story!

  • Karen
    2019-03-11 17:03

    She'd brought light and laughter into his life when there had been nothing but darkness and anger. She was like a comet streaking across the night sky, lighting it up for a few brief moments.Loved this one!

  • Yolanda
    2019-02-18 21:28

    oyoyoyooooyyyyyyy me encanta, no lo puedo remediar

  • Toni Aleo
    2019-03-02 20:25

    i have realized that hockey romances are right up my alley :D

  • Tuğba Atıcı Coşar (okuryazarannecik)
    2019-03-03 18:25

    Tam bir gerzeksin Mark ama seni de sevdim 😊

  • Michelle [Helen Geek]
    2019-02-20 17:59

    12/28/2014 -- Re-readNot sure why I only gave this 4 Stars before. I don't adjust ratings, but if I did, I think it would be 4.5 Stars. Maybe its because of all the crappy reads I've had this year? Who knows, but this is a go to author for me. Even her 3 Star reads are better than most books available right now. Bitch about big publishing, but I do think they separated the chaf from the cash crops. Pretty apparent lately. I hope we can get to a happy medium. Maybe 2015 will be that year.Overall Rating = 4.5 StarsBook Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 4 / 5 / 4 = 4.5 StarsWriter’s Voice = 5 StarsCharacter / Secondary Character Development = 5 / 4 = 4.5 Stars“Did I like” Hero / Heroine = 5 / 5 = 5 StarsStory / Background Story Development = 4 / 3 = 3.5 Stars“Did I like the Damned Thing” = 4 StarsEnding = 3 StarsWorth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [Re-read ... invaluable]Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild354 pagesFirst sentence: Just because a man was lucky to be alive, didn't mean he had to be happy about it. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++01/30/2012 --4 StarsAnother really nice read from Rachel Gibson. My second by this author. Reading the Chinook series out of order.What I liked about this story:1 -- the quirkiness of Chelsea.2 -- Mark. He wasn't a terribly strong character, but was believable and you really felt for his accident and what the change meant to his life.3 -- Bo and Jules -- loved these two together and would love to see them have their own story, but not sure it is in the cards. Jules especially, is intriguing. I've never understood, or been particularly attracted to "metro-sexuals", but he seems to be defined this way and I liked him.4 -- the role Hockey played in this story.5 -- Chelsea's busty problem. This is a very real problem for some women [myself included] and having a large bust and the issues this can cause addressed in this story was familiar. I liked this not well known topic addressed was nice.This could have had a higher rating by me, but I thought Mark a bit lacking. And, the story ended rather abruptly for me. One minute they were starting to develop their relationship, then it hit a bump, then "ta da" he misses her and wants to marry her. All in about 25 pages at the end [or it felt this way].I'm looking forward to more in this series, but am reading them out of order because the older ones aren't available on Nook. BUT, looked again today and they are coming March 27th. I am so there!!Rachel is becoming a must read/buy author for me. Like the way she spins a story - but wish they were longer!Happy Reading!

  • Colleen
    2019-03-05 00:15

    Nothing but Trouble picks up right where True Love and Other Disasters left off. Mark Bressler, the former captain of the Chinooks, was nearly killed in a serious car accident 6 months prior. He's alive, but will never play hockey again due to the injuries he received in the car accident. Playing hockey was all he ever wanted to do and winning the Stanley Cup his life dream. Well the Chinooks have finally won the Stanley Cup, but Mark doesn't feel like he deserves any of the recognition because he didn't play in that one game. Chelsea Ross is a down on her luck actress that has decided to move to Seattle for a break from the LA life. Her sister (Bo Ross) works for the Chinooks organization and gets Chelsea a job as Mark Bressler's newest personal assistant/home health care aide (he's been through about 5 at this point). The Chinooks promise Chelsea a 10k bonus if she just sticks with Mark for 3 months.The storyline is typical big, bad, moody athlete falls for sweet, totally not his type girl who knows nothing about the sport. Of course, there is a secret that will be revealed that will cause some trouble between Mark & Chelsea. There is also a nice side love story between Jules (Faith Duffy's assistant) and Bo (Chelsea's sister). My only real complaint of the book is the abrupt ending. Rachel Gibson has a way of writing a typical story that will have you laughing out loud and finding tears in your eyes. I just enjoy her books so much! There is a sneak peek at the end for her next hockey player book featuring Sam LaClaire - which definitely has me interested to read more. I just hate that Gibson only releases her books once a year.

  • Cathryn
    2019-03-06 21:28

    This and #2 are my favorite out of the series so far. I loved Chelsea and the whole premise of her being a personal assistant to an injured hockey player.

  • Lynsey A
    2019-03-08 23:07

    This was a pretty decent read. It was fast paced and a fun read. The dialog between Mark and Chelsea was witty and didn't feel forced. However, what bothered me most about the book was Chelsea. For the most part she's a likable heroine. What bugged me is that in the beginning she's only taken the job to get the big bonus of 10 grand so she can have breast reduction surgery. Yet she wears designers like Pucci (who I never heard of before this book) and Kate Spade shoes (which I know are not cheap - if a purse costs $300+ what can shoes cost?) It's not like she had a lot of money to begin with (so I would love to know how she paid for these items - only once was it mentioned she got some dress at a consignment shop) since she wasn't a big star and only played the slutty friend who dies first in Slasher movies. Maybe if Gibson had mentioned that she had an addiction instead of Chelsea was in to fashion it would've worked but she didn't, so it didn't. That was an aspect of her character I found really annoying. It just really bugged me. Another thing I didn't like was her family and even her twin sister thinking she was stupid to have her breasts reduced. (She was a size double D). Her twin sister (who has the same body type) was not supportive and was actually a bit mean to her sister about it. If you're looking for a quick beach read this will do. There's nothing mind blowing about the story and the big misunderstanding was predictable. It's just a nice, light read with a bit of an annoying heroine at times.

  • Nuria Llop
    2019-03-11 16:06

    Hacía mucho tiempo que no leía nada de esta autora. Sus historias siempre entretienen y esta no iba a ser menos. Un argumento típico (el convaleciente y su cuidadora) que conduce con agilidad y un toque de originalidad en la protagonista femenina y aunque me choca que su gemela no se parezca en nada a ella físicamente, sé que es posible en la vida real y, si hubiera similitud, parte del conflicto de pareja no existiría, así que... La novela no aporta mucho, pero la verdad es que me enganchó la sucesión de escenas en que los protagonistas se ven envueltos y pasé un buen rato con ella, aunque no tanto como con "Jane juega y gana", también de la serie "Chinooks" a la que esta pertenece. Una lectura de refresco para superar esos momento de "resaca lectora" o para las que os gusta la romántica contemporánea ligera con chicos deportistas como protagonistas.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-20 17:17

    3.5 stars.I couldn't put this down because Rachel Gibson's storytelling was quite engaging but at the same time, it left me feeling a little bemused. Separately, Mark and Chelsea were really interesting characters and there is no doubting their sexual chemistry; but there was just no emotional connection between them. It felt like something was missing. Especially when they finally caved into their intense chemistry and made a go of it. It just seemed like they were together because that's just how the story goes.I feel with Gibson throughout this series it's like she isn't provided with the space to fill in the gaps of each story. It's like she's running against the clock. This was a cute read and quite sexy but just didn't get there completely for me in the end.

  • Tuba Sayed
    2019-02-21 00:28

    Loved loved loved loved this book so much.This is the my favorite in the series. I seriously don't think I've a ever cherished a contemporary romance this much. Chelsea and Mark are OTP for lifeeeeeee. Gah. So perfect.

  • Nadia
    2019-03-12 22:02

    One of the better books in this series, in my opinion.

  • Tracy
    2019-03-02 22:04

    When he woke up in the hospital after a car accident that almost cost him his life, Mark Bressler knew his hockey career was over. Months later, the slow and incredibly painful rehabilitation process is no more crippling that the dark morass of self pity into which he's slid. Morose and beaten, he's lost everything that ever meant anything to him, and when his team wins the coveted Stanley Cup without him, it almost kills him. All he wants to do is sit in his huge house and be left alone with his Vicodan. The last thing he wants is another team-hired home health worker shoved in his face, doing everything but wiping his butt.Chelsea Ross isn't in health care. In fact, she's an actress...sort of. Her short, busty appearance has landed her a few rolls as screaming victims in B-grade horror movies, and she's had a few other walk-on rolls in soaps and commercials. After hockey player Mark Bressler had fired, scared off, or offended all six of the health care professionals the team sent to him to help him recover at his home, Chelsea's twin sister Bo got her a shot at going in another direction. For a meager salary but a much-needed ten thousand dollar bonus if she can put up with the surly, rude bastard for three months, Chelsea is determined to use a combination of her acting skills and experience as an assistant to LA's near-elite to put up with him. Even if he is a total Tool.Broken and wounded, Mark's bitter self pity lashes out at Chelsea again and again. Chelsea grits her teeth and takes it. Neither like each other very much. Or...you know...at all. But the sparks can't help but fly when the unstoppable Chelsea clashes with the immovable Mark, and the longer the friction, the hotter the fire.Despite the fact that every sports-themed romance series I've read has at least one book centered around the player that can no longer play and the spunky, irrepressible woman who pulls him out of his funk, I didn't mind the plot of Nothing But Trouble. While it lacked originality, it was cute and entertaining, and had a slick, quickly-paced narrative with plenty of sharp back-and-forth dialogue that appealed.I wasn't always thrilled with Mark, whose self pity wore on me as it progressed long into the book. A portion of his personality is understandable. He lost his career, almost lost his life, and spent months in constant, chronic pain. I can sympathize with that...to a point. Because in the end, its still a light sports romance and should be entertaining. For my tastes, Mark's attitude needed adjustment sooner than it happened here. Chelsea, on the other hand, was at turns enchanting and adorable, with a nice blend of quirky individuality and steady control. I liked her, and frankly, I liked Mark the best when he was interacting with her, though I suppose that's rather the point.There were plenty of good points through most of the book and I enjoyed most of it as the light, fun read it's intended to be. And then suddenly, things took a less pleasing turn in the final two chapters. The formula of the romance almost demands that moment of exploding conflict between the protagonists, in fact, my overall impression of romances often rests on that conflict and subsequent resolution. The problem for me here was the impetus of the conflict seemed contrived, the conflict itself didn't seem very conflict-worthy, and Mark's reactions seemed inflated.The resolution compounded the problem. From a story perspective, I felt Mark didn't redeem himself quite enough and Chelsea grabbed for that HEA too quickly despite it. More troubling for me was a perplexing timeline conflict that jarred me right out of the story. Details with spoilers: (view spoiler)[The conflict in the timeline centers around this comment Mark makes to Chelsea when he goes to her new job to apologize and tell her he loves her:"The Chinooks sent another health care worker to my door this morning."If that's true, that means he goes to Chelsea the same day that he has done the following:* Shut the door in the home health care worker's face* Found out about Chelsea quitting the week before* Contacted Jules to find out where Chelsea was and have him steal her cell phone* Bought a CD* Learned to program Chelsea's cell phone with a ringtone of one of the songs on that CD (which he admitted took awhile)* Put in an offer on a new home* Bought a very ostentatious ringBusy day. Not to mention that it was already established that Chelsea's cell phone disappeared the day before Mark shows up to talk to her. Jules would have had to snitch it before Mark even returned from Vegas and found out about Chelsea quitting. The rest, while I suppose was theoretically possible, was still implausible. And for the record, when a man intimates you're a well paid whore, he really should apologize for more than just not believing he loves you. Just saying. (hide spoiler)]I have a fondness for light, sports-themed romances, and most of this book gave me several hours of reading entertainment. A couple of changes here or there and the final two chapters could have easily matched the preceding ones. I'm disappointed they didn't.~*~*~*~Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-02-24 20:08

    This is fifth in a series and includes cameos (some kinda forced, really) from pretty much all of the others (even the first). Because they're so short, you don't really need to have read the others to enjoy this one. I do recommend you read True Love and Other Disasters first, though, because you get a lot of Bo and Jules in that one and this has them as strong secondary characters.I really enjoyed this all the way until I didn't. I mean, it was solid 4.5 and only needed a small push to hit 5 stars. And then it got stupid and I lost all sympathy with Mark and the book never recovered. Which is a real shame because the relationship was outstanding (until it wasn't).A lot of that is down to Chelsea. She's really sweet and I love that she lets Mark's barbs bounce off long enough for her to see beneath them to the man who was hurting so badly (both physically and emotionally). I also liked her determination to pursue her dream and that she did so in a controlled and practical way that was completely planned, even though acting is such a chaotic pursuit. And she really won my heart as she drew Mark out and let him gain the control over his own life that he first lost in his accident, but then was letting slide in his emotional recovery as well.And truth be told, I got to really like Mark as the book wore on. You could see how his accident had changed him, but I suspect the man he became was even better than anything he could have become without it—i.e. it seems like he'd been something of a controlling jerk and I think he emerged much better off (partially for having Chelsea's guidance, but also just because he made the choice to be better). So yeah, I fell for Mark, too.And then . . . (view spoiler)[When Mark crushes Chelsea so thoroughly I just lost all warm fuzzies for the idiot. Yeah, I get that it hits his insecurity because of the big bonus Chelsea was set to receive if she could stick it out as his assistant for three months. He thought she stuck it out because she saw something in him. But that only explains the initial reaction. That he doesn't bother following-up about why she stopped coming (and knowing she'd then have lost the bonus he knew was so important to her) completely undermines any notion that he actually cares about her at all. Also, nobody acts completely in character for hours and hours every day for weeks on end without breaking character even once without any rehearsal at all. Does not happen. So thinking she'd been acting that whole time even though there was absolutely zero evidence of it was lame-sauce on a lame-wheat sandwich. Yeah, I get the hurt. But he didn't even question his read of her until someone else told him she had quit. So he walked around without bothering to find out what happened or what she was doing or where she was for over a week? That doesn't exactly speak of love or even caring very much. (hide spoiler)]So this dropped a full star and any thought of rounding. And for some reason my gift for rewriting things in my head didn't work. Maybe because I'd have to rewrite the entire ending as well? I mean, even once Mark came to his senses (yeah, not a spoiler given the genre) his "grand gesture" was neither grand nor even much of a gesture. (view spoiler)[I mean, how hard is it to buy her a honking big diamond? And changing her phone's ringtone? That's it? And he needed Jules to do it, so it's not like he even did the hard part. (hide spoiler)] Talk about ending on a pfffffew.A note about Steamy: There are two and maybe a half explicit sex scenes in the story, so about the middle of my steam tolerance. I'm sure if the book had ended on a better note, I'd be happier with them, but as it stands, I remember them with kind of a meh.

  • Elle
    2019-03-09 17:16

    I love Rachel Gibson. I think her releasing 1 book a year is far too few books.I liked the premise of this book and I like Gibson's writing style. Overall the book was very enjoyable.There were some holes in the storyline, and the ending felt rushed (did I miss something or was the revelation on Mark's part super quick and did they not skip from casually fucking (basically) to proposing). I don't know, I just didn't feel like the relationship was fully developed and believably transitioned from lust to love.I wish there was more on Jules and Bo. What an interesting story that could have been. I feel like there were so few details because Gibson plans to come back and give them their own book, but at the same time I am not so sure, and that would be a shame.All in all, the book felt rushed and under-developed. Which is a shame because I know Gibson has a part of the book started before the release of the previous book (there is always a preview for the next book at the back of the new release). So what gives? What happened here?But this is all forgivable because I really like how Rachel Gibson writes.I would rate this a 3.5 and say that she is still one of my favourite authors.

  • Robin
    2019-03-15 16:24

    The former Captain of the Seattle Chinooks Hockey Team is recovering from an accident that ended his career. Mark Bressler misses hockey and is depressed about not being with the team when they win the Stanley Cup. The Chinooks organization keeps sending nurses to help him out, but Mark wants nothing to do with them. Chelsea Ross is an out-of-work actress in desperate need of a job. When she is hired to be a Home Healthcare Assistant to Mark Bressler, she thinks it's the answer to her prayers. But Mark proves to be difficult with his bad moods and rotten attitude. Mark figures he can make her miserable enough to quit, but he doesn't know how stubborn Chelsea can be.This is the 5th book in Rachel Gibson's Chinook Hockey series. It's a light contemporary romance with a lot of humor. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. Since hockey is my favorite sport, I added an extra half a point to my rating: 4.5 Stars.

  • Anne OK
    2019-03-13 20:01

    Another witty, sassy book about a Chinook hockey player and the one woman who finally catches him. Nothing new. It's Rachel Gibson's writing style that gets to me everytime. She can definitely write the romance and snarky, witty, funny lines! Up next in Spring 2011, another hockey player. There's a nice excerpt in the back of NBT.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2019-03-20 19:09

    I could barely finish it. The first half went quickly, although the almost immediate lust right off the bat had me a little wary. Chelsea was an interesting heroine and kept me hooked at the beginning; Mark is the tortured type of hero, which I always have a soft spot for. All I felt they had between them though was lust, and it was hard for me to sense anything else. Definitely doesn't compare to my Gibson favorites: See Jane Score, It Must Be Love, and Truly Madly Yours.CHINOOKS HOCKEY TEAM SERIES(1) Simply Irresistible(2) See Jane Score(3) The Trouble With Valentine's Day(4) True Love and Other Disasters(5) Nothing But TroubleRECOMMENDATIONSFor other wonderful sports-related contemporary romances, check out these books: (1) Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars, Book 2) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - 5 stars (2) Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars, Book 6) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - 4.5 stars(3) See Jane Score (Chinooks Hockey Team, Book 2) by Rachel Gibson (4) Body Check (New York Blades, Book 1) by Deirdre Martin - 4 stars

  • RomanceNovelNews.com
    2019-03-05 16:20

    Review by: C.M. Lessard, RomanceNovelNews.comNothing But Trouble” (Contemporary, Avon , 354 pages, $7.99), by Rachel Gibson: Former NHL player Mark Bressler is damaged goods. As captain of the Seattle Chinooks, his career is sidelined after a car accident leaves him severely injured and unable to play hockey. And to top it off, his team goes on to win the Stanley Cup without him.Mark doesn’t want to depend on anyone. His prickly demeanor has forced several of his previous home health care workers to quit. Enter Chelsea Ross, a large-breasted aspiring actress hired by Chinooks management to be his latest caregiver.Chelsea is offered a $10,000 bonus if she can stick it out with the surly stud. And from the moment he spots her two-tone hair and gaudy fashion, he takes every opportunity to insult and belittle her.Chelsea needs the money for breast reduction surgery and to reestablish her acting career in Los Angeles . Her twin sister Bo is against the surgery. She thinks it is a form of mutilation and that Chelsea is just being impulsive. Tell that to Chelsea’s aching back.Mark makes her life difficult. He requests embarrassing items at the drug store and makes her answer thousands of emails from well-wishing fans. But eventually Chelsea ’s kooky manner, coupled with her organizational skills and short skirts, wear down his defenses.Mark becomes supportive of her surgical needs and even accompanies Chelsea to the doctor for a consultation. When Mark learns about Chelsea ’s bonus, he feels betrayed and questions her sincerity.Rachel Gibson provides a solid story with a lovable, offbeat heroine. She offers some steamy sex scenes and possesses an abundant knowledge of hockey. Chelsea and Mark make a great match.It seems improbable that Bo wouldn’t support her sister’s need for surgery and it is also far-fetched for Mark to feel so betrayed about Chelsea ’s bonus.Gibson doesn’t give enough attention to secondary characters, including Chelsea ’s sister Bo and Jules, a man in her office. She spends most of the book focusing on the tension between Mark and Chelsea. Her swift resolution of the conflict may leave readers calling for a penalty.

  • christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
    2019-03-17 16:03

    FOR MORE REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS, DO CHECK OUT MY BLOG: Nothing but TroubleCover: 4Plot: 5Characters: 5Overall Rating: 5Hot guys in spandex shorts, what more can a girl ask for?"I've only ever been good at two things. Hockey and sex"Mark Bressler Former NHL superstar due to an accident was hospitalized and needed someone to take care of him. Not that he really needed it. After numerous care workers, Chelsea Ross came into his life wearing Pucci and an ugly as hell jacket. After a faked marriage, will he still be able to trust anyone again?This book was just phenomenal! This is the 5th book from the Chinooks Hockey Series and it focuses on former team captain Mark Bressler. I loved how this book mixes in sports and romance. Compared to the other books in the series, the sports part of this book is a little bit less. The characters were all awesome and I loved how it was funny and filled with romance at the same time.If you have read a lot of books written by Rachel Gibson, you could see a pattern already with the way she writes and that somehow takes away the pleasure of reading since the book becomes predictable already.But even though it was predictable, it was still a good book.This is a book that I would definitely recommend to people who loves books written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Cruise.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-02-22 22:04

    Enjoyed it - read in almost one night. I had heard such lousy things about this one that I was a bit worried but it was really good. Nice slow build-up to the relationship with lots of sexual tension. The hero Mark Bressler was big, dark, handsome and damaged, interesting to have a hero dealing with loss of physical strength, although, of course his still very strong and manly to the heroine. Most of his bad humour came from dealing with the loss of the life he knew before the accident and the lousy hand that dealt him the Stanley Cup but not the ability to play in the final. Chelsea was a lovely heroine - generally chirpy and with the ability to give as good as she gets. I found her soul searching on whether she should carry on trying to hit the big time and how many more years she would allow herself to follow the dream realistic as well as her general feeling of being the black sheep stuff up in a family of over achievers. Some complaints I've read have been that she lets go of her dream to stay with Mark - I didn't see it that way - she had become involved in the acting scene in Seattle by filming some commercials and trying for theatre productions before the situation with Mark became solid and her decision to stay in Seattle with him was an adjustment rather than totally relinquishing the dream. I understood why the issue that separated them at the end was an issue for Mark because his journey from broken man who doesn't see a future to the Mark who realises that though he can never play hockey again he can still lead a productive life and still has a lot to offer wasn't always an easy one and in some scenes his need to be needed (ha, ha) was heartbreakingly clear.I really cheered for this couple and Rachel Gibson continues to be one of my favourite authors.

  • Monika
    2019-02-19 22:04

    4,5 starsNothing is better than a sassy spunky heroine that hold no fear for a giant former professional hockey player!I wonder why I let this book sit on my library so long when I knew that in the end I couldn't help but love it!Hilarious banter between lovable characters is always Rachel Gibson's forte. I held half a star because I wish the ending was less cheesy but beyond everything this book is one of my favorite that I could read over and over again.“Whenever I drive an expensive car out of someone’s garage, I always feel like Ferris Bueller. I swear I can hear the music in my head.” She lowered her voice and said as deep as possible, “Bow bow—oooohhh yeeeaah.”“Are you high?”The garage door closed and she slid the car into drive.“No. I don’t take drugs.” There’d been a time when she’d toyed with drugs. Experimenting with this and that, but she’d seen firsthand the horrible waste of addiction and she’d chosen not to go down that road. “You’ll be happy to know that I passed a drug test to get this job.” She eased her foot off the brake, rolled past her Honda, and proceeded down the driveway. “Apparently they’re careful about whom they hire.”“Obviously.”

  • Mfred
    2019-02-17 16:03

    I felt like Gibson wrote herself into a corner with this book.The book's tone keeps reaching for light-hearted contemporary, but the hero Mark Bressler is a destroyed man. How do you write a comedic romance novel about a man whose hopes and dreams were shattered, along with his body, in a terrible car accident?There is a lot a lot of telling in this book. Stuff like "Mark knew he wasn't an addict, he was just in pain" or "Chelsea had to re-evaluate her dreams and decide her future." I've read one or two of the other Chinook books, but don't remember such blatant exposition. These are pretty big deals in a person's life -- addiction, self worth-- you could spend years in therapy talking this shizz out. A better novel explores these issues through plot and characterization, not just states them baldly on the page.Three stars for pretty decent sexual tension and a few very genuine laugh out loud moments that were a true delight. Gibson is so good at these moments! But I think if Gibson was willing to truly explore her characters more, allow herself to loosen up on the "sassy" and embrace their difficulties, this would have been a much better book.

  • HєllyBєlly
    2019-02-23 22:05

    This is my third Chinooks Hockey Team in a few days and find myself somewhat addicted. The books bring to mind Susan Elizabeth Phillip's series about the Chicago Stars, but Ms. Gibson's books are - to me, at any rate - less predictable and not always neatly putting everything in place in a sugary-sweet epilogue. So far, I have not encountered insta-love (though that seems to be the case with Chinooks #1, which I will not read but mostly due to the "secret baby"-trope).Anywho, the heroines of the books I have read so far (See Jane Score | True Love and Other Disasters) come across as humans with flaws, all around thirty with lives that have shaped them and they are not prone to silly and rash behaviour.No surprise virgins as far as the eye can see, but lots of hot hockey players. A few Swedes are even mentioned (we export a lot of hockey players to the US and Canada), which was fun for me.

  • Carrie
    2019-03-19 23:22

    Fast, breezy read; sometimes humorous and overall enjoyable. That said, Nothing But Trouble doesn't bear too close an examination. Read it, enjoy it, and don't think too much about the shortcomings. I like Gibson's writing style and that carried me through a weak plot and somewhat underdeveloped characters. The fast pace kept me from dwelling too much on the missed opportunities for a deeper, more nuanced story.A fun, relaxing way to spend a day on the beach, or cuddled on your couch on a rainy day. The book may not be deep, but it mostly manages to avoid the dreaded plot scenarios that make wall-bangers out of other books. Ms. Gibson delivers a book worth reading and, as always, I will be lined up to read the next one.