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    Humorous Heroines and Smoking Hot Heroes – Rachel Gibson’s “Not Another Bad Date”
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Gibson_datereview_3 Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson

Reviewed By Kati Dancy

When I open a Rachel Gibson novel, I know what I’m getting, fun, breezy romances with intelligent, humorous heroines and smoking hot heroes. Not Another Bad Date is a perfect example.

Devon Hamilton-Zemaitis is having a very bad day. You see, she’s just been killed by a garbage truck, and when she finally gets a chance to see someone about her situation, she is told that while she’s not being sent straight to hell, she’s also not being sent to heaven. Instead, she’ll have to go to a kind of purgatory, where she’ll need to do some good in order to earn her way into heaven. She is outraged! Wasn’t she a model mother? Sure, she was maybe a little self-absorbed, and sure, maybe when they were in college she trapped her husband, Zach into marriage by getting pregnant, but it all turned out didn’t it? Needless to say, the powers that be aren’t convinced.

Devon must do some good or remain in purgatory (in which she is the greeter at a Wal-Mart type of store) forever. She sets her sights on righting the wrong she did to her husband, Zach.

Zach Zemaitis is a retired professional football player. After a successful career with the Denver Broncos, he’s come back to Cedar Creek,Texas to raise his teenage daughter and coach high school football. If this isn’t exactly where he thought his life would end up, he’s content enough, and the important part is that his daughter, Tiffany, hasn’t been uprooted since her mother died. Zach and Devon’s marriage had never been a happy one, he living in Denver, and she living in Cedar Creek, where she could be a “big fish in a small pond.” In fact, the day that Devon died, Zach had presented her with divorce papers. But he and Tiffany are now living happily in Cedar Creek, and are getting along just fine.

Adele Harris is not happy to be back in Cedar Creek. She grew up here and now is only back because her sister Sherri is going through a painful divorce and is suffering through a high risk pregnancy at the same time. Adele has come to help Sheri take care of her teenaged daughter, Kendra. Poor Kendra is trying to fit into a new high school and make the dance squad while dealing with her parents divorce. Adele wants to help out, but she’s been thrust unwillingly into the role of stand-in mother of a niece she doesn’t really know that well. On top of that, it feels like she’s back in high school again herself, dealing with women who were popular then and who remain not very nice. And to top it all off, now she sees that Zach Zemaitis is in town. Adele had fallen long and hard for Zach when they were in college. She had given him her love and affection for ten glorious weeks and then he abruptly ended things when his ex-girlfriend Devon had told him she was pregnant. Zach and

Devon were married a few weeks later, and Adele was left to lick her wounds. Needless to say, Adele is NOT happy to see Zach again, and is even less pleased that his daughter and her niece have hit it off. Zach, on the other hand, finds himself as drawn to Adele’s looks and her acerbic wit as he was in college. After only a few hours together, Zach is determined that he has to be with Adele, and he begins courting her — which completely distracts her and weakens her resolve not to be with him — a charming Texas man is a lethal Texas man.

One of my favorite things about Rachel Gibson’s books is that she builds wonderful sexual tension between her heroes and heroines. Zach and Adele have a couple of incredibly hot encounters long before they ever consummate their relationship. It makes it all the more satisfying when they finally do get together. The book features all of the fun hallmarks of a Gibson book — witty one-liners and interesting secondary characters who enhance the relationship of the hero and heroine. Although the ending felt just slightly rushed to me, I think that might just be my greed for Rachel’s writing. Not Another Bad Date is a fun and sassy romance with a wonderful cast of characters. I’d recommend it as another great addition to Rachel Gibson’s work.

10 Responses to “Humorous Heroines and Smoking Hot Heroes – Rachel Gibson’s “Not Another Bad Date””

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  1. PJ
    on May 26th, 2008
    @ 7:15 am

    Another great review, MK! I’ve really enjoyed this series from Gibson and am looking forward to picking up Adele’s book!

  2. Marisa
    on May 26th, 2008
    @ 7:29 am

    Great review MK, I love Rachel Gibson’s contemporaries – her heroes are ALWAYS smokin’ hot and she always has such great secondary characters. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m going to be picking it up very soon. I love the sexual tension in Gibson’s books – always with a sense of humor.

    Got to have the humor sometimes – don’t you think?

  3. MaryKate
    on May 26th, 2008
    @ 11:59 am

    Oh yeah, Rachel always delivers. I like her books so much because they are funny without being silly, you know? I enjoy a funny romance, but I much prefer that they don’t slip into the silly area.

    And Zach and Adele are just smokin’ hot together. Seriously, their first encounter is in the ladies room at the high school during a pep rally. And Adele is forced to…ehem…leave a little something behind, if you get my meaning. SO. AWESOME.

    I think Rachel really excels at writing male athletes. I wonder why that is??

  4. Paula
    on May 26th, 2008
    @ 12:24 pm

    Oooh I can’t wait for this book to come out in the UK. I keep seeing great reviews and teasers of excerpts. It is not fair!

  5. Maria
    on May 26th, 2008
    @ 2:16 pm

    Thanks for the review MK – I love Rachel Gibson and can’t wait to read this one. I think we’ll have to ask Ms. Gibson about her prowess to write such sexy male athletes.

  6. AndreaW
    on May 26th, 2008
    @ 2:38 pm

    Well, it is probably no surprise to y’all that I’ve never read a Rachel Gibson book. But, I must say, that MK’s review has certainly peaked my curiosity. This book sounds really good! MK, does it have paranormal elements to it (since Devon is dead)?

  7. MaryKate
    on May 26th, 2008
    @ 3:36 pm

    Andrea, naw, not really. Rachel does straight contemporaries. If you’re going to read Rachel, I beg you, start with her masterwork, See Jane Score. I defy you not to fall in love with Luc “Lucky” Martineau. He’s one of my all time favorite heroes, and he has this tattoo that’ll make your eyes bugs out. I promise.

  8. Stacy ~
    on May 27th, 2008
    @ 4:58 am

    I’ve only read the first one in this series, and have the 2nd one. One day I’ll read it, one day…

  9. Anne A.
    on May 27th, 2008
    @ 4:21 pm

    Loooooooove Rachel Gibson!

    I actually have all her books and shes wonderful and loved “Truly Madly Yours”
    This book sounds like a really a yummy one and a super juicy review can’t wait to get it.
    Rachel has been one of those writers who have been flying under the radar! But I love
    her books!

  10. MaryKate
    on May 27th, 2008
    @ 5:11 pm

    Good luck, Anne, I hope you enjoy it!

    *MK waving* Hiya Stace! Hope you love it when you read it!

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