Detective Joe Shanahan thought he'd hit rock bottom. He'd been shot, forced to kill in the line of duty, demoted from narcotics to property crimes, his mother and four sisters are trying to marry him off, his bird has a dirty mouth, and now it's raining. But when suspected fence, Gabrielle Breedlove, jogs by in a pair of short-shorts, Joe thinks maybe his day is looking up. That is until she gets the jump on him and sprays him in the face with hairspray, an antique derringer pointed at his family jewels. And if that wasn't bad enough, the Lieutenant gives her immunity for the assault and the fence charge as long as she agrees to cooperate in bringing down her business partner. So, Joe's going undercover as handyman boyfriend to the curvy, auburn-haired new age kook, Gabrielle.
Gabrielle Breedlove's mother is psychic, her aunt is telepathic, and her cousin talks to whales. In comparison, being a lapsed vegetarian who believes in auras, aromatherapy, and astrology is really quite down to earth. But tell that to Joe, the undercover cop she's forced to put up with. If he's not teasing her and making her life a pain, he's kissing her silly then asking her to channel Elvis. And he calls her crazy? With her charkas all out of balance and her mother predicting that fate has brought Joe and Gabrielle together, how will she ever convince the cops that her business partner, Kevin, is innocent? In this story of yin and yang there's only one conclusion - it must be love.
Rachel Gibson strikes again. "It Must Be Love" is funny, entertaining, full of zany characters, and an enjoyable read. The anticipation of romance between Joe and Gabrielle is great fun, and when they finally get to their senses the love scenes sizzle. This is a story of opposites attract told like only Gibson can. If you like modern comic romances, "It Must Be Love" must be for you.
Emily Flippin Maruna