Mark Bressler, the former captain of the Seattle Chinooks, is never playing hockey again. A terrible car crash has ruined his professional career and he has taken refuge in his home, eschewing his former teammates and the job he once loved so much. He is bitter and angry. Enter Chelsea Ross, his new home health care worker.
Chelsea is not exactly thrilled to be working for Mark. He is angry and rude most of the time, but she needs the job. Chelsea is taking a break from acting and she is hoping to earn the bonus the Chinooks will pay her if she completes her time with Mark. $10,000 will go a long way towards breast reduction surgery. Unfortunately, Mark is making the job as difficult as possible and Chelsea has to wonder, can she hold out against his bitterness?
But as these two clash and battle, mutual respect starts to develop, along with a sizzling attraction.
I have been waiting for Mark Bressler to star as the hero of one of Gibsonís books and finally he does. His story mostly does not disappoint. Mark is definitely angry and resentful of the crash that took hockey from his life. He doesnít seem to want to let that anger go but Chelsea is not going to sit idly by while he crashes and burns with pain meds. She may be an actress and not a health care worker, but she is pushy, dedicated, and in Markís mind, all too stubborn.
I really liked Chelsea. What you see is what you get with her and she tries her hardest to resist Mark but seeing beyond his pain into the hurt and loss he feels makes it definitely harder to resist him. Mark is a charmer when he puts his mind to it, thatís for sure.
The ending unfortunately left much to be desired. I did not understand Markís anger with Chelsea and found it rather irrational on his part. Despite this low mark, for the most part, this is a strong romance. I always enjoy the sarcasm and humor Gibson uses so adroitly and this book is no exception.
Nothing But Trouble is a trademark Rachel Gibson story and readers will surely enjoy every page.