Sunday, October 12, 2008

Not In Love

Undercover cop Joe Shanahan's bad luck hit bottom the morning he stared up into the face of sexy suspect Gabrielle Breedlove. She'd blown his cover-- and brought him down with a can of hairspray-- and now his new assignment was to pose as her boyfriend. But spending as much time as possible with the utterly irresistible New Age beauty caused unexpected complications. To make matters worse, his matchmaking sisters are picking out china patterns.

Joe's brooding good looks and T-shirt-straining muscles might be easy on the eyes, but how could Gabrielle be attracted to a straight-laced detective who's determined to find evidence to arrest her? Still, he invades her dreams and when they share a transcendent lovemaking experience, Gabrielle knows it must be love.
Title: It Must Be Love
Author: Rachel Gibson
Start & Finished: 6/10/08-6/11/08
Published: 2000
Publisher: Avon Books
Pages: 371
Genre: Romance- Contemporary

Contemporary romance author Rachel Gibson published her first book in 1998 and two years later, she wrote It Must Be Love. Ms. Gibson may have found her love of reading and writing late in life but today she is an accomplished, bestselling RITA award-winning author with twelve published novels, four of them a part of series as well as a short story in an anthology published in the same year as this novel.

It Must Be Love was a quick, little happily ever after fluffy read but that is okay because it was what I was expecting. The characters are forgettable, the plot was so-so, but it was fun while it lasted! Well, I did have a few big problems with it such as how New Age people are portrayed because Gabrielle comes off as a kook in many scenes and how she throws herself at Joe like some angst-ridden teenager was almost painful. What I did like was Joe’s African Grey parrot Sam. I just love pets in books when they have such great personalities.

Before I found other bloggers, I stumbled upon author blogs like The Goddess Blogs where Rachel Gibson contributed. Therefore, it was only natural that I would start picking up books by the authors who write such funny and interesting things every day! The first (and so far, only) “goddess” that I read was Rachel Gibson with this 2000 release. I’m not sure if the characters in Gibson’s future books have more depth or not but I’m willing to find out because a lot of great romance writers’ first books do start off a little predictable and cliché but this book does show that the author has potential.

Links: Author (Wikipedia), The Goddess Blogs

Picture Explanations
Oils: Gabrielle blends essential oils that she sells in her shop and she uses and makes them throughout the book
African Grey: Joe’s parrot Sam is an African Grey parrot.


  1. sounds like a fun, quick read. I like that bird! a friend of mine has an African Grey, he's so cute.
    great review as always.

  2. My mom had an African Grey when I was a teenager. He was kind of mean and only liked her and my husband lol. Which is really strange because until Pepper met Darren he had hated men (used to lean off his cage to try and bite my dad and my little brother).

  3. lol....they can be picky. my friends Grey doesnt like him anymore, the bird only likes his girlfriend now. it doesnt help that she is afraid of

  4. I love it when characters have pets in books too. :-)

  5. I just wanted to pop over from Nymeth's blog and say hi. I can't wait to pop over here more often.

  6. I really like fluffy reads, especially after an intense one.

  7. Sounds like a fun read. I love the way you illustrate your blog posts with numerous photos. So cool.

  8. Naida: I had a friend in high school like that. He was scared to death of my little cockatiel who loved to try to land on his head lol.

    Wendy: Lol. I just love animals in books period. Out of all of the chapter books I kept from when I was a kid, almost all of them have animals in them that are the main character. I probably would have had a whole lot more to say about the book if Sam had been a main character!

    Serena: Hope you do! And I'll do the same!

    J. Kaye: I agree, they're perfect for relaxing.

    Bookfool: It was fun, it could have been better but I did enjoy it. Thanks. That's part of the reason why I wanted to start the blog, to make it a kind of interactive experience and it really helps me remember a book better too!



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