Any Man of Mine Mass Market Paperback – Apr 26 2011
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“The NHL ought to pay writer Rachel Gibson big bucks.” (USA Today)
“Gibson’s straightforward story of “the one,” and the one that got away, is wrapped in sexual tension so hot your palms will sweat.” (Booklist)
“With humor and eloquent prose, Gibson brings substance and depth to this loving, modern romance.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on True Love and Other Disasters)
“Rachel Gibson does it again! A fun, steamy story that also tugs at the heartstrings. A perfect Valentine’s Day read.” (Carly Phillips)
From the Back Cover
What happens in Vegas . . . doesn't always stay there.
Autumn Haven's Las Vegas "to-do" list said to catch a show and play the slots—not wake up married to a sexy jerk like Sam LeClaire. The first moment she saw him eyeing her like a luscious piece of the dessert buffet, her usually responsible self told her to run. And she did—right into the wildest fantasy weekend of her life. But Monday morning jolted her back to reality, and before she could say "pass the coffee," Sam was gone.
Now a successful wedding planner, Autumn hasn't clapped eyes on the heartbreaking hockey superstar for over two years . . . until she organizes his teammate's "Special Day," where Sam makes a big play to pick up where he left off! But she has vowed any man of hers plays for keeps. Is Sam the man for her or does she banish him to the sin bin forever?See all Product Description
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Sam is a famous hockey player for the Chinooks. He met Autumn at a very low point in his life and the end result of their fling is their young son, Connor. Autumn is a strong, confident, and sometimes stubborn single mom who has yet to get over Sam abandoning her. The story that unravels is one of making a choice to forgive and forget, and one of being able to accept someone truly being able to change.
I love the interactions between father and son and the way that Autumn cannot help but fall back in love with Sam. Is he not the Canadian woman's dream: a sexy, rich hockey player who is a good father, and undeniably, utterly and completely in love with an average woman?
There are some familiar faces from the other Chinooks books, as well as some NHL player name-dropping. Rachel Gibson is a perfect summer read. The intimacy of the characters is important, but not the central focus of the novel. There's something substantial in the plot to appreciate and her books are fun, witty, and leave you with a very sweet happily-ever-after.
I am a long time Rachel Gibson fan. I've read every one of her books and for me this wasn't a typical Rachel Gibson book - light, funny with witty banter between the characters. It's hard to pull that off when the H/h can't stand each other for the majority of the book. I think it's a tough road to hoe as an author when the characters hate each other and not in that playful he loves me, he loves me not kinda way.
Before I started Any Man of Mine I noticed Sam was getting a lot of negative press in the reviews and I was kind of apprehensive before starting, but I tried to keep an open mind.
Sam is a super rich, super self-absorbed, shallow athlete, jock hockey player. But Sam's also the father of a cute young son Connor. Sam didn't have the best relationship with his own dad so I wasn't surprised he didn't know how to relate to his own son. You live what you know from what you learn growing up - I am a firm believer of that philosophy. He did try to be a father in the only way he knew how, but he wasn't going to win any father of the year awards. And you could see that Sam came to the realization that he was really missing out on a lot by being a part-time father to Connor.
Autumn and Sam? It's hard to get invested in and care for characters when they don't even care for each other. My biggest problem was that I didn't care if they got together or not.
Their relationship started off after a very brief couple of days six years ago in Vegas. They definitely had chemistry and lusted after one another. After a quickie wedding Sam up and left his new bride and cold-heartedly contacted her via his lawyer for a divorce. In this case what happens in Vegas - doesn't always stay in Vegas. Hello bouncing baby boy nine months later.Read more ›
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Sam decides he wants to be a better dad, not turn into the kind of father his own father was, so he starts spending more time with Connor, and subsequently, more time around Autumn. Autumn has seen this behavior before and doesn't think it's going to last, but Sam is determined to make a change. Autumn is bitter, and as you read their history, you see that it's completely understandable. But as Autumn and Sam confront their pasts, perhaps things can change as they grow to understand their own actions as well as each others'.
My thoughts: One of the great things about Rachel Gibson's writing is her ability to pull the reader into her character's heads. As I read Autumn's side of the story I was mad at Sam for being such an ass. As I read Sam's side of the story I felt bad and was frustrated Autumn didn't give him a a second chance to redeem himself.
I love the reunited lovers storyline, and Any Man of Mine does it well. Sam is definitely a tarnished hero; he was really a jerk to Autumn after he left her in Vegas and kind of remained that way over the years. Autumn was rigidly self-reliant after the Vegas debacle, bitter and determined not to need anyone. The way these two clash was totally believable, and as they worked towards a more friendly demeanor I was mentally cheering them on.
Rachel Gibson is excellent at adding humor throughout the story; the scene where Sam caught Autumn wearing a Sidney Crosby Penguins jersey for Halloween was one of my favorites. She also deftly turns up the heat as Autumn and Sam's relationship progresses; the sexual tension between them was nice and hot.
As an aside, I liked that Connor was a realistic character and not written as some exceptionally talented child...he was a regular kindergartner (and wasn't even good at hockey!). I actually liked him and thought he was a cute kid.
Although Any Man of Mine is part of her Chinooks hockey series, the focus was more on the emotional development of both Autumn and Sam; it was just the right blend of personal growth, sexy romance, and hockey action.
Sam and Autumn met in Vegas, and during their brief hot affair, they got married, she got knocked up, and Sam divorced her soon after. The rest of the book was about them dealing with the fallout five years after the fact. I loved the premise and was looking forward to seeing the sparks fly as these two worked it out. But for me, there really weren't all that many sparks. My main problem was that we were given really great reasons that they DIDN'T get along, but really flimsy excuses as to why they eventually decided to be together. I never felt like Sam proved Autumn could trust him not to run off again, and Sam's history with his sister really didn't translate into love for Autumn in my opinion.
Still, overall the writing was smooth, I just wasn't a fan of the plot arc.
As Sam spends more time with Connor, he ends up spending more time with Autumn, as well.
Impressions - the conflict between Sam and Autumn felt real to me, if a little understated. I'm not sure 5 years is long enough to forgive being dumped the day after being married, and being pregnant, to boot. I thought Autumn was pretty willing to work with Sam to ensure that he was able to spend time with Connor. She got past her anger and hurt, and did what was best for the child. Sam was the character that needed to grow, and he did so admirably. Once he committed to prioritizing Connor, he did just that. Both he and Autumn had abandonment issues, and Sam carried a lot of guilt from an incident involving his sister.
The Love Story - Sam and Autumn did not get together early on in their "reconciliation". We spend a lot of time in Autumn's viewpoint of Vegas, 6 years ago. Their passion was hot then, and even more scorching in the present. Sam finds himself more and more attracted to Autumn. He accuses her of running hot and cold because she is afraid to trust him again.
Impressions II - I think it's realistic that she is afraid to trust him. He dumped her without a word in a strange city! He gives her very little to work with, and very few reassurances that this time will be any different until the end.
What worked for me - The writing was smart, funny and realistic overall. I liked the rhythm of the story. I liked the level of background detail. I liked the appearance of old friends from past books. I liked the humor I can always count on from Ms. Gibson. I thought Autumn was terrific, and I thought Sam was really turning over a new leaf. Connor - terrific depiction of a 5 year old. Very realistic, cute kid!
What did not work for me - *****SPOILERS***** We hear later than Sam was drunk during the entire Vegas episode, and although drinking is alluded to, as well as Sam's tolerance, he does not read as drunk during the flashbacks. We get that he is a selfish, immature jerk at the time, so maybe that is reason enough for most for his behavior. When they finally talk about it, I feel like Autumn let him off too easy. Granted, you can't change the past, but most of us have a deep need to be validated. Maybe I am not mature enough to just forgive and let go, but I think I would feel the need to really be honest about how hurt I was, how alone I felt, how scared I was... And Autumn did tell him, just not in any detail and without any heat. Sam does finally apologize, and I believe he was sincere, but I don't think he really ever got it.
Also, Vince, Autumn's brother, goes off, then boom! he's back for the wedding, no explanation.
There was a lot left unsaid. I see that the page count is 384, is that correct? I have a nonKindle reader, so I have no clue what the actual page count was, but I am wondering if this was heavily edited due to length? It didn't feel that long to me, I read it in one sitting. If the conflict between Autumn and Sam had been explored in greater depth, this would have been a 5 star read for me. I love Rachel Gibson's work usually, and I liked Any Man of Mine. I just wish it was a little more fleshed out.